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The Northern Territory's tropical capital

Get into Darwin's tropical way of life. It offers everything from stunning sunsets and harbourside restaurants to wild outdoor adventures, intriguing history and buzzing beachside markets. Beyond the city, explore the majestic Top End landscape.

Fun things to do: Darwin

  • Swim with a giant saltwater crocodile at Crocosaurus Cove 
  • Head to Deckchair Cinema for movies under the stars, by the sea 
  • Join the locals for food and festivities at Mindil Beach Sunset Market 
  • Roadtrip along Nature's Way scenic drive from Darwin to Katherine 
  • Take a scenic flight for a bird's-eye view of the majestic Top End

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Swim with crocs at Crocosaurus Cove

A person in an underwater viewing tank, facing a large salterwater crocodile at Crocosaurus Cove, Darwin. Image credit: Tourism NT/Helen OrrTourism NT/Helen Orr
Have you got what it takes to get this close to a giant croc?

Visit the famous giant saltwater crocodiles ('salties') at Crocosaurus Cove, the world's largest display of Australian reptiles. You can swim with the crocs (safely enclosed), hold a cuter-than-expected baby crocodile, and see the turtle sanctuary and aquariums. Then, if you dare, enter the 'Cage of Death', Australia's only crocodile dive, with a 5-metre saltwater croc. A lifetime of nightmares awaits.

Catch an outdoor movie at Deckchair Cinema

People at an outdoor movie screening at Darwin's Deckchair Cinema at sunset. Image credit: Tourism NT/Friederike FranzeTourism NT/Friederike Franze
Who doesn't love a cinema under the stars and by the sea?

Sit back and enjoy a film at the Deckchair Cinema with the sun setting over the sea in the background and fairy lights twinkling overhead. Can catch the latest Australian and foreign films, family-friendly and classic movies. A range of local caterers serve tasty meals for pre-movie dinners, and the kiosk can sort you out for drinks and snacks, or you can BYO picnic.

Hit the Mindil Beach Sunset Market

Crowds and stalls at Mindil Beach Sunset Market, Darwin. Image credit: Tourism NT/Helen OrrTourism NT/Helen Orr
Mindil Market is an iconic Darwin experience.

Grab your rugs and picnic chairs and follow the locals to Mindil Beach Sunset Market for a feast of awesome food stalls. There's Thai, Indian, Sri Lankan, Chinese, Malaysian, Brazilian, Greek, Portuguese... you name it. This foodie extravaganza sits alongside the market's other stalls. Indulge in a massage, shop for handmade jewellery, try some natural remedies, or just take in the buzzing market atmosphere against the backdrop of the Timor Sea. The market is on every Thursday and Sunday between late April and late October.

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