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Darwin City Highlights - 4 Hour Private Tour

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Please note price is PER GROUP not per person, for up to 6 guests. A private small group tour with insights from a long-term local. Real Darwin, no strangers. A great way to kick off your visit to Darwin and discover experiences to dig deeper into during the rest of your stay. Follow our suggested itinerary, or choose your own. Suitable for families and groups travelling together - maximum 6 participants. Special interests and languages other than English can be accommodated, pickup from your location on request.

Itinerary Details

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Stop At: Chinese Temple and Museum Chung Wah, 25 Woods St, Darwin, Northern Territory 0800 Australia

This excellent little museum explores Chinese settlement in the Top End. The adjacent temple has a particularly calming ambience, punctuated by scarlet lanterns and smouldering incense sticks.

The Temple site dates from about 1887. After some damage from bombing in WWII, there was extensive looting of the Temple – statues were found scattered all around Darwin. At one stage, an attempt was made to burn the Temple but when the flames reached the main beam, the fire mysteriously went out; believed by Chinese elders to be due to heavenly intervention. The temple remained closed from 1948 until 1959, when it was reopened.

In 1974, Cyclone Tracy destroyed the Temple and a new temple was built with the help of local architect Peter Dermoudy. It is believed that correct siting means prosperity and happiness for the people, and much care must be taken. Consequently, the new Temple was built on the same site facing the same direction as the site that was selected in 1887 by neomancers, who considered the location in relation to sky, water, land.

Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: Street Art, Austin Ln, Darwin City NT 0800, Australia

Wander the back streets and laneways of Darwin city with us to discover a breathtaking fiesta of colour and gigantic artworks that showcase our unique history, culture, and emerging artistic talents. You can find a gallery of the images on our website.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Readback Books & Aboriginal Art Gallery, 32 Smith St, Darwin City NT 0800, Australia

Visit an ethical art gallery and browse through vast array of different styles of Aboriginal artwork. On some days, you'll be able to watch the artists at work and purchase directly from them.

Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: Cullen Bay Marina, Darwin, Northern Territory Australia

We'll take a leisurely drive through some of the older and newer suburbs to explore the myriad different architectural styles of Darwin housing, from the original Burnett-style houses on stilts, Greek and Chinese inspired building, to some modern marvels – and a few monstrosities.

Duration: 20 minutes

Stop At: Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, 19 Conacher St Bullocky Point, Darwin, Northern Territory 0801 Australia

Arriving at the Darwin Museum and Arts Centre, you’ll experience an amazing array of artworks, explore our refugee heritage in the Maritime museum, and experience the fury of Cyclone Tracy through the simulation “chamber” and exhibition. Your guide is a survivor of Cyclone Tracy and is happy to answer any questions you might have.

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Darwin Wharf Precinct, Stokes Hill Wharf, Darwin, Northern Territory Australia

Then a walking tour of the wharf precinct (the same one that featured in the Baz Lurhmann epic “Australia”) where you’ll find hidden staircases, the Deckchair cinema, a labyrinth of tunnels under the city CBD; and an including an amazing virtual reality experience of the bombing of Darwin, and the Royal Flying Doctor Service (you can even explore inside an RFDS plane).

We’ll take lunch on the edge of the wharf looking out over the beautiful Darwin harbour where you can reflect on how you want to spend the rest of your stay.

Duration: 30 minutes