Darwin the pearl of Northern Australia. Yes, it’s a gateway to the unique and beautiful wetland National Parks of the Northern Territory, but, it’s also an unconventional quirky city with quite a lot to do and fun to be had. So…. give it a few days.
Top Ten – Here’s what you need to know and need to do….
I’m a dope I only have one day…
- Get a ticket for the Hop-on/off Bus and spend some time orientating yourself.
- Stoke Hill Wharf – Royal Flying Doctor Service and Bombing of Darwin Harbour Experience Museum.
- Crocosaurus – interactive reptile centre
- Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory
- Darwin Harbour Sunset cruise and dinner (if you still have the energy)
Darwin’s not that big so you can really pack in a lot but you will need to hire a car to be able to cover all this unless you have already picked up your Camper, or do a guided tour. If you have your own wheels you can probably ditch the Hop-on/off Bus.
I have at least two days – do the above plus….
- Darwin Botanical Gardens
- Adelaide River Jumping Crocodile Cruise
- Waterfront Precinct – Wave pool, Saltwater Pool, Café’s, Restaurants and Microbreweries.
- Indigenous Art buying – Smith and Mitchell St’s city centre
- Deck Chair Cinema – Darwin Harbour (April-November)
Darwin is quite famous for its markets, your attendance will depend on what days of the week/time of year you are there. They are quintessentially Top End so make sure you include at least one in your itinerary.
- Mindil Beach Sunset Markets – Apr – Oct, Thu – Sun, 4 – 9pm
- Parap Markets – Saturdays 8am – 2pm
- Malak Markets – Apr – Oct, Saturdays, 4 – 9pm
- Nightcliff Markets – Sundays, 8am – 2pm
- Rapid Creek Markets – Saturday/Sunday, 7am – 2pm
Don’t forget to pay your respects to the Larrakia people the traditional custodians of the Darwin area, elders past, present and emerging.
You will fall in love with Darwin, just don’t go troppo.