Discover Darwin in 3 Days: A Must-Do Itinerary by Norther Australia

There’s so much to do in Darwin, from museums and historical sites to world-class dining experiences. If you’re feeling a bit overwhelmed, don’t worry. We’ve put together a great 3 day itinerary that will help you see the highlights of the city. On our suggested 3 day trip, you’ll visit all of Darwin’s most beloved attractions, as well as some of its hidden gems. This way, you’ll be able to experience the best of what the city has to offer and really get a feel for its culture and vibe. Plus, you’ll have plenty of time to explore and really soak up everything Darwin has to offer. So what are you waiting for? Start planning your trip today!

Day 1, Morning:

Big Bus Darwin: Hop-On, Hop-Off Tour

If you don’t have a car (or, even if you do!), a hop-on hop-off tour of Darwin’s attractions is the perfect way to see the city. With this tour you get a quick overview of the city without the stress of driving. As you travel, you’ll pass all of Darwin’s major landmarks, including the Military Museum, Mindil Beach, Crocosaurus Cove, and the Waterfront Precinct. Whether you’re short on time or travelling with small children, it’s the ideal way to get around. With its convenience, speed and ease of use, taking the bus is the perfect transportation option. Taking part in this activity is a pleasant way to relax and experience the full scope of services offered by Big Bus Tours. The bus takes two routes; you can choose whichever suits you best. In order to get the most out of the ride, you are free to hop off at a designated stop of your choice. You can hop back on anytime within the span of 24 hours / 48 hours. The audio commentary about the city will keep you entertained ensuring that your day out is both educational and entertaining. 

Here, at Norther we highly recommend this as your first stop to understand the lay of the land. Book through this link here

Big Bus Darwin hop on and hop off

Day 1, Afternoon:

Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory 

Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory presents an impressive collection of Aboriginal art and offers a realistic look at the devastating effects of Cyclone Tracy in 1974. Immerse yourself in the vivid culture of the Northern Territory by visiting the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory and discover the unique stories of the First Nations people, their art and the effects of Cyclone Tracy. There is a paved nature walk along the cliff top and military artefacts, including gun emplacements from World War II. After working up an appetite, why not take advantage of the area’s great food places. Then soak up the tranquil atmosphere of the East Point Reserve, followed by a refreshing dip in the crystal clear waters of Lake Alexander or by having a picnic lunch overlooking the lake? PS: This is a popular Picnic and Barbie place and you might want to take part in this local pastime and enjoy a day in the sun. Just remember to bring your bathers, sunscreen, your favourite Barbie fixings and some water. There are plenty of water spots that you might want to take part in too! It is also safe for the kiddos as the water quality is constantly monitored by the city.

Day 1, Evening:

3-5 hour Gourmet Dinner Art Tour

Experience Darwin’s finest restaurants on a 3.5-hour gourmet tour. You’ll taste a variety of delicious dishes, explore Darwin’s stunning street art, and savour the flavours of the city with a diverse selection of vegetarian and gluten-free options to suit any palate. It will truly be an unforgettable culinary experience! By the end of the tour, you will be stuffed to the gills. This tour is a must for anyone looking for a unique and unforgettable culinary experience.

What’s the food like?

You’ll enjoy a wide variety of gourmet dishes. All dietary preferences including vegetarian, pescatarian, gluten-free, allergy-related and others are catered for. The wide selection below from several of the restaurants on our tours is indicative of some of the gourmet dishes you can expect on a typical tour. Please note that the selections may vary from tour to tour, but you will be served with a selection of more than 12 different dishes. You’ll enjoy produce that has been sourced locally, from the Northern Territory, or Aboriginal bush foods.

Book your next tasting adventure here. 

PepperBerry Special Gourmet Dinner at Darwin

Day 2, Morning:

dragonfruit at parap markets darwin northern territory

The Parap Markets

Whether you’re looking for an everyday item or a one-of-a-kind souvenir, the Parap Markets have something to offer everyone. Visit the markets and explore the vibrant and diverse atmosphere that makes them a favourite for locals and visitors. With a huge range of unique items and traditional offerings, the Parap Markets provide an exciting experience you won’t find anywhere else. The markets are open from 8 am to 2 pm every Saturday. Their fresh produce is worth writing home about! The most popular (and maybe, unusual) dish here is a Laska. Browse the markets and enjoy the sights, smells, and sounds of the city.

And don’t forget to bring your shopping list and cash (most stalls only take cash)! 



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Day 2, Afternoon:

Litchfield Fly & Swim Waterfall Tour

The Litchfield Fly & Swim tour offered by Norther is a thrilling adventure that allows visitors to explore the breathtaking natural beauty of Litchfield National Park from a unique perspective. This half-day tour takes visitors on a scenic flight over the stunning Top End landscape, where they can admire the park’s cascading waterfalls, crystal-clear swimming holes, and lush greenery. After the flight, visitors get to take a refreshing dip in the park’s pristine swimming holes, surrounded by the region’s unique flora and fauna. With an experienced guide, visitors also get to learn about the region’s rich indigenous history and culture. This tour is perfect for those looking for an exciting and unforgettable experience in one of Australia’s most stunning natural wonders.

Book this spectacular experience here. 


woman in front of helicopter on waterfall at litchfield national park northern territory

Day 2, Evening:

amazing dinner of lobster tail on a bed of grains the darwin club northern territory

The Darwin Club

Do you want to serve your favourite people some modern Mediterranean seafood cuisine? At this particular restaurant, you can experience a variety of flavours from the Mediterranean Sea, such as calamari, mussels, and octopus. You’ll be surrounded by the vibrant culture of Darwin while you enjoy the fresh flavours of the sea.

