Darwin is the largest city in Australia’s Northern Territory and something of a waypoint between Asia and the outback. Far too many travelers breeze through the city on to bigger things, missing out on the unique atmosphere it has to offer.
Start with breakfast at Alley Cats Patisserie. The charming little café boasts some of the best croissants in Australia along with plenty of delicious coffee options. Set aside $15 for a meal.
Darwin played a major role in World War II, when air raids decimated the city. Head over to the Darwin Military Museum for the “Defense of Darwin Experience” and learn about the history of the city. Entrance will run you $20.
Next, make your way over to Darwin Botanic Gardens. The 100-acre area is one of only a few in the world where both marine and estuarine plants grow naturally. From there take a stroll along the city’s beautiful and historic Stokes Hill Wharf. The waterfront offers great views and plenty of shopping for trinkets.
For lunch, seek out Darwin Laska at Mindil Beach. It’s widely considered the best laska in town, so be prepared for a wait. A meal will cost you $15.
It wouldn’t be the Northern Territory without crocodiles, so head over to Crocosaurus Cove to check out the fearsome and majestic beasts. Entrance is steep at $36, but well worth if for the “Cage of Death” experience.
Kill some time in the afternoon at Charles Darwin National Park, a great spot to do a little bushwalking within city limits. There are also WWII bunkers scattered about to explore.
Finally, end the day with a stroll through the Mindil Sunset Market. The evening market supports more than 300 local small businesses and is a great place to buy keepsakes to take home. You’re probably short on cash at this point, so set aside $10 to grab a quick bit from one of the stalls for dinner.
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