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Darwin

4.2
Specialty Museums · Water Parks · Beaches
Outback Capital of the Northern Territory
The smallest of Australia’s state capitals, Darwin has nevertheless become an attractive and important urban center, being simultaneously one of the country’s most modernized cities and a gateway to both the Top End region and South East Asia. Built on a cliff overlooking the city’s harbor, Darwin has a picturesque setting and an easygoing charm. Its skyline is mostly low-rise buildings with a smattering of skyscrapers in the center. The historical homeland of the Larrakia indigenous people, Darwin has developed over time into a multicultural city of about 130,000 inhabitants. Plan your tour of Darwin and Australia travel itinerary using our Australia attractions planning website.
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Popular things to do in Darwin

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Nature / Wildlife Tour
Nature & Wildlife Tours
4.9
Duration: 8 hours
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Specialty Museum
Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory
4.6
Duration: 2 hours
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Beach
Mindil Beach
4.4
Duration: 2 hours
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Water Park
Darwin Waterfront
4.3
Duration: 2 hours

Museums in Darwin

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Specialty Museum
Defence of Darwin Experience
4.7
Duration: 2 hours
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History Museum
RFDS Darwin Tourist Facility
4.8
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Military Museum
Darwin Aviation Museum
4.6
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Military Museum
Darwin Military Museum
4.5
Duration: 2 hours

Wildlife in Darwin

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Wildlife Area
Crocosaurus Cove
4.1
Duration: 2 hours
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Fishing Charter / Tour
Fishing Charters & Tours
4.5
Duration: 2h 30 min
Wildlife Area
Casuarina Coastal Reserve
4.7
Duration: 2 hours
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Safari
Safaris
4.5
Duration: 2h 30 min

Hidden gems in Darwin

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Park
Leanyer Recreation Park
4.6
Duration: 2 hours
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Photography Tour
Photography Tours
5.0
Duration: 4 hours
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Wildlife Area
East Point Reserve
4.7
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Landmark
Parliament House
4.4
Duration: 1h 30 min

Side trips from Darwin

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Wildlife Area
Territory Wildlife Park Berry Springs
4.5
Duration: 2 hours
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Geologic Formation
Magnetic Termite Mounds Litchfield National Park
4.2
Duration: 2 hours
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Waterfall
Wangi Falls Litchfield National Park
4.7
Duration: 2h 30 min
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Waterfall
Florence Falls Litchfield National Park
4.8
Duration: 2 hours

Shopping in Darwin

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Gift & Specialty Shop
Viva La Body
5.0
Duration: 30 minutes
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Flea Market
Parap Market
4.1
Duration: 2 hours
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Gift & Specialty Shop
Readback Books and Aboriginal Art
4.6
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Shopping Mall
The Book Shop Darwin
4.8
Duration: 30 minutes
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Hiking / Camping Tour
Charter North 4WD Safaris
5.0
Duration: 8 hours
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Speed Boats Tour
Speed Boats Tours
4.9
Duration: 2 hours
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Boat Tour
Boat Tours & Water Sports
4.0
Duration: 2 hours
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Water Park
Wave Lagoon
4.5
Duration: 2 hours

Places to visit with Darwin

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Message from Tourism Australia

Welcome to the Northern Territory's unhurried capital, Darwin, with its balmy nights, colourful characters and outdoor adventures. Darwin may be laid-back but it could never be described as dull. As well as markets, crocodiles and cruises, you'll find strong Aboriginal cultures here, as evidenced by the array of languages spoken in the streets, and the vibrant Aboriginal art that fills the city's galleries and museums. The city's proximity to Asia means you'll also find strong Asian influences, especially in the energetic food scene and night markets.