Darwin cruises

On the remote northern shores of Australia’s ‘Top End,’ balmy Darwin has grown from frontier settlement into a multicultural modern city. Discover the region’s dramatic history – from Aboriginal heritage to World War II air raids and the devastating Cyclone Tracy – in the museums and galleries.

Excursions

Please note: The shore excursions listed are typical for this port. The full programme of shore excursions available for your cruise will be displayed on Cruise Personaliser at least 12 weeks prior to departure.

  • Botanical Garden Segway Ride

    Get ready to discover the beauty of Darwin’s botanical gardens by Segway!

    Botanical Garden Segway Ride

    A short transfer from the pier will take you to the charming George Brown Botanical Gardens.

    Upon arrival, after an initial safety briefing and familiarisation, you’ll don your safety vest and helmet and set off on your Segway ride. Wend your way around the pathways riding through the colourful tropical gardens and lush vegetation. During your Segway ride, keep an eye out for the native birdlife and admire the wonderful variety of plants that flourish in the tropical conditions.

    To round off your tour, you can enjoy some free time to relax, and perhaps purchase a snack or drink at the gardens onsite café, before heading back to the pier.

    ACTIVITY EXCURSIONS
    You and all those in your party should be aware that, in undertaking activity excursions, you will be involved in a degree of physical exertion and/or activity such as hiking, biking, snorkelling, kayaking, diving etc. By booking the excursion you confirm that you and all those in your party are in good physical and mental condition, with no history of conditions such as seizures, dizziness, fainting, heart condition, respiratory problems or back/neck problems (by way of example only). You should also ensure that no one in your party is taking medicine that carries a warning about impairment of physical or mental abilities. If you are pregnant this type of excursion may not be appropriate for you. It is your responsibility to ensure that you are fit and well enough to take part in the activities booked and you are reminded to take care for your own safety. Because of the risks associated with activity excursions, you may be asked by the excursion provider to sign a document which may affect or limit the excursion provider’s liability. Comfortable flat walking shoes are recommended.

    LIABILITY
    Cunard will arrange for the excursions to be performed by the relevant excursion provider. Cunard does not provide or supply the excursion services. Cunard will exercise reasonable care and skill in the selection of the excursion provider, but will not in any circumstances have a greater liability than the excursion supplier and Cunard shall not be responsible for the negligent acts/omissions of the excursion supplier. Please note that in relation to all excursions Cunard is not responsible or liable for any loss, damage, or injury sustained by you unless such loss, damage or injury arises out of a breach of legal duty of Cunard.

    TRAVEL INSURANCE
    Before booking any activity excursions it is essential that you ensure your travel insurance extends to cover the specified activity. It is your responsibility to obtain adequate insurance.

    This excursion will operate by minibus and segway. Children and pregnant women may not participate. The minimum weight limit is seven stone and the maximum is 20 stone. This tour is not suitable for those with injuries or conditions, or who have had major knee, hip, ankle or foot injuries or balance conditions such as vertigo. Flat, closed toe shoes are essential. The Segway ride lasts around one hour and the order of itinerary may vary. Cameras or phones must not be used whilst riding the Segway; stops are provided en route to rest and take photos. Please do not wear loose clothing, such as sarongs or long loose trousers that may become caught in the Segway’s wheels or snag on ground objects. Please remember local currency for purchases.

    Tour code

    DRW_012

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    Duration

    2½ hours

  • Defence of Darwin

    Uncover Darwin's significant role in Australia’s defensive and offensive activities during World War II.

    Defence of Darwin

    This fascinating tour will take you on a journey of military discovery.

    You’ll travel towards East Point, which has a long association with military history and was identified as an ideal defensive position for protecting Darwin Harbour and its assets. During the war, Darwin was bombed 64 times over in almost two years. A stop will be made at the Darwin Military Museum where you’ll have the opportunity to explore at your own leisure. View the exhibits, items of war and artefacts which include artillery pieces, vehicles and firearms. The exhibition ‘Bombing of Darwin Experience’ is an interpretive production that offers a poignant sense of the first bombing of Darwin on 19 February 1942.

    Next, you’ll drive to the nearby Charles Darwin National Park, situated on the outskirts of the city on Frances Bay. The park is home to a number of bunkers and shelters that were used for storage between 1944 and the mid 1980s. Discover the history of the park as you take a guided stroll along the park's pathways. At the scenic lookout platform, you can enjoy views of the harbour and its wetland, before returning to the pier.

    This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. Walking at the museum is at the discretion of the guest. The ground is relatively flat, with some areas of uneven ground around the outdoor exhibits. There is a 500 metre walk to and from the view point at the Charles Darwin National Park. Guests must be able to negotiate steps on to and off the coach.

