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Sail Date: April 2009
We fell in love with Darwin. I think we were there at the tail end of the wet season so we missed the afternoon downpour. We hired a rental car and may our own way around and had an absolutely wonderful day. If you do have a car and have ... Read More
We fell in love with Darwin. I think we were there at the tail end of the wet season so we missed the afternoon downpour. We hired a rental car and may our own way around and had an absolutely wonderful day. If you do have a car and have at least an hour take a walk through the botanic gardens, simply beautiful. Also, if you are there I hope you get to enjoy the sunset, it is something else! Read Less
Sail Date: December 2010
We have been there a couple of times and decided just to go shopping. A visit to the museum is a must. Interesting display about cyclone Tracy and they have an enormous crocodile on display.
We have been there a couple of times and decided just to go shopping. A visit to the museum is a must. Interesting display about cyclone Tracy and they have an enormous crocodile on display. Read Less
Sail Date: February 2011
Took the Princess Tour around the city, then went wandering on our own. Found the people to be very helpful and friendly. Would like to go back here and then head inland for some more exploring. Sad to hear that a Cyclone hit Darwin ... Read More
Took the Princess Tour around the city, then went wandering on our own. Found the people to be very helpful and friendly. Would like to go back here and then head inland for some more exploring. Sad to hear that a Cyclone hit Darwin the day after we left. Did quite a bit of damage. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2011
We did the Harbour Cruise and Darwin Highlights tour. We chose it because we thought that it would provide an introduction to Darwin and whet our appetites to explore further. Unfortunately, the cruise was pretty routine and, due to the ... Read More
We did the Harbour Cruise and Darwin Highlights tour. We chose it because we thought that it would provide an introduction to Darwin and whet our appetites to explore further. Unfortunately, the cruise was pretty routine and, due to the very strong current and big tide falls, the boat has to stick to the very middle of the channel, thus not allowing much of a view of details on shore. The Highlights of Darwin tour was pretty uninspiring - 10 minutes here for a photo opportunity, 10 minutes there for another one. A better option would have been to spend an hour or so in the Air Museum or the Darwin Historical Centre. Disappointing. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2011
Nice port - didn't go on tour because we have been there before and done most tours.
Nice port - didn't go on tour because we have been there before and done most tours. Read Less
Sail Date: November 2011
Nothing exciting as we had been before, but at least the local bus accepted our NZ Seniors card! We enjoyed the bus ride to Casuarina Shopping Centre.
Nothing exciting as we had been before, but at least the local bus accepted our NZ Seniors card! We enjoyed the bus ride to Casuarina Shopping Centre. Read Less
Sail Date: February 2012
Not a lot to do in Darwin. The trip from the ship was a long distance. We played golf and enjoyed it!
Not a lot to do in Darwin. The trip from the ship was a long distance. We played golf and enjoyed it! Read Less
Sail Date: February 2012
Town is within walking distance from the ship. Hot and humid weather. The tourist bureau is downtown. We shopped at several stores. There is a large internet cafe in town.
Town is within walking distance from the ship. Hot and humid weather. The tourist bureau is downtown. We shopped at several stores. There is a large internet cafe in town. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2012
Went for a ride on the local bus to Casuarina but the tourist people at the wharf didn't have a clue about the local bus services! Quite a few people from the cruise were travelling around on the local buses that are free for seniors.
