Surprise Creek Falls is located in Litchfield National Park. From the carpark, it’s a short walk-through monsoonal forests to find a large pool, but the surprise is when you climb up the rocks to find the hidden pools above.

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Planning a holiday to the Northern Territory’s capital city? Discover 17 of the best Darwin tourist attractions, from Mindil Beach Sunset Market and the city’s historical museums to Kakadu and Litchfield National Parks.  

Darwin, the capital of the Northern Territory, is a captivating destination ideal for those seeking an adventurous, unforgettable holiday. With fascinating Aboriginal history and culture influencing this urban area, you’ll find no shortage of cultural excursions to choose from. Darwin is well-known for its various outdoor activities, museums and incredible sunsets – and its only made better by the variety of free attractions, family-friendly options, and unique experiences. Not only that, but Darwin is famous for its array of delicious but diverse dining options, making it a must-visit spot for food-obsessed travellers and those seeking delectable treats.

There are so many Darwin tourist attractions to fill your itinerary, whether you’re travelling with the whole family, seeking unusual things to do in Darwin, or even want to find things to do in Darwin on a budget. No matter your goals for your next holiday, read on to discover 17 must-visit Darwin tourist destinations that are sure to be a memorable part of your trip. 

 

Top 17 Darwin tourist attractions

1. Mindil Beach Sunset Market

Mindil Beach Sunset Markets. The Mindil Beach Sunset Markets are one of the biggest in Darwin. What started as a small night market over 30 years ago, now boasts over 300 stalls that set up beach side every week over the dry season. There’s everything from delicious international cuisine, right through to local craftsman and unique Aboriginal art.

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Mindil Beach Sunset Market is a favourite amongst visitors because of the range of dining options available at the over 300 stalls that comprise this well-known spot, including Hong Kong cuisine, Greek souvlaki, paella, burgers, hot dogs, and even sweet treats like ice cream and sorbet. Every week from April to October, travellers and locals alike indulge in international cuisine, browse unique Aboriginal artwork, and socialise with others exploring this must-see destination. After you spend some time exploring the various dining options and artwork available for purchase, enjoy one of the best sunsets in Darwin along the beach and finish off the last morsels of your meal before you head to your lodging for the night. 

Located just six minutes from the centre Darwin, you’ll easily be able to fly into Darwin International Airport and then spend your first night enjoying the cultural and culinary wonder of Darwin’s city atmosphere. Even if you only come for the sunset at Mindil Beach, it is a must-see spot! Plan at least two to three hours to explore all that this market has to offer.

Address: The Gardens, NT – Google Maps 

Website: https://mindil.com.au/

Opening hours: Thursdays and Sundays, 4pm - 9pm (April to October)

Cost of entry: Free but bring cash to purchase food, drinks, and souvenirs

2. Crocosaurus Cove

A young man diving with a crocodile in a cage at Crocosaurus Cove in Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia

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Those seeking an up-close encounter with one of Australia's most iconic animals will love a visit to Crocosaurus Cove. With some of the largest saltwater crocodiles in all of Australia, this is an absolute must for visitors coming to Darwin. It is one of the top 10 tourist attractions in Darwin, known best for its thrilling sights and exhibits. For an additional cost, you can sit in a protective cage—known as the Cage of Death—and watch as these ancient reptiles swim up close to you. If the Cage of Death is not of interest to you, there are still plenty of other excellent sites to see at Crocosaurus Cove.

Within a short three to four-hour visit, you’ll see the world’s largest display of reptiles from Australia, a 200,000-litre freshwater aquarium, and even some turtles. All you need to bring is money for the tickets, a sense of adventure, and you’ll have a fantastic time! Best of all, it’s located right at the centre of Darwin City, making Crocosaurus Cove an easy addition to your weekend itinerary. 

