As the capital city of the Northern Territory, Darwin has lots to offer for LGBTQIA+ tourists, from cultural attractions to outdoor experiences to a thriving nightlife.
A trip to Darwin wouldn’t be complete without visiting the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory. Here, you’ll find artworks from renowned and emerging First Nations artists as well as exhibits on ecology, the history of seafaring, and the devastating impacts of Cyclone Tracy. If culture is what interests you, consider taking part in an Aboriginal cultural experience to learn more about the First Nations peoples of the region.
There are numerous ways to explore the great outdoors near Darwin. In Litchfield National Park, an hour south of the city, you can take an Aboriginal-guided day tour to explore the park, or take a 4WD charter from an Indigenous-owned tour company. Visit the Territory Wildlife Park to see some native wildlife first hand. Take a cruise through the Mary River wetlands, or, for more of a thrill, a jumping crocodile cruise on the Adelaide River.
Take a night to experience nightlife in Darwin: you can kick off the night with drag bingo at The Deck Bar, and then drop by Monsoons for drag shows and drinking games. Or, for a quieter night out, visit the Mindil Markets for local food, products, and entertainment. If you’re keen to get up early after a night out, consider stopping by one of Darwin’s famous farmer’s markets for breakfast.
If you’re visiting Darwin for its renowned eateries, be sure to stop by the Waterfront Precinct, which boasts parklands, man made beaches, public artworks, and over twenty restaurants. Be sure to follow Darwin Foodies to find all the best places for a meal.
Darwin is also home to the annual Top End Pride, a pride celebration like no other. Each June, the festival takes over the city to promote an inclusive space where queer love is celebrated. Keep an eye out for updates on Top End Pride 2024!