Nightcliff is one of the oldest suburbs in Darwin. It was named after an incident that happens when the HMS Beagle about to land on 8th September 1893. On that night, the HMS Beagle had some difficulty in landing and forced the ship crew to scramble up the cliffs by the light of a lantern. Admiral John Lort Stokes, an officer in the Royal Navy, who travelled on HMS Beagle that time, gave the name "Nightcliff" to place where they landed that night.
If you want to explore Nightcliff, you can start from the Nightcliff Jetty. This place is a favourite for professional as well as amateur photographers to get their best sunset shot. Nightcliff jetty is also great for fishing. Put bait at the edge of your fishing rod and you might be home with a barra for dinner. While you're enjoying the jetty, you can grab cuppa coffee from the pop-up coffee stall or get something to eat from a food truck near the jetty. If you prefer to bring your own picnic, there are free BBQs and picnic tables.
If you were coming to Nightcliff jetty with your children, you might want to walk to Sunset playground. Not far from the jetty, at the corner of Jacaranda Avenue and Casuarina Drive, there is another playground, Bill Bell Park playground.
Nightcliff foreshore is the best place for exercise. Whether you are into walking, cycling, swimming or general strength exercises, there is something for you along the Nightcliff Foreshore. There is a bike path from Rapid Creek to Nightcliff that connects numerous outdoor exercise stations and also Nightcliff Pool, where you can enjoy a swim while taking in views over Darwin Harbour. If you don't have a bike, don't worry, there is a bike rental station near Foreshore restaurant.
My daughter likes to have a stroll along Nightcliff beach and look for crabs hiding inside the rock pool. Nightcliff foreshore is also a paradise for birdwatching. If that list still not enough, you can add Nightcliff Market on your itinerary and also check out Seabreeze Festival which is held annually in Nightcliff.