Globetrotters Lodge & Bar

97 Mitchell St, Darwin, Top End, 0800, Australia
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Can anyone recommend tour company in Darwin

by TravelingSue

Some friends and I are coming to Darwin in March on a tour. Can anyone recommend a local tour company that would accomodate 12-15 people? We arrive at 7am in the morning and have to be back on the ship at 5pm. Thanks. Sue

Re: Can anyone recommend tour company in Darwin

by albaaust

Hi Sue me again...I was in Darwin in September and can give my experiences re tour companies at length...
however, I won't..
The main thing is that most of the standard tours for Kakadu, Litchfield etc leave very early (like 5.30am) and get back into Darwin at 7pm so you will have to look at the option again of hiring a car or organising your own private tour.

I have not yet put my tips up (lazy!!) but I'll have a look at the company I used. ..it was topend escapes. Of the tours I would highly recommend the Cooinda water cruise.

Re: Can anyone recommend tour company in Darwin

by Mikebb

Hi Darwin is small just hire a mini bus.

Otherwise take a day tour to itchfield National Park. See the Termite Mounds on the way and the wonderful waterfalls in the National Park. We went swimming at Wangi Falls during August 2009. Photos on my Darwin page.

Re: Can anyone recommend tour company in Darwin

by margaretmcguffin

Take a Tub tour which is hop-on/hop-off. You may not all get on the same tub at the same time but you can catch the next one and meet up with the rest of the group at each of the sites. they run quite frequentlyAsk at the desk of your accommodation for the nearet Tub pick-up point.

Travel Tips for Darwin

Tipping

by Travel2write

Tipping is not standard practice in Australia. You may wish to add an extra 10% to the bill at a restaurant if you are impressed with the service but it is not mandatory. Most Australians, however, when going to a good restaurant will expect to pay an additional 10%.

Restaurant prices carry no extra taxes or service charges and the food in Australia is plentiful, of high quality and cheap.

Taxi drivers appreciate a tip but they will not be insulted if you fail to tip.

Shopping in suburban Darwin

by tiabunna

Tourists don’t travel to the “Top End” to see suburban Darwin, so I suspect fairly few visit these areas. On the other hand, there is little reason for most Darwin residents to visit the city area, unless their employment is there. The result seems to be a distinct separation into “two Darwins”, one inhabited by transient backpackers and tourists, the other by the “locals”.

Because we were off to the “VT Survivor” trip, we had some heavy-duty shopping to arrange before we left: things such as buying camping chairs, not to mention a seeming mountain of groceries (most of which we used). So we took our vehicles to one of the main shopping malls, at Casuarina in the “Northern Suburbs” (at 2 near top of the map with preceding tip).

As we drove through the suburbs, and also at the shopping mall area, I gained the distinct impression that the “suburban Darwin” is distinctly more akin to the rest of Australia than the impressions given by the city area. Inside the shopping mall, apart from less emphasis on winter clothing, we could have been in any other Australian city – much the same ‘feel’, much the same shops from the usual chains. We all lunched there – the standard “shopping mall” catering applied.

But ….Have you ever felt intimidated by women in shopping malls pushing shopping trollies? If you have, don’t get in the way of a team of VT ladies on a “Survivor” grocery-buying trip! LOL

Main photo: Approaching the Casuarina shopping mall
Second photo:Casuarina shops
Third photo:Heading into the shops
Fourth photo:”The list says we still need…”
Fifth photo:Beware teams of VTers with shopping trollies!

Slang

by Travel2write

Australians speak English as their first language. While the country is committed to multiculturalism - which, on one level, means that most major organisations will have translators and interpreters - in suburban and regional areas people who do not speak English will experience difficulties.

Marrara Sports Complex

by skatzcatz

Marrara Sports Complex is the focal point for regional, national and international sporting events. It has first class facilities in the following sports; hockey, backetball, gymnastics, Australian Rules Football, Soccer, Target Shooting, Cricket, BMX etc

Territory Wildlife Park

by tiabunna

This really should be high on your list of priorities, especially if you have only limited time in Darwin.

Run by the Northern Territory Government, I’d describe this as somewhere between a nature reserve and a zoo showcasing the wildlife of the Northern Territory. A network of walking trails connects the main entry and reception area (which includes quite a good snack bar) with enclosures for various types of animals, different vegetation areas representative of the NT (most particularly the northern part). There also is an excellent aquarium, with a sequence of tanks illustrating the progression in aquatic wildlife species from the inland source of streams through to the coral reefs.

Getting around can be done on foot, but the Park provides free ‘trains’ driven by park rangers, on a half hourly service stopping at each of the areas. We both walked and took the train and were glad we did, as the ranger stopped to tell about the wildlife we were seeing and called a sleepy dingo out to be photographed. You will find more photos taken here in Travelogue 2.

Directions
It’s about 45 minutes outside the city, so you will need a hire car to visit. The entry charge is $20 for adults, various concessions are available.

Main photo: A rather sleepy dingo goes to have a drink
Second photo:Water buffalo, a species introduced in the 1840s
Third photo:The large ‘salty’ rises for air in his tank
Fourth photo:The café and entry area
Fifth photo:.Sign showing a map of the park.

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