Renowned for its varied outdoor markets, Aboriginal arts and crafts, tropical climate and vast expanses of nature, Darwin is the capital of Australia’s Northern Territory, and is a place which blends a laid-back country atmosphere with modern city life. A diverse range of adventure activities here draw thrill-seekers in droves, and its idyllic waterfront makes the perfect setting for a stroll or cycle. Whatever you want to do when visiting, here’s the top 10 things to do and see in Darwin, Australia
Amble Around Darwin’s Wharf Precinct
Darwin’s Wharf Precinct is comprised of a wharf area and a picturesque waterfront walkway, a trail which winds past the crystal blue ocean and various vibrant bars and eateries. A stroll here offers the perfect chance to see Darwin’s fishing industry first-hand, as small boats laden with fresh catches are often seen bobbing on the water. You may even glimpse a majestic cruise liner, too.
Watch out for: A seafront area offering spectacular views
Address and Telephone: Stokes Hill Wharf, Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia (08) 8981 4268
Splash About In The Wave Lagoon
Darwin’s Wave Lagoon is situated outside, right in the middle of the waterfront, making it a picturesque and unique place to splash about in the water! This is a clean, warm wave pool where visitors can relax and recline on a complimentary board, or embark on some swimming lessons to increase their confidence in the waves. The turquoise water here is extremely inviting, and there are changing facilities and showers on-site, as well as a plethora of ice-cream vendors.
Watch out for: Don’t forget your sun cream!
Address and Telephone: Darwin Waterfront | Kitchener Drive, Darwin,Northern Territory, Australia +61 8 8941 7260
Watch A Race At Hidden Valley Motor Sports Complex
Hidden Valley Motor Sports Complex in Darwin is a heaven for car fans; motorbikes, v8s, drag cars and go-karts can all be found here. There are often major racing competitions held on-site, and visitors can watch from different parts of the track or can take a trip round themselves! A new viewing platform has recently been added here offering excellent views of the entire circuit, and with an electrifying atmosphere, colorful illuminated scoreboards and the latest racing cars, a trip here really does give you a taste of life in the fast lane!
Watch out for: The huge shade covers in the shape of sails
Address and Telephone: Portion 2788 | Hundred of Bagot, Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia +61 8 8947 1471
Go To The Museum & Art Gallery of the Northern Territory
Art Gallery, Art Museum, History Museum
Visit Berry Springs Nature Park
Berry Springs Nature Park is a stunning space featuring a natural swimming hole and lush expanses of nature. Take a dip in the water here and you may see many small fish and other native aquatic life which live in the clear water. Picnic tables are dotted around the green grass providing an idyllic spot for a bite to eat after swimming.
Watch out for: There are many adventure activities here
Address and Telephone: Cox Peninsula Road, Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia +61 8 8988 6310
Go See St Mary Star Of The Sea Catholic Cathedral
This is one of the biggest churches in Darwin and is extremely popular with the local Catholic community for its magnificent stained glass windows, intricately decorated altar and richly embroidered tapestries. There are many decadent monuments dedicated to soldiers found here, and the grounds are vast and well maintained; don’t miss St Mary Star of the Sea Catholic Cathedral!
Watch out for: Books are available which give fascinating details of the meaning behind each stained glass window
Address and Telephone: Smith Dt, Darwin, Northern Territory O820, Australia (08) 8942 6000
Catch A Film At The Deckchair Cinema
Ever fancied watching a movie under the stars from the comfort of a cushioned armchair” Well you can do just that at Deckchair Cinema. Every night of the week films are played here in this popular outdoor complex, with a movie list incorporating everything from Hollywood blockbusters to arthouse Aussie flicks; heaven!
Watch out for: An array of different seating options available
Address and Telephone: Jervois Road | Darwin Waterfront Precinct,Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia +61 8 8981 0700
Marvel At The Magnetic Termite Mounds
The Magnetic Termite Mounds site is an enthralling place where visitors can see a variety of termite homes, amazing architectural feats complete with arches, tunnels and chimneys. A great place to learn more about the insect, come here to be educated on how they live, eat and breed, and to learn the techniques which go into making their unusual and sophisticated habitations!
Watch out for: Some of the mounds reach over four meters!
Address and Telephone: Litchfield National Park, Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia
By Christina Nhu