Coming to Darwin for some V8 Supercar Action? 5 Things You Must Do While You’re Here

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2018 CrownBet Darwin Triple Crown, Hidden Valley

Put the V8 supercars Darwin 2018 dates for the weekend of June 15-17, in your ‘to go’ sporting calendar of events list stat. The ‘CrownBet Darwin Triple Crown’ is the only V8 Supercar race to be held in the Northern Territory. Plus, Winter is the best time to visit the far north of this wide brown land. The ultra- fast, 2.87km-long Hidden Valley Raceway lures big crowds into witness the V8’s race.

Both on and off track the whole city is quite literally ready to party! This year’s entertainment features prominent Aussie musical acts including; The Hilltop Hoods, Illy and The Hot Dub Time Machine. Contact Sportnet Holidays now to secure your V8 Supercars Darwin tickets, transfers and accommodation package then read on to discover our top 5 Darwin activities…

1. Crocodile Boat Cruise

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Crocodile Boat Cruise - Credit:

Are you game? No pun intended. But, really a boat cruise of the waterways surrounding Darwin is one heck of an eyeopener. Crocodiles are impressive reptiles but boy are they intimidating. Watch mammoth Saltwater Croc’s jump from the water for their lunch whilst aboard a boat in remote Australia. Expect to encounter a whole host of outback creatures along the way including birdlife, local marsupials and other water dwelling critters.

2. Mindl Beach Markets

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The Mindl Beach Markets are a local institution. Filled with vibrant craft stalls, epic live music and in the best beachfront location. These twilight markets only run during the state’s dry season from May – Oct, so if you’re in here during the V8 Supercars Darwin 2018 dates you’re in luck. The markets are a cultural melting pot of all things NT themed. Take your mates down to check em’ out and enjoy a terrific feed. There’s over 60 food amazing food stalls to choose from, grab a bite to eat and take a seat while admiring the tropical sunset over the bay.

3. The Great Australian Pub Crawl

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Ahem, it’s Darwin and it’s a V8 Supercar weekend. Basically, you’re going to want beer, need it even. Good because Darwin bartenders take their role very seriously, taps must have just the right amount of ice and the keg lines must pour smooth. It’s an unbroken rule up in these parts. Did you know that the Northern Territory has the highest per capita beer consumption in the world? Familiarise yourself with the following watering holes and remember ‘what goes on tour stays on tour’.

  • Dolly O’Reillys – 4 x lunch specials for under $20 bucks including a drink. Excellent, go the steak sandwich and a schooner or 3.
  • The Precinct Tavern – a modern waterfront pub option with a huge choice of beers and tasty food.
  • Hotel Darwin – in the heart of the CBD on Mitchell Street. Top venue for classic pub meals, live sports on the big screen and the consumption of copious amounts of booze.

4. Day Tour to the Spectacluar Katherine Gorge

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Spectacluar Katherine Gorge - Credit:

Get out of Darwin for the day and discover Katherine Gorge. This deep and spellbinding gorge is carved through ancient sandstone by the Katherine River. Katherine Gorge is made up of thirteen gorges, with rapids and falls, and swimming holes. The dry season from May to October is the ideal time to visit as the waters are placid in most spots and ideal for swimming and canoeing. A few freshwater crocs may be about but are usually harmless. Your day tour guide will give you the best advice on where to get wet. A trip to store in the lifetime memory bank indeed.

5. The Defence of Darwin Experience

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Darwin Military Museum Credit:

Set in four acres of tropical gardens by the sea, Darwin Military Museum is not just for the military enthusiast, but for anyone who has interest in history. It features war uniforms, weapons, vehicles, artillery pieces, photographs and equipment used by the men and women that have fought for Australia in wars from the Boer War right through to present-day conflicts. A small theatre continuously runs a 12-minute slide show film that contains dramatic live footage of the Japanese bombing of Darwin Harbour and the township. An enlightening and humbling experience.