Filled to the brim with epic wildlife adventures, historical artefacts, gorgeous sunset vistas and attractions the whole family will love, the town of Darwin has no shortage of things to see and do to keep you busy on your next visit.
It can be overwhelming to whittle this list down – so we’re here to help. If you’re heading up to Darwin, here are five attractions that should grace the top of your Darwin bucket list. Happy travels!
- Feed a crocodile at Crocosaurus Cove
Crocodiles are synonymous with the coastal capital of Darwin, so a visit to a collection of crocs is basically a rite of passage for visitors. If you’re a fan of the animal, don’t miss the chance to come face-to-face with a saltwater croc in the ‘Cage of Death’. For something a little tamer, enjoy a hand-feeding session or hold a cute baby crocodile for a fun photo opportunity.
- Grab a bite to eat at the Mindil Beach Sunset Markets
Held every Thursday and Sunday evening, usually from April to October, these vibrant night markets are filled with unique crafts, live entertainment and an array of international cuisine, including delicious Thai, Greek, Chinese, Malaysian, Brazilian and Portugese offerings. Time your visit to catch a gorgeous Mindil Beach sunset – the cherry-on-top of your market experience.
- Swim or boogie board in the Wave Lagoon
Open from 10am to 6pm every day, Darwin’s 4,000sqm Wave Lagoon is one of the only places in town where you can swim in stinger and crocodile-free waters. It rolls out 10 different wave patterns which provides plenty of fun for boogie-boarders, and also features a shallow wading pool that little kids can splash about in. Boogie boards and tubes are supplied by lagoon staff.
- Learn about local history at the Defence of Darwin Experience
This powerful exhibition was opened in 2012 to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Darwin bombings. History buffs will appreciate this audio-visual journey that allows participants to hear first-hand accounts from those who survived the horrific event, and then walk in their footsteps in an app-guided tour along the Darwin Esplanade.
- Hop on a Mary River Wetlands cruise
One of the best ways to admire the local wildlife (at a comfortable distance) is on a cruise through the picturesque Mary River wetlands. No matter the time of year you visit, the wetlands are guaranteed to be filled with a diverse range of fish, birds and crocodiles to marvel at.
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