Top Spots for Animal Lovers in Darwin
Darwin’s wildlife may not be as cute and cuddly as its southern neighbours, but what the Top End lacks in cuteness, it makes up for in sheer wonder. As Australia’s only tropical capital, Darwin has a rich and diverse ecosystem teeming with fauna you won’t find anywhere else. Here are our favourite ways to see it!
CROCOSAURUS COVE (Darwin)
Darwin is famous for their huge saltwater crocodiles. Although these are not the sort of reptiles you want to stumble across in the wild, the experience of swimming with these prehistoric beasts is not to be missed! Crocosaurus Cove gives visitors the chance to submerge themselves in their two-storey aquarium and come face-to-face with some of the largest saltwater crocs in captivity. Crocodiles aren’t the only animals on show here; turtles, manta ray, sawfish and many other forms of aquatic life live at this aquarium.
Location: 58 Mitchell Street, Darwin NT 0800
TERRITORY WILDLIFE PARK (Berry Springs)
There’s something amazing about spotting an animal in its natural habitat. At the Territory Wildlife Park, guests can see animals up-close in their own environment and see how animals behave out of captivity. The park also offers walks through tree top aviaries, exploration around their natural lagoon and a chance to interact with the animals during daily presentations. The knowledgeable staff is more than happy to share all their wisdom about the exciting animals they work with.
Location: Cox Peninsula Road, Berry Springs NT 0838
CORROBOREE BILLABONG WETLAND CRUISES (Marrakai)
For an interactive experience with Darwin’s wildlife, the Corroboree Billabong Wetland cruise is one of the best! Part of the Mary River Wetlands, this area is home to the largest concentration of saltwater crocodiles in the world. Not to mention the vast array of exotic birdlife which also call these wetlands home. The wetlands are only 90 minutes away from Darwin, and they’re certainly an immersive wildlife experience not to be missed.
Location: Corroboree Billabong Road, Marrakai NT 0822
Take part in a tradition which has spanned over 60 years! At Aquascene, guests have the opportunity to get up-close and personal with the diverse aquatic life Darwin has to offer. In the tropic waters of Darwin’s Doctors Gully, high tide brings more than just water. Hundreds of friendly local fish swim to the shoreline, ready to be fed by eager tourists. Barramundi, milkfish, bream, catfish and mullet are just some of the amazing fish that swim to the water's edge in search of a free meal.
Location: 28 Doctors Gully Road, Larrakeyah NT 0820
INDO PACIFIC MARINE (Darwin)
Australia is known for its incredibly diverse underwater ecosystems. The Indo Pacific Marine has been working since 1977 to study and preserve the glorious aquatic life that is so unique to this country. The exhibition is a land-based living marine centre with 100% self-supporting ecosystems, meaning no feeding, filtration or water changing is needed to keep these exhibits beautiful. The Indo Pacific also offers incredible night tours of the reef, giving visitors a once-in-a-lifetime chance to observe the nocturnal worlds of the reef environment.
Location: 29 Stokes Hill Wharf, Darwin NT 0800
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