Walk Darwin

Cultural and Theme Tours

Welcome to Walk Darwin; a locally-owned family business specialising in small group sightseeing walking tours of Darwin City and the George Brown Darwin Botanic Gardens.

Your hosts, Nerida and John Hart, and together with a passionate team of local guides invite you to discover a taste of what makes Darwin tick, visiting iconic locations and regaling stories of Darwin’s frontier past. We provide visitors with a local’s perspective of life in Darwin today and what makes Territorians in the Top End a unique breed.

With practical city design, Darwin is one of the best cities in Australia to explore by foot. We walk all year round in our vibrant city, through all seasons, adapting to the needs of our guests during the Tropical Summer when the pace of life slows and the energetic drama of the natural environment heralds a wondrous change.

Walking and comfort is what we’re all about. A change in pace, a stop in the shade or a helping hand where needed, makes the world of difference to our guests and we love nothing better than to spend time with happy travellers.

Come and enjoy our Territory Hospitality!

Facilities

Carpark Caters for limited mobility Cultural and Theme Tours Disabled access available Evening Family Family Friendly Half Day or Less Land - Self Propelled Moderate Nature and wildlife Nightlife Tours Non Smoking Pet Friendly - Enquire Public Toilet Regional Tourist/Tourism Association/Organisation Sightseeing Tours Walk Walking and Biking Tours Walks

Services

$45

Explore the city of Darwin with your local guide on this 2-hour walking tour and hear of the history and present-day happenings. From the destruction caused by the WWII bombings and Cyclone Tracy, Darwin has risen and you’ll discover many of the remaining buildings, some of which have been painstakingly reconstructed.

See the Old Police Station and Courthouse, Brown’s Mart and the Old Palmerston Town Hall ruins, and enjoy manicured tropical gardens as your route meanders through city streets and across the paths of pioneers.

There are many hidden treasures to see on foot when you explore with a local.

Family Friendly Non Smoking

$45

The Ship to Shore walking tour is perfect for cruise ship passengers seeking a short shore excursion. This 2-hour walking tour will uncover the hidden treasures of Darwin city, to then allow further exploration at your leisure.

The relaxed walk starts at the Cruise Ship Terminal and departure time is dependent on the scheduled arrival time of each ship.

Hear of WWII bombings and Cyclone Tracy and discover many of the remaining buildings such as the old Court House and Police Station, Browns Mart and the Old Palmerston Town Hall ruins, all of which have been painstakingly reconstructed. Pass by Government House, Parliament House and the Supreme Court on your journey through the streets of this modern tropical city. Along the way, your guide will share their passion for the town they call home.

Your tour will conclude at the Visitor Information Centre where shuttle buses depart regularly for the journey back to your ship, or you can walk back along the Smith Street pathway.

Family Friendly Non Smoking

$45

Thursday. 19 February, 1942.

World War II reaches mainland Australia and the northern city of Darwin is bombed.

Move forward to today and it’s Thursday, when your guide will take you back to that WWII era on a 2-hour walk through the historic quarter of the city. Hear stories of that fateful day as you meander past historic buildings of the time, that have been re-built to provide lasting memories of life in the north during the War.

This tour departs on a Thursday only, in memory of that fateful day in 1942.

Family Friendly Non Smoking

$25

Be inspired by nature as you take a 1-hour walk through George Brown Darwin Botanic Gardens and ‘Meet the Plants’.

Your guide will introduce you to some of the significant trees and tropical plantings within the Gardens, as you walk between the different environments. From ancient cycads to colourful crotons, hidden garden rooms to the rock covered Madagascar Garden, and lush, historic Heritage Lawn, the diversity has to be seen to be believed.

Along the way there may be a chance sighting of birds and seasonal flowers. Remember to bring your camera!

Carpark Family Friendly Pet Friendly - Enquire Public Toilet

$45

Walk the Botanic Gardens provides a comprehensive introduction to the 42 hectares of George Brown Darwin Botanical Gardens.

