Top 5 things to do in Darwin
There's so much to discover in the Top End city of Darwin, nestled far in Australia's Northern Territory.
With city sights plus natural wonders galore, you can discover a whole range of experiences right at your fingertips.
Here are 5 of the top things to do in this wonderful city.
Visit the Mindil Beach Sunset Market
The Mindil Beach Sunset Market operates every Thursday between May and October, dishing up tropical Asian fusion flavours to the delight of tastebuds from around the town.
Soak in the aromas of satay and spices as you wander past coconut palms and check out the arts and crafts on display. Darwin is an incredibly diverse city with more than 50 nationalities calling it home, so you can expect a whole array of flavours and items.
It's also a fantastic place from which to witness Darwin's world-famous sunset that ignites the sky with flaming colours.
Soak in Darwin's cultural side
In central Darwin there are plenty of museums and galleries to peruse and help enhance your understand of the city. The Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory is a great source of insight into Darwin's Aboriginal heritage, and also delves into the tragedy of the 1970s Cyclone Tracy.
Darwin also suffered air raids in World War II, and you can learn more about this fascinating and lesser-known piece of wartime history at the Darwin Military Museum.
Visit Litchfield National Park
A stunning oasis of natural splendour, Litchfield National Park is a two hour drive from Darwin, making for a great day trip.
It features gorgeous forest, other-worldly waterfalls, refreshing plunge pools and other natural phenomena unique to the region. The fascinating field of 2m tall termite mounds is a must-see highlight, having been built by millions of these critters over a period of time. The Buley Rockhole is also impressive, while some of the major waterfalls include the Florence, Tolmer and Wangi falls. Gaze up the Tjaetaba Falls, a sacred Aboriginal site, or visit Bamboo Creek, which is home to an abandoned tin mine.
Take a walk or a thrilling four-wheel drive tour through the captivating landscape.
"Darwin's waterfront has been revitalised in recent years, now home to gorgeous parks, shops, lagoons and restaurants."
Visit Kakadu National Park
Another day trip destination, Kakadu National Park is approximately a three hour drive from Darwin. It's well worth the journey, with World Heritage status thanks to its stunning array of unique features.
Explore some 20,000 square kilometres of landscape, with floodplains, billabongs, ridges and stone country, not to mention plenty of Aboriginal history and culture.
There's plenty to do at this park. Explore with a walk, boat cruise or scenic flight, taking a tour or guiding yourself. Look out for historic rock art, crocs lurking in the water and a whole host of other fascinating wildlife. You won't be disappointed by the sights here.
Enjoy the atmosphere at Darwin's Waterfront
Darwin's waterfront has been revitalised in recent years, now home to gorgeous parks, shops, lagoons and restaurants. Dine on sumptuous seafood at one of the many establishments providing wonderful views of the ocean, and be sure to take an evening stroll or cycle along one of the pedestrian and bike pathways. You'll venture past seaside mansions, parks and gardens, plus a series of public artworks.
Where to stay in Darwin
Book your holiday accommodation in Darwin and enjoy the Mantra Pandanas, located at 43 Knuckey Street. This is right in the heart of the city with a host of dining options right on your doorstep, while the Michelle Street Restaurant Precinct and Smith Street Mall are only a few minutes away. Its lagoon-style pool is a great feature for you to enjoy, along with the hotel's wonderful harbour and city views.
Mantra on the Esplanade is another option at 88 The Esplanade. Its prime waterfront location lends it a special ambiance and with stunning views and wonderful facilities, you just can't go wrong. See if you can splash out on a Penthouse Suite, and savour the onsite day spa and pool.