Things to do in Darwin
Check out the best things to do in Darwin with family, school holiday activities, Kakadu National Park day trip & more during your holiday to Darwin, Australia.
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Litchfield National Park Day Tour
Litchfield National Park contains several types of typical Top End habitats including lush monsoon forests, termite mounds, rock formations and waterfalls.
Big Croc Feeding Experience
One of the best crocodile encounters in Australia - this Crocosaurus Cove experience in Darwin includes full day entry, VIP tour, reptile holding & more!
Katherine Gorge and Edith Falls Day Tour
Highlights of this full day Katherine Gorge day tour include Nitmiluk National Park, Edith Falls, Buffet Lunch and a Katherine Gorge Cruise.
Darwin Hop On Hop Off Bus Tour
Visit Darwin’s best attractions on this Hop On Hop Bus Tour of the city with a 24hr or 48hr classic ticket or 48 hour deluxe pass. Book your tickets here!
Jumping Crocodile Tour from Darwin
Cruise the Marrakai Wetlands to see mighty crocodiles on this 1 hour Adelaide River Jumping Crocodile Cruise with return transfers from Darwin.
Cage of Death Solo Dive
Come face to face with Northern Territory saltwater crocodile and stare them down them in a separate pool - the "Cage of Death". Sounds promising, right?
Arnhem Land Day Tour from Darwin or Jabiru
An unmatched 4WD tour of Australia's Top End accompanied by expert tour guides in luxury vehicles! Join us for a tour of our sunburnt country's heartland.
Crocosaurus Cove General Admission Tickets
Be introduced to the world’s largest display of Australian reptiles and some of the largest Saltwater Crocodiles in the world, right in the heart of Darwin.
Mary River Wetlands Cruise from Darwin
The full day Wetland Cruise Tour from darwin includes return hotel transfers, 2.5 hour lunch cruise with an experienced guide.
Kakadu National Park Day Tour
Highlights of this full day Kakadu National park tour include Nourlangie Rock, a fabulous lunch, Billabong Cruise, amazing wildlife and more.
Darwin City Sights Half Day Tour
Discover the historic sites of Darwin city including the East Point Military Precinct, Mooring Basin & Stokes Hill Wharf on this afternoon day tour.
Darwin Harbour Sunset Buffet Dinner Cruise
This two and a half hour cruise on the Charles Darwin includes great commentary and offers the best value for money dinner cruise on Darwin harbour.
Tiwi Islands Aboriginal Culture Day Tour
After your ferry ride to Bathurst Island, a local guide will take you on a journey through the fascinating lifestyles of the Tiwi Island's people.
Adelaide River Jumping Crocodile Cruise
Experience a cruise like no other with this Adelaide River Jumping Crocodile Cruise. Purchase your tickets today!
2 Day Kakadu and East Alligator River Tour
Explore Kakadu and the East Alligator River with this extensive, scenic and adventurous 2-day tour from Darwin. Read about the tour & book your spot here!
4WD Three Day Camping Kakadu and Litchfield Tour
Head to the Outback to experience hikes, swimming in waterfalls and plunge pools plus wildlife and culture in the Kakadu & Litchfield National Park!
Darwin Royal Flying Doctor Service
Visit this popular Darwin attraction to uncover 2 fascinating episodes in Australian history: The Royal Flying Doctor Service and Bombing of Darwin in 1942!
Overnight Glamping Safari From Darwin For 2
Book this Darwin overnight Safari tour and experience swimming in natural springs, witnessing wildlife and glamping under the stars in Litchfield NP!
Top End Safari Camp Day Tour
Experience the best of the Top End on this all-inclusive day tour from Darwin which includes a helicopter, airboat and cruise to see wildlife of Litchfield.
Honey Ryder Sunrise Jetski Tour
Drift over WWII shipwrecks, marine life and pass beautiful coastal locations on this 90-minute jet ski tour in Darwin as the sun rises another glorious day.
Thunderball Shipwreck Jet Ski Tour
Uncover a piece of Darwin’s history on the water on this 60 minute Darwin jet ski tour taking you to sunken warships and coastal locations.
