Arrival guide to Darwin

The tropical city of Darwin is Australia's northern most capital city. It's a city that likes its outlaw status for doing things a bit differently to the rest of Australia.

It has a tough past after being bombed in World War 2 and being virtually flattened by a cyclone in 1974. The isolation has instilled a tough exterior yet it is a very inclusive place. Cultures seem to have historically blended here. There's been a need for mutual self-reliance.

There's a distinct green or wet season here (November-March) and the dry season of (April-October). Most people travel here in the dry season when the humidity lowers and access and travel to tourist sites in the Litchfield and Kakadu National Parks improves.

Darwin is the perfect point at which to enter Australia, especially if you are travelling overland or via Asia. It's so close to Bali, Indonesia, and indeed the entire city echoes the cultures and climate of Australia more so than  the other southern cities of Australia.

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See the Cathedral Termite Mounds

1 Day Litchfield National Park Tour

A fun day out from Darwin to see Litchfield National Park

Spend a fun day exploring Litchfield National Park. You will see a landscape that has been formed by water and time with abundant waterfalls, monsoon rainforest, bush walking tracks, swimming holes and amazing magnetic and cathedral termite mounds.

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Saltwater crocodile spotting on a wildlife cruise

3 Day 4WD Buffalo Dreaming Kakadu Tour

A great Kakadu Top End experience to see wildlife, waterfalls, wetlands and Aboriginal art and culture.

This three-day Kakadu adventure offers a value for money Top End experience to see wildlife, waterfalls, wetlands and Aboriginal art and culture. You will explore the landscape and waterfalls of Kakadu National Park including Twin and Jim Jim Falls, search for crocodiles and other wildlife during a wildlife cruise and swim in plunge pools under waterfalls in Litchfield National Park.

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Maguk (Barramundi Gorge) hike through tropical forest and swim

3 Day 4WD Kakadu and Litchfield Tour (Dragonfly Dreaming)

Comfort camping in Kakadu National Park. Travel in a small group to the wonderful waterfalls in the Northern Territory.

This authentic Kakadu Top End adventure has a touch of style and quality. Travel in a small group of maximum 17 people from Darwin, in purpose built 4-wheel drive vehicles. Explore the landscape and waterfalls of Kakadu National Park including Twin & Jim Jim Falls (seasonal), travel along rocky 4-wheel drive tracks and search for crocodiles and other wildlife on a boat cruise. Swim in plunge pools under waterfalls in Litchfield National Park and learn about the Aboriginal Dreamtime from your guide.

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Optional canoe at Katherine gorge

3 Day Cicada Dreaming Darwin to Alice Springs Tour

Darwin and Alice Springs three-day adventure tour offers a value for money experience.

There is a lot to see between Darwin and Alice Springs and this three-day adventure offers a value for money experience. You will explore the precariously balanced Devils Marbles, stop for a cold drink at the historic Daly Waters Pub (home of Australia’s first international airport!), soak in the Mataranka Thermal Pools and have the opportunity to paddle along the peaceful water of the Katherine Gorge.

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Saltwater crocodile spotting on a wildlife cruise

4 Day 4WD Arnhem Land Dreaming Top End Tour

Explore the Top End on this 4 day adventure Arnhem Land, Litchfield and Kakadu National Park.

Designed for those seeking something special in the Northern Territory's Top End with a focus on indigenous culture, this is the safari for you. Spend four days and three nights exploring Litchfield and Kakadu National Parks - including Twin and Jim Jim Falls - and spend a day in Arnhem Land where you will see ancient Aboriginal art come to life as your indigenous guide shares his knowledge allowing you a deep insight into this ancient culture. Swim in pristine waterfalls and spot wonderful wildlife with a small group of like-minded people, staying in private campsites under clear southern skies.

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Spend a full day in remote Arnhem Land visiting local rock art sites, art centre and learning about Aboriginal culture

5 Day 4WD Arnhem Land Dreaming Top End Tour

Witness the beauty of the Top End in this five day adventure visiting Kakadu, Litchfield and Nitmiluk (Katherine Gorge) National Parks and the awe-inspiring Arnhem Land.

This 4WD tour combines the best of the Top End of Australia by visiting remote Arnhem Land, Kakadu National Park, Litchfield National Park and Katherine Gorge. You really will feel like you 've seen everything on offer after doing this tour staying in permanent campsites.

