From the sparkling harbour and WWII history to the city's Asian-influenced food and tropical outdoor lifestyle, Darwin is an adventurers' paradise.
Treat your tastebuds and indulge your sense of fun and adventure in the Territory’s tropical capital city. Darwin is world famous for its fabulous food, colourful outdoor markets and a diverse bag of adventure activities.
Food, glorious food
At the heart of any Darwin experience is sensational food.
The city’s dining hub is bursting with restaurants: share a real Italian pizza at a waterfront eatery, book a five-star degustation dinner or try a laksa that tastes just as it would served from a Malaysian warung. Choose local mud crab or barramundi for the ultimate fresh seafood experience.
Dining and entertainment
Local markets are a big part of Darwin’s personality. At the famous Mindil Beach Sunset Markets, sample international cuisine from some 60 food stalls – Sri Lankan, Turkish, Greek, Cambodian, Japanese – and eat on the beach as the sun sinks into the ocean.
After dinner, find the perfect gift among stalls of art and craft, then relax with a local ice-cream or mango smoothie as fire twirlers, musicians and street performers entertain the crowds.
Adventure of all sorts can be found within Darwin’s fringe.
Ride the swell at the wave pool, eyeball a croc in the ‘cage of death’, take a thrilling jetboat ride or throw out a line from the wharf – Darwin’s world famous for its fishing and they’re regularly caught right in close.
This city’s rich history belies its youthful population. Learn about the 1870s gold rush, the Japanese bombing raids in WWII and Cyclone Tracy’s decimation of the town in 1974 at excellent museums and memorials around the city.
When it’s time to relax
Catch a movie under the stars at the Deckchair Cinema or climb aboard a luxury yacht or delightful old pearl lugger for a dinner cruise around Darwin’s magnificent harbour at sunset.
Top five things to do
1) Mindil Beach Sunset Markets
2) Sunset dinner cruise
3) Wave pool / Waterfront Precinct
4) Deckchair Cinema
5) Crocosaurus Cove