The Darwin Waterfront has been a welcome addition to the tropical city of Darwin. A short stroll from the CBD, The Waterfront Precinct is home to the Territory’s only Wave Lagoon. Offering safe year-round swimming the Wave Lagoon is open daily and is a great spot to cool off, relax or ride a wave. The Lagoon and shallow toddler pools are chlorinated salt water with the depth varying from 2m at the deepest point.
Museum & Art Gallery of the NT
The Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory covers many aspects of the region’s art, natural sciences, history and culture. Featuring fantastic permanent collections of Aboriginal Art and culture, visual arts and crafts, maritime archaeology and NT history, the gallery also features an excellent display of Cyclone Tracey which devastated Darwin in 1974. It’s great entertainment for all the family.
Mindil Beach Sunset Market
From April to October, the Mindil Beach market folk come together for their world-famous ‘show and sell’. Held every Thursday and Sunday 5pm-10pm, the Market regularly attracts crowds of up to 15,000. With local produce, authentic fare from different countries, some of the most colourful Territorians ply their wares and services, and a galaxy of excellent street performers keep you entertained.
Deckchair Cinema, operated by the Darwin Film Society, is a unique cinema experience. The outdoor setting, on the edge of Darwin Harbour is absolutely stunning. Watch the sun set over the sea, then sit under the stars and enjoy the tropical garden setting with a meal and a drink before the film. Deckchair Cinema runs seven nights a week during the dry season (April to November) screening a range of movies that include family favourites, Australian and foreign films.
Australian Aviation Heritage Centre
The Australian Aviation Heritage Centre is one of the major aviation museums in Australia, with an impressive presentation of aircraft from the early pioneers and record breakers through World War II and the jet age. There are two major displays. One is a massive B-52 bomber on permanent loan from the US Air Force and is one of only two on public display in the world outside the USA. The other major display is the F-111, one of six aircraft on loan to qualified civilian historical societies and aviation museums. The F-111 fleet was retired by the Air Force in December 2010 after 37 years of service. It is historically significant as it took part in the last bombing raid in Vietnam while it was in USAF livery.