12 Cavenagh Street, Darwin
The Cavenagh is one of Darwin's most centrally located backpacker hostels, right in the heart of Darwin & only a few minutes walk to the busy entertainment area of the city & the main shopping mall, with easy access to shops, banks & most of Darwin's popular attractions.
All rooms are ensuite so whether you want a dorm bed or a motel room with flat screen TV, the Cavenagh is the perfect place to start that Top End experience.
Cool off in the crystal clear pool, Darwin's largest!
Or, check out the Cavenagh's pub & restaurant, offering both indoor dining in air-conditioned comfort and an outdoor, al fresco experience on the poolside deck.
The communal kitchen has been completely renovated with new fixtures, and reception has a cool, modern feel to it!
All dorms are ensuite, with a TV, fridge, and 24 hour air-conditioning - a must in Darwin! Motel rooms are spacious, ensuite, and have cable & plasma TV!
This park, a breeding complex, features hundreds of giant reptiles. Tours include a feeding demonstration and a chance to cuddle a baby croc. A mini zoo houses lions and other big cats, spider monkeys, marmosets, tamarinds and large birds, including ostriches and cassowaries. A comprehensive museum covers all things croc related.
East Point Reserve
This spit of undeveloped bushland north of Fannie Bay is good to visit in the late afternoon when the wallabies come out to feed. A cool breeze usually springs up as you watch the sunset across the bay. There's also a salt-water, jellyfish-free lake where swimming is possible all year round.
Indo-Pacific Marine &: Australian Pearling Exhibition
This excellent aquarium displays living coral ecosystems and an array of exotic creatures associated with coral, such as sea horses, clown fish and butterfly fish as well as nasties like the stonefish and box jellyfish. Housed in the same building is the Pearling Exhibition, which deals with the history of the pearling industry and has informative audiovisual displays.
Recommended is the 'Coral Reef by Night' show and seafood buffet, held at the Aquarium at 19:00 on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday where you can observe the marine life, then eat it.
Mindil Beach Sunset Market
Thai, Sri Lankan, Indian, Chinese, Malaysian, Greek and Portuguese meals and snacks are all available at this busy night market just out of town. There are cake stalls, fruit-salad bars, handicraft stalls, and sometimes entertainment in the form of a band or street theatre.
People begin arriving at Mindil Beach market around dusk on Thursday and Sunday nights during the dry season. They bring tables, chairs, rugs, grog and kids and settle under the coconut palms to watch the sunset and decide which of the tantalising food-stall aromas has the greatest allure.
Museum &: Art Gallery of the Northern Territory
A highlight of this bright, well-presented museum at Fannie Bay is its collection of Aboriginal art. It's particularly strong on bark paintings from Arnhem Land and pukumani burial poles from the Tiwi islands. Other essentials include the Cyclone Tracy display, the vast Maritime Gallery and the natural history exhibits including a huge stuffed crocodile.
There's also a good collection of artefacts from the Pacific and Southeast Asia, including Indonesian ikat (woven cloth), gamelan instruments and a sea gypsies' prahu (floating home) from Sabah, Malaysia.