Australia is a very popular holiday destination, attracting adventurers from all across the globe. Most people think of cities like Sydney, Melbourne and the Gold Coast when they think about Australia. Darwin, in the Northern Territory, probably wouldn’t be one of the first places that would spring to mind! And that’s a real shame! Darwin offers a wealth of unique experiences that can add loads to any trip Down Under.
Take things as fast or as slow as you like in Darwin – there are o many things to suit so may interests. From long walks in the dense bush to wandering around local markets and meeting the diverse population that calls Darwin home, here are some top things to add to you travel list when visiting Darwin:
Crocodylus Park is one of the best places in all of Australia to come face-to-face with enormous crocodiles. Just a short way outside of the heart of Darwin, Crocodylus Park is home to over a thousand crocodiles, as well as other interesting creatures and wildlife. You can see crocodiles of all ages, from eggs and tiny cute-looking hatchings to ginormous and monstrous-looking creatures.
George Brown Botanic Gardens
George Brown Botanic Gardens ae located around two kilometres outside of Darwin. Why not rent a bike and cycle out there? Filled with local plants, you can learn how many of the plants were traditionally used by Aboriginal people for medical, and other, purposes. There are informative trails that you can follow, and leaflets are available at the information centre. Follow the rainforest loop up to a pool with a waterfall, and amble across the small bridge that spans the water.
Looking for somewhere to chill out and relax in Darwin? Look no further than Lake Alexander! The shimmering waters offer swimming all throughout the year, a perfect way to cool down on a hot day, and the shores are great for sunbathing and picnicking. Kids play alongside the lake and families get the BBQs smoking.
Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory
One of the highlights of the Northern Territory, you’ll find this excellent museum and gallery at Darwin Harbour. Home to diverse collections of art and items of historical and cultural significance, it is a top place to learn more about the area and the people that have lived here over the years.
Open since 1981, Aquascene is a great attraction for the whole family. At high tide, watch as hundreds of fish come into the shallows looking for food. A nearby resident used to feed a few fish, and more fish were gradually enticed to the area, hopeful of finding food. Today, you can see many, many fish, and watch as they greedily gobble their dinner!
WWII Oil-Storage Tunnels
Escape the heat of the day and head underground into the WWII oil-storage tunnels. Built to protect oil supplies during the war, visitors today can take a walk through the gloomy yet fascinating tunnels. Displays tell the tales of how the war affected the area.
Fannie Bay Gaol
The main prison in Darwin for almost 100 years, Fannie Bay Gaol first started housing inmates in the 1880s. Executions took place at the prison’s gallows until the early 1950s, and you can understand a little about the life of inmates as you learn more about the prison’s grim past.
Other great things to do in Darwin include seeing colonial buildings like the Old Court House and Police Station, visiting Charles Darwin National Park, enjoying the great outdoors at Berry Springs Nature Park, and chilling out at the unusual Deckchair Cinema.