If you’re considering a holiday to Australia, your mind may immediately snap to our famous tourist destinations. Sydney. Melbourne. Uluru Rock. The Great Barrier Reef.
It’s time you start adding Darwin to that list.
Located in the Northern Territory, Darwin offers solo travellers, couples, and families an authentic experience filled with natural beauty, deep history, ancient culture, and modern amenities.
Not many places around Australia, or the world, can compete with Darwin when it comes to a unique and beautiful holiday.
Here are the top five things to do in Darwin:
Get up close and personal with crocodiles
There are so many crocodiles in the waters near Darwin that some of the beaches aren’t even safe to swim in. Luckily for all visiting crocodile fans, there are various places where you can enjoy getting up close and personal with crocodiles in a more controlled and safe environment.
Check out Crocosaurus Cove, which offers a heart-beating crocodile encounter. Visitors enter the Cage of Death and are slowly lowered into croc-infested waters. You’ll be able to watch as crocodiles completely surround you. Talk about a rush. There’s also the more family-friendly Crocodylus Park, which features thousands of crocodiles and teaches visitors about the area’s history with the prehistoric animal.
Experience Tiwi Islands culture
For travellers more interested in authentic, off-the-beaten-path adventures, look no further than the Tiwi Islands. Located about 80 kilometres north of Darwin, this chain of nine islands are home to indigenous Australian people who have been residing on the islands for nearly 7,000 years. The two largest islands are inhabited, and visitors can experience the friendly local people and the culture of a slower time.
The islands have a thriving art scene, and various myths shape the islands’ culture. Additionally, it’s a wonderful spot for bird-watchers and nature lovers. Many threatened and endangered species can be found here.
Visit a pair of National Parks
Litchfield and Kakadu National Parks are located within a few hours’ drive from Darwin and give nature lovers an outdoor playground any time of year.
One of the main draws of Kakadu National Park is its abundance of waterfalls. Grab a map from the park’s visitor centre and decide which you’d like to relax next to (or under)!
Jump off waterfalls to cool off on a hot summer’s day and explore aboriginal rock art dating back more than 20,000 years at Kakadu, or explore magnetic termite mounds and The Lost City at Litchfield, perfect for a weekend adventure.
Stroll along the harbour or take a ride
The waters directly surrounding Darwin are breathtaking and make a great starting point for a morning or evening walk along the harbor. Explore the waterways surrounding the harbour, or enjoy the sunset views. You’ll be able to taste various dishes of local cuisine from restaurants nearby as locals and tourists alike mingle together.
Alternatively, book a small harbour cruise to learn more about the history of the city’s waterways. It’s a beautiful way to learn about all the marine charms of the city and area.
Visit the local produce markets
Sunset markets, night time markets, weekend markets – Darwin’s got it all. If you’re making a stop in Darwin, you need to take a walk through these famed markets. Score some street food or fresh-farmed fruit, and support local artisans while you do it. Any visit to a local market is a colourful experience.
Jam out to some music and score a trinket or two to remember your time in Darwin. Whether you’re traveling as a couple, family, or solo, you’re not going to want to miss Darwin’s markets.