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4WDs in Darwin

Although a 2WD will certainly help you get around the region. If you want to explore some of the more remote areas and get off the beaten track, a 4WD is essential. For navigating the Top End region, it's worth visiting an information centre or local library to get your hands on a specialist guide for the best routes.

Walking and cycling in Darwin

Whether strolling through the Darwin CBD at your own pace or joining a local guide for a walking tour, the year-round enviable weather makes exploring the charm of Darwin a pleasure. Ride the Nightcliff Bike Track or potter around Darwin's markets. You will find most of Darwin's attractions within walking distance for a cheaper solution to catching public transport.

Coaches in Darwin

Greyhound Australia, Australia's only national bus service, provides transport throughout Darwin and the Top End region. Hassle-free and comfortable, book a trip in advance to go almost anywhere with over 1100 Australian destinations daily. Daily services to Alice Springs and Broome operate within the region, taking you to the best sights and attractions the Northern Territory has to offer.

Driving in Darwin

The roads in the Northern Territory are some of the best in the country, with vast distances and endless straight roads to soak up. A trip from Darwin to Alice Springs is over 1500km, a full day's driving. Keep an eye out for large trucks kicking up dust on the roads and kangaroos or stock animals, which tend to wander freely!

Kakadu National Park Kakadu Highway, Jabiru

Enjoy a day's excursion to Kakadu National Park. At over 20,000 square kilometres, the Park is home to a third of the Top End's plant life and Australian bird species. Take an aerial tour of Arnhem Land with a scenic flight, followed by a cruise along the Yellow Water Billabong, the Park's most famous wetland area. Finish with a trek to Nourlangie Rock.

Anniki Pearl Lugger Cruises 3/68 Marina Boulevard, Cullen Bay

Soak up the resplendent sea views in a three-hour cruise around the Top End. Explore Darwin Harbour and learn the history of pearling luggers and the northern pearling industry. Cruise along the esplanade and watch the sun set over a glass of champagne and antipasto platters before returning to the marina. At AUD$70, this is a great option for couples.

Crocodylus Park McMillans Road, Knuckey Lagoon

Fancy a close encounter with some of the largest reptiles on the planet? With over 1000 crocodiles from 30cm long hatchlings to 4.7m adults weighing half a ton, adults may get as much excitement from these formidable crocs as the children. From monkeys and big cats to the common wombat, learn about these beautiful animals and the sustainable use of wildlife for conservation.

Wreck diving

Darwin is a great place for wreck dives, as many ships have sunk around Australia's Northern coastline. The harbour itself has a range of hard and soft corals to explore but for those wanting a challenge or to get their heart rate up, a night dive with an experienced diver is sure to get the adrenaline pumping.

DAY 1: Spend a day in the heart of the city

For a first day the whole family can enjoy, head to Aquascene, where hundreds of fish can be hand-fed at high tide. Take a relaxing stroll to discover the George Brown Botanic Gardens to see an abundance of tropical plants. Finish the day with fresh seafood and alfresco dining as the sun sets over the Timor Sea. For a captivating atmosphere, watch a film under the stars from a deckchair at the outdoor Deckchair Cinema.

DAY 3: Tjaynera Falls & the Lost City

There's nothing to get you up in a morning quite like a refreshing dip at Buley Rockhole or the cascading Florence Falls. Half a day can easily be spent soaking up the beautiful surrounds, but for those in search of adrenaline head into four-wheel-drive country. Discover the majestic Tjaynera Falls, historic Blythe Homestead Ruins and the imposing columns of the Lost City. Just make sure you're experienced at handling a 4WD!

DAY 2: Drive the Litchfield Loop

For something spontaneous, hire a car and begin your drive in search of adventure. Explore Litchfield National Park, stopping at Adelaide River and War Cemetery en route for a taste of local history. Take an enjoyable walk around Wangi Falls or alternatively take the challenge of a bush trek around Tolmer Falls for those with a little more energy. Spend the night camping or stay over in Batchelor.

DAY 4: Explore the Tiwi Islands

Melville and Bathurst Islands, both known as the Tiwi Islands, are located 80km north of Darwin in the Timor Sea. Catch a ferry or take a light aircraft to the islands in a fraction of the time to discover the Tiwi Aboriginal culture and people. Known for their art, craftwork and love of Australian football, share a day with the islanders for a different kind of experience. Visit the art gallery on Bathurst Island or explore dense rainforest and secluded beaches.


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