Explore the adventure and aboriginal culture that await you in Darwin as well as discover the region’s incredible variety of wildlife
Deep in Australia’s tropical north, the capital of the Northern Territory, the city of Darwin is perfectly located for exploring not only the tropical wetlands of the ‘Top End’, but the deserts and arid lands to the south, including Uluru, the famed Ayers Rock.
Not only does Darwin have a harbour twice the size of the one in Sydney, but the Territory boasts of some of the most incredible wildlife, while for those seeking the good life, the city also offers diverse and exciting “eat, drink and make merry” choices.
Here are some of the most interesting things Darwin has to offer.
Giants of Crocosaurus Cove
Feed some of the world’s biggest saltwater crocodiles, take a selfie with a baby croc and be lowered into the water with the prehistoric reptiles in the “Cage of Death” as you get scarily close to nature’s most fearsome creatures at Crocosaurus Cove. Don’t miss the Turtle Enclosure and Reptile House.
Territory Wildlife Park, Berry Springs
The Territory Wildlife Park, a 45-minute drive south of Darwin, is the place to see dingos and more. A train runs between the attractions, which include a walk-through aviary, nocturnal house, aquarium, billabong and monsoon forest walk. The Flight Deck bird show is a favourite with visitors.
Mary River Wetlands
Mary River Wetlands is home to the largest concentration of saltwater crocodiles in the world. And the two-hour cruise will get you close enough to them for some edge of the seat awesomeness. Birdwatching and fishing are also possible here, while accommodation options range from budget to deluxe.
Take in the monsoon forest, rocky coastline, savannah woodland and mangroves as you spot exotic species like honeyeaters, flycatchers, kingfishers, finches, cockatoos and drongos. Don’t forget to pack your binoculars.
Darwin Military Museum
Students of military history will enjoy the interactive, multimedia Defence of Darwin Experience, which includes a multi-sensory theatre depicting the bombing of Darwin in February 1942. Darwin has nine World War II military heritage sites to explore. If you cruise down to the Darwin Harbour, you will find that your lesson on World War II continues here as you wander through marine habitats, shipwrecks, mangroves, sites of cultural significance and learn what happened when the War came to Darwin.
Explore the culture of the local Pudakul people on this authentic, nature-based experience. Learn about bush tucker and traditional medicine, try blowing a didgeridoo, play the clapsticks, throw a spear and see basket and dilly bag making demonstrations. You’ll also discover the significance of Dreamtime and Djukbinj, the Rainbow Serpent and enjoy damper (bush bread) and tea.
Mindil Beach Market
Sample a range of exotic cuisines and pick up beautiful handmade craft pieces at the Mindil Beach Sunset Market. On Thursday and Sunday nights, crowds gather on the shore of the Arafura Sea to watch the sun slip below the horizon. You can also grab a massage while you’re there.