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Australia’s capital of the tropics, Darwin is set in wonderfully, tropical, Northern Australia. Offering a unique combination of European, Aboriginal and Asian cultures, Darwin is a lovely and distinct Australian town offering rare and exciting attractions. With spectacular beaches, year-round tropical weather as well as fascinating World War Two history and even crocodile encounters, Darwin is a must-visit for a true sense of Australia.
Safely come face to face with some of the world’s largest reptiles at Crocodylus Park, just minutes from the city of Darwin. Hosting over 1000 crocodiles and offering feeding tours where you can actually get involved in feeding one of the big crocs! For a slightly less terrifying experience, cute baby crocs are also available for holding. Opened over 20 years ago as a research and education centre, the park has now expanded into a zoo that also features big cats, primates and a museum on-site. A wonderful addition is the daily boat cruise to see crocodiles in their natural habitat.
Built on a wonderfully, scenic waterfront location, the museum offers powerful exhibitions from their local collection as well as travelling exhibitions from around Australia. The displays and exhibitions vary from photographs from the frontier days of central Australia to boats showcasing Australia’s maritime history to Sweetheart, a 15-foot long crocodile (don’t worry it has long since passed away) as well as other indigenous flora and fauna displays.
Located in the heart of downtown Darwin, Mindil Beach offers a wonderful beach area as well as many activities to be enjoyed - not the least of which is the Sunset Market. This market is sure to keep you entertained. Held Thursday to Sundays from late April to late October, attractions include over 60 food stalls, musical performances by local and international musicians as well as numerous, indigenous artists. Be sure to soak up the market atmosphere, sandy beaches and spectacular sunsets at Darwin’s local beach.
Visit the Darwin Military Museum to get a better understanding of the Pacific war during World War Two. Best known for the Defence of Darwin Experience, you will be immersed in the drama of Japanese bombing of Darwin and see where General MacArthur began his invasion to liberate Manila and the Philippines. A must-visit for history buffs visiting Northern Australia.
The main port of Darwin and Northern Australia, Stokes Hill Wharf offers wonderful seaside dining options, focusing, naturally, on seafood and giving you sensational sunsets. Also at the wharf is the base for local, harbour cruises as well as The Bombing of Darwin & Royal Flying Doctor Service tourist attractions.
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