When it comes to Australia?s capital cities, there are none more typically Aussie than Darwin, the capital of the Northern Territory. Whether you?re a foreigner seeking a truly Australian adventure or a local just trying to get more in touch with your homeland, there?s no place like Darwin for a dinky-di Aussie experience. Here are four you won?t find anywhere else but Darwin.
Come face to face with a croc
Known for being home to some of the world?s largest saltwater crocodiles, the Northern Territory is the best place in Australia to experience a thrilling (but completely safe) croc encounter. Darwin?s ?Crocosaurus Cove?offers visitors the chance to dive down into one of its enclosures in a fibreglass cage and come within inches of a five-metre crocodile.
Watch a flick at the Deckchair Cinema
While you might be quite familiar with the outdoor cinema concept, there are none quite like the Deckchair Cinema on Jervois Road, right on the water. Grab a drink from the bar, sit back in your comfy deck chair and enjoy one of the latest movies on the big screen. Get there early to enjoy a delicious meal prepared by a local food vendor. There?s also an endless supply of insect repellent on hand in case the mozzies are out.
Explore the Museum & Art Gallery of the Northern Territory
Sure there are museums and art galleries wherever you go in the world, but there are few more closely tied to their country than the Museum & Art Gallery of the Northern Territory. Set in a tropical garden by the water in Fannie Bay, this facility tells the story of the region?s history, culture and indigenous people. It consists of five permanent galleries and is home to more than 30,000 pieces. It is here you?ll also find the five-metre body of iconic saltwater crocodile, ?Sweetheart?.
Go for a dip at Berry Springs
Going for a swim in the local waterhole is a classic Australian pastime, and you?d be hard-pressed finding a nicer waterhole than Berry Springs, about 45 minutes out of town. This picturesque group of natural turquoise pools is surrounded by native flora and fauna, offering a truly unique natural environment that really has to be experienced firsthand to be properly understood. Dive under with a pair of goggles and spot numerous different species of fish and other marine life.
So book your airfares to Darwin and check out why the locals love it.
Author:Simon Byrne is an Australian travel writer who appreciates the wonders on his very own doorstep just as much as those overseas. Whether trekking through mountains in South America or kicking back on the beach in North Queensland, what Simon loves most about travelling is learning about each destination from the mouths of its locals.?