Darwin has a rich and colorful history and this tour highlights some important sights that help to chronicle this tropical city's past. Boarding your coach at the pier, you'll begin this fascinating journey that transports you back in time by first visiting the Fannie Bay Gaol Museum. Darwin's original penal institution in Fannie Bay is now a museum and here you will learn how, from 1883 through 1979, the old gaol, with its crude facilities and a chilling old gallows section, has served as a grim reminder of what life in the gaol was really like.
Following the convict era, Australian history was shaped by another phase, when colonial settlers traveled across the globe in the hope of finding a better world, eager to explore new lands in search of personal and financial growth and after a short transfer, you will stop at the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, a great place to complete your exploration of Darwin's heritage. The Art Gallery houses a comprehensive display of Indigenous art and artifacts that reveal much about the various Aboriginal groups from Darwin and its surrounding environs. In the museum, you will also have the opportunity to learn how the city was devastated, then rebuilt in 1975 after Cyclone Tracy hit Darwin on Christmas Eve in 1974. Despite its ordeal, Darwin re-grouped, rebuilt and today stands stronger than ever. A very realistic Cyclone Tracy display recreates the atmosphere of that fateful Christmas Eve. Amongst the eclectic collection of exhibits here you will also find an excellent display of Aboriginal, South-East Asian and Oceanic Art, along with a permanent collection of major Australian fine art.
Re-boarding your coach, it's a brief panoramic drive of the city before returning the pier.
Please note: This tour contains a moderate amount of walking and is available to wheelchair guests and those with mobility concerns who are able to make their way on and off the coach. Comfortable walking shoes, a sun hat and sun glasses are recommended. Exhibits are constantly being upgraded and added therefore some exhibits may be removed or changed. Order of sights visited may vary and the itinerary may be reversed. This tour does not operate with a separate guide, but rather with a driver/guide.