Things to do in Darwin

Welcome to paradise! Darwin is known for its sparkling harbour, Asian-influenced food and tropical outdoor lifestyle. As the gateway to spectacular National Parks, it’s an adventurers’ paradise. Explore Darwin and the NT with our list of local attractions, restaurants, bars, cafes and more below.


Crocosaurus Cove

Explore the reptile park, watch the feeding show and even swim with the crocodiles

Aqua Scene

Feed the fish in Aqua Scene Feeding Sanctuary, where hundreds of fish come to shore at high tide to be fed by hand.

Deck Chair Cinema

Catch a movie under the stars at Darwin’s iconic outdoor cinema. Open from mid-April to mid-November.

Darwin Waterfront

Restaurants, bars, a wave pool, an inflatable aqua park, and a man-made beach are available for the local community and tourists.

Charles Darwin National Park

Explore the national park. Historic sites are scattered through the park, and there’s a World War II display where you can learn about Darwin’s role in the Pacific War.

Territory Wildlife Park

Forty-five minutes south of Darwin, meet the animals of the Top End in a zoo park-like setting. Spread out around a 4km loop road with free shuttle trains and natural walking paths linking the attractions.

Berry Springs National Park

Close to Territory Wildlife Park, Go for a swim in Berry natural springs. It has excellent shaded picnic and barbeque areas close to clear swimming pools surrounded by trees and aquatic life.


Parap Village Markets

Open every Saturday from 8 am – 2 pm. Sample the local food and browse the collections of Territory crafts, including clothing, jewellery, gems, artworks and beauty products

Mindil Markets

Open Thursday and Sunday from 4 pm to 9 pm. With plenty of entertainment, purchase some market goods or try sample the food from the 60-plus food stalls (a piece of advice try the Laska)


Chow Darwin

Offers a taste of southeast Asia with a focus on fresh, local produce. Think big steaming bowls of pho & laska’s, young coconut crushies and an expertly made cocktail from their award-winning bar.


Exceptional Asian cuisine by renowned chef Jimmy Shu offers a range of well-crafted Thai and Indian-influenced dishes.

Wharf One Food & Wine

Located right on the Darwins waterfront. Wharf one is best known for its wood-fired tapas menu, drawing inspiration from local Australian produce.

Charlie’s of Darwin

Located in the city’s heart is a hidden gem tucked away down Austin Lane. Charlies of Darwin is home to the town’s first gin distillery, where you can try gins infused with locally sourced botanicals, including Kakadu plum, lemon myrtle and river mint.