Start your exploration of fabulous Darwin with a guided city tour or by visiting Crocosaurus Cove – which is located right in the heart of the CBD! For more encounters with local ‘salties’, book a wetland cruise on stunning Corroboree Billabong. Litchfield National Park and Kakadu National Park are popular day tour destinations, as is visiting sacred rock art sites with an Indigenous guide in West Arnhem Land.
The majority of our top Darwin tours offer a small group size of 14 guests or less.
Ten top Darwin tours & experiences
Looking for things to see and do during your visit to Darwin?
Let a local guide show you the best of the Top End’s amazing capital and the surrounding region. Here are ten top Darwin tours and guided experiences to consider.
Afternoon city tour
This afternoon tour showcases the best of Darwin – Australia’s only tropical capital city. You’ll travel in air-conditioned comfort and see all the city’s key sights over the course of five informative hours. Highlights include visits to the Darwin Aviation Museum – one of Australia’s key museums dedicated to flight, and the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory (MAGNT) – the Top End’s premier cultural institution. You’ll also visit the George Brown Darwin Botanic Gardens, which is home to many unique and exotic species of flora, and even some local wildlife!
Hop on hop off bus tour
Enjoy one or two amazing days exploring the Northern Territory capital on this Darwin hop on hop off bus tour. You’ll get a superb view of the city’s many key sights and stunning natural vistas from the upper deck, and enjoy comprehensive on-board commentary. Visit Crocosaurus Cove, Mindil Beach and the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory.
Darwin Wetland Cruise on Corroboree Billabong
The Top End’s wetlands provide some of the most incredible wildlife viewing and photography opportunities anywhere in the country. See stunning birdlife and resident salt and freshwater crocodiles on this fabulous wetlands cruise on Corroboree Billabong east of Darwin. Enjoy your guide’s expert commentary during the drive and a picnic lunch on board your cruise boat. Cruise for 2.5 hours through the lush wetlands, wildlife spotting along the way.
Cage of Death at Crocosaurus Cove
Crocosaurus Cove sets the standard for wildlife interaction with the Top End’s most iconic reptile – the saltwater crocodile. No experience gives you a closer encounter with these ferocious giants than the Cage of Death. Spend 15 minutes in the water with the crocs while they are fed by experienced reptile handlers from outside the enclosure. This is not an experience for the fainthearted!
Champagne Sunset Sail
Enjoy an unforgettable three-hour sunset drinks and dinner cruise on Darwin Harbour. Board the 50ft ocean-going luxury catamaran Sundancer, which offers over 100sqm of deck space and plenty of room to spread out in the shade of the sails, or retreat to the fully air-conditioned saloon. Your cruise includes champagne, beer, soft drinks, water and a delicious tapas dinner.
Litchfield Wanderer (Day Tour)
A day spent exploring Litchfield National Park’s diverse range of landscapes is one of the must-dos while in Darwin. This fabulous full-day tour will introduce you to ancient rocky escarpments, pristine creeks and water holes, cascading waterfalls and towering termite mounds. Enjoy expert eco-friendly commentary from your local guide.
Kakadu Safari – Ubirr and East Alligator River Cruise (Day Tour)
Experience the magic of Kakadu National Park on this fabulous full day out from Darwin. It’s the perfect option for guests who have limited time in the Top End and want to experience this world-renowned natural landscape. You’ll visit Ubirr Rock and its ancient rock art sites, and head up to Nadab lookout, which provides an amazing view over the top of Ubirr Rock and across the Nadab floodplains towards Arnhem Land. Next stop is the East Alligator River, where you’ll board the Guluyambi Cultural Cruise, for an interactive and informative experience. Explore the history and culture of the region, through the eyes of the traditional owners.
Kakadu Safari – Nourlangie and Yellow Water Cruise (Day Tour)
Depart Darwin for the two-hour drive to Kakadu. Your visit begins at the Nourlangie rock art galleries, which share the age-old creation stories of the local Indigenous people. After a delicious lunch, you’ll board a cruise on the Yellow Water Billabong – Kakadu’s most famous wetland. The picturesque waters are home to thousands of saltwater crocodiles and up to 60 species of birdlife. The Bininj people are the traditional custodians of the region, and a visit to Warradjan Aboriginal Cultural Centre will give you an introduction to their traditions and heritage.
Watch our video of this experience:
Welcome to The Big Bus tour and travel guide. In this video, we take you on board a day cruise on fabulous Yellow Water in the Northern Territory’s Kakadu National Park. This signature experience is a must-do during your visit to Kakadu, and operates all year round.
Jumping Crocodile Cruise
Enjoy an afternoon drive from Darwin to the Adelaide River, to board the famous Jumping Crocodile Cruise. While cruising the river, you’ll meet some of the 1,600 resident crocodiles and watch in awe as they leap in the air to snatch food dangling over the water. Enjoy the commentary from your crew about some of the best known of these scaly characters.
You’ll also visit the fascinating Windows on the Wetlands Visitor Centre, and the Fogg Dam Conservation Reserve.
One Day Arnhem Land Tour
Arnhem Land in the northeast corner of the Northern Territory is a vast wilderness and restricted Aboriginal zone, under the control of the Yolngu traditional owners. A permit from the Northern Land Council is required for entry, which is arranged for you as part of this fascinating day tour from Darwin. Visit Injalak Hill outside the township of Gunbalanya for a guided walk to one of the country’s most extraordinary rock art sites with a local Indigenous artist. A picnic lunch is included.
You’ll also visit the Injalak Arts and Craft Centre in Gunbalanya, which is a co-operative of around 200 local artists. Shop for paper and bark paintings, screen-printed fabrics, and woven baskets and mats.
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