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World Heritage Listed Kakadu National Park

5 Day 4WD Jabiru Dreaming Top End Tour

Visit the top three National Parks in the Top End - Kakadu, Litchfield and Nitmiluk (Katherine Gorge)

This is the ultimate Top End Adventure. Explore Kakadu National Park by small group 4 x 4, get up close and personal with a crocodile and hike your way through the rugged terrain to Twin and Jim Jim Falls*. Travel to Nitmiluk National Park (Katherine Gorge) where you can paddle, cruise or walk the gorge. Swim in the clear rock holes and waterfalls of Litchfield National Park and take in the indigenous culture that makes the Top End so unique. Spend your nights in private campsites, cooking over the campfire and marvelling at the clear southern skies where stars are plenty and stories flow free.

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Gunlom Falls hike and natural infinity pool swim

6 Day Darwin To Alice Springs Northern Exposure Adventure Tour

Travel from Darwin to Alice Springs and take in the beautiful areas of Kakadu, Litchfield and Katherine Gorge (Nitmiluk) National Parks as well as other highlights including Mataranka and Devil's Marbles.

This Northern Territory tour package includes a 3 day tour of Kakadu National Park and a 3 day tour connecting Darwin to Alice Springs.This 6 day adventure offers a value for money Northern Territory experience. Experience a 4 Wheel drive camping safari through Kakadu and Litchfield National Parks over 3 days and 2 nights, spend a night in Darwin soaking up the atmosphere before travelling down 'The Track' visiting the icons of Nitmiluk National Park (Katherine Gorge) Mataranka and Kurlu (Devils Marbles). Have a beer at the Daly Waters Pub and finish in Alice Springs, the heart of Australia where Indigenous art galleries, a cool vibe and history abounds.

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Explore the wonder of the Kimberley region

9 Day 4WD Darwin To Broome Tour

This small group 4WD tour takes in all the Top End sights you can think of. Adventure tours don't get much better than this, with Lake Argyle and The Bungle Bungles being the highlights.

Travel through the remote Kimberley region of northwest Australia along the famous Gibb River Road to see Purnululu National Park (The Bungle Bungles National Park), Lake Argyle and gorgeous Gorges travelling with a small group in a 4WD vehicle. Start in Darwin and finish in Broome.

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Gunlom Falls hike and natural infinity pool swim

10 Day Darwin To Alice Springs Tour Package

10 day adventure to Kakadu and Litchfield National Parks, Uluru and Kings Canyon.

This 10 day adventure offers a value for money Northern Territory experience with lots of inclusions. Visit Kakadu and Litchfield National Park, Mataranka, Devils Marbles, Uluru and Kings Canyon. 6 nights camping, 3 nights budget accommodation and all of this while travelling with other fun loving and active travellers from all over the world ... and of course there is also plenty of hiking, swimming and exploring from the Top End to the Red Centre!

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Comfortable four wheel drive vehicle

10 Day Darwin to Alice Springs Crocodile Rock Package with 4WD upgrade

Visit the Northern Territory from the top to the bottom!

Enjoy the comfort and experience in large 4WD vehicles in the Top End to see Kakadu National Park and in the Red Centre to see Uluru (Ayers Rock). See Kakadu National Park and Uluru as a small group with an experienced guide. Travel in a mini bus between Darwin and Alice Springs. Accommodation is in backpacker hostels between the 3 individual tours that make up this tour package. This tour is suitable for all travellers and also families wishing to see the Northern Territory. 

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Walk the majestic Valley of the Winds at Kata Tjuta (The Olgas)

11 Day Darwin To Ayers Rock Crocodile Rock Tour Package

Flying out of Uluru/Yulara? On this 11 day package you can start your trip in Darwin and finish in AYQ to fly onto your next destination.

This tour package allows you to start in Darwin but finish at Ayers Rock Airport and Resort so you can take advantage of the flights from Ayers Rock Airport. You will see Kakadu National Park and Litchfield National Park and camp out. From Darwin you will travel south down the Stuart highway via Mataranka Thermal Springs and the Devils Marbles. Visit the Red Centre including Uluru (Ayers Rock, Kata Tjuta (the Olgas) and Watarrka (Kings Canyon) and then spend one final night in Alice Springs before transferring to Ayers Rock Airport on day 11.

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Scenic wildlife cruise

13 Day Darwin To Adelaide Tour Package including Uluru and Kakadu

Start in Darwin and finish in Adelaide, this tour package takes in all the highlights of the outback in just 13 days!

