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Darwin Harbour

Darwin Harbour

Darwin Harbour: Our most recommended tours and activities

Darwin: Sunset Harbour Cruise with Fish and Chips Dinner

1. Darwin: Sunset Harbour Cruise with Fish and Chips Dinner

Begin your cruise from Stokes Hill Wharf with a complementary refreshment in hand. Sail out past Kitchener Bay and pause to admire the magnificent expanse of the Darwin Harbour and its fascinating landmarks.  Next, hold on to your hats as you leave other boats in your wake and get to know the sights and sounds of the Darwin city seascape, as the skipper navigates you to a local restaurant where your crew will pick up your dinner of deliciously fresh, wild fish with chips. As you eat your dinner onboard, cruise to the best location for enjoying a delightfully warm breeze and an exquisite tropical sunset. The tide, wind, weather and season will all be considered as the captain turns the boat in a particular direction. You may experience a walk on the Fannie Bay sandbar or enjoy your meal among a pod of frolicking dolphins or dugong.

Darwin: Bombing of Darwin WW2 Tour with Harbor Cruise

2. Darwin: Bombing of Darwin WW2 Tour with Harbor Cruise

Travel back in time to 19 February 1942 and uncover the Bombing of Darwin on this half-day tour. Learn about how 2 Japanese air attacks on this forgotten military base killed 243 people and destroyed the city. Now a modern and vibrant city, Darwin still bares the scars of its history, which you will discover on this tour. The tour begins with an introduction into the Bombing of Darwin, as you listen to stories and information provided by local historians. Later, explore the sites that were hit by the Japanese air raids and remember those who lost their lives. Next, head to the Charles Darwin National Park to see bunkers and other WW2 relics before visiting the acclaimed Defense of Darwin museum as well as the East Point Military precinct and the Myilly Point Heritage precinct. The tour is concluded with a 1-hour cruise through Darwin Harbor which passes the historic Stokes Hill and Fort Hill wharf areas. You’ll also sail by the wreck sites of the SS Neptuna and USS Peary, the old flying boat base at Doctors Gully, and finally to Cullen Bay where you can see the gun emplacements from the water.

Darwin: Darwin Harbor Sunset Cruise with Buffet Dinner

3. Darwin: Darwin Harbor Sunset Cruise with Buffet Dinner

Step aboard the Charles Darwin and set off on a beautiful sunset cruise of Darwin Harbor. Tantalize your tastebuds with local produce and fresh seafood for dinner. With access to the boat's top deck, take in stunning views of Darwin and its famous sunset. Learn about about the harbor and the history of Darwin from the onboard commentary. As you learn about the area and take in the amazing views, dine on a delicious buffet dinner and maybe even buy a drink from the licensed bar.

Darwin: 1-Hour Bombing of Darwin Cruise

4. Darwin: 1-Hour Bombing of Darwin Cruise

This one-hour Bombing of Darwin cruise departs Stokes Hill Wharf at 11:00 AM. After leaving the wharf, you will uncover the historic Stokes Hill and Fort Hill wharf areas, the Pearling Luggers, wreck sites of the SS Neptuna and USS Peary, the old flying boat base at Doctors Gully, and HMAS Coonawarra, before eventually arriving at Cullen Bay. With real-time commentary from local guides, this cruise takes in Darwin Harbour’s World War II history. For an immersive experience select to try the Darwin Bombing virtual reality experience. You will later be free to disembark at Cullen Bay to join the hop-on hop-off bus, or stay aboard and return to Stokes Hill Wharf at 12:15 PM.

Discover the City of Darwin: Half-Day City Coach Tour

5. Discover the City of Darwin: Half-Day City Coach Tour

Join a city sights tour for the perfect introduction to Darwin, with expert commentary by a local guide. Your Driver Guide will point out significant landmarks and will speak about Darwin’s rich history and culture throughout. Darwin Aviation Museum: This is one of the major aviation museums in Australia. The main display is a B-52 Bomber, on permanent loan from the United States Air Force. You can view some rare amateur footage of the first air-raid in Darwin, and original footage from Japanese archives. There are 19 aircraft on display, from Mirage and Sabre jet fighters to a Royal Australian Wessex helicopter. Museum & Art Gallery of the Northern Territory: 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 of visiting exhibitions. Darwin Botanic Gardens: find out how these gardens have survived numerous cyclones and the direct effects of World War II. 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!

Darwin Harbour: Gaze and Graze Sunset Cruise

6. Darwin Harbour: Gaze and Graze Sunset Cruise

DURATION: 6:00pm - 8:30pm WHERE: Boarding 5:30pm - 5:45pm at Dock 3, Stokes Hill Wharf INCLUSIONS: 2.5 hour sunset cruise on Darwin Harbour Grazing platter Locally made mango ice cream Beverages available for purchase Onboard commentary from expert guides Outdoor seating available on the Sun Deck (on request) GOURMET GRAZING PLATTER OPTIONS Gourmet - Oysters, Prawns, Smoked salmon, assorted cured meats, selection of cheeses, quince paste, marinated vegetables, fresh bread & crackers. Garden (Vegetarian / Vegan) - Spiced tomato arancini balls, cauliflower tempura, plant-based aioli, marinated vegetables, vegan dips, fresh fruits, dried fruits, breads and crackers.

