Darwin is a fascinating town, with a sophisticated arts scene, rich history with military influences, and a great sporting side. Here are some of the top things to see with your Darwin car hire when you’re visiting.
Darwin’s tropical waterfront is the perfect place to cool down in the evenings, and there’s no better venue for it than at the Deckchair Cinema, Darwin’s first outdoor cinema. Relax in the tropical garden setting on a deck chair and watch the sun set with a meal and a drink before your film starts under the starry sky. This independent venue screens up to date movies and films that are often unavailable to local audiences as well as classics. It runs seven nights a week during the dry season (April to November) from 6.30pm. Bring your own picnic or cushions if you like. Get to the cinema via the Damoe Ra Walkway from the Esplanade. Parking is free after 6pm.
Stroll the waterfront and marvel at the spectacular colours of sunrise and sunset in Darwin. During the dry season, the markets bring the beach to life, with fresh food stalls and entertainment aplenty.
The George Brown Darwin Botanic Gardens were created over a century ago. Originally they were intended to introduce plants for food to the community but have blossomed into a recreational destination, surviving many cyclones and the ravages of World War II. Set within the Fannie Bay cultural precinct, here are a range of environments housed within these gardens, including natural marine plant estuary. There is a pleasant cafe to help pass the time and refuel, and lots of space to walk dogs freely. It’s a short drive from the city, or a half-hour walk.
Darwin’s aviation museum first opened in 1988 in a Navy yard building, now a registered heritage place. It’s a great place for history and aviation buffs. A B-52 bomber (one of only two on display outside the USA) is on display here, along with with other military aircraft, engines and the wreckage of a Japanese Zero fighter shot down in the 1942 air raids on Darwin.
Tucked away in the outer Darwin suburb of Berrimah, The Hidden Valley Motor Sports Complex is features an international grade quarter mile drag strip as well as motorcycle and car race track, speedway, go-kart and mud racing track. There are a number of food and drink kiosks. If you’re in town for an event here, take the opportunity to see what it’s all about – the natural lvalley offers unparalleled views of the racing year round from amphitheatre terrace seating, with the track built into the terrain.