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A day of adventure in Darwin City 7 hour itinerary

If you’re a bit of an adrenaline junkie, Darwin has some great options for you. We discover a range of adventure activities all located in Darwin city that can be done in a day.

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day

Start with a hearty breakfast at the Lime Café to prepare for your day of adventure. Situated at the Darwin Waterfront precinct and opening bright and early from 6.30am 7 days a week, this is a great place to fill your belly before you fill your soul with adventure.

Big splash at the Darwin Waterfront

Once your breakfast has settled, take a walk around the Darwin Waterfront, do a spot of shopping at one of the boutique retailers, or get your bathers on and take a dip in the salt water recreation lagoon, protected from the ocean with a sea wall and mesh screens to keep out the marine stingers.

Once you’ve whet your adrenaline appetite, head over to Big Buoy – Darwin’s very own floating water park! This water-bound bouncy castle will test your upper body strength and provide entertainment for the whole family (from 6 years up). And don’t worry, if you fall off you’ll land in the protected water.

Surf’s up at the Darwin Wave Lagoon

With your heart pumping, head over to the Wave Lagoon, Darwin’s man-made wave pool. Chill out on a sun lounge with an ice-cream from the kiosk or surf the waves on one of the boogie boards, water tubes or pool noodles on offer at the water’s edge.


There’s a wide array of lunch options at the Darwin Waterfront precinct to suit every taste and budget. See our article on Darwin City food highlights to help you decide where to go.

Come face to face with crocs

Located conveniently on Mitchell Street, Crocosaurus Cove offers insight into the aquatic creatures that can be found in the Top End, paying special tribute to the largest reptile in the world, the saltwater crocodile.

Get your adrenaline pumping in the Cage of Death – a 15 minute experience that’ll stay with you for a lifetime. Those brave enough to enter will be lowered into the enclosure of a large saltwater crocodile for a 360 degree view. See up close how they move and feed while the photographers capture your excitement and awe.

Speed around Darwin Harbour

Next on the to-do list should be Darwin Airboat Tours, owned by the “Outback Wrangler” himself, Matt Wright. This 45 minute tour is an adventure seeker’s version of a wildlife cruise and departs from Stokes Hill Wharf, just a short walk from Darwin City. You’ll spin around Darwin Harbour (quite literally) on a custom built V8 airboat, spotting wildlife as you explore the surrounding mudflats and mangroves.

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