Closer to Indonesia than to any other Australian city, Darwin is the capital of the "Top End" - the remote, vast Northern Territory. Home to more than half of the territory's population, the city reflects the rugged endurance and individualism required to survive the Outback. Darwin also boasts a colorful history to add to that heritage. During World War II the Japanese bombed the city and threatened invasion. In 1974, Cyclone Tracy cut a destructive swath through the region. In addition, man-eating crocodiles, tropical monsoons, searing heat and bush fires that burn for weeks are all part of everyday life.
Locals in the Top End consume over 60 gallons of beer a year. All those empties don't go to waste: Each year Darwin residents compete in the Beer Can Regatta, a race with boats, rafts and other vessels manufactured out of beer cans.
Visit the Territory Wildlife Park, where the wildlife includes birds of prey, magnificent cranes, dingoes and crocodiles.
Litchfield National Park
Explore the Top End's famous Litchfield National Park. The park is home to giant, magnetic termite mounds, monsoonal rainforests and beautiful waterfalls cascading from a massive sandstone plateau.
See the historic city sites from the water including the foreshore and city skyline while being regaled with entertaining tales from Darwin's past.
Darwin Botanical Gardens
The Darwin Botanic Gardens are a wonderful place to see mature, established landscaping and a wide variety of plants.
Museum & Art Gallery of NT
This museum houses 1.2 million natural history specimens and over 30,000 items of art and material culture.
Pause and take in the Northern Territory Parliament House. This fine Parliament Building occupies a major historical site and showcases the fine craftsmanship found in the territory.
Australian Aviation Heritage Center
The Australian Aviation Heritage Center is one of the major aviation museums in Australia. The Center has an impressive presentation of aircraft and displays depicting the Territory's involvement in aviation.
Built to house the staff of the British and American Telegraph Company, the cottage is a fine example of the colonial architecture common to India, Malaysia and Singapore.
See Darwin's highlights on a narrated drive about town. View the Aboriginal art and artifacts at the Museum & Arts Gallery of the Northern Territory. Visit historic Darwin Military Museum. The exhibits range from armored vehicles and artillery to a display on the Japanese air attack on Darwin during World War II.
Delve into the military history of the Northern Territory in this fascinating tour that takes in Darwin's Military Museum as well as the Charles Darwin National Park, which contains a number of bunkers and shelters that were used to protect Darwin Harbor during World War II.
Take an adventure filled one-hour cruise along the Adelaide River for a real Outback experience. See the river's famous "jumping" crocodiles as they shoot out of the water in pursuit of their prey. Learn about the local wetlands, enjoy stunning views of the Outback and enjoy a cold drink in an authentic outback pub.
Step onto a Segway for a fun and unique tour of the George Brown Botanic Gardens. The safe and easy-to-drive electric transporter is totally silent, and you'll feel as though you are gliding through the vibrantly beautiful and colorful tropical plants of this 130-year-old garden on this short tour.
Explore the Top End's famous Litchfield National Park. The park is home to giant, magnetic termite mounds, monsoonal rainforests and beautiful waterfalls cascading from a massive sandstone plateau. Drive through the park, and pause to enjoy a casual buffet lunch.
Join local guides to uncover the magnificent scenery and a rich Aboriginal tradition of the Litchfield region. Discover spiritually important waterfalls and stone country, ancient rainforest and unspoilt woodland, and how these places relate to Aboriginal culture.