Parks & Gardens in Darwin
Address: Cox Peninsular Road, Berry Springs 0837
Phone: 08 8999 4555
Times: 8.00am – 6.30pm
Located just under an hour away is the Berry Springs Nature Park and one of the most refreshing swimming spots you’ll ever find. Take some goggles and have a dip and you will come face to face with many native fish and other aquatic life. There are shady picnic areas with barbecues and a walking track. There is an information centre where you can study up on the history of the area and its fauna and flora. Most significantly, during World War II troops used this spot as a rest and recreation camp. You can still see the remains of the huts around the main pool.
Address: The Esplanade, Darwin 0800
Phone: 08 8930 0300
Covering the distance between the Northern Territory Parliament House to Doctor’s Gully the Bicentennial Park is a great location to while away an afternoon. With plenty of grass for a game of footy, picnic tables and walking trails it is no wonder it is a favourite with tourists and locals. Located along the path is the sight of where the 14th Aircraft Battery was stationed to defend Australia during the 1942 bombings of Darwin.
East Point Reserve
Address: Alex Fong Lim Drive, Fannie Bay 0820
Phone: 08 8930 0574
You can learn about Darwin’s important role in World War II history at the Darwin Military Museum located on the reserve. You can also entertain yourself and the kids with walking and cycling paths, barbeque areas and tables and playgrounds. The area also boasts some of the best sights to watch the sunset. Sit back and relax with the wallabies as you watch the brilliance of a Darwin sunset.
Address: Corner of Geranium Street and Gardens Road, Darwin 0800
Phone: 08 8981 1958
The George Brown Darwin Botanic Gardens were established in 1870s to help introduce and evaluate plants for food to the small developing community of Darwin. Now, the 42 hectares of land is devoted to showcasing the flora of the Northern Territory. The Gardens extend from sea to land so you can view coastal foredunes and mangroves and then travel inland to woodlands and monsoon forests. One of The Gardens most favoured walks in the self guided tour devoted to Aboriginal plant use. Another feature not to be missed is the display house which is home to orchids, ferns, bromeliads and a collection of around 400 types of palms and cycads.
Address: 10 Niel Court, Howard Springs 0835
Phone: 08 8983 1641
Admission: Adults $7.50, Seniors $6.50, Guided Tours $12.50 each
Jenny’s Orchard Garden is a private collection of many years hard work. The garden covers more than 2 acres and is home to 2500 orchids from all around the world. Take a guided tour through her private garden which include beautiful landscaping, water features, and of course orchids. Then stop in for bottomless cups of tea or coffee and scones with jam and cream in the Tea Garden. Make sure you pre book your tour!
Address: East Point Reserve, Alex Fong Lim Drive, Fannie Bay 0820
Phone: 08 8930 0574
Lake Alexander caters to a great day spent with the whole family. There is year round safe swimming, walking and cycling paths, free barbeque facilities and quiet picnic areas. There’s also a playground to keep the kids occupied!
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