Best Things To Do in Darwin, Australia

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 Wildlife Parks

  • Territory Wildlife Park: A wildlife park that is filled with re-created natural habitats for a variety of animals, bird watching alcoves and walks through rainforests. A wonderful way to spend your four hours when you visit Darwin. Admission fee is Australian dollar $26 for adults.
  • Crocodylus Park & Zoo: Spend some time with Darwin’s native reptile habitants and also witness the hospitality of exotic animals at the adjoining zoo. Admission fee is Australian Dollar $30 for adults.


  • Australian Aviation Heritage Center: Even if you aren’t fascinated with aircrafts, this museum will leave you wanting more. Whether it’s the B-52 bomber or the Mirage and Sabre jet fighters, the aviation center reveals fascinating secrets about the World War 2 era. Admission fee is Australian Dollar $12 for adults. Open 9am to 5pm.
  • Darwin Military Museum: The Darwin military museum is a fine example of what Darwin has endured during the devastating World War 2. The memorabilia, photographs and memoirs are heart wrenching. Admission fee is Australian Dollar $12 for adults. Open 9.30 am to 5 pm.
  • Museum and Art Gallery of Northern Territory: Take a peek into Aboriginal culture and history at this museum. Stare in awe at Sweetheart, the satirical name given to one of Australia’s most deadly, man-eating crocs. Also witness the catastrophic damage left behind by the notorious Cyclone Tracy with the help of a simulated cyclone. Do visit the café! Open 10 am to 5pm. Admission free.


 Shopping & Markets

  • Nightcliffe Market: This Sunday market is a mish mash of interesting eateries and shops selling specialty stuff like organic clothes and cosmetics,
  • Flea Market at Rapid Creek: One of Australia’s oldest markets, this experience offers everything; right from relaxing massages to Asian produce.
  • Kunwinjku Aborginal Art: Shop for authentic aboriginal art made by one of the tribesman at the markets at Mindil beach on Tuesdays. Or head to the Aboriginal Fine Arts Gallery at Mitchell and Knuckey Street to shop for some traditional art.


  • Crocosaurus Cove: Got an itch for high-adrenaline adventure? The Crocosaurus Cove will make even the most daring enthusiasts lose their breath. Swim alongside the vast variety of crocodiles that are native to Darwin with just a wall between you and the croc as a saving grace. You can also willingly step into the world of crocs in a Perspex cage where some of the most unforgiving reptiles await you with open arms and open jaws!
  • Stokes Wharf: Those who love swimming can check out the wave pool at Stokes Wharf that is part of a lagoon built for locals who cannot swim in the crocodile-infested waters surrounding Darwin.
  • Fishing: Go fishing for the humungous Barramundi fish that is one of the most toothsome fishes in Australia. Fishing tours carry 15-20 people per boat and take you to the richest part of the exotic blue waters.
  • Harbor Cruise: Cruises on the harbor offer stunning views of the sunset and could be a good option for the romantics.
  • Lake Alexander: A great place to swim and stretch your legs while enjoying a Barbecue by this picturesque lake.

Below we have a list of things to do in Darwin and the places where you want to spend the best moments of your trip. At the same time, the city offers you the best neighborhoods to explore and new foods to try.

This list should help you in deciding and prioritizing what you should plan on your Darwin getaway. Find a mix of must-see tourist spots, underrated local hangouts, and maybe even a few new experiences you can try out.

Make the most of your trip to Darwin with confidence.

Tourist Attractions in Darwin

Here is the list of things to do in Darwin and tourist attractions in city.

  1. Museum And Art Gallery Of The Northern Territory

    Art Museum, Art Gallery

    'The Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory (MAGNT) is the Northern Territory’s premier cultural organisation. Our principal facility since 1981 is on Larrakia Land at Bullocky Point in Darwin, set in a scenic location overlooking the Arafura Sea. MAGNT is home to internationally renowned artistic, cultural and scientific collections and research programs. Each year MAGNT presen...Read more
  2. Mindil Beach

    4.6 (901 Votes)
    Mindil Beach

    Beach, Walking Area, Leisure

    As a tourist, after seeing some of the top tourist attractions of Darwin, there will be a time when you comprehend just how much the city has seen and survived and feel a twinge of sadness and sympathy. For a change of pace, stroll down to the Mindil beach and see the city come alive as couple, singles, family and senior citizens all gather on the best beach in Darwin to enjoy the setting sun a...Read more
  3. Defence Of Darwin Experience

    Military Museum, History Museum

    World War II was a harrowing time for the world, especially for the countries involved directly- Australia being one such nation. Not many know this, but the city of Darwin played an important role during the War. The Bombing of Darwin is a dark period in the history of the world, where the Japanese dropped bombs killing nearly a 1000 plus people. The interactive museum that is the Defence of D...Read more
  4. Darwin Military Museum

