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There’s no place that truly represents the spirit of Australia like Darwin and the Top End. With a rich Indigenous heritage, unbelievably stunning wilderness teeming with wildlife and all of the city attractions you could ever need, Darwin is a mecca for tourism and an iconic wonderland.
Whether you’d like to explore the outback, feed some crocodiles, learn from the traditional owners or enjoy the city amenities, every taste and budget is catered to here. We’ve compiled some of the region’s best attractions to help make your choices easier, so check these out to make the most of your Darwin adventure.

Crocosaurus Cove

You simply cannot visit Darwin without ensuring you have an encounter with a croc – a good encounter, that is! Thankfully, at Crocosaurus Cove, you’ll be able to interact with the world’s most fearsome apex predator in a safe environment. The thrilling ‘Cage of Death’ lets you (or you and a friend) experience being submerged into a tank with a five-metre + croc. Don’t worry though; you will be protected within a Perspex cage while the croc is fed right alongside you. You’ll also get to feed these amazing reptiles, handle a baby croc and see an aquarium full of sawfish, barramundi, archerfish and whip rays, as well as explore the Turtle Enclosure and Reptile House. [Entrance tickets & Cage of Death experience]
 
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Two swimmers in a tank with a crocodile

Kakadu National Park

Experience the wonder of Kakadu’s vast and rugged landscape, which is easily accessible from Darwin, but best viewed on a tour. From the Arnhem Land Plateau to Mary River and everything in between, you’ll be awestruck by the eclectic diversity of landscapes at this 20,000 square kilometre World Heritage Listed site. Calm rivers wind their way through Savannah forests, below dramatic escarpments, over rocky outcrops and into lush floodplains.

A huge and often protected variety of insects, amphibians, fish, birds, reptiles and mammals roam the pristine habitats of Kakadu. So diverse is this wildlife population that scientists believe there are still hundreds – if not thousands – of species yet to be discovered. Kakadu is an absolute must-do when visiting Darwin and there’s a tour option to suit every interest. [See: Kakadu Tours]

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waterfall in Kakadu National Park

Litchfield National Park

The phenomenal beauty of the Litchfield National Park is an absolute must-see when visiting Darwin and the ideal way to see it is by taking one of the many tours available. You’ll see the impressive Cathedral and Magnetic Meridean Termite Mounds and take a refreshing dip or relax by the cascading waterfalls of Florence Falls, Wangi Falls, Tolmer Falls or Buley Rockhole.

You’ll also have the chance to walk through rich monsoonal forests and woodlands, spotting a plethora of unique wildlife including the area’s huge bat population. Take a cruise on the Adelaide River and snap a few photos of the huge crocs below, or indulge in one of the most magnificent sunsets you’ll ever experience over this gorgeous Australian oasis. [See: Litchfield Tours]

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Twin Falls in Litchfield NP

Darwin Indigenous Culture

Whether you’d like to stay within the city, explore the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory or one of the Aboriginal Cultural Centres, or branch out and experience the spiritual significance of Kakadu, Litchfield, Katherine Gorge, the Tiwi Islands or even Arnhem Land, you’ll find a wealth of cultural heritage at the Top End. There is a plethora of tours that offer insight into the Indigenous culture, from learning of their history to enjoying some bush tucker, hearing Dreamtime stories or being amazed at the ingeniousness of bush medicine. You can view Indigenous art and how it is created traditionally or try your hand at a digeridoo – whatever you’d like to get out of your experience, you’ll be sure to find it in Darwin or surrounds.
 
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Northern Territory traditional Owner

Tiwi Islands

Tiwi Islands are located 80 kilometres to the north of Darwin and accessible by ferry. They are made up of 2 islands, Melville and Bathurst. The Tiwi people have occupied the islands since the last ice age.  The islands have a unique culture and language due to their separation from the mainland and the blending of traditional cultures and that of the early missionaries. [See: Tiwi Island Tour]
 
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A traditional owner from the Tiwi Islands painting their face

Darwin Travel Guide

Want to know more about Darwin, including top tours, latest specials, travel information and plenty more things to do then read our extensive Things to Do in Darwin Guide.

