From Aboriginal cultures to luxury lifestyle, from counting butterflies to exhibits of crocodiles, eat your way through the local delicacies or “make a splash” at the Aquapark, from Military bunkers to biking trails and tourist attractions to sunset watching spaces, This city has it all! Planning a trip to Darwin but don’t know what to do, where to go? for your ease, here is a comprehensive list of Top 15 things to do in Darwin to help you plan your trip.
Feel the fun at Darwin Waterfront precinct
Ride the tides at Wave lagoon; Enjoy 10 patterns of tides with boogie boards and tubes from modest ripples to 1.2m high surges. Smaller kids can play at the shallow waters and deepest depth is down to 2 meters low.
Take a dip at Recreation lagoon; Segregated by a sea wall from the Darwin harbour, with protective nets to stop the entry of stingers, the recreational lagoon offers a free entry for diving in the area.
Play around at Aquapark; Best for an outdoor recreational activity with family, have fun playing interesting games on the inflatable Aqua park! Be a pirate at Waterfront playground; let your kids have their Jack Sparrow moment in this playground full of equipment that can let slide, swing, jump, climb and crawl on the ropes like a pirate crew on a treasure hunt!
Fun times at Mindil Beach sunset market
Eat your way through food stalls; Ranging from local specialities of kangaroo and crocodiles to global delicacies and treats. Browse through art and craft stalls; Want to buy a souvenir? Have a look through the various indigenous and international arts and crafts stalls, there is always something for everyone!
Enjoy a massage or have your fortune read!; There is more to the market than eating and shopping. Enjoy a relaxing massage or have your fortune read or find a tailor, perhaps a leatherworker? There are a myriad of services accessible to be checked out.
Picnic dinner and sensational Sunset; grab your group of folks and have a picnic at the beach, or maybe you’re more the VIP lounge kind of person, either way, you get to enjoy a spectacular sunset for free anyway.
Live the Luxury life at Mindil beach casino resort
“Luxury living”; experience the luxury of the 5-star casino resort, play to your heart’s content. If you want to spend your holidays like royalty, Just. Visit. Once.
Have a conference to hold? Worry not!; Just because it’s primarily a casino does not mean it lacks other functions. There are super deluxe luxury spaces where you can hold your Events and Conferences if you wish to.
Ultimate casino experience; Ultimately, this place is famed for its casino and the fact that it’s at a beach is the icing on the cake! From Monday to Sunday, 10 am to 4 am, the more than 600 gaming machines stay open, whatever game you wish to play, you can bet it’s there.
Enjoy the outdoors at Stokes hill wharf
Go on a picnic; the friendly atmosphere at the stone’s hill wharf is an ideal destination for a get together with friends, to spend a holiday in a picnic.
Do you like to fish?; If fishing is what you have on mind then why not? Some recreational activities are fun anywhere in the world. So, grab your tools and get fishing!
In the Darwin harbour, you can buy tickets to a tour around the area or join a cruise maybe? Enjoy your time as you like, watching the beautiful scenic atmosphere. If you feel yourself getting hungry grab a bite and perhaps a drink too, there are bars, cafes, restaurants easily available in the area.
Experience the adventure at Crocosaurus Cove
Ever seen a reptile show?; the world's widest exhibit of Australian reptiles, up to 9 shows of reptiles per day, all in the centre of Darwin city. Folks here are amazingly enthusiastic about showing off the various varieties of reptiles they have, just consider them Steven Ervin shows, but live!
Introduction to the northern territory adventures; the spectacle accessible at the Crocosaurus Cove is in actuality a brief intro to the creatures you are likely to happen upon in the northern territory region. Freeze your moments forever; let the team at the Cove help you out in capturing the best pose perfect picture with the critters, to show off to your friends!
Savour the sites at Bicentennial Park
If you happen to visit Darwin during 5-22 August then you must check out the Darwin festival held in the park. You will get to experience the outdoor cabarets to dance, music, drama, comedy and cultural aspects of northern territory also.
The martyrs of “the bombing of darwin” have been given a home in this park with the memorials and monuments devoted to them. You can learn about Australian history through them. This is a good place to hang out with your friend circle around evening, work out on the exercise equipment and enjoy the sunset with a beautiful view overlooking the Darwin harbour.
Visit the Museum and art gallery of the Northern territory
Do you want to know the Aboriginal people of the Northern Territory better? To know the history, culture and science related to the territory, visiting MAGNT is the perfect choice.
Check out the defense of the Darwin experience; It’s a multimedia show and retelling of the history of Northern territory related to WW2, focusing around the ‘bombing of Darwin'.
Interested in art exhibitions?; The MAGNT art exhibition is comprised of more than 30,000 arts and crafts items to be enjoyed. If art is your thing then this is the place to be!
