Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory (MAGNT)
Free to visit, the MAGNT displays Aboriginal art and material culture, visual arts, craft, Southeast Asian and Oceanic art and material culture, maritime archaeology, Northern Territory history and natural sciences. And of course you'll have the opportunity to meet Sweetheart and see how this huge crocodile was captured. Tours and workshops are often provided.
Stokes Hill Wharf
The wharf offers great views of Darwin Harbour with a variety of eating options, ranging from alfresco eateries to top-class seafood. The precinct also has a pearling exhibition, the new Flying Doctor museum and is a good place to catch a cruise to explore the harbour, or a fishing charter. or you just relax and fish from the fishing platforms, or feed the birds.
Sit back on the comfortable deck chairs of Darwin's only open-air cinema. It's run by the Darwin Film Society, a not-for-profit community group. Open during the dry season from May to October it hosts film festivals and movies from around the world. Local restaurants offer dinner at the cinema before the movie on most nights. Enjoy your dinner watching the sunset over Darwin Harbour.
The Waterfront is a large park area with a swimming lagoon and the amazing wave pool. It's surrounded by restaurants and coffee shops, along with the Darwin Convention Centre, apartments and hotels. The Waterfront hosts free festivals, opera, movie nights and fireworks.
Australian Aviation Heritage Centre
If you like aviation, this a good place to visit. The Centre has an impressive presentation of aircraft and displays depicting the Territory's involvement in aviation, both civil and military, from the early pioneers and record breakers through to World War II and the jet age.
Want more about aviation? Check out Ross Smith Avenue in Parap, a former runway for the Parap Aerodrome, and the monument commemorates the landing of the first flight from England to Port Darwin in 1919 by the Australian aviators Ross and Keith Smith and their crew.
Darwin Military Museum
This museum showcases a collection of photographic and informative displays of the military history of the region. There is also dramatic live footage of the bombing of Darwin Harbour and the township.
Crocodylus Park - Berrimah
The Park has over 10,000 crocodiles from 30cm long hatchlings to massive adults measuring 5 metres and weighing half a ton. Here you can witness jumping crocodiles up close, visit the Crocodile Museum, go on a guided tour, feed a crocodile as well as see some of the other animals including primates, big cats, kangaroos and wombats.
Crocosaurus Cove - Darwin City
For an up close and personal view of Australia’s iconic Saltwater Crocodiles, try the Cage of Death.
George Brown Darwin Botanic Gardens
Northwest of the city centre, these gardens showcase the flora of northern Australia and other tropical habitats around the world. At these impressive gardens, you can wander through monsoon forests, coastal dunes, mangroves and open woodlands and large variety plants. There are playgrounds, shady spots for picnics and the heritage listed Wesleyan Church.