Darwin Things to Do
Darwin, the capital of the Northern Territory, has a near-tropical environment and is unlike anything else in Australia. Whether you enjoy hiking, national parks or taking in culture, there is something for you to take in and enjoy here.
Kakaduo National Park
The Kakadu National Park is the place to see animals you wouldn’t see anywhere else in the country. You can also find centuries-old rock paintings that are well preserved. Touring this area early in the morning is great because the weather is cooler and you’ll see fantastic wildlife that goes underground to avoid the midday heat. Just make sure to not swim in any of the water unless there are specific signs saying it is safe, since crocodiles are present.
There are a few different crocodile cruises. Some toss out food into the water so you can see these massive animals eat, while others simply point out the animals as you ride past. Whether feeding the crocodiles is the best practice remains up for debate as the crocs begin to move towards any boat, looking for food. On these tours, you’ll see some incredible bird wildlife as well.
George Brown Darwin Botanic Gardens
The city is named for George Darwin, an astronomer and mathematician. Darwin’s tropical weather makes it perfect for growing flowers and other vegetation you won’t see anywhere else in the country. And this abundance is on brilliant display at George Brown Darwin Botanic Gardens.
This is a reminder that World War II did in fact take place on Australian soil. Australia was attacked in February of 1942 (only two months after the bombing of Pearl Harbor in Hawaii). In fact, Japan actually took control of the small military area. The country’s fascinating history regarding the second World War isn’t one many outsiders know about. That is what makes just walking the paths through the park and reading about the wartime events enlightening.
Editor’s note: The information contained on this page was compiled using real traveler reviews about things to do around Darwin.