Sometimes you just want to exercise outdoors, right! We’ve pulled together our eight favourite places to go in Darwin for a FREE outdoor workout – from cardio to muscle building!
Nightcliff Outdoor Exercise Stations
Nightcliff Foreshore features outdoor exercise stations spread along Casuarina Drive between Sunset Park and the Rapid Creek footbridge – a beautiful walk, even better with exercise stops along the way!
There are 27 pieces of equipment spread across the six stations – with a range of exercises available to cater to everyone, and free tutorials to ensure you are getting the maximum effect!
The City of Darwin have some handy guides for each station here.
East Point Spartan Outdoor Gym
It’s a new addition to the magic that is Darwin’s East Point – and it’s not your average outdoor exercise equipment!
The Darwin gym with a view (and a damn good one at that!) offers a range of body-weight focused exercises including ladders, chin up bars, dip benches, abs benches and boxing bag holders – and also has a section of training components for wheelchair users.
You’ll find it just after the first parking bay on the left, along Alec Fong Drive on East Point.
Mountain Biking – Charles Darwin National Park
Charles Darwin National Park is a mountain biking dream – from the trailhead at the central car park, there is a network of single track and flow trails, with varying levels of difficulty. There is also a pump track just behind one of the World War 2 storage shelters.
It’s within riding distance of the city, or a short drive out Tiger Brennan Drive! Just don’t forget your insect repellent!
See a downloadable track map here
Deckchair Cinema Stairs
Our favourite outdoor Darwin sweat session of all time – the Deckchair Stairs. All 136 of them!! They’re unevenly spaced too, so it’s a workout for your brain as well as your legs. It’s the best way to burn yourself out with some high-intensity cardio, in the shortest amount of time!
How many can you do?
Depending if you want to finish by going up or down, you can park either at the top – the very end of the Esplanade (Corner of Herbert St and the Esplanade) or down the bottom – at the Jervois Road Carpark at the Deckchair Cinema.
Mindil Beach Yoga Pergola
Officially (and so you can put it into Google Maps) it’s called the ‘Lights of Darwin Harbour Lookout’ – but we like to call it the Yoga Pergola.
Is there a better place to do Yoga or even just stretch it out at sunrise/sunset than overlooking Darwin’s Mindil Beach? It feels like Bali and we are HERE FOR IT!
If you want the extra outdoor exercise, park at Mindil Beach and walk over the boardwalk towards the High School and up, or park at the top of Atkins Drive near the entry to Darwin High and walk in.
A hit of tennis
How good is a game of Tennis with your mates – it doesn’t even feel like exercise!
With free, daytime use courts located at Parap (77 Ross Smith Avenue, next to Parap Pool), Nightcliff (Corner of Aralia St and Jacaranda Avenue), and Rapid Creek (Corner of Chrisp St and Valder Crescent) – there’s plenty of opportunities to exercise outdoors and perfect your serves!
The Recreational Lagoon
So we don’t swim in the ocean in Darwin – but what about swimming in the ocean, but in a controlled lagoon!! YES.
Cut laps around the saltwater recreation lagoon at the Darwin Waterfront, it’s free and patrolled by lifeguards 9am – 6pm daily.
Once you’re done cutting laps you can gather your mates and enjoy a game of waterside volleyball, at the beach volleyball court next to the lagoon. The court is free to use seven days a week, and you can bring your own ball or get one from the lifeguards on duty!
Bike / Skate the Casuarina Coastal Reserve
The Casaurina Coastal reserve path, kicking off at the Rapid Creek footbridge, is perfect for a bike ride or even a skateboard. The best bit is that there’s De La Plage cafe at the end as a reward – because the best kind of exercise ends in coffee!!
And if you do just want somewhere nice to go for a walk – check out our article on the best walks in Darwin.
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