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Located at the Top End in tropical North Queensland, Cairns rests on a shallow mangrove bay, a place that, at low tide, exposes mudflats. Start your day with a caffeine fix on Grafton Street, which is home to a thriving cafe scene that epitomises why Australia is currently one of the best coffee nations in the world. Head over to the Darwin Military Museum for a history tour of WWII. If you’re a lover of nature, a visit to Crocodylus Park is not to be missed—don’t forget to take a feeding tour of these ferocious reptiles, many of which weigh up to half a tonne.
Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory
The Darwin Military Museum
Stokes Hill Wharf
Not for the faint of heart, Crocodylus Park is a few minutes’ drive from the centre of Darwin. The park is the brainchild of world-famous Prof. Grahame Webb. With a thousand crocodiles, some of which approach four metres in height, enjoy a feeding tour that brings you eye to eye with these animals. The park also has a diverse array of wildlife that includes cats, primates, and birds.
On a waterfront by Fannie Bay is a museum and art gallery that exhibits local and international collections. Enjoy a photography gallery which showcases the frontier days, a maritime exhibit, and a crocodile named Sweetheart as you enjoy a day by the banks of the river.
The sunset market at Mindil Beach is open Thursday and Sunday, and attracts you with its food stalls, crafts, and art. Enjoy a bite of pan fried Barramundi and chips after wandering through the markets many stalls. If not your thing, then a picnic in this beachside setting is a welcome rest from city life. Enjoy the tropical evening breeze after a day of beach activities in this ocean side setting.
Darwin was once a major port for the Royal Australian Artillery, with more than 110,000 soldiers stationed in the city during WWII. Explore the history of Australia’s participation in WWII at the museum’s main exhibition, the Defence of Darwin Experience. An immersive experience that reveals the troubled story of the Japanese bombings and resulting invasion of the Philippines, it’s the perfect place for lovers of history.
Head to the port of Stokes Hill Wharf and enjoy sumptuous seafood eateries at sunset. If looking to fish, then you can cast a line here, or perhaps hop on a boat and take a cruise along the coast instead. A visit to the Bombing of Darwin & Royal Firing Doctor Service is a chance to learn of the history and brave work done by locals who serve.
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