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10 free things to do in Darwin

10 free things to do in Darwin

The capital city of the Northern Territory and Australia’s gateway to Kakadu National Park, Darwin is an incredible place to visit. Equal parts frontier outpost and modern city, Darwin is an incredible destination for a weekend, week and maybe even more.

Here are 10 of the best free things to do in Darwin.

1. Enjoy a picnic at Berry Spring National Park

One of the most beautiful patches in the Territory, Berry Spring National Park has a range of great picnic areas as well as some incredible swimming spots. 

2. Watch the sunset at Casuarina Beach

There are lots of beautiful sights to be seen up and down Darwin’s coast, but the pastel coloured sunset that’s on offer at Casuarina Beach takes the cake!

3. Check out the Darwin Fridge Festival

If you’re lucky enough to be visiting Darwin in October be sure to check out the Fridge Festival, a unique event showcasing artists who decorate fridge-based art.

4. Take a night stroll along the waterfront

The city’s newly completed waterfront precinct provides a classic destination for a walk, and there are few better places to explore on a balmy summer’s night.

5. Check out the stalls at Mindil Beach Sunset Market

A real highlight of any visit to Darwin, Mindil Beach Sunset Market features over 200 stalls including homemade crafts, art and spectacular jewellery. 

6. Enjoy a day at Litchfield Park

While it’s a fair drive from the city centre, Litchfield Park is a fascinating region to explore and there’s plenty to do over the 1,500 kilometres of land.

7. View the Nightcliff Orchid Society Annual Spring Show

If you’re visiting Darwin during September it’s also worth viewing some of the great botanic displays on offer at the Nightcliff Orchid Society Annual Spring Show.

8. Treat your senses at Parap Village Market

If you’re looking for an intense (in the best way possible) assault on your senses, Parap Village Market is a real favourite with the locals.

9. Spend the morning at George Brown Botanic Gardens

Showcasing some of the best plants from the Top End and all around the world, George Brown Botanic Gardens has a spectacular range of plant life.

10. Check out Darwin Parliament House

No bookings are required for the tours of Darwin’s elegantly box-like Parliament House, which is specifically designed to withstand the region’s monsoonal climate.

Have you ever been to Darwin and tried some of these incredible experiences? Is there anything else you’d recommend we add to the list?

Share your thoughts in the comments.

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