After years spent in the shadow of its east coast neighbours, Darwin has decided now is the time to make itself heard.
The capital of the Northern Territory is the least populated of all of Australia’s capitals, but that’s all part of its charm. You feel as though you’re a part of something, rather than just jumping on the bandwagon.
The city itself is a multicultural metropolis, boasting nationalities from over 56 countries, while some of Australia’s most breathtaking landmarks and scenery are practically on your doorstep.
Darwin: home to some breathtaking scenery| Image by mark silva
Darwin, you’ve been overlooked for too long. We’re giving you a big, fat High Five!
Five reasons to visit Darwin
Here are five of our favourite things to do in and around Darwin. This is by no means a comprehensive list – if you’ve been to Darwin, we want to hear from you! Lay down your favourite things to do in the comments thread below.
1. The National Parks
OK, so this is technically three reasons to visit Darwin, but I’ve cleverly grouped them under one heading. Darwin is a perfect base to explore three of Australia’s biggest national parks: Kakadu, Litchfield and Nitmiluk, for Katherine Gorge. Hop on a four wheel drive safari to see them in style.
2. Crocosaurus Cove and the Cage of Death!
Yes, Darwin really does have a tourist attraction called Crocosaurus Cove and the Cage of Death. Amazing. With a title like that, it would be rude not to go and check it out! You can get up close with massive saltwater crocs – don’t worry though, you’ll be nice and safe in a cage. A cage called the Cage of Death. Definitely one for adrenaline seekers.
Get up close and personal with one of these bad boys | Image by Rita Willaert
3. Get a job… wait, hear us out!
OK, so on the surface, getting a job may not seem like a uniquely Darwinian experience. But what if we told you that the whole of the Northern Territory is classed as regional by the Australian government? And you know what doing regional work means. That’s right, it counts towards your second year working holiday visa! Bonza, indeed.
4. Explore the Kimberley
The Kimberley in the north of Western Australia was one of the earliest settled parts of Australia. It’s vast, it’s beautiful, it’s off the beaten track – and it’s within easy travelling distance of Darwin. Get out there and experience the amazing scenery, vast gorges and awesome sunsets. This is what Australia is all about.
5. Hit the beach
You can’t go Down Under without being a bit of a beach bum. The east coast may be famed for its beaches, but don’t overlook Darwin’s offerings. Mindil beach is the best beach that’s close to the centre, and from May to October it’s also home to the Mindil Beach Sunset Market. Here, you can browse the market stalls and eat good value cuisine from all over the world, as you sit under the palm trees as the sun goes down. Bliss.
Marvel at the goods for sale at the Mindil Beach Sunset Market | Image by grun2000