A day of wildlife and nature in Darwin City
Nature lovers can immerse themselves in a wide array of flora and fauna in Darwin, where the Top End’s tropical climate lends itself to a diverse range of wildlife and nature, and Darwin city is a great place to explore these. From beautiful gardens to wildlife parks, there’s a lot to see and learn.
Start your morning in a converted heritage listed Wesleyan Church. Eva’s Café offers fabulous coffee and fresh food within the grounds of the Botanic Gardens. Priding themselves on their specialty coffee, Eva’s Café’s full menu is available for breakfast and lunch from Tuesday – Sunday. For something a little fancier, why not try their high tea menu?
Meander through the Botanic Gardens
Take a walk through the George Brown Darwin Botanic Gardens to see a magnificent display of plants from northern Australia and tropical areas around the world. There is a large collection of north Australian and other topical species of plants covering 43 hectares.
The gardens have stood the test of time, having been there for over 130 years and survived World War II and Cyclone Tracy. Children can use their boundless energy in the playground and tree house, both in full shade, offering parents some respite too. For those with a keen interest, why not join a guided walking or Segway tour?
Feeding the fish
Join the daily ritual of fish feeding that began over 50 years ago, when a local resident threw bread scraps to small mullet at high tide. Fast forward to now, hundreds of fish including mullet and milkfish flock to Doctors Gully for their daily feed. Aquascene provides a great opportunity to hand feed fish and is family friendly!
Due to the huge tide movements in Darwin Harbour (up to 8 metres) the fish can only come to shore for a few hours each day, and as such feeding times change daily with the tides so make sure you check Aquascene's website before visiting.
Crocosaurus Cove boasts the largest display of Australian reptiles and is a tourist highlight in the heart of Darwin’s CBD. Get involved in the many interactive experiences and presentations on offer or for those who dare, bring your bathers and swim with a very large crocodile in the Cage of Death to get your adrenaline pumping.
Taste the local drop
Once the fish have been fed, it’s time to feed the humans! Six Tanks, located on Mitchell Street, focuses on craft beer with 26 taps including house brewed and guest taps. Their menu is designed to share, so grab the family and head on down for a hearty lunch and beer straight from the tank to the tap.
Indo Pacific Marine
The longest established marine visitor education facility in the Northern Territory, Indo Pacific Marine is an incredible showcase of our marine environment. Showcasing man-made onshore marine ecosystems, visitors learn about the features of the coral reefs and the marine animals that inhabit them. They also offer tours exploring these natural eco-systems at night to see the lives of creatures who cannot easily be seen in our harbour.
Following the cliffs of Darwin harbour along The Esplanade, Bicentennial Park is a picturesque location for picnicking and relaxing on the grass. For those with more energy, there are a variety of walking paths available. Follow the WWII walking trail which includes the Cenotaph, Darwin's first war memorial commemorating Australians who lost their lives in WWI, and the Aboriginal men and women whose bush skills assisted the Army during WWII to protect the remote northern coastline.
With lots of shady trees and a children’s playground, it’s a great place to spend some quality time outdoors with the family, enjoying Darwin’s tropical climate.
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