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Darwin City, Australia
Darwin Heritage Walk

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icon2 hours to 2 hours 30 minutes  (approx.)
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Get an insider’s perspective on the history and culture of Darwin on this walking tour with a local guide. Hear the background stories to the buildings and monuments that you’d miss if you just walked past them alone. There are many opportunities to stop and take pictures of the must-see sights as well as the more peaceful, hidden corners of central Darwin.
  • Learn the histories behind the attractive facades on this walking tour
  • See the old and new side-by-side in the tropical city of Darwin
  • Hang out with a local guide who is passionate about their city
  • Best suited to moderately active travelers due to walking and standing
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Local guide
Spoken commentary
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Food and drinks
John McDouall Stuart , Cnr The Mall &, Knuckey St, Darwin City NT 0800, Australia

Look for your guide in a bright orange shirt, under the statue of John McDouall Stuart, in the small park on Knuckey Street which the locals call Raintree Park. It is at the intersection with Smith Street Mall.

8:30 AM
Lyons Cottage , 74 Esplanade, Darwin City NT 0800, Australia

Tour ends at the intersection of The Esplanade and Knuckey Street, opposite Lyons Cottage.

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • Bring camera, sunscreen, hat and drinking water
  • Good enclosed non-slip walking shoes are recommended.
  • A minimum of 2 people per tour is required for the tour to operate
  • Wheelchair accessible for active wheelchair users
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 6 travellers
  • OPERATED BY Walk Darwin
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What is the policy on sanitisation during Darwin Heritage Walk?
A:The policies on sanitisation are:

  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Gear/equipment sanitised between use
See all safety measures taken by Darwin Heritage Walk.
What is the social distancing policy during Darwin Heritage Walk?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Darwin Heritage Walk.

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Darwin Heritage Walking Tour - Excellent
, Apr. 2022
Very informative about Darwin and it's history. Guide also answered questions which would have been on the other tours and recommended some local things to do which turned out to be great suggestions.
1 traveller found this review helpful
The guide was...
, Apr. 2022
The guide was knowledgeable and friendly and it was great to learn about the impact of the bombing and cyclone. I felt, however, disappointed at the silence about the Larrakia people, other than an intro to their calendar. What was the nature of first contact here? What happened to the Aboriginal people living here in early years of the township? Some decades after the Mabo judgement we should have moved beyond referring to 'settlement' by white people, as though no one was settled here before. The land was not ceded. It was invaded or colonised. These are not just words: being truthful about the past is critical in facing up to our history and working towards reconciliation.
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Thank you for taking a moment to share your enjoyment of the Darwin Heritage Walk and provide feedback on the content that you found lacking. They are all valid questions which you were welcome to have asked the guide whilst on tour as it may have provided more information. Our guides are well-researched and capable of adapting the commentary to cater for the interests of the group.
Great walking tour
, Jan. 2022
John was excellent with his knowledge and history of Darwin. Really bright it to life, highly recommend this tour.
icon Response from Host , Jan. 2022
Hey Michelle, thank you so much for your recommendation! We're really chuffed to hear that Darwin came to life for you on this walk - that tells us your Walk Darwin guide connected you with the character, and characters, of the city which is what the Darwin Heritage Walk is all about!
Good informative tour
, Oct. 2021
Interesting details regarding the history in and around Darwin. The walking tour was done at an easy pace, very enjoyable.
icon Response from Host , Oct. 2021
Thank you for your kind remarks! I’m so happy that the pace of the Darwin Heritage Walk worked for you. We thrive on this type of feedback, so I’ll be sure to pass this review off to the team. Our goal is to keep the stories of Darwin alive, and I’m ecstatic that we were able to make it happen for you through the interesting details your guide provided.
An excellent and thoroughly educational experience.
, Oct. 2021
Our guide John was outstanding. This was more than a guided walk, it was a wonderful expose of the recent history of the north of Australia, told in a manner that kept us enthralled throughout the walk.
Excellent introduction to Darwins history
, Sep. 2021
John was an excellent guide. Would recommend this tour for all ages and groups. John was very goid at imparting his extensive knowledge.
icon Response from Host , Oct. 2021
Shhhh... don't tell anyone, Sarah_C, but John's extensive knowledge comes from the USB plugged into the port under his hat ;-) Thank you for taking a moment to leave this review, we appreciate receiving feedback from guests, particularly when it comes with a recommendation like this! So pleased to hear you enjoyed the walk.
Interesting walk with a personal touch.
, Aug. 2021
Excellent guide Gave us some interesting and detailed information about the heritage buildings in the CBD, Thank you John
Interesting and very enjoyable.
, Aug. 2021
I found the guide really interesting. There was so much I did not know about Darwin and he really opened my eyes to a lot of things. He put in a lot of effort and made the walk enjoyable and informative.
icon Response from Host , Aug. 2021
Thank you for your comment Sharyn_S. John enjoys talking about Darwin and he continually tries to find new information. We are glad you found our stroll enjoyable.
Should be called the Life Of Brian Tour
, May 2021
This would have to be the worst tour that i have ever been on in all my years of travelling. All the reviews before we booked mentioned how wonderful John was. Unfortunately we had Brian. The tour should have been renamed "the life of Brian tour". He only spoke about himself and his second wife Janice and their life in Darwin. He was a lovely man but that was not what we booked for. There were the max of 6 on the tour and the 2 others not in our group left after 40 minutes. We were just so disappointed that they made the decision to do it before us. A total waste of our holiday time and money and Brian told us ABSOLUTELY Nothing about Darwin and the few questions we asked his response was "well i must look that up"
icon Response from Host , Jun. 2021
Thank you for taking a moment to review your Darwin Heritage Walk tour, Anna_M. It is through guest feedback that Walk Darwin receive insight to the guest experience and we see that your's was not up to our usual standard. We apologise for the experience you, and all the other guests had with this guide on the departure in mid-May 2021. The guide has been with Walk Darwin for 3 years and this departure was the first time there has been feedback indicating poor performance. He has met all regular appraisals and spoke kindly of all the guests when debriefed by management on feedback received for the departure you joined. Walk Darwin is incredibly disappointed that our guests have not received the experience they were expecting, it is not what we are in business for. Please be assured that we have taken all steps within our human capacity, to ensure the experience you had is not repeated. We thank you once again, Anna_M, we are grateful for all guest reviews as they enable us to keep focussed on our number one priority of providing guests with a memorable tour of Darwin for all the right reasons! We hope you will never encounter another tour in all your future years of travelling, as you did with this guide on this day.
Would not recommend
, May 2021
Brian was punctual friendly. Unfortunately he was diffuse to understand and the information he imparted at times was inaccurate. Brian consentrated a lot on trivial information and not enough of the historical background. He was long on personal info and short on factual history of Darwin. We felt that this was an expensive tour and not worth the $’s
icon Response from Host , May 2021
Oh, dear! On behalf of Walk Darwin, I apologise that our tour was not what you had hoped it would be and it is therefore understandable that you feel it wasn't worth the ticket price. Thank you for taking a moment to share your experience, as reviews allow us to evaluate our guest expectations. Please take consolation in the knowledge that based on your feedback we have taken steps to ensure there is no repeat of what you experienced.
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