Darwin is the capital of the Northern Territory and a gateway to the unique Kakadu National Park. The city’s waterfront area has several beaches and green areas like Bicentennial Park. Also near the water is the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, displaying Southeast Asian and Pacific art, plus a pearling lugger and seafaring vessels. Darwin wheelchair access is good, but those who feel the heat and/or have trouble breathing are well advised to avoid summer and visit between May and October.
As well as markets, crocodiles and cruises, Darwin has strong Aboriginal cultures, as evidenced by the array of languages spoken in the streets, and the vibrant Aboriginal art that fills the city. Darwin is treasured country to its traditional owners, the Larrakia people, who are prominent and active members of the local community. The city’s proximity to Asia means you’ll also find strong Asian influences, especially in the energetic food scene and night markets. So Darwin is both modern and multicultural, boasting a population made up of people from more than 60 nationalities and 70 different ethnic backgrounds. Consequently, the city is characterised by its many exciting cultural festivals and weekly food and craft markets.
Darwin has evolved from its days as a laid back frontier town and while it still retains its relaxed charm, it has become a sophisticated city. Many visitors are surprised to find that it has accommodation, eateries, clubs, pubs, museums and other amenities that are equal to what you’ll find in the southern cities.
Attractions and Opportunities
Darwin disability access public buses have an easy-access low floor and are fitted with ramps that provide access for standard wheelchairs and lightweight mobility aids. These buses have all of the following:
- a driver activated manual ramp
- footpath ‘kneeling’ action to bring the floor closer to ground level and reduce the angle between the floor and the footpath, improving wheelchair and pram access
- handrails and bus stop button to assist the mobility of passengers with a disability
- room for two wheelchairs or prams in the priority seating areas
- a special button in the priority seating area to enable those with limited upper body strength to signal when it is their stop
- skid-resistant flooring in the priority seating area to reduce the amount of movement of wheelchairs while the bus is in motion.
Before using a public bus, you must check whether your wheelchair or mobility aid meets the size restrictions. Find out more about buses and mobility aids.
There are also bus safety rules that you and other passengers must follow.
We know two companies have disability access taxis. They are:
City Radio Taxis – phone 13taxi or (08) 89803700
Blue Taxi Company – phone 131008 or (08) 8985 0720