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Uluru & Kata Tjuta 25-Minute Helicopter Experience

1. Uluru & Kata Tjuta 25-Minute Helicopter Experience

See both the beauty of Uluru and Kata Tjutaon this helicopter experience. This tour will showcase Kata Tjuta, which means 'many heads'. It is made up of a group of 36 conglomerate rock domes, the highest of which stands 198 meters taller than Uluru. Ensure that you don't miss out on seeing the entire formation by taking a ride in by helicopter. With the wide spread of the domes and local restrictions due to sacred sites, access from the ground is restricted to only 75% of Kata Tjuta. Embark on a trip that combines this experience with viewing Uluru, and which will leave you with cherished memories and photographs that will last a lifetime.

Uluru: Field of Light Sunrise Tour

2. Uluru: Field of Light Sunrise Tour

Rise early to travel the short distance to a desert location overlooking Uluru. Your driver/guide will provide insights and the background to the art installation. Under the cover of darkness, wander through the pathways that encompass the 50,000 spheres of light in the desert, before making your way up the hill to the Dune Top viewing area. Watch the transformation of colors and life as the desert awakens, while enjoying tea, coffee, or hot chocolate. Gaze in awe as the sun rises in the distance behind Uluru and the first rays of sunlight creep across the desert sky. See the landscape, including Kata Tjuta behind you, be flooded with light. Immerse yourself in the desert landscape as the sun rises over the Red Centre. As the natural light brightens the landscape, see the Field of Light dim for the day. Capture some photos from this unique raised location, where you can view both Uluru and Kata Tjuta in all their natural glory.

Litchfield Park Tour & Jumping Crocodile Cruise from Darwin

3. Litchfield Park Tour & Jumping Crocodile Cruise from Darwin

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

4. 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.

Darwin: Guided Jet Ski Tour

5. 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.

Darwin: Mary River Wetlands Wildlife Cruise with Lunch

6. 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.

From Darwin: Tiwi Islands Aboriginal Culture Tour with Lunch

7. 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: 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.

Katherine Gorge & Edith Falls Full-Day Tour from Darwin

9. 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: 2.5-Hour Harbour Sunset Cruise

10. Darwin: 2.5-Hour Harbour Sunset Cruise

Sit back and soak up the stunning views of the sea. As you cruise in comfort, your expert crew will provide commentary and local insight into the history, cultural significance, and wildlife of this spectacular location.   This is a great value option for those seeking the best views of Darwin’s celebrated sunsets. A range of delicious platters, and drinks can be ordered throughout the 2.5-hour cruise. This air-conditioned vessel offers an unrivaled way to experience the beauty of the tropical top end.

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What people are saying about Northern Territory

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 74 reviews

Great bus driver Prem and the guide at Katherine Gorge was excellent. His explanation and stories made the trip down there so worth it. Would highly recommend this trip

Kimbo is a legend tour guide! The tour was great! Just enough time on and off the bus. Waterfalls were stunning and time flew by. Really enjoyable thank you!

Danni was an amazing hostess, her local knowledge was excellent, her direction, manner and humorous made the experience something not to be forgotten ❤️

Great tour, knowledgeable guide, he made sure everyone on the boat got to see everything and have good views for photos. Great variety of bird life.

Great day and the cruise down katherine was extremly good and the boat guide was very knowledgeable. Highly recoomend this tour