Die Another Day Jet Ski Tour
This 75 minute Darwin jet ski tour is your licence to thrill blasting along the waterways past the Darwin city skyline and secluded coastal locations.
3-Hour Gourmet Dinner Tour
Sample Darwin’s gourmet delights on a 3 hour culinary tasting tour to the best restaurants in the top end with soft drinks, coffee and tea included.
3-Hour Weekday or Saturday Gourmet Lunch Tour
Join this three hour escorted gourmet lunch tour in Darwin to sample a variety of tasting menus featuring fresh local ingredients and Aboriginal bush foods.
Kakadu Wilderness Escape Top End Day Trip from Darwin
Join this unique Aboriginal cultural adventure in the Kakadu National Park with an Adelaide River croc cruise, wilderness areas and rock art sites.
Litchfield National Park Top End Day Trip from Darwin
Cool off in secluded waterfalls, plunge pools, join a crocodile cruise and see giant termite mounds on this Litchfield National Park tour from Darwin.
Return Ferry Darwin-Mandorah
Purchase your return Darwin to Mandorah ferry tickets online here for an adventure in the Northern Territory tropics.
Whipray Encounter with Crocosaurus Cove Entry
Take part in the afternoon Aquarium show and experience a close encounter hand-feeding Whiprays at Crocosaurus Cove in Darwin.
Darwin Croc And History Explorer Package
Combine 3 of Darwin's premier attractions with one ticket and save! Visit the Crocosaurus Cove, Royal Flying Doctor Service and the Darwin Big Bus.
Darwin Off Road SSV Buggy Tour - 90 Minutes
Blast through the Charles Darwin National Park on an exciting 90 minute Darwin off-road SSV buggy tour to discover WWII history and diverse bush trails.
Darwin Off Road SSV Buggy Tour - 2 Hours
Blast through the Charles Darwin National Park on this exhilarating 2 hour SSV buggy experience in Darwin exploring military sites and secret bush trails.
Darwin Harbour Fish and Chips Sunset Cruise
Departing from Stokes Hill Wharf, embark on a relaxing scenic sunset cruise in Darwin with fresh fish and chips for dinner from award winning, La Beach.
Australia's Frontline WWII Bombing of Darwin Half Day Tour
Discover the bombing of Darwin during WWII on this historic half day tour that includes a scenic cruise and entry to the Defence of Darwin Museum.
Darwin Scenic Helicopter Flight - 20 Minutes
Join pilots on this 20 minute Darwin scenic helicopter flight for spectacular views of the tropical city, sparkling harbour and beyond.
Darwin Scenic Helicopter Flight - 40 Minutes
Admire the Top End from above on this 40 minute Darwin helicopter tour flying over the tropical city, sparkling harbour and stunning Cox Peninsula.
Darwin Jet Boat and Airboat Adventure - 60 Minutes
Book this electrifying Darwin combo tour to thunder along the harbour on a high-speed jet boat before stepping it up a notch and switching to a V8 airboat.
Darwin things to do with kids
Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia is a former frontier outpost and is a gateway to the massive Kakadu National Park. There are many things to do and places to visit while visiting Darwin Northern Territory during school holidays and public holidays in Darwin - whether exploring its beaches, National Parks, wildlife or taking tours through Kakadu National Park, Darwin has heaps of fun activities for families!
Whether you're looking for what to visit in Darwin during your holidays in Northern Territory, the best time to visit Darwin, must-do attractions for family, things to do in July - August and fantastic things to do around Darwin the whole family will enjoy, we've got you covered!
Some of the best things to do in Darwin with family:
- Watch a movie at Deckchair Cinema Darwin
- Spend a day at the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory
- Catch a sunset on Darwin Harbour sunset cruise on Charles Darwin
- Get up close to saltwater crocodiles with the Adelaide River cruise
- Get close to nature with the Mary River Cruises
- Discover the beautiful Darwin Botanical Gardens
- Spend a day with family on the Tiwi Islands
- Discover the beauty of Litchfield National Park
- Experience Mindil Beach Market food
- Visit Territory Wildlife Park and Berry Springs
Watch a movie at Deckchair Cinema Darwin
- Address: Jervois Rd, Darwin City NT 0800
- Opening hours during the dry season: Daily at 6 pm. The early session starts at 7 pm.