Address: Darwin City, NT – Google Maps

Website: https://www.crocosauruscove.com/

Opening hours: 9am to 6pm

Cost of entry: Adult - $40 for adults, $25 for children and between $84 and $145 for families

Book your general admission tickets for Crocosaurus Cove

Book a Big Croc Feeding Experience

Book a Cage of Death Tandem Dive

 

3. Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory

Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory (MAGNT). Delve into local history at Darwin's museums and learn about everything from Aboriginal art and culture to WWII and the story of Cyclone Tracy, and introduce yourself to "Sweetheart", the giant taxidermied saltwater crocodile.  Disability access avaiable.

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The Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory is home to an abundance of renowned collections and exhibitions that make for a perfect morning or afternoon excursion. For those seeking to discover more about Darwin’s Aboriginal history, the Museum and Art Gallery is a must-stop spot to see some of the permanent exhibits that honour the territory’s fascinating early history. From displays that educate people on Cyclone Tracy to natural exhibitions that explore the Northern Territory’s most famous flora and fauna, the whole family will enjoy discovering more about Darwin’s unique history. 

Best of all, the destination is only seven minutes from Darwin’s city centre and is entirely free to visit. Take advantage of the free onsite parking or opt for public transportation to the museum. Plan for at least half a day to explore this museum, as it is one of the best free things to do in Darwin. 

Address: The Gardens, NT – Google Maps

Website: https://www.magnt.net.au/

Opening hours: 10am to 4pm

Cost of entry: Free

 

4. Royal Flying Doctor Service Tourist Facility

Royal Flying Doctors Service. See, experience and learn through the wonder of technology as this facility brings history to life, including experiencing a Virtual Reality of the bombing of Darwin Harbour

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The Royal Flying Doctor Service Tourist Facility is one of the best museums in Darwin and a popular destination amongst locals and travellers alike, especially those who love learning more about Australia’s fascinating history. Take a trip back in time as you relive the Bombing of Darwin in 1942 through a virtual reality experience or tour the base and walk through the exhibits to view aircraft from the era, beautifully preserved even nearly a century later. The in museum also offers interactive experiences, like the “mini-ghosts”, virtual ghosts of RFDS, who answer selected questions as well as touch-screen portals and storyboards. Even if you’re travelling with young kids, the Royal Flying Doctor Service Tourist Facility is a fun activity that is perfect for an afternoon escape from the heat or a morning spent hiding from the rain.

It's located in the centre of Darwin and less than a five-minute walk from several other notable attractions. To truly ensure you explore all that this museum has to offer, plan for an hour or two, either in the morning or right after lunch. 

Address: Darwin City, NT – Google Maps

Website: https://www.rfdsdarwin.com.au/

Opening hours: 9:30am to 6pm 

Cost of entry: $30 for adults, $17 for children and $75 for families. Rates available for students and seniors. 

Book your tickets to Royal Flying Doctor Service Tourist Facility

 

5. Litchfield National Park

The setting sun turns the cliffs at Wangi Waterfalls in Litchfield National Park a brilliant shade of red

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Litchfield National Park is a bit off the beaten path from Darwin but offers the more adventurous and outdoorsy travellers a chance to see the Northern Territory in all its glory. Picture enchanting waterfalls, secluded natural pools, and the opportunity to see native wildlife in their natural habitat. The most adventurous visitors will want to book an entire weekend to visit this destination, but a day trip to Litchfield National Park provides you with plenty: a chance to see crocodiles and beautiful birds and swim in the stunning natural waters of the park. 

With a day tour, you’ll enjoy comfortable transportation in a mini coach for just over an hour to reach Litchfield National Park. From there, enjoy a guided tour of the fantastic natural landscapes, with opportunities to see famous cascading plunge pools of Florence Falls and swim in the pristine natural pools.

Make sure to dress appropriately with sturdy walking shoes, a hat, and insect repellent for the walking trails and bring a swimsuit for the waterholes. Plan for at least a full day of exploring. Don’t forget to bring some water to stay hydrated, especially in the summer. 

