I know summer hasn't even started and already I've booked my winter escape for next year. Those long cold Adelaide winters really get me down. For the past few years I've booked a winter getaway in Darwin, just for a week and the break lines up with the Skycity Triple Crown.
Darwin in June is just fantastic, warm sunny days around 30 to 32 degrees, usually with a light breeze. Lovely bike paths that run past the water front and wharf precinct . The Mindil Beach markets run on a Thursday & Sunday nights. The outdoor eating and the vibrant night life. Day trips are available down to Litchfield for as little as $99 or multi day trips are also available.
Accommodation can be expensive, but Darwin also has quality Backpackers ,YHA and YMCA multi share rooms for as little as $30 a night. The past few years I've stayed at the Dingo Moon Lodge, a backpackers in Mitchell Street in the heart of the city. Great staff that keep the place nice and tidy. The rooms are air conditioned and you get to meet people from all over the world.
My bike is an essential when in Darwin. This allows me to travel quickly and cheaply around the city. I box up one of my older mountain bikes and put it on the plane. In the box I put in my spare tube, pump & tools. All of my cloths, T-shirt, shorts and thongs go into my carry on luggage. Don't even bother with a long sleeve top, you will never use it. Even at night the temperature may dip to 18 degrees at its coldest.
Tempted? Jetstar has a sale on at the moment. Darwin can be yours for as little as $99 (each way) from Adelaide in June next year. Usual price is $199. 20kg of luggage is $20 each way and to buy your selected seat is $5 each way and to purchase you ticked via visa card will also set you back $17. Still for around $260 its a cheap deal to get out of Adelaide in the middle of winter! You'll be so glad you did.
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