Australia’s Northern Territory is a huge expanse of land with an assortment of eco systems and landscapes. The Northern Territory’s Top End is a starting point for visitors who wish to experience the particular culture, tropical climate of the NT, and watch its notorious saltwater crocodiles.
Darwin is the largest city in the Northern Territory that is sparsely populated. Shops of Darwin are varied, with origins in Aboriginal, Greek, British, Malaysian, Indonesian, and native cultures. Whether you are headed to visit Kakadu National Park Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, or only plan to stick around Darwin for a couple of days, you will be spoiled for choice.
The NT is a experience plus nature-lover’s dream destination. Here’s a synopsis of what you eat, see, and can do in and around Darwin.
The Darwin Waterfront is a delightfully precinct of town where families come to enjoy the balmy climate all year round, and trendy off. The area offers lovely ocean views and dining venues, as well as shopping. Since Darwin’s beaches are crocodile zones, residents have ingeniously made a protected swimming pool, the Wave Lagoon (open daily 10 a.m. — 6 p.m.), that offers ten types of waves as well as a shallow toddler pool for your small ones. The Wave Lagoon has shaded areas and lounge chairs for sun tanners.
The Stokes Hill Wharf Is Now an Essential Part of the Darwin Waterfront — an Area for al fresco dining and the chance to Find out about the history of Darwin Through WWII.
The wharf is in use by jet boat operators and fishermen, despite being destroyed by bombs on February 19, 1942. It’s a wonderful location for a meal and views. From April to November the open-air Deckchair Cinema (along Jervois Road) works every night of the week, featuring a range of Australian and foreign movies. The town provides the chairs along with kiosks have meals and beverages for sale, if you want, however you can make your own picnic. The theatre opens at 6:30 pm as well as the movies begin at 7:30 p.m. Admission is $15 per adult.
The Darwin Waterfront is presently undergoing a renovation, together Kitchener Drive, however you can get it through the Skywalk and the Smith Street East Walkway. Other sights around the Darwin Waterfront include the Darwin Convention Centre, Parliament House, WWII Tunnels, along with artwork installations across the Smith Street East Walkway.
Everyone else in Australia can you get up close and personal with the country’s epic saltwater crocodiles, or”salties.” Crocosaurus Cove at the heart of Darwin city is home to the largest collection of Australian reptiles in the world. One of its inhabitants are over 70 indigenous species into the Top End and a few of the largest crocs in the world. Visitors will find the opportunity to see fresh water fish that is unique, lizards, snakes, and amazing turtles.
Crocosaurus Cove is also home to the world renowned Cage of Death — that the only cage in the world that attracts individuals securely face to face with the giant salties in the Northern Territory. While staff members feed the croc A Plexiglas cage is lowered into a crocodile enclosure. The result for the courageous souls inside Cage of Death is a memorable sense since the croc snaps down with all another animal on the planet’s bite force.
Activities at the park include fishing for crocs, storm feeding, big feeding, while holding a baby croc and having your photo taken. Crocosaurus Cove is also a fantastic learning experience that the whole family can enjoy, and the location of it smack on center.
The tropical climate of the region allows Darwinians to spend a lot of time outdoors. The town’s market culture is thriving living here. Gastronomies, and asian, European are well reflected at the local food markets, and this gives everybody the opportunity to sample several types of foods at 1 location. All niches are absolutely free to get into and great for individuals of all ages.
The Mindil Beach Sunset Market (Thursday 5 — 10 p.m. and Sunday 4 — 9 p.m. May to October) is renowned for its pleasant atmosphere and good selection of meals, dessert, handicrafts, and artwork stalls. Arrive in time to capture the sunset that is gorgeous and feast to global and local treats such as kangaroo hamburgers and spring rolls. Local bands entertain the crowd for trick cash.
One other fantastic market to see is that the Parap Village Market (Saturdays 8 Gamble — two p.m. annually, rain or shine), among the town’s longest-running markets. Parap is the perfect location for lunch or breakfast. Try gourmet coffee, delicious authentic Malaysian Laksa, refreshing fruit smoothies, hot crepes, or find any locally grown fresh produce. Parap Village Market is also a great place to shop for beauty products, artwork, flowers, handmade jewelry, and memorabilia. Audio gives it a lively atmosphere. Come early to avoid the midday heat.
Your eyes will be opened by getting from Darwin to see other areas of the Top End to how varied fauna and the flora is. One of our favourite adventures was a day excursion to Litchfield National Park with Wallaroo Tours. After an wonderful cruise to find that the jumping crocs of the Adelaide River, we were transferred then to swim at the freshwater pools of Wangi Falls, and to view waterfalls, large termite mounds. Lunch was included along with also our send-off was a sunset toast with champagne and prawns for the whole group. The crocodile cruise and Litchfield trip departs every day from March to December. Hotel pick up and drop off is also included.
Another wonderful alternative is to pay a visit to Australia’s largest protected area, Kakadu National Park. Located 250 km from Darwin, Kakadu is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site to get abundance and varied habitats of Aboriginal rock art. Kakadu is the perfect location for outdoor enthusiasts, nature lovers, and birders . The park is home to one-third of all Australian bird species also has over 1,000 plant species. Kakadu was carved from the earth West Alligator: Mary, Wildman, by rivers, South Alligator, and East Alligator. The Aboriginal rock art at Nourlangie Rock Sites and the Ubirr shows the enduring Aboriginal connection to nature.
Attractions in Kakadu include the Gunlom Plunge Pool with epic views of the southern part of the Yellow Water Billabong, the Bowali Visitor Centre along with the Jim Jim Falls, along with the park, which Will Be home to crocodiles, birds, and Even fish.
There are several three and four-star lodging in the area if your plan is to stay the night at Kakadu. The crocodile-shaped Gagudju-Crocodile Holiday Inn is unique!
Obtaining here: There are several ways to travel to the Northern Hemisphere, by automobile, bus, air, rail, or sea. Numerous highways service Even the NT, which makes self-driving and bus transport potential. Darwin has an global airport with flights every day to/from every mainland Australian capital community. Darwin also offers direct flights to/from Singapore, Philippines, and Indonesia. The Ghan supplies regular service from Adelaide. Since are expedition cruises cruise ships are currently frequenting Darwin within their itineraries.
When to see : The best time to visit is during the rainy season (May through October). The weather is hot and humid yearlong.
Do’s and also don’ts: Darwin and the neighboring areas of the Northern Hemisphere are home to many species of reptiles, using the saltwater crocodile being at the peak of the food chain. Liberally stand on river banks, clean your fish close to shore, or swim or wade in the rivers, creeks, or beaches. These crocodiles are highly territorial and aggressive. The Northern Territory is also home for venemous snakes, mosquitoes, along with other creatures that are possibly dangerous. Use mosquito repellent along with your common sense (don’t disturb the creatures you visit or wander from obviously indicated paths). Wear hiking boots, a hat, sunscreen, and take loads of drinking water along with you anywhere you go — It gets hot!
It’s our expectation that you make the opportunity to go through the wonder of the Northern Hemisphere at least one on your life. The culture, gastronomy, and nature of both the neighboring areas and Darwin is the ideal escape for the discerning traveler that is nature-loving.
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For more information on tourism in the NT and Top End, See the Tourism Northern Territory website.