Guided by a Darwin local, you will walk along the same paths as many others have walked for over 130 years, and hear stories of the history and heritage and the revival of the Gardens after cyclones and WWII bombings.

See legacies left by prominent Curators, including significant trees and heritage features. Along the way you’ll be introduced to many tropical plants that grow in these parkland gardens, each with their own interesting story. Keep an eye out for colourful birdlife, stunning flowers and majestic trees.

This guided walk is for those looking to truly experience Darwin’s botanic garden.

Carpark Family Friendly Pet Friendly - Enquire Public Toilet

$69

Street Art takes pride of place on this walk as we explore Darwin’s lively laneways and public art displays, including world-renowned artist, Bruce Munro’s Tropical Light installations. We’ll sample an ice-cold taste of summer at one of our stops and finish our tour at one of Darwin’s brand new urban bars.

Our 2-hour tour starts with a friendly welcome from your Walk Darwin guide and an introduction to the Tropical Summer in Australia’s northern-most city under the shade of a beautiful Banyan Tree; a species much loved in the Top End.

We explore the character of life in Darwin through art as we casually tour the back lanes of the CBD where huge street murals adorn walls of city buildings, with plenty of stops to admire the view. Our tour will take in 4 of the light-art sculptures of Bruce Munro’s Tropical Light exhibition; his first city-wide light exhibition in Australia. We’ll learn about the inspiration for his creations and the stories which connect the exhibits to Darwin.

Between a cool tropical ice-cream, one way to enjoy Darwin’s tropical summer, and an ice-cold drink there’s an exclusive opportunity to talk with one of the artists or exhibition ambassadors.

Family Friendly Non Smoking

$69

Headlined by renowned artist, Bruce Munro’s Tropical Light installations, this early evening sightseeing walk connects art, Darwin and the tropical summer with all your senses.

Our 2-hour walk begins with a friendly welcome from your Walk Darwin guide and introductions under the shade of a beautiful Banyan Tree, a place of congregation, rest and the sharing of stories.

We depart on our tour of the city just before sunset, to explore the character of life in Darwin through art as we casually tour the back lanes of the CBD. Our local guides know the safest path to take which is a welcoming safeguard in what could be an unfamiliar city.

Our tour will take in the lit CBD light-art illuminations as part of world-renowned artist, Bruce Munro’s Tropical Light exhibition; his first city-wide light exhibition in Australia. We’ll learn about the inspiration for his creations and the stories which connect the sculptures to Darwin. We’ll also partake of an exclusive tropical ice-cream, which is one way to enjoy Darwin’s tropical summer, and an ice-cold drink at one of Darwin’s historic hotels.

Family Friendly Non Smoking

$69

Our walk begins at the HMAS Darwin Anchor site, chosen for its connection to the Harbour and Darwin’s former Navy Headquarters in the post WWII years. We follow the path to Darwin’s Waterfront Precinct, stopping to view the installations by local artists. Enjoy a bird’s eye view of the first of 4 Bruce Munro’s Tropical Light installations, ‘Time and Again,’ designed specifically for this exhibition.

Discover the stories that inspired Bruce Munro to design a celebration of Darwin’s wonderful tropical summer, captured in light, where water plays a pivotal role in nature’s regeneration.

We view ‘Sun Lily’; another sculpture composed uniquely for Darwin and one of 3 installations that the Walk Darwin team volunteered on to bring the Tropical Light exhibition to life. Your guide will share a ‘behind-the-scenes’ perspective on the intricacies of each art piece and the logistical feat to bring this exhibition from the UK to Darwin.

An evening at the Waterfront isn’t complete without a refreshing stop to prepare for even more mesmerising adventures. Our theme of replenishment is enjoyed with a delightful tropical mocktail reflecting the cool waters of Darwin Harbour and a tasting of seasonal and local delights.

Family Friendly Non Smoking

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