Darwin Winter Bucket List

This winter, explore a new city with our Winter Bucket list series. In Darwin, wander through beachside sunset markets, indulge in waterfront dining and set out on adventures through the surrounding wilderness.

Have a splash in the wave pool

While winter in Darwin boasts perfect swimming conditions, the beach is still off limits thanks to the crocodiles who call the area home. Happily, the wave pool and inland lagoon at the Darwin Waterfront are 100% croc-free and therefore great options to help you cool off and relax under the warm winter sun.


Catch a film under the stars at Deckchair Cinema

Darwin's Deckchair Cinema runs from April to November, making the most of warm nights under clear skies. You’ll find a mix of big blockbusters and small independent creations screening each week and can settle in to on-site snacks or bring your own picnic if the mood takes you.

#oceanfilmfestival 🐋🐡🐳🐠🦀🐢

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See turtles hatching

Winter marks the breeding season for turtles in the top end, with Sea Darwin hosting a 'sunset odyssey' to Bynoe Harbour where you’ll see female turtles laying eggs and hatchlings making the risky scramble to the water. It's a beautiful, once in a lifetime experience.


Wander through the Mindil Beach Markets

The iconic Mindil Beach Sunset Market is perfectly timed to watch the sun set across the sand while you eat your way through mouth-watering local and international cuisine. Bring your own rug and enjoy the atmosphere under the stars every Thursday and Sunday evening.


Answer the call of Kakadu

Venture into Kakdu to find cascading waterfalls, historic aboriginal rock art, giant crocodiles and awe-inspiring landscapes. With so much to choose from it’s hard to pick a favourite experience but a swim in the crystal clear plunge pool at Gunlom Top comes pretty close.

On top of the world 💜✌️ #gunlomfalls #kakadu #letsgoexploring

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Experience the 'island of smiles'

The Tiwi Islands, 100km north of Darwin, are a beautiful example of Indigenous Australian culture. You’ll need to pre-arrange a tour with a local Aboriginal guide who will take you around the islands, introducing you to the locals and their way of life. Make sure you buy some locally-made art and crafts including woven bangles and silk-screened garments.

Dine along the waterfront

The Darwin waterfront is lined with restaurants, shops, sandy lagoons and parklands. Dine alfresco on freshly caught seafood and sip on local wines at The Oyster Bar or enjoy woodfired pizzas at Wharf One.


Explore old and new art

Just 5 minutes from the CBD, Parap is the perfect place to start your foray into Darwin's incredible arts scene. While traditional Aboriginal art is on display, the contemporary collection of galleries has a big focus on Aboriginal artists using new mediums and forms to tell stories of The Dreaming. The works are beautiful, educational and well worth your time.

So great @pukatjapottery

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Call for the crocs

Venture into the heart of the Kakadu region and join a guided cruise of the spectacular East Alligator River. You're almost guaranteed to spot a crocodile and you'll hear about traditional hunting techniques from local Aboriginal guides.


Go on all the rides

The Royal Darwin Show rolls into town at the end of July with oodles of entertainment, demonstrations, displays and of course rides. You'll find vintage cars on show, home-made foods and excellent local produce to sample, as well as a unique collection of competitions such as fire lighting and spear throwing. It’s a great day out for the whole family.

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