Welcome to Walk Darwin; a locally-owned family business specialising in small group sightseeing walking tours of Darwin City and the George Brown Darwin Botanic Gardens.
Your hosts, Nerida and John Hart, and together with a passionate team of local guides invite you to discover a taste of what makes Darwin tick, visiting iconic locations and regaling stories of Darwin’s frontier past. They provide visitors with a local’s perspective of life in Darwin today and what makes Territorians in the Top End a unique breed.
With practical city design, Darwin is one of the best cities in Australia to explore by foot. They walk all year round in the vibrant city, through all seasons, adapting to the needs of our guests during the Tropical Summer when the pace of life slows and the energetic drama of the natural environment heralds a wondrous change.
Walking and comfort is what they’re all about. A change in pace, a stop in the shade or a helping hand where needed, makes the world of difference to guests and they love nothing better than to spend time with happy travellers.
Disabled access available, contact operator for details.
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You'll leave with greater connection to this beloved local institution that is a highlight of everyone's visit to Darwin. . Discover the galleries and stories hidden within the exhibits and artefacts as your guide leads you through each of the open galleries, pointing out some highlights you might like to revisit and explore in greater depth. . There are two times to choose from on each day we operate.. Walk Darwin is mindful that the Museum is a public space and so as to provide you with the best possible experience we recommend using an app to connect with your guide's spoken commentary. This will also allow you to more freedom to explore each gallery in an hygienic and socially distanced way. So bring your smartphone or wifi compatible tablet and earbuds/headphones to hear your guide. You do not need data to participate on the day as you'll connect to Walk Darwin's free wifi network. Then it's just pop your phone in your pocket and enjoy discovering.
From the destruction caused by the WWII bombings and Cyclone Tracy, Darwin has risen and you'll discover many of the remaining buildings, some of which have been painstakingly reconstructed.. See the Old Police Station and Courthouse, Brown's Mart and the Old Palmerston Town Hall ruins, and enjoy manicured tropical gardens as your route meanders through city streets and across the paths of pioneers.. There are many hidden treasures to see on foot when you explore with a local.
. Your guide will introduce you to some of the significant trees and tropical plantings within the Gardens, as you walk between the different environments. From ancient cycads to colourful crotons, hidden garden rooms to the rock covered Madagascar Garden, and lush, historic Heritage Lawn, the diversity has to be seen to be believed. . Along the way there may be a chance sighting of birds and seasonal flowers. Remember to bring your camera.
This 2-hour walking tour will uncover the hidden treasures of Darwin city, to then allow further exploration at your leisure.. The relaxed walk starts at the Cruise Ship Terminal and departure time is dependent on the scheduled arrival time of each ship.. Hear of WWII bombings and Cyclone Tracy and discover many of the remaining buildings such as the old Court House and Police Station, Browns Mart and the Old Palmerston Town Hall ruins, all of which have been painstakingly reconstructed. Pass by Government House, Parliament House and the Supreme Court on your journey through the streets of this modern tropical city. Along the way, your guide will share their passion for the town they call home.. Your tour will conclude at the Visitor Information Centre where shuttle buses depart regularly for the journey back to your ship, or you can walk back along the Smith Street pathway.
Guided by a Darwin local, you will walk along the same paths as many others have walked for over 130 years, and hear stories of the history and heritage and the revival of the Gardens after cyclones and WWII bombings. . See legacies left by prominent Curators, including significant trees and heritage features. Along the way you'll be introduced to many tropical plants that grow in these parkland gardens, each with their own interesting story. Keep an eye out for colourful birdlife, stunning flowers and majestic trees. . This guided walk is for those looking to truly experience Darwin's botanic garden.
19 February, 1942. World War II reached mainland Australia and the northern city of Darwin was bombed.. In the current day multicultural city of Darwin, there are still many reminders of WWII and on this 2-hour walk through the historic quarter of the city, your knowledgeable guide will take you back to that era. Hear stories of that fateful day as you meander past historic buildings of the time that have been re-built to provide lasting memories of life in the north during the War.. No WWII tour of Darwin would be complete without a visit into Parliament House, a lasting memorial to the Post Office and staff whose lives were lost in the very first of 77 bombing raids on the town.
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