We would like to respectfully acknowledge the Larrakia people who are the traditional owners and custodians of the land. We would also like to pay respect to the elders past and present.

Darwin is Australia’s only tropical capital city and it sits on a stunning harbour, enjoying a relaxed outdoor lifestyle and warm weather all year round.

Surrounded on three sides by the sea, harbour views are everywhere - from hotels, restaurants and as you make your way around the city. Darwin has a very different pulse to other Australian centres, something that will add real excitement to your conference, meeting or other business event.

Darwin is the ideal starting point to further explore extraordinary places like World Heritage-listed Kakadu National Park, Litchfield and Nitmiluk National Parks and the Tiwi Islands.

From encounters with natural wonders to entertainment under the stars, you will be inspired and engaged with the range of Darwin experiences available including a wildlife adventure, a crocodile encounter or stunning tropical harbourside dining.

Northern Territory tourism information:

The dry season is the best time for travel to Darwin. It lasts from April/May until September/October and brings beautiful weather in Darwin with clear blue skies, balmy nights and warm days. 

July mean daily maximum: 31°C
July mean daily minimum: 19°C

More information on Darwin's weather can be found here:


Darwin Hilton
32 Mitchell Street, Darwin  NT  0800
T +61 8 8982 0000

Travel & Transport

By Road
Excellent sealed highways provide easy access into the Top End region. The Stuart Highway from Adelaide, the Barkly Highway from Queensland, and the Victoria Highway from Western Australia are sealed all the way. For the more adventurous traveller, access into the Top End may also be made by way of the Savannah Way, entering our region from Queensland on an unsealed road that starts at Wollogorang. But no matter which way you decide to go, caravanning or driving, the Top End offers an incredible range of attractions and top class facilities for our motoring and caravanning visitors, to ensure that your visit to the region is a memorable one. You can hire a vehicle in the Top End easily.

By Air
Daily scheduled flights to Darwin operate from every mainland Australian capital city. Darwin, being the closest Australian capital city to Asia, has regular international air services from Singapore, Philippines, Japan and Indonesia. It is possible when booking your flights to arrange for a rental car or 4WD awaiting your arrival at Darwin airport. Airport collections attract an additional fee.

AirnorthVirgin AustraliaQantas and Malaysia Airlines fly in and out of Darwin International Airport. For more carriers please check the Darwin International Airport: darwinairport.com.au

Airport to Hotel/City Transfer
Arrive on time with Darwin Airport Shuttle, the most convenient and reliable transport to and from Darwin Airport and all city accommodation locations. Darwin Airport Shuttle is scheduled for all flights into Darwin Airport. Bookings are essential for hotel pick-up. Book your ticket here: darwinairportshuttle.com.au

By Rail
Great Southern Rail offers visitors to the Top End the opportunity to enjoy one of the world’s great train journeys aboard The Ghan. The regular service from Adelaide to Darwin stops at Alice Springs and Katherine before its final destination, Darwin. Arriving twice a week in the high season, it is a truly memorable way to experience the wonders of this unique landscape.

General Information

The Darwin Airport is serviced by a number of taxi firms. The taxi rank is conveniently located right outside the domestic terminal building.

Visa's for Australia
International visitors to Australia require a visa or an electronic travel authority. It is your responsibility to ensure documentation is correct and completed before you start your journey. Information on obtaining visas and ETA’s (Electronic Travel Authorities) can be found on the Department of Immigration & Multicultural & Indigenous Affairs web site: www.immi.gov.au

Travel Insurance
The conference organisers recommend that delegates purchase travel insurance including cover for non-refundable conference registration fees.

Banks are generally open from Monday to Friday from 9.30am–4.00pm. Automatic Teller Machines (ATMs) are widely available.  


Things to Do

Darwin Harbour Cruises
Darwin Harbour Cruises is a locally owned and operated family business operating cruises of Darwin Harbour since 1996. Operating two vessels, you have the choice of ‘Tumlaren’ which is our beautifully restored 20m motorised schooner vessel, or ‘Charles Darwin’ our 25m tri-level catamaran.

For tour options, click here: darwinharbourcruises.com.au

Crocosaurus Cove
Crocosaurus Cove, located in the heart of Darwin city, allows visitors a unique, up close and personal view of Australia’s iconic Saltwater Crocodiles. 

Bringing together some of the largest Saltwater Crocodiles in Australia & boasting the World’s largest display of Australian reptiles, Crocosaurus Cove is a must see attraction when visiting Darwin and the Top End.Bring your bathers and “Swim with the Crocs” jump on our “Fishing for Crocs” platform and smile for the camera while holding a baby Saltwater Crocodile. Check out the Barramundi, Sawfish & Whiprays in our 200,000 litre fresh water aquarium and don’t forget our upstairs Top End Turtle enclosure. 

Crocosaurus Cove is also home to the famous, Cage of Death. The only cage in the world that brings you face to face with some of the largest Saltwater Crocodiles in captivity. Go it alone or grab a friend – this is a once in a lifetime opportunity to share the same environment of one of the world’s deadliest predators.All of this and more awaits you at Darwin’s ultimate urban wildlife experience...right in the heart of Mitchell Street, Darwin City.


Dining out in Darwin
Harbour Precinct Dining Options

Wharf One Food & Wine
Il Lido Bar Pizza
Hot Tamale
Oyster Bar
Fiddler’s Green
Crustaceans on the Wharf

Darwin Restaurants
Char Restaurant
The Pearl Restaurant
Pee Wee’s at the Point
Yots Greek Taverna
Manolis Greek Taverna
PM Eat and Drink
Little Miss Korea
Lola’s Pergola
Eva’s Botanic Gardens Café
Alley Cat’s Patisserie
Lazy Susan’s Eating House

Darwin Bars
The Precinct Tavern
The Deck Bar

Meeting Manager

Ms Lara Malcolm                       
ABSO 52nd Meeting Secretariat              
c/- The Meeting People Pty Ltd
PO Box 764, Mitcham SA 5062

International Tel: +61 8 8177 2215
Australia Tel: (08) 8177 2215