Things to do in Darwin

Mindil Beach Sunset Market

© Shaana McNaught/Tourism NT

Mindil Beach Sunset Market is a modern day market in the heart of the tropics. Located on the iconic strip overlooking Mindil Beach, the market features over 300 stalls.

Museum & Art Gallery of the Northern Territory

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The Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory (MAGNT) is the NT’s premier cultural institution. Enjoy permanent exhibition highlights such as Cyclone Tracy, Natural History and Sweetheart, a famous croc as well as exciting temporary exhibitions. Enjoy a meal at the picturesque Cornucopia cafe overlooking the sea or purchase a book or gift at the Store at the Museum. Entry is free.

Crocosaurus Cove

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Crocosaurus Cove allows visitors a unique, up close and personal view of massive saltwater crocodiles, crocodile hatchlings, juveniles as well as being home to the World’s largest display of Australian reptiles and the famous Cage of Death. The Cage of Death is the only cage in the world that brings you face to face with some of the largest Saltwater Crocodiles in captivity

George Brown Botanic Gardens

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Take a walk through the George Brown Darwin Botanic Gardens to see a magnificent display of plants from northern Australia and tropical areas around the world.

There are extensive plantings of colourful Heliconias, Gingers, Tropical Orchids, Bromeliads and other exotic plants.

The George Brown Darwin Botanic Gardens are located 2km from the centre of Darwin City. The Gardens are part of a cultural precinct that includes the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory and Mindil Beach home of the Sunset Markets.

East Point Reserve

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East Point Reserve is Darwin’s largest park area. It is popular with locals and visitors for its safe year-round saltwater swimming at Lake Alexander, military history, and the uninterrupted views of Darwin and Fannie Bay and sunsets from Dudley Point. It is has an extensive network of walking and cycling paths, landscaped picnic areas with free barbecue facilities and playgrounds for the kids.

Berry Springs Nature Park

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Berry Springs Nature Park is a picturesque area 47 kilometres south of Darwin that is a popular daytrip destination for picnics, with shady areas with tables and barbecues. Cool off in one of Berry Creek’s clear and shady pools, and if you’ve brought your goggles along, you should be able to spot native fish and other aquatic life.

Rainbow Valley

Red Centre Shoot 2014 © Sarena Hyland/Tourism NT

Rainbow Valley is renowned for its sandstone bluffs and cliffs with bands of different coloured rock. An easy day trip from Alice Springs, it is at its most spectacular in the early morning light or late afternoon sun when it changes from ochre red to orange and purple, or after heavy rainfall, when the whole scene is reflected in the claypans.

The Rainbow Valley Conservation Reserve is located about 75 kilometres south of Alice Springs and best accessed by four-wheel drive. Or join a tour departing from Alice Springs, many of which provide insight into the Aboriginal cultural significance of the area.

Nitmiluk National Park

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Many visitors to the Northern Territory choose to immerse themselves in the natural beauty and culture of Nitmiluk Gorge and National Park with an extended stay in the region or at the Nitmiluk Caravan and Camping grounds, while other with pressing travel schedules have only the time to touch the surface of this ancient landscape.

Day visitors are welcome to open the first pages of this remarkable record of Aboriginal culture, geological wonder and European history. From the Nitmiluk Visitors Centre you can explore the closer points of interest at the display centre and museum, take an easy walk, hire a canoe or enjoy the beauty and tranquillity of the gorges on a Nitmiluk cruise.

Uluru Kata Tjuta National Park

Uluru Kata Tjuta National Park. © Akari Hatakeyama and Tourism NT.

Explore Uluru/Ayers Rock by taking to the skies in a helicopter, or up close from the walking track at its base, or climb onto the back of a camel to circumnavigate it. Learn more about the local flora, fauna, bush tucker, ancient paintings and the Dreamtime stories of this Anangu sacred site on an Aboriginal tour. The Anangu people are Uluru’s traditional custodians and have lived in the area for at least 22,000 years. Stop in at the Cultural Centre to purchase their distinctive art or watch craft demonstrations.