    Tour code

    DRW_011

    Features

    • Activity low

      Activity Level: Low

    Duration

    3 hours

  • Darwin Harbour Cruise

    Discover Darwin's unique history and see the sights whilst you relax on a leisurely harbour cruise.

    Darwin Harbour Cruise

    Take a short stroll down along the pier to join your luxury catamaran for an exclusive harbour cruise. The catchment of Darwin Harbour consists of vast plains, rivers, wetlands, coastal and marine environments. It also holds significant social, economic, environmental and cultural importance within the community.

    Sit back and enjoy the beauty of Darwin Harbour, the foreshore and city skyline on a relaxing and informative two hour cruise around one of the Southern Hemisphere’s largest natural harbours. The harbour is home to a rich array of wildlife including crocodiles, marine mammals, native birds and fish.

    As you watch the sights of Darwin glide by, you’ll hear about the bombing of Darwin and discover its unique history. During your leisurely scenic cruise, you’ll be able to enjoy refreshments of tea, coffee and cakes.


    This excursion will operate by catamaran. The catamaran is located approximately 150 yards from the ship along flat ground. The large main deck of the catamaran is accessed via three steps and there are also two optional decks located up 15 steps. The toilets are located on the upper deck and are accessed via 12 steps. The boat has both air-conditioned and non air-conditioned areas.

    Tour code

    DRW_005

    Features

    • Activity low

      Activity Level: Low

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    Duration

    2¼ hours

  • Leisurely Darwin

    Take a leisurely drive around the main sights of Darwin.

    Leisurely Darwin

    As you take a leisurely drive around the compact city of Darwin, you’ll pass the seven-gabled Government House, Old Admiralty House and the unusual Christchurch Cathedral, whose structure is a combination of old and contemporary architecture. Further on is beautiful Fanny Bay with its Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory and the Fanny Bay Gaol. Stop at the 34-hectare Botanical Gardens to photograph some of the species of tropical and sub-tropical plants.

    Driving past Cullen Bay Marina you’ll be able to see the impressive array of luxury water-front houses before returning to the main town. As you pass along the town Esplanade, your driver will point out the main shopping area and you’ll have the choice of returning to the ship or remaining in town to explore further at your own pace.

    This excursion will operate by coach. All sightseeing is conducted from the comfort of your coach, with a 40 minute stop at the Botanical Gardens. Those guests who opt to remain in town at the end of the tour can return to the ship at their leisure via the shuttle bus.

    Tour code

    DRW_001

    Features

    • Activity low

      Activity Level: Low

    Duration

    2 hours

  • Kakadu Scenic Flight and Wetlands Cruise

    Absorb the majestic and stunning landscape of Kakadu National Park from the air before joining a fascinating Billabong Cruise.

    Kakadu Scenic Flight and Wetlands Cruise

    Depart on your transfer to Darwin Airport where you will take off in your twin engine aircraft for a scenic flight over Kakadu National Park.

    Kakadu National Park comprises an area of 7,722 square miles of coastal fringes, wetlands, woodland plains, rainforest, rolling hill country and elevated rocky outliers, bordered by the Arnhem Land tablelands to the east. The Park is the largest terrestrial park in Australia and is classified as a World Heritage site for both its cultural values and its natural heritage. Absorb the diverse and beautiful scenery as you fly over rugged escarpments, lush wetlands, plunging gorges and cascading waterfalls.

    After you land in the middle of the National Park, you’ll join your boat for a unique Yellow Water Cruise. As you glide along Yellow Water Billabong, view extensive wetlands that include river channels, floodplains and backwater swamps as you experience the diverse and sublimely beautiful area and its associated wildlife. There is a good chance you’ll also catch sight of the famous Saltwater Crocodile bathing on the river banks and the buffalo grazing on the floodplains.

    After your relaxing nature cruise, you’ll be taken to Cooinda for a sumptuous buffet luncheon at a true Australian alfresco venue, before rejoining your aircraft for the scenic flight back to Darwin.


    This excursion will operate by aircraft, minibus and boat. There is a short walk over mostly flat ground and a few steps to negotiate to access the aircraft and the boat. Each aircraft has five seats and seating is allocated based on weight, whilst every effort is made to seat family and friends together this is not always possible. There is a maximum weight restriction of 22 stone (140 kgs) per person. The total flying time is approximately 2¼ hours.

    Tour code

    DRW_010

    Features

    • Activity low

      Activity Level: Low

    • Meal included

      Meal Included

    Duration

    8½ hours

  • Jumping Crocodile Cruise

    Experience an awesome cruise on the Adelaide River to observe magnificent crocodiles in their natural environment.

    Jumping Crocodile Cruise

    Board your boat for the renowned Jumping Crocodile Cruise, which will take you along the Adelaide River in search of saltwater crocodiles. The Adelaide River is home to 1,600 deadly crocodiles and offers some of the best crocodile viewing in the world.

