A private small-group tour of real Darwin, no strangers. A great way to kick off your visit to Darwin and discover experiences to dig deeper into during the rest of your stay. Follow our suggested itinerary, or choose your own.Suitable for families and groups travelling together - maximum 6 participants. Exclusive private tour with a local long-term resident as your guide. Special interests and languages other than English can be accommodated, pickup from your location on request.
ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Chinese Temple and Museum Chung Wah, Darwin, Top End, Northern TerritoryThis excellent little museum explores Chinese settlement in the Top End. The adjacent temple has a particularly calming ambience, punctuated by scarlet lanterns and smouldering incense sticks.The Temple site dates from about 1887. After some damage from bombing in WWII, there was extensive looting of the Temple – statues were found scattered all around Darwin. At one stage, an attempt was made to burn the Temple but when the flames reached the main beam, the fire mysteriously went out; believed by Chinese elders to be due to heavenly intervention. The temple remained closed from 1948 until 1959, when it was reopened.In 1974, Cyclone Tracy destroyed the Temple and a new temple was built with the help of local architect Peter Dermoudy. It is believed that correct siting means prosperity and happiness for the people, and much care must be taken. Consequently, the new Temple was built on the same site facing the same direction as the site that was selected in 1887 by neomancers, who considered the location in relation to sky, water, land.Duration: 15 minutesStop At: Street ArtWander the back streets and laneways of Darwin city with us and discover a fiesta of colour and gigantic artworks that showcase our unique history, culture, and emerging artistic talentsDuration: 30 minutesStop At: Cullen Bay Marina, Darwin, Top End, Northern TerritoryWe'll take a a leisurely drive through some older and newer suburbs to explore the myriad different architectural styles of Darwin housing, from the original Burnett-style houses on stilts, Greek and Chinese inspired buildings, to some modern marvels – and a few monstrosities.Duration: 30 minutesStop At: Darwin Wharf Precinct, Darwin, Top End, Northern TerritoryA walking tour of the wharf precinct (the same one that featured in the Baz Lurhmann epic “Australia”) where you’ll find hidden staircases, the Deckchair cinema, a labyrinth of tunnels under the city CBD; and an including an amazing virtual reality experience of the bombing of Darwin, and the Royal Flying Doctor Service (you can even explore inside an RFDS plane).We’ll take lunch on the edge of the wharf looking out over the beautiful Darwin harbour where you can reflect on how you want to spend the rest of your stay.Duration: 30 minutes