Once I moved to Darwin, I solely ever had the intention of staying for six, possibly 12 months. I had no thought how onerous I’d fall for this High Finish metropolis, and to be sincere, if I hadn’t met and fallen in love with my now fiancée, I actually might by no means have left.
Nevertheless, over time I’ve seen so many different folks that I observe on blogs or Instagram journey to Darwin, and as a rule, they appear notably underwhelmed or unenthused by the place that stole my coronary heart.
I don’t suppose this disappointment is definitely Darwin’s fault although, I believe it’s purely as a result of folks simply don’t know in regards to the hidden gems that this metropolis (and its surrounds) have to supply!
So, with out additional ado, listed below are the fifteen finest issues to see and do within the High Finish, from a (former) Darwin native.
Take pleasure in an epic Helicopter Pub Crawl
I’m positive most of us have gone on a number of pub crawls in our time, however ever completed so in a helicopter!?
Spending a full day choppering to 5 distant outback pubs is an expertise like no different. It’s boujee, it’s indulgent, it’s undeniably epic. It’s an costly day, little doubt, however I’ve paid to do it as soon as and let me let you know, I can be paying to do it once more.
Try Airborne Options to be taught extra and to e-book.
Go on an outback safari
If you wish to expertise an airboat, a chopper, large termite mounds, up shut experiences with crocodiles and go glamping all in sooner or later, then the High Finish Safari Camp is certainly for you!
This in a single day expertise is simply a brief manner out of Darwin however is not like anything within the Territory.
Our expertise getting up shut and private with Tripod the croc (named as a result of he’s lacking a leg) was actually wonderful.
Discover paradise at Maguk
Maguk is a waterhole positioned inside Kakadu Nationwide Park – and it’s actually paradise. This waterfall and waterhole generally is a little tough to achieve (learn, there’s some slight rock scrambling required) however it’s so price it. Pack some pool noodles and an esky filled with beers to take advantage of this spot. As an added bonus, Maguk is among the few campsites in Kakadu that doesn’t require a 4×4 to achieve – making it delightfully accessible.
Eat unbelievable meals (and check out crocodile burgers in case you dare)
To many, Darwin won’t appear to be a culinary vacation spot, however this can be a frequent false impression. Certain, town isn’t swimming in a sea of effective eating establishments (though Pee Wee’s is phenomenal) however that doesn’t imply the meals isn’t actually great.
Notable highlights? Consuming a crocodile burger at Stokes Hill Wharf, low cost and great North Indian delicacies on the Cullen Bay marina, avocado toast on the seashore at De La Plage Cafe, ridiculously good pastries at Ruby G’s, laksa and papaya salad on the markets, $1 dumplings at Little Miss Korea (solely on Mondays) and indulgent cheese boards at Stonehouse.
Day drink in a beachside pool
There are a few pool bars in Darwin, however the best possible is the infinity pool bar at Mindil Seashore On line casino Resort. This lovely pool is positioned proper subsequent to Mindil Seashore and is beset by palm bushes and plush Darwin greenery. The cocktails are delish, the tunes are first rate and the sunsets are superb – it doesn’t get a lot better than this.
Eat, scent and expertise the market tradition
There are quite a lot of markets in Darwin. Mindil markets are simply essentially the most well-known and largest (held on Mindil seashore on thursdays and saturdays) however they’re a little bit too busy for my liking. Many favour Parap markets (and they’re bloody good) however my private favorite is the Speedy Creek market. It’s unfancy, produce primarily based and residential to the most effective papaya salad (smothered in chilli please) you may get in Darwin.
Oh, and the laksa is fairly rattling good too.
Make a journey to the Tiwi Islands
It’s only a quick flight or ferry throughout to a few of the most distant and most lovely islands in Australia. Residence to only some thousand folks (and doubtless many extra thousand crocodiles) these islands are removed from frequented by vacationers – making them a real hidden gem.
