5 must see places in Darwin

5 must see places in Darwin

Written by: Cameron Ward

Published: 03/25/2024

Reading time: 2 mins

The Top End city is filled with tropical experiences and overall, is a very laid back city.


Darwin is a beautiful tropical city and is also the capital city of the Northern Territory. Darwin is the place for you to explore national parks, stroll around popular markets, and see all kinds of wildlife.

During your relaxing holiday in Darwin, make sure you check out these five must see places!

1. Mindil Beach Markets

Mindil Beach markets

Nothing quite beats a Thursday or Sunday evening walking around the markets, grabbing a bite to eat and watching as the sun sets across the Timor Sea. Mindil Beach Markets is the most popular market in Darwin. The market runs during the dry season every Thursday and Sunday between April and October.

2. Crocosaurus Cove

Visit the world’s largest display of Aussie reptiles with crocodiles, snakes, lizards, and everything else you can imagine! Crocosaurus Cove has some of the largest saltwater crocodiles, and a chance to experience the Cage of Death, or to hold these deadly animals!

3. Litchfield National Park

Litchfield National Park

Darwin is about a 90-minute drive to Litchfield National Park. Litchfield has stunning landscapes, refreshing waterholes, and wonderful wildlife. You can go for a dip in Wangi Walls, Buley Rockhole, and Florence Falls. The safest time to swim is during the dry season as crocs usually aren’t present in the areas.

The national park also has two-metre tall Magnetic Termite mounds or the four-metre tall Cathedral Termite mounds. You can get close to the termite mounds by following around the boardwalk.

4. George Brown Darwin Botanic Gardens

Spend some time walking through the tropical George Brown Darwin Botanic Gardens to see the selection of plants. The 42 hectares of land covers a large collection of tropical species and collections across north Australia.

The Botanic Gardens is also a spot to enjoy a picnic, cook up a BBQ lunch, or have a coffee at Eva’s Cafe.

5. Museum and Art Gallery of the NT

There is always a museum to visit to learn more about the history of the city you’re in. The Museum and Art Gallery of the NT has a collection of traditional and contemporary Aboriginal art and limited exhibits.

Here you can also learn how Darwin rebuilt from Cyclone Tracy and how and about the famous croc Sweetheart.

Cameron Ward
Cameron Ward
Managing Director at Sightseeing Tours Australia

Cameron Ward turned his travel passion into a thriving Australian tourism business. Before he co-founded his own business, Sightseeing Tours Australia, he was enjoying being a Melbourne tour guide. Even now, Cameron delights in helping visitors from all around the world get the most out of their incredible Australian trip. You’ll see Cameron leading tours or writing about his favourite Australian places where he shares his local insights.