Adelaide River: Our most recommended tours and activities

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.

From Darwin: Kakadu Wilderness Escape Day Tour

2. 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.

From Darwin: Litchfield National Park Day Trip

3. From Darwin: Litchfield National Park Day Trip

Get panoramic floodplain views, see sandstone pillars, picturesque waterfalls, and discover the thriving plant and animal life at the Litchfield National Park. Leave Darwin and make your way towards the world-class Litchfield National Park, just over an hour's drive from the city. Be surrounded by thick pockets of tropical rainforest, a cool respite from the top-end heat. Jump on the famous Jumping Crocodile Cruise (optional extra) on the Adelaide River, alternatively visit the Fogg Dam Conservation Centre. Explore the traditional lands of the Limilngan-Wulna people and discover the diverse wildlife, home to numerous species of birds, turtles, water pythons, and the iconic Saltwater Crocodile. Visit some incredible monolithic Magnetic Termite Mounds, then have an opportunity to cool off in one of Litchfield’s beautiful natural plunge pools like Buley Rockholes or Wangi Falls. Go to a thundering waterfall-like Florence Falls or Tolmer Falls and marvel at the sheer beauty carved out amongst the rocky escarpment. After a day in the stunning tropical national park, travel back to Darwin.

Darwin: Mary River Wetlands Wildlife Cruise with Lunch

4. 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.

Darwin: The Croc Bus to the Famous Jumping Crocodile Cruise

5. Darwin: The Croc Bus to the Famous Jumping Crocodile Cruise

Experience an unforgettable adventure with our local driver as you begin your thrilling crocodile encounter. Engage in lively discussions about the fascinating world of crocodiles and feel free to ask any questions. Catch up on the latest Croc News published by NT News during your journey. Embark on a quick stop at Humpty Doo to snap a photo with the renowned 13m long Boxing Crocodile. Continue your journey to Adelaide River Cruises, where you'll board a 30-seater boat and spend an hour surrounded by the world's largest reptiles. Witness their ferocity firsthand as your knowledgeable guide demonstrates their impressive power – just remember to keep your hands inside the boat! After the adrenaline-pumping cruise, rejoin the bus and head through Fogg Dam Conservation Reserve, an exquisite wetland teeming with wildlife. Capture stunning photos by opening the bus windows and immersing yourself in this scenic environment. Conclude your 4-hour adventure by returning to the city center, leaving you well-placed to explore more or head back to your hotel.

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.

From Darwin: Katherine Gorge Cruise and Edith Falls Tour

7. From Darwin: Katherine Gorge Cruise and Edith Falls Tour

Explore one of Top End's most beautiful natural attractions at Nitmiluk National Park. Relax on a scenic boat cruise through Katherine Gorge, followed by a visit to Edith Falls. Depart Darwin in the early morning and travel south along the Stuart Highway through the townships of Adelaide River and Pine Creek. Take in the views of native flora and fauna, endemic to the Northern Territory region, as your guide provides historical and cultural commentary throughout the trip. Then board the Katherine Gorge (Nitmiluk) boat cruise, where you will journey along the river surrounded by stunning cliffs measuring up to 70m high, with the sun’s natural lighting providing ever-changing colors throughout the landscape and rock formations.  Hear about the culture and stories of the traditional owners of the land, the Jawoyn people of Katherine, as you are guided through this wonderful area before you disembark. Visit the Nitmiluk Visitor Centre to learn more about the history of the local area. Then, head towards the picturesque Edith Falls (Leliyn) area where you can take a refreshing dip in the huge natural plunge pool or relax and take in the beauty of your surroundings, before your relaxing journey back to Darwin city center.

From Darwin: 3-Day Kakadu and Litchfield 4WD Camping Tour

8. From Darwin: 3-Day Kakadu and Litchfield 4WD Camping Tour

Join an exclusive 4WD outback adventure from Darwin, showcasing the very best Kakadu and Litchfield National Park has to offer. Look for crocodiles, swim in rockpools, admire ancient rock art, and sleep under the stars at a bush camp. Day 1: Darwin - Kakadu National Park Start your adventure from Darwin heading to the Wetlands Region for a Corroboree Billabong Wetland Cruise, a great opportunity to spot a huge range of Top End wildlife. Journey on to Kakadu National Park, visiting the Bowali Visitor Center, which offers an introduction to the park’s landscape and wildlife. After relaxing at camp, head north to Cahills Crossing (conditions permitting), the border of Kakadu and Arnhem Land. Visit one of the best-preserved collections of Aboriginal Rock Art in the world at Ubirr Rock, and enjoy the sunset overlooking the Nadab Floodplain. After a big day, head to camp to prepare dinner and get to know your fellow travelers. Meals: L, D Camping: Jabiru Campground - Permanent Tents or Bush Swags (communal bathroom facilities) Driving Distance: 420km Hike Distance and Grading: 1km loop Grade 2-3 Day 2: Kakadu Waterfalls and Plunge Pools It's an early start on day 2 to head south to Kakadu National Park. Spend the day soaking up the spectacular natural beauty, hiking through lush monsoon rainforests, and swimming in pristine plunge pools surrounded by steep escarpments. Depending on conditions, you may visit Motor Car Falls, Moline Rockhole, Maguk (Barramundi Gorge), or Jim Jim Falls. Time permitting, stop at Nourlangie Rock, a rock art site where archaeologists uncovered works dating back over 20,000 years. Explore the evolving cultural and environmental changes to the area, before returning to camp for dinner and a well-earned rest. Meals: B, L, D Camping: Jabiru Campground - Permanent Tents or Bush Swags (communal bathroom facilities) Driving Distance: 150km Hike Distance and Grading: 1.5km - 4km Grade 6 Day 3: Litchfield National Park to Darwin An exciting day awaits as you head out of Kakadu National Park and travel towards Litchfield National Park. Spend the afternoon immersed in Litchfield’s natural oasis of waterfalls, spring-fed streams, and rugged sandstone escarpments. Visit Buley Rockholes, Wangi Falls, or Florence Falls for a refreshing soak in picturesque rock holes and waterfalls. Discover the unique magnetic and cathedral Termite Mounds before heading back to Darwin, arriving at around 7 p.m. Meals: B, L Driving Distance: 500km Hike Distance and Grading: 1 - 2 km Grade 2-3

