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Darwin

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

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Litchfield Park Tour & Jumping Crocodile Cruise from Darwin

1. 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

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: Tiwi Islands Aboriginal Culture Tour with Lunch

3. 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.

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: 2.5-Hour Harbour Sunset Cruise

5. 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.

Darwin: Guided Jet Ski Tour

6. 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.

From Darwin: Kakadu Wilderness Escape Day Tour

7. 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. Stop at (optional) 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

8. 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

9. 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.

"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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based on 889 reviews

Fabulous, once in a lifetime trip to the Tiwi Islands to learn about the culture and activities and history of the Island people

Damon is a great guide- knowledgeable, passionate about his country, professional and humorous! It was a well organized tour.

Our guide, Evan, was fantastic. His knowledge was commendable. We thoroughly enjoyed our day with Evan being our guide

Great experience but make sure you don’t get behind slower jet skiers!

It was very informative and a great overall view of the city.