Spin Way, Darwin's public bicycle-hire system, works like similar schemes around the world – go to one of numerous stations around town, swipe your credit card, select how long you wish to rent for and then get riding. For a list of locations, pick up the Spin Way brochure Automated Bike Hire Station from Tourism Top End, or check online. Note that you must return the bike to the same station you took it from, and that helmets and locks are included in the rental price.
A $3 adult ticket gives unlimited travel on the bus network for three hours (validate your ticket when you first get on). Daily ($7) and weekly ($20) travel cards are also available from bus interchanges, newsagents and the visitor centre. Bus 4 (to Fannie Bay, Nightcliff, Rapid Creek and Casuarina) and bus 6 (Fannie Bay, Parap and Stuart Park) are useful for getting to Aquascene, the Botanic Gardens, Mindil Beach, the Museum & Art Gallery, East Point Reserve and the markets.
Car & Motorcycle
When heading out of the CBD to (or coming into town from) the Stuart Hwy, Tiger Brennan Dr is generally the quickest route.
The brochure Parking in Darwin's City Centre has a map explaining the parking zones for street parking in the CBD; it's available from Tourism Top End. Rates range from $1.30 to $2.50 per hour; purchase your parking tickets from kerbside machines. There's a city parking map at www.darwin.nt.gov.au/live/parking-roads/parking/parking-fees.
Taxis wait along Knuckey St, diagonally opposite the north end of Smith St Mall, and are usually easy to flag down. Call Darwin Radio Taxis.
Practical Tip: Lift to the Waterfront
To get from Darwin's CBD to the waterfront without too much of a climb, walk southeast as far as you can go on Smith St, then follow the raised walkways and take the lift down to the level of the waterfront. Coming back in the other direction is when you'll really appreciate not having to climb the stairs.