Darwin is rapidly becoming a haven for backpackers who either use it as a welcome stop off after hours of travelling or as a base for exploring the Kakadu National Park. But, regardless of the reason that they make their way to the capital of the Northern Territory, they inevitably end up staying for longer than they intended.
Yet, despite the fact that people frequently opt to extend their stay it is quite possible to see a large amount of the attractions in just a day or two. They’re conveniently close together leaving you plenty of time to catch up on the multitude of leisure activities which you should try out while you are there as Darwin is quickly establishing itself as one of the most popular locations in Australia for adventure holidays. You can abseil, try your hand at parachuting, speed across the wetlands in an airboat or canoe down the Katherine River.
There are also numerous tours from the city which can last anywhere between one and several days. These will take you on journeys like one day trips to visit the natural wonders of nearby Litchfield Park to ten day safaris which terminate at Alice Springs, but not before you’ve seen the world famous Ayers Rock and Olgas as well as several more of Australia’s top attractions.
Of course, if you do decide to confine your stay in Darwin solely to the city itself you are not going to run out of places to visit. From museums housing originals works of Aboriginal art to aquariums full of rare and unusual marine life, you will soon see why people are so reluctant to leave.
East Point Road, Fannie Bay, Darwin, Australia
The site of Darwin’s main jail between 1883 and 1979, now visitors can see the various cells and the hanging gallows used during this period. Well, the cells, there haven’t been any hangings in the jail since 1952. You can also see displays on the infamous Cyclone Tracy which almost completely destroyed the city on Christmas Eve in 1974.
815 McMillans Road, Knuckey Logoon, Darwin, Australia
The brainchild of the world’s leading crocodile experts, Crocodylus Park offers a unique way for you to get a little closer to the animal. You can touch the crocodiles, watch them being fed and learn everything you ever wanted to know about them as well as seeing various other wildlife including turtles, alligators, tigers, iguanas and Cotton-Top Tamarins. A thrilling attraction but if you’re in doubt be aware that you get very close to the crocodiles and it can be quite frightening.
Mindil Beach, Darwin, Australia
For something a little different head to these sunset markets which take place on Thursdays and Saturdays between 5.00pm and 10.00pm. The markets offer a unique blend of sights, sounds and smells where you can bargain for curios, listen to live music and sample some local cusine. A rare attraction where you can do a little bit of everything and end it with a glorious sunset. Perfect!
Cullen Bay Marina, Darwin, Australia
Just one of the many companies in the city which offer guided dives for around $50. Darwin is an extremely popular diving location thanks to the large numbers of World War II wrecks which lie in its surrounding waters housing numerous fascinating examples of marine life.
Smith Street West, Darwin, Australia
Situated in the Darwin Wharf Precinct, this unique attraction has recreated underwater marine life in a fascinating setting which is guaranteed to impress. It features a host of live aquariums each with its own ecosystem and its own collection of jellyfish, sea horses and various other unusual types of underwater life as well as the more common ones.
Conacher Street, Fannie Bay, Darwin, Australia
Features a large collection of over two thousand original Aboriginal artifacts and art as well as numerous antiquities from South East Asia and the Southwest Pacific including Indonesian cloths and a sea gypsies floating home from Malaysia. A bright and colourful museum which is well worth visiting if you want to get a true impression of the culture of the Northern Territory of Australia.
28 Doctors Gully Road, Darwin, Australia
This is now one of Darwin’s most popular tourist attractions which began as a simple local ritual back in the late 1950s. At high tide literally hundreds of fish come into the shallow waters and when they do there are hundreds of humans waiting to give them their dinner. You will get a brief introduction to numerous types of fish who come close enough to touch as they scavenge for food.
Cullen Bay Marina, Darwin, Australia
This is an overnight expedition which will take you on a boat journey to an island approximately three hours from the city. On the way there you should also get to see to see some dolphins and rays. When you get to the island you will have a unique opportunity to witness a marine turtle rookery and assist the aid researchers with their work. So, if the cost is an issue you can always reassure yourself that you are helping to protect these fascinating creatures which have existed for over one hundred million years.