If you would like a soothing getaway, make a journey to the Tiwi Island Retreat and if you need a bit extra journey, time your go to with the annual Tiwi Islands soccer grand last!
Expertise the notorious nightlife on Mitchell
Don’t let the next photograph idiot you, Darwin nightlife is something however elegant. Mitchell Avenue is the principle drag and the mere title has a substantial amount of notoriety connected to amongst Darwinites.
Whether or not it’s Shags (Shenanigans), Wizzies (Wisdoms), Monnies (Monsoons) or Discovery (there’s no horrible slang for this one) you’re positive to search out booze, enjoyable and bother.
Watch the sundown from one of many unbelievable seashores
Certain, having beautiful seashores you can’t swim in (because of saltwater crocodiles and field jellyfish) in a perpetually sizzling local weather is every kind of merciless, however what these seashores lack in swimmability (not a phrase, I do know) they make up for in magnificence, particularly through the sunsets.
Try Casuarina seashore, the Nightcliff foreshore, East Level Reserve and Mindil seashore for the most effective sunsets on the town.
Purchase some wearable artwork
For the previous couple of years, Aboriginal Bush Merchants – a retail retailer and gallery showcasing Aboriginal arts and wares – has run an occasion referred to as ‘Bush Bling’. This occasion sees all the retailer turn into overrun with Aboriginal jewelry items from artists throughout the Northern Territory and a few components of the APY Lands in South Australia. These jewelry items are attractive, distinctive and assist Aboriginal artists residing in distant communities – what extra might you need?
Street journey to Katherine for superb sizzling springs
Round 3.5 hours south of Darwin is the Katherine township. The enchantment of visiting this space are the waterfalls, the gorge and a few actually unbelievable sizzling springs.
Bitter Springs, Mataranka, Katherine Scorching Springs, Edith Falls and Nitmiluk Gorge are highlights to not be missed.
Legally set off fireworks on cracker night time
I’ve no pictures of this, however primarily, for one night time a 12 months (often July 1st) it’s authorized within the Northern Territory to purchase and use fireworks. Affectionately dubbed ‘cracker night time’ by the locals, that is an excuse to get a bit foolish and bask in a considerably dangerous follow that’s unlawful each different day of the 12 months.
The seashores are standard locations for folks to get together, so make certain to pay attention to your environment in case you determine to observe swimsuit – you don’t need to be one of many (quite a few) folks to make a journey to Royal Darwin Hospital with cracker night time induced accidents!
Waterfall hop in Litchfield Nationwide Park
A hop, skip and a soar out of Darwin (a 90 minute drive) lies Litchfield Nationwide Park – or Litchy, as it’s identified by these within the know. Litchfield is the gateway to journey within the High Finish, and is residence to some critically lovely waterfalls and rockholes – a lot of that are secure for swimming! As an added bonus, a substantial amount of the park is 2wd accessible, making it a incredible choice for these with out a 4×4.
My favorite spots embody the Decrease Cascades, Walker Creek, Florence Falls, Buley Rockhole, Twin Falls and Shock Creek Falls.
See crocodiles (actually) soar for a meal
The inhabitants of salties within the High Finish of Australia is kind of actually exploding, inflicting these territorial creatures to stay in a lot nearer proximity to one another than they usually would. One place which demonstrates this exceptionally properly is the Adelaide River.
There are such a lot of salties right here that quite a few tour operators have arrange store right here and if you wish to see large crocodiles actually soar out of the water for meals – then this can be a incredible 1/2 day journey for you.
Go tenting (or glamping) within the outback
There are not any scarcity of tenting spots within the Northern Territory, nonetheless, there are some which are actually distinctive. I had the chance to remain at Hideaway Litchfield, which is a beautiful glamping spot in Litchy, and it was completely great. There are such a lot of unbelievable locations to spend the night time within the NT – you simply must search for them!
So there you may have it! My 15 finest issues to see and do when in Darwin and surrounds – what would you be most excited to do within the High Finish? Let me know within the feedback!