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The Top Things to do in Darwin

At the heart of any visit to Darwin is balmy tropical weather, WWII history, Indigenous culture, nature and a crocodile or two. The outdoor lifestyle is best suited to an adventurer with the capital city just a stone’s throw away from outback oasis’ in Litchfield National Park and Kakadu National Park. There are quite a few activities that are unique to Darwin, such as swimming with crocs, discovering remote waterholes and learning about the city’s disastrous involvement in WWII. Start planning your Darwin adventure here with a list of the top things to do to fill in any travel itinerary.

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The Top 10 Things to do in Darwin, NT

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The Northern Territory's capital and its surrounds makes for an excellent choice of destinations for those looking for urbanised Australia that still has plenty of history and stays in touch with the country's traditional roots.

Sitting on a lovely coastal aspect facing the Timor Sea and serving as the ideal gateway to the many natural wonders of the NT's interior, Darwin is famous for a number of distinctive traits.

With legendary (and legendarily beautiful) thunderstorms, crocodile-inhabited waterways, World War 2 memorials and modern CBD, Darwin is a city of juxtapositions that all, in their own way, sum up what “Australia” is all about. With its far northerly location, Darwin also makes for perhaps one of the best choices for a getaway during the colder winter months, as its climate makes these otherwise unpleasant parts of the year enjoyable.

While it may not have the “brand name” recognition of some of its southern brothers, with its eclectic mix of scenery, history and nearby adventure locales, Darwin is a place that provides an exciting break from the humdrum of everyday life. If you're planning to make the trip to the NT's capital, here's our recommended list of the Top 10 Things to do in Darwin and surrounds.

1. The Deckchair Cinema

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Location: Jervois Rd, Darwin City NT

One of the key reasons most people are drawn to Darwin its warmer climate that hits a near-perfect peak in the otherwise “cold” months of the year, allowing visitors from cooler parts of the country to enjoy the great outdoors during winter and beyond.

If there's any example that best represents this Darwin advantage over some of its southern neighbours, the Deckchair Cinema would be it – it's an outdoor moviegoing experience that features a combination of several great factors emblematic of Darwin all at the same time.

Mild weather, a relaxed outdoor atmosphere, great views, beautiful sunsets and the ability to enjoy a drop or three of alcohol all while outdoors and are brought together with a lovely communal feel.

Set in a beautiful outdoor setting on the waterfront overlooking Darwin's harbour, the Deckchair Cinema offers unique film screenings that are typically unavailable to regular theatre audiences, with independent movies that make for a refreshing change of pace mixed in with some of the explosion-filled and big-budget Hollywood standard.

The whole experience is filled with little personal touches that come together to make the mere act of watching a movie actually feel like a special night out; grab a quality (and reasonably-priced!) meal prepared at the venue and enjoy it amongst the open air – or perhaps bring along your own picnic and enjoy it on the open grass – before settling into a comfy deck chair as the credits begin to roll.

Set in a beautiful outdoor setting on the waterfront overlooking Darwin's harbour, the Deckchair Cinema offers unique film screenings that are typically unavailable to regular theatre audiences, with independent movies that make for a refreshing change of pace mixed in with some of the explosion-filled and big-budget Hollywood standard.

All this while wild and cute possums can be seen bounding around the grounds looking for some bonus scraps of food, and you've got one of the unique theatre experiences in the country.

While alcohol is not BYO, the cinema has a licensed bar from which you can grab an inexpensive wine or chilled beer along with a couple of food stalls and you can enjoy them both at one of the tables at the rear before joining the main seating area.

Cold water and insect repellant (definitely necessary during the warmer months) are also both provided free of charge for comfort purposes, while boxes of cushions are also available to offer additional support for the low-backed deck chairs.

Surrounded by tropical trees with plenty of birds and fruit bats dotting the skies, the Deckchair Cinema offers an evening out that can all be had for around the same price as a standard showing at a regular chain movie theatre.

Tickets to the Deckchair Cinema can be purchased online on the same day – which means no queues and no frustration – but if you're planning to attend, be sure to get there early to ensure you get both a seat and your preferred seating location.

Even if you aren't a fan of the movies that happen to be showing during your time here, it's still a place that's worth going just for the ambience and social/scenic aspects.

There are few experiences that scream “Darwin” more than the Deckchair Cinema (there's a reason it's a popular fixture with the locals), and with such a unique aspect and blend of factors that reflect the best of what the Far North is all about, it comes as our #1 must-do activity while visiting the Northern Territory's capital.