Address: Litchfield Park, NT – Google Maps

Opening hours: 24/7

Cost of entry: $10 per adult, $5 per child and $25 per family of two adults and four children for a one-day pass. Two week pass and open passes valid for 12 months are also available for purchase. Day trips cost will vary, but can cost around $175 per person for entry, transport and guide.

Book your day trip to Litchfield National Park

 

6. Darwin Waterfront Precinct

Aerial landscape view of Darwin Waterfront Precinct Northern Territory Australia

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Darwin Waterfront Precinct, situated in the heart of Darwin, is an ideal area for those seeking fun for the whole family and a destination that truly offers numerous attractions, dining options, and even outdoor fun. Inspired by the Larrakia people, Darwin Waterfront Precinct has transformed into one of the most popular tourist attractions in all of Darwin. With over a dozen places to dine, hotels, and spots to swim, spend a day or multiple days here enjoying Darwin’s desirable tropical climate. Some of the most popular destinations here include the Wave Lagoon, the Harbour Cruises, and Strokes Hill Wharf. 

Even if you’re visiting for the day, all you require is a swimsuit and money to dine out—maybe even shop at some of the stores here—and you’re in for a memorable day.  

Address: Darwin City, NT – Google Maps

Website: https://www.waterfront.nt.gov.au/

Opening hours: 24/7

Cost of entry: Free

 

7. Berry Springs Nature Park

The entrance to the swimming hole at Berry Springs, a fresh water spring in the Northern Territory.

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Berry Springs Nature Park is one of the most beautiful outdoor attractions in Darwin. It features barbecue areas, natural swimming pools, and gorgeous walking trails, as well as some remarkable World War II history for travellers seeking to explore Darwin’s unique history. If you come in the dry season from May to October, Berry Creek provides you with the best chance to snorkel and view some natural marine life. You will also have an opportunity to explore the very same areas where 100,000 armed forces set up camp, where they were stationed during the war. Alternatively, take a walk through the walking trails to surround yourself with the captivating flora and fauna of the Northern Territory while you birdwatch and take in the scenery. 

Located only 30-40 minutes from Darwin, it’s an easy drive to take a dip in a natural swimming pool or explore the wetlands when the flowers are in bloom from March to April. Whether you’re travelling with your partner or the whole family, Berry Springs should be on your list of free things to do in Darwin while you visit. 

Address: Berry Springs, NT – Google Maps

Opening hours: 8am – 6:30pm

Cost of entry: Free

 

8. Darwin Aviation Museum 

Airplane at Darwin Aviation Museum

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Aviation enthusiasts and history lovers will not want to miss a trip to Darwin Aviation Museum. With 19 different historic civil and military aircrafts —including the famous B12 bomber — this is a one-of-a-kind destination perfect for nearly every kind of traveller. Some of the other planes that you might encounter include an Orion P3-C, Wessex helicopter, Spitfire replica, and even a Mirage jet. It truly is one of the most unique things to do in Darwin! This museum is also ideal for those with children who are travelling with them due to its easy accessibility and its location compared to other popular Darwin tourist attractions. 

It's only a short 10-minute ride from the centre of Darwin, making it accessible to other local sought-after destinations. If you love aviation and history, you’ll want to book combo tickets for both the Royal Flying Doctor Service and Aviation Museum experience for a deal on two must-see Darwin tourist attractions. Plan to spend at least two hours here to explore the 19 historic aircraft and 38 major displays housed in this museum. 

Address: Winnellie, NT – Google Maps

Website: https://www.darwinaviationmuseum.com.au/

Opening hours: 9am to 5pm

Cost of entry: $20 for adults, $10 for children, and $50 for families. Combo tickets are available, and there are entry costs for seniors and students.

Book tickets for the Darwin Royal Flying Doctor Service & Aviation Combo

 

9. George Brown Darwin Botanic Gardens

Take a walk through the George Brown Darwin Botanic Gardens to see a magnificent display of plants from northern Australia and tropical areas around the world.

