Things to do in Darwin
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Darwin is the epitome of tropical living, with a laid back lifestyle that affords gorgeous sunsets and swaying palm trees every day. It’s a place that’s lovely to visit all year round, with lots of outdoor activities and sightseeing to keep you entertained. With Kakadu National Park on its doorstep, Darwin is never short on amazing scenic day trips and adventures to satisfy the most jaded of travellers with majestic waterfalls, incredible crocodile and animal life, and untouched wilderness most people only dream of seeing in their lifetime. The billion-year-old sandstone of Katherine by the Katherine River in Nitmiluk National Park is also a great side trip from Darwin, taking in Edith Falls, Adelaide River War Cemetery and Pine Creek.
Despite its small size and remote location, Darwin it has everything you’d expect in an Australian city: international restaurants, trendy cafes, shopping malls, marinas, and even a beach-side casino. The city itself is build around Darwin Harbour and beaches, loved by tourists and locals alike. One of the best ways to explore the city is in fact by foot with the journey around the coastal fringe quite popular. It’s not uncommon to dolphins and sea turtles aside the luxury yachts and boats anchored in the harbour – something you won’t see in many other capital cities!
A lively city, Darwin is a fun mix of ethnicities and cultures, and it is this melting pot of nationalities, not least of all from nearby Asia, that adds to its overall character, recreation and cuisine options. For cafe cool and bustling bars and restaurants, Cullen Bay is on the water and close to the city. Regarded as the place to be seen, it is always busy given the warm tropical weather and local residents’ preference to entertain harbour side and enjoy alfresco dining.
While boutique and big city shopping is best left to the other cities and states, Darwin is hard to beat when it comes to local fare and market stalls. Darwin’s regular markets are fabulous for a bargain and mementos from the top end. As well as souvenirs, the Asian street food is the best you’ll taste in Australia, and tropical fruit stalls are not just great value, but a great example of the fresh flavours the destination has to offer. The wharf precinct has in particular become a wonderful area for finding and tasting the best el fresco and el la carte menus. Beyond food, the Wharf is known as the place to dive and indulge in water sports.
In terms of getting around Darwin, car is often the easiest way with taxis and car rental solutions in easy supply.