The Esplanade

The Esplanade information

Lonely Planet review

Darwin's Esplanade is a long, straight street with flashy hotels on one side and the lush waterside Bicentennial Park on the other. The park runs the length of the Esplanade from Doctors Gully to Lameroo Beach, a sheltered cove popular in the '20s when it housed the saltwater baths, and traditionally a Larrakia camp area. Shaded by tropical trees, the park is an excellent place to wander.

At the Herbert St end, there's a cenotaph commemorating Australians' service to the country's war efforts. Also honoured are 200 Remarkable Territorians : hand-painted tiles in panels dispersed intermittently along the Esplanade commemorate some of the Territory's 'quiet achievers', including pioneers, publicans and pastoralists.