Darwin is the ideal starting point for adventures to Kakadu National Park and other Top End natural areas, since it still has one foot in the past. It's also different from most coastal cities because its main draws include inland activities, not simply the beaches.
Things to Do in Darwin
To get out and play, consider a nature tour to the bush of Arnhem Land, cruise through the mangrove swamps or Mary River wetlands in search of salties or adventure to the giant termite mounds and waterfalls of Litchfield National Park. Darwin holidays can also have speedboat tours and float plane rides, or you can choose from several crocodile tours.
You can explore important Northern Territory history facts at the Defence of Darwin Experience, a multimedia facility located next to the Darwin Military Museum, both of which provide insights about the region's World War II involvement. Military history lovers will be eager to see aircraft on display at the Australian Aviation Heritage Centre. Book rooms as part of Darwin packages to discover more.
Why not explore the Museum & Art Gallery of the Northern Territory? You'll have the chance to view intriguing Aboriginal art and other displays. To truly go afield when booking Darwin holiday packages, you might want to consider a car hire in Darwin to bring flexibility to your itinerary. Kakadu National Park—a UNESCO World Heritage Site—is about a 150-kilometre drive to the east. The natural wonder and ancient culture on display are well worth the drive.
Shopping, Dining & Nightlife
To explore a taste for local life when on your Darwin holiday, go to the Mindil Beach Sunset Market, open Thursday and Sunday evenings from April through October. As the sunset dips into the Arafura Sea, wander among the arts and crafts vendors while sampling the great food. Delve further into the Aboriginal culture when you learn about important traditions and try your hand at blowing a didgeridoo. Visit the shops and vendors selling local, handmade artefacts for unique gifts to take home.
With Darwin's cultural diversity, dining options are aplenty downtown. You'll find much to admire, and your taste buds will thank you, when you eat out at the numerous waterfront restaurants. From Vietnamese and Indian to modern Australian and Greek, the food culture in Darwin always delights.
During your nightlife adventures in town, you can take in a theatre show or orchestra performance, or dance to the beat at a nightclub. Don't forget to head near the city centre and waterfront for neighbourhood pubs ready to quench your thirst with a good beer.What's Next?
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