While food and city-lovers explore the wonders of Darwin Harbour, don't miss a unique outdoor cinema experience and watch a film at Deckchair Outdoor Cinema! You will enjoy a selection of the best Australian and foreign films, your favourite movies, and those not often seen. Also, they offer some delicious food from the local food truck, and there's always ice cream available!
Deckchair Cinema is a fully independent cinema that the Darwin Film Society runs.
With breathtaking views of the sunset and Darwin Harbour and an elegant outdoor setting - Deckchair Cinema has it all! During the dry season (May - October), the cinema opens seven nights a week at 6 pm. The early session starts at 7 pm.
If you're after some awesome outdoor adventures in the Darwin city centre on your Darwin family holidays, don't miss out on your opportunity for some good old-fashioned entertainment under stars with your loved ones at one of the top attractions in Darwin, Australia!
P.S. Deckchair Cinema offers cushions to pad out your deckchair and a free insect repellent.
Spend a day at the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory
- Address: 19 Conacher St, The Gardens NT 0820
- Opening hours: Daily, 10 am - 4 pm
- Entry fee: Free
The Northern Territory Museum and Art Gallery are the top Darwin attractions you can visit during your day trip to Darwin. Just a 5-minute drive city centre, the Museum and Art Gallery offer a large art collection and ever-changing exhibits - something for everyone!
The Art Gallery of the Northern Territory features contemporary aboriginal art and traditional art focusing on local artists with European and Indigenous roots. Some art pieces are intricate and very colourful while others send some political messages. The display panels at the art gallery are very informative and give you a great understanding of the long history and allow you to experience aboriginal culture.
There are quite a few interesting sections at the art gallery, such as the maritime part and about Cyclone Tracy that devastated Darwin on Christmas Day 1974. The Art Gallery of the Northern Territory is spacious and easy to move around in and offers a fantastic Darwin experience!
The Northern Territory Museum is a great place in the capital city for families looking for some free and interactive things to do with kids during your Darwin family holiday. The museum offers an inspiring environment with exhibits about Darwin's history, local wildlife, gems stones, indigenous stories and the Northern Territory's fascinating history. You'll also learn about the prehistoric indigenous times dating about 60,000 years back to the early European settlement in Darwin, Australia.
There is a fantastic kids' space with activities and books which kids will love! Plus, the Northern Territory Museum staff is very friendly!
After a few hours of exploring the museum and art gallery, check out delicious food at The Northern Territory Museum's cafe where you can relax in an enchanting atmosphere and enjoy the beautiful Darwin waterfront view.
Catch a sunset on Darwin Harbour sunset cruise on Charles Darwin
- Address: Shop 7, Port Arcade, Stokes Hill Wharf, Darwin City, NT 0800
- Opening hours: Daily, the boarding starts at 5.30 pm
- Entry fee: Check out the availability and tickets here
Get ready for an evening you will never forget as your experience the famous Darwin Harbour sunset cruise and enjoy the warm breeze in your hair and an exquisite tropical sunset on the horizon as well as a delicious Northern Territory-style buffet dinner on board that includes fresh seafood and local produce!
This 2.5-hour sunset harbour cruise departs daily (from February to December) from the Stokes Hill Wharf at 6 pm and returns at 8:30 pm. The boarding starts at 5.30 pm. You can book your sunset cruise tickets here.
This top Darwin experience is perfect for those looking to get away from the hustle and bustle of city life while still enjoying some famous Australian cuisine! The gorgeous Darwin waterfront makes a perfect starting point for such relaxing sunset cruises down the waterways of Darwin Harbour!
Get up close to saltwater crocodiles with the Adelaide River cruise
- Address: Shop 6, 52 Mitchell Street, Darwin, NT 0800
- Opening hours: Jumping croc cruise departs Monday, Wednesday and Saturday at 1.30 pm with a return around 6.30 pm
- Entry fee: Check out the availability and tickets to Adelaide River Jumping Crocodile Cruise here & Jumping Crocodile Cruise from Darwin tickets here
Experience one of Darwin's top attractions - a Jumping Crocodile Cruise on the Adelaide River! The Adelaide River is home to over 1600 saltwater crocodiles, birds and other local wildlife and is about a 1.5-hour drive from Darwin Waterfront.
