Here on The Big Bus tour and travel guide, you can choose from many amazing Darwin tours, guided activities and experiences.

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.

Ten top Darwin tours & experiences

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 doing during your visit.

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!

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Top Darwin tours: See all the key sights on a half day city tour – including historic Government House. Image: Bigstock

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.

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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.

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Big Croc Feed Experience at Crocosaurus Cove

The Big Croc Feed Experience at Crocosaurus Cove offers guests the unique opportunity to feed some of the country’s largest saltwater crocodiles. Get a personal introduction to the most feared of Aussie reptiles and enjoy a behind-the-scenes tour of the facility.

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Darwin Harbour Sunset Cruise with Optional Buffet Dinner

Cruise Darwin Harbour at sunset on board the fabulous Charles Darwin. Head up to the Sun Deck and take in the amazing views of the city and its famous sunset. This 2.5-hour cruise includes commentary. Bar facilities are available. Upgrade your cruise to include a buffet dinner.

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Top Darwin tours: Take a sunset cruise on Darwin Harbour.

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.

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Explore Litchfield National Park in the NT – The Big Bus tour and travel guide

SAVE 10% on this experience! Quote promo code YTTBB18. Claim at https://thebigbus.com.au/redeem-a-promotional-code/. Travelling to Australia’s amazing Top End? In this video we join Darwin-based tour company Ethical Adventures on a fabulous day trip to stunning Litchfield National Park.

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.

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Top Darwin tours: Explore world-famous Kakadu National Park. Image: Bigstock

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.

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Take a Cruise on Yellow Water in Kakadu National Park – The Big Bus

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.

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Top Darwin tours: Injalak Arts and Craft Centre. Image: Adam Ford

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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