Royal Flying Doctor Service

Top choice in Darwin

This outstanding museum on Stokes Hill Wharf is the way all museums should be. There's a 55-seat hologram cinema, virtual-reality glasses that enable you to relive in vivid detail the 1942 Japanese bombing raid on Darwin Harbour, a decommissioned Pilatus PC-12 aircraft from the Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS), a live map showing the current location of RFDS planes, and a series of touch screens that take you through the story of the RFDS and Darwin during WWII.

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2. Coral Reef by Night

0.22 MILES

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3. WWII Oil-Storage Tunnels

0.38 MILES

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4. Parliament House

0.54 MILES

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5. Chinese Museum & Chung Wah Temple

0.62 MILES

This excellent little museum explores Chinese settlement in the Top End. The adjacent temple has a hushed interior, punctuated by scarlet lanterns and…

6. Cenotaph

0.73 MILES

Commemorates Australian servicemen and women.

7. Lyons Cottage


Just across the road from Bicentennial Park, Lyons Cottage was built in 1925. It was Darwin's first stone residence, formerly housing executives from the…

8. Lameroo Beach

0.82 MILES

Darwin's only downtown beach, unless you count the sliver of sand at the waterfront precinct… It's sheltered from the city on the hill above by vegetation.