Ten of the best Darwin bus tours and experiences
Darwin offers an array of tours and guided experiences. Here are ten top options that will show you the best of the Northern Territory capital and surrounding region.
1. Darwin City Sightseeing Tour by Coach
Travel in air-conditioned comfort and see all the key sights on this five-hour city sightseeing tour. You’ll visit the Darwin Aviation Museum (one of Australia’s key museums dedicated to flight), the must-see Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory (MAGNT), and the verdant George Brown Darwin Botanic Gardens.
Darwin City Sightseeing Tour by Coach
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Who knew Darwin had so many interesting places and so much history! I was truly impressed by the tour. Warren was a fantastic host. He had a wealth of information and stories that brought the facts to life. The tour is well-paced, and covers a lot of different places across the area. I would highly highly recommend this for anyone visiting Darwin for the first time. It’s a great way to figure out which places you want to return to and see in more detail. 00DW00 (via TripAdvisor)
2. Darwin Heritage Walking Tour
Learn about the bombing of Darwin in World War II and the devastation caused by Cyclone Tracy in 1974 on this relaxed CBD walking tour with a knowledgeable local guide. You’ll pass Government House, Parliament House and the Northern Territory Supreme Court building on your stroll through the streets of this modern tropical city.
3. 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 saltwater 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.
4. Darwin Airboat Tour
Adrenaline junkies — don’t miss this high-powered Top End airboat adventure, which departs from the heart of the city. Feel the rush as the V8 aircraft engine roars into life and you skim across Darwin Harbour, spotting amazing birdlife, big barramundi and saltwater crocodiles along the way! Warning: you will get grubby!
5. 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.
6. Litchfield National Park Day Tour
Litchfield National Park is a landscape of ancient rock formations, plunging waterfalls, and shaded waterholes, and is ideally placed as a day trip destination from Darwin. On this full day tour, you’ll see many of the park’s highlights and enjoy an optional cooling dip in a popular swimming hole. A picnic-stye lunch is included.
7. Kakadu Day Tour with Nourlangie and Yellow Water Cruise
Tick off two of Kakadu National Park’s most popular experiences on this day tour from Darwin. Your visit to the park begins at the Nourlangie rock art galleries, which share the age-old creation stories of the local Indigenous people. After an included lunch, you’ll board a cruise on the sublime Yellow Water Billabong. This pristine environment is home to saltwater and freshwater crocodiles, and around 60 species of birdlife.
8. Nitmiluk/Katherine Gorge Day Tour from Darwin
Nitmiluk Gorge (previously known as Katherine Gorge) is one of Australia’s most sublime natural landscapes. On this full day tour from Darwin, you’ll cruise along the Katherine River between the gorge’s soaring sandstone escarpments and hear dreaming stories from your Indigenous guide. A delicious picnic lunch is included.
9. Jumping Crocodile Cruise
Enjoy an early afternoon drive from Darwin to the Adelaide River, where you’ll board the famous Jumping Crocodile Cruise. Cruise the river and watch in awe as the resident crocodiles leap in the air to snatch food dangling over the water. The tour includes a visit to the fascinating Windows on the Wetlands Visitor Centre.
10. West Arnhem Land Day 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. You’ll also spend some time at the Injalak Arts and Craft Centre. A picnic lunch is included.
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