Because we were in Darwin for so long, we figured we’d suss out as much as we could and construct an ideal $100 day. Also, because of the two seasons, we figured it’d be best to put together TWO $100 days to suit whatever time of the year you decide to visit Darwin.
So, here are our action-packed $100 days in Darwin for both the wet season and the dry season.
1. Fish Feeding @ Aquascene $15 each (feeding times depend on the tides – check their website for the schedule)
2. Stroll through Bicentennial Park
3. Check out the Town Hall Ruins and Parliament House
4. Take the stairs down to The Waterfront (if you go on Sunday, you might catch the live music Sunday Sessions)
5.Lunch for two at Chow!
6. Bus to The Gardens
7. Stroll through George Brown Botanic Gardens
8. A Dinner for two @ Mindil Markets
1. 1. Crocosaurus Cove (if you have the cash to spend, do the Big Croc Feed Experience for $79 per adult)
2. Two kebabs from Darwin’s Kebabs
3. Walk through Smith Street Mall
4. Take a look at Parliament House and the Town Hall Ruins
5.Check out The Waterfront
6. Two pints of craft beer @ The Precinct
7. Watch the sunset/lightning show from Stokes Hill Wharf
A new Vietnamese restaurant opened in Darwin while we were there and after dubbing Saigon Star as the provider of the best pho, we realised we had a new contender to sample. We set our expectations fairly low and walked down to the Waterfront for a feed.
We arrived just as they opened and chose a table inside next to the window. The décor was clean and attractive with a pretty feature wall and fabric lighting fixtures around a central bar. We ordered some beer while we perused the menu. While the laksa, Vietnamese savoury crepes and Lemongrass chicken caught our eye, Juz went with a beef pho and Dave selected the wonton and BBQ pork egg noodle soup.
Our lunch came out fast, and was presented beautifully in designer crockery. At first, Juz was a little disappointed that the ritual of adding fresh herbs to the soup herself was taken away, but after tasting the soup with the herbs already included, she realised there was a new winner. The broth was clear and fresh and was beautiful balanced with cinnamon and star anise. The noodles were soft, silky and fresh while the beef was tender and extra delicious when dipped in the provided plum sauce.
Dave’s soup was colourful but didn’t have as much appeal as Juz’s pho. The dumplings were a little bland and the noodles needed more time to cook, but the broth was tasty.
Overall, we really liked Chow! and look forward to our next visit. They have a great selection of beer, their cocktails have funny names and the pho was absolutely delicious – quite possibly the best pho Juz has had since we left Melbourne.