While some people consider the main Darwin attractions to lie outside the reach of walking or public transport, there is plenty to do in or near the city if you’re lacking a car.
One Day Litchfield National Park Tour
Our One Day Litchfield Tour is a must see when you visit Darwin – just ask any local! The park is located 100 kilometres South of Darwin and we can help you get there with an awesome full day trip departing daily from Darwin. Spend the day taking in some amazing sights including Florence and Wangi Falls, Buley Rock Hole and the unique Magnetic Cathedral termite mounds. Pack your bathers as the falls are open for swimming throughout most of the year.
This full day trip, including a BBQ lunch, will leave you wishing that you could throw away all of your responsibilities and spend the rest of your days chasing Australia's best waterfalls.
Book your spot on the tour here with pick-ups from Darwin accommodation.
TIP: Sometimes the falls can be closed by Parks authorities and in that case we will visit a suitable alternative.
Located right in the middle of Darwin City, Crocosaurus Cove is home to the famous Cage of Death where you can come face to face with a Saltwater Crocodile – if you’re game! A great way to ‘meet the locals’, the Cage of Death is Australia’s only crocodile dive experience. During this experience, you will climb inside the cage suspended above the crocs before being lowered into the pen and get face to face with a 5m + crocodile.
For those looking for something a little tamer, you can visit the aquarium, the reptile enclosure or the turtle sanctuary and learn about the natives of the Top End.
With daily activities such as the Aquarium Feeding, Meet the Reptiles, Hold a Baby Croc and the Big Croc Feed Show, there’s a lot to choose from.
See website for entry fees.
TIP: Tickets for the cage of death include full day entry to Crocosaurus Cove.
Darwin Waterfront Precinct - Wave Lagoon & Recreation Lagoon
Looking for a more relaxed activity? Darwin’s Waterfront Precinct is just five minute’s walk from the city centre where you can enjoy one (or all) of the many restaurants, cafes and bars as well as the Wave Lagoon and saltwater Recreation Lagoon, all the while enjoying the amazing ocean views and lush parklands – bliss!
The Wave Lagoon has a shallow pool for toddlers as well as a large chlorinated pool that manually produces waves at intervals throughout the day. For a small entry fee (see website), you can hire a tube or a boogie board and ride the waves or simply float around.
If that still sounds too extreme for you, check out the free saltwater Recreation Lagoon just next door. This area features a man-made beach and has a natural eco system including fish, algae and other marine life. Take a dip or just laze on the beach and enjoy the sun.
It’s a great way to beat the heat and humidity!
TIP: Avoid going if a storm is forecast as lightning will close down both pools.
Mindil Beach Markets
The beach and food – these two go hand in hand and Darwin has excellently combined the two in what is now known as a true icon: the Mindil Beach Markets. Created in the 80’s with a vision to bring a taste of Asia’s night markets to Darwin, the Mindil Beach Markets are now and integral part of the community and widely celebrated for its multiculturalism.
Operating on Thursdays and Sundays during the ‘Dry Season’ (end of April – end of October), they are less than 3 kilometres from the city centre; an easy walk or a short bus ride.
Today you can choose from over 1200 menu items across 60 food stalls featuring an array of cuisines from around the world, including Mango Smoothies (a local favourite) – the hardest part is deciding what to choose!
But wait, there more! With 130 craft vendors you can also shop the handmade jewellery, quirky clothes and natural beauty products, learn to crack a whip with Mick’s Whips or sit back and soak up a performance from one of the many buskers and local scheduled entertainment.
There is something to do for everyone and you’ll want to go back again, and again, and again… just like a true Darwinite!
TIP: Try something from the Roadkill Café if you’re feeling brave (their motto is “you kill it, we grill it”).
George Brown Darwin Botanic Gardens
Another easy walk from the city centre, The George Brown Darwin Botanic Gardens is in the same vicinity as Mindil Beach Markets and have been there for over 130 years (meaning they survived two major disasters; World War II in 1942 and cyclone Tracy in 1974).
With free entry, a visit to the gardens is a great way to beat the heat or get in touch with nature.
With 42 hectares of garden, an information centre, a café inside one of Darwin’s oldest churches, and a BBQ picnic area, you could come for the day or just an hour.
You could easily combine a visit here with the Mindil Beach Markets during the Dry Season.
Written by : Wayoutback on 30 March