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From Darwin: Kakadu Wilderness Escape Day Tour

1. From Darwin: Kakadu Wilderness Escape Day Tour

Discover the spectacular Kakadu National Park for its exceptional natural and cultural values. Visit the infamous Cahills Crossing to safely spot saltwater crocodiles, explore the floodplains of Ubirr, go to Fogg Dam Conservation Centre and the Bowali Visitor Centre. Leave tropical Darwin, traveling through the rich floodplains towards Kakadu National Park, a 20,000 square kilometer area, teeming with wildlife, important Aboriginal rock art sites, and diverse landscapes. Make an optional stop at the Jumping Croc Cruise on the Adelaide River, or visit the Fogg Dam Conservation Centre. See the traditional lands of the Limilngan-Wulna people (who are active in the reserve's management) to explore the diverse wildlife of the Top End, home to numerous species of birds, turtles, water pythons, and of course, the iconic Saltwater Crocodile. Go to the Bowali Visitor Centre and learn more about this special place's rich indigenous culture and history. Visit the famous Cahills Crossing searching for crocodiles at this eye-opening stretch of water, the only road access point between Arnhem Land and Kakadu National Park. Visit the World Heritage-listed, sacred site Ubirr rock art, home to some of the oldest and best-preserved rock art galleries in the world dating back some 20,000 years, and discover the hidden secrets with a guided walk.

Katherine Gorge & Edith Falls Full-Day Tour from Darwin

2. Katherine Gorge & Edith Falls Full-Day Tour from Darwin

Discover a network of 13 gorges carved into billion-year-old sandstone rock by the Katherine River of Nitmiluk National Park on this scenic full-day sightseeing tour from Darwin. During the tour you will learn about the Aboriginal culture abundant in the area and see rock art sites dotted throughout the park. With its rugged landscapes, dramatic waterfalls, and lush gorges, the Nitmiluk National Park is a haven for nature lovers, with plentiful flora and fauna. Travel south through tropical country, passing former World War II airstrips en route to the Adelaide River. Make a short stop at the Adelaide River War Cemetery to pay your respects to those killed in the air raids of Darwin in the 1940s. Continue to Edith Falls for a refreshing swim in the paperbark and pandana-lined waterhole (conditions permitting). After an inclusive lunch, enjoy a 2-hour scenic cruise through the Katherine Gorge, looking for freshwater crocodiles sunning themselves on the banks of the river. Keep your eyes open for the many interesting species of birdlife. Enjoy a brief tour of Katherine, hub of the region’s cattle and farming industries. Then, travel via the historic mining town of Pine Creek to an evening stop along the Adelaide River. From May through September lunch can be taken on board your cruise, while dinner is available at your own expense at the evening stop, before your transfer back to Darwin.

Darwin: Kakadu & Nourlangie Day Trip Plus Billabong Cruise

3. Darwin: Kakadu & Nourlangie Day Trip Plus Billabong Cruise

Explore the landscape of Kakadu National Park on a day trip. Discover mangrove-fringed coastal areas that blend into expansive flood plains, lowland hills flanked to the east by sandstone escarpments, all interwoven between various open woodland and forest habitats. Visit the Warradjan Cultural Centre to view the informative displays depicting the traditions of the Aboriginal people, before your return to Darwin. There is also the opportunity for an optional 50-minute scenic flight (own expense) for a different perspective of this vibrant landscape. Next, join a local guide for a cruise on the famous Yellow Water Billabong. Search for saltwater crocodiles and the colorful range of birdlife for which this region is renowned. Teeming with wildlife in the water, land, and air, the many species that provide a diversity and concentration seen nowhere else add to the natural spectacle. See how the land takes on different forms and colors with the passing of each season. After lunch, travel across the Adelaide River and Marrakai Plains, and stop at Nourlangie Rock, where your guide will lead a walk to view the ancient Aboriginal rock art.

From Darwin: Tiwi Islands Aboriginal Culture Tour with Lunch

4. From Darwin: Tiwi Islands Aboriginal Culture Tour with Lunch

Make your way to the Cullen Bay Ferry Terminal, a five-minute drive from Darwin CBD, then cruise over to Bathurst Island, one of the Tiwi Islands. Upon arrival, meet your guide and the modern-day Aboriginal community of Wurrumiyanga. Stop by the Early Mission Precinct with its Tiwi-style Catholic Church, and learn how the Tiwi people have blended their culture with Christianity. Later, spend some time with the Tiwi ladies while they work on their weaving and painting. Then, watch the ladies demonstrate a totem dance and perform a smoking ceremony to bless the visitors.  Once you’ve worked up a bit of an appetite, enjoy a tasty lunch, served with local billy tea and damper. After lunch, there’s time to see more of the community’s arts and crafts and have the opportunity to purchase some. Finally, learn about the complex rituals associated with the Pukamani (burial ceremony). You'll then be taken back to the ferry port for your return to Darwin.

