A week or more in Darwin gives you time to explore all the incredible experiences the Top End has to offer. Swim under a waterfall in Litchfield National Park, bag a barra in Kakadu National Park, explore the waterfront attractions and markets, and revel in the Northern Territory’s iconic sunsets.
DAY 1 Friday
Ease into your trip with breakfast at the Darwin Waterfront where you’ll find al fresco restaurants, casual cafés and pubs with all-day menus. Pack your bathers and enjoy a swim in the Recreation Lagoon or catch a wave in the Wave Pool.
After lunch, make your way to Crocosaurus Cove in the heart of Darwin’s CBD on Mitchell Street. As well as catching the crocodile- and fish-feeding shows you can get your heart racing in the Cage of Death. The ultimate adrenalin rush, here you come nose to snout with a five-metre saltwater crocodile – with just a piece of plastic between you!
Unwind after your adventure on a sunset cruise around stunning Darwin Harbour.
DAY 2 Saturday
Start your day like a local with breakfast at a waterside venue, such as Fannie Bay Cool Spot, The Foreshore Café at Nightcliff or The Boatshed Coffee House at Cullen Bay before driving out to Hidden Valley. Then buckle in for the ride as our Supercars heroes show why they’re in pole position when it comes to handling these monster rigs. Visit www.darwinsupercars.com.au for the full program, and enjoy every second of this extraordinary round during these extraordinary times.
End a top day with some top food and drink at one of the many CBD venues.
DAY 3 Sunday
Start your day the right way with a stroll around Nightcliff Markets, where you can take your pick from a range of foodie offerings.
Top off the weekend by chilling out in our stunning open spaces with some tucker from one of the many street food vendors dotted around Darwin. Visit www.darwin.nt.gov.au and search ‘street food’ for information about what stalls are where on what days.
DAY 4 Monday
Today you’re going on a heart-stopping adventure, so start off with a fortifying breakfast at one of the many city cafés. Don’t forget to check out the impressive local street art as you stroll through the CBD – Darwin is fast becoming the street art capital of Australia.
Then it’s off to Darwin Airport for a sky dive with Top End Tandems. A 20-minute flight ends with you freefalling over the stunning Darwin coastline with views that will take your breath away if the jump doesn’t.
Not keen on jumping out of a plane? Try diving with tiger sharks instead with Darwin Red Devil Charters. No diver qualifications needed, because you enter the water in a cage. A bit of nerve is required when the tiger sharks show up. This activity is dependent on the tides, so book in advance.
Tonight, relax under the stars with a film at the Deckchair Cinema located at the base of The Esplanade. The open air cinema screens Australian, popular, family, foreign and classic films from April to November.
DAY 5 Tuesday
Today, pack your swimmers and set out on a day trip adventure to Litchfield National Park, only 1.5 hours’ drive from Darwin. You can drive yourself or join one of the tours that depart from Darwin.
You’ll soon see why locals consider this as one of their favourite locations with its cascading waterfalls, waterholes and bushwalks. If a cool dip is what you’re after, plunge into crystal clear waterholes beneath the magnificent waterfalls at Florence and Wangi. Or relax in the gentle multi-tiered cascade waters shaded by rainforest at Buley Rockhole.
Discover the local wildlife at the nearby Territory Wildlife Park, then call in at the Berry Springs Tavern, Darwin River Tavern, Rum Jungle Tavern, Litchfield Pub or Noonamah Tavern for a real rural watering hole experience and a pub feed to fuel up before driving back to the city.
DAY 6 Wednesday
The Territory is famous for fishing, both blue water and on the rivers that teem with wildlife – including the kind with big teeth! Join a charter and head out into the blue, or try your luck with the iconic barra in the rivers of Kakadu. Half-day or full-day fishing charters are available.
Back in Darwin, relax after a big day with dinner at a waterfront sunset spot such as the Darwin Trailer Boat Club, Darwin Ski Club or Darwin Sailing Club and toast to a day well spent.
DAY 7 Thursday
Missing the four-wheeled action from the track? Head to Darwin Kart Hire and recreate the action yourself with some friendly races, or try a more sedate two-wheeled Segway Tour of the George Brown Darwin Botanic Gardens and experience the incredible flora of northern Australia. Wander through monsoon forests, coastal dunes, mangroves and open woodlands before relaxing with lunch at the onsite café.
This afternoon, head over to Stokes Hill Wharf in the Darwin Waterfront Precinct. This is a popular spot for fishing with the locals, and is dotted with popular restaurants, eateries and retail shops. Finish your day with local fish and chips and a cold drink while enjoying a beautiful Top End sunset.
DAY 8 Friday
Immerse yourself in our wetlands wildlife on a Corroboree Billabong cruise, just a 1.5 hour drive from Darwin. Expect to see wetland birds, including iconic jabirus and brolgas, in their natural habitat… along with a crocodile or three. For something even wilder, join a jumping crocodile trip at Adelaide River and marvel at the up-close-and-personal experience.
Stop at Window on the Wetlands, where interactive displays explain the local area, and on your way back to Darwin, stop at Fogg Dam Conservation Reserve. Here, boardwalks take you through different landscapes and observation platforms to view the large numbers of resident wading birds on the lily-pad filled waterway.
On the way home drop into the Humpty Doo Hotel, Humpty Doo Tavern or Virginia Tavern.
DAY 9 Saturday
On your way to Hidden Valley stop off at the Parap Markets for a Darwin institution – a breakfast laksa. Don’t knock it before you try it! Ask any Darwin local what food we’re famous for and they’ll probably say barra and laksa. If you’ve never had one, laksa is a noodle soup from South-East Asia and the crown for who makes the best laksa in town is hotly contested. This is the kind of topic that starts arguments at backyard barbecues!
There are several laksa stalls at the Parap Markets, along with a wide range of other delights ranging from crepes and smoothies to the best chicken satay around. Linger over local arts and crafts and enjoy the distinctly tropical flavours and true Territory atmosphere.
After another exhilarating day at the track, head into the city for some fun in our traditional pubs, beer gardens, lively nightclubs and laneway cocktail bars.
DAY 10 Sunday
Enjoy a leisurely breakfast at your accommodation before heading back out to Hidden Valley for some more trackside entertainment.
After an exhilarating day trackside, it’s time to unwind at the famous Mindil Beach Markets. Those legendary Territory sunsets you’ve had a taste of by now? This is right where you need to be to catch one of the best.
So grab some food, grab a beer and grab a spot on the beach to toast your unforgettable Territory experience, reminisce on the adventure, and plan next year’s Territory Supercars trip!
- Try a heli pub crawl and visit out-of-the-way watering holes like Goat Island Lodge and Crab Claw Island Resort
- Jump on a quad biking tour at Rum Jungle
- Paddle through stunning Nitmiluk National Park in a kayak
- Grab your rod and join a heli-fishing tour
- Check out the new mountain bike trails at Charles Darwin National Park