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.

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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
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  • 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.

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Local Connections: Darwin Heritage Walk

2 hours | Darwin | DRW-580
  • Parliament House

Explore the city with a local on this 2-hour walk and enjoy a local's perspective whilst getting a sense of how the city of Darwin has developed to blend the past with today's modern multicultural vibe.

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Darwin City Explorer

3 hours | Darwin | DRW-230
  • Darwin Botanical Gardens
  • Museum & Art Gallery of NT

Board your motorcoach and travel down the esplanade, hearing tales of the city's history as you proceed through old Darwin. Your route takes you past Darwin's historic buildings and to the tropical Botanical Gardens. A stop at the Northern Territory Museum is given for a quick self guided exploration.

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Barramundi Master Class

1.2 hours | Darwin | DRW-315

Spend all day dreaming about food and creating culinary masterpieces ? Here's your opportunity to participate in a Master Class focusing on one of the regions specialty ingredients, Barramundi.
Take a short walk to a water front restaurant where you'll be welcomed with a tropical mocktail and canapé. Meet with a skilled local chef for the 45 minute cooking Master class . Learn the tricks of the trade and how to easily and skilfully prepare Barramundi, fillet and cook dishes like a pro. Share in a tasting platter after the demonstration. A take home recipe card is included.

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Darwin Pub & Craft Beer

3 hours | Darwin | DRW-310

You'll visit a popular local venue on your pub  tour  where you can sample craft beers with accompanying canapé and get a behind the scenes look at  the keg room with the publican. Discover some fascinating facts about the unique craft brewers of Australia. Afterwards walk back to the wharf where your ship awaits your return.

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Iconic Darwin

3.5 hours | Darwin | DRW-210
  • Australian Aviation Heritage Center

Take in the Iconic sites of Darwin. Discover this beautiful and fascinating tropical city, the tales, characters and events that created and shaped the city into what it has become today. The first iconic story is the Royal Flying Doctor Service, affectionately known throughout Australia as the RFDS. Founded by the Reverend John Flynn, it began its aero medical operations in the Northern Territory in 1939. At the visitor centre you'll uncover a wealth of information on this vital service. Take part in 2 cutting edge cinema experiences (approx 20 minutes each) using the latest innovations in holographic technology plus take time to wander independently through the interpretive and interactive displays which also relay the Bombing of Darwin facts .
Then journey onwards to see a massive B-52 bomber, military aircraft and other relics at the Aviation heritage museum.

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Defence of Darwin

4 hours | Darwin | DRW-225

Darwin played a significant role in Australia's defensive and offensive activities during World War II. East Point was the ideal position to defend Darwin Harbour and so became one of the most heavily militarized areas in the Northern Territory. During the war, Darwin was bombed 64 times. On this tour, you'll first explore the Darwin Military Museum, where artifacts, artillery pieces, vehicles, firearms and more are on display. The exhibition includes a theatrical production called the Bombing of Darwin Experience, where visitors can imagine what it must have been like to have witnessed the attack of Feb. 19, 1942.

Next you'll continue on to Charles Darwin National Park, a wetland area on the outskirts of the city that contains a network of World War II military sites that played a key part in Australia's northern defense line. Take a stroll down the park's pathways to a scenic lookout for picture-perfect views of the harbor and the surrounding wetlands.

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Jumping Crocodiles Cruise

5 hours | Darwin | DRW-200

Board your motorcoach and travel through the charming City of Darwin. Drive south on the Arnhem Highway to the vast wetlands near the mouth of the Adelaide River, keeping an eye out for the area's unique wildlife and flora. When you reach the river, embark on an hour-long riverboat cruise down the mighty Adelaide. Keep your camera at the ready to record the Northern Territory's unspoiled beauty and the highlight of your trip - the river's famous jumping crocodiles. At the end of your river cruise stop at the Humpty Doo pub for a cold refreshing drink.

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Harbour Cruise

2.25 hours | Darwin | DRW-245
  • Harbor Cruise

Embark on a cruise aboard an air-conditioned, triple-decker catamaran called the Charles Darwin. Enjoy the harbour views and skyline of the city on an approximately two-hour cruise. Darwin Harbour is a massive body of water close to Darwin in the Australian Northern Territory. It opens to the north at a line from Charles Point in the west to Lee Point in the east into the Beagle Gulf and connects via the Clarence Strait with the Van Diemen Gulf. It contains Port Darwin, which is flanked by Frances Bay to the east and Cullen Bay to the west.Relax and take in the vistas as you enjoy a leisurely cruise around the harbor.

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Territory Wildlife Park

5 hours | Darwin | DRW-220
  • Territory Wildlife Park

Board your motorcoach and travel along the Stuart Highway through Darwin. Leave the outer suburbs and enter the Outback's desert landscape en route to Territory Wildlife Park. Set in 1,000-acres of bush, the park exhibits its wildlife in natural habitats. Board an open-air shuttle train or walk the trails to visit each attraction. You will see birds of prey, reptiles, dingoes, wallabies and barramundi. The park also boasts an aquarium with an underwater walk, where you will pass rock hole and billabong exhibits that the water monitor, freshwater crocodile, and numerous turtle species call home.

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Botanic Gardens by Segway

2.5 hours | Darwin | DRW-575
  • Darwin Botanical Gardens

Experience all that Darwin has to offer with a sensational Segway tour. Newcomers to the Segway are most welcome. A short 15 minute training session is undertaken at the start of the tour so If you're a first-time, you'll be gliding like a pro in minutes. Take a quick transfer to the botanic gardens where you'll be outfitted with the safety equipment and you very own Segway vehicle. Have fun gliding your Segway as you experience the natural beauty of the George Brown Darwin Botanic Gardens. Enjoy one hour group guided tour through the vibrantly beautiful and colourful tropical gardens.
Wind you way down tracks and around the pathways travelling through the lush vegetation. You may encounter local native birds, a wide variety of plants that flourish in the tropical heat and perhaps if your lucky spot the magnificent Rufous Owl which is known to nest in the Gardens.

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Litchfield National Park: Termite Mounds & Falls

8 hours | Darwin | DRW-150
  • Litchfield National Park

Travel approximately two hours south from Darwin to the Litchfield National Park. This fascinating, uniquely beautiful area was originally the home of the Aboriginal Wagait people. Visit the famous Termite Mounds. One of Litchfield's unique sights, this collection of hundreds of termite mounds standing over six feet high in a wide swathe of empty ground has the appearance of tombstones in a graveyard. Pause for a casual buffet lunch at the Litchfield Café. After lunch, drive to Wangi Falls. The falls flow into a large, water hole surrounded by lush monsoonal rain forest making them Litchfield National Park's most popular attraction.

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Local Connections: Indigenous Litchfield

8 hours | Darwin | DRW-195
  • Litchfield National Park

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. You'll take away a deeper understanding of Aboriginal life, its relationship to country and its place in modern society. During the journey you learn about the many termites, primary herbivores of the Northern Territory, and the huge housing complexes they build. You'll be amazed at how indigenous people use these industrious creatures and their homes. Uncover seasonal bush resources used by local Aboriginal people for thousands of years. Visit the spectacular stone country of Tolmer Falls and the iconic Nyunydjurr (Wangi Falls).

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Darwin Private Touring - Half Day (Car)

4 hours | Darwin | DRW-900

Explore at your own pace with a private vehicle, driver and English-speaking guide at your service. This exclusive tour is designed to allow you the chance to customize your time ashore and discover the most interesting sights in the comfort and privacy of your own vehicle.

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