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If you’re looking for outdoor attractions in Darwin, a trip to George Brown Darwin Botanic Gardens will not disappoint. With a stunning collection of flora from around Northern Australia as well as globally, you’ll walk through 42 hectares of beautiful spaces full of tropical orchids, bright and colourful bromeliads, and even ginger plants. For those travelling with young ones, you’ll love the shady baobab trees in the African exhibit before you go to explore Darwin’s largest ornamental foundation. With no entry fee required, this is one of the best free things to do in Darwin, whether you’re on a solo trip or visiting with kids. 

George Brown Darwin Botanic Gardens is just a 5-minute drive from the city centre, so you’ll easily access all the sites. Wear good walking shoes and prepare for at least a few hours here. We recommend visiting in the morning, especially if you come in the warmer months between November and April. 

Address: The Gardens, NT – Google Maps 

Opening hours: 7am to 7pm

Cost of entry: Free

10. Kakadu National Park

Nawurlandja Lookout in Kakadu National Park. Nawurlandja lookout offers world-class views across Anbangbang Billabong to Burrungkuy (Nourlangie) and the Arnhem Land escarpment.  The vistas are impressive all year round. Whether you venture out first thing in the morning or late in the afternoon, you won’t be disappointed. This peaceful spot is a great place to sit and take in the scenery at sunset or watch dramatic storms roll in during the tropical summer.

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Kakadu National Park, located 90 minutes from Darwin, boasts over 20,000 square kilometres to discover and is a must-see spot with endless outdoor activities and excursions. Renowned for the Aboriginal art that lines sites like Ubirr, Kakadu is the perfect destination for those seeking to explore Aboriginal culture and history and the diverse landscapes of the Northern Territory. View the rock art at Ubirr or Burrungkuy or take a ranger-guided walk to hear stories centuries old. Enjoy a stunning view of Gunlom Falls, one of the most picturesque waterfalls in all of the Darwin area or book a Yellow Water Cruise to traverse the Yellow Water Billabong and South Alligator River environments. This is also one of the best spots for birdwatching at Kakadu! 

For a truly memorable experience, book a 60-minute flight over Kakadu National Park  to see the beauty of this region from afar. As Kakadu National Park is only 90 minutes away from Darwin, so set aside at least a full day to explore the vast natural landscapes and natural wildlife. Pack and dress accordingly to hike and swim at one of the many Kakadu swim spots

Address: Jabiru, NT – Google Maps

Opening hours: 24/7

Cost of entry: Prices very depending on the season. During Dry Season (15 May - 31 October), entry is $40 per adult, $20 per child and $100 for a family of two adults and two or more children. During Tropical Summer (1 November - 14 May), entry is $25 per adult, $12.50 per child and $65 for a family of two adults and two or more children. Concession passes are also available

Book a Kakadu National Park 60-Minute Flight

 

11. Tiwi Islands

Aerial view of Rainbow Beach at Tiwi Islands. A quick boat ride from Darwin lies the peculiarly pink shores of Melville Island, Tiwi Islands. Populated by the hilariously cheeky Indigenous Tiwis, stepping onto the Islands is like stepping back in time. Sweeping rusty dirt roads meander through the eucalypt forest and are interspersed only by small communities and freshwater springs.

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Tiwi Islands, Aboriginal Land situated just north of Darwin's coast, are amongst the best Australian islands and easily in the top tourist attractions in Darwin for those who would like to learn more about Aboriginal history and culture. At this northern destination, you’ll explore a museum with traditional Aboriginal artwork, see their displays of “Dreamtime” stories, and even see several arts and crafts that are handmade by the Aboriginal residents. If you book a day tour, you’ll see a totem pole dance and a smoking ceremony. Some of the other memorable experiences travellers love include learning about bush medicines, traditional bush tuckets, and even a scenic drive through the Bathurst Island wilderness to view the captivating landscapes of this unspoilt region of the Northern Territory. 

