24 Hours in Darwin Australia
Darwin is the capital of Australia’s Northern Territory. It’s the nations smallest capital, making it possible to explore in just a day or two. Of course, you will want to budget a bit of extra time here to explore the nearby Kakadu and Litchfield national parks as well.
If you want to make the most of a day in Darwin, check out this guide. We will give you a step by step guide to maximizing your time in this interesting little capital.
8 am – Breakfast
You will want to wake up early if you want to pack all these activities into just one day. Also, in the morning, the weather is more mild. Grab yourself a good breakfast and a nice coffee, and you will be ready to hit the town.
9 am – World War II Oil Tunnels
Your first stop will be the World War II Oil Tunnels. Originally, Darwin’s oil storage containers were above ground, in possibly the most obvious place possible. This was known to be a major security risk, and so the plan to move the oil storage underground was hatched.
The tunnels were constructed entirely by hand, making it one of the largest public works of the time. Of course, the technology existed to use power tools, but the ground was so unstable due to the recent Darwin bombings. In the end however, the tunnels were never actually used, being just completed when the war ended.
11 am – Wave pool
This is just what is sounds like. A pool, in the waterfront precinct (next to the CBD), where you can go jump around in artificial waves. Grab a plastic inner tube and relax as you bob around in the crystal clear water. The facilities also include umbrellas and sun chairs, so you also catch up on your tan in between wave sessions. For just $5 for an adult’s half day entry, this is a great place for people of all ages, especially if you are travelling with children.
1 pm – Lunch
After leaving the wave pool, you will find yourself right next to the wharf. At the time of writing, several new restaurants and eateries are being built in this area and should be opening soon. However if you walk along the harbour to the wharf precinct building, you will find several take away vendors selling a variety of fish and chips, burgers, and asian food. There is even a little take away liqueur store, so you can grab a cold one to enjoy with lunch. The fish to be on the look out for in Darwin is the Barramundi, and top tip, for the best quality fish, make sure you get one that says “local, wild.”
3 pm – Crocoseum
This is a little bit pricier, and potentially not for the budget traveller. However, this is the only place in the world where you can swim with salt water crocs. Well, within the safety of a plexiglass “cage of death.” The cage of death costs $150 for one person, and $110 per person for two people. This includes your entry fee as well. When inside the cage, make sure to trash around as much as possible in order to attract the attention of the croc’s. However, sometimes even this is not enough to rouse them, and they were all pretty sleepy when Lauren and I went in with them.
In the Crocoseum you can also check out other reptiles, hold a baby crocodile, and see some interesting fish. But most importantly, you can learn more about this fearsome predator.
7 pm – Dinner and a Movie at the Deck Chair Cinema
Do you like independent, award winning films from around the world? Do you like being in the great outdoors? How about great food and drink? Well then get your butt to the Deck Chair Cinema! The Cinema runs every night, and you can get a great meal as well for only $13. The night that we went also had a free wine tasting on offer. The Deck Chair Cinema provides the chairs, cushions, and even mozzy repellent, all you need to bring is yourself and a friend. Cinema tickets are $15.
24 Hours In Darwin
Well after all this running around you will probably be exhausted and ready for a good nights sleep before you head off to explore more of the Darwin region. Lauren and I stayed at the Melaleuca on Mitchell hostel, which is affiliated with Base Backpackers. Base is one of our gold sponsors, and provided us with some base jumping cards which we were able to redeem at this hostel.