From Darwin: Litchfield National Park Full Day Tour

9. From Darwin: Litchfield National Park Full Day Tour

Join a group tour perfect for families, groups, and adventure-seekers alike and spend a full day exploring the Litchfield National Park in an air-conditioned minibus. Leave Darwin's heat behind as you make your way to the cooler climes of the park.    Enjoy your journey into the Litchfield National Park with a professional guide who will lead you to 3-4 of the most amazing spots in and around the park, including the incredible, century-old Magnetic Termite Mounds, and Litchfield's natural plunge pools where you can hop in to cool off. Watch magnificent saltwater crocodiles jump high in the air to grab food during an optional Jumping Crocodile Cruise on the famous Adelaide River. Alternatively, visit the Fogg Dam Conservation Center where you can learn all about the wetland protected area and its incredible flora and fauna. Hear stories and information about the region's formation, history, animals, and ancient inhabitants. After arriving at each destination or overlook, you will have plenty of time to explore and capture memories in photographs.

From Darwin: 4-Day Kakadu Katherine Gorge Small Group Trip

10. From Darwin: 4-Day Kakadu Katherine Gorge Small Group Trip

We'll explore monsoon forests, spectacular escarpment country, and the amazing biodiversity of Kakadu's landscapes, home to many endemic species of flora and fauna. Day 1: Darwin - Kakadu National Park We drive from Darwin to the wetlands region of WakWak, an hour outside of Darwin, where top-end scenery is on display. Continuing our journey, we arrive in Kakadu National Park, 300 km east of Darwin, and check into our local accommodation. We tour the Bowali Visitor Center before heading to the East Alligator region, the most north-eastern point of Kakadu, for a cultural tour. Guests will join the Guluyambi Cultural Cruise on the East Alligator River bordering Kakadu and Arnhem Land to learn about the creation stories of the area, observe magnificent birdlife, and, of course, see crocodiles. Visit Ubirr Rock, home to some of the best-preserved Aboriginal rock art in the world, and climb high for a spectacular sunset. Meals: L, D. Drive Distance: 420km. Hike & Grading: 1km loop Grade 2-3. Day 2: Kakadu National Park The day is spent exploring art galleries and cultural centers that tell the stories of former and present clan groups of Kakadu and Arnhem Land. We will journey on a guided walk through the Burrungkuy (Nourlangie) art site areas, visiting Kunwarddewardde Lookout, Anbangbang Billabong, Nawurlandja, and Naguluwurr. Enjoy the impressive views of escarpments, savannah woodlands, lowlands, and floodplains, and listen to stories and artwork from local traditional owners. After a spectacular sunset on day two of your adventure, we head back to our accommodation for our evening meal and restful sleep. Meals: B, L, D. Drive Distance: 150km. Hike & Grading: 1km grade 2. Day 3: Kakadu - Katherine After a leisurely morning, we head south toward Katherine and Nitmiluk. Showcasing the earthy colours of typical Northern Australian bushland. Look out for the Red Tailed Black Cockatoo, Agile Wallabies, wild horses, and buffalo. Through Pine Creek, we stop for some refreshments. We check into our Katherine accommodation and then head to Nitmiluk National Park for a 2-hour NitNit Dreaming Katherine Cruise, a leisurely glimpse at this magnificent region. A 70m sheer rock wall cruise with wildlife hiding around every corner. As we head back to Katherine, we can settle into our comfortable accommodations and enjoy local hospitality before our fourth and final day of exploration. Meals: B, L, D. Drive Distance: 310km. Hike & Grading: none. Day 4: Katherine - Darwin We see more of Katherine today with a dip in the Hot Springs, followed by a visit to the Top Didj Gallery where we have the opportunity to view local art and experience bush tucker and bush medicine gardens. After enjoying a picnic lunch and a plunge pool beneath a cascading waterfall at the beautiful Edith Falls. You'll be back in Darwin this evening, reflecting on all the adventures and new friends you've made. Meals: B, L. Drive Distance: 350km. Hike & Grading: 1km Grade 1.

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I think it was a really nice and interesting day filled with things to do and see. It was cool to see the landscapes, different types of trees, animals and rock formations. Dani was so lovely and really passionate about the area and what she was showing us. I’m really great full to have had the chance to go with her yesterday and to be told and have her explain the meaning behind the paintings, the ceremonies and some other fun fact about the different areas we were in.

Very enjoyable trip. Good commentary mixed with Australian music. Long day, but lots of different stops. Every stop was unique in its own way, even my 8yr old enjoyed it.

Great trip. Very long day but great to see so much wildlife and learn about the area and see so much Indigenous art.

Dani was amazing! She was Informative, engaging, easy going, caring and a great bus driver! We all enjoyed it!

Had an amazing time! Our guide Andrea was very knowledgeable and friendly. Overall very happy with the tour.