Along the coast of the Northern Territory lies Darwin, a city isolated by the vast Australian desert. The area was sought by the French, Dutch and British, and was established as the town of Darwin in 1869. In 1942, the city was under the threat of a Japanese attack, so a major Australian military base was established. Today Darwin is the largest city of the Northern Territory, offering sights from its colonial past and excellent shopping and dining opportunities.
The following Shore Excursions are available for this port on this cruise, and may be reserved beginning 240 days before the cruise begins for guests receiving Concierge amenities, and 180 days before the cruise begins for all other guests. Guests receiving Concierge amenities will receive a 5% discount off of the prices shown below for Regent Choice tours.
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Darwin has a rich and colorful history and this tour highlights some important sights that help to chronicle this tropical city's past. Boarding your coach at the pier, you'll begin this fascinating journey that transports you back in time by first visiting the Fannie Bay Gaol Museum. Darwin's original penal institution in Fannie Bay is now a museum and here you will learn how, from 1883 through 1979, the old gaol, with its crude facilities and a chilling old gallows section, has served as a grim reminder of what life in the gaol was really like.
Following the convict era, Australian history was shaped by another phase, when colonial settlers traveled across the globe in the hope of finding a better world, eager to explore new lands in search of personal and financial growth and after a short transfer, you will stop at the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, a great place to complete your exploration of Darwin's heritage. The Art Gallery houses a comprehensive display of Indigenous art and artifacts that reveal much about the various Aboriginal groups from Darwin and its surrounding environs. In the museum, you will also have the opportunity to learn how the city was devastated, then rebuilt in 1975 after Cyclone Tracy hit Darwin on Christmas Eve in 1974. Despite its ordeal, Darwin re-grouped, rebuilt and today stands stronger than ever. A very realistic Cyclone Tracy display recreates the atmosphere of that fateful Christmas Eve. Amongst the eclectic collection of exhibits here you will also find an excellent display of Aboriginal, South-East Asian and Oceanic Art, along with a permanent collection of major Australian fine art.
Before returning to the pier, you will also enjoy a drive through the city with photo stops at the Darwin Botanical Gardens and East Point.
Please note: This tour contains a moderate amount of walking and is available to wheelchair guests and those with mobility concerns who are able to make their way on and off the coach. Comfortable walking shoes, a sun hat and sun glasses are recommended. Exhibits are constantly being upgraded and added therefore some exhibits may be removed or changed. Order of sights visited may vary and the itinerary may be reversed.
Your tour begins with a scenic drive to the Territory Wildlife Park, one of the major attractions in the Darwin area. The park is nestled in some 400 hectares of natural bushland and has over 4 miles of walking trails that pass through abundant woodlands, lush wetlands and tropical forest. For the convenience of the Park's visitors, carriages pulled by small trucks are available which navigate around the Park, giving informative commentary along the way. As the Park is quite extensive, this may be the most fitting way to travel from one stop to another.
While here, you'll have a chance to see a variety of native animals. As photo opportunities will abound, be sure to bring your camera. Attractions at the Park also include the unique underwater walk-through aquarium where you are immersed in the midst of gliding whip rays and other colorful fish and marine life. Another fascinating exhibit is the Nocturnal House which gives an extraordinary glimpse into the lives of many species of nocturnal animals that are rarely seen in the wild. There is also a special enclosure where a scheduled performance is held that allows you to observe some of the Park's birds of prey in full flight.
Although guides will greet your coach, provide maps and be available to offer suggestions and assistance, your time here is unstructured and it is at the individual's discretion which experiences they wish to partake in. It is suggested that you first cover those exhibits you most want to see in the time allotted.
At the conclusion of your visit, your coach will return you to the ship in Darwin.
lease note: It is important that guests meet at the designated pick-up point at the time advised by the driver. Comfortable walking shoes, sun hat, sunglasses and sunscreen are recommended.
Enjoy a relaxing harbor cruise and panoramic tour of Darwin on this charming tour.
Unbeknownst to many, Darwin, in addition to being a modern tropical capital, is situated on a harbor twice the size of Sydney's. Board your charterd tour vessel and then sit back and relax while you spend the next hour exploring Darwin Harbour and hearing commentary about its unique history. Learn about the ferocious bombing raid on Darwin conducted by the Japanese in 1942, which sank 12 ships in the harbor. The harbor itself has huge tidal movements (up to 26 feet) and the only 4 gate, salt-water loch in Australia. Once you have traveled through the loch and emerged into the harbor, you'll see Larrakeyah, the Naval Patrol boat base and Doctors Gully, home to a popular and unusual local attraction, made so by the hundreds of fish that come to shore at high tide to be fed by hand. As you pass Darwin's Esplanade, you will be able to see your ship berthed at the wharf precinct.
During your tour, you'll be treated to a refreshment on board, as you pass several interesting sights along the way. These would include the new East Arm Port and the Darwin railway line. You may also see naval vessels from all over the world.
At the conclusion of your cruise, you'll return directly to the pier.
Please note: Shoes with non-slip soles are recommended as well as a sun hat, sunglasses and sunscreen. The vessel used on the tour has both air-conditioned and non-air conditioned areas.
Leaving the city, you will travel a short distance to Crocodylus Park, famous for its work on crocodile research. Operated by wildlife research consultants, they will give you a fascinating presentation on this awesome animal. While here, you will get to observe the crocodiles in the park's lagoon as well as in their pens, and witness a crocodile feeding. Amazingly, the crocodiles will literally leap several feet in the air for their food. You will also be given the opportunity to have a photo taken with a juvenile crocodile ... and for the more adventurous, to hold one.