The restaurant uses locally sourced ingredients, so you are guaranteed to get the freshest seafood available. In addition, the chefs are highly trained and specialise in creating dishes that are a perfect balance of flavours, textures, and aromas. These combined with the picturesque setting will guarantee a memorable experience. 

Make a reservation, today, you will not want to miss this culinary adventure!

70 Esplanade, Darwin City | Phone: 08 8981 4544

[email protected] 


The Deckchair Cinema

Book an early dinner at The Darwin Club, or, instead eat here while watching a movie under the night sky!

Nestled under the twinkling stars in the magical Darwin Botanic Gardens, the Deckchair Cinema is a true treasure trove of movie magic. With its enchanting outdoor setting, this whimsical movie theatre is a haven for dreamers and cinephiles alike. Whether you’re a local or a curious tourist, the cinema welcomes you with open arms to lose yourself in the latest blockbuster flicks or discover indie gems. You can bring your own cozy blankets, cushions, and treats, or indulge in the scrumptious food and drink offerings available on-site. The Deckchair Cinema is the perfect place to escape reality and immerse yourself in a world of wonder and fantasy. Come and experience the magic for yourself!

Programs are available online, you can checkout the movie line up here.

the deckchair cinema in darwin northern territory

Day 3, Morning:

Cullen Bay Marina 

Cullen Bay Marina is a must-visit destination for anyone exploring the Northern Territory of Australia. This beautiful marina offers a stunning waterfront view and an array of dining and shopping options. If you’re planning a morning visit, you can grab a coffee from one of the many cafes in the area and stroll along the marina’s boardwalk, admiring the luxurious boats and yachts. You may even spot some dolphins playing in the water. If you’re feeling more adventurous, you can book a fishing charter or a sailing trip to explore the crystal-clear waters of the Timor Sea. With its relaxed atmosphere and picturesque surroundings, Cullen Bay Marina is a perfect place to start your day in Darwin.

Day 3, Afternoon:

Crocosaurus Cove

Nestled in the heart of Darwin, Australia, lies a fantastical place where you can get up close and personal with some of the largest and most awe-inspiring creatures on Earth – the saltwater crocodiles! At Crocosaurus Cove, you’ll embark on a journey of discovery, where you can marvel at these magnificent reptiles from the safety of purpose-built viewing platforms, or even immerse yourself in their world inside the whimsically named ‘Cage of Death.’ And if that’s not enough, the Cove also offers interactive experiences, such as feeding and holding baby crocodiles, and other reptiles to explore. With its delightful mix of education and adventure, Crocosaurus Cove is a must-visit destination that will enchant visitors of all ages.

For the general entry book here.

If you’re wanting the more adventurous cage of death book here for one person or here for two

Day 3, Evening:

sunset at mindil beach darwin northern territory

Sunset at Mindil Beach

Imagine strolling along the sandy shores of Mindil Beach as the sun slowly dips below the horizon, casting a warm glow across the sky. The air is filled with the tantalizing aromas of exotic foods from around the world, and the sounds of live music drift on the breeze. Welcome to the enchanting world of the Mindil Beach Sunset Market in Darwin, a place where time seems to stand still and magic fills the air. With over 200 vendors selling everything from handmade crafts to delicious street food, this market is a true feast for the senses. As you wander through the colorful stalls, you’ll be transported to a world of wonder and delight, where anything is possible and dreams really do come true.

For an even more magical experience, upgrade to the VIP Sunset Lounge, where you’ll enjoy exclusive access to a private lounge area, a complimentary drink on arrival, and stunning views of the sunset over the ocean.

Darwin Sunset Cruise

Charles Darwin, the legendary naturalist, geologist, and biologist, is a name that evokes thoughts of evolution and scientific inquiry. His impact continues to inspire curious minds worldwide, and what better way to experience the stunning beauty of Darwin’s namesake city than aboard a luxurious cruise with Darwin Harbour Cruises? You’ll be captivated by the range of experiences on offer, from breathtaking sunset sails to immersive full-day tours that take you on an adventure through the history and ecology of the harbor. Plus, don’t forget that food and drink are included, making for an even more indulgent and delightful experience. With knowledgeable guides, cozy vessels, and scrumptious cuisine, Darwin Harbour Cruises is the ultimate way to uncover the Top End’s natural wonders while paying homage to one of history’s most brilliant scientific minds.


Couple having Dinner on Charles Darwin Dinner Cruise
darwin harbour cruise seafood platter with wine northern territory

For those looking for a romantic evening, the Gaze and Graze Sunset Cruise for two people is the perfect choice. You’ll set sail aboard a luxury catamaran and be treated to a mouthwatering selection of local seafood and grazing platters, all while taking in the breathtaking sunset views of the harbor. It’s the ultimate way to spend a romantic evening with that special someone.

If you’re looking for a more immersive culinary experience, the Charles Darwin Dinner Cruise is not to be missed. This deluxe cruise includes a Territory-style dinner featuring fresh seafood and local produce, perfectly paired with a selection of Australian wines. As you enjoy your delicious meal, you’ll be surrounded by the stunning beauty of the harbor, and even have the opportunity to learn about the region’s rich history from your knowledgeable guides. It’s an unforgettable culinary journey that showcases the best of what Darwin has to offer.

Book the Gaze and Graze here or if you’re looking for a full dinner experience book the Charles Darwin Dinner Cruise here. This is a must do!

Darwin is filled with epic experiences that the whole family can enjoy. We hope you have an amazing time visiting Darwin. Have you visited Darwin? Please comment to let us know if there’s anything we’ve forgotten!

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*Cover image by the amazing @louisedentonphotography go and check her work out at the gallery she has in the city. 



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