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Darwin Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tickets

1. Darwin Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tickets

Discover Australia's gateway to the Northern Territory's "Top End" on board the hop-on and hop-off sightseeing bus. Venture into the lush jungle at the Botanical Gardens, enjoy exotic street food at the Mindil Beach Sunset Markets and get up close to saltwater crocodiles at Crocosaurus Cove. Learn the fascinating local history at the Military Museum and much more!  Enjoy unlimited rides for the validity of your ticket, and benefit from 12 strategic stops. Join the Morning Tour (Red Route) to see the best of Darwin from the city through to Fannie Bay. Climb aboard the Afternoon Tour (Purple Route) and follow the route of the morning buses before you venture further out to the East Point Reserve. Learn about Darwin's fascinating history, culture and geography from the entertaining and informative pre-recorded digital commentary, broadcast in English via on-board speakers. Choose from a 1-day (Classic) or 2-day (Premium) ticket to suit your schedule. Buses run every 35-45 minutes from April to September and every 60-90 minutes from September to April (subject to local traffic conditions). Catch a bus anytime from 09:00 to 17:45 between April and September, and from 09:00 to 16:30 from September to April. Bus Stops: • Tourist Information Center • Crocosaurus Cove • Doctor’s Gully, Aquascene Fish Feeding • Cullen Bay Jetty • Cullen Bay Apartments, Myilly Point Heritage Precinct  • Casino, Mindil Beach Sunset Markets and Botanical Gardens • Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory • Military Museum - Defence of Darwin Experience (90-minute tour only) • Parap, Parap Markets (markets held on Saturdays only) • Stokes Hill Wharf • Waterfront Precinct • Fort Hill Wharf (Cruise Ship Terminal)

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Crab Claw Island Relaxing Full Day Cruise with Seafood Lunch

2. Crab Claw Island Relaxing Full Day Cruise with Seafood Lunch

Depart Cullen Bay in the morning for a 2-hour cruise leaving Darwin Harbour and heading to Bynoe Harbour, going along the Top End coastline. On arrival onto the beach at Crab Claw Island, enjoy a delicious seafood buffet meal on the spacious deck overlooking the water, with plenty of time to relax and enjoy the surroundings. There are two swimming pools, boats for hire or simply relax with a cool beverage on the deck before cruising back to Cullen Bay.

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Darwin: Group Adventure Boat Tour

3. Darwin: Group Adventure Boat Tour

Travel at high speed on a jetboat from the Stokes Hill Wharf across Darwin Harbor on this group tour that takes fun and adventure to the next level. Do a few spins in the boat to get your heart pumping on the way to see the city’s scenic mangroves. Jump aboard the airboat to cruise along the mudflats and take in the beautiful natural landscapes. Enjoy the local birdlife and keep an eye on the water for the chance to spot sharks, crocs, dolphins, mud crabs, and even stingrays. Get your adrenaline pumping as you twirl and glide across the mud, powered by a huge V8 engine. Next, jump back into the jetboat to soar across the Timor Sea, with picturesque views of the Darwin harbor.

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45-Minute Darwin Harbor Sightseeing Cruise

4. 45-Minute Darwin Harbor Sightseeing Cruise

Come on board for a 45-minute highlights cruise in Darwin's beautiful harbor, departing from Cullen Bay Ferry Terminal, just five minutes from Darwin's city centre. Sit back, relax and enjoy the sights from the open sundeck or the air-conditioned cabin. Listen to the skipper's informative, live commentary and enjoy a different perspective of Darwin city and its historic city wharves from the water.  Go out of Cullen Bay, past Emery Point and the naval base before cruising alongside the city Esplanade and around to Stokes Hill Wharf.

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Darwin: Royal Flying Doctors Service Entry Ticket

5. Darwin: Royal Flying Doctors Service Entry Ticket

The Royal Flying Doctor Service Darwin Tourist Facility provides an insight into the history of the Royal Flying Doctor Service and the Bombing of Darwin Harbour. This exciting development at Stokes Hill Wharf brings to life 2 quintessential Australian stories. The 1st story is the Royal Flying Doctor Service, affectionately known throughout Australia as the RFDS. Founded by the Reverend John Flynn, it began its aeromedical operations in the Northern Territory in 1939. The 2nd story featured is the Bombing of Darwin Harbour on 19th February 1942. The bombing of the harbor brought destruction to the city of Darwin. Many of the experiences and stories of what happened that day are told through state of the art technology. Take a self-guided tour of the exhibition, knowing that the staff members are always available to assist as required. When you arrive, a staff member will provide an outline of the facility, explain the timings for the holographic cinema sessions and the Window of the 1942 bombing platform. Enjoy a range of interactive and VR experiences that bring history to life. Learn about the heroes and survivors who experienced the raids. Admire a decommissioned RFDS Pilatus PC-12 that allows visitors to experience a fully equipped aeromedical plane.

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What people are saying about Darwin Harbour

The tour included not only the history of the RFDS, but also the bombing of Darwin in 1942. Hologram presentations and virtual reality experiences really brought the exhibitions to life and complemented the static displays. It was fun to actually sit in a plane formerly used by the RFDS and listen to recordings of real-life conversations between medical and flight staff as a patient was transported to hospital. I enjoyed my visit very much and thought it was great value for money.

Goes/stops at most important locations in Darwin. We got off at Cullen Bay, had breakfast and a bit of a walk around, the rejoined the bus. Bus was on time.

The crew was very pleasant and approachable and the captain had great sense of humour

Very well presented. I felt the plane, pilot and patient experience was well done

This tour was better than I expected…also had a ferry ride over to Mandorah