You'll have a great opportunity for an unforgettable experience as you explore Fogg Dam Conservation Reserve, the Wetlands Visitor Centre as well as this floodplains ecosystem and local wildlife while being safe in your boat with knowledgeable and entertaining crew members who will help guide you all the way!
You'll watch each jumping crocodile up close and how they leap from the water when feeding. There are no cages - just you, the crew members and wild saltwater crocodiles in their natural environment!
Book your tickets for another fantastic Jumping Crocodile Cruise from Darwin City run by the Aboriginally owned cruise operator here.
Get close to nature with the Mary River Cruises
- Address: Corroboree Billabong Rd, Marrakai, NT 0801
- Opening hours: May to October; starts at 9 am with a return around 5 pm
- Entry fee: Check out the availability and tickets here
The Mary River wetlands, a hidden gem in the heart of Australia, offer its visitors an experience like no other!
During the dry season (May - October), take on this unique opportunity to explore the Mary River wetlands which are full of crocodiles and a diverse range of fish, wildlife and 250 species of birds with this Mary River Wetlands Cruise from Darwin Northern Territory.
Discover a day trip to the Corroboree Billabong with visits to the Fogg Dam Conservation Reserve and a relaxing Mary River Wetlands cruise. The incredible Mary River Wetlands is home to the largest concentration of crocodiles in the world, so this is your chance to see the saltwater crocodiles up close!
The journey starts at 9 am from Darwin City to Fogg Dam Reserve with a return to Darwin around 5 pm. It’s an amazing way to get to know the wildlife with this Mary River wetlands cruise.
Book a Mary River wetlands cruise online here as it's the best and easiest way to experience the natural beauty of the Mary River Wetlands and see some wildlife while visiting Northern Australia!
Discover the beautiful Darwin Botanical Gardens
- Address: Gilruth Ave & Gardens Rd, The Gardens NT 0820
- Opening hours: Daily, 7 am – 7 pm
- Entry fee: Free
George Brown Darwin Botanic Gardens are a relaxing escape from the hustle and bustles of city life. The Darwin Botanic Gardens with native plants are beautiful, well maintained and one of the top Darwin attractions for families! There are plenty of wide walking trails, fountains, waterfalls, lush greenery and more to fully enjoy the gardens in the tropical city.
The whole family will enjoy a lovely walk around the Darwin Botanic Gardens. On your walk, you're likely to discover a fake snake, croc, dragon as well as a dinosaur! There's also a lovely kids' playground with enough play space to play and a cafe nearby!
The Darwin Botanic Gardens are located just across the road (Gilruth Ave) from Mindil Beach. So enjoy your peaceful walk in the gardens before watching the sunset and checking out the Mindil Beach Sunset Market.
You can reach the Gardens from the Darwin city centre heading towards Mindil Beach. If you're on foot, it can take up to 30 minutes to get there. Alternatively, you can use public transport, a hop-on-hop-off bus or one of the Darwin sightseeing half-day tours on which you can also visit East Point Military Precinct, Museum of the Northern Territory, Chinese Temple and more!
Spend a day with family on the Tiwi Islands
- Address: Ferry Terminal, Larrakeyah, NT 0820
- Opening hours: 7:30am at the Cullen Bay Ferry Terminal o depart at 8 am. Return at 7:30 pm
- Entry fee: Check out the availability and tickets here.
You and your kids will never forget your first visit to the Tiwi Islands, Australia, during your family holiday in the Northern Territory. The lush tropical ecosystem is beautiful, and you're about to set foot in it for real!
Start your unique Tiwi Islands adventure by jumping on board Darwin to Tiwi Islands ferry to join a 2.5-hour tour and discover the rich aboriginal culture and history of the Tiwi Islands.
The Tiwi Islands NT are 80 km north of Darwin and consist of two main islands - Bathurst and Melville. Most of the residents are of Aboriginal origin. So this is a great opportunity for the whole family to meet some of the Tiwi people on one of these cultural and wildlife tours and learn about their ceremonies and rituals, beautiful Aboriginal art and traditional lifestyle. There are also many football fans amongst the Tiwi people as some of you might be too!
