Crocs, bunnies and fish’n’chips… How to spend your Easter weekend Territory-style.
Handfeed a fish
There’s nothing quite like standing ankle-deep in the sea while fish swim around your legs, nibbling bread from your hand. The fish at Doctors Gully are wild but totally uninhibited. The experience is arranged by Aquascene and depends on tide times so check the website before you turn up.
Flip out your inner child
If the words “massive foam pit” don’t secretly excite you, there’s just no pleasing you. Take the kids and jump for joy at Flip Out, an air-conditioned arena filled with trampoline configurations and a foam pit (note it’s closed on Good Friday).
Smile at a crocodile
For the snappiest holiday snap, enter the Cage of Death and swim with a crocodile. Or maybe just hold one. Both are possible at Crocosaurus Cove, where crocs and other critters are right at home – and will be hosting visitors over the entire Easter long weekend.
Hop down to the waterfront
Rumour has it that a couple of celebs – Mr and Mrs Easter Bunny – will be at Darwin Waterfront Precinct on Easter Saturday. They will be giving away chocolate eggs and there’ll also be face painting, a sausage sizzle, jumping castle and waterslide.
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Dinner by the foreshore
Get your Good Friday fix at Jetty and the Fish, a food truck that serves wild-caught Northern Territory threadfin salmon and more-ish fish tacos. The distinctive red van will be at Darwin Surf Lifesaving Club (Darribah Road, Brinkin) on the Friday and then at Nightcliff Jetty (Casuarina Drive, Nightcliff) on Saturday and Sunday. For more information, check the Facebook page.
Taking tea by the sea
You can enjoy a cuppa at the historic Burnett House every Sunday from 3pm to 5pm. Set in lush tropical gardens and overlooking Darwin Harbour, the building is managed by the National Trust and includes a small museum and shop.
History the high-tech way
Hop on the driverless bus for a quick trip up Stokes Hill Wharf to the Royal Flying Doctor Service facility, where holograms and virtual reality bring some of the Territory’s greatest stories to life. The bus is free but you need to book online.
Cruisin’ on a Friday afternoon
It’s not safe to swim in Darwin Harbour but you can still get out on the beautiful water and feel that breeze. Sea Darwin is running three cruises on Good Friday, including a sunset fish and chips trip, and cruises on Saturday and Sunday.
Get thee to the gardens
The George Brown Darwin Botanic Gardens offer a charming look at the region’s flora. There are plenty of nooks and crannies for the kids to explore, including a small rocky creek, and for grown-ups there’s the lovely Eva’s Botanical Gardens Cafe in a heritage-listed former church.
When the war came
Head to East Point to learn about the extensive bombing of Darwin, plus the city’s role in World War II. The interactive Defence of Darwin Experience gives a fascinating perspective on an often-overlooked chapter of Australian history.
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