Sometimes you just need to get back to nature. There are lots of spots in Darwin where you can be surrounded by greenery and shade. With your Darwin airport car hire, it’s easy to escape to one of the many parks and gardens in the area.
Originally founded 130 years ago to introduce plants for food, the Darwin Botanic Gardens have survived many cyclones and the ravages of world war. Stretching inland from the sea, within the, Fannie Bay cultural and recreational precinct it houses marine plants too. It is a half hour walk from the city or 5 minute drive. There’s a large range of flora including beautiful desert roses, and a cafe.
Along the southern shores of Darwin, this park offers great harbour views and a tropical atmosphere. The plants and flowers are a sight to behold and the war memorials are humbling. It’s a 15 minute walk from town or a couple of minutes by car.
Towards the northern end of town – a 10 minute drive – is Lake Alexander. Being slightly isolated from the city, this is a great recreation area including a playground for the kids. It is a very scenic spot and a nice place to cool off in summer.
If you are heading to the Darwin war museum, make time to explore East Point Reserve. Here, there are lots of shady spots for a picnic, bird life, views over the water and of the city. There is a walking and cycling path, woodlands and wetlands, cliffs and beaches.
Half an hour out of Darwin, this lush park has a spring and rock pools. Look out for barra swimming around. In addition there is a playground and BBQ equipping it for a family day out.
Less than an hour from Darwin, Berry Springs Nature Park is a great outdoors spot to unwind. Fire up the BBQ for a picnic and cool off with a swim in the pools or under the waterfall. There is plenty of shaded area, and car parking too.