Travelling to Tiwi Islands requires a ferry from Darwin and a moderate level of fitness. You should pack accordingly, bringing sunscreen, walking shoes, and a camera to take pictures of everything you encounter. Plan for a full day to enjoy the Tiwi Islands, learn about the local Aboriginal culture, and indulge in the historic traditions of the Northern Territory. It's worth noting that unless you're travelling on a guided to, you need to apply for a permit from the Tiwi Land Council, which takes a minimum of 30 working days to process so be sure to plan ahead. 

Address: Tiwi Islands, NT – Google Maps

Opening hours: 24/7, but ferries typically depart at 8am and return at 3:15. Schedules and departure times will vary, so make sure to check ahead of your trip.

Cost of entry: Tour prices will vary between operators, but if you're looking to may your own way to Tiwi Islands, your biggest costs will be the ferry and a permit. Ferry fares are $120 return per adult and $65 per child, with concession fares available. Permits cost $100 per person

Book a Tiwi Islands Day Tour , which costs $419 per adult and $295 per child.

 

12. Darwin Wave Lagoon

Wave Pool at Darwin Waterfront. Darwin Waterfront is home to the Wave Pool and also safe swimming Recreation Lagoon. Cafes and restaurants offer plenty of opportunities to refuel after a morning swim, linger over a luxurious lunch, or meet up with friends for a sundowner.

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Darwin Wave Lagoon, located just a short walk from Darwin Waterfront Precinct, is one of the best tourist attractions in Darwin City - especially when it comes to beating the summer heat. Darwin Wave Lagoon is a safe swimming lagoon that is 4,000 square metres in size and includes shallow play areas, so the kids enjoy some time in the water. With 10 different wave patterns, boogie boarders will love this wave pool. You are welcome to bring your own boogie boards or tubes to cool off on a hot summer day. For those who simply want to enjoy the sun, there are plenty of loungers available and shady areas to retreat to when the sun becomes too much. If you find yourself getting hungry or thirsty, there’s also a Wave Lagoon Kiosk where you purchase snacks and drinks. 

Due to its ideal location, only three minutes from the centre of Darwin, Darwin Wave Lagoon is an ideal tourist attraction within Darwin city limits and one of the best things to do in Darwin on a budget.  

Address: Darwin City, NT – Google Maps

Opening hours: 10am to 6pm

Cost of entry: $8 for adults, $6 for children, and $25 for families. 

 

13. Aquascene Fish Feeding Sanctuary & Café

Aquascene in Darwin, NT.  Right in the heart of Darwin, is Aquascene, where hundreds of fish come to shore at high tide to be fed by hand.

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Aquascene Fish Feeding Sanctuary & Café is one of the most popular spots and is considered one of the most unusual things to do in Darwin today. What began as a fish feeding hobby for deep-sea diver Carl Atkinson in the 1950s, Aquascene Fish Feeding Sanctuary was officially established in 1981. It has since become a family-friendly attraction that brings visitors from all over the world who come at high tide to see up to 20 different species of tropical wild fish being fed. Opt to feed the fish from a concrete set of stairs, or wade into the water and feed the fish while they swim around you. It’s a truly magical and one-of-a-kind experience that is a must when visiting Darwin! For the best experience and opportunity to swarms of fish, visit between December and August when there are deeper tides.

It's only a four-minute drive from the city centre to arrive at Aquascene but plan your visit accordingly. Fish feeding only occurs at high tide, so arrange at least an hour to come and visit the feeding and the café on the property for a quick bite to eat.   

Address: Larrakeyah, NT – Google Maps

Website: https://www.aquascene.com.au/

Opening hours: 24/7 with fish feeding at high tide only

Cost of entry: $15 for adults, $10 for kids and $43 for families of two adults and three children. Concessions available.

