Places of Interest

Places of Interest around Darwin


Darwin is a cosmopolitan, tropical city situated on the edge of the Arafura sea in the Top End of the Northern Territory. It is the international gateway to Australia’s Top End and the beautiful National Parks of Litchfield and Kakadu. The atmosphere is laid back and Darwin is the kind of place where you can take a cruise on the harbour, go diving, explore the museum and art gallery … or just enjoy the local scene of outdoor living, markets, live bands, walks along the beach and watching the sun set.

Parliament House
Visit Parliament House PARLIAMENT HOUSE  

Australia’s newest Parliament House opened in 1994, this beautiful building is a magnificent example of tropical architecture. The NT Library is also located here. Guided tours depart from the foyer at 9.00am and 11.00am every Saturday.Tours last 90 mins, A tour is also available on Wednesdays at 10.30am. Tours begin in the Foyer of Parliament House, Darwin. Bookings are essential. LOCATION Cnr Bennett Street and Mitchell St Darwin. 0pen Monday to Friday 8 am to 6 pm, Sat & Sun 9 am to 6 pm No admission charge. CONTACT Ph 08 8946 1425 or 08 461434 Contact Name: Parliamentary Liaison and Information Unit – Email

  
Cullen Bay Marina
Cullen Bay Marina Cullen Bay Marina

Just a short trip from the City Centre enjoy specialty shopping, take a harbour ferry trip, relax with seaside and marina view dining on the boardwalk at one of the many seafood restaurants or just sit back with a cocktail or cool drink.

Botanic Gardens in Darwin
Darwin Botanical Gardens DARWIN BOTANIC GARDENS

Only two kilometres north of the city centre a beautiful 42 hectare garden displays tropical vegetation . There are many sections of gardens including a rainforest gully with hundreds of palm species,orchids, ferns, figs,a wetland, water fountain, information center, a coastal zone and a mangrove boardwalk. Take the self-guided Aboriginal plant trail. Gate open 7am–7pm daily. LOCATION Gardens Road, Darwin. There is an entry on Geranium Street which is open 24 hours.

Wharf Precinct in Darwin
Darwin Wharf Precinct DARWIN WHARF PRECINCT

The old Stokes Hill Wharf (Just to the south of the city centre) is restored for al fresco dining and specialty shopping. Enjoy sensational dining and entertainment on Saturday and Sunday evenings.View or buy South Sea pearls, enjoy great sunsets and cool breezes. Throw a line in and catch your own fish. On the way stroll along the historic walking trails around Stokes Hill Wharf, visit survivors’ lookout, the WWII Tunnels organised tours, steam pump house and learn about the bombing of Darwin. You can also take a helicipter flight. CONTACT Ph 08 8981 4268 or 08 8981 0631 Email

East Point Reserve
East Point Reserve EAST POINT RESERVE

Tthe reserve is a 200 hectare recreation area with walking and cycle tracks including a mangrove walking track that winds its way through a spectacular mangrove forest from the reserve through to Lake Alexander. There are BBQ facilities everywhere as this area is ppular for sunsets and family get-togethers which is why there is a large shaded playground with safe saltwater swimming at Lake Alexander. Evidence of East Point’s role in the defence of Darwin are the WWII gun emplacements and harbour defences located on the Point overlooking the Arafura Sea. East Point at dusk is a ‘must visit’ experience. Open daily 6.00am-9.00pm Free of Charge. The reserve is accessed from Alec Fong Lim Drive in the inner city suburb of Fannie Bay.

Government House

Government House GOVERNMENT HOUSE

Enjoy the beauty and charm of the Northern Territory’s oldest European house. Open days are: Saturday 24th August 2013 from 2.00 – 7.00 pm

Location: 29 The Esplanade

Ph 08 89997103 Email: governmenthouse.darwin@nt.gov.au

Gaol at Fannie Bay
Fannie Bay Gaol FANNIE BAY GAOL

Darwin’s original penal institution in Fannie Bay is now a museum. Since 1883 The old gaol with its crude facilities and a chilling old gallows section is a grim reminder of what life in the gaol was like.The Fannie Bay Gaol was still in use until 1979, when the Berrimah Gaol was officially opened. LOCATION Cnr East Point Road and Ross Smith Avenue in Fannie Bay. Open daily from 10 am to 5 pm and is free of charge . CONTACT Ph 08 89998290

WW2 Oil Storage Tunnels WWII OIL STORAGE TUNNELS

Designed to protect Darwin’s oil supplies from bombardment during WWII the tunnels run from the Wharf and under the city. The Tunnels now house an excellent display of photographs of historic images of wartime activity in the Top End. LOCATION Kitchener Drive, Darwin City. CONTACT Ph 08 8985 6333. Admission fee applies.