What can you see and do in Darwin? Darwin has some unique activities to experience from sunset cruises, crocodile feeding, national park tours, food tours and more. There is so much to see and do in Darwin you will need to spend at least one week to enjoy all that the city and surrounds has to offer the visitor.
We share with you the top things to do in Darwin and recommendations on where to eat around the Darwin Waterfront.
A good area to stay in Darwin is the Darwin Waterfront area with its good range of hotels and apartments available.
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There are plenty of Darwin activities to suit all members of your family, couples and solo travellers.
Darwin Waterfront’s Saltwater Lagoon – open daily, patrolled by lifeguards from 9 am to 6 pm, free entry. Swim at the Wave Lagoon.
Take the family to Darwin’s Aqua Park: great family fun for all, adventures from the age of 6+
Address: 19b Kitchener Drive Darwin
Tickets can be purchased online here – one hour sessions from AUD20
Take a Sunset Cruise from Stokes Hill Wharf departing at 6 pm every day from February to December. Returning back to the wharf at 8.30 pm.
“Enjoy a glass of bubbly and some spectacular NT-style sunset views with this great value 2.5 hour Darwin Harbour sunset cruise from 6 pm daily. Kick back and soak in the scenery aboard the bridge deck of the 19m schooner and absorb the informative, entertaining commentary on all the regional highlights and points of interest that you’ll be able to see from onboard.”
Full day entry to Crocosaurus Cove which includes:
- the opportunity to hold a baby crocodile
- big croc feeding and presentation
- fish feeding
- meet the reptiles
- reptile feeding and presentation
- turtle feeding and presentation
- nocturnal reptile feeding
- fishing for crocs and more
Head out for a day full of adventure and exploration of Australia’s heartland where you’ll be able to see towering termite mounts, cascading waterfalls and the rich greenery of Litchfield itself.
Relax and enjoy the trip aboard the comfortable, air-conditioned coach while absorbing the interesting and entertaining commentary from the enthusiastic driver-guide.
With all the major highlights of the greater Litchfield National Park region included in the cost of the tour at an extremely reasonable price, this itinerary offers one of the most comprehensive Litchfield tour experiences available in a single day.
Darwin to Litchfield is 115 km with an average driving time of 90- 120 minutes
“Combining Darwin’s finest restaurants, delicious food and striking street art – this three-hour gourmet lunch tour is a wonderful way to experience the very best of Darwin. Focusing on fresh local ingredients and inspired by a number of cultures including Aboriginal bush food, each guest will enjoy a tasting plate at a number of venues in Darwin.
Throughout the three hours Darwin Gourmet Lunch Tour you’ll also get to see some of Darwin’s cultural and historical landmarks, street art and a roster of restaurants. Chefs will present a unique tasting plate at each venue and complimentary soft drink, tea and coffee are included.”
“This Darwin tour is perfect for those who are looking for a bespoke gourmet dining experience in the Northern Territory. Led by knowledgeable locals who can sniff out the very best gourmet experiences on offer, small groups will walk to a variety of venues throughout the 3 Hour Darwin Gourmet Dinner Tour that focuses on Aboriginal bush foods.
At each venue, you’ll get to dine on a degustation tasting menu made with fresh local ingredients. Each tour is completely different and includes a mixture of fine dining and small boutique cafes all serving delicious bites to eat throughout the evening. Soft drink, tea and coffee are included, however, alcohol is available for purchase on the tour.”
This is one of Australia’s top bucket list items.
“Kakadu is rich in both nature and culture, and on the tour you’ll head out from Darwin at 6.30 am for a full day’s worth of adventure. You’ll venture into the heart of Kakadu, taking in highlights such as the spectacular Nourlangie Rock to view ancient Aboriginal rock art, then you’ll enjoy a delicious buffet lunch amongst these Aussie bushland surrounds.
Next up, join a friendly local guide and embark on a Billabong Cruise on the Yellow Water, keeping an eye out for the many varieties of amazing wildlife such as crocodiles, large birds and more. Follow it with a visit to the Warradjan Aboriginal Cultural Centre to learn more about the history and traditions of Australia’s original inhabitants before re-boarding your comfortable, air-conditioned bus and returning to Darwin. Tours depart daily at 6:15 am and return around 7:30 pm and includes transfers to your Darwin accommodation.
Depart by ferry from the Cullen Bay Ferry Terminal to Bathurst Island.
Your day tour includes visits to a local museum, church, morning tea with damper with the Tiwi Island ladies, watch totem pole dancing and a smoking ceremony and learn about bush food and bush medicine
“Embark on a journey from Darwin to Katherine Gorge for an incredibly scenic and enjoyable day tour. By far one of the most popular Top End destinations, Katherine Gorge is made up of thirteen individual sandstone gorges each carved from billions of years of erosion. With a number of local highlights on the itinerary for the day, you’ll be amazed at the natural beauty that this region possesses. With the help of an expert guide, you’ll receive great commentary of the region as you pass through Nitmiluk National Park and Edith Falls as well as viewing traditional Aboriginal Rock Art.
One of the highlights for the day includes a cruise along Katherine Gorge for spectacular views of the surroundings and the chance to spot some local wildlife. This tour offers a range of features including hotel transfers, an air-conditioned coach and a delicious buffet lunch to enjoy in the park. Tours depart every Monday, Wednesday and Saturday around 6:15 am (or earlier from your accommodation) and aim to return around 8:30 pm.”
- Nitmiluk National Park
- Edith Falls
- Aboriginal Rock Art
- Katherine Gorge Cruise
- Delicious Lunch
- Adelaide River War Memorial
Where to Eat in Darwin
Head to the restaurants at the Darwin Waterfront for excellent dining options.
Address: 19 Kitchener Drive, Building 3, Darwin City
Casual dining specialising in wood grill cooking and local seasonal produce
Address: 7 Kitchener Drive Darwin City
A choice of 3 bars, 46 craft beers, ciders, wines, cocktails, outdoor seating, live music, sporting events and more
Address: 45 Stokes Hill Road Darwin
For the best fish, oysters and steak in a relaxed setting with outdoor seating available on the harbourfront terrace.
Address: 19 Kitchener Drive Darwin City
Mouth-watering pizzas, burgers, cocktails, drinks and more
Address: F2/19 Kitchener Drive Darwin City
Tacos and tequila plus more Mexican delights in this award-winning restaurant
Address: 19 Kitchener Drive Darwin City
Fresh chilled or grilled oysters, seafood, platters, Australian wines and beers
FAQ’s on Visiting Darwin
When is the best time to visit Darwin?
You can visit Darwin anytime of the year. The dry season runs from May to October and the wet season from October to April where you can experience daily showers and cyclonic weather especially around January February.
How far is Kakadu National Park from Darwin?
3.5 hours from Darwin is Kakadu National Park.
How far is Litchfield National Park?
Litchfield Park is 2 hours from Darwin.
When is the Mindil Beach Markets open?
Thursday and Sunday Nights from 4 pm to 9 pm from April to October.
Where are the best places to see the Darwin Sunsets?
- East Point Reserve, Fanny Bay
- Bicentennial Park
- Casaurina Parade Nightcliff
When is the best time to visit Darwin’s Waterfalls?
The best time to visit Darwins waterfalls is in the dry season, if you want to be able to swim. Litchfield National Park is home to one of the best waterfalls – Wangi Falls. There are 4 other falls that you can visit as well – Florence, Buley Rockhole, Tolmer and Surprise Creek Falls.
We hope you enjoyed our article on things to do in Darwin. We will regularly add new tours and activities for you to enjoy, so make sure you bookmark our article for future reference.
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