From beaches to art galleries, botanic gardens and fishing expeditions, Darwin offers something for every type of visitor. Best known for its nature and wildlife experiences, Darwin is home to fascinating attractions such as Crocosaurus Cove, the world's largest display of Australian reptiles.
Things to do in Darwin
No trip to Darwin is complete without spending a few hours at Mindil Beach Sunset Market, about two kilometres from Darwin. Brimming with tie-dyed garments, Aboriginal artefacts and handmade crafts, the market also offers diverse cuisine ranging from Brazilian fare to Sri Lankan, Greek and Malaysian delicacies. After sunset, the beach area’s pubs and restaurants start buzzing as well.
The Darwin Wharf Precinct lets you reel in dinner from free fishing platforms, or embark on a harbour cruise. It’s here that you can also experience some of the city’s best shopping, entertainment and fresh seafood eateries. Indo-Pacific Marine gives a glimpse of tropical marine animals in its spacious aquarium, while the Australian Pearling Exhibition reveals the secrets of both historical and modern pearl farming.
Darwin honours history with numerous World War II military heritage sites as well as the Darwin Military Museum, located in the in the East Point Nature Reserve. Make sure to catch the multi-sensory theatre depiction of the Defence of Darwin.
Getting around Darwin
Public buses are in abundance in Darwin, and a dedicated tourist bus provides transportation to the primary attractions. The city is pedestrian and bike-friendly, with compact roads and shopping areas. Bike-hire systems operate from stations throughout Darwin, and taxis wait along main strips such as Knuckey Street.