Top 10 Must Dos: Darwin, NT
Need a little convincing to head to the top end?
Look no further. Darwin is an absolute must-see travel destination for 2019. With stunning waterfalls and adrenaline pumping experiences, to relaxing waterside dining and historical culture, there’s something for everyone to love in the NT. If you need that little extra push check out our top 10 things to do in the beautiful city.
Explore Litchfield National Park
Just over an hour drive from Darwin, Litchfield is a favourite for locals – and it’s easy to see why. Visitors can take a dip beneath the waterfalls at Florence and Wangi Falls or the lush Buley Rockhole. If you fall in love with the National Park, you can stay overnight in one of the campgrounds for the ultimate nature experience. The NT’s most visited park gained some serious global attention this year with Lonely Planet recently including the park in its Best in Travel list for 2019.
Sunset Sailing on Darwin Harbour
Want to take in a spectacular Darwin sunset? We recommend taking a relaxing cruise on Darwin Harbour where you’ll sip on sparkling wine and watch the skies change from a fiery red to deep violet. Can’t really top a view like that!
Get the Adrenaline Pumping
Like a little adventure? Take a fast lap around Darwin Harbour with a V8 Airboat tour. The 45-minute ride departs from Stokes Hill Wharf and whips you across the harbour towards the city’s scenic mangroves. One of the absolute must dos of Darwin.
For all the foodie, fashion & fun seekers out there – you’ll have to experience Darwin’s lively market scene at Mindil Beach Sunset Market (April-September), and the weekend markets held at Parap, Nightcliff and Rapid Creek. With delicious Asian-inspired food (including some of the best laksa we’ve ever had), to local artisan wares plus live music and entertainment, the markets are a fantastic way to experience Darwin.
Street Art Spotting
If you’ve got an eye for art the streets of Darwin will be a creative haven. From ancient art to modern interpretations, Darwin is a hub for art lovers. Grab your camera and put on your comfy shoes to explore the permanent street art murals around the Darwin CBD. Afterwards, head to Provenance Arts, Darwin’s first retail, exhibition and cultural hub which showcases local artists promoting ethical art, crafts and souvenirs from a range of Aboriginal-owned art centres as well as non-Indigenous artists from the Top End.
Catch A Famous Territory Barra
Home to the largest population of barramundi, the Top End is the perfect spot to put a line out and catch a barra. Great for beginners, you can hire a rod from one of the many fishing stores and head to one of the land-based fishing spots on Darwin Harbour, like Stokes Hill Wharf. If you drop a line in between now and the end of March, you’ve also got the chance to reel in a barra worth a cool one million dollars as part of the Territory’s Million Dollar Fish campaign. That’ll definitely pay for your holiday!
Go Croc Diving
What’s a trip to Darwin without a croc experience?! Better yet an up-close-and-personal encounter with some of Australia’s largest reptiles. Head to Crocosaurus Cove for their famous ‘Cage of Death’ swimming experience – it’s Australia’s only crocodile dive. You’ll also get hands-on with croc feedings and reptile talks. This one is not for the faint hearted!
One For The History Buffs
The Royal Flying Doctor Service tourist facility at Stokes Hill Wharf offers a fantastic interactive experience. You’ll see what the bombing of Darwin Harbour was like in WWII with a virtual reality experience. Over in Fannie Bay, explore the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory (MAGNT) which showcases fantastic Aboriginal and local exhibitions.
Stroll The Botanic Gardens
The Northern Territory is home to some of the most diverse natural landscapes in the country, so be sure to take a walk through the George Brown Darwin Botanic Gardens to explore just a taste of the exotic tropical plants native to northern Australia. Part of the MAGNT complex, the gardens are a peaceful way to spend the afternoon.
After you’ve taken in the sites at MAGNT, pop across the road to the Darwin Ski Club. An iconic Darwin venue, the club offers relaxed wining and dining overlooking Fannie Bay. Or, if the mood strikes you, Hot Tamale Restaurant, on the Darwin Waterfront, has the largest collection of tequila in the Southern Hemisphere to help you relax after a long day of adventures. Repeat largest collection of tequila in the Southern Hemisphere- we’ll see you at the bar.