2. Enjoy a sunset dinner cruise

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Location: 7 Stokes Hill Rd, Stoke Hill Wharf, Darwin City, NT

The perfect activity on a steamy Northern Territory evening is a relaxing sunset cruise aboard the ‘Charles Darwin’ with Darwin Harbour Cruises.

With outdoor or indoor dining in air conditioned comfort, there is truly no better way to witness a colourful sunset and a delicious Territory style themed buffet dinner.

Over the course of 2.5 hours find your table or the perfect spot on the 25 metre, multi-level catamaran and it won’t be long before everyone becomes transfixed by the famous sunsets as you gently cruise Darwin Harbour.

A sunset cruise is one of those Northern Territory bucket list items that encompasses beautiful scenery, sightseeing and of course local cuisine and it lives up to the hype.

The journey along the harbour is not without informative commentary but it is balanced perfectly as the Captain points out local landmarks and highlights of the region without intruding on the serenity of the sunset cruise thus giving you time to soak in the scenery and conversation with your friends or family.

"A sunset cruise is one of those Northern Territory bucket list items that encompasses beautiful scenery, sightseeing and of course local cuisine and it lives up to the hype."

Once the sunset has begun to set on the evening, a delightful buffet dinner is served up with Australian seafood and the very best local produce.

On the menu are freshly shucked South Australian oysters, pickled octopus, prawns, local reef fish, beef fillets and an assortment of salads and mouthwatering cakes and desserts.

The cruise is a superb introduction to Darwin or a great way to celebrate a special occasion departing every evening from the Stokes Hill Wharf at 6pm and returning at 8.30pm.

With a warm climate all year round there is nothing better than kicking back after a long day with a cool drink in your hand and a cool breeze in your hair as the sun sets and the stars come out for the evening.

3. Defence of Darwin Experience

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Location: 5434 Alec Fong Lim Drive East Point, Darwin

For better and for worse, war and wartime activity has had a strong and lasting impact on Darwin's structure and history, with the city seeing significant activity during World War 2 in particular.

The Northern Territory government's excellent Defence of Darwin Experience has been established with the intent to immerse visitors in this tumultuous past and does a wonderful and comprehensive job of going in-depth to showcase the drama of this time period utilising visual, aural and multimedia methods and displays.

The museum slash exhibition attempts to focus on interactivity to get its message across, with a number of main “sections” each of which focuses on different stages of Darwin's WWII period.

The Defence of Darwin Experience is located along the waterfront with a great view overlooking the ocean, and as many of the exhibits are outside – including a number of large guns that were used to defend the city during the war – it's easy to visualise how exposed the city may have been to attack.

. Inside the facility itself meanwhile, you'll encounter various artefacts and videos which help to put the history and sacrifices of those who took part in the war effort into proper perspective.

There's a fantastic collection of military equipment on display here – machinery, medals and uniforms that are all excellently curated provide further insight to the time period. If you're ever looking for more information on a certain item, the extremely knowledgeable and helpful volunteer staff are all too willing to help offer further insight.

The Defence of Darwin Experience is located along the waterfront with a great view overlooking the ocean, and as many of the exhibits are outside – including a number of large guns that were used to defend the city during the war – it's easy to visualise how exposed the city may have been to attack.

One of the main highlights here is the “Bombing of Darwin” experience that features an 11 minute rendered animation depicting the Japanese bombing of the city on the 19th of February, 1942.

Played in a theatre on a projected screen, it's a well-produced affair that features surround sound that helps to greatly add to the atmosphere of the presentation.

The experience also does a solid job of attempting to fairly represent both the Australian and Japanese points of view and the way the museum utilises a number of personalities of actual people involved in the conflict to tell the story helps to add a human element to the narrative.

Further detail is also provided on other parts of northern Australia which were attacked during WWII – it's commonly thought that Darwin was the only place that bore the brunt of the fighting, but other smaller locations are also given their due diligence here.

Perhaps the only downside to the attraction is that it can be somewhat of a chore to access if you don't have private transport – its location on the waterfront combined with a lack of buses travelling to the facility can make for an expensive taxi ride.

A reasonable price of admission for something that's so interesting and so well done while providing around 3-4 hours of entertainment for all ages is nothing to be sniffed at, and coupled with its historical significance makes the Defence of Darwin a true essential for any Aussie (or foreign visitor) with even a passing interest in our country's history.

