The top end city offers a one-of-a-kind Aussie holiday experience. From wildlife adventures and spectacular sightseeing to cool history and fun city action, there’s plenty more to be envious about than just t-shirts and shorts 365 days a year…
Australian Aviation Heritage Centre
Did you know there were more than 60 Japanese air raids on the Northern Territory in 1942 and 1943? See a few of the man-made heroes from these World War II (and Vietnam) battles, including a massive B-52 bomber, Mirage and Sabre jet fighters along with rare Japanese Zero fighter wreckage—and read the stories of those who lived through the intense overhead fighting.
Whether it’s a quick trip or a longer stay, the Travelodge Mirambeena Resort Darwin is a great option.
They offer self-contained townhouses with plenty of space, a self-catering BBQ area for relaxed evenings of Aussieness, plus a double helping of the NT hotel essential -the swimming pool.
Get up real close and personal with saltwater crocodiles at Crocosauraus Cove. You have the option of swimming in an adjacent see-through tank, or channelling Mick Dundee with a heart thumping experience in the Cage of Death, face-to-toothy grin with 18 foot long “Choppa”.
Then have your official happy snap (snap, get it?!) taken to prove your bravery to sceptics back home.
If you’re more pussycat than daredevil, the cove also has displays of baby crocs and pythons, and a two-storey fresh water aquarium.
Party animals can go nocturnal at the boutique Darwin Central Hotel, with dancing until the early hours at the nightclubs just across the road, and 24 hour room service nosh.
Recovery is much easier with a buffet breakfast or a la carte with Eggs Benedict and pancakes at the hotel’s restaurant.
Kakadu National Park
Great thing about the 21st century…we don’t need to saddle up a camel with weeks worth of dried beef to explore the beauty of Kakadu National Park. These days, you can just take a day tour out from Darwin.
You’ll see many of the World Heritage landmark’s wonders, the bold and beautiful birds and animals, age-old Aboriginal rock paintings and learn fascinating legends of the local culture.
You can even enjoy a taste of outback at the Novotel Darwin Atrium overlooking Darwin Harbour, where they have an indoor tropical rainforest with cascading vines and palm trees.
Up around Darwin you’ll probably spend a lot of time feeding on delicious fish —but at Aquascene, you get to feed the fish (relax, not in the old Mafiosa way or anything).
This is a fave attraction with families and couples alike. Roll up at high tide to see the swarms of fish heading into the shallows of Doctors Gully for a snack. The staff will give you some fish food to hand-feed the whippet-fast barramundi, bream, mullet and more – either from your seat or right in the water with them!
Keeping the kids happy is easier when you have the space of Mediterranean All Suite Hotel.
In a two-bedroom suite and fully equipped kitchen you can whip up a feast for fussy eaters while they amuse themselves gazing into the fish pond (what’s the bet that fish fingers won’t be on their request list!)