Things To Do In Darwin
Darwin is the capital of Australia's Northern Territory. Its positioning on the mainland's northern coast, far away from the more densely populated south-east, lends it some incredibly unique cultural and geographical features. Darwin's climate is tropical and it's known for being a vibrant melting pot of European, Aboriginal and South-East Asian cultures.
Discover the best things to do in this youthful and sunny coastal city aboard the Big Bus Darwin tour, browse the Mindil Beach markets, visit the military museum, and much more!
1) Mindil Beach Sunset Market:
With its warm tropical climate the city Darwin has one of Australia's most vibrant and exciting outdoor leisure scenes. Every Thursday and Sunday visit the iconic Mindil Beach Sunset Market, where locals and visitors alike gather to enjoy fantastic food, shows and live music.
Darwin's location places it on the periphery south-east Asia, exposing it to region's diverse cultural influence. Nowhere is this phenomenon more palpable than around Mindil's fresh food stalls, where flavours ranging from Malaysian and Indian to Brazilian and Greek hang thick in the air. There's also market stalls featuring handmade jewellery, locally produced artworks and much more.
2) Parap Village:
On Saturday mornings you can also visit Parap Village, where all sorts of markets, restaurants, coffee stalls and galleries come together in a green, eco-friendly environment.
3) Deckchair Cinema:
At the lower end of Bicentennial Park try out the Deckchair Cinema, a place which hosts outdoor film screenings seven days a week during the dry season. Both this and the surrounding parkland offer stunning views of Port Darwin.
4) Aquascene Sanctuary:
Take a walk to the northern end of the esplanade where you'll find the Aquascene sanctuary at Doctor's Gully. Everyday at high tide the sanctuary experiences a bizarre natural phenomena whereby hundreds of fish approach the shoreline looking for food. The sanctuary's main attraction allows visitors to wade into the shoals and feed the toothless critters fresh bread.
5) Crocosaurus Cove:
A similar marine activity is Crocosaurus Cove, but be warned the stars of this place have a little more bite! Darwin's famous reptile sanctuary is where you can see Australia's deadly yet awe-inspiring Saltwater Crocodiles. Spectate a feeding demonstration, hold a baby croc, and even swim next to a full-grown adult in the Cage of Death!
6) Darwin Museums:
Check your adrenaline fix by delving into some of Darwin's illustrious cultural and historical heritage sites. One of the city's most visited attractions is the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territories, whose major exhibits include an extensive Aboriginal art collection and poignant Cyclone Tracy display. We'd additionally recommend hopping-off at the East Point Military Museum, Fannie Bay Goal (north end of Vestey's Beach), and the RDFS and Bombing of Darwin centre.