Explore the Flora at The Botanical Garden
Are you tired of watching reptiles and crocodiles everywhere and would rather prefer spending your time amidst plants and flowers instead? Then let me introduce you to the George brown Darwin botanical gardens!
Stroll through the rainforest; If you’ve already checked out the information center of the facility then take a walk through the rainforest and find that waterfall deep in the forest. It can be your own little adventure!
Count the Butterflies; do you have a kid with you? Or perhaps you might find your inner kid awakening, when you find the various kinds of butterflies in the sensory garden.
Feeling famished?; Worry not, there are options available for you, either have some coffee and cake at the Eva café Or if you want some real food, try out the barbecue next to the lily pond. Alternatively if you arrived with your folks, why not have a picnic on the lawn?
Taste-Test the local delicacies at Parap Village Market!
Parks and museums, you get to see everywhere you travel, what truly means to get to know a place is to mingle among the local communities. Have a fun time here at Parap village market, buying traditional art and craft souvenirs or taste-testing the local cuisine, there are many cool things to do in a place as lively as this!
Discover the crafts of NT; Jewellery or clothing, beauty products to potted plants, custom crafts for you too, wander through the market to discover the traditional talents of Northern Territory artists, bring back a souvenir to remember the moment by.
Taste-test the delicious dishes; If you get tired after walking around checking out the various crafts and shops, have a taste of the delicious and exotic local specialities. After all, you can’t truly get to know a place unless you’ve checked out their food.
Learn the military history of Darwin
If you are interested in getting to know the military history of Darwin along with having a glance at the cool artefacts from world war 2 era, then visiting the Darwin Military Museum should be in your to do list.
Initially meant to be an artillery museum, the collection now comprises of items from not only the war but navy, Air Force, of Australian and various combat forces of different nationality, in the growing Darwin military museum. This museum contains gun turrets used in 1942 and dedicated to recollecting the artifacts related to events such as “the bombing of Darwin”.
Relive your childhood at the Aquarium!
Are you one of those people who always wanted to go to an Aquarium but never had the chance to? Well, now is the chance to correct that. Explore the exhibition of Indo Pacific Marine Aquarium and relive your childhood dreams!
Coral Reef by Night; Get lost in the show of beautiful bioluminescent marine life, with a tour of the impressive aquarium and a dinner comprised of seafood. Get the total immersive experience of the Indo pacific marine exhibition. Come alone or bring a partner, it will be a night worth remembering, all the same.
Do you like Aviation crafts and engines?
For those that either come from a military background or find themselves fascinated with military equipment and history, Charles Darwin Aviation Museum is a well-known site with a wide array of aviation related items to be displayed.
Boeing-52G-Bomber; If you like watching Air force crafts, this ancient piece of brilliant art might catch your attention. Check out the Bomber from WW2 times, along with a fragment of bomb back from the “bombing of Darwin”.
Aircraft and Aircraft Engines; from Auster J/5P Autocar to Westland Wessex HAS.31B N7-202, from Allison J33 to Wright R-2600-13 Twin Cyclone, The famous Aviation museum has it all. Sate your eyes on these Aircrafts and Aircraft engines related to the Northern Territory military history.
Test your Biking skills at Charles Darwin National Park!
Unlike other sites of similar nature, this NP is famously known for its concrete bunkers dating back to WW2, to make it more exciting for you, one of those is changed into a memorabilia, where visitors are allowed to visit.
Do your interests lay in mountain biking? Then this is the perfect place to test your skills and challenge the difficult trail known as ‘spitfire'. Bike trails in this national park are major attraction for biking enthusiasts. You can choose to try out a simple biking trail or a difficult one too. Charles Darwin national park is not only known for the best network of bike trails in Darwin or Various historical sites dating back to WW2 found in the park, but also for its beautiful view of landscape.
Explore the Majestic Australian coastlines
Tours, cruises and boats. Who wouldn’t love enjoying a trip with their friends on a cruise? The waters surrounding Darwin may be full of deadly jellyfish and crocodiles, but that is why technology is for, right?
Enjoy the tour of the coastlines with your gang or alone, there is nothing quite like exploring a possibly dangerous landscape from the safety of your cruise, that is how you define a true travelling adventure after all. Let go of the tension in your shoulders and just have fun sightseeing with other guests, enjoying the dinner and entertainment aboard the cruise in the backdrop of a marvellous sunset.
Take a tour of the city!
Did you have your fun visiting various places national parks museums and aquariums around the city? Now it’s time to take a tour of the whole city itself, get a ticket of the double Decker tour bus, at various stops two places you might have missed to visit, let your legs relax a bit, enjoy the atmosphere of excitement with other tourists. Ask the tour guide and make arrangements to stop at places that may be hidden gems, or perhaps some place that you might enjoy yourself more than the popular ones.
Even if you picked a random direction, this city is so overflowing with tourist spots that you might tire before the attractions end, but Above listed are some attractions that are a must visit. Go on now, Have some fun!