In mid-May I went for a girls trip to Darwin. It was a lot of fun and I really enjoyed Darwin – the warmth, the laid back attitude and of course the activities!
I had never been to Darwin before but a friend had moved up there and created a huge list of things to do while we were there. Here is my list of highlights during that trip that I would recommend other people do and would definitely do again myself.
Spectacular Jumping Crocs
When to go to Darwin, seeing crocodiles is always at the top of the list of activities. After all, there are so many crocodiles there – there are so many front page articles each year. But you definitely don’t want to come across a croc unless it’s in a controlled environment.
There’s plenty of tours, wildlife sanctuaries and zoos, so it’s hard to choose which one would be the best one. I loved the Spectacular Jumping Crocs tour. It’s a bit of a drive out of Darwin (around 65km) but worth it.
The boat is quite large and family friendly. You see the crocodiles in their natural habitat, and the tour organisers are careful not to overfeed the crocs or otherwise negatively affect them.
There’s also other wildlife like meat-eating birds that can be seen too. The tour goes for about an hour as the boat goes up and down the river.
It’s $40 per adult and must be pre-booked. For more info, click here.
Deck Chair Cinema
Whilst it’s always nice to escape the heat and relax in a cool cinema, there’s something really funky about an open air deckchair cinema. If you’re happy to brave the mosquitoes while sharing a bottle of wine then you’ll love the Darwin Deck Chair Cinema.
The Deck Chair Cinema usually has two movies each night, with a huge bar and food options as well. We obviously were late as we struggled to find seats, there were no pillows left and almost all the food had been eaten out of the take away buffet. Luckily the bar had heaps of wines to choose from!
I would have loved spending more time here but I still had a great time. I would definitely go again but I would get there early, bring some of my own pillows and maybe even watch two movies!
For more information and a timetable of movies, click here.
Bass in the Grass Music Festival
One of the activities we planned to do when in Darwin was to go to the Bass in the Grass festival. It’s Darwin’s yearly music festival that is held in the Botanical gardens. It’s an all ages festival but it was sold it and everyone seemed like they were having a great time.
There was one stage and the artists I saw included Amy Shark, Thundamentals, L.D.R.U, The Veronica’s, John Butler Trio and Peking Duck. There was plenty of shade at the festival but the only downer was that the bar didn’t open until 5pm! A good thing is that there are passouts until 7pm, so you can leave to have a drink or food nearby (we didn’t bother though). I had lots of fun and would happily go to this again.
Litchfield Day Trip
Litchfield is a bit of a trek out of Darwin, but it’s well worth the trip out there. There’s waterfalls, hikes, swimming spots and plenty of photo opportunities.
I only went for half a day but I would love to do a full day and properly explore everything. We what was open or closed before we went and some things had a big walking track to them, so unfortunately I missed out and will have to do them next time.
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Champagne Sunset Sail
Darwin is definitely a beautiful place for sunsets. I am from the East coast of Australia, so I am used to seeing the sun rise over the ocean but never set over it. It is definitely a different kind of beautiful seeing it set over the ocean – and a sunset cruise is the way to do it!
The sunset cruse is $110 per person, so it’s not the cheapest experience – but we used vouchers from the Entertainment Book to get half price tickets! The cruise we went in had seven courses of tapas and unlimited sparkling wine. You can also bring your own drinks if you prefer a different type of alcohol.
We were lucky as we got the spot down the front on the netting so it was great for photos and if you accidentally spill your drink it means there’s no clean up too! (When you have unlimited and frequent drink top ups, this is likely to happen!)
For more information on the sunset cruise, click here.
Have you been to Darwin? What’s your favourite things to do in Darwin? Let me know in the comments section!
Bye for now,
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