If you’re heading to Darwin for your next holiday, you won’t be bored for things to see and do. The city is brimming with attractions, and often the biggest issue is how to fit them all in!
However the following attractions should absolutely be on your list. Don’t miss out on these highlights when you visit Darwin – they are real icons of the area, and each one of them will contribute towards a truly memorable stay.
This should be one of the first places that you go in order to start experiencing Darwin. Especially if you visit in the summer, it’s a very popular location, so you’ll be in good company!
There is a wave pool as well as a swimming lagoon which is perfect for families, and plenty of bars and restaurants around when you need a bite to eat. You could easily spend the whole day at the waterfront, so it’s a great choice for one of those days where you just want to relax for a while.
Darwin Wharf Precinct
Once you have had some fun in the water, you can head over to the Darwin Wharf Precinct to browse the open-air food stalls. Here you can get all kinds of seafood and Asian cuisine, then sit under an umbrella by the sea to eat.
It’s a great way to end the day, watching the sun set over the water. There’s plenty of ice cream for hot days, and you can even throw a chip or two down to feed the larger fish in the water!
There’s free parking nearby but it does fill up, so arrive early if you have a hire car. You may be better off walking from your hotel.
Litchfield National Park
Wildlife and beautiful scenery abound in Litchfield National Park. But there is one sight that you will never forget – the huge termite mounds here are incredible! All facing the same direction, standing up, they look almost like a row of tombstones.
There is an information centre with maps and guides detailing all you need to know, and you can take a tour if you wish too. It’s amazing to think that insects could work together to build something taller than yourself! The mounds are a strong symbol of this area, so you have to visit them before you leave.
Fannie Bay Jail
This is perhaps the most famous attraction near Darwin! Fannie Bay used to be a jail which housed inmates who were transported here from the British Empire. It still stands today, having weathered events like Cyclone Tracy, and is now open to the public as a historical centre rather than a working jail.
You can walk around, explore all of the different parts of the gaol, and get an idea for what it would have been like back then. One of the highlights is the gallows, still standing in imposing fashion.
This is another historic building, but this time it’s actually in use. You can even visit when parliament is in session to see the debates!
There is a free tour which will tell you about the history of the city and the building itself. If you don’t want to go inside, you can at least admire the architecture, as this building is close to a number of other great attractions.
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