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Darwin, Australia

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.

Points of Interest

  • Territory Wildlife Park
  • Litchfield National Park
  • Harbor Cruise
  • Darwin Botanical Gardens
  • Museum & Art Gallery of NT
  • Parliament House
  • Australian Aviation Heritage Center
  • Lyons Cottage

More about Darwin, Australia Points of Interest

  • Territory Wildlife Park -

    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.

  • Harbor Cruise -

    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.

  • Parliament House -

    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.

  • Lyons Cottage -

    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.

11 Excursions

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Litchfield National Park: Termite Mounds & Falls

8 hours | Darwin | DRW-150 D R W - 1 5 0

Moderate Activity, Includes meal

From AUD$269.95

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Jumping Crocodiles Cruise

5 hours | Darwin | DRW-200 D R W - 2 0 0

Easy Activity

From AUD$199.95

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Iconic Darwin

3.5 hours | Darwin | DRW-210 D R W - 2 1 0

Easy Activity

From AUD$159.95

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Territory Wildlife Park

5 hours | Darwin | DRW-220 D R W - 2 2 0

Moderate Activity

From AUD$179.95

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Defence of Darwin

4 hours | Darwin | DRW-225 D R W - 2 2 5

Moderate Activity

From AUD$149.95

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Darwin City Explorer

3 hours | Darwin | DRW-230 D R W - 2 3 0

Moderate Activity

From AUD$89.95

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Harbour Cruise

2.25 hours | Darwin | DRW-245 D R W - 2 4 5

Easy Activity, Includes snack

From AUD$129.95

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Darwin Pub & Craft Beer

3 hours | Darwin | DRW-310 D R W - 3 1 0

Moderate Activity

From AUD$129.95

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Darwin Jetski Tour

2.25 hours | Darwin | DRW-500 D R W - 5 0 0

Moderate Activity

From AUD$329.95

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Local Connections: Darwin Heritage Walk

2 hours | Darwin | DRW-580 D R W - 5 8 0

Moderate Activity

From AUD$69.95

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Darwin Private Touring - Half Day (Car)

4 hours | Darwin | DRW-900 D R W - 9 0 0

Moderate Activity

From AUD$1599.95

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