Things To Do In and Around Darwin

What are the things you simply must see and do in and around Darwin? Here is the place where ONLY THE BEST make the list!

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Leanyer Recreation and Water Park


We needed a "down-day", the kids needed to burn off some energy, and it was HOT!! The perfect solution was a visit to Leanyer Water Park, 15km north of the city centre.

The FREE Leanyer Water Park consists of:

  • Children's wading pools
  • A water playground including fountains and a huge bucket that slowly fills up and eventually tips over. (Oh, the anticipation...)
  • Three waterslides: each 14m high and 100m long.

Right next to the water park is the FREE Leanyer Recreation Park. Facilities available include:

  • A large all-abilities shaded playground
  • Shaded gas BBQ and picnic areas
  • Places to skate and ride bikes
  • A basketball court
  • Toilet Facilities

Leanyer Recreation Park is open everyday from 8am-8pm. Leanyer Water Park is open everyday from 10am-7pm, waterslides from 11am.

We can't believe that all of this is available, close to the city, and it's all FREE! Well done, Darwin!!

Mindil Markets

Adam hates shopping so much, it's almost scary. Just the other day I caught him trying to the escape the house wearing trousers almost 20 years old! Now we won't go into why they were still in his wardrobe, but, he defended his decision to wear them based on his abhorrence of hitting the shops to buy a new pair!

The reason I tell you this little anecdote, is to support including the Mindil Markets in our "Must Do" list. Really, we both hate shopping, and don't like crowds much either, but even Adam agrees that the Mindil Market is a stand-out enjoyable experience, and definitely one of the best things to do to truly get a feel for Darwin.

The simple vision of the Market is to "Live The Lifestyle": Tropical paradise, relaxed, fun, vibrant, creative, alive and entertaining. And it really does live up to all those superlatives.

The balmy night atmosphere mixed with a unique blend of creativity and eclectic live entertainment, not to mention the mouth-watering menu, really made it stand out to us.

On the food, Mindil Market boasts over 1200 menu items, and was rated in 2010 as the "best market dining experiece in Australia" by Australian Traveller Magazine. Even the locals frequent the markets on a regular basis to buy dinner, so that speaks for itself.

The Mindil Beach Sunset Markets are on between May and October each year, running every Thursday 5pm - 10pm and every Sunday 4pm - 9pm.

Warning: Take your insect repellent, sandfly bites can be mighty irritating!

Berry Springs Nature Park


Swimming at Darwin's beaches can be a questionable activity...even if you avoid the saltwater crocs, you could still be stung by the deadly box jellyfish! So steer clear of the beaches, especially between October and April each year.

When seeking things to do, Berry Springs Nature Park provides a FREE, attractive swimming and recreational area not far from Darwin. Turn west off the Stuart Highway about 47km south of Darwin, then travel 10km along the Cox Peninsula Rd. (Not far from the Territory Wildlife Park).

Berry Springs consists of a series of shady pools along Berry Creek which have steps allowing easy access. You can even swim (or use a flotation toy) along the creek from one pool to the next. Take a picnic, enjoy a stroll along the walking tracks or do some birdwatching as well.

TRIVIA: Berry Springs was used by the armed forces during WWII. It was part of a Rest and Recreation Camp set up for the 100,000 personnel based around Darwin.

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