Travel from top to bottom through the heart of Australia and witness the lush green tropical paradise transform to the arid red desert of the Outback. Experience Litchfield and Kakadu National Parks including a private two-hour wildlife cruise, Katherine Gorge, Uluru (Ayers Rock), Kings Canyon, The Olgas, Coober Pedy, the Flinders Ranges and, believe it or not, even more along the way.

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Gunlom Falls hike and natural infinity pool swim

16 Day Darwin to Melbourne Tour Package

Top end tropics to city sights on this tour down the middle of Australia.

Travel from top to bottom through the heart of Australia and finish it off with a cruise along the captivating coast of the Great Ocean Road. On this 17-day package you will experience the Grampians, Flinders Ranges, Coober Pedy, Uluru, Kings Canyon, The Olgas, Kakadu National Park including a private two-hour wildlife cruise, Litchfield and Katherine Gorge and, believe it or not, even more along the way.

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Sunset Uluru (Ayers Rock)

20 Day Darwin to Melbourne Tour Package including 2 Day Kangaroo Island Tour & Barossa Valley Day Tour

This incredible package is taking you right down the middle of Australia, through the Northern Territory, Red Center and South Australia, then along the breathtaking Great Ocean Road to beautiful Melbourne.

This convenient package includes six tours and accommodation between the tours to see all the highlights between Darwin and Melbourne including Kakadu National Park, Uluru (Ayers Rock), Kangaroo Island and the Barossa Valley.

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Snorkel on the Ningaloo Reef

20 Day Darwin to Perth Camping Adventure Tour

Travelling the full length of the West Coast of Western Australia, this trip packs it in and is a classic expedition style of tour.

Join this extra-ordinary wilderness adventure between Darwin and Perth. Explore the ruggedness of the Kimberley region including Purnululu (Bungle Bungles) with loads of gorges, hiking and swimming. Relax in Broome on Cable Beach before heading further south through Karijini National Park, Coral Bay, Monkey Mia and the Pinnacles Desert.

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Sunset Uluru (Ayers Rock)

22 Day Darwin To Sydney Tour Package

This incredible package is taking you right down the middle of Australia, through the outback and down to the wonderful beaches on the south coast.

Enjoy the convenience of having your stay in Australia organised as you travel from the Top End of Australia through central Australia and the south coast and high country areas via Canberra to Sydney.

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Walk the majestic Valley of the Winds at Kata Tjuta (The Olgas)

30 Day Outback and East Coast Package (Darwin to Alice Springs / Sydney to Cairns)

Explore the Northern Territory between Darwin and Alice Springs and then hop across to the East Coast between Sydney and Cairns.

What a fantastic way to see the highlights of Australia! Explore the uniquely Australian, culture-rich Northern Territory between Darwin and Alice Springs and then travel the ever-popular East Coast between Sydney and Cairns. Lead by professional guides, including all accommodation and a fantastic range of activities and experiences - this is your Real Aussie Adventure!

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Explore the wonder of the Kimberley region

Broome to Darwin Tour

Embark on an epic tour through Western Australia and the Top End. A 4WD journey through the Kimberley.

Explore the magnificent, remote and wild Kimberley region spanning Western Australia and Northern Territory. This small group 4WD adventure is an ideal way to explore the region as you can leave the driving and planning to the experts. Travel along the rough Gibb River Road, fly over and land in the Bungle Bungles, stay at El Questro Station and visit Lake Argyle.

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Explore the wonder of the Kimberley region

9 Day 4WD Broome To Darwin Tour

A hiking and camping adventure from Broome to Darwin in a 4WD through the Kimberley wilderness

Travel in a 4WD vehicle from Broome to Darwin through the remote Kimberley region of northwest Australia along the dirt Gibb River Road. Venture off the beaten track and deep into the Western Australian wilderness to explore The Bungle Bungle National Park, Lake Argyle and plenty of lush waterfalls.

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Sunset Uluru (Ayers Rock)

7 Day Alice Springs To Darwin Rock To Top Adventure Tour

Explore the stunning Red Centre on a three day camping tour, spend a day in Alice Springs to relax before travelling overland for three days to Darwin where you will witness the dry desert transform into the lush tropics.

This Northern Territory tour package includes three day Red centre tour to see Uluru (Ayers Rock), the Olgas and Watarrka (Kings Canyon, before a free day in Alice Springs and then departing for a three day tour through the Northern Territory to Darwin. On the tour up to Darwin we take in the Devils Marbles, Mataranka Hot Springs and Katherine Gorge. 

