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Darwin Sights & Attractions

Forever optimistic, Darwin is a youthful, multicultural city that relishes its relaxed outdoor lifestyle assisted by a year-round tropical climate – just perfect for honeymoon couples.

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Darwin panorama

Darwin panorama – Image courtesy of theurbandeveloper.com


Introducing Darwin

Darwin draws its cultural identity from 50,000 years of Aboriginal traditions and its close proximity to Asia – the city is closer to Jakarta than it is to Sydney.


What to do and see in Darwin

Explore Darwin’s rich heritage at the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory and the Australian Pearling Exhibition. Head to the East Point Military Museum to learn about the Japanese bombing of Darwin during World War II.

Unwind after work with a jog along the Esplanade or try a harbour cruise. Later, stroll along palm-lined city streets to the Wharf Precinct for an alfresco seafood dinner.

Or join the evening party on Darwin’s atmospheric Mitchell Street – the vibrant nightlife strip is crowded with friendly pubs, nightclubs and restaurants.

Named after the famous naturalist, Charles Darwin, the city offers the perfect base for a day trip to the Tiwi Islands, or longer to explore the natural wonders of the World Heritage listed Kakadu National Park, Litchfield and Nitmiluk National Parks.

Must-see attractions in Darwin include the following…

The Esplanade

Explore the length of Darwin's waterfront with a stroll through Bicentennial Park on the Esplanade or with a jog along Lameroo Beach.

Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory

Discover more about the region’s history, art and culture in a magnificent permanent collection.

East Point Military Museum

Learn about the Japanese bombing of Darwin that lasted for almost two years and killed more than 300 people during World War II.

Australian Pearling Exhibition

Discover Darwin’s pearling history from the days of the lugger and hard-hat diving, to modern farming and pearl culturing techniques.

Mindil Beach Sunset Market

Sample cuisine from over 20 countries and browse stalls for indigenous and bush art, sculpture, pottery, handmade jewellery and bric-a-brac. Held every Thursday and Sunday from 24 April to 30 October.

Australian Aviation Heritage Centre

Step back in time in one of Australia’s major aviation museums hosting an impressive collection of aircraft including a B52 Bomber, Mirage and Sabre jets, a Spitfire replica, Wessex and Huey Cobra helicopters.


Must-see attractions near Darwin

Take control from the driver’s seat and discover a range of exciting getaways just a short drive from Darwin.

Katherine and Nitmiluk National Park

Paddle a kayak or relax on a cruise beneath the magnificent red sandstone cliffs of Katherine George in Nitmiluk National Park.

Spot wildlife, discover Aboriginal rock paintings, enjoy a refreshing swim in the pandanus-fringed natural pool at the base of Edith Falls or slide into the warm thermal waters of Katherine’s hot springs.

Read more about Katherine and Nitmiluk National Park

Nature’s Way to Kakadu National Park

Take the ‘Nature’s Way’ drive to explore Kakadu National Park, the World Heritage-listed park famous for its abundant wildlife and some of Australia’s best Aboriginal rock art.

Hike through the sacred Aboriginal Nourlangie Rock area, explore fabulous waterfalls and cool off with a refreshing swim at Boralba Springs. At Ubirr, examine the Aboriginal rock paintings of goanna, kangaroo and the now-extinct Tasmanian tiger.

Read more about Kakadu National Park

Litchfield National Park

Explore the lush monsoon forests, termite mounds, unusual rock formations and the many stunning waterfalls in Litchfield National Park.

Discover one of the Top End’s hidden treasures, an unspoiled wilderness boasting diverse flora and fauna and impressive natural formations.

Read more about Litchfield National Park


Where to stay in Darwin

Darwin offers a good selection of hotels to suit all budgets.

Find the best deal, compare prices and read what other travellers have to say hotels in Darwin at TripAdvisor.


Latest update Darwin honeymoon destination: 9 March, 2017


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