What to visit in Darwin Austrelia

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Darwin is a thriving tropical capital, whether you are a backpacker on a budget or simply a traveller looking for a few extra activities to fill your days – there are plenty of free things to see and do in the Top End of Australia.

Watch a tropical sunset

Sit back on the beach or relax at one of Darwin’s waterfront venues as the sky turns on brilliant colours and the sun disappears into the ocean. Mindil Beach, Cullen Bay and East Point Reserve are all hot spots to get the most spectacular view of the day.


  • Mindil Beach sunset

  • Sit back and watch the sunset from one of Darwin’s waterfront hotspots

Visit the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory

Learn about the Northern Territory’s history and sciences, peruse Aboriginal art or enjoy the outside harbour views. Don’t miss the Cyclone Tracey exhibit and seeing “Sweetheart”, a five-metre crocodile captured in 1979 after a series of attacks on fishing boats.


  • The Natural Sciences collection features animal, fossil, rock and mineral specimens from northern Australia and neighbouring regions

  • Cyclone Tracey exhibition

  • Don’t miss out on the story of Sweetheart – the Northern Territory’s most notorious crocodile!

Take a road trip to Litchfield National Park

Take a day trip to the waterfalls and waterholes of Litchfield National Park, nature’s very own water theme park. Bushwalk a rainforest trail, swim under cascading waterfalls and marvel at the massive termite mounds. Free wi-fi is now available at Wangi Falls.


  • Magnetic termite mounds

  • Sandy Creek Falls

  • Florence Falls

Go for a swim at Berry Springs Nature Park

Berry Springs is a 40 minute drive from Darwin and a great place to relax in nature. Take your own picnic and go for a dip in the pristine waters with several waterholes connecting through monsoon forest.


  • Swimming at Berry Springs Nature Park

  • Rainbow Cafe at Berry Springs Nature Park

Relax at the Darwin Waterfront Precinct

Located next to the CBD, the Darwin Waterfront is where it’s all happening with a lush grassy area to chill, surrounded by palm trees and a recreational swimming lagoon. The waterfront hosts an ongoing calendar of free activities such as Tai Chi morning classes and movies under the stars during the dry season. A free bus service has started operating daily from Indo Pacific Marine to Stokes Hill Wharf.

  • At The Dakota performing at the Waterfront

  • Tropical palm trees at the Waterfront

  • Enjoy a swim in the Recreation Lagoon at the Waterfront

Stroll through George Brown Botanic Gardens

Close to the city; wander through monsoon forests, coastal fore-dunes, mangroves and woodlands. Spot native birds and discover traditional uses of local plants on a self-guided walk.


  • George Brown Darwin Botanic Gardens

  • George Brown Darwin Botanic Gardens

Spot wildlife at East Point Reserve

A favourite for the locals, you can walk, ride or drive through East Point. The reserve covers almost 200 hectares and features military history, nature walks and the opportunity to spot wallabies at dusk. Barbecue and picnic facilities are also available.

  • East Point Reserve

  • Cycling at East Point Reserve

Meander through the markets

Experience Darwin’s lively market scene at Mindil Beach Sunset Market during the dry season (April – September) and the suburban weekend markets held in ParapNightcliff and Rapid Creek year-round. Enjoy the music and entertainment on offer.

  • Enjoy a performance from one of the many buskers at the Mindil Beach Sunset Markets

  • Mingle with the locals and try the local produce at one of the suburban weekend markets

Free wi-fi

Free public wireless internet access (wi-fi) is available in Smith Street Mall, at the public library in Parliament House, the airport, as well as the Darwin Waterfront and Mindil Beach Markets. Would you like to post a selfie while exploring further? Free wi-fi is now available at Wangi Falls in Litchfield National ParkKarlu Karlu (Devils Marbles)and Wattarka (Kings Canyon).


  • Remember to check for free wi-fi at the Darwin Waterfront in the CBD

  • Download the free Defence of Darwin Experience app

Check out the art galleries

There are several galleries in Darwin’s CBD including Mason GalleryMbantua Gallery and the Aboriginal Fine Arts Gallery. Take a short trip to the inner-city suburb of Parap and visit NCCA ArtOutstation Gallery and Nomad Art. You may walk in with the intention to have a look and come out with a purchase or two. Darwin also has some eye-catching street art and pop up galleries during the festival season.




  • Pop-up art gallery at the Darwin Festival

  • Aboriginal art at Government House


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