The Top End of Australia is a treasure trove of culture, natural beauty, and adventure, all waiting to be explored. Best of all, many of its wonders are free to enjoy. From the vibrant street art of Darwin to the tranquil waters of Berry Springs, there’s something for everyone. Dive into our guide to discover the best free things to do in the Northern Territory’s stunning Top End.
Exploring Street Art in Darwin
Darwin's street art scene is as vibrant and diverse as the city itself. Wander through the CBD and laneways to uncover murals that tell stories of local culture, history, and wildlife. Notable spots include Austin Lane and West Lane, where you'll find works by local and international artists. This colourful urban gallery not only beautifies the city but also sparks conversations and inspires visitors. There’s even an app you can download that takes you on an interactive tour showing you information on who painted them and their inspiration. Search Darwin Street Art in your app store.
George Brown Darwin Botanic Gardens
Nestled 2km north of the city centre, the George Brown Darwin Botanic Gardens are a lush escape from the urban landscape. Spanning 42 hectares, these gardens showcase both monsoon forests and coastal dunes, alongside plants from Northern Australia and other tropical habitats around the world. The gardens are perfect for a leisurely stroll, a picnic, or simply to enjoy the tranquillity and shade. Don't miss the water lily-adorned ponds and the quirky baobab trees.