Activities and food for the adventure seeker
As a kid you could only dream of flying. All the best superheroes could do it, and let’s be honest, they seem like the most efficient way to get from A to B. Luckily, flying no longer just exists in the imagination of comic book illustrators or twelve year old boys; with Darwin Flyboarding this dream can come to life at the Darwin Waterfront Lagoon. These water jet-powered boards offer an extreme watersport that will get the blood pumping as you rise up above the water with nothing to support you. Check out some of the professionals for some awesome flyboarding tricks and then give it a go yourself.
Where: Darwin Waterfront Lagoon, Kitchener Drive, Darwin NT 0800
If a normal cup of coffee won’t get your engine revving, grab a mug from Xtreme Caffeine for a real coffee hit. Boasting incredible reviews from the locals, this is a coffee shop that will literally get the adrenaline going with their cup of espresso. Their default cup of coffee is strong, so if you’re worried you’re going to get heart palpitations you’ll need to request something weaker. However, if the reason you’ve stepped into Xtreme Caffeine is for a strong cup, order yourself a Hypercino; a triple strength cappuccino with a real buzz. If you need something to fill you up, they also serve up their Xtreme club sandwich, which is a double decker toasted sandwich served with bacon, chicken, salad and tomato chutney.
Where: 5/13 Cavenagh Street, Darwin NT 0800
Probably the ultimate of all extreme activities is skydiving. Top End Tandems in Darwin offer tandem skydiving for newbies looking to scare the living daylights out of themselves. With Top End Tandems, choose a group jumpfrom 8000, 10000 or 12000 feet depending on how much you can handle. You can even purchase photos or a DVD of yourself taking the leap for some incredible memorabilia to last a lifetime. With highly experienced instructors to tandem skydive with, this is the safest way to push yourself right outside of your comfort zone in Darwin.
Where: General Aviation Waiting Room, Darwin International Airport, 1 Henry Wrigley Drive, Darwin NT 0820
This place will make you sweat. It might be from their selection of extra hot dishes on the menu, or a shot of one of their incredible tequilas, but Hot Tamale is guaranteed to keep the heart rate high and challenge your tastebuds. If you’re feeling pale after skydiving, this restaurant is sure to put the colour back into your face with their Hot Tamale Guadalajara starter. This extra hot dish is made from corn masa, habanero pork and served in a banana leaf alongside pineapple salsita. Rumour has it that even the bravest of adventure seekers can’t finish this dish without shedding tears. If their menu has left you thirsty, then their incredible selection of tequilas will make you forget about that burn. Try the recommended Reserva de la Familia Añejo tequila distilled from pure agave by the Jose Cuervo family; a quality tequila that will not only taste good but after enough will make everyone look good too.
Where: F2,19 Kitchener Drive, Darwin NT 0800
What’s your favourite Darwin activity for the extreme sport lover? Comment and let us know!