Darwin: Hop-On Hop-Off Bus, Crocosaurus Cove and RFDS Entry

7. Darwin: Hop-On Hop-Off Bus, Crocosaurus Cove and RFDS Entry

Make the most of your time in Darwin and enjoy entry to two of the city’s best attractions, as well as a 24 hour pass for the city’s popular sightseeing bus. Tour around Darwin from the comfort of a double decker bus and see a selection of the city’s most iconic landmarks. Benefit from the freedom to hop-on or off at your own leisure and get a closer look at the sights that interest you most. Enjoy full-day entry to Crocosaurus Cove, which showcases the world’s largest display of Australian reptiles, including the iconic saltwater crocodile. Watch one or more of the Crocosaurus Cove's nine daily shows and learn about the Northern Territory’s wildlife through fascinating encounters with the reptiles. Later, discover the heroic tales of the Royal Flying Doctors Service and learn about the history and work of the service’s pilots, engineers, doctors, and nurses, as well as the experiences of the patients. Relive the drama of the 1942 Bombing of Darwin Harbor, and experience the event through the wonder of modern technology.

Up the Creek: Darwin Harbour Afternoon Cruise

8. Up the Creek: Darwin Harbour Afternoon Cruise

Immerse yourself in the history, habitat and modern-day intrigue of Darwin, a tropical city nestled at the top of Australia. Enjoy a 1-hour interactive cruise through the largest natural harbor in the Southern Hemisphere and be stimulated by contemporary stories as well as those from times gone by. Board your vessel at Stokes Hill Wharf, one of Darwin's iconic historical locations, and enjoy vistas of Darwin's Waterfront Precinct from Kitchener Bay. Transit between Stokes Hill and Fort Hill Wharfs, and then allow your local crew to use the tide, the wind and the season to select a route to maximize your Darwin Harbor experience. Cruise past Fisherman's Wharf into a mangrove waterway to visit a crocodile trap. Have a taste of Sea Darwin Saltie Gin as you explore this intriguing environment, home to a wonderful pristine eco-system. Your Captain will then turn up the speed to take you out into the harbor proper, where you will hear stories of WW2, Cyclone Tracy, Darwin's Naval history and the buildings of the Darwin City Seascape. Return to Stokes Hill Wharf 1 hour later.

Darwin: Royal Flying Doctor Service Entry Ticket

9. Darwin: Royal Flying Doctor Service Entry Ticket

Get entry tickets to the Royal Flying Doctor Service Tourist Facility in Darwin to gain an insight into the history of the Flying Doctor Service and the Bombing of Darwin Harbor. Take a self-guided tour of the exhibition, knowing that the staff members are always available to assist as required. Witness 2 quintessential Australian stories brought to life at Stokes Hill Wharf. The 1st is about the Royal Flying Doctor Service or RFDS which began its aeromedical operations in the Northern Territory in 1939. The 2nd is about the Bombing of Darwin Harbour in 1942, told through state-of-the-art technology. Upon arrival at the Royal Flying Doctor Service Darwin Tourist Facility, meet a staff member to get an outline of the facility along with timings for the holographic cinema sessions and the Window of the 1942 bombing platform. Enjoy a range of interactive and VR experiences that bring history to life. Learn about the heroes and survivors who experienced the raids. Admire a decommissioned RFDS Pilatus PC-12 to experience a fully-equipped aeromedical plane.

Darwin: Australia/ APAC eSIM Roaming Mobile Data Plan

10. Darwin: Australia/ APAC eSIM Roaming Mobile Data Plan

Say goodbye to the hassle of physical SIMs and finding mobile network operator stores with our e-SIM service. After purchase, you'll receive a QR code that you can scan on your compatible device to install the e-SIM wherever and whenever you need it. Choose from a range of data volumes, validity periods, and coverage options in different countries to stay connected with ease. Most iPhone models beyond XS support e-SIM, and follow our instructions in the photo session to check compatibility for other devices. Share the QR code via AirDrop or scan it to another device. Install the e-SIM by connecting to WiFi or a network, and remember to turn on roaming for the e-SIM. If you have trouble connecting to the network, consult our self-troubleshooting guide. If you have a connected trip in Asia, just simply select the 22 Asian countries option, which covers:Vietnam, Hong Kong, Macao, Cambodia, China, Taiwan, Malaysia, Australia, Indonesia, Philippines, Thailand, Singapore, New Zealand, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Israel, Japan, South Korea If your data is used-up? Simple, just buy another e-SIM to top-up. APN (Access Point Name): iboots Local Network:Optus

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What people are saying about Darwin Harbour

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 222 reviews

We enjoyed it very much The staff made the experience so much better with their very friendly and helpful service Thankyou Loved the boat thrill at the end It is so worth it Many thanks again Lorette and Bryan Elwood

Really enjoyable. Staff were super friendly, food was very good and boat was comfortable. Sunset itself wasn't ideal as a few clouds, but that's no fault of the tour group. Would recommend.

An excellent tour and all guides having a wealth of knowledge to share, a very good way to see the sights and hear some stories of what happened in Darwin when Japan attacked.

very comfortable, interesting driver and made getting around easier in the heat.

It was a great afternoon full of good humour and unexpected delights.