The biggest city in the Northern Territory is not the Territory's biggest draw-card. It can be hard to overshadow Uluru and all of the beautiful national parks up north (which I still haven't seen!), but Darwin has still got enough flair for you to fill up a long weekend.
Very important first point. They're quite famous in NT. Mostly due to the fact that they're everywhere! I only got to do one type of croc experience in Darwin but there are plenty.
My croc fun time was the Spectacular Jumping Croc Cruise held out on the Adelaide River. You can get quite up close and personal while these meat eaters jump up from the water around your boat for a slab of buffalo. Quite a different way to see them from when you're behind a fence at the zoo...
It's more than an hour out of Darwin but worth the trip. I had never thought before how much effort crocs have to have to wiggle out of the water until I got to see a few of them jump. The two women running the cruise (they were all about girl power) had a lot of interesting information about crocodiles as well, such as their breeding habits and behaviour. The girls could also recognise most of the crocs out on the river that we saw.
'The' street in Darwin. It's such a small Oz capital city so there is only one street to go out on. I was told by almost everyone, when I mentioned I was going to Darwin, that it is essential to go out on Mitchell Street. It might be something to do with the fact it's one of the only streets...
In wet season (November - April), clubs and bars without air-conditioning are your sweaty best-friend. So it might not be your thing. Monsoons and Throb were places I heard great things about. Wisdom I actually ventured into and was some good fun as well. Territorians in Darwin, and as a whole really, seem to be quite laid back and relaxed. So the scene out at night was pretty casual, very different to how my neighbourhood can be sometimes!
For history buffs, Darwin was attacked by the Japanese in WWII and then ravaged by Cyclone Tracy on Christmas Day in 1974. Although this means there is little old infrastructure and buildings, there is a lot to learn. For the bombing, check out the Darwin Military Museum, while for an interactive exhibit about Cyclone Tracy, the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory is your best bet.
Remember that swimming in the beach is not in your best interest - unless you like getting stung by jellyfish. The centre of Darwin has a safer, fenced off swimming area for when you need to cool off. The whole marina area around the waterfront of Darwin is also a nice walk, with plenty of restaurants and bars around.
Darwin is hot and small, but the people and the culture make it more than interesting enough for a few days of fun up in the North.