Dream your way through Darwin in a whirlwind of galleries, picnics, swimming spots and if you dare, crocs!
Morning: Take a dip in Darwin’s swimming lagoons
Days that begin with swims are always the best. But Darwin’s beaches have crocs. So you’re best to hit the pool. Darwin has two great swimming lagoons – Wave Lagoon and Recreation Lagoon. Families can paddle, swim and play in these man-made lagoons, which have waves up to 1.7 metres created at regular intervals.
Lunch: Waterfront delights
Pick a cafe with a view at Darwin Waterfront for lunch. Curve Caf and Bar is a great casual option with alfresco dining; Il Lido barpizza covers your pizza and burger options; while Hot Tamale is great for taco cravings.
Afternoon: Don’t smile at the crocodiles at Crocosaurus Cove
Crocosaurus Cove is not far from the waterfront, on Mitchell Street Darwin. Kids (and big kids) can dare to get up close and personal to the largest reptile on the planet – the saltwater crocodile. Learn all about crocs, fish and reptiles. Join in the twice daily crocodile and fish feedings. Or, if you’re really brave, you can climb into the Cage of Death for a face-to-face encounter with a huge saltwater crocodile.
Evening: History over dinner
As the daylight hours start to wane, return to the waterfront to board a historic pearling lugger or catamaran for dinner with a sunset view.
Morning: Learn about Darwin’s Indigenous culture at the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory
Start your morning with a dose of culture and get the whole family involved in learning about Indigenous art. The Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory is a great place to find out more about this ancient art form, and small boutique shops specialising in selling Indigenous art offer another perspective. Then, get amongst the interactive displays of the Defence of Darwin Experience at the Military Museum.
Lunch: A bite to eat and a swim at East Point Reserve
Head over to East Point Reserve for a picnic lunch. There’s a small recreational lake that’s ideal for swimming on hot days; a good-sized playground, picnic areas with barbeque facilities; a mangrove boardwalk; and if you’re lucky sometimes you can see wallabies hanging out nearby.
Afternoon: Visit the George Brown Darwin Botanic Gardens before dark
Head to George Brown Darwin Botanic Gardens to admire the diversity of flora that flourishes in Northern Australia. There are monsoon forests, coastal dunes, mangroves and open woodlands to explore, with plenty of shaded areas for breaks along the way.
Evening: A true Darwin dinner at Cullen Bay Marina
Finish your weekend off with fresh local fish and chips at Cullen Bay Marina and find a spot to watch one last iconic Top End sunset.