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What To Do In Darwin

Updated on September 19, 2012

Darwin Tourist

As a Tourist visiting the city of Darwin are you wondering what there is to do in Darwin besides drinking as it is so hot and humid up in the top end ?

There is plenty to see and do on your visit so get ready for a great time exploring the area on and off the water.

What about where to stay in Darwin for a great holiday and Darwin sightseeing ?

I have just arrived back in Kununurra after trying out two accommodation places in Darwin so make sure you keep reading so I can help you save time & money on your visit to Darwin

Aquamarine boat/ bus

The bus that is also a boat !
The bus that is also a boat !
Make sure you do this bus/boat trip in Darwin !
Make sure you do this bus/boat trip in Darwin !

What to do in Darwin

1. Visit Darwin visitor centre for maps and more detailed information

2. Walk to the lagoon /wave pool . The lagoon is relaxing & free .

The wave pool is $8 all day or $5 a half day .

3. Visit the open air theatre of an evening

4. Take a ferry from Cullen Bay to Mandorah - enjoy a pub lunch looking back at Darwin

$23 adult return .

5. Make sure you visit Mindal market one of Darwin's most popular markets , browse the stalls , try some tucker and enjoy the sunset- Thursday / Sunday evenings

6. Visit the NT Library

7.Explore the Aviation Heritage centre ( No 8 bus )

8. Have a day trip to Kakadu National Park ( if you have no car otherwise I would take longer )

9. Relax on a Darwin sunset cruise

10. Take your time and enjoy the atmosphere in Darwin

Darwin Activities

Have a picnic by the water- try some local barra
Have a picnic by the water- try some local barra
Relax in the lagoon
Relax in the lagoon
or ride the waves
or ride the waves
visit the open air theatre
visit the open air theatre

Ferry Ride

I love being on the water
I love being on the water
Unusual jetty
Unusual jetty
Lunch looking towards Darwin
Lunch looking towards Darwin
Lazy weekday afternoon !
Lazy weekday afternoon !
Coconut tree made it seem like a tropical Island
Coconut tree made it seem like a tropical Island
Return to Darwin
Return to Darwin

Mindal Market Darwin

Mindal Beach sunset
Mindal Beach sunset
Try some of the food on offer
Try some of the food on offer
We watched a talant contest
We watched a talant contest
A show with fire
A show with fire

Bus service in Darwin

The great thing about the bus service in Darwin is the $2 tickets which last you 3 hours so you can do some sightseeing around the place as well as getting to your destination .

NO 14 takes you to Cullen Bay where you catch the ferry to

No 8 is the one to catch to Shady Glen Caravan Park and if you do that tell the bus driver you want to get off just after the 90 k zone!

A group of us were told off by a grumpy bus driver as we asked him for the stop by Shady glen Caravan Park & had no idea what stop it was ( first time on a bus in Darwin ) I am sure he doesn't like tourists .

Watch the buses and wave down the one you require .

Getting to Darwin

There are flights to Darwin from nearly everywhere so check the website for best deals to Darwin .

If you are not in a hurry or on a budget then checkout Greyhound for their specials online .

Also go into a greyhound office for a card as after 5 greyhound trips you recieve one free like a coffee card !

There is an airport shuttle about $15 a person however if you are staying at Chillies for a few nights they will refund you the $15.

Greyhound coach pulls in near the backpackers so close you can see it from the spa at Chillies !

Backpackers Darwin- Chillies backpackers.

After a few days I realised that to really enjoy Darwin I need to be in town withing walking distance to places + my accommodation so I could swim to keep cool in between exploring Darwin so i booked a couple of nights at Chillies backpackers .

This turned out to be a great move and I had a great time wandering down to the laggon for a swim & checking out other great sites.

Chillies had female only dorms , free breakfast & 2 spas to relax & unwind in + entry into their other hostel for use of the swimming pool + a free dinner when purchasing a drink one evening .

Chillies Backpackers is right by Coles, restaurants , the mall as well as close to the local bus and Greyhound which I was traveling back on to Kununurra.

Shady Glen Caravan Park

Best feature of Shady Glen Caravan Park
Best feature of Shady Glen Caravan Park
My tent in Shady lane
My tent in Shady lane
Kitchen facility
Kitchen facility

Caravan Parks Darwin

I can only comment on Shady Glen Caravan Park as that is the first place I stayed in at Darwin .

From the Greyhound bus depot in town it cost me $25 in a taxi late at night .

On my arrival I then set up my tent and slept !

Shady Glen caravan Park is a pleasant place to stay if you are in your own caravan/camper or a cabin with your own car .

On your own without a car it is very inconvenient even with the bus service up the road .

The pool was nice and staying open till 9 pm was great , however it was hot early and the pool doesn't open till 9am .

The camp kitchen was a huge disappointment as it wasn't equipped like so many other camp kitchens I have seen.

The microwave was out of order & there were no saucepans etc available .

Be aware there are no refunds so only pay a short time in advance .


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    • freecampingaussie profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Southern Spain

      Thanks ! I enjoyed my stay in Darwin 7 look forward to exploring more when I go back with my husband.

    • NewLifeOnRoad profile image


      7 years ago

      Wow that looks like a great place to visit! Thanks for sharing your What To Do In Darwin


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