Waterfalls flow fast, and swollen river systems spill into wetlands which provide abundant breeding habitats for fish and other wildlife. Everything is green! The fish are biting! There is never a crowd! (It's a great time to see the landscape in flood, experience tropical Darwin and even hook yourself the iconic Barramundi)
No two sunsets are the same during this season! As the clouds bank on the horizon, the sky shifts through its many yellows, pinks, oranges and violets. No filter is needed for these photos!
Nights are the best. The humidity drops and the balmy evening temperatures make it a perfect time to sit outdoors with a cold drink and wait for the legendary storms to roll in. The Top End has some of the world's most significant and dramatic storms at this time of the year.
Lightning has long been observed by the Binnij Aboriginal people of Arnhem Land, who believe that Namarrgon is the creation ancestor responsible for dramatic weather.
While many roads get cut off during the wet, there is still plenty to fill a weeklong itinerary. Starting in Darwin, there's heaps on offer. Quieter than the busy peak season, during 'The Wet' the city adapts to a slower tropical pace (October-May). It's unique and won't be forgotten.
The Darwin Military Museum The bombing of Darwin on 19th February 1942 was the largest single attack ever mounted on Australia. Darwin was lightly defended relative to the size of the attack, and heavy losses were inflicted. The Darwin Military Museum explains the story of the NT's role in World War II and is located within a heritage-listed area that contains WWII fortifications.
Museum & Art Gallery (MAGNT) Perfect for a rainy day, the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory is in a beautiful location on Larrakia Land at Bullocky Point. It is home to internationally renowned artistic and scientific collections. Get a broad overview of the region's Aboriginal Art and history. Learn about the spiritual history and Dreamtime stories. See ancient artifacts, delve into maritime archaeology and experience the Cyclone Tracy interactive exhibit. Finally, don't forget to visit “Sweetheart". A dominant male crocodile made notorious in the 1970s by his attacks on outboard motors.
Pre-War Architecture Take a wander through some of the city’s surviving buildings which mark Darwin's' pioneering and pre-war history. Browns Mart, Government House, Fannie Bay Goal, Burnett House, and Myilly Point Heritage Precinct.
Darwin Botanic Gardens 42 hectares of gardens noted for their collection of North Australian and other tropical plant species. Cool down under the canopy of rain trees and tall palms. Highlights included the waterfall and treehouse playground, and cafe. An informative self-guided tour is available.
Aquascene Doctors Gully Declared an official marine sanctuary, Doctors Gully provides a fun and safe fish-feeding experience for families and people of all ages. A unique and natural phenomenon occurs during high tide amongst the waters of Doctors Gully. Get amongst hundreds of friendly local fish who swim to the shoreline in search of a meal.
East Point Reserve Darwin's most extensive parkland and a favourite with locals. East Point has uninterrupted views of Darwin and Fannie Bay. With a vast network of walking paths, picnic areas, and free BBQs, this location is perfect for seeing spectacular sunsets. Lake Alexander offers a safe, year-round saltwater swimming spot.
Waterfront Precinct Located next to the CBD, the Waterfront is where it is all happening. With plenty of multicultural dining options, free entertainment and a recreational lagoon, this is a great spot to stop, unwind and refuel.
Char Enjoy a good steak at one of Darwin’s long-standing restaurants situated on the Esplanade in the historic Admiralty House. It's not just renowned for its steak; some crowd favourites include pasta, vegetarian and seafood options.
Hanuman Celebrate Darwin’s southeast Asian influence at this popular CBD restaurant. With a devoted local following, this restaurant has an extensive menu mixed with Thai and Indian Cuisine. Make sure you book ahead!
Darwin’s Trailer Boat Club Not just about boating; this is an ideal place to enjoy a beer and watch an iconic sunset over Darwin Harbour. With a beachfront location, this is an excellent club for the entire family. There is plenty of room for the kids to run around and even enjoy a dip in the club pool. The bistro offers fantastic meals with an excellent seafood selection.
Pee Wees at the Point This premier restaurant is situated in the beautiful East Point reserve. With views across the bay, this restaurant has an outstanding reputation for world-class food and wine. The menu includes Australian Creole cuisine, and the building itself adds to the whole dining experience.
Moorish Café A busy tapas-style restaurant with a Spanish and North African influence using the Territory's local ingredients. This bright eatery is best experienced with small plates and a large Sangria!
Charlies Hidden down Austin Lane is Charlies! The multi-story bar is made up of a vintage-inspired cocktail lounge and an on-site gin distillery where you can make your own blend.
Shenanigans A good old Irish pub. 'Shags" as it's also known. It's a favourite amongst locals and visitors. A great little piece of Ireland in Darwin, this is the ideal spot to pull up a chair on the terrace and watch the world pass by.
Parap Village Markets A Darwin institution since the '80s. This market, just 5 minutes from the CBD, is a Saturday morning must. Culinary and Culture meet here, and the smells transport you to Asia's streets. Sizzling street food inspired by Thai, Malaysian and Chinses cuisine. (Try the famous Mary's Laksa). Go early to beat the crowds and the heat.
Rapid Creek Markets Darwin's oldest market and most loved by locals is this suburban Saturday market 20 mins from the CBD. Expect to be wowed by the weird and exotic fruits and vegetables on offer. Great spices and sauces to try and buy, and a perfect spot for picking up some local seafood.
Nightcliff Markets Sip on your coffee as you wander through this relaxed Sunday market with more emphasis on art and craft and second-hand stalls. You’ll be sure to find a unique gift here. Lots of shady areas to grab a seat and listen to some local music. 20 mins from the CBD.
With so much to do during the wet season, the Top End has loads to offer. With fewer crowds, affordable accommodation and more opportunities to soak up the local relaxed feel, be sure to spend a couple of days in the vibrant capital city of Darwin before venturing out to the National Parks.
Venture North offers tours during the Wet Season from Darwin. With sealed roads still accessible, we can tailor a tour to meet your needs. (PS- Kakadu National Park is particularly spectacular from Feb-April).
Please get in touch if you have any questions or want to know more about our year-round tours!