Ready to turn the winter chills into thrills? Tropical Darwin is the perfect place to wrap yourself in warm sunny days and outdoor adventures, as the dry season turns the Top End to perfect getaway temperatures. So get ready to take a plunge by crystal clear waterfalls, browse sunset markets and enjoy heart-pumping crocodile shows. Or simply relax on a sunset cruise!
Discover unique things to do in Darwin
Between April and November, the dry season in Darwin delivers endless outdoor activities. Settle in by enjoying a relaxed picnic overlooking the Arafura Sea in Cullen Bay, or by browsing the popular Mindil Beach Sunset Markets. Held from May to October, these markets are the perfect place to watch the sunset over the ocean while you enjoy delicious food from around the world, live music, and local crafts and curios.
Meet a saltwater crocodile
Wondering where to see crocodiles in Darwin? In the heart of the city, Crocosaurus Cove is home to some of the largest saltwater crocodiles in Australia – and you can meet these salty fellas up close by swimming with them in an enclosed cage, view them from the croc viewing platform, or hold a baby croc. Modelled on a Top End river, the vast 200,000-litre freshwater aquarium is also home to turtles, whip rays and archer fish.
Day trip to Florence Falls waterhole
A scenic drive from Darwin, Litchfield National Park is home to wonderful cascading waterfalls and crystal-clear pools. Take a plunge at the stunning Florence Falls waterhole, a popular water spot surrounded by lush green woodland and towering rainforest. Take a stroll along the Shady Creek walk through the gorge, and back to Florence Creek. The falls are also a popular spot for picnics and barbecues, with plenty of shaded areas and picnic tables.
Take a scenic cruise
Put your feet up as you enjoy a sunset cruise with a grazing platter and beverage or two. You’ll find a number of river cruises that take you on a leisurely journey along the stunning Darwin Harbor – one of the best things to do in Darwin. Explore the surrounding waterways with champagne and dinner options on tri-level catamarans, or indulge in a two-hour grazing tour on a restored schooner.
Enjoy Beaches and waterfront dining
The dry season is a great time to enjoy Darwin’s iconic beaches. As well as its markets, Mindil Beach is known for its stunning sunset views. Only 15 km from town, Casuarina Beach is another gorgeous beach perfect for swimming and sunbathing – this spot is also popular with surfers. Surfers will find some great breaks at Nightcliff Beach.
For nearby dining, shopping, and entertainment, the Darwin Waterfront Precinct is a great place to explore. During the day you can take a dip in the Wave Lagoon, and in the evening enjoy a drink at one of the many bars. Darwin Ski Club is another great venue for a sunset drink and a meal, situated on the edge of the beautiful Fannie Bay.
Delve into fascinating museums
Darwin is filled with fascinating history and culture, and you can find a huge collection of its art and heritage at the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory. Immerse yourself in the incredible Aboriginal art, as well as exhibits that delve into the dynamic natural history of the region. The Royal Flying Doctor Tourist Precinct will send you back in time with its virtual reality exhibit of the bombing of Darwin during World War 2.
Where to stay
Only five minutes from town, Quality Hotel Darwin Airport is close to everything you need, with restaurants, bars, shops and cafes all at your doorstep