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15 of the best things to do in Darwin all year round

What to get up to in the Top End with your family or other half, or on your own.

Darwin is the balmy and eclectic capital of the Northern Territory and is often used as a gateway to the natural landscapes of Kakadu National Park and Katherine Gorge.

Before you venture out to these natural icons, spare some time to explore the capital and experience its vibrant atmosphere, eclectic restaurants, waterfront views and extreme activities. Here are a few ideas to get you started on your Top End adventure.


Top experiences in Darwin


Top things to do in Darwin

The Darwin City Tour from City Discovery

Booked through City Discovery

Highlights:
  • 4-hour guided tour of Darwin by coach.
  • See Smith Street Mall, St Mary’s Cathedral, Chinese Temple, World War II oil storage tunnel, Mindil Beach, Fannie Bay, The Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory and more.
  • Price includes coach tour and museum entry.
From AUD

$97.00pp

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Cage of Death from finder.com.au

Crocosaurus Cove

Highlights:
  • This thrilling activity includes 15 minutes in the crocodile enclosure while experienced handlers feed the crocs from outside of the cage.
  • The cage can accommodate up to two people.
  • The attraction operates 10 times daily and provides 360 degree views of the magnificent reptiles.
From AUD

$165.00

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Jumping Crocodiles from City Discovery

Booked through City Discovery

Highlights:
  • See crocodiles in their natural habitat and watch them jump out of the water for their food as you cruise down the Adelaide River.
  • This tour lasts for 7 hours and includes a visit to Window on the Wetlands Visitor Centre.
  • There’s an option to visit the Fogg Dam Nature Reserve to see its abundance of birds and reptiles.
From AUD

$102.00pp

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The Bungle Bungle Range and Lake Argyle Scenic Flight from finder.com.au

Kookaburra Air

Highlights:
  • Catch the magnificence of the Bungle Bungle Range from up high with this scenic flight.
  • This flight also travels over Lake Argyle, a freshwater lake moulded into the landscape.
  • Flight runs for approximately 8 hours.
From AUD

$1485pp

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Kakadu and Mary River Scenic Flight from finder.com.au

Kookaburra Air

Highlights:
  • Treat yourself to an incredible journey over Kakadu National Park and Mary River.
  • See Jim Jim Falls and the area's vast wetlands from above
  • Includes complimentary airport transfers.
From AUD

$682pp

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Small Group Litchfield National Park Day Tour from Darwin from Viator

Booked through Viator

Highlights:
  • Spend the day in Litchfield National Park exploring waterfalls, monsoon forests and rock formations.
  • The tour includes the chance to swim in rock pools, such as the Buley Rockhole, and waterfalls from the tabletop range.
  • See termite pillars and hear Indigenous Australian stories about the landscape during your 10.5-hour experience in Litchfield National Park.
From AUD

$99.00pp

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Darwin Sunset Dinner Cruise Aboard a Traditional Ketch from Viator

Booked through Viator

Highlights:
  • Embark on a traditional fishing ketch and tour Darwin’s coastline until sunset.
  • Tour includes a fresh seafood meal, cooked to order by the onboard chef.
  • As your dinner is cooked, the crew will provide informative commentary about the boat and the harbour.
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$99.00pp

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Tiwi Islands Day Tour from Darwin from Viator

Booked through Viator

Highlights:
  • Immerse yourself in an Indigenous cultural experience with this day trip to the Tiwi islands.
  • Learn about the Tiwi Dreamtime and the culture’s unique burial rituals.
  • See informative exhibits on Tiwi art, then meet with the artists and create your own Tiwi artwork.
From AUD

$335.00pp

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Corroboree Billabong Wetland Cruise from Viator

Booked through Viator

Highlights:
  • Cruise through the Corroboree Billabong wetlands and spy its natural wildlife of saltwater crocodiles and over 30 species of birds.
  • Enjoy full commentary on your 1-hour cruise.
  • Optional shuttle from Darwin.
From AUD

$40.00pp

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6 things to do in Darwin for free

  • Wade through shady pools and walk over waterfalls at Berry Springs Nature Park.
  • Get cultured at Adelaide River War Cemetery.
  • Spend a day in the beautiful George Brown Botanic Gardens. It’s one of the only gardens in the world that naturally has marine and estuary plants. Playgrounds and barbecue areas are also available in the gardens, making it an ideal spot for families.
  • Cool down in the Recreation Lagoon. This harbourside lagoon is the perfect respite on a hot summer’s day. It’s situated next to the Wave Lagoon, which charges a small fee for entry. The Recreation Lagoon is free.
  • Shop the Mindil Beach sunset markets for that perfect souvenir. The markets are open from the last Thursday in April to the last Thursday in October.
  • Check out the World War II oil storage tunnels. They are a unique attraction in the Darwin Waterfront Precinct. While not exactly free, it is cheap ($8 for adults, $5 for kids) to take a tour of the tunnels and learn of their significance during the war.

Things to do in Darwin during the wet season

During the wet season, lightning storms are frequent and some outdoor activities in and around Darwin may close. However, don’t let this discourage you from visiting this amazing city from November to April; there are still plenty of activities to do during these months.

Plus, the wet/green season is when the land’s wildlife really comes to life. Animals thrive under these conditions and wildflowers come into bloom, making for a spectacular photograph.


Looking for some things to do in Darwin in the wet season?

  • Litchfield National Park (some locations may close between December and May)
  • Kakadu National Park (some locations may close between December and May)
  • Fishing
  • Parap Village Markets
  • Nightcliff Markets
  • The Tiwi Islands
  • The Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory
  • Wet/Green season tours
  • Parliament House and the Supreme Court
  • Some scenic flights

What’s closed during wet season

  • Mindil Beach sunset markets
  • The Recreation and Wave Lagoons may close during the wet season depending on the weather conditions
  • Certain unsealed roads close when they become too dangerous to drive on

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Stephanie Yip

Stephanie is a journalist, avid traveller and all-round bargain hunter. If there's an online coupon code, deal or cheap flight available, she'll know about it. And she'll let you know about it, too.

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