Travelling to Australia’s Northern Territory and wondering which places need to feature in your itinerary? With so much to see and do it can be tricky.
Thankfully, we’re always on hand to help, and if you want to see Darwin in 3 days here’s how to do it…
DAY 1 - Water Activities
Begin your trip to Darwin with a big breakfast at Stokes Hills Wharf, the historic working wharf where locals love to relax. You can easily spend an entire morning here. With numerous seafront eateries to choose from, you’ll be having your first meal next to a panoramic view of the city. Once you’ve filled up on eggs and pastries, head for a walk across the wharf. Along the way stop and chat to the friendly locals, try your hand at catching your own fish. You can also pop into the Royal Flying Doctor Service and the Bombing of Darwin Harbour, a tourist facility that provides a brief history of Darwin.
Red & Blue Route, Stop: Stokes Hills Wharf
Mindil Beach is the next stop on your travel itinerary. Known as one of the most picturesque locations as the sun sets, make yourself comfortable as it’s not likely you’ll be leaving anytime soon. When you get peckish, there are numerous cheap eateries to grab a quick bite. At night, Mindil Beach transforms into a famous Night Market that draws in huge crowds looking to find a hidden gem and try some delicious beach food. Though the beach isn’t safe for swimming there’s plenty to keep you busy way into the night time.
Red & Blue Route, Stop: Cullen Bay Apartments, Myilly Point Heritage Precinct
DAY 2 - Outdoor Adventures
What better way to make the most of your second day in Darwin than thrill seeking at the Northern Territory’s favourite wildlife experience. Crocosauras Cove is the perfect activity for families in Darwin or anyone wanting to get acquainted with the region’s saltwater crocodiles. Beat the crowds and go early for access to the reptile house, fresh water aquarium and turtle billabong. For a thrilling experience you won’t soon forget we suggest going for a crocodile dive. You’ll be submerged in a cave inches away from the biggest crocodiles the park has to offer. Our tip: keep your hands to yourself the entire time!
Red & Blue Route, Stop: Crocosaurus Cove
When you’ve learnt all you can about reptiles and Darwin wildlife, cool off surrounded by beautiful exotic plants at the considerably less dangerous Darwin Botanic Gardens. The Garden offers various classes and events for all visitors, so whether you’ve got green fingers or prefer to keep your plants plastic, there’s something to learn. You can even go on a Segway tour, the perfect way to see every part of the Botanic Garden in half the regular time. Refuel at Eva’s Café after you’ve chosen your favourite flower.
Red & Blue Route, Stop: Casino, Mindil Markets, Botanical Gardens
DAY 3 - Blast from the past
Darwin is a city full of history and culture. This is best represented by its many WW2 landmarks. Your third day in Darwin should be spent soaking up as much of the Northern Territory’s rich heritage as possible. We recommend visiting the WWII Oil Storage Tunnels. Constructed in 1943 to protect Darwin’s oil supplies they’ve stood the test of time and are a must-visit for anyone wanting to get clued up on past. Lookout for the photographs and displays all over these giant tunnels which showcase some of Darwin's rich history during WWII.
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Red & Blue Route, Stop: Waterfront Precinct
Shining a spotlight on the Japanese bombing raids that took place in 1942, Darwin’s Military Museum is the perfect place to take a walk down memory lane and get clued up on Australia’s involvement in the war. Go on an audio-visual journey and hear first-hand accounts of the men and women who experienced these events. You’ll also get the chance to see a variety of artefacts that chronicle this historic time period. The perfect place to end your tour of Darwin.
Red & Blue Route, Stop: Military Museum - Defence of Darwin Experience
Whether you decide to stick to this itinerary or freestyle with your own, we know you’ll be exploring some of the most exciting places in Darwin. And if you’re wondering what to do in the evenings check out our top picks for the Best Restaurants in Darwin and our guide to Darwin’s Nightlife…