    Military Museum, Battlefield, Historical Site

    The Defence of Darwin Experience is situated within the premises of the Darwin Military Museum. However, apart from the Defence of Darwin Experience, the Darwin Military Museum has quite a few exhibits on display. During WWII, Darwin was bombed over 60 times and over two dozen ships were sunk at the harbour. The location of the Military Museum was an erstwhile Allied base and still has its gun ...Read more
  5. Crocosaurus Cove

    4.3 (825 Votes)
    Crocosaurus Cove

    Wildlife Park

    If you love crocodiles and would love to see the magnanimous beasts up close, the Crocosaurus Cove is the place for you. Highlights include: Entering the crocodile pong in a glass cage to see the beats at nose distance. A must if you want to get a wildlife adrenaline pump and a good story to tell for years to come!
  6. Skycity Darwin

    4.1 (521 Votes)
    Skycity Darwin

    Hotel, Casino

    If you want to experience Darwin with a touch of luxury, head over to the Skycity hotel. Located at the heart of the city, the hotel is known for its elite accommodation with luxury amenities. Highlights include: In-house Casino which is open all day long, all year round A must if you are in the city for a quick gamble or more!
  7. Wave Lagoon At The Darwin Waterfront

    Art Gallery, Shopping Center, Swimming Pool

    A wave pool situated at the heart of the city is a relief for people who love the beach but are secretly scared of the waves! Located in the premises of the Darwin Waterfront, the Wave Lagoon is a beautiful, hygienic swimming pool with good security. The place also has a good variety of eateries, beauty and shopping center along with an art gallery- a complete package to spend the day at. A mus...Read more
  8. Crocodylus Park And Zoo

    4.2 (644 Votes)
    Crocodylus Park And Zoo

    Wildlife Park, Zoo

    We’re all quick to think of crocodiles when Australia is mentioned because of the lands connection to the late Crocodile Hunter, Steve Irwin. Darwin has a good job maintaining and building on that connection by way of the Crocodylus Park & Zoo. All you reptile lovers out there do not want to miss out on this! With a repertoire of over 1000 crocodiles across all sizes, the zoo is also ...Read more
  9. Aquascene

    4.2 (727 Votes)


    Aquascene is as fishy an experience as it can get! Since the early 1950s, a natural phenomena occurs on the high tide of Darwin’s Doctors Gully when the local and wild fishes swim to the shallow shoreline searching for food! Aquascene celebrates these fishes- caring for them by feeding them every day! Join the feeding sessions to see the fishes in all their glory. A humble experience neve...Read more
  10. Berry Springs Nature Park

    Outdoors, Water Body, Nature

    The Berry Springs Nature Park is known for its spring water fed pools- nature at its best. A good recreational spot for the weary traveler, the park is a must in every ‘things to see’ list. Highlights include: Swimming in the natural pools Walking Track through the whole park Kiosk amenities (during periods of high visits) A day spent here is surely a day spent well.
  11. George Brown Darwin Botanic Gardens

    Botanical Garden

    Cyclone Tracy was a dark time in the history of Darwin city. Among the many lives and landmarks it claimed, one such casualty was the George Brown Botanic Gardens. Named after their most beloved curator, the 92 acre botanical land is rife with vegetation of the Top End area. Vine forests, boabs, mangroves and native and exotic palms are just some of the flora you’ll come across here. Self...Read more
  12. Australian Aviation Heritage Centre
    Whether or not you’re a history buff and like military memorabilia, the Australian Aviation Heritage Centre is not an attraction to miss. The most impressive exhibit there is the B- 52 Bomber aircraft, one of the two on public display outside of the United States of America. Others include a Japanese Zero shot down during the war and a retired RAAF F-111 fighter jet, etc. The Heritage Cen...Read more
  13. Fannie Bay Gaol Museums

    4.1 (331 Votes)
    Fannie Bay Gaol Museums

    Museum, Landmark

    What is now a museum was previously a fully functional prison. Even today, you can see for yourself, the gallows where they hung convicts sentenced to death by hanging. Regarded as a historic landmark in the Northern Territory, many visitors have claimed that the museum could have been in a better shape. Being in operation for almost a century, as you walk through the cell blocks, each prison c...Read more
  14. Territory Wildlife Park

    4.5 (275 Votes)
    Territory Wildlife Park

    Wildlife Park

    If you want to take-in the best of the fauna in Australia, the Territory Wildlife Park is the perfect spot. Kangaroos, Falcons, Owls and many more regal animals are loved and taken care of in its premises. The feeding timings are a pleasure to know just how to care for fellow beings and striking a bond with them. A must if you are travelling with children. The place is sure to make you forget y...Read more
  15. East Point Reserve

    4.6 (138 Votes)
    East Point Reserve

    Walking Area, Lake

    The East point reserve is the perfect spot to spend an entire afternoon at. Carry a small picnic to sit among a scenic view of the lake and fresh air to laze out on a sunny day. Highlights Include: Lake Alexander Flora Mangrove Boardwalk The reserve is the perfect place if you want to explore the greens in Darwin while you visit the city.