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Darwin & Top End

Destination Information

The capital of the Northern Territory blends modern city with outback spirit creating the perfect cocktail for any adventure. With its Magical Mindil Beach sunset markets, glistening harbour, and incredible indigenous culture, all only a stone’s throw away from Asia, there’s truly no place like it.

The gateway to the magnificent Kakadu and Litchfield National Parks, this place is rich in beauty, a truly unique and impressive part of the world just waiting to be explored.

The history of this captivating city is mixed with modern attractions, natural beauty and an electric mix of bars and restaurants.

Boasting a harbour more than 5 times the size of Sydney’s, don’t miss the opportunity to hop on a boat trip around this mangrove lined port full of history and nature. Immerse yourself in the atmosphere of the waterfront activities including outdoor festivals and night markets in a city famed for it’s culture and laid back lifestyle.

Tiwi Islands

Just 80kms north of Darwin lie Bathurst and Melville Islands, known collectively as the Tiwi Islands. Europeans first made contact with the Tiwi people in 1705 and 119 years later, the British established a settlement which was the first in Northern Australia.

You can visit the Tiwi Islands on a guided tour and experience life in a modern day Indigenous community learning about the rich and fascinating history and culture of the Tiwi people. Visitors either board a small plane in Darwin for the short flight to the islands, or cruise the Timor Sea for around two hours on a ferry.

Here, you will find exotic fabrics, pottery, sculptures, and carvings, as well as several historic art galleries of the Tiwi people. You will also find heaps of sporting events like footy, amazing modern indigenous food (while still remaining true to the tradition). Also, the best part is that you will find many species not recorded elsewhere in the world due to the islands’ isolation and high rainfall.

Kakadu National Park

With Ancient rock art, cascading waterfalls, and red filled horizons, you’d be forgiven for thinking that Simba was just about to come into view. There’s no lions, but this place certainly has stories to tell.

Hire a 4×4, or grab a tour, and get ready to roll out that swag under the stars. Marvel at Jim Jim Falls, bathe at the natural infinity pools at Gunlom and be mesmerized by 20,000 year old indigenous native rock arts. A place of ancient culture, unspoilt wilderness, and a journey deep into the soul, Kakadu is a must.

Litchfield National Park

Easily accessible from Darwin, you can enjoy this place for a day, a night, or even a week. With swimming holes and waterfalls galore, this place will have you cooling off in no time at all. Some of our favourites would have to be Florence Falls and Bully Rock Hole, as well as the infamous termite mounds.

Darwin City

The truth is that Darwin has an interesting charm to it. It isn’t a beautiful city with skyscrapers and the Opera House. Instead, it’s quite dangerous to swim in the ocean and gets hotter than 30 degrees celsius almost every single day. As the capital city of the NT, Darwin often gets forgotten about by tourists, but it shouldn’t. Darwin is the gateway to the NT’s outdoors, waterfalls, beautiful sunsets, exotic wildlife, culture, and of course, an ice cold beer, which you will share in common with many of the Territorians.

Mary River Wetlands

Many believe the vast wetlands of the Mary River are the most beautiful in the Top End, home to a vast variety of birdlife, some of the biggest barramundi, and the largest concentration of saltwater crocodiles in the world. Exploring the region by 2WD is a breeze, even on the unsealed roads, but during the wet season, a 4WD offers greater freedom to harder to reach places.

Mary River National Park incorporates many destinations worthy of exploring including; Rockhole, Couzens Lookout, Brian Creek Monsoon Forest Walk, Jimmy Creek Monsoon Forrest, Point Stuart Coastal Reserve, Shady Camp, Mistake Creek, Corroboree Billabong, and Hardies Four Wheel Drive Track.

Darwin & Top End Tours

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Thrilling Experience Crocosaurus Cove Cage of Death

Crocosaurus Cove Cage of Death

Take part in the ultimate thrilling experience and immerse yourself into the environment of the saltwater crocodile in the Cage of Death.

  • Cage Of Death Experience
  • Swim With Crocs
  • Bang For Your Buck
  • Great For Thrill Seekers
Family Day Out Crocosaurus Cove Day Entry

Crocosaurus Cove Day Entry

Discover what’s ‘Behind the Bite’ of the famous saltwater crocodile with a day entry ticket into Darwin’s Crocosaurus Cove.

