The tropical tip of the Top End, Darwin is Australia’s northern most city and home to a wide assortment of activities, sights and history that will have you occupied for days. While most think of the Northern Territory and picture outback adventures, many highlights can be found right in the heart of the city.
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Cosy up to a croc in the Cage of Death
A trip to the Top End wouldn’t be complete without getting up close and personal with some impressively sized crocs. Now, you can experience this fear and excitement without having to book expensive, faraway tours.
Conveniently located in the heart of the city, Crocosaurus Cove is ideal for thrill-seekers, families or wildlife buffs looking for a great day out. Here, you’ll come face to face with Australia’s iconic saltwater crocodiles measuring at over 5 metres long!
The bravest of adventurers will want to take on the Cage of Death. Donning your swim gear, you’ll be lowered into crocodile territory with only a clear cage between you. We promise you haven’t seen these magnificent creatures like this before.
Sheer terror and large teeth not your style? There are plenty of other activities to enjoy that won’t send you into a panic. Watch the crocs being fed by the pros from afar, feed them yourself with the safety of a platform and fishing pole, hold a baby croc with only tiny chompers or view the other animals such as turtles, pythons and dragons.
Enjoy delicious goodness at a sunset market
Market lovers and foodies rejoice, we’ve found the perfect haven for you. As the sun goes down on another gorgeous Darwin day, soak up the sounds, smells and great vibes of the Mindil Beach Sunset Market. Just 2 kilometres from the Darwin city centre, the market is the perfect place to chat about the day’s adventures over a picnic dinner and drinks.
While you’ll come for the spectacular view, you’ll stay for the range of glorious food, live music and over 200 stalls of goodies, including arts and crafts. For those who really want to get the most out of the beachside experience, there are VIP areas up for grabs with front-row sunset seats and an esky to bring all of your favourite beverages.
Explore the pristine botanical gardens
Across the road from Mindil Beach are the George Brown Botanical Gardens. The 42 hectares feature some Top End plants as well as species from around the world, creating a perfect oasis to stroll around for an afternoon.
These gardens have stood the test of time, surviving WWII and Cyclone Tracy, and remain a top spot for tourists and locals alike.
Squeeze in some art and culture
The Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory (MAGNT) is a must-have on your itinerary for a solid dose of art, cultural and scientific collections that have a focus on the Top End. Get lost on a journey exploring the many exhibits showcasing the talents of artists and the history of the Northern Territory. Exhibitions change throughout the year, so there is always something amazing to see.
With over 300,000 people visiting the MAGNT each year, there must be something special about it.
Learn more about Darwin’s history
Venture to the Royal Flying Doctors Service Darwin Tourist Facility and learn more about two iconic moments of the Northern Territory’s history. As well as the Flying Doctors service, you’ll learn more about the devastating bombing of Darwin in 1942. Those looking for WWII history can also take a look at the Oil Storage Tunnels designed to protect oil supplies during the war. You can now explore the tunnels, which feature further information and photographs of wartime activity in Darwin.
Before booking those day trips, experience the beauty of Darwin’s city for yourself.
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