Darwin

Darwin

 

Best of Darwin
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Adventures from Darwin
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One Stop Guide To Darwin
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As cities go Darwin has had to be pretty damn resilient. It the 1940s it was heavily bombed and then in 1974 Cyclone Tracy flattened the place. It’s always had a reputation as a big drinking wild town. You’ll spot crocodiles sunning themselves not far from the city and the NT News prides itself on it’s front page croc stories. Don’t miss your chance to get up close to the big beasties at Crocosaurus Cove. Darwin is hot and relaxed and best of all it’s the gateway to some of Australia’s most incredible national parks and wilderness areas. The World Heritage listed Kakadu National Park and Litchfield National Park is a must – for amazing country, waterfalls, swimming holes and the chance to learn more about the culture as well as the traditional owners.

Darwin CBD

For breakfast and head on down to The Office in Cavenagh St. In the heart of Darwin city at Doctor’s Gully, you’ll find Aquascene where hundreds of fish come to shore at high tide to be fed by hand. If you are hungry head to The Vic Hotel in Smith Street for their $12 lunch. The Vic upstairs bar is also a fun place to hang out at night. On Mitchell St check out Monsoons for Aussie food and tapas, rooftop Thailicious for Thai and the city view and the Java Spice for great toasties and free wifi. Coffee hounds should head to Four Birds in Smith St for Darwin’s best coffee and yum banana bread. If it’s time for a drink try Ducks Nuts on Mitchell St is recommended. Another place worth a visit is Sari Rasa in Cavenagh St for fast cheap Indonesian food or Rendezvous Cafe on Smith St for the best Malaysian laksa.

Stokes Hill Wharf and Darwin Waterfront Precinct

The Waterfront is a fun place for a night out. This is where you’ll find Darwin’s only open-air cinema Deckchair Cinema. Drop by for some great Vietnamese at My Friends Kitchen.

Out & About

If you are getting out of the city area there’s a journey planner on the NT Government website that links Google Maps with the local public transport. Visit it here at http://www.transport.nt.gov.au/public/journey-planner

Mindil Beach Sunset Markets

The markets are held on Thursday and Sunday night from April 25th to October. While you’re there grab a baked spud from The Potato Man van and watch the sunset. On the topic of markets the Saturday Markets in Parap are also worth a visit .

East Point Reserve & Lake Alexander

This is where you head if you’re in the mood a stroll, a swim and a barby. There’s safe, year-round swimming in Lake Alexander.

Nightcliff


Plan to spend your Sunday at Nightcliff. The Sunday Markets are fun. If you are up for an adventure visit the beach rocks behind Nightcliff swimming pool. After the bombing of Darwin truckloads of goods were dumped over the cliff. Over the years all this junk – wheelbarrows, bed heads and all sorts of assorted crap has fossilised into the rocks. It makes for an interesting explore and it’s off the tourist trail. You do need to wear sturdy shoes and go in on the low tide. Any evening is great for a sunset picnic at Nightcliff foreshore.

Millner

Millner has some great cheap food options. Try out the crazy cheap offerings at Rapid Cafe in Trower Road and Sa-Bai Thai Shop 5 in the supermarket complex.

Stuart Park

For food, Amy’s Kitchen in Stuart Park is pretty cool. It’s set up in a typical tropical Darwin house high up on stilts. It’s run by Amy who’s from Timor. Charcoal Chicken is a hot fave with the locals but if she runs out, her spicy Laksa will hit the spot.

Coconut Grove

Vegetarian and gluten free foodies should check out Eat at Martins at Caryota Ct in Coconut Grove.

Swim Safe

This is croc territory. If you can’t see a safe swimming sign, you shouldn’t enter the water. Check with locals when choosing a place to swim or camp. Crocs are quick and deadly when they are out for a bite to eat so stay safe, have fun and take special care when you’re anywhere near water.