Perched at the tip of Northern Australia is the city of Darwin, a tropical delight that offers a mixture of European, Aboriginal and Asian culture. Whether picking up a bottle of Retsina and hopping on a boat or dipping into waters encased by glass to say hey to apex predators—Darwin sits rightfully at the Top End of mighty Australia.
Minutes from the city of Darwin is the brainchild of world-renowned Prof. Grahame Webb: Crocodylus Park. Home to some of the world’s largest reptiles, over 1000 crocodiles (fresh and saltwater) are on show, with feeding tours available for the braver visitor. A less intense experience involves cute baby crocs which are available for holding. The park also features big cats, primates, and daily boat cruise.
Powerhouse exhibitions are on show at the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory. Constructed on a scenic waterfront, local and traveled collections from around Australia bring into the spotlight a colored display of photographs from frontier days, maritime history, and a crocodile named Sweetheart.
A tropical night air greets you at Mindil Beach. Located downtown, the beach area provides several activities, including the wonderful: Sunset Market. Held every Thursday to Sunday (from April through October), attractions include 60 food stalls, musical performances that welcome a good boogie, and indigenous art.
An immersive, interactive experience will further your understanding of the Pacific War during World War Two when entering The Darwin Military Museum. The profoundly titled: Defence of Darwin Experience reveals some of the drama of the Japanese bombings and the resulting invasion of the Philippines, led by General MacArthur. History buffs will delight at this spectacular venue of remembrance and insight.
Alfresco waterside eats and some of the freshest seafood around is complimented further by mouth-watering sunsets found at the port of Stokes Hill Wharf. Harbor cruises as well as The Bombing of Darwin & Royal Firing Doctor Service are just two of quite a few recommended attractions. Less