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Darwin has a sophisticated arts scene… and an annual Beer Can Regatta, featuring tiny boats built from booze vessels. It’s also a great sports town—you’ll find rugby, cricket, basketball and Aussie rules football at the Marrara Sports Complex and V8 Supercars action at the Hidden Valley Raceway. Hit the surf and sand at beautiful Casaurina Beach (consider yourself warned: there’s a designated nudist section) or Mindil Beach.

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Defence of Darwin Experience
Defence of Darwin Experience
Owner description: The Defence of Darwin Experience is managed by Darwin Military Museum on behalf of the Northern Territory Government. It was established to tell a story of Darwin's role in World... more Owner description: The Defence of Darwin Experience is managed by Darwin Military Museum on behalf of the Northern Territory Government. It was established to tell a story of Darwin's role in World War II and is dedicated to the period 1932 to 1945 - a very important time in Territory history. The Defence of Darwin Experience opened on 18 February 2012, which was in time to commemorate the 70th Anniversary of the Bombing of Darwin. Defence of Darwin Experience is the first facility in Australia to provide visitor with an immersive, interactive, multimedia experience which extends beyond the physical walls of the precinct 'hub'. The Defence of Darwin Experience is fully airconditioned inlcuding a gift shop and cafe. The Darwin Military Museum is only a step outside of the Defence of Darwin Experience, providing visitors with a different experience: artillery pieces; vehicles, uniforms, firearms, models and paintings and much more. The Darwin Military Museum is the original military museum which was established from the 1960s by the Royal Australian Association of the Northern Territory. The Darwin Military Museum is continuing to expand by adding more exhibitions to further educate visitors of Northern Australia involvement in WWII. Defence of Darwin Experience and Darwin Military Museum has formed a large World War II precinct at East Point. Visitors can move through the precinct and view the displays and exhibitions offered by both facilities. less
Attraction type: Museums
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Museum & Art Gallery of the Northern Territory
Museum & Art Gallery of the Northern Territory
Owner description: The fierce Cyclone Tracey that devastated Darwin in 1974 is chillingly re-enacted inside this museum's "Black Room." Situated in a tropical garden, the museum also houses... more Owner description: The fierce Cyclone Tracey that devastated Darwin in 1974 is chillingly re-enacted inside this museum's "Black Room." Situated in a tropical garden, the museum also houses Aboriginal, Southeast Asian and Oceanic art. less
Attraction type: Museums; Art museums
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Australian Aviation Heritage Centre
Australian Aviation Heritage Centre
Owner description: A B-52 bomber (one of only two on display outside the U.S.) is exhibited here along with other military aircraft, engines and the wreckage of a Japanese Zero fighter shot down in... more Owner description: A B-52 bomber (one of only two on display outside the U.S.) is exhibited here along with other military aircraft, engines and the wreckage of a Japanese Zero fighter shot down in the 1942 air raids on Darwin. less
Attraction type: Speciality museums
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Wave Lagoon
Wave Lagoon
Owner description: One of the Waterfront's coolest attractions is the Wave Lagoon: a palm-fringed swimming pool that turns into a tube-riding, boogie-boarding bucket of fun when the waves roll in... more Owner description: One of the Waterfront's coolest attractions is the Wave Lagoon: a palm-fringed swimming pool that turns into a tube-riding, boogie-boarding bucket of fun when the waves roll in every 20 minutes. The fully patrolled Wave Lagoon is two metres at its deepest point and slopes to a shallow area of still water, perfect for families. Bring your book: there are plenty of banana lounges, beach umbrellas and shady patches of lawn. Aqua Zumba classes every Sunday from 9am are a HUGE hit with tourists and locals alike. less
Attraction type: Water parks
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Berry Springs Nature Park
Berry Springs Nature Park
Owner description: Berry Springs Nature Park, is a great location close to Darwin where you can enjoy a refreshing swim and a BBQ. A great place to unwind after spending a day at the Territory... more Owner description: Berry Springs Nature Park, is a great location close to Darwin where you can enjoy a refreshing swim and a BBQ. A great place to unwind after spending a day at the Territory Wildlife Park. Please check our website for access to swimming. During the wet season, October-April, the pools may be closed when swimming is considered to be unsafe. less
Attraction type: Geologic formations
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All places to eat » Places to eat

Jetty and the Fish
Jetty and the Fish
Ranked #1 of 249 Restaurants in Darwin
Price: USD 4 - 9
Cuisines: Fish & Chips
Pee Wee's At The Point
Pee Wee's At The Point
Ranked #2 of 249 Restaurants in Darwin
Price: USD 19 - 50
Cuisines: Australian
Good for: Groups
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Delivery, After-hours
Laneway Specialty Coffee
Laneway Specialty Coffee
Ranked #3 of 249 Restaurants in Darwin
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch
The Pearl
The Pearl
Ranked #4 of 249 Restaurants in Darwin
Price: USD 12 - 28
Cuisines: Australian
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, Reservations, After-hours
Roast and Noodle
Roast and Noodle
Ranked #5 of 249 Restaurants in Darwin
Cuisines: Chinese

All accommodation » Where to stay - Budget

B & B on Orchard
B & B on Orchard
USD 109 - 176 (AUD 140 - 225)
Ranked #2 of 20 Darwin B&B and Inns
Mediterranean All Suite Hotel
3.5 of 5
Mediterranean All Suite Hotel
USD 75 - 173
Ranked #1 of 38 Hotels in Darwin
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Darwin Central Hotel
3.5 of 5
Darwin Central Hotel
USD 69 - 268 (AUD 88 - 343)
Ranked #2 of 38 Hotels in Darwin
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All accommodation » Where to stay - Midrange

Darwin Waterfront Luxury Suites
4.5 of 5
Darwin Waterfront Luxury Suites
USD 173 - 427 (AUD 222 - 547)
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Darwin Executive Suites
4.5 of 5
Darwin Executive Suites
USD 146 - 411 (AUD 187 - 526)
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Quest Parap
4.5 of 5
Quest Parap
USD 132 - 217 (AUD 169 - 278)
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All accommodation » Where to stay - Luxury

Advance Serviced Apartments
4.0 of 5
Advance Serviced Apartments
USD 130 - 274 (AUD 167 - 351)
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Adina Apartment Hotel Darwin Waterfront
4.5 of 5
Adina Apartment Hotel Darwin Waterfront
USD 93 - 366
Ranked #3 of 38 Hotels in Darwin
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Argus Apartments Darwin
4.5 of 5
Argus Apartments Darwin
USD 181 - 404 (AUD 232 - 517)
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