If you’re reading this, then you’re probably wondering what you should do in Darwin? Maybe you just finished or are about to start your tour in the Kimberley, maybe you just decided to spend a few days in the tropical capital city of Australia’s Northern Territory.
Located on the Timor Sea, Darwin is the largest city in Northern Territory with a population of approximately 142, 300 people. The city has been almost entirely rebuilt four times because of the devastation cause by some cyclones in 1897, 1937, 1974 and the Japanese Air raids during World War II.
We have gathered some information you might find helpful during your stay in Darwin:
1. EXPLORE THE CITY
- Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory : Located at Bullocky Point, it’s the perfect place to learn more about Aboriginal culture, natural science, the region’s history (from WWII, to destructive cyclones, to the most famous crocodile).
- Darwin Waterfront: Pick among Darwin’s best restaurants, spend some time at the Wave Lagoon, relax on the man-made beach or chill at the bar. It s located only five minutes from the CBD!
- Bicentennial Park: Great place for picturesque views including the harbour, walking and cycling tracks, playgrounds for kids and exercising.
- Darwin WWII Oil Storage Tunnels: Constructed in 1943 during the Second World War, the tunnels are located near the Waterfront. Booking a tour is possible to visit the tunnel with an experience guide providing interesting information.
- Australian Aviation Heritage Centre: The Centre is opened daily, it features a collection of the Territory’s aviation history from the aviation pioneers and record breakers to the Territory’s frontier role in WWII. More Info.
- Burnett House: The house was in the late 1930s, it’s a Heritage-listed National Trust property and an excellent example of early tropical architecture. More Info.
- Cullen Bay Marina: 2km away from CBD, have lunch in some of the best restaurants and bars in Darwin.
- Deckchair Cinema: Check out which movies are playing and relaxed outside by the ocean.
- Darwin Ski Club: Great food, concerts, beautiful sunsets and watersports. More Info.
2. MINDIL BEACH SUNSET MARKET
Certainly the most popular place in Darwin! Located on the beach, the market opens just a bit before sunset and offers a great variety of food from all around the world (as well as arts & crafts). Enjoy some live music and let the magical sunset take your breathe away!
3. MEET CROCODILES
You can find more crocodiles in the Northern Territory than anywhere else in the world! So being in Darwin, it would be the best opportunity to jump on a boat or visit a park to finally meet the locals! Several operators are making this encounter possible : Spectacular Jumping Crocodile Cruise , Crocosaurus Cove, Crocodylus Park.
4. LITCHFIELD NATIONAL PARK
Litchfield National Park is located 100 km south-west of Darwin. Stunning waterfalls and swimming holes, rainforest and magnetic termite mounds… Litchfield National Park is a popular destination with over a quarter of a million visitors a year. Self-Drive or Book a Tour : More Info.
5. KAKADU NATIONAL PARK
Kakadu National Park is located 171 km southeast of Darwin and is a World Heritage listed national park. It is the perfect place for a wildlife cruise with crocodiles, bird watching, visiting beautiful waterfalls and swimming in crystal clear pools. Kakadu National Park is also famous for its rock art of enormous international significance. It has paintings up to 20,000 years old! Exploring Kakadu will give you the opportunity to know more about Aboriginal Culture and discover some of Australia’s most beautiful landscapes.
Territory Expeditions is running some 3 Day Kakadu Tours and some 3 Day Kakadu & Litchfield Tours: Kakadu Adventure Tours.