Convention venue and location
APGA’s 50th Annual Convention will be held in Darwin from 8 to 11 September 2018. The Northern Territory’s capital and its largest city, Darwin is a diverse and modern city of 142,300 people, and your gateway to adventure. Famous for its sunsets, home to some of the largest reptiles in the world, and with features including museums, beaches, parklands and memorials, there really is something to suit everyone.
Visit the ever-popular Mindil Beach Sunset Markets, held every Thursday and Sunday night from April to October. Here you can browse more than 300 stalls which offer a range of handmade jewellery and clothes, arts and crafts as well as food from all over the world. Or, if you prefer the bigger brands, you can spend the day wandering around Casuarina Square, the largest shopping centre in the Northern Territory with more than 190 stores.
Darwin is also the gateway to the heritage listed Litchfield and Kakadu National Parks. Litchfield is just 129km from Darwin so it is possible to do this in a day trip. There you will find huge termite mounds, weathered sandstone structures, magnificent waterfalls and swimming spots to enjoy. Kakadu is 250kms from Darwin and is an enormous 20,000 sq km park with more than 1600 plant varieties and many species of reptiles, birds, frogs, mammals and fish. Highlights include the beautiful billabongs, Jim Jim Falls and spectacular views from Gunwarddehardde Lookout.
Beaches and swimming spots
With soft sand and picturesque sunsets, Darwin’s beaches are popular among both locals and tourists. The landscape is ever changing thanks to the shift of the tide throughout the day revealing areas of rocks, reefs and sand banks. You will find Mindil Beach steadily getting busier on Thursdays and Sundays as the day creeps towards sunset, as this popular spot doubles up as Darwin’s Mindil Markets with a range of handmade gifts, fashion, food and much more to offer.
A visit to Vestey’s beach will greet you with the sight of numerous boats as it is home to many sailing clubs, while Lameroo beach is perfect if you’re after a quieter spot.
If you prefer somewhere with a little less sand, there are many natural swimming spots in and around Darwin. One of the more popular spots is the Berry Springs Nature Park. With its water sheltered from the sun by various trees and flora, as well as the picnic spots and barbeque areas, it’s a perfect location for relaxing for a day.
If you don’t mind a bit of a drive, you’ll find Litchfield National Park an hour and a half away. With clear water holes to take a cooling swim and waterfalls dotting the scenery, it’s a beautiful spot that is well worth the trip out there for a day.
Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory
Darwin is brimming with history with its numerous museums ranging from military to aviation. The city’s first museum was the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, opened in 1981, which has an exhibition to suit everyone. You can learn about Cyclone Tracey and Darwin’s efforts to rebuild, the city’s involvement in World War II, meet one of Darwin’s famous crocodiles from the 70s and much more. They also have an interactive exhibition operating out of the Darwin Military Museum.
Located on Wharf One and Two, the Waterfront is a hotspot for visitors to Darwin with everything you need in the one location. There are numerous restaurants, shops, markets, cafes and much more. Here you can test your skills against the nine different types of waves that the Wave Pool offers or relax in the swimming lagoon without the worry of crocodiles or box jellyfish. Green lawns are available and offer a great place to seek refuge from the heat in the shade of the trees.
Popular sites around Darwin
The Tiwi Islands, made up of Melville Island and Bathurst Island, are 90 km from the coast of Darwin across a stretch of the Timor Sea. The islands are accessible by either a 30-minute flight each day or a 2.5-hour ferry trip three times a week. The Tiwi Islands are rich with Aboriginal history and culture which you can learn about in depth through art exhibitions, tours and by talking to locals who call the islands home.
Djukbinj National Park
Pronounced Jook-binj, this national park is about an hour out of Darwin and the perfect spot for anyone who has an interest in the ecosystem. The park protects the breeding grounds of the magpie geese, herons and egrets and offers a chance for you to photograph these birds in their natural environment. Water buffalo were introduced to the area in the late 1880s and left unattended so their population boomed and they can often been seen grazing along the banks of billabongs and the Adelaide River that flows through the park.
NT Government Welcomes APGA Delegates to the Top End
To maximise your time in the Top End please use the below links to discover the options available during your visit.
Darwin Welcome APGA delegates with tour access to value add products and services and in some cases a discounts. To redeem simply show your special privileges card which you will receive with your confirmation pack or book selected products directly online below. Please enjoy these benefits outside of the conference program. Click here to access discounts.
For ideas of how to plan your time please click here for suggested itineraries
The NT Tourism full site is available here