The Ultimate Darwin Must-Do

Just arrived in Darwin? The Northern Territory capital has so much to offer, and we’ve got the top things that you can’t leave without doing. Whether you’re hoping to spend as little as possible, are looking for something to splurge on or have literally $0 (feels), there are great things to do for every budget under the sun.

Splurge on…

Kakadu National Park Day Trip

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  • Located three hours from Darwin the World Heritage listed and largest National Park in Australia that is Kakadu – has one of the most diverse landscapes you’ll ever experience! Well, worth the cashola, you’ll be amazed at the population of wildlife in the water, on the land and in the air. It’s also a living acknowledgement of one of the longest historical records of any group of people on earth dating back thousands of generations. Bringing a whole new meaning to ‘EXOTIC’ and spanning almost 20,000 square kms, marvel at the spectacular ecosystems, prolific rock art sites, more than 2,000 plant species and a quarter of Australia’s freshwater fish. Go crazy with your camera from sunrise to sunset, go cruising to see the saltwater crocodiles, or perhaps take on an extensive bushwalking trail? However, you choose to spend the day at Kakadu you cannot go wrong in the footsteps of Crocodile Dundee!

 

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Crocosaurus Cove

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  • Darwin has some serious bragging rights, claiming home to more crocodiles than any other city in the world, many of which live at Crocosaurus Cove. Sure, we realise it’s still a little a splurge, but where else can thrill seekers capitalise on the opportunity to get up-close and personal with Australia’s saltwater crocodiles?! Short answer: nowhere. Australia’s only crocodile dive experience, sees a large acrylic cage, carrying up to two swimmers (if the tandem option is more appealing), lowered from an overhead rail into one of four separate crocodile enclosures for a 15-minute dive encounter. We're telling you, the Peter Pan ‘never smile at a crocodile' song will be in your head the WHOLE time!

 

Mindil Beach and Sunset Market

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  • What better way to spend your afternoon and a few dollars than at Mindil Beach? Here you’ll witness one of the most breathtaking sunsets in the world and if you’re lucky enough to be around on a Thursday or Sunday afternoon be sure to grab a bite and explore the Mindil Beach sunset markets. Typically, everyone will swing by the market to pick up some quality street food, before flocking to the beach to capture that perfect sunset ‘gram moment’.

 

Deckchair Cinema

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  • Spend an evening under the stars at Darwin’s premier outdoor cinema, the Deckchair Cinema. We’re telling you, this is an outback cinematic experience like no other! Located on the edge of Darwin’s Harbour open every night from mid-April to mid-November. Arrive early and enjoy a refreshing bevvy from the onsite, fully licensed bar (sorry, no BYO allowed), grab a bite to eat or bring along a little picnic. Gates open at 6:30pm so you can enjoy the tropical sunset before the 7:30pm screening begins. 

 

The Wave Lagoon

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  • If you’re not completely broke yet, catch a wave at Darwin’s coolest waterfront attraction. Surrounded by palm trees the wave pool draws everyone to the centre of the precinct into its tube-riding, boogie-boarding realm of fun! Not one for waves? Relax on the banana lounges under gigantic beach umbrellas, or spread out on the lawn and even up those tan lines. There's even a smaller pool and mini fountains to keep everyone entertained, as well as a kiosk for all your ice cream and drink supplies. 

 

Got $0?

Sky Bridge and Darwin Waterfront

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  • The city’s gorgeous waterfront is a prime spot for a good ol’ stroll, with few better places to explore on a dazzling summer’s night. Connecting to the Sky Bridge and Smith St East Walkway, offering their own unique experiences. A stroll along Smith Street showcases the scenic parklands of Civic Park, the old Town Hall ruins and Parliament House in State Square. Whereas the stunning Sky Bridge takes visitors over the oldest road in Darwin – showing off panoramic views of the waterfront precinct and retail promenade.

 

Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory

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  • The Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory is the biggest museum in Darwin, filled with eccentric exhibitions that showcase just exactly why this spot is a must visit! Not to mention, with FREE admission and a tonne of unique things to see, spending hours here is an absolute breeze. Boasting specific rooms dedicated to Aboriginal art and history filled with carvings from Tiwi Islands, bark paintings from Arnhem Land and more! Why not take a trip to the museum to experience all the weird and wonderful this place has to offer on your next trip to Darwin?

 

Darwin Chocolate Factory

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  • Willy Wonka fans, eat your heart out! Situation: you’ve literally got $0 and you're in desperate need a chocolate fix? Don't fear, YHA is here and we’ve found the answer to all your troubles – Charlotte’s Web Darwin Chocolate Factory!! Offering FREE chocolate factory tours at their store in Berrimah, where the chocolatiers happily show you behind the scenes of a real-life, magically, wonderful chocolate factory. Depending on the day, chocolatiers could be making chocolate barks, truffles or sweets.

 

Berry Springs National Park

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  • Last but not least - one of the most beautiful patches in the Territory is Berry Springs National Park, with a range of great picnic areas as well as some incredible swimming spots. A true FREEBIE DREAM... native flowers galore, walkers and bird watchers delight, and scatterings of World War II history, Berry Springs is an easy and FREE day trip from Darwin.

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