A rocky coastline in Darwin, Australia
EXPLORE THE TROPICAL TOP END

Cruise to Darwin, Australia

The capital city of Australia's Northern Territory, Darwin delivers more than enough rugged natural beauty to earn its namesake: none other than renowned naturalist Charles Darwin. This port city on Australia's Top End — the lushly forested northern tip of the province — is known for its year-round tropical climate. After you take in the ocean views at Cullen Bay Marina, cool down inside the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory. Here, you'll find collections on Cyclone Tracy, Darwin's World War II history and indigenous and Australian art. If you're looking to venture farther out with your Darwin cruise, it's just over an hour to the Kakadu rainforest or the waterfalls and plunge pools of Litchfield National Park.
National Language English
Currency Accepted Australian Dollar (AUD)

Things To Do in Darwin

A water lily pond at the Botanical Garden in Darwin, Australia

Keep It Cool

A water lily pond at the Botanical Garden in Darwin, Australia

A water lily pond at the Botanical Garden in Darwin, Australia

Keep It Cool

Cool off from the midday tropical heat with a dip in Darwin's man-made Wave Lagoon. Or head to the breeze and shade of the Darwin Botanical Gardens, where you can stroll among orchids and bromeliads under the cover of rain trees.

Two crocodiles in a river in Darwin, Australia

Hang Out With Crocs

Two crocodiles in a river in Darwin, Australia

Two crocodiles in a river in Darwin, Australia

Hang Out With Crocs

The Northern Territory and crocodiles go together like kangaroos and Australia. Crocosaurus Cove is home to some of Australia's largest saltwater crocodiles and the world's biggest Australian reptile display. Adrenaline junkies can choose to swim with the crocs via the Cage of Death, the world's only crocodile dive.

An example of aboriginal art in Australia
An example of aboriginal art in Australia

Museum Hop

The Museum and Art Gallery Northern Territory offers exhibits on natural science, Cyclone Tracy, indigenous and Australian art, paleontology and World War II. Check out the Royal Flying Doctor Service Darwin Tourist Facility, with exhibitions on the company's history and the Bombing of Darwin Harbour. Finally, drop into the Darwin Military Museum for some national history.

A grilled barramundi steak on a white plate
A grilled barramundi steak on a white plate

Local Cuisine

Dining in Darwin means tropically inspired cuisine savored over ocean views. Head to the waterfront at East Point Reserve, where you'll find plenty of harborside restaurants. Cruise to Darwin and try local banana prawns with green mango salad or grilled fresh-caught barramundi with watercress salad. Don't miss the otherworldly croissants and baked goods at Alley Cats Patisserie.

An assortment of different boomerang souvenirs in Australia
An assortment of different boomerang souvenirs in Australia

Shopping

The perfect Darwin souvenir could include a jewelry purchase from Paspaley Pearls, which produces the world's most rare and valuable pearls. Alternatively, visit Paperbark Woman, a store that stocks clothing, bags, accessories and home wares designed using textiles produced by indigenous Australians and Torres Strait Islanders. Traditional boomerangs and other aboriginal artifacts make great souvenirs.

Insider's Tips
Insider's Tips
1 Darwin experiences a tropical climate, so people wear shorts year-round.
2 Bring an umbrella during the wet season in the summer.
3 It's easy to walk around Darwin city center, but rent a vehicle if you're visiting the outer suburbs and national parks.

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