  • Get To Know The Crocodiles
  • Great Family Activity
  • See Reptiles Up Close
  • Heart of Darwin
Customer Favourite Overnight Kakadu National Park Retreat

Overnight Kakadu National Park Retreat

Native wildlife, breathtaking scenery and spectacular sunsets await you on this wonderful overnight Kakadu National Park glamping retreat.

  • Incredible Wildlife and Nature
  • Meals Included
  • Aboriginal Culture & History
  • Glamping & Lodges
Most Popular Kakadu to Litchfield 4WD Camping – June – Sept

Kakadu to Litchfield 4WD Camping – June – Sept

3 Days and 2 nights of adventuring on this Kakadu to Litchfield 4WD group tour. The best tour of the Northern Territory in winter months.

  • Unique Sights
  • Top End 4WD Adventure
  • Small Group Tour
  • Nature and Wildlife Tour
Best Value Kakadu to Litchfield 4WD Camping

Kakadu to Litchfield 4WD Camping

The best guided tour from Kakadu to Litchfield with Autopia. Three days of adventures, nature and making epic new friends.

  • Wildlife Cruise Included
  • Adventure Group Tour
  • Experienced Guides
  • Incredible Wildlife and Nature
Litchfield Day Tour

Litchfield Day Tour

The best value Litchfield Day Tour. Visit the hidden gems of Wangi Falls, Fogg Dam and stunning rainforests on this epic Nature Tour with Autopia.

  • Wildlife and Nature Tour
  • Amazing Hidden Waterfalls
  • Informative Guided Tour
  • Guided Nature Walk
Darwin Jumping Croc Cruise

Darwin Jumping Croc Cruise

The best value Jumping Croc Cruise Day Tour with Autopia. Meet Crocs, new friends and get insights into local wildlife with a knowledgable guide.

  • Wildlife and Nature Tour
  • Half Day Jumping Croc Cruise
  • Experienced Guide
  • Cruise the Adelaide River
Wildlife Focused Darwin & Northern Territory Arrival Starter Package: 5 Days

Darwin & Northern Territory Arrival Starter Package: 5 Days

Darwin is one of the most popular stop offs in the Northern Territory. Famous for its crocodiles, immense Indigenous cultural hubs, and amazing National Parks, it’s an incredible part of Australia to explore. This Darwin & NT starter package is the perfect introduction to the wonderful world of the Northern Territory. We recommend combining this with one of our multi-day tours such as our Kakadu to Litchfield 4wd Camping Tour

  • Venture Into Litchfield National
  • 5 Nights Dorm Accomodation
  • Jumping Crocodile Cruise
  • Crocosaurus Cove Exploration

Frequently asked questions

What kind of vehicles can I book in the Top End?

There are a large range of vehicles for hire in the Top End including 2WD’s and 4WD’s, camper trailer hire, 4WD camper van hire, camper van hire, motorhome hire, luxury vehicle hire, coach hire, and mini bus hire.

What general items are necessary to bring in the Top End?

Top End is the idea of Australia that you see in the movies. It is The Outback, so therefore, bring some things that are necessary to helping you push forward. We recommend a hat, sunscreen, water bottle, overnight bag, and swimmers for the various beautiful swimming holes.

What to do and see in Northern Territory's Top End?

Apart from the glorious city of Darwin, there are plenty of things to see and do in the Top End. Be sure to travel south of Darwin and check out Kakadu National Park, one of the most wildlife areas, rich with gorgeous waterfalls and ancient rock art sites. You can also go check out Litchfield National Park or travel into Arnhem Land and check out Kakadu National Park, home to heaps of Aboriginal art sites.

What lodging options are there in Australia's Top End?

There is a wide range of accommodation for visitors to the Top End apart from the plethora of campsites. The Top End offers lodging from budget stay hostels, motels, and luxurious hotels and lodges. If you do decide to camp in the Top End, you should definitely be aware of the wildlife in the area and take precautions when camping at night in this area.

Is the wildlife in the Top End dangerous?

It definitely can be! We definitely recommend reading up on the wildlife of the area before visiting so you are ready and aware to deal with any issues that may arise.

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