The sunbaked desert plains, vast gorges, and crocodile-filled billabongs of the Northern Territory offer a spectacular backdrop for an outdoor adventure, and there are an impressive 16 national parks to explore throughout the state. Here are five of the best that you can visit on a day trip.
Facing the sea, Lyon's Cottage was - at the time of its building - the first stone house built in Darwin for 30 years and is the only surviving example of colonial bungalow architecture in the city. It's made from locally quarried stone and now houses a museum.
It was built in 1925 from the same porcellanite stone used to construct many of Darwin's major public buildings, including Fanny Bay Gaol and Government House. The architecture of the house is similar to many that the British built in other colonies such as Singapore and Malaysia.
It came through the bombing of Darwin without damage, although it was occupied by the US army. Ironically, Cyclone Tracy saved its life. It had been sold and scheduled for redevelopment, but after the cyclone it was repaired and became today's museum, featuring local and early European history.
74 The Esplanade, Darwin, 0801
Lyon's Cottage is located on the southwestern edge of the city center, just near Bicentennial Park.
- Crocosaurus Cove
- Parliament House
- Magnetic Termite Mounds
- Bicentennial Park
- Darwin Waterfront Precint
- Myilly Point Heritage Precinct
- George Brown Darwin Botanic Gardens
- Mindil Beach
- Cullen Bay
- Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory (MAGNT)
- Qantas Hangar
- Darwin Cruise Port
- Fannie Bay Gaol
- East Point Reserve