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Things to do in Darwin
Known for its Outback expeditions, red-dirt highways and saltwater crocs, Darwin is a destination seemingly reserved for the wild at heart. But while it has more than enough to keep adrenaline junkies busy, this quietly cosmopolitan capital has just as much to offer travellers looking for an urban adventure. Book flights to Darwin with Virgin Australia today and discover the tropical landscapes, sophisticated restaurants and family-friendly activities that make the Top End a must-visit destination for all.
The quintessential viewing point for a Darwin sunset, Mindil Beach is the best place to see the NT sky take on its signature red-orange hue – and the sun disappearing beyond the horizon is just one thing that makes this stretch of sand famous. Also home to the Mindil Beach Markets, this vibrant seaside precinct sees an abundance of stalls crop up each Thursday and Sunday evening, bringing food kiosks, local artists and buskers to the Arafura Sea.
The city’s one-stop destination for shopping, dining, swimming and more, the Darwin Waterfront has something for everyone. Take a dip in the Wave Lagoon – a simulated wave pool surrounded by leafy palms – or cast a line off Stokes Hill Wharf. After a more relaxed day by the sea? Head to one of the precinct’s many restaurants and bars, or beat the heat in the on-site cinema.
An ideal introduction to Australia's most iconic reptiles, Crocodylus Park is Darwin’s premier tourist attraction. And while saltwater and freshwater crocodiles are its specialty, this research-led wildlife park keeps all animal lovers entertained with tigers, monkeys, birds and snakes also on display.
Adelaide River Cruises
Offering a rare opportunity to see Darwin’s prehistoric crocs in the wild, this jumping crocodile cruise guarantees sightings of the NT’s infamous ‘salties’ as they propel themselves into the air to catch the day’s bait. Be sure to keep an eye out for the Adelaide River’s world-famed resident, Brutus, who’s made headlines around the world for his enormous size and appetite.
An experience recommended for travellers with nerves of steel, Crocasaurus Cove offers a truly unique way to get acquainted with Darwin’s saltwater crocs: The Cage of Death. The only crocodile dive in Australia, this terrifying experience below the surface sees visitors share an enclosure with a massive saltwater crocodile – all with only a thin sheet of glass in between.
Kakadu National Park
A must-visit destination for travellers willing to venture further afield, Kakadu National Park is Australia’s largest national parkland. A combination of roaring waterfalls, flooded rivers and dry outback desserts, this World Heritage-listed site is nearly half the size of Switzerland, with thousands of species of flora and fauna calling this rugged, untouched landscape home.
Combining local Northern Territory produce with South East Asian flavours, CHOW brings an entirely new perspective to dining out in Darwin. Dig in to fragrant bowls of pho topped with fresh herbs, or opt for a selection of South East Asian entrees, from the spicy salt quail to the signature lemongrass and galangal oysters.
A local haunt for breakfast in Darwin, this all-day eatery is just as well-versed in lunch and dinner fare with traditional pub classics and modern Australian cuisine on offer. Whether you stop in for some of the best coffee in Darwin or a cheeky afternoon pint, Ducks Nuts has something for everyone.
Yots Greek Taverna
As coveted for its waterfront location as it is for its cuisine, Yots Greek Taverna brings a little taste of the Mediterranean to the NT. Nestled next to the picturesque Cullen Bay, this seaside eatery specialises in fresh seafood dishes, including calamari, prawns saganaki and wild-caught barramundi.
Pee Wee’s at the Point
Another top spot for dining alfresco, Pee Wee’s at the Point combines the tropical setting of East Point Nature Reserve with the spoils of the region to create an unforgettable experience. Championing locally-sourced ingredients like crocodile, kangaroo, barramundi and mud crab, Pee Wee’s at the Point is one of the best places in Darwin to get a taste of the NT.
While much of Australia enjoys four seasons in a year, Darwin’s unique northern aspect mean it sees just two: wet and dry. From November to April, the wet season brings high humidity, tropical monsoons and thunderstorms to the Top End, while May through October signals warm, sunny days and cool, temperate evenings. Despite the wet weather, however, January and February are amongst the best months to visit Darwin and surrounds, as the turn in seasons brings new life to the rugged flora and fauna the region has become known for. Planning on travelling further afield? Be sure to plan your trip in the dry season, when surrounding roads and tracks are less likely to be in flood.
Arriving at Darwin Airport
Regardless of when you choose to travel to Darwin, getting from Darwin Airport to your final destination is simple. For hassle-free access to the city, a taxi rank is located just beyond the main terminal, while car rentals can be booked on arrival near the baggage collection area. Travelling on a budget? Darwin bus timetables can be accessed online, making it easy to chart your journey into the CBD and beyond.
Discover why this outback paradise is worth the trek to the Top End. Book flights to Darwin with Virgin Australia today.
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