Darwin Guide

 

Mary River Wetlands

The Mary River Wetlands is not just a stunningly gorgeous location; it’s also the location of the largest population of saltwater crocodiles on Earth! A cruise is the best way to see this area and starting at Corroboree Billabong, you’ll enjoy informative commentary as you drift through the scenic waterway, spotting majestic crocodiles, a plethora of colourful birdlife and small reptiles darting in and out of the lush vegetation on the shores. You’ll even have the chance to enjoy a glass of sparkles and a fresh fruit platter as you relax in the boat amongst the serene lotus lilies. [See: Mary River Wetlands]
 
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Two juvenile crocs swimming in the rain

Mangrove Boardwalk and Botanic Gardens

Spend some time exploring the fascinating East Point Mangrove Boardwalk or indulging in the beauty of the George Brown Darwin Botanic Gardens – or join a city tour to do both in one day! The Mangrove Boardwalk takes about half an hour and you’ll be able to stroll along comfortably, seeing eleven species of mangrove in this biodiverse ecosystem. The mangroves themselves are beautiful and you’ll spot butterflies, fish, crocodiles, sea eagles and swamp hens along the way.

Nestled amongst the urban sprawl, the Botanic Gardens are resplendent, with their 42 hectares of bright blooms, lush rainforest gully and unique Top End plant species. There’s so much to see with a number of plant display houses and even a children’s evolutionary playground! Be awe inspired by the Desert Rose Display and try to spot the elusive Rufous Owls before settling down for a relaxing picnic.

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Mangrove Boardwalk Darwin

Mindil Beach Sunset Markets

f you’re staying in Darwin, you absolutely have to visit the Mindil Beach Sunset Market. Held every Sunday and Thursday night at beautiful Mindil Beach, these markets offer the perfect opportunity to interact with the friendly locals while enjoying their homemade wares. You’ll be able to dine on exotic cuisine while listening to the talented buskers, pick up some amazing handcrafted arts and crafts, find a bargain amongst the bric-a-brac or enjoy a massage. The best part? Watching the golden glow of the Darwin sunset over the Arafura Sea, as the day fades into night. [Website: Mindil Beach Sunset Markets]
 
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Night scene of Mindle Beach Markets

Darwin Military Museum

Darwin was hugely important during the conflict of WWII. At the Military Museum, you can learn just what type of role the city played as a strategic base for the protection of Australia. Be amazed by interactive displays, a multi-sensory theatre that depicts the 1942 bombing of the city and the Defence of Darwin Experience.
 
The East Point Military Precinct – which once acted as the last main fortress on Australian soil – contains culturally significant military structures, which include the plotting room along with 150 mm and 230 mm gun emplacements, relics of steel boom anti-sub nets, an observation tower and other relics of our wartime defences.[Directions: Darwin Military Museum]

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Soldiers running through the mist

Stokes Hill Wharf and Darwin Harbour

There’s no better place to enjoy a meal than at Darwin’s Stokes Hill Wharf. This popular waterfront destination offers delicious cuisine – from alfresco café’s to a la carte seafood options – and the views are spectacular!

For even better views though, a cruise along Darwin Harbour can’t be beaten. Whether you’d like to hire a tinny and drop a line in to try your luck at catching one of the 415 known fish species, or pamper yourself with a delightful cruise, you’ll enjoy a wonderful day on the water. With its mangrove-lined shores, shipwrecks and sheltered calm, the Harbour is alive with some amazing sea life, including dugongs and turtles. If you choose a tour or cruise with commentary, you’ll learn about the fascinating history of the Harbour and its important significance to the local Indigenous people.

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The darwin Esplanade development

A few Darwin Tours

Young Tiwi islander

Tiwi Islands

The Tiwi people have blended their culture and Christianity to create a unique story. learn about the Dreamtime stories and the arrival of the early missionaries. Be blessed at a smoking ceremony, learn about traditional arts and visit Bathurst Island

  • Museum visit
  • Billy tea and damper
  • Local arts and crafts
  • Learn about bush tucker

Katherine Gorge

Katherine Gorge

Before heading to Katherine Gorge visit the Adelaide River war cemetery. At the gorge take a cruise through the looking for the elusive freshwater crocodile then walk through to a second gorge, later maybe enjoy swim at Edith falls if conditions permit.

  • Wildlife Spotting
  • Scenic cruise of the Gorge
  • Nitmiluk National Park and Edith Falls
  • Lunch included

Magnetic Ant Hills

Litchfield Gold

Immerse yourself in the flora and fauna of Fogg Dam. Enjoy an amazing Aussie BBQ lunch in Batchelor & explore the raw beauty of Litchfield National Park.  See Traditional Arts and Craft, maybe hike to a perfect photo spot and end the day with a glorious sunset.

  • Small group (max 10 people)
  • Plenty of Wildlife
  • Flexible itinerary

Katadu National Park

Kakadu National Park

Kakadu is a timeless landscape of exceptional beauty and diversity. This tour takes you deep into the park to really get a feel for the land and the diversity of wildlife not seen anywhere else in the world. Learn about the culture of the traditional owners of the area.

  • Optional Scenic Flight
  • Warradjan Cultural Centre
  • Traditional Rock Art
  • Billabong cruise with Lunch