Went for a ride on the local bus to Casuarina but the tourist people at the wharf didn't have a clue about the local bus services! Quite a few people from the cruise were travelling around on the local buses that are free for seniors. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2012
We managed to wake up before dawn just as we were approaching Darwin. Being on deck at that time was a great experience and Darwin looked bigger and more impressive in its neon glow before sunrise. Tropical sunrises and sunsets are really ... Read More
We managed to wake up before dawn just as we were approaching Darwin. Being on deck at that time was a great experience and Darwin looked bigger and more impressive in its neon glow before sunrise. Tropical sunrises and sunsets are really worth the effort if you get the chance. We had to wait until about 6:00 am for Windjammer to open for breakfast but at least we were off the ship early. RCI offered a shuttle service into the CBD for $7 per person, each way. We just waited for the first cab to arrive and it was less than $7 for the two of us into the Smith Street Mall. It was quite dead at that time as the shops hadn't opened yet but it wasn't long before it got busier. So being the smallest capital city in Australia all the shops were in easy reach so we could stock up on a few things at the supermarket etc. It's a compact but nice CBD and the surrounding parks are clean and well manicured, there seems to be a lot of pride in the place. The new waterfront precinct adjacent to the wharf was very impressive. New apartment blocks, cool surf shops, a huge wave pool, crocodile proof lagoons, a large breakwater pathway to the wharf and a lift up the cliffs to the CBD level. The walk back to the ship took only 10 minutes. Darwin is full of history and there were plenty of landmarks and memorials etc detailing the Japanese bombing from 1942 and cyclone Tracey. It's amazing to see the old town hall and a church (both stone buildings) that survived 64 bombing raids but were destroyed by a cyclone! As we were having lunch in Windjammer that day we looked down and could see a small crocodile swimming only a few metres away in the harbour. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2013
Unfortunately, we did not have enough time in Darwin. The town is quite small and there not too much to do there. However within 90 minutes drive you have a national park to explore but with a half day it is impossible to manage. Therefore ... Read More
Unfortunately, we did not have enough time in Darwin. The town is quite small and there not too much to do there. However within 90 minutes drive you have a national park to explore but with a half day it is impossible to manage. Therefore left to explore the town and also the Botanical gardens which are worth seeing. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2013
Unfortunately, we did not have enough time in Darwin. The town is quite small and there not too much to do there. However within 90 minutes drive you have a national park to explore but with a half day it is impossible to manage. Therefore ... Read More
Unfortunately, we did not have enough time in Darwin. The town is quite small and there not too much to do there. However within 90 minutes drive you have a national park to explore but with a half day it is impossible to manage. Therefore left to explore the town and also the Botanical gardens which are worth seeing. Read Less
Sail Date: March 2013
Shuttles were quite good, the town is close to the port and we shopped a little, picked up goodies in Woollies, had lunch and a beer in the main street pubs, free WiFi in the mall and had fun. We were a little delayed getting off the berth ... Read More
Shuttles were quite good, the town is close to the port and we shopped a little, picked up goodies in Woollies, had lunch and a beer in the main street pubs, free WiFi in the mall and had fun. We were a little delayed getting off the berth as there was a huge Jellyfish invasion which blocked the cooling water intakes. Lovely lightning storm accompanied us out of town, amazing. Read Less
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Sail Date: March 2013
Darwin was warm and sunny and only about 15 minutes walk the harbour ,we had a walk around the town and stopped for a coffee before returning to the ship .
Darwin was warm and sunny and only about 15 minutes walk the harbour ,we had a walk around the town and stopped for a coffee before returning to the ship . Read Less
Sail Date: March 2013
Can walk to city. or get bus. Lovely place , plenty in city to see , public transport good clean and cheap to outer areas.
Can walk to city. or get bus. Lovely place , plenty in city to see , public transport good clean and cheap to outer areas. Read Less
Sail Date: April 2013
The modern port facilities make it easy to disembark and reboard the ship in Darwin. Darwin is interesting because of it's historic role in WW2. It was the only Australian city to be bombed by the Japanese. It presents an ... Read More
The modern port facilities make it easy to disembark and reboard the ship in Darwin. Darwin is interesting because of it's historic role in WW2. It was the only Australian city to be bombed by the Japanese. It presents an opportunity to see a crocodile and native fish in an aquarium. There is a stinger free, shark free and crocodile free swimming area near the wharf/marina and an artifical wave pool which may be worth a visit. The city has a rural feel and the parks and significant buildings are easily identified and have well planned signage with explanations for tourists. The city is also quite dirty and littered with rubbish and the streets are populated by a kind of underclass who will beg money as you pass by. We visited on a Sunday, so most shops were closed. There were restaurants and food shops however and the pubs do nice food too. The coffee was good in the Mitchell Street shopping mall, near the news agency. Read Less
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Sail Date: June 2014
nice place, good visit, took double decker bus tour, the immigration bit needs to be looked at, Princess, having older folks standing in line for one hour is not on!
nice place, good visit, took double decker bus tour, the immigration bit needs to be looked at, Princess, having older folks standing in line for one hour is not on! Read Less

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