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If Darwin were a person, it would be a laid back rebel. This city at the top of Australia doesn’t play by the same rules as the rest of Australia; it moves at its own pace. Discover the laid back, sultry charm of a Darwin holiday and its surrounding area and you may be more than a little surprised by the gems you uncover.

One of the things that appeals to many visitors is the ease with which you can get around the city – no built up traffic or long travel times here. That means that you can fit more into each day of your stay.

Wake up bright and early and pack yourself a breakfast picnic and head to the northern suburbs of Darwin where you will find the Holmes Jungle Nature Park, a peaceful pocket of monsoon forest covering 250 hectares with Palm Creek wending its way through the centre.

Make your way along bushwalking trails to the lookout where you can unpack your basket and enjoy your brekky while taking in the panorama. Your vista includes different forest types in every direction with wetlands, monsoon forest and savannah woodlands represented. The early morning light is one of the most magical times in the park and you are likely to have the views all to yourself.

The next stop is the Crocodylus Park and Zoo where there are hundreds of animals of the reptilian kind waiting to meet you. Saltwater and freshwater crocs, alligators, turtles, lizards and snakes are all represented here. In addition monkeys, tigers, lions, buffalo and birdlife add to the menagerie. By arriving in the morning, you will make it in time to see the feeding sessions. If observing the crocodiles from afar is not enough for you, then the more daring amongst you might find the idea of swimming with crocs in a protected area appealing.

This unique experience is to be had at Crocosaurus Cove. After a busy morning, head down to the Waterfront to enjoy a light lunch at one of the excellent dining options available there. read more about Darwin in a day.

From Darwin access by being part of a Darwin tour the national parks, indigenous culture, brilliant sunsets, incredible sights and world class fishing. Visit Kakadu and Litchfield National Parks. You can find cheap car rental Darwin to travel around. Kakadu is Australia 's biggest national park and is 250 km from Darwin. It is an area you can spend days exploring and has the most Aboriginal rock art sites in one place in the world.

Known as the Red Centre visit Uluru and climb to the top for amazing views across the landscape. Change is constant in Australia 's outback. In the Northern Territory, you can explore the lush coastlines and rainforests, and then venture into the outback for a truly unique experience. Here you are likely to meet some of Australia 's true characters always willing to share a yarn over a beer away from Australia 's blistering noon day sun.

Visit Katherine for its breathtaking beauty of gorges and rivers that carve their way through national parks and cattle stations. It is part of the remote lifestyle of outback Australia. A trip along the Katherine River is awe inspiring with its towering cliffs at Katherine Gorge.

The original custodians protect the Northern Territory and the Aboriginal people's influence is part of the local culture. Their Dreamtime stories and art connect their spirit to the country to give travelers a deeper insight into the mysteries of Australia 's ‘Top End'.

Darwin has long been a strategic location in the defence of Australia and at no other time was this more important or apparent than during World War II. In fact, in 1942 Darwin was bombed by Japan and Australia was under serious threat. The attacks on the city are often called the Australian Pearl Harbour; such was the importance of the military location.

Today, you can visit important sites and learn more about this important chapter in Australian history. First stop are the WWII oil storage tunnels, which were constructed along the waterfront to protect fuel supplies from aerial attack. Of the five that were constructed, you can today visit two of the underground tunnels, which are filled with historical artefacts, photos and information.

Next stop is the Darwin Military Museum located at East Point. Permanent and visiting exhibitions here display fascinating military memorabilia and information about the considerable role that Darwin played in defending the country from enemy attack. During WWII Darwin experienced 64 air raids and hundreds of people were killed.

 

Aquascene fish feeding has become one of the most popular activities in the city for visitors and locals alike. When high tide strikes hundreds upon hundreds of fish gather in the shallows of Doctors Gully waiting for their feed and you can see, touch and feed them. Some of the species that commonly show up for their free meal include: barramundi, mullet, bream and milkfish. Since this activity takes place only during high tide, the times will change and you may have to adjust your schedule accordingly to fit it in.

 

As the sun starts to sink, head out on a Cullen bay sunset cruise to take in the golden sky colours in style with tapas and champagne provided. One of the tour boats operating these cruises out of Cullen Bay is a restored pearling lugger and was used in the Nicole Kidman and Hugh Jackman movie Australia. When you step back on shore, it is time to explore the superb dining choices that are available around Cullen Bay. Evidence of the city’s multiculturalism is on display here in the range of restaurants operating. Within this small area you can choose between Japanese, Italian, Greek, Thai, modern Australian and more.

 
 

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