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25 cheap or free things to do in Darwin
September 7, 2017
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:
- 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.
- Road trip to Litchfield National Park and discover the waterfalls or bushwalk along the rainforest trails.
- Visit Berry Springs Nature Park for a picnic and a swim in the clear water among the forest.
- Chill out near the CBD at the Darwin Waterfront – a place of green grass, palm trees and even a lagoon!
- Explore the George Brown Botanic Gardens and walk among coastal dunes, monsoon forests, mangroves and woodlands.
- 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.
- If you’re in Darwin during the dry season, experience the sunset markets at Mindil Beach.
- There are markets held in Parap, Nightcliff and Rapid Creek too, where you can enjoy live music and lots of entertainment all year round.
- Take in a lifetime of culture within artwork at the Aboriginal Fine Arts Gallery in Darwin’s CBD.
- Mason Gallery and Mbantua Gallery also showcase some magnificent Aboriginal artworks.
- 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.
- 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.
- Tour Darwin’s Parliament House for free and see its beauty and history, with impressive architecture designed specifically to combat the monsoon season.
- Check out Aquascene, a sanctuary where you can feed the fish and learn more about their environment for just $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!
- 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.
- The Bicentennial Park pays similar respects to the Battle of Darwin, and contains many monuments and war memorials, as well as insights and education.
- 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.
- 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.
- In the dry season, head down to the Deckchair Cinema and enjoy a movie under the stars for just $13 each.
- 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.
- Check out the Northern Territory Library and explore the books or catch one of the many events frequently held there.
- Head to Stokes Hill Wharf and soak up the relaxed atmosphere, go fishing or just sit and enjoy the sunsets.
- 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.
- 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!