From Darwin: Tiwi Islands Cultural Day Tour by Ferry

5. From Darwin: Tiwi Islands Cultural Day Tour by Ferry

Tour the Tiwi Islands community and experience a traditional Tiwi welcome smoking ceremony. Visit the Tiwi Design art center and Catholic mission precinct in the company of a local guide. The Tiwi Islands ferry departs Cullen Bay Ferry Terminal, located 5 minutes from Darwin's city center. Boarding commences at 7:30 AM for a prompt 8:00 AM departure. Bring a book, sit back and relax on the 2.5-hour journey to the Tiwi Islands, 80km north of Darwin. Sandwiches, pies, coffee, drinks, and snack foods are available for purchase from the ferry kiosk.  Upon arrival, your local Tiwi guide will greet you on the beach and take you on a walking tour of the community. For those with mobility impairments, don't be disheartened as it is only a few minutes' walk between locations.  From the ferry landing, wander up to Tiwi Design for a traditional welcome ceremony and morning tea (damper and a cuppa). Your guide will then show you local paintings and teach you about the culture and history of the Tiwi People. On to the historic Catholic mission precinct before returning to Tiwi Design for lunch and a 'behind-the-scenes' screen printing session with a local Tiwi artist. Create your own screen-printed Tiwi-style art piece to take home – a memento of your day on the Tiwi Islands.  You also have the opportunity to purchase unique and traditional Tiwi artworks including paintings, fabrics, carving, pottery and clothing at island prices. Return to the ferry at 15:00 PM for the journey back to Darwin, arriving back in Cullen Bay at 5:45 PM.

From Darwin: Kakadu National Park Full Day Tour

6. From Darwin: Kakadu National Park Full Day Tour

Join a group tour perfect for families, groups, and adventure-seekers alike and spend a full day exploring the Kakadu National Park in an air-conditioned minibus to view the park's incredible landscape and ancient Aboriginal rock art.    Enjoy your journey into Kakadu National Park, the largest National Park in Australia, with a professional guide who will lead you to 3-4 of the most amazing sites and overlooks that the 20,000-square-kilometer protected site has to offer. Visit the Fogg Dam Conservation Centre as your first stop. These traditional lands are of the Limilngan-Wulna people, who are active in the reserve's management, and are home to some of the most spectacular places to explore the diverse wildlife of the Top End. Keep an eye out for numerous species of birds, turtles, water pythons, and of course, the iconic saltwater crocodile. Choose the optional Jumping Croc Cruise on the iconic Adelaide River to get a closer look at the gigantic saltwater crocodile. Hear stories and information about the art's formation, history, animals, and ancient inhabitants. After arriving at each site or overlook, you will have plenty of time to explore and capture memories in photographs.

Darwin Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tickets

7. Darwin Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tickets

Discover Australia's gateway to the Northern Territory's "Top End" on board the hop-on and hop-off sightseeing bus. Venture into the lush jungle at the Botanical Gardens, enjoy exotic street food at the Mindil Beach Sunset Markets and get up close to saltwater crocodiles at Crocosaurus Cove. Learn the fascinating local history at the Military Museum and much more!  Enjoy unlimited rides for the validity of your ticket, and benefit from 12 strategic stops. Join the Morning Tour (Red Route) to see the best of Darwin from the city through to Fannie Bay. Climb aboard the Afternoon Tour (Purple Route) and follow the route of the morning buses before you venture further out to the East Point Reserve. Learn about Darwin's fascinating history, culture and geography from the entertaining and informative pre-recorded digital commentary, broadcast in English via on-board speakers. Choose from a 1-day (Classic) or 2-day (Premium) ticket to suit your schedule. Buses run every 35-45 minutes from April to September and every 60-90 minutes from September to April (subject to local traffic conditions). Catch a bus anytime from 09:00 to 17:45 between April and September, and from 09:00 to 16:30 from September to April. Bus Stops: • Tourist Information Center • Crocosaurus Cove • Doctor’s Gully, Aquascene Fish Feeding • Cullen Bay Jetty • Cullen Bay Apartments, Myilly Point Heritage Precinct  • Casino, Mindil Beach Sunset Markets and Botanical Gardens • Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory • Military Museum - Defence of Darwin Experience (90-minute tour only) • Parap, Parap Markets (markets held on Saturdays only) • Stokes Hill Wharf • Waterfront Precinct • Fort Hill Wharf (Cruise Ship Terminal)

