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Darwin Harbour: Our most recommended tours and activities

Darwin: Darwin Harbor Sunset Cruise with Buffet Dinner

1. Darwin: Darwin Harbor Sunset Cruise with Buffet Dinner

Step aboard the Charles Darwin and set off on a beautiful sunset cruise of Darwin Harbor. Tantalize your tastebuds with local produce and fresh seafood for dinner. With access to the boat's top deck, take in stunning views of Darwin and its famous sunset. Learn about about the harbor and the history of Darwin from the onboard commentary. As you learn about the area and take in the amazing views, dine on a delicious buffet dinner and maybe even buy a drink from the licensed bar.

Darwin: Sunset Harbour Cruise with Fish and Chips Dinner

2. Darwin: Sunset Harbour Cruise with Fish and Chips Dinner

Begin your cruise from Stokes Hill Wharf with a complementary refreshment in hand. Sail out past Kitchener Bay and pause to admire the magnificent expanse of the Darwin Harbour and its fascinating landmarks.  Next, hold on to your hats as you leave other boats in your wake and get to know the sights and sounds of the Darwin city seascape, as the skipper navigates you to a local restaurant where your crew will pick up your dinner of deliciously fresh, wild fish with chips. As you eat your dinner onboard, cruise to the best location for enjoying a delightfully warm breeze and an exquisite tropical sunset. The tide, wind, weather and season will all be considered as the captain turns the boat in a particular direction. You may experience a walk on the Fannie Bay sandbar or enjoy your meal among a pod of frolicking dolphins or dugong.

Darwin: 1-Hour Bombing of Darwin Cruise

3. Darwin: 1-Hour Bombing of Darwin Cruise

This one-hour Bombing of Darwin cruise departs Stokes Hill Wharf at 11:00 AM. After leaving the wharf, you will uncover the historic Stokes Hill and Fort Hill wharf areas, the Pearling Luggers, wreck sites of the SS Neptuna and USS Peary, the old flying boat base at Doctors Gully, and HMAS Coonawarra, before eventually arriving at Cullen Bay. With real-time commentary from local guides, this cruise takes in Darwin Harbour’s World War II history. For an immersive experience select to try the Darwin Bombing virtual reality experience. You will later be free to disembark at Cullen Bay to join the hop-on hop-off bus, or stay aboard and return to Stokes Hill Wharf at 12:15 PM.

Darwin: Bombing of Darwin WW2 Tour with Harbor Cruise

4. Darwin: Bombing of Darwin WW2 Tour with Harbor Cruise

Travel back in time to 19 February 1942 and uncover the Bombing of Darwin on this half-day tour. Learn about how 2 Japanese air attacks on this forgotten military base killed 243 people and destroyed the city. Now a modern and vibrant city, Darwin still bares the scars of its history, which you will discover on this tour. The tour begins with an introduction into the Bombing of Darwin, as you listen to stories and information provided by local historians. Later, explore the sites that were hit by the Japanese air raids and remember those who lost their lives. Next, head to the Charles Darwin National Park to see bunkers and other WW2 relics before visiting the acclaimed Defense of Darwin museum as well as the East Point Military precinct and the Myilly Point Heritage precinct. The tour is concluded with a 1-hour cruise through Darwin Harbor which passes the historic Stokes Hill and Fort Hill wharf areas. You’ll also sail by the wreck sites of the SS Neptuna and USS Peary, the old flying boat base at Doctors Gully, and finally to Cullen Bay where you can see the gun emplacements from the water.

45-Minute Darwin Harbor Sightseeing Cruise

5. 45-Minute Darwin Harbor Sightseeing Cruise

Come on board for a 45-minute highlights cruise in Darwin's beautiful harbor, departing from Cullen Bay Ferry Terminal, just five minutes from Darwin's city centre. Sit back, relax and enjoy the sights from the open sundeck or the air-conditioned cabin. Listen to the skipper's informative, live commentary and enjoy a different perspective of Darwin city and its historic city wharves from the water.  Go out of Cullen Bay, past Emery Point and the naval base before cruising alongside the city Esplanade and around to Stokes Hill Wharf.

Discover the City of Darwin: Half-Day City Coach Tour

6. Discover the City of Darwin: Half-Day City Coach Tour

Join a city sights tour for the perfect introduction to Darwin, with expert commentary by a local guide. Your Driver Guide will point out significant landmarks and will speak about Darwin’s rich history and culture throughout. Darwin Aviation Museum: This is one of the major aviation museums in Australia. The main display is a B-52 Bomber, on permanent loan from the United States Air Force. You can view some rare amateur footage of the first air-raid in Darwin, and original footage from Japanese archives. There are 19 aircraft on display, from Mirage and Sabre jet fighters to a Royal Australian Wessex helicopter. Museum & Art Gallery of the Northern Territory: home to internationally renowned artistic, cultural and scientific collections and research programs. You’ll get to see the largest permanent display of Aboriginal artwork in Australia as well as an eclectic range of visiting exhibitions. Darwin Botanic Gardens: find out how these gardens have survived numerous cyclones and the direct effects of World War II. Because the site extends inland from the sea to a plateau, it provides a range of planting environments and is one of a few botanic gardens in the world which has marine and estuarine plants naturally in its grounds. Not only will you have the chance to see some unique and exotic plants but even some local wildlife!

