From a lush city oasis and a man-made beach and lagoon in the heart of the CBD to stunning sunset markets and crocodiles in central Mitchell Street, read on for some of the best things to do in this tropical city, all easily accessible to explore on foot.
Head on down to the Darwin Waterfront precinct, right in the CBD, for the perfect city oasis with waterfront and alfresco dining, shopping and more. Ride the waves at the man-made wave pool or head to the saltwater lagoon pool (additional cost) for a relaxing tropical swim, sans crocs! Pack some snacks, snag yourself an umbrella and lounge chair or shady grassed area and you are set! Darwin Waterfront also offers free activities including Yoga in the Dry, Aqua Fit classes and Live Music at nearby Stokes Hill Wharf (all seasonal) plus many other fun themed festival and fairs throughout the year.
A great introduction to the iconic Territory reptile – the mighty crocodile can be found at Crocosaurus Cove, located right in the centre of town. Here you can get up close and personal and learn about the mighty Saltwater Crocodiles, Australian reptiles and local marine life. For the thrill seekers, you can also attempt the Cage of Death!
The Museum and Art Gallery of the NT (MAGNt) in Darwin, is in a beautifully scenic and serene location on Larrakia Land at Bullocky Point overlooking Fannie Bay. With free entry, you can wander through internationally renowned artistic, cultural and scientific collections, plus learn of their research programs and view some of the best travelling exhibitions from around Australia.
Explore the George Brown Darwin Botanic Gardens on the outskirts of the city for a lush change of scenery. Enjoy a magnificent display of plants from northern Australia and tropical areas around the world, take one of the self-guided tree walks, relax on the shady lawns or discover the waterfall from deep within the rainforest. There is a café here where you an enjoy a nice lunch or a coffee to break up your day.
After just a few steps in the city streets you will be presented by the iconic Darwin Street Art, that adorn the building walls throughout the city. The interactive app for this free public art gallery will guide you through the art trail consisting of 11 public artworks and spaces, including murals, mosaics, sculpture and glass work.
The Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS) Darwin Tourist Facility is another must do while in Darwin, along with the Bombing of Darwin exhibition. Here you can experience two of Darwin’s iconic history pieces in the one visit. Learn of the incredible and hugely important work of the RFDS through the decades and hear of the stories through immersive experiences and the pinnacle of virtual reality of Darwin’s resilient wartime era. This is all located adjacent to Stokes Hill Wharf – loved by locals and visitors for year-round waterfront alfresco eateries and casual restaurant dining.
One of the best, and most iconic things in Darwin to explore on foot would have to be the markets! They are certainly a Top End institution and way of life in Darwin – and what better way to experience a destination than like a local! While they are full of local crafts and amazing food vendors to purchase from – a bite to eat here won’t set you back much and will be well worth the money spent. Otherwise just experiencing the bustling atmosphere and local entertainment can be enough to get the experience. The famous Mindil Beach Sunset Markets are held just outside of the CBD (about a 30 minute walk from town) every Thursday and Sunday between April and October and offer a buzzing atmosphere, local entertainment, delicious food and many unique local trader stalls. Grab a bite to eat and find a spot on the beach to catch the famous Mindil Beach sunset.
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