Darwin: Kakadu & Ubirr Cultural Experience

8. Darwin: Kakadu & Ubirr Cultural Experience

Enjoy an experience which includes scenic flights to and from Kakadu and a tour and cruise of Guluyambi. You'll also enjoy a packed lunch showcasing indigenous bush food, and visit the culturally significant Ubirr site. Kick start the day with a 60-minute scenic flight paired with informative commentary delivered by your expert pilot. This extended flight tracks over Adelaide River, Mary River National Park, and Kakadu’s winding South and East Alligator rivers. After landing, meet the team at Guluyambi Cultural Cruises. Soak up the wilderness on your leisurely cruise, narrated by a local guide. Listen as they provide an authentic insight into Aboriginal culture, local folklore, and stories. Discover the workings of the region's unique environment, and maybe even learn some bush survival skills. Next, immerse yourself in this timeless culture with a visit to nearby Ubirr. Admire the rock art sites and enjoy the spectacular views of the floodplains to the west. Enjoy a custom-made packed lunch of bush food while overlooking the rich, verdant vista, teeming with wildlife. Bid farewell to your pilot in Darwin, and leave with wonderful memories of this unique part of Australia.

Charles Darwin National Park: Guided Off-Road ATV Tour

9. Charles Darwin National Park: Guided Off-Road ATV Tour

This exhilarating off-road tour will take you through Charles Darwin National Park, located just outside Darwin City. On an ATV, discover some of Australia’s most impressive wetlands, woodlands, and indigenous and WWII historic sites. From climbing rocks to water crossings, ATVs make this adventure a truly unique way to explore Darwin's landscapes and history. Bring along the whole family for a fun-filled day in nature. Never gone off-road before? No worries, your experienced guides will steer you straight and are equipped to accommodate a range of skill levels and experience.

Discover the City of Darwin: Half-Day City Coach Tour

10. Discover the City of Darwin: Half-Day City Coach Tour

Join a city sights tour for the perfect introduction to Darwin, with expert commentary by a local guide. Your Driver Guide will point out significant landmarks and will speak about Darwin’s rich history and culture throughout. Darwin Aviation Museum: This is one of the major aviation museums in Australia. The main display is a B-52 Bomber, on permanent loan from the United States Air Force. You can view some rare amateur footage of the first air-raid in Darwin, and original footage from Japanese archives. There are 19 aircraft on display, from Mirage and Sabre jet fighters to a Royal Australian Wessex helicopter. Museum & Art Gallery of the Northern Territory: home to internationally renowned artistic, cultural and scientific collections and research programs. You’ll get to see the largest permanent display of Aboriginal artwork in Australia as well as an eclectic range of visiting exhibitions. Darwin Botanic Gardens: find out how these gardens have survived numerous cyclones and the direct effects of World War II. Because the site extends inland from the sea to a plateau, it provides a range of planting environments and is one of a few botanic gardens in the world which has marine and estuarine plants naturally in its grounds. Not only will you have the chance to see some unique and exotic plants but even some local wildlife!

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4.6 / 5

based on 104 reviews

It was an amazing and unforgettable day, started with a energizing swim in Edith Falls follow by a delicious gourmet lunch in a beautiful location overlooking the National Park and to top it off a very enjoyable and informative cruise through the Katherine gorge. Just unbelievable. Loved every minute of it. Delightful! The staff was very friendly and helpful.

Fantastic food, Carol is an incredibly funny, warm and knowledgeable host who will show you the best hot spots to visit in Darwin. Highly Recommend. Wonderful way to make some great friends on your trip!

Adam was the perfect tour guide, Knowledgeable and friendly and patient. The tour was informative and Fog Damm wasn’t rushed nor was the climb in the park. This was an excel and well facilitated day.

The local people and tour hosts were very friendly and welcoming. The Cultural information was very interesting and the food was really good.

Andrea was an excellent tour guide fun to be with and good at his job. Highly recommended.