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How to Spend 2 Days in Darwin

How to Spend 2 Days in Darwin

Two days gives enough time to take in Darwin’s historical highlights and enjoy some of the area’s natural attractions; planning ahead and booking tickets in advance is a great way to maximize your time. Here’s how to spend two days in Darwin. 

Day 1: Sun, Sea, and Sightseeing

**Morning:**Spend your morning on a hop-on hop-off bus tour, which takes you to all of Darwin’s top sights and provides a stress-free way to get your bearings. Hop off at the Museum of the Northern Territory, stroll around the botanical gardens, or browse the shops at Smith Street Mall.

**Afternoon:**Head to Darwin’s Waterfront Precinct for a seafood lunch at an ocean-view restaurant. After walking around the waterfront parks, head to the beach to cool off with a swim in a lagoon—one of the few safe places to swim in the city.  

**Night:**Admire the city from the water during a cruise around Darwin Harbour. Watch the sunset as you sail past Stokes Hill Wharf, the Esplanade, and Fannie Bay, then enjoy a buffet dinner on-board as you enjoy the illuminated skyline. 

Day 2: Wildlife and WWII sites

**Morning:**Spend the morning discovering some of Top End’s wildlife. An Adelaide River cruise reveals saltwater crocodiles, while Crocodylus Park and Territory Wildlife Park exhibit a range of Aussie animals; most tours include convenient hotel pickup and drop-off. 

**Afternoon:**If you’re a history buff, devore the afternoon to Darwin’s fascinating World War II sites. Tours typically include a visit to the  Darwin Military Museum, Darwin War Memorial, and East Point Military Precinct, and a cruise around the naval base of Darwin Harbour.

**Night:**On your last night, tick off the popular Mindil Beach Sunset Markets, held twice a week throughout the summer months. After watching the sunset over the beach, browse market stalls selling street food, shop for arts and handicrafts, and enjoy live entertainment late into the evening. 

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Kakadu Full-Day Tour from Darwin with Lunch

Kakadu Full-Day Tour from Darwin with Lunch

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Explore Kakadu National Park and learn about Australia’s Aboriginal heritage on a full-day tour from Darwin. You'll see the highlights of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed park, including ancient rock art of Ubirr Rock and views from the Nadab lookout. Then take a Guluyambi cultural cruise along the East Alligator River, traveling with an indigenous guide who stops along the way to show you the dramatic landscapes of Arnhem Land. Includes lunch, snacks, guide, transportation, and hotel pickup and drop-off.
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  • 12 hours
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Darwin Harbour Sunset Cruise

Darwin Harbour Sunset Cruise

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Take in Darwin Harbour during a 2sunset cruise aboard the 'Charles Darwin,' a deluxe 3-level catamaran that was built for service on the Gold Coast Broadwater. Travel past Stokes Hill Wharf, the Esplanade, Larrakeyah Naval barracks, Cullen Bay, and Fannie Bay, while seated in air-conditioned comfort or outside on the Sun Deck (top deck). Hear live commentary on Darwin’s history and landmarks, and have the option to include a buffet dinner, or purchase snacks and drinks at the onboard bar.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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$52.70
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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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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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Explore Darwin City Sights Including Key Attractions

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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Bombing of Darwin World War II Tour with Harbour Cruise

Bombing of Darwin World War II Tour with Harbour Cruise

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Explore the World War II sites of Darwin on this city sightseeing and cruise tour. Visit the Darwin war memorial and East Point Military Precinct, and explore Darwin Military Museum to chart the city’s wartime experience. Midway through, enjoy a small-boat cruise around Darwin Harbour, passing the modern naval base and the remnants and wreck sites of Japan’s devastating February 1942 air raids. Hotel pickup, entrance fees, and live onboard commentary included.
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
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1-Hour Darwin Harbour Highlights Cruise

1-Hour Darwin Harbour Highlights Cruise

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Discover the rich marine life and fascinating maritime history of Darwin Harbour on a sightseeing cruise. Learn how human activity has shaped the working harbor, from aboriginal uses to World War II bombings and the hippie movement of the 1970s. Visit the site of a shipwreck, wind through a mangrove waterway, and watch the patterns of modern-day boat traffic while your captain narrates. Keep a close eye out for native birds, sea creatures, and crocs that call the harbor home.
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Kakadu Yellow Waters & Katherine Gorge Helicopter Scenic

Kakadu Yellow Waters & Katherine Gorge Helicopter Scenic

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Spend an action-packed day exploring two national parks in the Top End: Nitmiluk and Kakadu. Fly round-trip from Darwin to Katherine Gorge, then hop aboard a helicopter for a scenic ride. Explore the magnificent landscape for 1 hour by air followed by a riverboat cruise. A guide helps you discover this region abundant with wildlife, natural beauty, and cultural significance. See the spectacular Mary and Adelaide rivers on your return.
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  • 10 hours
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Darwin Heritage Walk

Darwin Heritage Walk

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Get an insider’s perspective on the history and culture of Darwin on this walking tour with a local guide. Hear the background stories to the buildings and monuments that you’d miss if you just walked past them alone. There are many opportunities to stop and take pictures of the must-see sights as well as the more peaceful, hidden corners of central Darwin.
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  • 2 hours to 2 hours 30 minutes
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Darwin City and Northern Beaches 30-Minute Scenic Helicopter Tour

Darwin City and Northern Beaches 30-Minute Scenic Helicopter Tour

Darwin’s beautiful beaches, dramatic sea cliffs, and lively harbour are even more impressive from above and a helicopter flight offers an unbeatable viewpoint. Hop aboard for a 30-minute helicopter ride and enjoy spectacular aerial views of the Charles Darwin National Park, the Northern Beaches, Darwin city, and Mandorah.
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  • 30 minutes
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Darwin City Sightseeing Tour with Optional Sunset Cruise

Darwin City Sightseeing Tour with Optional Sunset Cruise

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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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Private Departure Transfer: Hotel to Darwin Airport

Private Departure Transfer: Hotel to Darwin Airport

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Ensure a smooth and stress-free end to your Australian vacation with this pre-paid private departure transfer to Darwin Airport. Your driver will pick you up from your Darwin CBD hotel, help with your luggage and drive you to the domestic or international terminal in a spacious luxury vehicle. There’s no need to worry about late-night or early-morning flight departures, either – transfers are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
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  • 15 minutes
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Darwin Walking Tour: World War II Reflections

Darwin Walking Tour: World War II Reflections

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A specially tailored tour for those with an interest in World War II, this guided tour takes you back in time to the day in 1942 when the war reached mainland Australia and the city of Darwin was bombed. Your guide shares stories from the fateful day as they lead you on a leisurely walk through the historic quarter of the city, past historic buildings dating from that era and through Darwin's streets and gardens.
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  • 2 hours to 2 hours 30 minutes
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