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Darwin

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Located in the tropical “Top End” of Australia, Darwin is a good base from which to explore the great outdoors and view Aboriginal rock art.

How do you get to Darwin?

Feed crocodiles, take a cruise on the harbour at sunset, learn about Aboriginal culture, or enjoy a night out in the tropics in Darwin, the Northern Territory’s capital city.

Darwin was founded in 1869. It was named after the English naturalist Charles Darwin by his fellow explorers, who navigated the Timor Sea aboard The Beagle. The city’s recent past has been tumultuous. Darwin was bombed during World War II, and in 1974 a cyclone destroyed it all over again. About 150,000 people call modern-day Darwin home, including some of the territory’s traditional owners, the Larrakia people.

It’s best to visit Darwin from May to September, when it’s not too hot or too wet for outdoor activities. On a Thursday or a Sunday, visit the Sunset Markets on Mindil Beach. On any day, enjoy a harbour cruise from Stokes Hill Wharf, or a movie under the stars at the Deckchair Cinema.

Although the beaches look tempting, don’t jump in anywhere to cool off: crocodiles are abundant in the area. If you’d like to meet a few, visit Crocosaurus Cove and Crocodylus Park. For a safe swim, head to the huge Darwin Wave Lagoon.

Book a tour or rent a four-wheel-drive car and explore the iconic Australian outback in Kakadu, the country’s largest national park. Be sure to bring your binoculars to spot wallabies, swamp birds, reptiles and dingoes. Hike around and find waterfalls to swim under or ancient Aboriginal rock art depicting Dreamtime stories.

Darwin’s turbulent history and dynamic art scene provide plenty to do during the wet season. Get insight into Aboriginal culture at the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory. To learn about the 1942 bombings, immerse yourself in the Defence of Darwin Experience or see an American B-52 bomber at the Australian Aviation Heritage Centre.

This tropical city is unlike any other city in the world. Come to Darwin to experience the true Australian wilderness and the long, developing story of humankind’s relationship with the Territory’s unique natural environment.

Activities in Darwin

Explore Darwin’s scenic waterfront, where you can swim in the wave pool, see turtles up close and dine in restaurants overlooking the sea. 

Explore one of Australia’s best beaches by day or visit by evening to enjoy Asian food, a massage, live music and indigenous crafts at Darwin’s sunset markets.

This wildlife park offers the chance to admire a number of local species, as well as the safest encounter you can have with a saltwater crocodile.

Learn the stories behind Aboriginal paintings, local wildlife, regional archaeology and the cyclone that flattened Darwin in this gallery that has free admission.

Head to Doctors Gully at high tide to see a natural phenomenon turned tourist attraction, as shoals of fish come to the shallow waters to be fed by hand.

Admire bush orchid displays, spiky palms and local bird species as you explore one of Darwin’s most diverse natural environments. 

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Lose yourself in the beauty of Australia's Kakadu National Park. Marvel at Aboriginal rock art at Nourlangie, immerse yourself in Aboriginal culture, and cruise the Yellow Water Billabong—home to myriad plants and wildlife (including the world-infamous saltwater crocodile).

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Rich in cultural heritage, known for its balmy weather, and boasting an eclectic dining scene, the laid-back city of Darwin is a visitor's delight. Explore the sights from atop a double-decker bus and set your own pace around the Northern Territory's biggest town.

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Explore the sights of the Top End with 4-day tour through Australia's tropical wilderness. This adventure takes you to Kakadu and Litchfield national parks by 4x4, brings you up close and personal with crocodiles on a boat cruise, and shows you the nighttime sky as you camp out under the stars.

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Enjoy a fun-filled day exploring the Northern Territory's Litchfield National Park. Discover this unique landscape with its abundant waterfalls, monsoon rainforest, bushwalking tracks, and many swimming holes.

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Voted one of the top 10 destinations in the world to visit, what better way to “Do Litchfield” than by Helicopter.

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Immerse yourself in the world of spectacular landscapes, amazing wildlife, and ancient culture on this 2-day tour in northern Australia. Cruise down the East Alligator River, discover local legends and myths through Aboriginal rock art, and get a firsthand sense of the area's natural wonder.

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