The sixth biggest city of Australia is Darwin and the city is all the way up in the North. After my trip through the Outback, I had some nice relaxing days in Darwin. My alarm did not go off at 5am and there were no snakes, frogs or spiders everywhere for which you should watch out. The center of Darwin is relatively small, but still there are enough fun things to do. So you can easily stay 3-4 days in the city.
So what can you do in Darwin?
Restaurants & Bars
The Coffee Club
This is a nice place to go for breakfast or lunch and it is located in the main street in Darwin: Mitchell Street. You can get a nice coffee here or fresh juices.
Monsoons Restaurant & Bar
Monsoons is one of the more popular bars in Darwin and is also on Mitchell Street. When you book a tour and end in Darwin, most of the tour guides take you to Monsoons for dinner and drinks on the last night. The restaurant has a lot of discount offers like 15 dollars for a meal including one free drink. It is a good place for when you are with a group, but it is pretty loud inside. So you have to like that.
This is a bar with a big terrace and is also on Mitchell Street. You can have a cold drink here and observe the people that pass by. When I got my phone back we decided to enjoy some nice champagne at this place.
At the Waterfront in Darwin you will find several bars and restaurants where you can enjoy food and drinks. I went to Hot Tamale where you can get, during happy hour, Tapas for only 5 dollars. They also have very tasty sangria, which is always refreshing during hot days. I do recommend to get the traditional sangria and not the passion fruit version that I had. It was more a fruity juice than sangria.
The Rabbit Hole
One of my favorite places in Darwin. The Rabbit Hole is a very nice but small coffee and lunch bar where you get amazing homemade iced tea and very fresh food. You have to know where it is located otherwise you just walk past it. But that is also what makes it nice as it is totally not touristic.
This is definitely my other favorite place in Darwin to go for breakfast and/or lunch. It is located in a small alley called the Star Village Arcade. So again you have to know where you can find it. I just love hidden places like this because they are not touristic. You can get freshly made juices here and the bagel with avocado is just terrific.
Every city has its main attractions and Darwin is no exception. One of the more entertaining attractions isCrocosaurus Cove. You can go to Crocosaurus Cove to go enter the ‘Cage of Death’. This means that you will swim with crocodiles. Unfortunately it was fully booked when I wanted to do it, so I cannot tell you about it. But if you can do it, do it! You can also feed crocodiles and hold reptiles in your arms and a baby crocodile. If you are not really a fan of crocodiles and other reptiles, you can also book a sunset cruise at the Darwin Harbor or go to the Darwin Waterfront for a nice swim. In the dry season (April to November) you can visit the Deckchair Cinema. I just missed it as I left end of March, but given the fact that I’m a huge movie fan I really would have gone there! The Botanic Gardens are also a lovely place to go if you just want to relax and enjoy nature when you are in the city.
Darwin has several markets, most of them are held during the weekend such as the Berry Springs Market and the Rapid Creek Market. But one market is during the week and that is the Mindil Beach Sunset Market. It is every Thursday evening from 5pm until 10pm.
Orchid Nails & Spa
On the first day in Darwin it was time for some ‘me-time’ and it was time to spoil myself a bit. I went to Orchid Nails & Spa for a pedicure and manicure. To be honest, I never do this when I’m in the Netherlands, but it was really nice. Maybe I should do this more often! Who can say no to sitting in a massage chair while enjoying a good treatment?!