The George Brown Darwin Botanic Gardens offer a truly stunning escape into nature. The gardens span 42 hectares and include plenty of areas for relaxing under the canopy of rain trees and lofty palm trees. You can take a stroll through lush rainforests to rushing waterfalls, sip coffee from the cafe, or observe colourful butterflies in the Sensory Garden.
Not far from Darwin’s commercial district is Mindil Beach. While it’s a great place to sunbathe or relax with a tropical cocktail in-hand, the beach’s main attraction are the Mindil Beach Sunset Markets. During the late afternoon, hundreds of vendors set up shop here to sell souvenirs, street food, and more.
Fancy experiencing Australia's only crocodile dive? If this sounds like your kind of adventure, then visit Crocosaurus Cove. You can view and feed these massive creatures, many of which grow to over six metres in length. Crocosaurus Cove is home to some of the largest saltwater crocodiles in the country as well as Australia’s largest population of reptiles.
As the Northern Territory’s main museum, it offers the ideal opportunity to gain an insight into the surrounding region. Exhibits feature over 30,000 objects including artworks and historical artefacts. Highlights include the Aboriginal rock art, modern Australian art, and the taxidermic body of Sweetheart, an infamous saltwater crocodile.
A brilliant option for a day trip, Litchfield National Park is only a few hours south of Darwin. You can hike on one of the popular bushwalking trails for dramatic waterfalls, towering termite mounds, and a plethora of swimming holes perfect for a refreshing dip. On your journey, you might see native kangaroos, wallabies, dingoes, flying foxes, and colourful birds.