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Top End Sensory Experiences with Cocky Guides

Cocky Guides leads seasonal tours in Australia's Top End that are a delight for all the senses.

Taste and smell the markets in Darwin

The Mindil Beach Sunset Market is Darwin‘s cultural melting pot. More than 200 specialty stores offer an incredible array of art and crafts. Taste local delicacies such as barramundi, kangaroo, and crocodile.

Mindil Beach Sunset Market is open Thursday and Sunday 4-9pm, from the end of April to October.

Indulge in local and exotic tropical flavours at the Parap Village Markets. Sample tantalising tastes of multicultural dishes, fruit salads, and smoothies, with the smell of freshly roasted coffee in the air.

Parap Village Markets are open every Saturday from 8am-2pm.

A Vietnamese man holding out meat on a stick in front of a food stall at Parap Village Markets
Tantalising local and exotic flavours await at the Parap Village Markets. Credit: Sofia Levin

Touch a waterfall in Litchfield

Visit Litchfield National Park to touch and hear the cascading plunge pools of Florence Falls. Feel the cool water lap against your skin in the shallow pristine pools of Buley Rockhole, and feel the surface of the giant century-old Termine Mounds.

Hear about history at a museum

At East Point, the Defence of Darwin Experience and Darwin Military Museum are great history experiences for the senses. Listen to first-hand accounts and gripping re-enactments of the bombing of Darwin in WWII through multimedia presentations.

The Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory houses the Cyclone Tracy exhibit, where you can listen to the sounds and accounts of the cyclone that devastated the city in 1974 and the Darwin of yesteryear.

Two blind visitors holding white canes and feeling one of the exhibits at a Darwin museum
Darwin’s museums have exhibits that can be experienced with all of your senses.

Listen to the birds in Kakadu

Cruise the Yellow Water Billabong and experience the sounds of Kakadu’s most famous wetland. These wetlands are connected to Kakadu’s extensive river system, and are home to around one-third of Australia’s native bird species.

Feel the bite of a crocodile

Crocosaurus Cove has the world’s largest display of Australian reptiles, including the iconic saltwater crocodile. Hear the sound of the jaws when a colossal saltwater crocodile dines on his lunch during the Big Croc Feed Show, hold a snake or a lizard, and feel the pull of a feisty juvenile croc as you offer him lunch from the Fishing For Crocs platform.

A man touching the back of a small crocodile held in front of him, with another person waiting behind them
You can’t help but smile at a crocodile on one of Cocky Guides’ sensory tours.

Learn from the locals at Adelaide River

Embark on an ecological experience with Pudakul Aboriginal Cultural Tours. Listen and learn clap stick and didgeridoo playing, try throwing a spear, and feel the unique fibres used to create dilly bags and basket weaving.

There’s also time to listen to stories and lessons on bush tucker and bush medicine.

Cocky Guides leads seasonal tours in the Top End between April and August each year. To learn more or book in 2024, visit their website.

This feature first appeared in Travel Without Limits. You can subscribe to the magazine here.

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