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Darwin
NT overview

Introduction

1. Tourist Attractions

Darwin:
Tourist Attractions

Aquascene

A unique fish sanctuary. Hand-feed the ocean fish that come in to the jetty -
it is safe to wade in the waters.
There is a kiosk and souvenir shop.

28 Doctors Gully Road, Larrakeyah.
Tel (08) 8981 7837    ...more info

B52 Bomber

Australian Aviation Heritage Centre

With an impressive presentation of aircraft and displays,
both civil and military, from the early pioneers to the jet age.
A B-52 bomber on permanent loan from the United States
is the prized exhibit.

Open daily from 9am-5pm.
Closed Good Friday, Chrismas Day and Boxing Day.

Admission charges apply.

557 Stuart Highway, Winnellie (8km from the city.)    ...more info

Pearling Exhibition

Australian Pearling Exhibition

Displays from the days of the lugger and hard-hat diving to modern farming and culture techniques.

Open daily 10am-3pm.
(Closed Dec 25 to Feb 28)

Admission charges apply.

Botanical Gardens

34 hectares of trees, shrubs and flowering plants in this tropical garden.
Fountains, picnic lawns and barbecue facilities, in the heart of Darwin.

Open Mon-Fri 8am-4pm, Sat-Sun, public holidays 8.30-5pm
Closed 4pm December-March

Browns

Browns Mart

The oldest commercial building still standing in Darwin.

It was originally built in 1883.

It was seriously damaged by the cyclones of both 1897 and 1974,
but has since been restored.

Charles Darwin National Park

A couple of kilometres from the city, with views of the city across Darwin Harbour.
There is a picnic area, lookout and walking paths. See the remains of military storage facilities left since World War II, still showing some damage from bombing in 1942.

Chinese temple

Chinese Temple

Open Mon-Fri 8am-4pm, Sat/Sun 8am-3pm,
where local Buddhists, Taoists and Confucianists worship.

25 Woods Street, about 1.5 km from the city centre.

Deckchair Cinema

Located at the Waterfront precinct, an open-air cinema.

It runs seven nights a week during the dry season (April to November).

There is a licensed kiosk available selling snacks, hot meals as well as drinks, or bring your own picnic.

Jervois Road (off Kitchener Drive), Darwin.    ...more info

Cathedral

Christ Church Cathedral

Originally built in 1902, after Cyclone Tracy in 1974,
the only part of the cathedral left intact was the porch.

It was subsequently rebuilt incorporating the porch
into the new design.

East Point Reserve

200 hectare recreation reserve with natural forest, mangroves and
wide-open parkland, home to Lake Alexander, a man-made salt water lake safe for swimming and water activities. There is a shared bicycle/pedestrian path that take you through to the cliffs and beaches and on to East Point. It is home to native animals.

Open daily from 6am to midnight.
Military

East Point Military Museum

See displays of artillery, war planes and other militaria from World War II.

Open daily 9.30am-5pm.
(Closed Christmas Day, New Years Day and Good Friday.)

Admission charges apply.

East Point Road, East Point.    ...more info

Fannie Bay Gaol

Built in 1882-1883.

It was the major detention centre in Darwin
until it was closed in 1979.

It opened in 1982 as a museum.
Govt House

Government House

Built between 1870-1878, it is an imposing white building in colonial style.

It is also known as Seven Gables.

It is not open to the public.

Indo Pacific Marine

A privately funded project highlighting the uniqu4e features of the coral reefs in the Darwin waters.

One of the few aquariums in the world which has an exhibit of living coral formations.

Admission charges apply.    ...more info

Lyons Cottage

Lyons Cottage
Built in 1925 as the residence of the British Australian Telegraph company engineer. Today it is a museum housing a collection depicting the early history of Darwin.

Cnr The Esplanade and Knuckey Street, Darwin.

Open Mon-Fri 9am-5pm, Sat/Sun 9am-2pm (Apr-Sept)
Mon-Fri 9am-3pm, Sat/Sun 9am-1pm (Oct-Mar)

Admission free.

Aboriginal art

Museum & Art Gallery of the Northern Territory

Set in a tropical garden on Darwin Harbour, it is the Northern Territory's premier cultural institution. Established in 1969, it focuses on South-East Asia and Australasia.

The museum's showpiece is an exhibition of Aboriginal bark paintings and stone axes, some estimated to be 22,000 years old, also Melville Island Pukamani Burial Poles.

19 Conacher Street, Bullocky Point.

Open Mon-Fri 9am-5pm, Weekends and Public Holidays 10am-5pm.
Closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Year's Day and Good Friday.

Admission free. Old Court House

Old Court House and Police Station

Built in 1884 as headquarters for the NT Mounted Police until World War II when the Royal Australian Navy took over the buildings.

It suffered damage from Cyclone Tracy.

It has been restored and the buildings are now used as offices by the NT Administration.

Old Town Hall

Old ruins of Town Hall

Built in 1883, left in ruins by Cyclone Tracy.

It has now been converted into an open-air theatre.

Parliament House

Parliament House

Opened in 1994. It also houses the Northern Territory Library.

Guided tours available.

Public areas are open daily 8am-6pm. Coffee shop and Craft shop available. Admission free.

Mitchell Street and Bennett Street, Darwin.    ...more info