What's on in Darwin
What to do in Darwin
From music festivals to DIY boat races, Darwin's social calendar is chock-full of events the whole family can enjoy. If you're flexible with your travel dates, check out our guide to what's on in Darwin and book a cheap flight with us today.
Held annually in May, the Harmony Soiree is a celebration of Darwin's diverse multicultural community. During the day, you'll have the opportunity to hop between food stalls and sample a wide range of traditional dishes from around the world. Then, as the sun sets, the Darwin Waterfront comes alive with live performances and a spectacular fireworks display.
Held every year in July, the Cairns Show is one of the largest regional events in the country. During the day, hop between exhibitions in the De Jarlais Function Centre or head over to Sideshow Alley, which has a massive range of rides for kids and kids at heart. After you've explored the grounds, find a seat in the arena and kick back for a full night of fun and entertainment.
Beer can regatta
If you're after some fun in the sun, head to the Top End in July for the Beer Can Regatta at Mindil Beach. Before the main event, try your luck in the thong throwing competition or, if you're with the kids, go for gold in the sandcastle competition. As the big race approaches, get your feet wet and cheer the boozy boats to the finish line or tape up some tinnies and have a crack for yourself.
Darwin cup festival
Visiting in winter? Keep a Saturday free and spend a day at the races. Once you're at the track, you can look forward to catching some of the Northern Territory's richest races, with superstar jockeys battling it out for the top prize.
For the full experience, book a table in the Ted Bailey Grandstand, which includes a set menu lunch. Or, if you're on a budget, General Admission tickets are available at the gate.
During August, performers from across the country flock to the Top End for the Darwin Festival. From free gigs in the park to pop-up parties in the city, there's plenty of events to choose from. And, with family-friendly options available, there's no reason to leave the little ones behind.
Whether you're looking to escape the city for a day trip or embark on a week-long adventure, Darwin is home to a wide range of tour operators that make it easy to explore the NT.
Jumping crocodile cruise
For an unforgettable day out, sign up for a jumping crocodile cruise on the Adelaide River. While on board, you'll be able to get amazing photos of wild crocs as they leap from the water, snapping at every scrap of food offered by your guide.
If you're after the quintessential Outback experience, pack a swag and hop on a camping tour from Darwin to Uluru. On the way to the Red Centre, you'll be able to see all of the region's top attractions, including Kakadu National Park, Alice Springs and Kings Canyon to name a few.