A day trip to Tiwi Islands on your Northern Territory family holidays is an unforgettable Darwin experience for all ages. Older kids and teens will be fascinated by the Indigenous heritage, learning about traditional ceremonies such as bush tucker or medicinal plants while you enjoy morning tea and your time off exploring the beautiful Tiwi Islands full of so much history!
Discover the beauty of Litchfield National Park
- Address: Litchfield National Park Rd, NT
- Opening hours: Always open
- Entry fee: Free
Looking for free things to do on your family holidays in Darwin Australia? Look no further than Litchfield National Park! Take out an easy 1.5-hour drive from Darwin City in explore this scenic area.
Litchfield is home to some of the top attractions in Darwin Northern Territory such as Florence Falls, Sandy Creek Falls, Tjaetaba Falls, Tolmer Falls, Wangi Falls and the Magnetic Termite Mounds. There is even the Lost City at Litchfield National Park!
Roadtrips are always more fun with some adventure! So make the most out of your trip to Litchfield by doing something different. Swim under waterfalls and in crystal clear swimming holes like Buley Rockhole Pools, spot colourful birds or wildlife on bushwalks through the rainforest.
The road in Litchfield National Park is unsealed but well maintained so during the dry season (May to October), you can go there by either a 4WD or a regular car.
If you want to uncover the spectacular hidden waterfalls and more of Litchfield National Park with a knowledgeable guide, check out the details and book your day trip to Litchfield from Darwin here.
For an unforgettable 4WD 3-day camping tour at Kakadu and Litchfield National Parks, check out the details, availability and book your tickets here.
Experience Mindil Beach Market food
- Address: Maria Liveris Dr, The Gardens NT 0820
- Opening hours: Thursdays and Sundays 4pm - 9pm (April to October)
- Entry fee: Free entry
Head to the Mindil Beach Sunset Markets, the famous markets in Darwin Australia, for some delicious local food, fresh fruit and vegetables to make your taste buds happy.
During the dry season (April to October), the Mindil Beach Sunset Markets start from 4 and finish at 9 pm and is open on Thursdays and Sundays. It's a great place to spend an evening while visiting Darwin Northern Territory as it's one of the best spots to watch the beautiful Darwin sunset too!
Families with kids will love visiting the Mindil Beach Sunset Market, from watching the kids having fun at this playground, jumping on a castle near the kids' playground, watching a circus show, live music to a fire twirling show!
With a big selection of food and drinks, you can find anything at the Mindil Beach Markets whether it's crocodile meat, fresh juices, smoothies and all kinds of food!
Visit Territory Wildlife Park and Berry Springs
- Address: Berry Springs Nature Reserve, Berry Springs NT 0838
- Nature Reserve opening hours: Daily, 8 am - 6:30 pm
- Nature Reserve entry fee: Free
- Territory Wildlife Park Openning hours: 1 October - 31 March (Wet season) 9 am - 3 pm. 1 April - 30 September (Dry season), 9 am - 4 pm. Closed on Christmas Day
- Territory Wildlife Park Entry fee: Adult $37, Child (5-16 y.o.) $18.50; Child (under 5 y.o.) - Free; Concession $26-$30
Visit Territory Wildlife Park and Berry Springs Nature Reserve with your family for an unforgettable experience. The 1-hour drive from Darwin City will bring you to a peaceful landscape full of natural swimming holes, shady picnic areas with BBQ facilities and where the kids can spot some turtles! If you visit the park in March and April, you'll see beautiful native flowers everywhere in this beautiful park near Darwin City.
The Territory Wildlife Park is a perfect destination for you and your family to enjoy the company of wildlife up-close in their natural habitats. You can meet animals walking through treetop aviaries, strolling around a natural lagoon, and you can get up close enough to them during daily presentations. When you stroll beneath the surface in the walk-through aquarium, you will meet some aquatic life and a giant saltwater crocodile!
So plan to spend a day in Territory Wildlife Park and Berry Springs Nature Reserve as they are perfect spots for a day out with the kids on your Darwin Australia holidays with kids!