After your visit at the Park, you'll return to the city for a stop at the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory that overlooks Fannie Bay. Take time while you are here to view its excellent collection of Aboriginal, South-East Asian and Oceanic Art. You will also find a permanent collection of major Australian fine art and Northern Territory natural science on display here.
Your tour concludes with a brief overview of Darwin's essential highlights before being returned to the pier.
Please note: Comfortable walking shoes, a sun hat, sunglasses, sunscreen and insect repellent are recommended. The order of sights visited may vary and the itinerary may be reversed.
Traveling by coach, you will make your way to the Adelaide River, one of eight rivers in the Top End which have large floodplains in their catchments. These floodplains create a great expanse of coastal wetlands that are home to a great variety of unique animals and plant life. The Northern Territory is also well known as crocodile country.
Your first stop will be at the Window on the Wetlands Visitors Centre where you will have the opportunity to learn more about life in this tropical region. Following a brief visit here, you will proceed to your main destination - the Adelaide River, for a cruise which brings you almost face-to-face with the famous jumping crocodiles. Keep watch for the tell-tale ripples of an approaching reptile, camera ready in anticipation of capturing that breathtaking moment as a crocodile leaps out of the water to almost its full body length.
At the conclusion of this truly memorable cruise, your coach will return you to the pier by way of the outer suburbs of Darwin.
Please note: This tour is not recommended to guests who utilize a wheelchair and those with mobility concerns are cautioned to evaluate their personal level of ability. It is recommended that guests wear comfortable walking shoes with non-slip soles and bring a sun hat, sunglasses, sunscreen and insect repellent. The order of sights visited may vary and the itinerary may be reversed. This tour does not operate with a separate guide, but rather with a driver/guide.
Military buffs will surely enjoy this tour that visits three heritage sights that cover a significant period in the military past of Darwin. This tropical town played a pivotal role in the fight against the Japanese during World War II, as the Territory airfields were used to carry out bombing and anti-intruder operations. These sorties constantly harassed the enemy, destroyed their infrastructure and their morale, but also made Darwin a constant target for retaliatory bombings.
Your first stop is at East Point for some panoramic photos of Darwin Harbour. Adjacent to this vantage point is the extensive East Point Military Museum. The Museum was originally set-up as an artillery museum by the Royal Australian Artillery Association to exhibit photographs and artifacts from Darwin's war time history, including the bombing of Darwin by the Japanese during World War II. In a series of sixty-four raids conducted on Darwin over a nearly two year period, over three hundred people lost their lives.
Leaving East Point behind, you'll next travel to the Australian Aviation Heritage Centre, which is one of the major aviation museums in Australia. The museum features an impressive presentation of aircraft and displays depicting the Northern Territory's involvement in aviation, both civil and military. The exhibits span from the early pioneers and record breakers - through World War II and the jet age of Vulcan's, Concorde and other exotic aircraft. One of the most awesome displays is a B52 Bomber, one of only two complete aircraft of its type on display outside the United States. Additionally, you'll find the B-25 Mitchell, Mirage and Sabre jet fighters, an ex-Royal Australian Navy Wessex helicopter, an ex-US Army Huey Cobra with its rocket pods and Gatling gun, a Mark VIII Spitfire replica and the fascinating wreckage of a Japanese Mitsubishi Zero fighter. Aviation aficionados will no doubt thoroughly enjoy this visit.
Filled with perhaps a new sense of appreciation for the role Darwin played during the war, you'll re-join your coach and be transferred back to the pier.
Please note: This tour contains a moderate amount of walking and is available to guests who utilize a wheelchair and those with mobility concerns who are able to make their way on and off the coach. Comfortable walking shoes, a sun hat and sun glasses are recommended. The Aviation Heritage Centre is not air-conditioned. Exhibits are constantly being upgraded and added therefore some exhibits may be removed or changed. The order of sights visited may vary and the itinerary may be reversed.
Terms & Conditions:
Free Unlimited Shore Excursions are for full fare guests only, capacity controlled and subject to availability. Requested excursions may not be available at time of booking. Supplement will apply on Regent Choice excursions (indicated by the above) and excludes Private Arrangements and all Adventures Ashore programs. Concierge benefits do not apply to Executive Collection private cars or other private arrangements. In order to ensure quality guides and sufficient transportation, we must provide the tour operator with passenger counts at least 36 hours in advance. Therefore no refunds will be given within 36 hours of tour departure for cancellations or no-shows. Please pay special attention to scheduling and tour lengths when booking your shore excursions. In many cases, it is not possible to participate in more than one tour per day in a given port. Tour Departure times are subject to change so please reference your actual tour ticket for the correct departure time. Tours operate rain or shine. Minor children 17 years and under must be accompanied by a an adult 18 years or older on all shore excursions. Tours require minimum participation levels to operate so please sign up as early as possible. Tours may be cancelled if minimum participation levels are not met. Prices, Itineraries and General Information shore excursion prices are subject to change to meet unexpected cost increases or currency fluctuations. Please consult the Destination Services Desk onboard for information. During local or national holidays, access to certain facilities (such as museums or archaeological sites) may be limited or denied. In such instances, adjustments will be made to minimize inconvenience to guests. Some tours have limited availability. Tours are generally available for reserving 180 days prior to the beginning of a cruise. Please sign up early to avoid disappointment. Regent Seven Seas Cruises reserves the right to require guests to complete a liability waiver for select shore excursions. For more information, please visit the Destination Services Desk onboard.