Navy boats in Darwin, Northern Territory

Indo Pacific Marine

By Levi Dance

April 5, 2023

The capital of the Northern territory is, some may be surprised to hear, one of the most multicultural cities in the country and, although small and compact, offers a tremendously varied array of attractions. Darwin boasts a convenient airport which is only 13kms north-east of the city centre, where a constant influx of both domestic and international visitors make it one of the most visited hubs in the whole country.

Nature and wildlife lovers will swoon at the very first sight of Darwin, and who can blame them? The city is exceptionally beautiful and takes full advantage of its natural surroundings, making it seem as merely a temporary hub for humans to live on, whilst Mother Nature takes over the rest.

When visiting, consider renting a car for the duration of your stay, or even just a few days, as Darwin boasts some wonderful attractions which are ideal as self-drive destinations. When in town, however, don’t miss visiting the very best wildlife attractions, according to us.

This award-winning wildlife centre is Darwin’s only marine life sanctuary and, in fact, only the third of its kind in the world. Filled to the brim with corals, rock-pools and an endless abundance of invertebrates, fish and marine life, this complex is an absolute hub of incredible discovery, and houses specimens which you’re never likely to see out at sea. Whilst guided tours are offered all day long (no need to book) it’s the ‘Coral Reef by Night’ tours which are the unmissable highlight here. The tour starts at dusk with a comprehensive explanation of the coral reef systems which you’ll see later in the evening. A sunset dinner overlooking Darwin Bay will follow, before you are escorted through a wondrous world of fluorescent and luminescent corals and fish. Totally beguiling and utterly surreal, this is one of those attractions no self-respecting wildlife lover should miss.

How to get there: The Indo Pacific Marine is in the Wharf Precinct, right next to the Darwin Convention Centre.


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