Things to do in Darwin

Darwin Sunset

AUSTRALIAN AVIATION HERITAGE CENTRE

Open daily, this centre features an impressive collection of the Territory’s aviation history from the aviation pioneers and record breakers to the Territory’s frontier role in WWII. There is a massive B52 Bomber, Mirage and Sabre jets, a Spitfire replica and Wessex and Huey Cobra helicopters. The development of the jet age is depicted through displays and photographs and the Bombing of Darwin exhibition here is a must see.

BURNETT HOUSE

Built in the late 1930s, Burnett House is a Heritage-listed National Trust property and an excellent example of early tropical architecture. Here, you can relax in the gardens and enjoy ribbon sandwiches and Devonshire teas at High Tea every Sunday from 3.30-6pm.

MINDIL BEACH SUNSET MARKETS

Held every Thursday and Sunday night from April 25th to October, these are Darwin’s largest and most popular weekly markets. They feature a multitude of stalls offering international cuisine, arts, crafts and entertainment. The combination of great food and an electric atmosphere make it a must visit. Enjoy a picnic dinner on the beach while watching a spectacular tropical sunset.

Other popular markets worth visiting are the Saturday morning Parap Village Markets, the Sunday morning Nightcliff Markets and Rapid Creek Markets (Darwin’s oldest markets) and Palmerston’s Friday night markets.

MUSEUM & ART GALLERY OF THE NT

The museum, situated at Bullocky Point, features collections of the region’s art, natural science, history and culture. Encompassing Aboriginal art and culture, arts and craft from south-east Asia and Pacific regions, maritime archaeology and Northern Territory history, the museum also houses a great Cyclone Tracy exhibit and the chance to meet Sweetheart, the Top End’s most famous crocodile.

CHARLES DARWIN NATIONAL PARK

Just a short drive from the city, this park was developed to show visitors the rich mangrove habitats of Darwin Harbour. Relics of Darwin’s involvement in WWII can also be seen here. These reinforced concrete bunkers were used for safe storage of munitions during the wartime action.

WWII OIL STORAGE TUNNELS

One of the most interesting constructions in Darwin during WWII was the oil storage tunnels located near the Darwin Waterfront Precinct. Today, there are two tunnels open for viewing featuring a collection of photographs of Darwin and the men and women that served here during the war. An experienced guide will take you through the tunnels with informative commentary.

USS PEARY MEMORIAL

Salvaged from the wreck of the USS Peary, the gun, now situated on The Esplanade, serves as a memorial dedicated to the officers and crew who lost their lives when the vessel was attacked and sunk during the first air attack on Darwin by the Japanese during WWII. Also honoured here is Lt. Robert Buel, a US Air Force pilot who lost his life on February 15, 1942 in a heroic attack on Japanese aircraft on a bombing raid over Darwin city.

EAST POINT RESERVE & LAKE ALEXANDER

This recreational area has extensive walking and cycling paths, relaxing picnic areas with free barbecue facilities and safe, year-round swimming in Lake Alexander. The reserve is also home to Darwin’s East Point Military Museum, which houses an extensive collection of photographs and informative displays including the Defence of Darwin Experience – an immersive, interactive, multimedia experience of the story of Darwin’s role in World War II. East Point is also well known for its wallaby colony and is one of the best sites in Darwin for watching sunsets.

DARWIN DECKCHAIR CINEMA

The Top End is host to a wide range of incredible, world-class, unique events. Experience the magic of moonlight cinema at the Darwin Waterfront. Deckchair Cinema is THE MUST-DO outdoor cinema located under the stars and screens films 7 nights a week from 20 April – 20 November 2016. The box office is open nightly from 6:30pm, with films starting promptly at the advertised time. The outdoor setting, on the edge of Darwin Harbour is stunning: watch the sunset over the sea and enjoy the tropical garden setting with a meal and a drink before your movie starts.

Deckchair Cinema is operated by the not-for-profit Darwin Film Society. The DFS programs an eclectic mix of films, putting out four seven-week programs per year.

Palmerston Accommodation

How To Choose The Best Palmerston Accommodation

Palmerston, Northern Territory, is 20 minutes from the centre of Darwin. It’s convenient to all of Darwin’s major attractions whilst being a gateway to popular attractions such as Kakadu, Berry Springs and Litchfield National Park.

In addition to providing ample accommodation options, Palmerston has a range of cafes, restaurants and bars for you to enjoy. The suburb also offers entertainment options, including shopping centres, cinemas, golf courses, a water park and live music venues.

Book Palmerston Caravan Park or Cabin Accommodation

Palmerston Accommodation: What are your options?

Here are some of your top Palmerston accommodation options:

Caravan Parks

Caravan parks offer plenty of space for your caravan, campervan, motorhome, roof top tent, camper trailer. Many types are available, including powered sites, unpowered sites and facilities such as showers and toilets. Some parks have cabins or bungalows available for rent too. These can be great if you’re travelling with kids or pets as they allow you more freedom than other types of accommodation, such as hotels or motels with limited outdoor areas.

Self-Contained Cabins or Hotel Rooms

Cabins offer a more private setting than other types of accommodation.

When choosing your accommodation in Palmerston, there are two main options; self-contained cabins and bungalows in caravan parks or hotel room type accommodation. Both offer affordable options for families or groups who want to stay together in one place without having to share a house with strangers.

If you’re travelling with kids, then consider staying at one of the many caravan parks located throughout Palmerston that offer onsite pools and playgrounds as well as other facilities like laundries, camp kitchens and shaded BBQ areas.

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4 Top Tips For Choosing Palmerston Accommodation

Tip 1: Be clear about your accommodation requirements.

Are you looking for a caravan park with self-contained cabins, powered sites, camping etc? Or are you seeking a hotel room.

Tip 2: Check Reviews

Make sure you read reviews before booking your Palmerston accommodation. Many sites allow people to share their experiences with other travellers so you can get an idea of what’s on offer before you arrive at the park or cabin yourself. This will help ensure you have an enjoyable stay at your chosen accommodation provider in Palmerston! Try Google or Tripadvisor reviews.

Tip 3: Book early!

Darwin is a popular tourist destination in the dry season, so it’s essential to book your accommodation well in advance to avoid disappointment.

Tip 4: Consider travelling out of season

You can also find some great deals on stays during the tropical season between September to April. Booking direct is also a great way to save money.

Oasis Tourist Park: Palmerston Accommodation

The Oasis Tourist Park is a boutique, friendly and quiet family-owned tourist park situated 20 minutes from Darwin, 5 minutes from Palmerston and only 3 minutes from the new Coolalinga Central Shopping Centre. If you are looking for a place to stay that is close to everything, then look no further.