Darwin Highlights

Things to do in the days around the Conference:

Darwin Cocktail Festival (1 August)

In its inaugural year, the Darwin Cocktail Festival will have cocktail bars and restaurants shaking and stirring things up. Entertainment themed cocktail bars and variety of pop up food stalls will be also at the venue. Ticketed event.

Great Northern Darwin Cup (2 August)

The annual event is one of the Territory’s biggest social and sporting events that sees over 40,000 racegoers. Ticketed event.

Darwin Festival (5 – 22 August)

The Darwin Festival for 2021 has a vibrant program of events that is held over 18 days and nights with local and touring performances and events This includes outdoor concerts, workshops, theatre, dance, music, comedy and cabaret, film and visual arts. Be sure to join the mailing list to be one of the first to hear about the program once it’s released. 

Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair (6 – 8 August)

The fair offers a rich exchange of art, culture and ideas with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists from across Australia. You will be able to purchase artwork from over seventy indigenous owned community Art centres and participate in programs with traditional dance, workshops, films, fashion and music. Free event, although some programs may be ticketed.

 

 

 

 

 

Local Tips

Breakfast
De la Plage – Delicious breakfast with one of the best ocean views in town. Pull up a bean bag. Relaxed atmosphere.

Laneway Parap

Rays Patisserie and Café

Eva’s Cafe, Botanical Garden

Sweet brew & Co dining room

Besser Kitchen & Brew Bar

Local markets – for those that love laksa and crepes
Saturday morning Parap Village market 

Sunday morning Nightcliff market

Strolling
Nightcliff foreshore (food vans)
East Point
Fannie Bay foreshore
Botanic gardens

Outdoor Cinema
Deck chair cinema – Movies under the stars. Pillows provided or BYO.

Great Feeds
Pee wees – A’ la carte dining stunning waterfront location

Phat Mango – Australian cuisine

Lazy Susan’s Yum Cha – Good for Sunday mornings

Little Miss Korea – Korean food

Cucina sotto le stelle – Italian food. One of our committee member’s favourite!

Hot Tamale – Authentic Mexican

Chow – Vietnamese

Good Coffee for Southerners
Mad about Coffee – Located in Parap

Laneway Coffee – Located in Parap

Rays Patisserie and Café

Dukes – Located in Darwin CBD. Recommended to have the Merlo Coffee.

Shopping – Probably wait until you get home (we recommend the markets)

Museums
Museum and Art Gallery NT – Free entry

Great Sunsets more information
Fannie Bay
Lee point beach
Mindil Beach
Cullen Bay

Stay on and Do a Day Trip
Litchfield National Park – 90 minutes drive from Darwin. Swim at Buley rock hole, Florence Falls

Corroboree billabong – Incredible wildlife boat tours, 90 min drive from Darwin.

Longer drives
3 hours to Katherine – Explore the gorge and Nitmiluk National Park. Great hikes. Stay in luxury Aboriginal run accommodation at Cicada Lodge

3 hours to Kakadu National Park – Great hikes, waterfalls and rock art. Scenic flights.

Amazing wildlife
Territory Wildlife Park – The bird show is incredible including emus, osprey, kites and Jabiru

Billabong tours on the Mary River

Outback pubs
Humpty Doo Tavern – On the road to Kakadu. Very big food.

Whips
Micks Whips

Crocodiles 
Corroboree billabong tour – The Mary river has the highest concentration of crocodiles of anywhere in the world

Crocosaurus cove – quirky croc exhibit in town. Includes ‘cage of death’ experience for those who would like to get up close and personal with large crocs. Don’t forget your snorkel and write your will before-hand. 

Dead stuffed crocs 
Museum and Art Gallery NT – Free entry

Tour Options

Gray Line operate a wide range of tours, providing flexibility to select your preferred tour options and travel on a day that suits you.  For further information on these tours, as well as other day touring options in and around Darwin, or to make a booking on any of these tours, please click on the link here and select ‘Darwin’:

Please find below some suggested touring options from Gray Line.

Darwin City Sights Tour
Darwin – a unique tropical Australian city magnificently situated on the Arafura Sea is rich in our past heritage of settlement. The ravages of bombings and disastrous cyclones could not break the determination of Australia’s most multicultural city. Vibrant, a relaxed lifestyle, friendliness and uniqueness make this small city a must to experience, to discover, to explore.

Jumping Crocodiles
An excellent opportunity to observe these primeval creatures as you cruise along the Adelaide River. Face saltwater crocodiles close up as they leap out of the water to snatch their food!

Kakadu Adventure
It is the tapestry of great ecosystems that creates the beauty of Kakadu. Sandstone escarpments shaped by an incomprehensible time span; monsoon forests and flood plains; great rivers journey serpentine to the sea; stunningly beautiful billabongs and lagoons are richly clad in a profusion of colour by glorious water lilies and edged by pandanas and paper bark trees; birds of every size, every hue and every song; fearsome crocodiles on the mudslides of billabongs; Aboriginal artwork painted on rock cave walls. This place is creation in its wonderful diversity… This place is Kakadu.

Katherine Gorge
Katherine Gorge set deep within the stone country of Nitmiluk National Park is a dramatic setting. The towering rock wall ramparts above the Katherine River, ancient Aboriginal Dreamtime stories, prolific birdlife and a boat journey into the ‘never never’ land highlight the grandeur of this spectacular gorge. Edith Falls cascading down the sheer rock wall face into a paperbark encompassed plunge pool, Pine Creek historic town and the Adelaide River War Cemetery offer amazing contrasts in a powerful outback land.

Litchfield National Park
Litchfield National Park is an Aboriginal Dreamtime region that retains its mysterious spirituality in the silence of still forest valleys and rock face escarpments. With rugged sandstone, monsoon forests, spectacular waterfalls into cool abyss plunge pools, fascinating termite mounds, time for swimming in warm tropical waters, walking and exploring; this area… so remote… so totally Australian, will leave you with a lasting impression.

Disclaimer
Please be advised that the above tours are offered by separate operators, and do not have any connection with Arinex Pty Ltd. This information is provided to delegates on a general basis and is the delegate’s responsibility to research, make a booking and pay for the service provided directly with the supplier.

Please ensure that you read the terms and conditions on the operator website before proceeding with payment to avoid any problems. Any issues relating to this are at the expense of the delegate and not the responsibility of Arinex Pty Ltd.