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Darwin Holiday Attractions & Activities NT

Darwin Harbour
Twice the size of Sydney Harbour, Darwin's picturesque harbour has sandy beaches, mangrove tidal areas. cultured pearl farms, sunken ships from WWII and a history dating back before white settlement. Harbour cruises are the best way to explore this fascinating waterway. One of the main cruises, Spirit of Darwin, operates from Cullen Bay, a prestigious marina development which is a tourist attraction by itself.

Botanic Gardens
More than a century old, the Darwin Botanic Gardens are a tranquil expression of the beauty of the tropics. The Gardens have the Southern Hemisphere's largest array of tropical palms (about 400 species) an orchid farm, nursery, rainforest, waterfalls and wetlands flora.

Melville and Bathurst Islands

These islands lie just 80 km north of Darwin and are home to the Tiwi people, an Aboriginal group famous for their distinctive art and carving. Also located on Bathurst Island is Barra Base. It offers fishermen the opportunity to catch barramundi, tuna, mackerel, threadfin, salmon and more.

Territory Wildlife Park
Australia's unique wildlife is recognised throughout the world. At the award winning Territory Wildlife Park there are 400 hectares of bushland with open plan natural habitats. It is home to the familiar as well as the more unusual Territory animals such as the Bilby. Several of the inhabitants are rare or endangered in the wild. A walk through the aviary and rainforest is so tranquil, you can't help but feel relaxed, while the spectacular aquarium and the cool darkness of the Nocturnal House will bring you face to face with many of the Territory's most elusive creatures. Ride the open motorised train. or stroll along the walking trails.

Jumping crocodiles are unique to the Northern Territory - in a flash, bullet- like, they leap from the water to seize a dangling morsel, snap their jaws and disappear again to enjoy their meal. You can watch all this in safety, only a few feet from the crocodiles, cruising aboard air-conditioned river boats.

Darwin Crocodile Farm is another entertaining attraction at feeding time. The sight of big crocs cruising in for lunch is unforgettable. Australia's first and largest crocodile farm, it is home to over 7000 inhabitants. As well as the crocodiles there is plenty of bird life and a family of buffalo. If you haven't tasted crocodile before, try one of the delicacies on offer.

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