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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The best guided tour from Kakadu to Litchfield with Autopia. Three days of adventures, nature and making epic new friends.
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.
The best value Jumping Croc Cruise Day Tour with Autopia. Meet Crocs, new friends and get insights into local wildlife with a knowledgable guide.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.