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East Point Reserve

East Point Reserve is home to many wallabies, the reserve has walking and cycle tracks, BBQ facilities, safe swimming at Lake Alexander, and a mangrove walking track that winds its way through a spectacular mangrove forest. The best time to view the area is during mid to low tide and it is a popular place to view the sunset. Open daily the reserve is accessed from Alec Fong Lim Drive in the inner city suburb of Fannie Bay.Top of Page

Darwin Wharf Precinct

At the Darwin Wharf Precinct you can stroll along the historic walking trails around Stokes Hill Wharf, visit survivors' lookout, the WWII Tunnels (organised tours) and steam pump house. Take a helicopter flight, eat at the Wharf arcade and on Saturday and Sunday evening enjoy live entertainment. Top of Page

Deckchair Cinema

The Deckchair Cinema is run by the Darwin Film Society and offers an alternative cinema under the stars. Programs can be obtained at any information or tourist outlet, at the ABC Shop, Northern Territory News and the Darwin Regional Tourism Association.Top of Page

Fannie Bay Gaol Museum

Fannie Bay Gaol is rich in social history and one of the Territory's most important heritage sites. Fannie Bay Gaol operated as Her Majesty's Gaol and Labour Prison in Darwin from 20 September 1883 until 1 September 1979. The original building comprises Blocks A and B containing six cells, and a kitchen and a wash house. The Infirmary was added in 1887 and contains the gallows installed for the last executions held in the Territory in 1952. A separate cell block for female prisoners was added in 1928, and a watch tower, "native section" for Aboriginal prisoners, kitchen mess building, remand section and two maximum security wings were added during the 1950s. Visitors can see the cells and the gallows. The gaol has recently been restored and is open from 10.00am – 16.00pm daily. Top of Page

The Esplanade

The Esplanade provides tourists and locals with a foreshore park linking the extremities of the city centre. The area provides an excellent venue for outdoor entertainment, festivals and exercise or you can simply appreciate the quiet scenery of Darwin Harbour. The area’s natural qualities, extensive pathways, cliff top lookouts, memorial and heritage sites and community events create an exciting blend of nature, culture and history.Top of Page

The Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory

Set in a tropical garden on the Darwin Harbour at Bullocky Point is the Northern Territory's premier institution - the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory (MAGNT). The MAGNT collections' place the regions art, history and culture in an Australian and international context through research, interpretation and collection development. These collections encompass Aboriginal art and material culture, visual arts, craft, South East Asian and Oceanic art and material culture, maritime archaeology, Northern Territory history and natural sciences. The MAGNT complex consists of 5 major permanent galleries, a touring gallery, educational facilities for school groups, a theatre, the Museum Shop and the Cornucopia Museum Cafe. All contribute to providing an entertaining, diverse and educational experience for the local community and visitors to Darwin. Top of Page

Lyons Cottage

Also known as BAT (British Australian Telegraph) House, Lyons cottage is an early example of Darwin architecture. Located on the Esplanade overlooking the harbour, Lyons Cottage is the only remaining example of colonial bungalow style architecture to be found in Darwin. The building is constructed of locally quarried porcelanite stone and in its time was the first stone residence constructed in Darwin for thirty years. Featuring shuttered windows and high ceilings, the design of the cottage echoes the distinctive architectural style of British colonial dwellings in India, Malaysia and Singapore. Lyons Cottage houses a collection of Larrakia and European early history.

Window on the Wetlands Visitor Centre

The Visitor Centre provides an introduction to the northern coastal wetlands. There are interactive displays about the ecological processes that occur in the wetlands, seasonal changes and the problems of feral animals and weeds. Touch screen computers help you find detailed information on the area. From the top floor of the Visitor Centre you can enjoy the suburb views across the floodplain's.

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