Lyons Cottage (British Australian Telegraph Company)

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Browse the old photos lining the walls of the stone cottage on Darwin's Esplanade, snap up authentic Aboriginal crafts, and book an Indigenous tour.

Part museum, part shop, part tourism hub, this beautiful stone cottage on the Esplanade is well worth a visit. Lining the thick stone walls of the outer rooms are large black and white photographs which take the visitor right back through Darwin's early settler history. The adjacent rooms house the retail and tourism hub of Aboriginal Bush Traders, a not-for-profit initiative supporting Indigenous products. Peruse authentic Indigenous arts and crafts including beautiful prints, carvings and weavings, as well as clothing, books, cards and gifts. All purchases here go towards supporting Indigenous communities and businesses. The only Indigenous tourism hub in Darwin, this is the place to book an Indigenous tour or experience, be it a walking tour around Darwin with a lesson in bush tucker, or a longer trip further afield to Kakadu, Litchfield or Nitmiluk Gorge.

Built in 1925, Lyons Cottage originally housed the British Australian Telegraph Company; after WWII it was bought by the Lyons family and subsequently took the name.

Opening times:

  • Monday to Friday 9am to 3pm, Saturday and Sunday 9am to 1pm. Extended trading hours apply from April to September.


  • Lessons/Tutorials


  • Tour Desk
  • National Trust

Payment options:

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