Things to Do in Darwin
The Northern Territory’s tropical capital has been growing in popularity and it’s easy to see why.
Set on the edge of the Timor Sea, Darwin is Australia’s smallest capital city, but that doesn’t stop it from being one of the best.
The city’s picturesque surroundings offer plenty for visitors to get stuck into, from the side-street cafes that spill out onto the pavements, to quirky museums that highlight the city’s fascinating past and a collection of galleries that showcase local, Indigenous art.
The city also opens itself up to some of Australia’s best national parks. Set yourself up in Darwin for the perfect day trips out to the beautiful Litchfield and Kakadu National Parks.
Eating through Darwin
Darwin has, by far, some of the best markets in Australia. Darwin’s markets are vibrant and exciting, with something for everyone.
Start your Saturday morning at the Parap Village Markets. First opened in the 80s, head here to experience weekend life like a local. You’ll think you’ve walked out of Australia and into Asia as the flavours of Thailand, Malaysia and China awaken your senses. These markets are so popular that many hotels have complimentary shuttles there and back.
The most famous market however is undoubtedly the Mindil Beach Sunset Markets. This market is the biggest in Darwin and has grown from just a few stalls to hosting over 300 vendors each night along the beach during the dry season. Here you can find everything from local crafts to unique Aboriginal art and delicious international street foods.
Speaking of food, Darwin has some great dining experiences. Sitting on the oceans edge, Darwin has fantastically fresh seafood and unique eateries. Enjoy a delicious meal along the waterfront and try some of the local delicacies. You simply cannot visit Darwin without indulging in some of the local cuisine, we recommend tucking into some crocodile skewers.
Attractions around Darwin
Outside of the city hub, the scenery is a sprawling mass of lush rainforest and national parks. Kakadu and Litchfield National Parks are only a few hours’ away from Darwin, while the paradise backdrop of the Tiwi Islands proffers perfect snorkelling, diving, and swimming opportunities. For a relaxing weekend, head out fishing in a little boat with a couple of beers on board.
Darwin also has a deep and complex military history. Visit the Darwin Military Museum to learn all about the importance of this city during WWII. The city was bombed in 1942 by Japanese planes and resulted in the removal of all military from the city. However, the military presence is still very much felt today. From watch towers to ammunition bunkers and tunnels, a visit to the Darwin Military Museum is eye opening.
Dare to get up close and personal with Australia’s most feared reptiles? Not for the faint hearted, a Croc Dive at Crocosaurus cove is unforgettable. Come face to face with this mammoth being and explore the world’s largest collection of Australian reptiles. Crocosaurus cove is a great experience for the whole family and is a fantastic way to learn more about the species native to this unique area of Australia.
Darwin is a fantastic city and the gateway to some truly amazing regions of Australia.
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