What to Do & See

You could just simply relax and enjoy the view when staying with us, however if you would like to get out and about there is still plenty to do. Some will require transport or one of our guides, while others can be done in walking distance of the lodge.

Flora around Darwin

 

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If you are interested in the flora of the Falkland Islands and you enjoy waling and

 exploring, there are numerious flowers, plants and grasses at Darwin and surround area.

 The Pale Maidens, Dog Orchids and Vanilla Daisys have gone for this year, but the following photos are just a few you can see in January and February.

Wildlife seen from the Lodge and in the Settlement

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Wildlife easily seen at Darwin: Blacked Chinned Siskin, House Sparrow, Falklands Thrush, Long Tailed Meadowlark, Turkey Vulture, Blackish Oystercatcher, Falklands Steamer Duck, Ruddy Headed Geese, Upland Geese, Shags, Kelp Geese, Brent Geese, Southern Giant Petrel, Red Backed Hawk, Hares etc.

 

Fishing

Fishing is very popular with our guests with fishing available almost right outside the door where local mullet can be caught straight out of the harbour, or alternatively, a guide can be arranged to take you to one of the two main creeks close by where during the season you can fish for sea trout.

BattleField Tour

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Goose Green became a household name during the 1982 conflict between Britian and Argentina, and guided tours of the San Carlos, Darwin and Goose Green area can be arranged.  During these tours, you will visit the British and Argentine Cemetaries, memorials including a monument to Col H. Jones and the battlefield sites.

 

Gentoo Penguins

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If you have your own vehicle we can give you directions to New Haven or alternatively we can arrange a tour suited to your own requirements.  New Haven is not only home to a rookery of some 300 Gentoo Penguins but is our ferry port for the crossing to West Falklands and further adventure.

 

History of Darwin Settlement

The settlement of Darwin is named after the famous naturalist Charles Darwin, who visited the area in 1833.  He is reputed to have spent the night at the site of Darwin.  The settlement was founded in 1859, initially as a centre for cattle ranching and, later, for sheep farming. dscf0217

 A large stone corral and cattle shed, built in the late 1800s, still stand

Darwin was once the largest centre of population outside Stanley with over 200 workers on the payroll.  At the height of its development, the community included shepherds and farm hands, as well as master craftsmen, a doctor, a schoolmaster and a parson.

By 1920 the site had become too small for the growing population and, over the next two years, all the farm buildings, the church and most of the houses were transferred to Goose Green.  As they were built of wood, it was possible to jack them up, position them on sleds and haul them to the new location.

Goose Green

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Visit Goose Green synonymous from the 1982 conflict, where the 2nd Battalion Parachute Regiment liberated 115 residents who had been kept captive in the local community hall for 29 days.  See the wreck of the vicar of Bray, the last remains of a 19th century gold rush ship sited at the end of the the Jetty, or tour the shearing shed which used to be the largest shearing shed in the world and during the season watch sheep shearing in progress on what is still one of the largest sheep farms in the Falklands.

 

Mount Usbourne

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The highest mountain in the Falklands at 2312 feet (705m), Mt Usborne is a challenge to the most discerning walker, on a clear day providing spectacular views from the summit, all over East Falkland and Falkland Sound to West Falkland.

Transport can be arranged to varying locations towards and on Mt Usborne with pre-arranged collection times and pick up points. 

Scenic Costal walk

 

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Have a walk along the coast and keep an eye out for an abundance of wildlife: Falklands Flightless Steamer Ducks, Oyster Catchers, Blackish Oyster Catchers, Night Heron, Kelp Geese, Upland Geese, Brent Geese, Turkey Vulture, Southern Great Petrel, Red Backed Hawk and Hare to name just a few

Bodie Creek Bridge

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Built in 1926 mainly for the movement of sheep it is a feat of engineering and well worth a visit being the most southerly suspension bridge in the world.  Unfortunately due to being beyond economic restoration its lifespan is exceedingly limited.

Sited some seven kilometres from Darwin House, Bodie Creek Bridge is within walking distance for the discerning walker, however if you wish, transport can be arranged for a drop off or pick up, to or from the bridge or alternatively the complete round trip.

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