Darwin: Australia/ APAC eSIM Roaming Mobile Data Plan

7. Darwin: Australia/ APAC eSIM Roaming Mobile Data Plan

Say goodbye to the hassle of physical SIMs and finding mobile network operator stores with our e-SIM service. After purchase, you'll receive a QR code that you can scan on your compatible device to install the e-SIM wherever and whenever you need it. Choose from a range of data volumes, validity periods, and coverage options in different countries to stay connected with ease. Most iPhone models beyond XS support e-SIM, and follow our instructions in the photo session to check compatibility for other devices. Share the QR code via AirDrop or scan it to another device. Install the e-SIM by connecting to WiFi or a network, and remember to turn on roaming for the e-SIM. If you have trouble connecting to the network, consult our self-troubleshooting guide. If you have a connected trip in Asia, just simply select the 22 Asian countries option, which covers:Vietnam, Hong Kong, Macao, Cambodia, China, Taiwan, Malaysia, Australia, Indonesia, Philippines, Thailand, Singapore, New Zealand, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Israel, Japan, South Korea If your data is used-up? Simple, just buy another e-SIM to top-up. APN (Access Point Name): iboots Local Network:Optus

Darwin: Royal Flying Doctor Service Entry Ticket

8. Darwin: Royal Flying Doctor Service Entry Ticket

Get entry tickets to the Royal Flying Doctor Service Tourist Facility in Darwin to gain an insight into the history of the Flying Doctor Service and the Bombing of Darwin Harbor. Take a self-guided tour of the exhibition, knowing that the staff members are always available to assist as required. Witness 2 quintessential Australian stories brought to life at Stokes Hill Wharf. The 1st is about the Royal Flying Doctor Service or RFDS which began its aeromedical operations in the Northern Territory in 1939. The 2nd is about the Bombing of Darwin Harbour in 1942, told through state-of-the-art technology. Upon arrival at the Royal Flying Doctor Service Darwin Tourist Facility, meet a staff member to get an outline of the facility along with timings for the holographic cinema sessions and the Window of the 1942 bombing platform. Enjoy a range of interactive and VR experiences that bring history to life. Learn about the heroes and survivors who experienced the raids. Admire a decommissioned RFDS Pilatus PC-12 to experience a fully-equipped aeromedical plane.

From Darwin: Top End Highlights 3-day Guided Tour

9. From Darwin: Top End Highlights 3-day Guided Tour

From your Darwin accommodation, we transport you on guided day tours through Australia’s Tropical North. We take you on the most iconic Northern Territory experiences, as you see for yourself the spectacular sights. These guided tours will take you to the NT’s cultural, historical and geographical landmark locations, as we delve into their local and international significance. We visit the natural wonders of the region and enjoy the beautiful, natural variety of abundant terrain diversities. Activities include bushwalking, scenic lookouts, exploring ancient rock art sites, waterfalls, swimming and hearing about the cultural stories and traditions. You will see for miles over Wetlands, Savannah Woodlands, Stone Country and Escarpment. You will witness the uniqueness of our tropical ecosystems and hear how we have worked with the land and elements in the Northern Territory for centuries. Offroad Dreaming shares their knowledge of combined decades of experience in the area and we have the opportunity to join specialist activities where specific cultural, geographical and historical information is a valuable addition to your itinerary. We work with other locally owned and operated cruise operators, to travel on our vast waterways. You will take a Billabong cruise, a wildlife crocodile cruise and a Darwin Harbour sunset cruise. Day One (Thursday) - includes Kakadu Day Tour approximately 05:30 to 19:00 Nourlangie and Yellow Waters Billabong Cruise Morning and afternoon snacks Freshly prepared picnic lunch Kakadu National Park entry fee/park pass Day Two (Friday) - includes Berry Springs Nature park for: Botanical guided walk Swimming Morning and afternoon snacks Freshly prepared picnic lunch Sea Darwin Sunset Cruise 17:00 to 20:00 Fish & chips Day Three (Saturday) - includes Litchfield Day Tour approximately 07:30 to 19:30 Wangi Falls, Florence Falls, Buley Rockhole, Termite Mounds Crocodile River cruise Morning and afternoon snacks Freshly prepared picnic lunch What to bring: Walking shoes Swimwear (Litchfield and Berry Springs only) Swim towel (Litchfield and Berry Springs only) Refillable water bottle Sun hat and Sunscreen 30+ Insect repellent Day pack for walks (no luggage) A light warm jumper for cool nights Lightweight waterproof clothing during the Shoulder Wet Season months (typically March, April, September and October) Equipment provided: Transport in well maintained air conditioned vehicle, with tinted windows which will provide some protection from the heat and the UV rays. Exclusions: Alcoholic beverages Incidentals eg fresh coffee at comfort stops Flights to and from Darwin Darwin overnight accommodation Travel insurance

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What people are saying about Darwin Harbour

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 222 reviews

A nice relaxing way to get your view of the city and harbour from a different view. Easy to get to and a good chance to look around Cullen Bay.

It’s way amazing to hear what really happened in Darwin with the booming it was a eye opening

Very informative amazing to see what is like on a flight on a RFDS plane

This Tour should be available late afternoon We did not have a choice .

Very worth while, great commentary. I highly recomend