In many ways, Darwin is a world apart from other major Australian cities like Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Brisbane and Adelaide. Geographically it's also very isolated - perched in the tropical north of the country and away from other major centres of population. This makes Darwin a unique destination for any traveller who ventures that far north.
Darwin is a relaxed, multicultural city with heavy Asian and Aboriginal cultural influences. Some of the city's major attractions and highlights include:
Darwin Wharf precinct - Darwin Wharf is a must-see for anyone who is remotely interested in Australian history. This precinct was the target for Japanese bombs and there are many sights of historical significance in the area.
Crocodylus Park - A must for anyone travelling with children, Crocodylus is just five minutes from Darwin airport nd is home to over 1,000 crocodiles. It also houses big cats, lizards and primates.
Adelaide River jumping crocodile cruise - Staying on the croc theme, this cruise will allow to to get up close - but not too close! - to some of the world's biggest reptiles. Watching a massive saltwater croc leap for a feed is a sight that you won't forget in a hurry.
Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory - This excellent museum is set in a tropical garden close to Darwin Harbour. It offers an excellent insight into the Northern Territory's Aboriginal culture and history. It also has impressive permanent displays of South East Asian and Oceanic art and culture. An 18 foot crocodile named Sweetheart is also prominently displayed in the museum.
Berry Springs Nature Park - Berry Springs is just a short distance from Darwin city centre but feels a world away. Its major drawcard are the clear pools where you can don a pair of goggles and spot aquatic wildlife. You can also spot tropical birds by taking a walk through the monsoon forests.