What is there to do in Darwin for free?

What is there to do in Darwin for free?

Written by: Cameron Ward

Published: 03/18/2021

Reading time: 3 mins

Darwin’s laidback lifestyle, wondrous attractions, and plenty of activities on offer make it one of the go-to adventure spots in Australia.

Darwin Jumping Crocodile

But due to the flights, many tours, and iconic attractions you can’t miss out on, Darwin can get expensive. Luckily for you, we’ve done some research, and made our list of the top activities to enjoy in Darwin which are completely free! Letting you enjoy yourself and the city while saving some of your cash while you are at it!

  • Mindil Beach

    A beach day can be one of the best free adventures a visitor can enjoy, and Darwin’s Mindil Beach is picture-perfect for it! Darwin, being a peninsular city, has plenty of nearby beach spots. Mindil Beach is by far the most popular, with its smooth sands stretched out to give visitors plenty of room to park themselves at. Sadly, swimming is not advised for all months of the year due to the seasonal jellyfish making an appearance, but most of the time, the salty seas are open for business! Spend your day sunbaking and splashing in at this picturesque region for a completely free day of fun!

  • Mindl Beach Markets

    After your fun at Mindl Beach, stroll to the nearby markets held at the coastline. Occurring every Sunday and Thursday, visitors can stroll through the many stalls to see the food, fashion, and unique goodies on offer! You don’t even to buy anything to enjoy the ambience of the market, with the community of Darwin coming together to sell and buy a variety of goods. There are a number of entertainment acts making their way through the market, from fire spinners to buskers, so you can simply sit down at one of the park benches and enjoy the show.

  • Charles Darwin National Park

    Head out of the city for a day amidst the bushland at the nearby Charlie Darwin National Park. This is great for a bike ride adventure, with multiple mountain biking trails that weave about the mountain range. Stop at the top of these mountains and enjoy the spectacular view of the city, taking a few snaps for your holiday album!

  • Litchfield National Park

    Head out a little further to the iconic Litchfield National Park. Home to an astonishing range of natural wonders, including waterfalls, rock formations, swimming spots, and extraordinary lookout points. Visitors can spend hours in this bushland, trekking through the thick greenery and over the rocks to find these hidden wonders. Simply go by yourself to skip the tour fees and enjoy a free day out in Australia’s wilderness.

  • Parliament House

    Parliament House is completely free to enter, letting you get a better understanding of the Australian government. Take a self-guided tour and stroll through the many important rooms, while even get a chance to watch a political debate in a current issue. Within the building you’ll also find the Northern Territory Collection in the Northern Territory Library, so you can spend an afternoon flipping through pages of interesting documents all free of charge!

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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.