Darwin City Sights
Welcome to Darwin
This afternoon’s tour showcases the booming city of Darwin, Australia’s only tropical capital city. Your Driver Guide will point out significant landmarks such as the Chinese Temple and East Point Military Precinct, and share details of the region’s history and rich culture.
Darwin Aviation Museum
This is one of the major aviation museums in Australia. The main display is a massive B-52 Bomber, on permanent loan from the United States Air Force, and is one of only two on public display in the world outside the USA. You can view some rare amateur footage of the first air-raid in Darwin, and also original footage from Japanese archives. In all, there are 19 aircraft on display, from Mirage and Sabre jet fighters to a Royal Australian Wessex helicopter. From Ross & Keith Smith to Bert Hinkler, from Amy Johnston to Dick Smith to the National Coastwatch service, aviation has played a major part in the development of the Northern Territory.
Museum & Art Gallery of the Northen Territory
The Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory (MAGNT) is the Top End’s premier cultural and artistic organisation. MAGNT, opened in 1966 and in its current location since 1981, is 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 visiting exhibitions.
Darwin Botanic Gardens
Established 130 years ago, the George Brown Botanic Gardens have survived numerous cyclones and the direct effects of World War Two. 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.
Half Day Tour
Approximately 5 hours
Daily (Apr-Oct) and
Wed, Fri & Sun (Nov-Mar)
12.45pm from Darwin (or earlier from your hotel)
6.00pm approximately to Darwin
Our special discounted rates make booking accommodation with us during your holiday both easy and affordable at selected AAT Kings hotels and resorts.
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Language DevicesNon-English commentary language devices can be requested at no additional cost however may be subject to availability. Please enquire after your booking is confirmed.
- Experienced Driver Guide
- Travel in an air-conditioned coach
- Comprehensive commentary
What to bring
- Comfortable walking shoes
- Sunglasses, sunscreen and hat
- Water bottle
- Jacket in cooler months
Low level of fitness required.
Free hotel pick-ups
Hotel pick-ups are available free of charge if you do not wish to meet at the main departure point. Hotel pick up times vary so please use the tool below to find your hotel and pick up time. Hotel pick-ups must be requested with your booking.
Pickup times listed below are valid for departures between 1st April 2016 – 31st March 2017. Please note departures PRIOR TO 1 APRIL 2016 depart from 2.00PM, or earlier from your hotel in Darwin; please enquire at time of booking for hotel pick-up details. Please reconfirm day prior to departure as times may vary due to weather conditions.
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In 1839, HMS Beagle sailed into Darwin Harbour and the ship's captain named the port after Charles Darwin, the British naturalist.
The didgeridoo – famed instrument of indigenous Australians, originally came from Arnhem Land, just east of Darwin.
Cyclone Tracy was a tropical cyclone that devastated Darwin from Christmas Eve to Christmas Day 1974, killing 71 people and destroyed more than 70% of Darwin's buildings.
The city was founded in 1869 and its population rapidly expanded after the discovery of gold at nearby Pine Creek in 1871.