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Darwin Starter Package From $429pp

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

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  • Litchfield National Park Day Safari
  • Jumping Crocodile Cruise
  • Crocosaurus Cove
  • 4 Nights Dorm Accommodation


Backpacking in Darwin and the Northern Territory is one of the most special experiences you can have while visiting down under. This is where the parties are wild, the Outback is omnipresent, and the whole state is quite free and open minded. Very few places offer such a visceral, raw, and uncut Australian experience as up north in these true blue Outback areas. You should be ready for some experiences and memories to be made, that’s for sure, so pack your smiles, laughs, sunscreen, sense of adventure, and willingness to let go and just say yes!

We’ve put together some hot tips and experiences for you to witness with your own eyes while you travel up to the Top End.


Day 1: Darwin

Today, you arrive in beautiful Darwin, a city known for its laid back culture and its access to some of Australia’s most rugged and stunning landscapes. First, spend some time exploring the city, wander the streets, grab a coffee, and settle in like a local. When you’re ready, check in to your hostel and make some friends at the local bars.

Day 2: Litchfield National Park & Croc Cruise

Today you will get up early to head out to Litchfield National Park! You’ll be picked up from your accommodation in the custom fully air conditioned tour buses. Spend your day cruising overland around the national park exploring the best local swimming holes and some of the most pristine and awe inspiring waterfalls in Australia.

You’ll hop on board a jumping crocodile cruise, seeing the dinosaurs in their natural habitat. They are magnificent, and at times, curiously calm. That is until you dangle lunch in front of them, so remember to keep your arms inside the boat.

After a final stop to see the towering termite mounds, you will cruise back to Darwin for a meal and a few drinks.

Day 3: Crocosaurus Cove

For a bit of heart pumping adrenaline today, you visit Crocosaurus Cove, where you get up close and personal with nature’s ultimate predators. As an optional extra, you can even get in the water with them for that true thrill seeking experience. Consider finishing the day checking out the Mindil Night Markets, where you can even munch down on a crocodile burger.

Day 4: Darwin

Enjoy the last day in Darwin with a relaxed breakfast or pick up a line and do some fishing. Today is yours to spend however you like and also your last day at the hostel.

Package Inclusions

  • Litchfield National Park Day Safari
  • Jumping Crocodile Cruise
  • Crocosaurus Cove entry
  • 5 Nights Dorm Accommodation


Add a Bus Pass: SAVE 10% on any of the following passes when booking together with the package

Greyhound – WHIMIT East Coast 30 Day Pass $389.00

Greyhound – WHIMIT National 30 Day Pass $439.00

Add a Campervan:

Let us find a great deal on a campervan for you: Custom Campervan Quote

Own Transport:

We can build an itinerary taking into account the fact that you have your own transport already.

What to bring

  • Camera
  • Sunscreen
  • Clothes
  • Comfortable Shoes
  • Spending Money
  • Overnight Bag
  • Snacks
  • ID

Supplier Terms & Conditions

All of our discount package deals are comprised of a combination of various tour providers, accommodation providers, and transport providers. Each of these suppliers and/or providers have their own individual terms and conditions in addition to Happy Travels standard terms and conditions. To view Happy Travels’ terms and conditions, please click here. For more information for individual supplier terms & conditions, please contact us by making an inquiry. Alternatively, they will be listed on your travel vouchers at the time of purchase.

Frequently asked questions

Do you need a 4WD to navigate the inland Northern Territory?

You don’t necessarily need a 4WD, but it will open the doors of opportunity widely for you, so we definitely say it’s a not a bad idea, mate!

Litchfield and Kakadu National Parks feature many sealed roads. Many of NT’s most stunning sites, and a few more of its more direct routes, are 4WD access only.

Are there any further wildlife and nature recommendations?

Yes of course. If some of these places we suggested don’t completely blow you away, we definitely recommend trying out some more options and get lost in Darwin’s vast wilderness. We offer tours and activities to Kakadu, Arnhem land and Katherine Gorge. Make an enquiry and we can help you find the best option.

Is it safe to swim in Darwin and Northern Territory?

Only swim where there are designated safe swimming signs. It should be assumed that any water body in the saltwater crocodile’s natural range in the NT is unsafe to swim, unless signposted otherwise.

Most fatal crocodile attacks in the NT in the past 20 years have occurred when people have entered the water outside of designated swimming areas.

When is the best time to visit Darwin and Northern Territory?

In the northern parts of Australia, there are two seasons, similar to SE Asia. The wet season (October to April, where you’ll encounter intense humidity, thunderstorms, and flooding in certain areas) and the dry season (May through September, when rain doesn’t fall as often).

Is driving safe in Northern Territory?

Northern Territory is definitely the zone of the Outback, so it can be a bit sketchy at times, we recommend experienced travellers with good mechanical knowledge to take on the outback or try to travel in a convoy where possible. If you are travelling solo or wish to take the hassle out of travelling then ask us about our guided safari’s.

What do I do if I need help with my existing package booking?

If you need help with an existing booking please email us at [email protected], if your enquiry is urgent please follow up your email with a quick call on +61 2 5633 1149 so we can

Do you offer payment plans?

Absolutely, we understand that paying off a big trip in one go isn’t always that easy. We offer flexible payment plans to suit all types of travellers with zero interest or fee’s (minimum $100AUD deposit required).

Do I need travel insurance?

We endorse the recommendation of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade that all travelers take out travel insurance. If you already have Travel Insurance please understand that it is your responsibility to ensure that your Travel Insurance covers you for all of the adventure style travel you have booked with us.

Can I book a package but travel in the reverse direction?

Absolutely, just let us know your preferred start and finish location and we’ll make it work.

What is the best way to travel Australia?

There is definitely no wrong way. We recommend either taking a WHIMIT or Hop on Hop off bus pass such as Greyhound or renting a campervan with some mates and hitting the open road. If you feel like getting pretty adventurous and want to get amongst the true Australian terrain, a 4WD may be better suited for you. Enquire now and we can help you find the most suitable transport option.

What if something comes up and I can't make my tour?

We get it. Life is all about the unexpected, especially when you are travelling. If you are unable to make your pre-arranged tour you will need to reach out to our support email so we can give you a helping hand. In all cases we strongly recommend having a valid travel insurance policy which covers you for unexpected cancellations.

Can I add additional tours or make changes to this package?

Yes. All of our packages are customisable so if you would like to make any changes please contact our team.

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