Are you tired of the same old holiday destinations? Step outside your comfort zone and experience everything there is explore at the Top End of Australia with a darwin holiday.
This gorgeous city is set by the sea and is a hotbed of culture, Australian experiences and some of the most beautiful scenery you will see in your lifetime. When you visit Darwin, there is so much to see and do. Here are just some of the key attractions:
Can you even say you have holidayed in Darwin unless you have gone swimming with giant, flesh-eating crocodiles? Located in Darwin City, Crocosaurus Cove provides visitors with a unique opportunity to see saltwater crocodiles up close.
Crocosaurus Cove boasts the world’s biggest display of Australian reptiles, which includes some of the largest saltwater crocodiles in Australia. There are regular reptile feeding times, a massive aquarium that also features another aquatic icon of the Top End – the mighty barramundi – and opportunities to safely get up close and personal with the crocodiles.
The real adrenaline-pumping experience here is the Cage of Death, where you will have a chance to view some of the largest saltwater crocodiles in captivity in their natural environment. You will be safe at all times but will get to witness the sheer presence these ferocious creatures have as they glide through the waters of their natural habitat.
Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory
Darwin’s Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory (MAGNT) holds a wide variety of collections that represent local art, natural history, and culture. The MAGNT aims to provide an understanding of the artistic, cultural and natural history of the region through its research and exhibition programs, making it an essential place to visit for any newcomer to the Top End.
The original museum was destroyed by Cyclone Tracy on Christmas Eve in 1974 (along with 70 per cent of the rest of the city) but was re-opened in a dedicated building in 1981.
Since then the rich history of Darwin has been lovingly collected and curated, including historical remnants of the night Tracy came to Darwin, the impacts of World War II, the local flora and fauna (including the actual body of Sweetheart, a 5.1 m saltwater crocodile that terrorised the region in the 1970s), Indigenous culture and history and so much more. Darwin has its own unique history and this exhibition is like no other museum on the planet.
The Darwin Wharf Precinct
A short stroll from Darwin mall is the Darwin Wharf Precinct, which includes the Stokes Hill Wharf and Cruise Ship Terminal, a wave pool, hotels, and pearl displays.
Taking advantage of Stokes Hill Wharf’s relaxed, friendly atmosphere, dine under the stars or in casual restaurants offering fresh seafood and steaks.
Enjoy a harbour cruise with family and friends, go fishing all year round, or simply enjoy the spectacular sunsets over Darwin Harbour throughout the year. The wharf is still used by smaller marine industry users and cruise yachts, with harbour tours and cruises departing daily from the wharf.
There are historical sites from World War II, you can watch the cruise liners come into the terminal, enjoy live music and entertainment at the convention centre and so much. This is one of the most vibrant parts of Darwin with fun to be had for all the family.
Mindil Beach Sunset Market
Darwin’s Mindil Beach Sunset Market epitomises the multicultural aspect of the city and is an explosion of culture, art and entertainment that has to be seen to be believed.
In addition to the food stalls and an array of arts, crafts, and services stalls, the Market hosts over 200 unique stalls offering a variety of local and international cuisines. These markets give artists a chance to show off their talent and feature creative and performing arts from all genres. This combination of delicious food, arts, and culture is set against the gorgeous backdrop of the sun setting over Darwin Harbour, creating a magical atmosphere.
And if you’re feeling hungry, there are over 60 food stalls that allow you to try local delicacies such as barramundi, kangaroo and crocodile as well as international cuisine from all over the world.
Defence of Darwin Experience
Darwin was frequently attacked by Japanese bombers from February 1942 onwards as an important naval base during World War II. This poignant attraction can be found within the Darwin Military Museum and commemorates the 1942 attack on Darwin during World War II.
Using multimedia presentations and first-hand accounts, retrace Darwin’s role in WWII and examine the impact of WWII on Darwin’s residents.
The Darwin Military Museum, which is conveniently located adjacent to the East Point Nature Reserve, features exhibits in beautiful tropical gardens surrounded by the sea. Among the structures on the site are an observation tower, bunkers, and gun positions that were active during the war era.