Lyons Cottage Tours

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Facing the sea, Lyon's Cottage was - at the time of its building - the first stone house built in Darwin for 30 years and is the only surviving example of colonial bungalow architecture in the city. It's made from locally quarried stone and now houses a museum.

It was built in 1925 from the same porcellanite stone used to construct many of Darwin's major public buildings, including Fanny Bay Gaol and Government House. The architecture of the house is similar to many that the British built in other colonies such as Singapore and Malaysia.

It came through the bombing of Darwin without damage, although it was occupied by the US army. Ironically, Cyclone Tracy saved its life. It had been sold and scheduled for redevelopment, but after the cyclone it was repaired and became today's museum, featuring local and early European history.

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Lyon's Cottage is located on the southwestern edge of the city center, just near Bicentennial Park.

Address: 74 The Esplanade, Darwin 0801, Australia
Hours: Open daily 10am - 3pm. Closed Jan 1, Good Friday, Dec 25, Boxing Day
Admission: Free
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Darwin Afternoon Sightseeing Tour

See the highlights of Darwin on an afternoon coach tour with informative commentary. Your 4-hour tour takes in Stokes Hill and Fort Hill Wharf, St Marys Cathedral, Government House and Parliament House, Mindil Beach and includes visits to Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory and Darwin Botanical Gardens. This cosmopolitan and multicultural city is known for its markets and festivals, along with a relaxed pace. Hear about the effects of the devastating 1974 Cyclone Tracy and more during this comprehensive introduction to Darwin.
  • Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes
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  • Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes

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