    As your boat glides along the murky waters of the Adelaide River, you’ll hear all about the crocodile’s habitats and habits as well as experiencing superb close-up views of these ancient predators. Have your camera ready to witness their raw power as they launch themselves out of the water to snatch the food offered by your guide.

    During your cruise you can relax with a soft drink, and crocodiles aside, keep an eye out for the diverse range of wildlife and birdlife which resides in the area.

    This excursion will operate by coach and boat. There are a few steps to negotiate at the gangway of the boat. Due to the width of the gangway on the boat, regrettably wheelchairs cannot be accommodated.

    Tour code

    DRW_004

    Features

    • Activity low

      Activity Level: Low

    • Refreshments included

      Refreshments included

    Duration

    4 hours

  • Northern Territory & Litchfield Park

    Journey south of Darwin and discover the natural northern territory beauty of the Litchfield National Park.

    Northern Territory & Litchfield Park

    Embark on a scenic two hour drive to the Litchfield National Park, an area that offers a snapshot of the natural rustic beauty resonant of the Australian outback.

    Upon arrival, your drive will continue through the National Park, where a stop will be made to view the intriguing termite mounds. The mounds, some of which are said to be over 100 years old, are unique to Northern Australia. Afterwards, your drive will take you further into the National Park, and a photograph stop will be made at either the majestic Florence Falls or Wangi Falls. Here, you can absorb the beauty of the surrounding landscape.

    To round off your visit, you’ll head to the park’s rustic outdoor seating area designed in traditional outback style. Here, a casual local style buffet luncheon will be on offer for you to enjoy, before taking the return journey to pier.

    This tour is predominately by coach. The journey time to Litchfield National Park is approximately two hours each way. This tour has limited walking, however guests must be able to negotiate the steps on to and off the coach. There is also some uneven ground and the viewing walkways may be slippery when wet and care should be taken. Flat, comfortable non-slip walking shoes are advised.

    Tour code

    DRW_008

    Features

    • Activity low

      Activity Level: Low

    • Meal included

      Meal Included

    Duration

    8 hours

  • Territory Wildlife Park

    Discover the Northern Territory's native wildlife up close at the fascinating Territory Wildlife Park.

    Territory Wildlife Park

    The Territory Wildlife Park, set in 1,000 acres of natural bushland, is dedicated to the Northern Territory's native fauna and flora. In addition to saltwater crocodiles, water buffalo, dingoes, wallabies, pelicans and other water birds, it also has a nocturnal house, kept dark so that the late night creatures can be seen; a natural lagoon and a treetop-level rainforest walkway through the huge aviary allowing you to watch native birds from the swamps and forests at close range.

    The Park has an extensive system of walking tracks and many of the exhibits are located quite closely together; you can either walk between exhibits or take the complimentary shuttle which runs around the Park's main areas.

    There are daily presentations including wild discovery talks and a fascinating bird of prey display. The experienced staff are located around the Park and are happy to share their knowledge of the wildlife and the habitats in their care.

    A must-see attraction of the Park is the underwater aquarium where you can experience the marine life close up. As you stroll beneath the surface in the walk-through tunnel you will see giant barramundi fish, stingrays and other fish swimming right over your head, the aquarium also houses a giant Saltwater Crocodile.


    This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. You will have approximately three hours at the Park. The time is unguided allowing you the freedom to set your own itinerary. The shuttle train can accommodate wheelchairs and strollers. On arrival at the Park please check for details of the daily presentation schedules.

    Tour code

    DRW_006

    Features

    • Activity medium

      Activity Level: Medium

    • Family

      Especially suitable for families

    Duration

    5 hours

  • Darwin's Aviation Heritage

    Explore the fascinating Royal Flying Doctor Service Visitors Centre combined with a visit to the Aviation Heritage Centre.

    Darwin's Aviation Heritage

    Located just a short drive from the pier is the Royal Flying Doctors Visitor Centre. Founded by Reverend John Flynn, the air medical operations began in the Northern Territory in 1939.

    As you explore the centre at your own leisure, you’ll uncover fascinating facts behind this invaluable service and enjoy interactive displays. During your visit, there will be an opportunity to watch 2 cinema experiences that use the latest innovations in holographic technology, which bring the Royal Flying Doctors history to life.

    Afterwards, you’ll drive to the Aviation Heritage Centre that houses a wonderful collection of military aircraft and aircraft relics. As you wander the centre independently, you’ll have time to browse the many aircraft on display, which includes a B-52 bomber. The centre also offers interesting exhibitions that depict the aircraft history.

    This excursion will operate by coach and on foot. Walking during this tour is at the discretion of the guest. There are steps to negotiate on to and off the coach and at the Aviation Heritage Centre. Flat, comfortable shoes are recommended.

    Tour code

    DRW_013

    Features

    • Activity low

      Activity Level: Low

    Duration

    3½ hours