Later this month Elise and I will be travelling to the “Top End” of Australia to the Northern Territory and our first point of call will be Darwin. This will be my first time visiting the Northern Territory and Darwin is an iconic place you see on many Tourism Australia television campaigns and even in the highly acclaimed movie by Baz Lurman “Australia”. Darwin has a lot to live up and I am expecting it to be bloody “real” Australia!
Anticipating our trip away I thought I would come up with a number of things I want to do and see in Darwin…
No, this isn’t where you line up to go to the medical centre! I am not really sure about where the name came from, but on certain tides fish come to the top of the water looking for a free meal and the tourists and visitors are more than happy to provide them a good feed! This has been a tourist attraction for many years hundreds of visitors come to see it every day. I am looking forward to seeing the magnitude of fish in this bay and the feeding frenzy. Fingers crossed we will have enough time to duck up there to take a look at this during our tight scheduled tour of the Top End.
The Wharf Precinct
This is a built up area, targeted at the tourists. It’s a precinct which is largely populated with restaurants, bars, cafes and takeaway food outlets. It looks like it is the perfect place to end the day. There are also a number of activities you take part in at the Wharf Precinct, two of which are most interesting to me. I would especially like to learn more about the World World II Oil storage tunnels that are situated just nearby, and for a bit of fun I would love to take a dip in the Darwin wave pool. Pity they don’t allow surfboards of any kind in there! I would of love to of told people that I surfed in Darwin.
I have been told by many that I can’t go to Darwin without visiting one of the many Iconic Pubs and clubs. This is Australia at it best and I am sure walking around and having a drink in one of the old fashion pubs will put the hairs back on my chest and I will be proud to be called Australian.
Darwin City Markets
Elise’s Uncles used to live in Darwin and he continues to tell us that no visit to Darwin is complete without visiting the Darwin City Markets. They are located along Mindil Beach and are known as the sunset markets. Elise and I are suckers for market stalls and we can spend hours just wandering aimlessly around looking at trinkets and nick nacks. Her Uncle tells us that there is live music every week whilst lazing on the grass. Sounds like my kind of afternoon!
Nature Reserve Walks
The Northern Territory boasts some of the most spectacular scenery and landscapes and Darwin is filled with a number of scenic nature walks. If we don’t get an opportunity to go on one of these walks this trip we will definitely have to return to check them out. We have been informed not to miss East Point Reserve, Holmes Nature Jungle Park and the Charles Darwin Nature Park.
We do only have 6 days in Darwin but we are willing to make the most of our time there. With a short hotel stay in Darwin we will then be off camping in the outback for the rest of the trip and taking photos of the vast landscapes. I can’t wait and we will be bringing you more about Darwin and the Northern Territory very soon.