Darwin offers a magnificent mix of urban excitement and laid-back Aussie charm. Surrounded by all the delights of the Northern Territory’s capital city, the city’s CBD offers a range of excellent accommodations including Élan Soho Suites, providing a comfortable home base for Top End adventures. The following are just of few of the exciting things to do in Darwin.
Stroll the Waterfront
Darwin’s vibrant revitalized waterfront brims with chic restaurants, classy shops, peaceful lagoons and lush parks. Take a relaxing swim, fish from the wharf, browse upscale boutiques, enjoy alfresco seafood or just meander beautiful streets lined with coconut palms, brilliant gardens and waterfront mansions.
Explore the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territories
Boasting exciting exhibits centered on Australia’s Top End, this world-class museum offers an astonishing Aboriginal art collection, a multi-sensory room devoted to Cyclone Tracy, a maritime gallery of indigenous watercraft and an enormous, eye-popping 16-foot stuffed crocodile.
Take a Walk in the Park
Darwin’s lush parks offer brilliant gardens, pretty beaches and loads of cycling and walking paths. Beautiful Bicentennial Park runs the length of the waterfront, offering beautiful walking paths and fascinating war memorials. Watch the wallabies feed at East Point Reserve or take a swim in the reserve’s recreational Lake Alexander.
View Botanic Wonders
Visit the George Brown Botanic Gardens for a look at incredible plants from all over the world, including an extensive collection of exotic palms and many plants traditionally used by the Aborigines.
Get Friendly with a Croc
Cool Crocosaurus Cove gets you about as close as you can safely get to one of these scary sea creatures. Situated right in the middle of Mitchell Street, this unusual attraction offers an enormous reptile house, aquariums loaded with various marine creatures and a mix of opportunities to meet the crocs. Swim in a pool separated by glass from baby crocs or get lowered right into the water with the big guys in the transparent Cage of Death.
Go Outdoors and Play
Outdoor recreation is one of the many things to do in Darwin. Just a short walk from your city center hotel, you can find lagoon swimming, sailing, canoeing and fishing. The area between the recreational lagoon and the open harbor is laced with a beautifully maintained system of hiking and cycling paths that wind past verdant gardens, parks, mansions and restaurants.
Find a Festival
Australia’s Northern Territory is alive with outdoor festivals throughout the dry season from May to October, and Darwin is the perfect home base for a few festive explorations. Rock out at Darwin’s famous Bass in the Grass music festival, experience ancient culture and music at the Arnhem Land’s Garma Festival or cheer for your favorite camel at Alice Springs’ hilarious Imparja Camel Cup.