Best walks in Darwin

In a city of endless summer – it’s impossible to not want to get outside and enjoy the tropical air every now and then. 

Put on your best activewear – we are taking you on an adventure! 

East Point

East Point Walking Path

A local favourite – this nature reserve has it all – palm trees, grassed areas, picnic tables, playgrounds, outdoor exercise equipment, a beach…. And even wallabies! 

Beginning in Fannie Bay, the East Point walking path can be as long as 8km if you go the whole way around, or take the 30-minute loop walk from the car park near the lake through monsoonal vine forest and onto the boardwalk for an easy stroll. The East Point views constantly change from fabulous beachfront houses and grassed areas, to cliffs, sandy beaches, and mangrove areas.

It’s also a prime spot to view Darwin’s spectacular sunsets, and has signage along the way to discover some of the biodiversity in the area, as well as the rich military history. 

Nightcliff Foreshore Walk 

Outside of the city, towards the north is the magical little suburb of Nightcliff. Home to famous sunsets, food trucks and kitesurfers – the Nightcliff foreshore is also great for a beachfront stroll. 

A sealed bike and walking path provides 3km of water views, past Darwin’s only Jetty, through rows of palms and beautiful trees, and to the bridge across to the Casuarina Coastal Reserve.

Casuarina Coastal Reserve 

Another fabulous Darwin beachfront track is the Casuarina Coastal Reserve –  the coastal strip between the Rapid Creek mouth and Casuarina. 

Some small hills provide a better workout for the legs – or a fun skate / scooter path, and the track takes you across grassy plains and then along one of Darwin’s beautiful beaches, all the way to the beautiful beach-side cafe De La Plague – it’s the perfect Sunday morning walk to brunch!

Waterfront – Esplanade Walk 

If you’re staying in the city, the Esplanade runs along the south-western edge, and it is the perfect place for a stroll. Coming in at just over 1.5km in length, the pathway is supported by beautiful benches, trees, memorials, education signs, playgrounds, and look-outs to the harbour – and if you’re feeling adventurous continue into the city after the esplanade and follow the Darwin Street Art Trail!

Holmes Jungle Nature Park

This monsoon rainforest is only 10-15 minutes from the city, on the edge of Darwin’s northern suburbs. Take a leisurely walk through the park that is teaming with birdlife and other animals. Start at the hilltop picnic area then take the either the Woodland Walk or the Jungle Walk, or both! You can take dogs too, but they must be kept controlled on a leash.

Charles Darwin National Park

If you a fancy a bush walk only minutes from Darwin City, then Charles Darwin National Park is the place for you. There are a couple of designated walking tracks within the bushland where you can enjoy the surrounds wildlife and nature which includes 36 of the Territory’s 51 mangrove species.

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