Australian Aviation Heritage Centre
Darwin was the first port of call for many early aviators – Sir Charles Kingsford Smith touched down in present-day Parap on his historic flight between Britain and Australia. The Australian Aviation Heritage Centre houses an American B-52 bomber and the wreckage of a Japanese zero shot down over Darwin in 1942. The city’s rich aviation history is detailed at the centre, along with superbly restored exhibits. Stuart Hwy, Winnellie; open daily.
Casuarina Coastal Reserve
This reserve boasts a magnificent white, sandy beach that backs on to dunes and thickets of native she-oaks. Several hundred metres from Casuarina Beach is Free Beach, Darwin’s only recognised nudist bathing area, popular with sunbathers and swimmers during the dry season.
Leanyer Recreation Park
This popular family park offers bike-riding, skateboarding and basketball facilities; an all-abilities playground; shaded barbecues and picnic areas; and a water fun park with paddling pools, water cannons and a water playground. Off Vanderlin Dr; open 8am–8pm daily; admission free.