Darwin is a perfect tropical escape in the Northern Territory.
There are many ways you can spend your time while in Darwin. You can spend your day exploring Darwin city, or you can go to Katherine, Kakadu, or Litchfield. There are stacks of waterholes to swim in, crocodiles to seek out and the Aboriginal culture to discover. Or you can simply relax and grab a cold drink at one of the bars along Stokes Hill Wharf.
Below we’ll give some ideas on what you can do in each location for a day!
There are many great ways to spend a day in Darwin. You can start your morning by going down to Adelaide River to go on the Morning Jumping Crocodile Cruise. You’ll cruise along the Adelaide River with a guide who’ll tell you about saltwater crocodiles. Even though the crocodiles can hide, the guides will know where they are. The guides can tell you a story about particular crocodiles and their personalities while feeding them.
You can spend the afternoon at the museums. The Aviation Museum showcases aircraft, engines, and relics. There’s an area for you to sit down and watch Darwin’s aviation history and war experience. You can go to the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory. There is Aboriginal artwork, the history of Cyclone Tracey, and much more.
End the evening watching the sunset on Mindil Beach. If you visit Darwin during the dry season (May to October), then you’ll be able to stroll the Mindil Beach Markets.
It is best to explore Tiwi Islands through a tour to spend a day with a local guide. You’ll go to the Wurrumiyanga community and spend time with the Mantiyupwi people, watching them paint and weave. You will also be part of the traditional Smoking Ceremony. Make sure you visit Tiwi Design, which is an arts centre that sells paintings, fabrics and much more.
Bring your bathers when visiting Katherine as Edith Falls is perfect for a swim during the dry season (May to October). Edith Falls is in Nitmiluk National Park. When you’re at the national park, go to the Nitmiluk Visitor Centre. At the Visitor Centre there is a restaurant, souvenir shop and cultural displays. You can do the two hour boat cruise through Katherine Gorge.
Kakadu National Park
A great way to see parts of Kakadu is through the Yellow River Cruise. On the cruise, you will be able to see a lot of wildlife, especially birds and crocodiles. Twin Falls is 150 metres high and is one of Kakadu’s big waterfalls. A great time to see Twin Falls is during the wet season as the waterfall is fuller with the rainfall.
Litchfield National Park
You can spend a whole day in Litchfield swimming in the many waterfalls or doing a picnic. If you wanted to do swimming, it’s best to check online to see if the water pools are open. The most popular ones to swim in are Buley Rockhole, Wangi Falls, and Florence Falls. You can also see the hundreds of Magnetic Termite mounds. Some of the termite mounds are over 100 years old, with some being two metres high.
There is a range of different day tours available you can book to visit these amazing Darwin locations., Or you can book a five day tour to visit several in one action-packed adventure. The five day tour takes you from Darwin to Kakadu, then to Jabiru to Katherine. Then you go back to Darwin to explore and then your final stop is Litchfield for the day!