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13 Reasons Why You Need To Visit Darwin Right This Instant

Here's what should be at the top of your list in the Top End.

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1. Crocosaurus Cove

Crocosaurus Cove

Want to get up close and personal to a croc, knowing full well you'll come out of it in one piece? Well, the "cage of death" (it's just a name) is Australia's only crocodile cage dive, and has you suspended above the crocs before being lowered into the water for a closer look at these incredible giants.

2. Alley Cats


If you're a foodie, you can't go past Alley Cats. It's the perfect place for brunch. Fresh daily juice, amazing coffee, pastries, and delicious, Instagram-worthy meals make it worth the stop.

3. Deckchair Cinema

4. Mindil Beach Sunset Markets


The Mindil Beach Sunset Markets are open from around April to October each year and have so much to offer! There's market stalls for fashion and accessories, and the opportunity to get up close and personal with some native Australian animals. You can also eat a variety of delicious and unique food... just make sure you take it to the beach for a picnic and incredible view of the sunset!

5. Sweets Lagoon Luxury Cruise


The luxury cruise through Sweets Lagoon (via Outback Floatplane Adventures) includes a BBQ breakfast or lunch, and the opportunity to do some fishing if that's your thing! You get to soak up the stunning views of the water and surrounds, plus the serene, peaceful vibe.

6. Heli Pub Tour


Now this is an experience and a half. For five hours you fly over all that Darwin and its surrounds has to offer, while landing at a few pretty iconic pubs for a bevvy or two. I can't tell you how cool it is to land on the beach in your very own helicopter at Crab Claw Resort, walk up to the open-air bar, and order a cold one... you really feel like a rockstar. Flying back to Darwin is just as special as you get quite low to experience the amazing wildlife that calls the Top End home.

7. Sunset Fish & Chips


One of the best ways to see Darwin and its huge harbour (that's nearly five times the size of Sydney's) is by water. So why not jump on a sunset cruise and learn all about the city's history as you cruise past some iconic and historic sites? The best part is enjoying a plate full of locally caught fish and chips, before kicking back, sipping a glass of white wine, and watching the sun dip below the horizon.

8. Jumping Crocodile Cruise


Drive for an hour out of Darwin and you can be in a boat cruising down the Adelaide River, safely watching crocs literally stand out of the water to grab their dinner. The team at Spectacular Jumping Cruises actually know the crocs by name and during the one-hour tour, will teach you more about how these huge reptiles hunt for their food.

9. Floatplane Flight


A floatplane flight is definitely something worth doing in Darwin. You get stunning views of the water and greenery surrounding the city, and even get to experience an exhilarating water landing in a nearby lagoon!

10. Aboriginal Cultural Tour


Pudakul Aboriginal Cultural Tours give visitors a two-hour experience full of information about their culture and history. Learn about how the ancestors of the land used their environment, and the importance it plays in their Dreamtime. You'll be taught basket weaving, dilly bag making, and how to blow a didgeridoo. The two hours fly by and is rounded off with a serving of freshly made damper and tea!

11. Finniss Floodplains Helicopter Flight


This scenic helicopter flight over the Finniss Floodplains is definitely for those who like a little adrenaline. There are no doors, so you really do feel like you're flying. The views over the floodplains are breathtakingly vast, and you get to see how truly lush and green the area is.

12. Airboat Tour


An airboat tour through Sweets Lagoon allows you to see mother nature at her finest. You truly feel like you're in a jungle from another world! Plus, if you're lucky, you might get to see a crocodile up close... but don't worry, you'll be with a trained guide, so it's perfectly safe. Just don't try and pat the croc on the nose!

13. Wave Lagoon


In Darwin, you can't swim at the beach because of saltwater crocodiles. So where do you swim? The wave lagoon at Darwin Waterfront is a relaxing, family-friendly pool that simulates actual waves. They provide water doughnuts and boogie boards, and there's beach chairs and umbrellas for you to relax in the warm shade.

Travel was provided by Tourism Australia. BuzzFeed writers do not guarantee coverage.

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