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Darwin

A stone's throw from some of Australia’s best natural scenery, this state capital is a tropical oasis.

Our most recommended things to do in Darwin

From Darwin: Litchfield Park Tour & Jumping Crocodile Cruise

1. From Darwin: Litchfield Park Tour & Jumping Crocodile Cruise

Spend a day in the natural habitat of fascinating wildlife creatures at Litchfield National Park. After being picked up from your accommodation, ride to the famous Adelaide River. There, you'll board your private boat and cruise up the river. Feed the crocodiles from the boat that teem in the water and see an abundance of wildlife all around you. You may even see a crocodile launching itself out of the water with the power of its tail. At the famous Litchfield National Park, you'll visit three waterfalls – the Wangi, Florence and Buley rock holes – and get the opportunity to swim in all three. Lunch is prepared in the park by your guide – a big bush picnic with an array of wraps, cold meats, bread, salad and fruit. Snacks are also included along the way if you're ever feeling peckish. Local and knowledgeable guides will give you thorough commentary throughout the day and stop for lots of photo opportunities. Marvel at the magnetic and cathedral termite mounds, and take time to visit the butterfly farm. Return to your accommodation in Darwin, or on Sundays and Thursdays, at the famous Mindil Beach Markets.

Litchfield National Park: Full-Day & Lunch from Darwin

2. Litchfield National Park: Full-Day & Lunch from Darwin

Enjoy a full-day trip to Litchfield National Park from Darwin. See lush monsoon forests, termite mounds, unusual rock formations, waterfalls, and cascades. Experience a park that includes the spectacular Tabletop Range, a sandstone plateau surrounded by cliffs. During the green season, 4 major waterfalls thunder down to tropical rock pools below. They flow more gently in the dry season, making them perfect spots for a refreshing swim. Follow the Stuart Highway to reach Litchfield National Park. Visit park waterfalls like Florence Falls, where you’ll enjoy a scenic and interpretive bush and monsoon vine forest walk. Go for a swim by making your way down the stairs to the plunge pool below. Continue on to Tolmer Falls and see water cascading down into a deep waterhole at the base of the falls. Visit Wangi Falls, which features a large, crystal-clear pool that’s a perfect spot for a cool dip. Finally, enjoy a picnic lunch surrounded by the park’s natural wonders.

From Darwin: Kakadu Wilderness Escape Day Tour

3. 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.

Darwin: Guided Jet Ski Tour

4. Darwin: Guided Jet Ski Tour

Zoom along the beautiful Darwin coastline on a guided jet ski tour. Enjoy the sites, wildlife, and scenery from the water. Meet your guide by the Bella Darwin Restaurant. Learn how to operate a jet ski during the safety briefing. Then, take to the waves. Cruise at full throttle or a more leisurely pace – you decide. Experience the thrill of the pristine open water as you follow the sun-drenched, unspoilt coastline. Enjoy your tour guide's informative commentary. Spot wildlife, such as sea turtles, seabirds, and dolphins, and feed the fish. Then, open up the engine and zoom full-throttle in front of Darwin’s iconic Mindil Beach Casino before making your way back to base.

Katherine Gorge & Edith Falls Full-Day Tour from Darwin

5. 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.

From Darwin: Spectacular Jumping Crocodile Half Day Tour

6. From Darwin: Spectacular Jumping Crocodile Half Day Tour

Jump on board a half-day Jumping Croc Cruise on the Adelaide River. Get up close and personal to some of nature's most aggressive and dangerous wildlife located in the naturally occurring waterways of the Northern Territory. Depart the city and journey about 60km southeast towards the Marrakai wetlands. Explore the home of an apex predator, the crocodile and 117 different species of reptiles, and 280 different types of birds. Travel aboard the only aboriginally owned cruise operator, where profits go back into supporting the traditional owners of the surrounding area. Discover the biggest reptile in the world and oldest creature to walk the planet since dinosaurs, these prehistoric beasts growing up to 6 meters in length (the size of a small bus) and can weigh up to 1000kg. Be in the hands of a highly trained crew so that you experience a safe interaction with the crocodiles. See firsthand, the powerful and spectacular hunting techniques of saltwater crocodiles as they feed on buffalo meat. The staff is issued with Wildlife Permits by National Parks and Wildlife for our interactions and no animals are harmed in any way during your wildlife interactions.