 

14. Stokes Hill Wharf

Empty Bench by Darwin Waterfront and Stokes Hill Wharf at sunrise, Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia

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Stokes Hill Wharf is an ideal spot to enjoy panoramic views of the bay surrounding Darwin and a relaxed atmosphere while you dine on fresh local seafood at some of the . If you are an avid angler and want to fish in the Northern Territory, Stokes Hill Wharf is a great destination for year-round fishing. Additionally, for those who prefer to dine and unwind, there’s sensational free entertainment while you enjoy a meal by the water and a gorgeous view. Stokes Hill Wharf is also home to the Royal Flying Doctor Service Tourist Facility, where you’ll discover Darwin’s unique World War II history. 

Only three minutes from Darwin’s city centre, you’ll be in close proximity to several other notable attractions that are accessible even without a car, including Darwin Waterfront Precinct, Aquascene Fish Feeding Sanctuary & Café, and Crocosaurus Cove. We recommend coming here in the afternoon and enjoying some fresh seafood at sunset. If you drive here, enjoy the free three-hour parking at the wharf. 

Address: Darwin City, NT – Google Maps

Opening hours: 9am to 9pm

Cost of entry: Free

 

15. Crocodylus Park

Crocodylus Park & Zoo, located only 15 minutes from Darwin's CBD, gives you a full NT outback experience in the city.

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A visit to Darwin is not complete without a trip to the premier wildlife park, Crocodylus Park, which remains one of the most popular tourist attractions in Darwin. Founded by Professor Grahame Webb, a globally recognised crocodile biologist, Crocodylus Park is a must-see spot for those who love nature and want to explore the Northern Territory’s biodiversity. From crocodiles to exotic wildlife encounters, kids will love this excursion just as much as adults. As part of your entry fee, you’ll enjoy crocodile handlings and a crocodile feeding tour.  You will also want to browse the Croc Museum on-site to cool off and learn more about these fascinating animals.

To get to Crocodylus Park, it’s only a 12-minute drive from the city centre, conveniently made with your own transport or via a taxi or public transport. Plan for at least a half-day trip to view all of the wildlife and the indoor museum before you head to your next destination for the day. 

Address: Berrimah, NT – Google Maps

Website: https://www.crocodyluspark.com.au/

Opening hours: 9am to 4pm

Cost of entry: $44 for adults, $24 for children, and $120 for a family. Senior rates are available.

 

16. Darwin Military Museum

Uniform display at the Military Museum. The Darwin Military Museum is located at East Point adjacent to the Defence of Darwin Experience.  Learn about one of the most important periods in Darwin's history, the disastrous day when it was first bombed by the Japanese during World War II.  The site is within a heritage listed area that contains WWII fortifications. The No.2 gun turret is located within the Military Museum and, along with the No.1 gun turret, is one of the major fortifications at East Point.

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Darwin Military Museum is located at historic East Point and shares the history of the most significant military attacks in Australia. Visit this museum to explore the history behind 19 February 1942, when the Japanese attacked Australia during World War II in Darwin. The various exhibitions that you’ll discover include artillery, vehicles, and accounts of the lives of the soldiers who were there that fateful day. With a captivating audio-visual experience, you’ll relive the day of the attack and see just how much it altered the city of Darwin forever. If you’re fascinated by military history or World War II, your trip to Darwin must include a visit to this extraordinary attraction. 

It only takes 13 minutes to get to the Darwin Military Museum by car from the city centre. Alternatively, you can take a taxi or public transport if desired. Set aside at least two to three hours to fully experience all this site has to offer and learn the entire story behind this monumental day in Australia’s history. 

Address: East Point, NT – Google Maps

Website: https://www.darwinmilitarymuseum.com.au/#/

Opening hours: Monday – Friday 9:30am to 4pm, Sundays 10am to 3pm

Cost of entry: $20 for adults, $15 for seniors and veterans, $10 for children and $45 for a family. 

