It’s easy to fall into a state tropical languor on a visit to Darwin but you must resist! So put down that cold drink and peel your butt out of that hammock, a whole swathe of attractions await.
Kakadu National Park
This incredible natural beauty is the reason why most people visit Australia’s Top End. Covering a staggering 4.2 million acres, Kakadu is of great significance to Australian Aborigines and supports a huge variety of plant and animal life. Its sandstone escarpments, life-giving waterholes and lily-strewn waterways can be explored on a day trip from Darwin but camping overnight is perhaps the best way to experience its true beauty.
Litchfield National Park
Famous for its alien-like termite mounds, Litchfield National Park also has deep swimming holes, impressive waterfalls and a monsoonal forest. Like Kakadu, Litchfield National Park deserves more than just a day of your time and an experienced guide is recommended (you never know where those pesky crocs might be lurking!)
Talking of crocs, fancy a dip in the ‘Cage of Death’? Swimming with crocs at Darwin’s Crocosaurus Cove is of course optional. You can get up close to reptiles of all shapes and sizes here without getting wet, or terrified. There’s also a turtle sanctuary and a two-story freshwater aquarium.
Mindil Beach Sunset Markets
You can tell a lot about a city from its markets and Darwin’s Mindil beach market speaks volumes about the city’s laid-back and multi-cultural vibe. As the sun goes down, grab a bite to eat from food stalls serving cuisines from over thirty different countries and browse for a locally made souvenir.