Darwin is the capital of Australia's Northern Territory and a former frontier outpost. It's also a gateway to massive Kakadu National Park. Its popular waterfront area has several beaches and green areas like Bicentennial Park. Also near the water is the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, displaying Southeast Asian and Pacific art, plus a pearling lugger and other seafaring vessels.
A plethora of waterfront restaurants and a chilled-out vibe make Darwin's waterfront a great spot to spend a day or three. Swim in crystal clear lagoons and cycle through manicured parklands; see an alfresco movie and listen to bush poetry. A holiday in Darwin is an alluring blend of cultures and cuisines with something for all types of travellers.
HOW TO GET THERE
The capital of the Northern Territory, Darwin, is a harbour city on the Timor Sea. Its waterfront has several accessible locales including the upmarket suburb of Cullen Bay, Mindil Beach (home to local institution the Mindil Beach Sunset Markets) and Darwin's Waterfront Precinct, a sophisticated dining and entertainment complex with a man-made lagoon and wave pool.
A sunset picnic at Mindil Beach Market
Enjoying a sundowner at a seaside restaurant
Swimming in the wave pool at the Waterfront Precinct
MINDIL BEACH MARKETS
The coconut palms are swaying in the sunset, and the smell of sizzling satay and spicy noodles is in the air. Welcome to Darwin's Mindil Beach Sunset Market - where you can sample flavours of the Asia-Pacific and local art and craft and in a balmy, tropical setting.
Held every Thursday in the dry season months between May and October, this vibrant market is something of a Darwin institution. The locals start arriving at dusk, armed with tables, chairs, rugs and kids and settle on the beach or the grass to watch the sun sink in a blaze of colour and the stars to appear.
Like Darwin, these markets are melting pot of cuisines and cultures. People from more than 50 nationalities live in Darwin and more than 30 exotic national flavours - including Aboriginal, Islander, Thai, Indonesian, Chinese and European - are showcased in the tasty food stalls at Mindil Beach.
LITCHFIELD NATIONAL PARK
Let your worries fade away as you soak under a refreshing waterfall in the Northern Territory's stunning Litchfield National Park. The plethora of thundering falls and cool plunge pools will entice you to stay awhile and breathe in the serenity of the surrounding monsoon forest. When it's time to wander, follow the waterfall walkways, visit historic ruins from pioneering days and stare in amazement at gigantic termite mounds that dot the landscape.
How to get there
Litchfield National Park is a two hour drive south of Darwin, in the Northern Territory. The main route in is the sealed Stuart Highway, via the tiny gateway township of Batchelor. Be sure to check road conditions, as many of the 4WD tracks close during the wet season (November to March).
Swim beneath a waterfall
Soar above the Lost City on a scenic helicopter flight
Join a multi-day tour of the park's highlights
Crocosaurus Cove, located in the heart of Darwin city, allows visitors a unique, up close and personal view of Australia’s iconic Saltwater Crocodiles.
Bringing together some of the largest Saltwater Crocodiles in Australia & boasting the World’s largest display of Australian reptiles, Crocosaurus Cove is a must see attraction when visiting Darwin and the Top End.
Bring your bathers and “Swim with the Crocs” jump on our “Fishing for Crocs” platform and smile for the camera while holding a baby Saltwater Crocodile. Check out the Barramundi, Archer Fish & Whiprays in our 200,000 litre fresh water aquarium and don’t forget our upstairs Top End Turtle enclosure.
Crocosaurus Cove is also home to the famous, Cage of Death. The only cage in the world that brings you face to face with some of the largest Saltwater Crocodiles in captivity. Go it alone or grab a friend – this is a once in a lifetime opportunity to share the same environment of one of the world’s deadliest predators.
All of this and more awaits you at Darwin’s ultimate urban wildlife experience…right in the heart of Mitchell Street, Darwin City.