4. Visit the Royal Flying Doctor

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Location: 45 Stokes Hill Road, Darwin NT

One of the Australian icons in the sky, the Royal Flying Doctor Service has been operating hospitals in the sky transporting patient in need from rural areas to medical centres for assistance.

The service is especially crucial in remote areas of the Northern Territory and their operations in Darwin since 1939 have become relied upon and have a special place in history.

A few years after operations began, Darwin was thrown into the depths of war in 1942.

The Royal Flying Doctor museum in Darwin serves a duel purpose in giving visitors an insight into the world class aeromedical organisation and the conditions that are faced plus an educational virtual reality experience that brings this devastating moment in history to life.

Relive the drama of the bombing of Darwin Harbour with an immersive holographic, virtual reality experience that will transport individuals back to that fateful day.

"Relive the drama of the bombing of Darwin Harbour with an immersive holographic, virtual reality experience that will transport individuals back to that fateful day and in addition explore decommissioned planes by the Royal Flying Doctor".

With the use of state of the art technology and holograms narrating the experience, Rear Admiral Etheridge shares his experience plus watch interactive videos from the Prime Minister of the time- John Curtin and Japanese Pilot Hajime Toyhoshima.

The virtual reality is a visceral experience that really brings home the devastation and shock of the attack on Darwin in 1942. Replica Japanese aircraft hang from the museum’s ceiling and interactive storyboards help to explain the timeline of what took place.

After visiting the historic exhibit, explore the origins of the Royal Flying Doctor Service with interactive exhibits, decommissioned aircraft, life size holograms that share incredible heroic stories and daily activities from pilots, engineers, doctors and nurses.

You can even step on board one of the planes and see what the working conditions are like within one of the decommissioned planes.

The award winning museum is truly worth a visit while in Darwin with the retelling of authentic stories told in a stimulating audio-visual way. Hear about incredible moments in Australian history and stories of incredible feats and heroism.

5. Aboriginal Cultural Tours

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Location: 2056 Arnhem Hwy, Lambells Lagoon NT

The indigenous Australian aboriginal culture plays a strong part in the Northern Territory's overall character, having been the focal point for many of the country's original inhabitants for thousands of years.

It's a culture that involves beliefs on the landscape, wildlife and landmarks of the area, and local operator Pudakul Aboriginal Cultural Tours provide one of the most authentic and down-to-earth tours available for learning some of these firsthand.

With its location just on the outskirts of the beginning of Kakadu National Park, it's a great way to kick off a tour further into Kakadu, which will, in turn, give you an added sense of appreciation of many of the sights, sounds and animals you'll see during your time there.

This completely family-owned and operated business is a truly genuine experience without all the overly-commercialized and touristy frills that some “Aboriginal experiences” around the country offer – it's simply friendly and warm people sharing their culture with other interested parties.

The friendly and highly knowledgeable Aboriginal hosts with decades of personal experience have plenty to pass on and share with visitors, and their base of operations is accessible via a relatively short and easy drive from Darwin.

All of the basic staples of Aboriginal culture are covered here, from spear throwing to didjeridoo and clapstick playing to more detailed and intricate techniques such as learning what it takes to gather and prepare true “bush tucker” and medicine from natural plants and other ingredients.

Asking questions is a key part of the experience – their wealth of knowledge is there to be shared, and you can learn all sorts of interesting tidbits about the Dreamtime as well as stories about the significance of certain native animals.

The tour experience starts off with an authentic, traditional style greeting which helps to set the tone for things to come. Set amongst a lovely stretch of Aboriginal land next to a billabong, you'll also be able to learn about local trees and natural highlights of the region in general, with plenty of enlightening conversation to take part in.

Asking questions is a key part of the experience – their wealth of knowledge is there to be shared, and you can learn all sorts of interesting tidbits about the Dreamtime as well as stories about the significance of certain native animals.

Other demonstrations such as the arts behind basket weaving show more of a practical application to all this knowledge and give an appreciation for the ability to produce hand-crafted goods without needing modern technology to do so.

All of this insight and culture is capped off nicely with a lovely home-made damper and billy tea combination which is a pleasantly informal way to include things, and proof that “simple” can still be “delicious”.