 

17. East Point Reserve

Aerial of Dudley Point, East Point Reserve. East Point Reserve is Darwin's largest park area.  It is popular with locals and visitors for its safe year-round saltwater swimming at Lake Alexander, military history, and the uninterrupted views of Darwin and Fannie Bay and sunsets from Dudley Point. It is has an extensive network of walking and cycling paths, landscaped picnic areas with free barbecue facilities and playgrounds for the kids.

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East Point Reserve, a favourite amongst locals and visitors alike, is a great place to indulge in Darwin’s fabulous weather while exploring the beautiful natural wildlife of the Northern Territory. As one of the largest reserves within the Darwin area, enjoy up to 200 hectares of green space, complete with two playgrounds, a lake for recreational activities, and walking trails. There are also several events here throughout the year that you will want to plan for as you arrange your itinerary for your trip. Lake Alexander is the best place for water recreation. Alternatively, if you wish to exercise, use one of the two exercise stations located at the reserve. 

Darwin’s East Point Reserve is close to the Darwin Military Museum and only 20 minutes by car from Darwin’s city centre. Spend the day here and enjoy the Northern Territory’s warm weather or spend a morning here before exploring the military museum, which is just a short walk from the reserve. 

Address: East Point, NT – Google Maps

Opening hours: Monday to Friday until 9:30pm, Weekends until 10:30pm

Cost of entry: Free

 

What are the best outdoor attractions in Darwin?

Wangi Falls, Litchfield National Park. National Park - a park renowned for its accessibility and pristine natural beauty.  The falls are found near the western boundary of the park, 150 kilometres south of Darwin along sealed roads.

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Outdoor enthusiasts and adventurous visitors will find an array of activities to choose from to explore the incredible landscapes of the Northern Territory. From the beautiful national parks to East Point Reserve, you’ll enjoy the tropical weather and the stunning biodiversity of this region of Australia. Depending on the timing of your visit, you’ll enjoy gorgeous swimming holes and sunny days – May to October is usually best. Here is a list of the best outdoor attractions in Darwin:

  • Litchfield National Park
  • Kakadu National Park
  • Berry Springs Nature Park
  • Mindil Beach Sunset Markets

 

What are the best landmarks to visit in Darwin?

Aerial of Darwin Waterfront. Darwin Waterfront is home to the Wave Pool and also safe swimming Recreation Lagoon. Cafes and restaurants offer plenty of opportunities to refuel after a morning swim, linger over a luxurious lunch, or meet up with friends for a sundowner.

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Darwin is a city that holds more than meets the eye, with several historic landmarks throughout the area. With museums that showcase the area’s military and Aboriginal history to waterside attractions that highlight the capital city’s culture, you’ll have plenty to consider when selecting the best landmarks or places to visit during your holiday. Some of the best landmarks to visit in Darwin include:

  • Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory
  • Darwin Military Museum
  • Stokes Hill Wharf
  • Darwin Waterfront Precinct

 

Are there free attractions in Darwin?

Sunset at Mindil Beach. The iconic Mindil Beach sunsets always draw a crowd. On Thursdays and Sundays (April – October), head down to the buzzing Mindil Beach Sunset Market and wander through the craft and food stalls. When the time comes, grab some tasty treats and meander down to the sand to watch the sun melt into the ocean.

Credit: Sean Scott for Tourism NT

If you seek budget-friendly attractions, then you’ll love many of the free attractions that are available to you in Darwin. From the botanical gardens to the museums that are available for free to the public, there are plenty of opportunities to explore Darwin without breaking your budget. Here is a list of the best free attractions to explore while you’re here, or if you’re looking for things to do in Darwin on a budget: 

  • East Point Reserve 
  • Darwin Waterfront Precinct 
  • George Brown Darwin Botanical Gardens 
  • Mindil Beach 
  • Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory