Go and get the perfect Instagram shot against these incredible murals. Dotted around the city the bright colours never fail to attract a tourist photoshoot. Start at Austin Lane, a whole alley full of every changing creations from various local artists and work your way around the city to discover some amazing murals.
This weekend was Darwin Street Art Festival 2018 so we managed to catch the artists in action and watch their new pieces being developed.
Take a couple of hours to go and enjoy the gardens just a half hour walk away from the CBD. There are various sections of the gardens to explore from a rainforest loop (complete with waterfall) to eco-houses. All with a wide variety of flora and fauna. End your walk with a coffee and a cake from Eva’s cafe.
Darwin is incredibly hot all year round, so Darwin Waterfront is the perfect place to go and cool down.There’s the chance to swim either at the wave-pool ($) or in the man-made beach and lagoon (free). It’s fantastic for nightlife with bars and restaurants surrounding the pools and kids playparks.
Brunch at the Boat Harbour
Prepare to have serious food envy at the Boat Harbour Coffee House at Cullen Bay. They have the best brunch/lunch menu and stunning views as you chow down on your eggs and smashed avo. They also put a basket of bread out so you can feed the fish; great to keep kids (or Dan) entertained while you’re waiting for your food!
The fish feeding is also really expensive at the Aquascene ($15 per adult) so it’s a free way to get your fishy-fix.
East Point Reserve
Take a walk along the mangrove boardwalk and see how these incredible plants survive. When it’s low tide and if you’re patient enough, you can watch heaps of little crabs scurry from hole to hole. There’s also a lovely cycle path you can have a ride around and meet the local wallabies.
If that’s not enough, the beautiful Lake Alexander is safe to swim in and regularly holds SUP classes. The perfect weekend spot.
Charles Darwin National Park
Just a short drive out of the city, Charles Darwin National Park has the best viewing spot of the city skyline. There’s various cycle and hiking trails and picnic and BBQ spots. There’s also bunkers dotted around the park, with a full information point in a converted bunker. We read all about the bombing of Darwin and their interaction with the Japanese in the early 1940s.
Saving the best ’til last, the Deckchair Cinema is the perfect evening out. As we watched the sun go down behind the screen we settled in with our cushions (provided) and our snacks. There’s also chance to grab some hot food from local vendors and grab a cup of free water, as the cinema is self-sustaining and plastic free.
(We also thoroughly recommend the Incredibles 2).
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