The tropical Australian city of Darwin has plenty of attractions. A balmy weather does its own bit to ensure a lovely holiday. The city lies very close to the natural wonders of the Kakadu National Park, the Litchfield National Park, and the amazing Tiwi Islands. On one hand, there are the vibrant outdoor festivals and markets to explore and on the other hand, there are fantastic beaches. Darwin is a popular destination with almost every kind of tourist. Whether you want to escape the cold winters and relax amidst natural beauty or are fond of late-night beach parties – Darwin will satiate most of your holiday expectations. Here are some of the best activities to indulge in while at Darwin.
Enjoy Nature at Litchfield National Park
Enjoy nature trails and excursions with a day tour that will allow you to experience the natural wonders of the Litchfield National Park. Enjoy adventurous activities while discovering the marvels hidden within this park. Take in the sights of lush surroundings and cascading waterfalls. You will also spot large crocodiles inhabiting the Adelaide River on boat rides.
Fishing is a popular pastime with locals as well as a must-do activity for tourists in Darwin. Fishing spots are dotted across the entire city, including the Yellow Water in Kakadu National Park and Finniss River close to Dundee. Try your luck at catching the local popular barra fish for a few hours or enjoy a fishing weekend.
Experience Local Festivals
Visit Darwin during any of its festivals and enjoy the best of local food, party scene, and hospitality. The city hosts the popular Darwin Festival in August and the Darwin Cup Carnival in July. Each celebration has an amazing line up of events including performances by local and touring artists, outdoor concerts, workshops, theatre, dance, music, comedy, and visual arts such as cabaret and films. These festivals are also among the best occasions to relish the tasty local delicacies.
Explore Mindil Beach Sunset Market
Explore the Mindil Beach Sunset Market, which is held along the Arafura Sea coastline every Sunday and Thursday night. This lively evening market is a great place to buy pretty handmade craft pieces and enjoy the local cuisine. Twice every week locals and tourists alike throng this market to watch spectacular sunsets, while enjoying relaxing massages and music by talented artists.
Experience Wildlife Spotting
The protected natural spaces by way of national parks and nature reserves offer unforgettable wildlife spotting experiences. You will see giant turtles heading from the sea towards their nests and also spot lots of colourful birds in the mangroves of Darwin. Furthermore, you can enjoy exhilarating boat rides and trekking experiences.