Darwin: 15 Top Things To Do

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Australia’s smallest capital. Darwin has one of the most dramatic climates, with a distinct hot, dry season, where it doesn’t rain for six months, then constantly floods for the remaining six months. There’s no doubt that Darwin pays homage to the reputation Australia has with the most lethal animals in the world. Snakes, sharks, box jellyfish and saltwater crocodiles call this area of the Northern Territory home. If I haven’t sold this humid city with life threatening animals to you yet…listen up! Let me tell you about the beautiful landscapes, waterfalls, spectacular scenery, and fascinating indigenous cultures. Darwin was actually one of the first places Aboriginal people settled in Australia resulting in a lot of history waiting to be explored. During the dry season, many backpackers and tourists flock to Darwin making it one of the liveliest, fun and energetic places to be during these months.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Mindil Beach Markets

Darwin is renowned for its succulent sunset markets. Hosted every Thursday and Sunday, the markets are a great way to grab dinner and catch up over some live entertainment or an epic sunset. They sell everything from aboriginal art, to digeridoos, jewellery, and many world foods.

 

Grab a drink on Mitchell Street

This road gives Darwin its reputation for being somewhat rowdy! You’re bound to find a spot to your liking for a few drinks and boogie the night away. It’s worth a visit even if you’re not planning a night on the town, just to take in the atmosphere, to witness the different food styles, shops, and cultures.

 

Take a dip in the lagoon

With Darwin’s heat, you’ll know that this spot is a godsend. Seen as swimming in other areas is highly inadvisable due to the presence of lethal animals, the council have found a solution. There is also a wave pool which costs a little extra but is fun for all the family and every age category.

 

Charles Darwin National Park

A great spot to enjoy the Aboriginal heritage and World War 2 bunkers are a popular hotspot, describing the explosives used at the time.

 

Kakadu National Park

An absolute must visit and the reason many people make the trip to Darwin. Get ready for rugged, natural landscapes, epic 4WD tracks with hidden waterfalls. The parks highlights would be Cahill’s Crossing, a place where you can watch salties feeding in their natural habitat. Jimjim Falls, waterfalls only accessible by 4WD and can be enjoyed by scenic flight in the wet season. There is $40 parks pass fee to enter.

 

Litchfield National Park

This park is much more accessible than Kakadu as the highlights can all be reached by 2WD. Home to termite mounds, incredible waterfalls, and short hikes. Those with 4WDs can explore further afield, The Reynolds Track and The Lost City. Many tour groups do day trips frequently from Darwin.

 

Berry Springs 

One of the Northern Territory’s best swimming holes and for good reason. With picnic and BBQ facilities it’s the perfect spot to chill out for the day.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Visit Katherine City

Where the outback meets the tropics. Full of unique history and culture to explore. It’s known for its many aboriginal art galleries alluding to traditional styles in the area. Katherine springs has become increasingly popular, a naturally heated springs located close to the town.

 

Mataranka

Home to beautiful fresh thermal springs called Bitter Springs. The current pushes swimmers from one end to the other, grab your floatie, lie back and relax, let the drift take you. Be sure to take in a show with Australia’s five time whip cracking Guinness World Record holder. Five evenings a week at Mataranka Rodeo Grounds.

 

Daly Waters Pub

You can’t visit Darwin without a trip to this famous quirky pub. This outback watering hole is a popular hangout. Featuring outback memorabilia and décor with a friendly atmosphere. Live music every night with many camping options to choose from and locals to meet, the resident horse, goat, and donkey.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Indulge in an Epic Helicopter Pub Crawl

I’m sure we’ve all been on a pub crawl or two in our time, but have you ever done one in a helicopter? Yes, it’s bougee and indulgent, we didn’t do it ourselves, but our friends haven’t stopped raving about it. You can book your tour with Airborne Solutions.

 

Spend the day at a Beach Club

Theres a couple of pool bars to choose from in Darwin, but the best is the infinity pool bar at Mindil Beach Casino Resort. Catch sunset, stunning views and delicious food and drinks, it doesn’t get much better than this.

 

Take a trip to the Tiwi Islands

A short flight or ferry to some of the most remote and beautiful islands in Australia. Home to only a few thousand people, these islands are far from frequented by tourists, making them a must visit.

 

Set off fireworks on Cracker Night

For one night of the year its legal to buy and use fireworks in the Northern Territory. If this is your thing, get yourself there for the 1st of July. Dubbed ‘cracker night’ by the locals, many flock to the beaches to indulge in some risky business.

 

Hop on a Jumping Croc Tour

The population of crocodiles living in the top end of Australia has never been as big. Why not hop on a tour with Adelaide River Jumping Crocs to see them up close and personal. They’ll literally jump out of the water right bedside you for food.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So, now you’ve got a glimpse into the 15 best things to do in and around Darwin. What are you most excited to see first?

Australia’s smallest capital. Darwin has one of the most dramatic climates, with a distinct hot, dry season, where it doesn’t rain for six months, then constantly floods for the remaining six months. There’s no doubt that Darwin pays homage to the reputation Australia has with the most lethal animals in the world. Snakes, sharks, box jellyfish and saltwater crocodiles call this area of the Northern Territory home.
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