With a running time of roughly 2 hours, Pudakul Aboriginal Cultural Tours serves as a great “primer” introduction for those not too familiar with Aboriginal culture, all done with a smile and sense of enthusiasm.

f you're going to be exploring Darwin and its greater surrounds further, it's thus easy to recommend this tour. as one of your first stops when heading outside the city.

6. Crocosaurus Cove and the Cage of Death

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Location: 58 Mitchell St, Darwin

Had enough of crocs on this list yet? While it's possible to feel a sense of “crocodile overdose” when looking at tourist places to visit in and around Darwin, each of them tends to have their own unique focus on the creatures.

Crocosaurus Cove in the heart of the city takes this theme and kicks things up a notch by being the only place in Australia that allows you to dive with a fully-grown crocodile with its Cage of Death experience.

Situated right in the middle of the city's main shopping district, it's an excellent time-saver for those wanting to get close to crocs without leaving the city or heading further afield.

The attraction features some of the largest captive saltwater crocodiles in the country, which are interesting and impressive to look at, but it's the Cage of Death that makes Crocosaurus Cove a standout. So what exactly does this experience involve?

Those looking to take part will don goggles and enter a transparent glass cylinder, which will be gradually lowered into a pool with one of the “big” crocs, coming literally face-to-face with one of these awesome beasts.

Over the next 15 minutes, you'll be able to tread water as the creatures approach the glass – it's a sensation of wonder and helplessness that makes it easy to forget you're completely safe!

Those looking to take part will don goggles and enter a transparent glass cylinder, which will be gradually lowered into a pool with one of the “big” crocs, coming literally face-to-face with one of these awesome beasts.

Those of less daring temperaments can still stand by and observe the Cage of Death, and it's amusing to watch other people's reactions as they get close up with the crocs.

Along with the crocodiles, there's also an interesting and quite large reptile enclosure for seeing other types of animals and providing a temporary break from any possible croc-fatigue, with the largest display of native Aussie reptiles in the world.

Some of these also include multiple varieties of the deadliest snakes on Earth, which can be both impressive and intimidating to see close up!

This is rounded out by a range of lizards, turtles and frogs that tend to prove popular with kids as well. VIP tours are also available that can take you for a more in-depth, behind-the-scenes look at how the park is run while being able to hold animals and see how the attraction operates.

Add to this the quality keeper talks, fish feeding and great souvenir store and cafe and there's everything you'll need to enjoy a very Darwin-style wildlife experience all within a short walk from the majority of Darwin accommodation.

Educational, entertaining and efficient, time-starved travellers and those wanting to take part in a more extreme and personal crocodile experience should be sure to give Crocosaurus Cove a look.

7. Mindil Beach Sunsets and Markets

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Location: Buffalo Court, Darwin, NT

The “best things in life are free” cliché may have been around for a while, but in Darwin, one of its highlights exemplifies this to the fullest.

The city's coastal aspect coupled with a huge harbour that's actually bigger than Sydney Harbour make for a destination that is one of the most renowned in the country for the quality of its amazing sunsets, featuring long, red sun-kissed glow reflecting off the water that makes for a wonderful panorama.

Sunsets are such an integral part of the Darwin culture, in fact, that entire events are based on their occurrence, with the city's longstanding and ever-popular Mindil Markets held at a time of day designed to coincide perfectly with this beautiful natural phenomena.

The Mindil Markets are held at Mindil Beach during the yearly dry season in Darwin and allow those attending to grab some freshly-made local food or drink then kick back and enjoy the sunset from the waterfront.

Held on Thursdays and Sundays, the markets offer an enjoyable diverse range of food cuisines reflecting the cities multicultural influence – a stroll amongst its stalls will give you access to the likes of Indian, Chinese, Brazillian, Greek and numerous other food types that ensure there's a taste that will please all but the fussiest eaters.

If you're feeling thirsty, freshly-squeezed juices are the ultimate quencher, while local seasonal fruit and French desserts provide a range of ideal complements to your main meal.

Sunsets are such an integral part of the Darwin culture, in fact, that entire events are based on their occurrence, with the city's longstanding and ever-popular Mindil Markets held at a time of day designed to coincide perfectly with this beautiful natural phenomena.

Add to this a large number of stalls featuring handcrafted goods that include everything from fashion to art and homewares and it's easy to see why the Mindil Markets have been a local icon for quite some time.

