Darwin Cup Carnival
One of the most prestigious events in the Northern Territory, the Darwin Cup Carnival is a grand eight-day affair featuring some of the most exciting thoroughbred racing in the world.
The Darwin Cup began in 1956 and has grown steadily over the years to become the heart of Australian thoroughbred racing tradition. Its pageantry is second to none. The event isn't just known for thrilling racing action; it's also a fashionable venue for fine foods and hailed for its excellent and attentive staff.
2015 Darwin Cup Carnival Schedule
The Darwin Cup features 40 separate races over eight days. The course is located in Fannie Bay, just 5 kilometres from the central business district of Darwin. Parking is always free at the track. The schedule is over 8 days in August. While the actual schedule will be released closer to the date, it is sure to meet expectations!
Other Darwin Area Attractions
There are also a number of other attractions to entertain travellers in the Darwin area. The Museum and Art Gallery of Northern Territory features tropical gardens and art from the Aborigines, Southeast Asia and Oceania. The Black Room of the art gallery is where visitors can see a realistic reenactment of the tragic Cyclone Tracey in 1974.
Nearby, the Defence of Darwin Experience educates visitors of the area's role in World War II history. As an interactive multimedia experience, visit the Bombing of Darwin Gallery to see firsthand accounts of what happened during this historic period in time.
At the Australian Aviation Heritage Centre, visitors can see one of only two B-52 bombers located outside the U.S. There are also many other military aircraft on display here, including the wreckage of a Japanese Zero fighter plane that was shot down during the Darwin air raids in 1942.
Crocosarus Cove is one of the most unusual and interesting animal attractions in the country. Here, visitors can see real saltwater crocodiles in all stages of life from hatchlings to adulthood. Get as close as possible to Australian reptiles in the Cage of Death or swim with the crocodiles in a very special pool.
Accommodation for the Darwin Cup Carnival
Instead of booking a hotel room for the Darwin Cup Carnival, enjoy the luxury of a home away from home in a holiday rental. Thrifty couples can enjoy a cozy studio apartment. Large families and groups attending the carnival together can make use of a generous five or six bedroom home. Many holiday rentals are located just a short drive from the course.
Pick the race that looks the most thrilling and make a holiday out of it in Darwin.
Note: All dates & information in the above article were correct as of August 19th 2014
Photo courtesy of Stephen Koigi