Just One Night in Darwin!
“We’ve only got one night in Darwin and we chose you!” What a compliment for our Sunset Fish’n Chip cruise. We’ve heard this more than once, and there is a reason why.
The reality is that for some people is that relaxed, laid back tropical Darwin is simply a necessary stop. It is a launching pad for those visiting the world heritage listed Kakadu National Park, those jumping on the Ghan to head south, or those venturing north to south east Asia. And so, with a tiny little window of just one afternoon and one night there is pressure to cram in as much of Darwin as possible before leaving town. We’ve done the research for you, and these are our thoughts.
Start late afternoon after the heat of the day has passed, and take a stroll from the Darwin CBD to the waterfront, which is shaded and curious, and has a scent of frangipani in the air. You’ll pass Browns Mart, a historic stone building that is now a theatre. You’ll feel the soul of the stone kerbs and milkwood trees that are heritage listed. And then you’ll pass the town hall ruins, solidly built in local stone to withstand the Bombing of Darwin, only to be destroyed by Cyclone Tracy in 1974. And from there you’ll enjoy the tropical gardens surrounding our Supreme Court building.
Crossing the road into the waterfront precinct the Skywalk will give you uninterrupted views of Darwin’s endless summer. You’ll see the wave pool, the swimming lagoon, the Convention Centre, Kitchener Bay and the Harbour beyond, and looking back, you have only strolled 600 metres from the CBD!
After such a long walk it’s time to relax and take in the ambience of the Darwin Waterfront Precinct. And there’s no better way to do it, other than with a gin and tonic at Snapper Rocks Darwin’s newest restaurant that boasts not only a stunning location but an award-winning bartender. Sip on your complimentary icy cold water while you ponder which G & T concoction is for you. To choose from, there are Happy Days, Sun’ N Sand, West Coast, All Aboard and Harbour Cruise. And after you have enjoyed your chosen creation with both eyes and taste buds, there is nothing better to do than walk the length of iconic Stokes Hill Wharf to find a Darwin Harbour sunset cruise.
And with such a tight time frame and an agenda to pack in as much as possible, the only cruise to choose is our Sunset Fish’n Chips Embarking from Dock 2 at Stokes Hill Wharf at 5.30 pm, this short cruise will provide you with a delicious serve of fresh local wild caught NT fish, served with chips and a complimentary drink. But that’s not all, this award-winning cruise provides a journey showcasing Darwin Harbour, which means there is real time commentary from local guides about the seascape, the history, the habitat and modern-day coastal Darwin. That’s dinner, the infamous tropical Darwin sunset and Darwin Harbour done, and you even get to take home a souvenir Govino wine glass or Sea Darwin stubby cooler. This cruise option returns to Stokes Hill Wharf at 7.15pm, which means that there’s still time to fit more in.
At Stokes Hill Wharf you can jump aboard the complimentary Darwin Waterfront Shuttle for the quick 1.5 km trip around the waterfront precinct to Darwin’s iconic Deckchair Cinema. This is an absolute must do on your one night in Darwin, as it is truly magical being outdoors, next to the sea, sitting in a deckchair in a venue surrounded by décor designed to enhance the feeling that you’re somewhere special. The Deck Chair has a fully licenced bar, so you can finish the evening off with a bevvy or two while you soak in all the ambiance that a modern tropical city has to offer. The schedule for movies is varied, and changes from evening to evening.
So that’s a wrap, our thoughts on just one night in Darwin, providing you with a diverse taste of all what our cosmopolitan coastal city has to offer, and all for under $100 per person.