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45-Minute Darwin Harbor Sightseeing Cruise

1. 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.

Crab Claw Island Relaxing Full Day Cruise with Seafood Lunch

2. Crab Claw Island Relaxing Full Day Cruise with Seafood Lunch

Depart Cullen Bay in the morning for a 2-hour cruise leaving Darwin Harbour and heading to Bynoe Harbour, going along the Top End coastline. On arrival onto the beach at Crab Claw Island, enjoy a delicious seafood buffet meal on the spacious deck overlooking the water, with plenty of time to relax and enjoy the surroundings. There are two swimming pools, boats for hire or simply relax with a cool beverage on the deck before cruising back to Cullen Bay.

Darwin Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tickets

3. Darwin Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tickets

Discover Australia's gateway to the Northern Territory's "Top End" on board the hop-on and hop-off sightseeing bus. Venture into the lush jungle at the Botanical Gardens, enjoy exotic street food at the Mindil Beach Sunset Markets and get up close to saltwater crocodiles at Crocosaurus Cove. Learn the fascinating local history at the Military Museum and much more!  Enjoy unlimited rides for the validity of your ticket, and benefit from 12 strategic stops. Join the Morning Tour (Red Route) to see the best of Darwin from the city through to Fannie Bay. Climb aboard the Afternoon Tour (Purple Route) and follow the route of the morning buses before you venture further out to the East Point Reserve. Learn about Darwin's fascinating history, culture and geography from the entertaining and informative pre-recorded digital commentary, broadcast in English via on-board speakers. Choose from a 1-day (Classic) or 2-day (Premium) ticket to suit your schedule. Buses run every 35-45 minutes from April to September and every 60-90 minutes from September to April (subject to local traffic conditions). Catch a bus anytime from 09:00 to 17:45 between April and September, and from 09:00 to 16:30 from September to April. Bus Stops: • Tourist Information Center • Crocosaurus Cove • Doctor’s Gully, Aquascene Fish Feeding • Cullen Bay Jetty • Cullen Bay Apartments, Myilly Point Heritage Precinct  • Casino, Mindil Beach Sunset Markets and Botanical Gardens • Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory • Military Museum - Defence of Darwin Experience (90-minute tour only) • Parap, Parap Markets (markets held on Saturdays only) • Stokes Hill Wharf • Waterfront Precinct • Fort Hill Wharf (Cruise Ship Terminal)

Darwin: Group Adventure Boat Tour

4. Darwin: Group Adventure Boat Tour

Travel at high speed on a jetboat from the Stokes Hill Wharf across Darwin Harbor on this group tour that takes fun and adventure to the next level. Do a few spins in the boat to get your heart pumping on the way to see the city’s scenic mangroves. Jump aboard the airboat to cruise along the mudflats and take in the beautiful natural landscapes. Enjoy the local birdlife and keep an eye on the water for the chance to spot sharks, crocs, dolphins, mud crabs, and even stingrays. Get your adrenaline pumping as you twirl and glide across the mud, powered by a huge V8 engine. Next, jump back into the jetboat to soar across the Timor Sea, with picturesque views of the Darwin harbor.

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

5. 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: Royal Flying Doctors Service Entry Ticket

6. Darwin: Royal Flying Doctors Service Entry Ticket

The Royal Flying Doctor Service Darwin Tourist Facility provides an insight into the history of the Royal Flying Doctor Service and the Bombing of Darwin Harbour. This exciting development at Stokes Hill Wharf brings to life 2 quintessential Australian stories. The 1st story is the Royal Flying Doctor Service, affectionately known throughout Australia as the RFDS. Founded by the Reverend John Flynn, it began its aeromedical operations in the Northern Territory in 1939. The 2nd story featured is the Bombing of Darwin Harbour on 19th February 1942. The bombing of the harbor brought destruction to the city of Darwin. Many of the experiences and stories of what happened that day are told through state of the art technology. Take a self-guided tour of the exhibition, knowing that the staff members are always available to assist as required. When you arrive, a staff member will provide an outline of the facility, explain the 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 that allows visitors to experience a fully equipped aeromedical plane.

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What people are saying about Darwin Harbour

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 148 reviews

Great boat ride to Crab Claw island with plenty of seafood and seconds or thirds if you needed it. Some free time to sit around with new friends or to sit by the pool . A great day we’ll worth it!

We just did the round trip because of problems with our parking in the city. Thoroughly enjoyed it. Gave a great view of the general Darwin & the Driver/Guide was very informative.

Great day out. Enjoyed everything. Food was fantastic.Had more than enough. Nice relaxing stop at Crab Claw. Trip on boat was great too.

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

Great alternative view of Darwin , great short tour