The size of the markets is quite impressive, with an average of over 60 food stalls and 130 vendors selling crafts stretching out over the beachfront, creating a bustling yet laid-back atmosphere that is characteristic of Darwin as a whole.

If you're a visitor to Darwin and looking for souvenirs to take home, then THIS is the place to do so – most of the goods on sale have been produced with proper care, and are much more “authentic” than some of the more contrived items you'll end up purchasing from stores in town.

Prices here tend to be more reasonable overall, too, and with the diversity on offer you may just find the ideal keepsake to bring back.

The markets take place from 5pm to 10pm between the months of April to October and are also easy to get to, sitting on the waterfront just next to the Darwin casino and offer plenty of spacious grassy areas for which to pull up a chair and prepare for the daily sunset show as the colours of the sky begin to change.

A great way to cap off a day and enjoy an evening after a busy day of sightseeing or exploring, the Mindil Markets and sunset are an essential way to spend at least one of your evenings during your time in the city.

8. Outback Floatplane Adventures

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Location: 50 Mitchell Street, Darwin

The absolute vastness of the Northern Territory's untouched natural areas can sometimes be hard to grasp, with the size of Australia as a whole coupled with our low overall population to leave plenty of the country as it has been for millions of years.

There are thus few better ways to gain an appreciation of this scale than heading directly into its heart, and Outback Floatplane Adventures offers one of the most intriguing and unique ways to do so, combining aerial and waterborne adventure into a single incredible sightseeing package.

It's an experience that's as diverse as it is entertaining, incorporating a number of specialised vehicles into the process – helicopters, airboats, floatplanes and off-road buggies, each of which handle a separate portion of the trip.

This is truly an adventure that covers all angles and vantage points, serving as the ideal choice for those with a limited amount of time yet still looking to see some of the NT's best, as the tour can be done within half a day.

The journey kicks off by being picked up from the airport, greeted by the friendly and passionate – and above all, humourous - staff and then boarding the floatplane for a flight over both Darwin city and its surrounding waterways, heading deeper out into the neighbouring wetlands area for some scenic views of this wild wilderness before landing on the waters of Sweets Lagoon in spectacular fashion.

Here, you'll take a break to enjoy a delicious lunch (freshly-cooked Barramundi and salad – a Darwin-characteristic dish if there ever was one) and get acquainted with more of the friendly crew before the next stage – climbing into the helicopter.

This is truly an adventure that covers all angles and vantage points, serving as the ideal choice for those with a limited amount of time yet still looking to see some of the NT's best, as the tour can be done within half a day.

The helicopter (a small yet comfortable 4-seater) takes visitors on a journey above the expansive and stunning floodplains of the region's iconic Litchfield National Park, which offers a cavalcade of the scenery of various colours and hues.

An expansive area encompassing numerous areas of untouched nature that are otherwise inaccessible to mankind – it's a tableau of geography that is uniquely Australian in every day.

After the helicopter trip is over, the next portion sees you boarding an “airboat” - a high-speed vessel ideal for traversing shallow waters propelled by the powers of air propulsion.

Traversing the channels of the rainforest and weaving its way through the wetlands, it's a great balance of natural scenery vs. adrenaline rush while giving you the chance to see crocodiles and bird life up close, as well as the likes of lizards, turtles and fish.

After this comprehensive experience is over, you board the floatplane and head back to Darwin airport to complete the tour.

It's a journey that covers a LOT of ground and viewpoints all crammed into roughly 5 hours, so if you're operating on a limited timetable or simply wanting to get as many unique viewpoints on Darwin's untamed surrounds as possible, Outback Floatplane Adventures tick all the boxes, and then some.

9. Crocodylus Park

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Location: McMillans Rd, Knuckey Lagoon, Darwin

It's a recurring theme that many of Darwin's attractions involve crocodiles in some fashion, whether it's in the wild or controlled captivity, but Crocodylus Park is an attraction that showcases the crocs while also balancing things out with a variety of other animal species as well.

Sure, there are a ton of crocs of varying ages and sizes – everything from 30cm long babies all the way up to titanic 4.8m adults can be found here – but it's the likes of the big cats, monkeys, Aussie native wildlife and other species that round out the experience and help to separate Crocodylus Park from some of the other local animal attractions and tours.

Located just outside the Darwin city centre (approx. 15 minutes drive), the park is packed to the brim with crocodiles in a range of different pens – there are even specialised breeding pens with matched males and females, which makes it interesting to see the juxtaposition of sizes, and the keepers will be happy to answer any questions you may have.