Darwin: Kakadu & Nourlangie Day Trip Plus Billabong Cruise

7. 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: Top End Helicopter Ride & BBQ Cruise Day Trip

8. From Darwin: Top End Helicopter Ride & BBQ Cruise Day Trip

Expereince the thrill of feeding crocodiles on this day trip from Darwin or Bynoe. Soar over the floodplains on a helicopter flight, cut through rainforest channels on an airboat, and chill out with a BBQ brunch aboard a pontoon boat. Choose between a tour option with several pickup points in Darwin or opt to meet your guide in Bynoe. Meet your guide and take to the skies on a scenic helicopter flight through the floodplains. Spot crocodiles, birds and even buffalo as you feel the wind in your hair on a thrilling airboat ride through the rainforest on the Finnis River. Unwind while tucking into gourmet BBQ on a pontoon boat cruise. Have access to water, cordial, tea and coffee facilities.  Finish your tour with a exhilarating crocodile encounter. Feed one of the activity provider's rescue crocodiles that were caught by the Outback Wrangler Matt Wright. Marvel at these large and majestic creatures.

Darwin: Mary River Wetlands Wildlife Cruise with Lunch

9. Darwin: Mary River Wetlands Wildlife Cruise with Lunch

Today starts with a pick-up from your Darwin accommodation at around 9:00 AM. Listen to interesting commentary about the region from your knowledgeable guide as you make your way to Fogg Dam Conservation Reserve. Originally set up as a large scale rice growing project in the 1950s, this location is now a haven for many varieties of birds that you'll get a chance to admire. A short drive from there takes you to the “Window on the Wetlands” Information Centre, where you can enjoy a hands-on display explaining the wetlands and get a fantastic view over the Adelaide River floodplains from their upper viewing deck. Your highlight for the day is an amazing 2.5-hour cruise on the wetlands! See an abundance of birds, crocodiles and wildlife in their natural habitat on the Mary River Wetlands. Home to a huge variety of animals, birdlife and also boasting the largest concentration of Saltwater Crocodiles in the world, these pristine wetlands are a nature lover's paradise. Participants generally see about 30 different species of birds on these cruises! Enjoy a delicious cold lunch on the wetlands, surrounded by nature at its best, as you get up close and personal with plenty of local wildlife. Lunches are healthy and consist of individual pre-packed fresh salads with dressings. There will also be a selection of cold sliced meats and bread so you can make sandwiches if you wish. From here it is just under a 90-minute drive to return you to your Darwin accommodation at around 5:00 PM.

"Cage Of Death" Crocodile Swim and Entry to Crocosaurus Cove

10. "Cage Of Death" Crocodile Swim and Entry to Crocosaurus Cove

Your experienced guides will first take you through a 30-minute safety briefing to ensure you are well prepared to enter the Cage of Death. Operated by an over-head monorail and designed for 1 or 2 people per cage, the Cage of Death (a clear cage) will suspend you above the crocs before being lowered into the pen for a closer encounter with these amazing reptiles. You will then come face to face with the world’s largest reptile underwater. Experience the thrill of sharing the very same environment of a five-meter-long (or longer) saltwater crocodile. Marvel at their size and their prehistoric features and prepare for your heart to start racing as you catch each others' eye. Every Cage of Death dive includes 15 minutes in the enclosure with one of these massive reptiles. Regular feeding by our crocodile handlers while you are in the cage encourages more movement from the crocodiles and ensures an up-close encounter that must be seen to be believed! Don’t miss the chance of getting 360-degree views of you and the crocs as the on-site photographers captures amazing images both inside and outside of the crocodile enclosures. Meet some of the famous crocodile inhabitants, such as Chopper, Axel and William and Kate and be wowed by this unique, once in a lifetime experience. Included is a general admission ticket to Crocosaurus Cove to complete your day!

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What people are saying about Darwin

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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!

Lovely cruise to sit back and relax and watch the sun go down. Staff were attentive and friendly with nice seafood platter at reasonable cost. Recommend top deck for best views.

Evan very knowledgeable and interesting guide. Did a brilliant job.

Very knowledgeable guide (Evan). Kept us up to date all the way.

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