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25 cheap or free things to do in Darwin



When you’re saving for a home, your penny-pinching instincts can kick in, making you feel like you have no options when it comes to entertainment on the weekends. But with a bit of planning, you can get out and about on the cheap! Here are 25 fun and free things to do in Darwin:

  1. Enjoy the sunset. Sunsets in Darwin are renowned for being superb, and the best part? They’re free! Head to Casuarina Beach or Mindil Beach for a spectacular show.
  2. Road trip to Litchfield National Park and discover the waterfalls or bushwalk along the rainforest trails.
  3. Visit Berry Springs Nature Park for a picnic and a swim in the clear water among the forest.
  4. Chill out near the CBD at the Darwin Waterfront – a place of green grass, palm trees and even a lagoon!Darwin Waterfront Precinct
  5. Explore the George Brown Botanic Gardens and walk among coastal dunes, monsoon forests, mangroves and woodlands.
  6. Take a drive or a bike ride around East Point Reserve to learn about Darwin’s military history, spot some wallabies and have a barbecue.
  7. If you’re in Darwin during the dry season, experience the sunset markets at Mindil Beach.
    Mindil Beach in Darwin, Australia at sunset
  8. There are markets held in Parap, Nightcliff and Rapid Creek too, where you can enjoy live music and lots of entertainment all year round.
  9. Take in a lifetime of culture within artwork at the Aboriginal Fine Arts Gallery in Darwin’s CBD.
  10. Mason Gallery and Mbantua Gallery also showcase some magnificent Aboriginal artworks.
  11. During Darwin’s festival season in August, there are plenty of pop-up art galleries along the street that you can meander through and enjoy.
  12. For beautiful displays of orchids, you can’t miss the Orchid Spectacular held in May. Entry is just $7 dollars and there are plenty of different things to see.
  13. Tour Darwin’s Parliament House for free and see its beauty and history, with impressive architecture designed specifically to combat the monsoon season.
    Parliament House in Darwin, Australia
  14. Check out Aquascene, a sanctuary where you can feed the fish and learn more about their environment for just $15.
  15. Fannie Bay Gaol is a place rich in history and is an interesting way to spend a day – especially if you’re a history buff!
  16. The Adelaide River War Cemetery is a solemn reminder of the Bombing of Darwin, and a meaningful place to pay respects to the fallen soldiers and civilians of that time.
  17. The Bicentennial Park pays similar respects to the Battle of Darwin, and contains many monuments and war memorials, as well as insights and education.
  18. If history is your thing, for just $8 you can explore the World War II Oil Storage Tunnels that were constructed beneath the city after the Japanese air raid of 1942.
  19. The Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory is a never-ending plethora of interesting things that make up much of the Northern Territory’s history.
  20. In the dry season, head down to the Deckchair Cinema and enjoy a movie under the stars for just $13 each.

  21. Visit Lyons Cottage, also known as the British Australian Telegraph House, one of the oldest buildings in Darwin; it contains displays on a variety of things like pearling, the early police force and the telegraph system.
  22. Check out the Northern Territory Library and explore the books or catch one of the many events frequently held there.
  23. Head to Stokes Hill Wharf and soak up the relaxed atmosphere, go fishing or just sit and enjoy the sunsets.
  24. Browse the eclectic wares at Aboriginal Bush Traders, a not-for-profit business found in Lyons Cottage that aims to support local Indigenous community members.
  25. Spend the day at Leanyer Water Park, a free park filled with water slides, swimming pools, a skate park, a basketball court, a café, picnic areas and even a little paddling pool for infants. Perfect!