So you’ve decided to visit Australia’s Top End? The multicultural city of Darwin sits on the doorstep of the country’s most beautiful outback. The tropical capital boasts warm weather all year round and the friendly laidback locals will welcome you with open arms. Darwin has so many incredible attractions - most revolving around the great outdoors. Here are five of the best things to do in Darwin.
Found in the heart of the CBD, Darwin’s Crocosaurus Cove is dedicated to showcasing Australia’s best reptiles. Perhaps the park’s most revered attraction is the Cage of Death, where you can come face to face with large salt water reptiles. Lowered into the tank, you will watch in terror as the crocs swim around you with 360 degree views of these amazing creatures. You can also hold baby crocodiles, peruse the world’s largest display of Australian reptiles and catch a glimpse of fascinating sea life in the huge fresh water aquarium.
One of the best ways to experience the beauty of Kakadu National Park is with a scenic flight. World Heritage listed, the region is Australia’s largest national park and as such, offers impressive biodiversity. Just two hours drive from Darwin, the park is divided into seven main regions. You will find dramatic waterfalls, rugged wetlands, winding rivers and spectacular scenery at every turn. Not to mention, a host of flourishing flora and fauna. Make the most of your visit by exploring the park on foot as well as taking to the skies on a scenic helicopter flight.
A 45 minute drive from Darwin will have landing in Berry Springs. Here you will find the Territory Wildlife Park, featuring a variety of animal and nature-based attractions. Take a stroll through the natural bushland and enter one of the largest domed walk-through aviaries in the Southern Hemisphere. The Nocturnal House houses many rare and endangered species, while the walk-through aquarium is home to many sea creatures including an astonishing variety of coral. A highlight will be the free-flying birds of prey presentation out on the Flight Deck.
Jump onboard a cruise through the stunning Mary River Wetlands and you will sail through beautiful Australian waterways. The region is home to a wide collection of animals and sea creatures. You are bound to spot wild crocodiles, wallabies, buffalos and many birds such as sea eagles, magpie geese and brolgas to name a few. The Mary River Wetlands boasts the largest concentration of saltwater crocodiles in the world. Bring the camera and try to capture the rugged beauty of the floodplains and paperbark forests.
There is no better place to purchase your souvenirs than the famous Mindil Beach Markets. Every Thursday and Sunday evening, big crowds gather on the sandy shores to sample delicious eats, enjoy a spot of shopping and admire Darwin’s gorgeous sunset. Vendors showcase handmade jewellery, unique fashions and artwork. Perhaps the biggest drawcard is the food, ranging from delicious Asian fare to quality coffee, hot cinnamon churros and ice cream. Bring along a blanket and enjoy live entertainment from talented performers, from musical acts to captivating fire shows.
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