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Postcard moments at Uluru (Ayers Rock)

10 Day Alice Springs To Darwin Crocodile Rock Tour Package

See the highlights of the Australia's Northern Territory over 10 days of adventure.

A Northern Territory outback adventure tour. This 10 day journey offers a value for money Northern Territory, Red Centre to the Top End, experience with loads and loads of inclusions. Enjoy 9 days of guided touring, 21 meals, 6 nights camping, 3 nights budget accommodation and all of this while travelling with other fun loving and active travellers from all over the world. See sunset and sunrise at Uluru, hike Kings Canyon, see the Devils Marbles and Katherine Gorge on your way to Darwin. Then take 3 days to experience the wondrous waterfalls of Kakadu and Litchfield National Park.

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Spend the night at an authentic Aussie farmstay property

20 Day Sydney To Darwin Tour Package

Start in Sydney and finish in Darwin this tour package takes in 3 States and 2 Territories in only 20 days!

Travel from the coast to the outback and into the tropics starting in Sydney and finishing in Darwin. This tour package combines so many cities and landscapes, environments and cultural oddities you'll really feel like you've experienced a big part of Australia

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Swimming at beautiful Lake McKenzie

30 Day Australia's East Coast and Outback Package (Sydney to Cairns / Alice Springs to Darwin)

Take in the highlights of the East Coast; Byron Bay, Fraser Island, the Whitsundays and Cairns. Plus Uluru, Kings Canyon, Kakadu and Litchfield National Parks. The best bits of Australia in one amazing tour!

This great value package is a combination of our Sydney to Cairns tour and 10 Day Alice Springs to Darwin tour package including Uluru and Kakadu National Parks plus five nights extra accommodation spread across Cairns, Alice Springs and Darwin. The only other requirement is that you book your own domestic flight at additional expense between Cairns and Alice Springs. Let the Aussie Adventure begin!

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Two nights at Uluru Kata Tjuta National Park

13 Day Adelaide To Darwin Tour Package including Uluru and Kakadu

This budget tour package from Adelaide to Darwin showcases all the highlights including Coober Pedy Underground town, Uluru, Kings Canyon, Katherine Gorge, Kakadu and Litchfield National Parks.

See all the best bits between Adelaide and Darwin including Uluru (Ayers Rock) and Kakadu National park. A tour package that combines the 6 day Adelaide to Alice Springs tour, 3 day Alice Springs to Darwin tour, and 3 day Kakadu and Litchfield tour including accommodation in Alice Springs and Darwin.

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Gunlom Falls hike and natural infinity pool swim

17 Day Melbourne To Darwin Tour Package

This incredible Melbourne to Darwin tour takes you through some of Australia's most serene landscapes and fascinating outback wonders

This tour package is a combination of four individual tours with accommodation between the tours. Start off your adventure with a road trip along the captivating coast of the Great Ocean Road before travelling from bottom to top through the heart of Australia. On this tour package you will experience the Grampians, Flinders Ranges, Coober Pedy, Uluru, Kings Canyon, The Olgas, Kakadu including a private wildlife cruise, Litchfield and Katherine Gorge and, believe it or not, even more along the way.

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Walk to and explore Kakadu National Park's waterfalls

20 Day Melbourne to Darwin Tour Package including 2 Day Kangaroo Island Tour & Barossa Valley Day Tour

Have 20 days in Outback Australia on this trip from Melbourne to Darwin via the 'Red Centre' of Australia. See the best of South Australia and the Northern Territory.

This is the package for you if you want take in some of the icons of Australia including the Twelve Apostles, Kangaroo island, Uluru (Ayers Rock) and Kakadu National Park amongst more. Accommodation is included between the 6 tours that combine to make this package.

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Sleep out under the stars in swags on the West Coast

20 Day Perth to Darwin Camping Adventure Tour

Adventure tour on the West Coast, take a 20 day trip from Perth Broome then Broome to Darwin.

West Coast adventure from Perth through to Darwin over 20 days. See the Pinnacles, Kalbarri National Park, Monkey Mia, Coral Bay, Exmouth and Karijini National Park. From Broome travel through the Kimberley visiting Tunnel Creek, Windjana Gorge, Bell Gorge, Edith Falls ending the adventure in Darwin. Get off the beaten track and camp on the wild west coast.