SHORE BET DARWIN
Some of Australia’s best markets, incredible Asian-influenced cuisine and a tropical lifestyle surrounded by water – Darwin has it all for a stay pre or post cruise.
HEAD DIRECTLY TO
The markets. With fresh tropical produce, the best laksas in the Territory and locally made arts and crafts, the Parap Village Markets offer the cultural foodie and craftlover a fabulous experience. Running every Saturday, rain or shine, you can pick up a cooling Malaysian shaved ice kacang and browse the stalls.
DON’T BOTHER WITH
Thinking about a quick dip in the open water, unless you do your research. The dangers you potentially face include large tidal movement, treacherous rips and dangerous marine creatures (crocodiles, jellyfish). Instead, head directly to the lagoon in Darwin Waterfront Precinct; there’s a wave pool there too.
OFF THE BEATEN TRACK
Hire a car and do the Greater Litchfield Loop which takes you to the waterfalls of Litchfield National Park, fishing adventures at Dundee Beach, and World War II history at Batchelor Museum.
IF YOU HAD TO CHOOSE ONE RESTAURANT
Fancy some quintessential Southeast Asia cuisine? Head to Hanuman and try the oysters and the butter chicken. Restaurateur Jimmy Shu has decked out the Mitchell St business with tables and artwork from his Asian travels.
THE TOUR TO TAKE
On a Darwin Harbour sunset cruise, you’ll sip champagne while watching the sun set from the top deck. Along the way you’ll learn about the history of Darwin and the Larrakia people, the traditional owners of Darwin.