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How to Spend 1 Day in Darwin

How to Spend 1 Day in Darwin

Darwin serves as a gateway to the tropical landscapes and national parks of the Northern Territory in Australia, meaning that many visitors find themselves with just a single day in the city. Luckily, the compact city makes it easy to cram all the highlights into one visit—here’s how to spend one day in Darwin. 

Morning: Hop Between Highlights

A hop-on hop-off bus tour is ideal choice for time-pressed travelers; tours ensure that no time is wasted traveling between sights and allow you to create your own itinerary. Take photos from the top deck as you pass Doctors Gully, and Cullen Bay Marina. 

Hop off along the way to browse the shops at Mitchell Street and Smith Street Mall, visit the Darwin Military Museum or Museum of the Northern Territory, or cool off with a swim in the lagoons at Darwin Wharf Precinct. See more of the city’s coastline on a 45-minute sightseeing cruises from Darwin Harbour.

Afternoon: Discover Darwin’s Wildlife

Australia’s Top End is famous for its crocodiles, but you don’t have to go trekking through Kakadu National Park to spot one. Head to Crocosaurus Cove, conveniently located in Darwin city center, to see saltwater crocodiles alongside snakes, whipray, and Barramundi.  Time your visit so you can watch the crocodiles being fed. 

Afterwards, opt for a walking or Segway tour of Darwin Botanic Gardens. which hop-on hop-off buses stop right outside. Spend time admiring the colourful heliconias, orchids, and bromeliads, then enjoy coffee and cake at the park’s popular café. 

Night: Browse the markets

Mindil Beach Sunset Markets are one of Darwin’s most popular attractions, and are held on Thursday and Sunday evenings between May and October. Home to live music and handicrafts stalls, you can easily spend the entire evening here. Grab some street food and follow the crowds to the beach for sunset before returning to the markets for some evening shopping. 

If you’re not visiting on a market night, another fun activity is the Deckchair Cinema, held along the coast throughout the summer months. Alternatively, head down to Darwin Waterfront Precinct for dinner at one of the seafood restaurants. 

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Darwin Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour

Darwin Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour

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Go sightseeing in Darwin with a hop-on hop-off pass that is valid for 24 or 48 hours. Cruise to top spots including Crocosaurus Cove, the waterfront precinct, and Darwin Military Museum. Enjoy unobstructed views from the open-top double-decker bus and informative onboard commentary. Simply hop on board to travel from sight to sight, and explore in depth on your own by hopping off at any of the convenient stops. Opt for two different tour lengths to suit your sightseeing schedule.
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Explore Darwin City Sights Including Key Attractions
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Explore Darwin City Sights Including Key Attractions

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Go sightseeing in Darwin on a 5-hour morning tour that takes you to top sites including Parliament House, Palmerston Town, the Darwin Botanical Gardens and the vibrant waterfront. Learn about the Darwin’s World War II history at the Defence of Darwin Experience, with admission to this military heritage site included in your tour. Have time to explore the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, and stop by the Fannie Bay Gaol and Darwin Aviation Heritage Centre among other sites on this comprehensive introduction to Darwin.
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  • 5 hours
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Darwin Sunset Cruise Including Fish 'n' Chips
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Darwin Sunset Cruise Including Fish 'n' Chips

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Set out from Stokes Hill Wharf in Darwin for a fabulous sunset cruise accompanied by a meal of fish and chips, and a complimentary drink. Relax and enjoy watching a colorful Top End sunset over Fannie Bay from the best spot in Darwin Harbour. Your captain stops at Cullen Bay Beach to pick up your meal, which is made with fresh wild–caught Northern Territory fish. Eat a classic Australian dish, snap photos and enjoy the beauty of Darwin during this memorable sunset cruise.
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Darwin Harbour Sightseeing Cruise

Darwin Harbour Sightseeing Cruise

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Set sail around Darwin Harbour for a scenic 45-minute sightseeing cruise and enjoy serene views of the Northern Territory capital. Hop on board a comfortable catamaran and listen to the live on-board commentary as you float along Lameroo Beach, glide around Stokes Hill Wharf and spot waterside landmarks like Bicentennial Park, the Larakeyah Barracks and the sunken USS Peary.
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Private Arrival Transfer: Darwin Airport to Hotel

Private Arrival Transfer: Darwin Airport to Hotel

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Start your vacation in Darwin as soon as you arrive by pre-booking this private arrival transfer from Darwin Airport. Meet you driver on arrival at the international or domestic terminal and travel to your Darwin CBD hotel in the comfort of a luxury vehicle. There’s no need to worry about inconvenient arrival times or flight delays either – transfers are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
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Darwin City Sightseeing Tour

Darwin City Sightseeing Tour

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Explore the ancient history and modern vibrancy of Darwin on a half-day sightseeing tour. Travel by coach and listen as your local guide shares commentary about the tropical city’s natural and cultural attractions. Delve into Aboriginal art at the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, and stroll past fragrant orchid blooms at the Botanic Gardens. Upgrade to cap off the day with a sunset cruise through Darwin Harbor while enjoying a fish-and-chip dinner with sparkling wine.
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  • 7 hours
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Walk the Darwin Botanic Gardens
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Walk the Darwin Botanic Gardens

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Learn all about the Top End’s tropical flora on this walking tour with a local guide at the beautiful Darwin Botanic Gardens. Your guide will also help you notice the colorful birds that live amid the trees. An ideal tour for travelers who want to experience more than just a walk in the park and learn the stories behind it.
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Delightful Darwin Self-Guided Audio Tour

Delightful Darwin Self-Guided Audio Tour

Indulge your sense of adventure and fun and treat your tastebuds and in the Northern Territory’s tropical capital city. From the WWII history and sparkling harbour to the city's tropical outdoor lifestyle and Asian-influenced food, Darwin is unmissable. Perfectly suited for discovery on foot, our self-guided audio tour allows you to set the pace and explore at your leisure as you uncover the stories of this exciting city. To discover this fascinating city in your own time and at your own pace just download this self-guided audio tour, pop in your headphones, open the map that comes with your download and start walking. On this tour your will learn about Darwin's original development, the devastation brought by wars and cyclones and the redevelopment to its current state. The tour will take approximately two hours, but you can pause the audio guide when needed. Grab a bite to eat or do some shopping along the way. Please note that this tour is only available in English.
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