Crocodile feeding time is an obvious highlight, with a smaller-scale “jumping for food” activity that features the crocs springing out of the water for their food.

For more detailed croc-related information, Crocodylus Park also has a crocodile museum that offers plenty of background info on how the crocodiles evolved, behave and coexist.

Crocodile feeding time is an obvious highlight, with a smaller-scale “jumping for food” activity that features the crocs springing out of the water for their food.

One of the newer and more enjoyable highlights of the park is their recently-added boat cruise – navigating its way through a man-made lagoon, the water-borne tour offers a great way to get acquainted with not only the crocodiles outside of their regular enclosures but also a range of regional NT birdlife, trees and plants which are all explained in detail by the cruise guide.

There's some fantastic insight to be had on the Northern Territory's complex ecosystems in general here, and it's a must do if you are visiting the park.

Rounding out the offerings here is the great little zoo section featuring the other non-crocodile animal varieties – there's a surprising amount of diversity here, with plenty of rare reptiles, playful monkeys, as well as Aussie favourites like emus and kangaroos.

It's the big cats that are the undisputed stars of the show here, and they're simply amazing – tigers, ocelots and even the newly-added and extremely beautiful white lions are wonderful to see close-up, and the ability to come near to them makes it possible to come away with some great photos of these majestic creatures.

Opportunities for some “hands-on” encounters are also possible, with visitors getting the option to hold a baby crocodile, or perhaps drape a snake around your neck! In all, if you're looking for an easy-to-access showcase of crocs augmented with some other animal types, then Crocodylus Park makes for a great all-rounder.

10. Darwin Aviation Heritage Centre

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Location: 557 Stuart Hwy, Winnellie, Darwin

While it's all well and good to read about wartime history in books or on information brochures, it's another thing entirely to see the scale of some of the tools of war in person.

As with its Defence of Darwin Experience listed above, the combination of wartime involvement along with a location on the far north coast of Australia has made aircraft more important to the city's history than many other parts of the country (for both good and bad).

The Darwin Aviation Heritage Centre is a living showcase of many of the major aircraft that have formed the backbone of this slice of history and contains multiple aircraft direct from their time period that are still in tip-top condition. With a multitude of award-winning displays – and the planes themselves – this is a spot that will serve as a dream for aviation and history buffs.

The stars of the show are the diverse array of aircraft themselves, and there are planes of all kinds and design purposes on display here: from the centrepiece of the massive B-52 bomber (it's one of only two spots in the world outside the USA to contain such an aircraft) to Spitfires and smaller Tiger Moth biplanes and everything in between it's a veritable archive of some of aviation's best and brightest from the past 100 years.

The B-52 is truly massive - it's amazing they could fit it inside the hangar - with this type of plane having been used as a veritable “flying fortress” during its years of operations, and it towers over the rest of the small surrounding aircraft.

It isn't all military, however, as passenger and recreational planes and helicopters are contained here, too, and all of these tend to be a hit for young boys (what young man doesn't have aspirational dreams of becoming a pilot?).

The Darwin Aviation Heritage Centre is a living showcase of many of the major aircraft that have formed the backbone of this slice of history and contains multiple aircraft direct from their time period that are still in tip-top condition.

Other displays, such as tributes to the iconic Australian Royal Flying Doctors service, aircraft involved in the Vietnam war and plenty of other miscellaneous engines and well-curated knick-knacks make for a comprehensive exhibit that's lovingly maintained and kept in good condition, which requires a salute to the efforts of the volunteer staff who help keep things up to scratch.

While it may be seen as more of a “men's” exhibit, the museum goes out of its way to remind us of the part women have played in aviation history, with a section dedicated to female pilots and their many contributions to landmarks in flight lore.

Everything on display here is very well documented and curated, and staff are always on hand to provide further detail.

With a solid and deep mix of Australian, American and Japanese planes and their parts as well as a dizzying amount of information to watch, read and digest, it's easy to spend several hours at the museum soaking it all in.

Easily accessible from the centre of Darwin by bus (take the number 8), and just a short and cheap trip from most accommodation, the Darwin Aviation Heritage Centre is well worth visiting even if you're not especially interested in planes.

As an added bonus, given the relatively small entrance fee, it's also one of the most cost-effective attractions in the greater Darwin area – particularly for one that has such rare exhibits on display.