The Top End is home to some of Australia’s most amazing natural landscapes, and guided tours are a great way to see the best of the region.
Darwin offers a wide range of small group tours, and venturing out with a local guide will ensure you get the most from your visit.
Here are ten top Darwin tours to consider.
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.
Big Croc Feed Experience at Crocosaurus Cove
Most travellers to the Top End will at some point come face to snout with the saltwater crocodile, either in the wild on a croc-spotting cruise or on the front cover of the NT News. Crocosaurus Cove is another option, and the Big Croc Feed Experience puts you even closer to the action. Get a personal introduction to the most feared of Aussie reptiles and enjoy a behind-the-scenes tour of this renowned inner-city wildlife attraction.
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 faint hearted!
Croc N Cruise
Combine two of the Northern Territory’s most iconic experiences in one ticket price. Start with a visit to Crocosaurus Cove to meet the mighty salties; then head out for a sunset cruise on magnificent Darwin Harbour on board the “Charles Darwin” catamaran. The two-hour sunset cruise includes commentary on Darwin’s rich history and great views of the city’s famous sunset.
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.
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 (3 Days)
Explore world-famous Kakadu National Park over three amazing days on this active tour from Darwin. Highlights include viewing ancient Aboriginal rock art at Ubirr, the Guluyambi cultural cruise on the East Alligator River, and a 4WD tour to Jim Jim and Twin Falls. Campsite accommodation, most meals and park fees are included.
Brunch by the Beach
Spend the morning with a local learning what’s so special about life in the NT capital. After pick-up from your Darwin hotel, you’ll head for Casuarina Coastal Reserve – a great place to stroll along the beach, check out the unique coastal environment and savour a bit of brunch (optional cost). From there the tour traces the coastline south to the stunning Nightcliff Foreshore, Fannie Bay and East Point Reserve, before making a stop at the Darwin Museum.
Anybody interested in wildlife will enjoy this fabulous Darwin day out. After pick-up you’ll head out of town to beautiful Berry Springs for a relaxing soak. Having achieved a zen moment there, it’s on to the Territory Wildlife Park for a fun day of introductions to the many plants, animals and environments that define the Top End.
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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