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Darwin & Surrounds

Map showing the Darwin and Surrounds region in the NT

Sail across the harbour from Darwin to the Tiwi Islands, glide across wetlands and spot local wildlife, or cool off under a waterfall in Litchfield National Park.

As the Northern Territory’s thriving capital, Darwin attracts travellers from all around the globe looking to experience its outdoor tropical lifestyle.

With waterfront dining, crocodile adventures, rich historical experiences, and access to the Tiwi Islands all within a few minutes of the city centre, there’s enough to do to fill a weekend or a week.

Litchfield National Park is just a 90 minute drive from Darwin and is a favourite for the locals year-round. It’s an easy day trip but with the range of swimming spots and waterfalls, it’s well worth staying overnight in one of the nearby accommodation options.

Explore the lush Mary River wetlands, a thriving microcosm of Top End wildlife, birds and fish. Located about an hour east of Darwin it is a good place to stop on your way to Kakadu National Park or for a day trip from the city.

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Nature lovers will swoon over what's on offer in close proximity to #Darwin, particularly the waterfall-laden #Litchfield National Park 🙌@danandmoore recently captured this epic drone shot over Wangi Falls, one of the park's signature swimming hubs. With a stunning cliff face, an emerald-toned plunge pool and a cafe on-site, there's every reason to sit back and enjoy your surroundings. If you're looking to burn off lunch, the 1.6km return Wangi Falls walk takes you up to the escarpment where you'll have an amazing view of the stone country above the falls - can you spot the trail at the top of the photo?  Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, Dan! #SeeAustralia #TourismTopEnd

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When the scenes underwater are just as stunning as the one's above the surface! @cleocohen recently stopped by Bitter Springs, one of the most magical swimming spots in #TourismTopEnd! Hidden amongst palms and pandanas trees, this natural thermal pool is known for its ridiculously clear water and constant temperature of 32 degrees celsius. This little oasis is tucked away in the small township of Mataranka, an hour south of #Katherine and four hours’ south of #Darwin. Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, Cleo! #SeeAustralia #TourismTopEnd

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Our mate, @mattwright1, is launching an awesome new experience today - @darwinairboattours 😎 Their custom built V8 airboats will collect you from Stokes Hill Wharf, just minutes from the #Darwin CBD - next stop 👉 an epic adventure! The 45 minute tour takes you across Darwin Harbour and towards the city's scenic mangroves. Your adrenaline will be pumping after an airboat fast lap, before slowing down to enjoy the local landscape, home to birdlife, reptiles and crustaceans. Hands up who's keen ✋ Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @iamsavi! #SeeAustralia #TourismTopEnd

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Just over an hour’s drive south from #Darwin, #Litchfield National Park is a swimmer’s paradise full of cascading creeks and waterfalls tumbling into freshwater rock pools 💦👙 Wangi Falls, one of the park's largest falls, is a great spot to cool off, have a swim and soak in the surroundings of the glistening pandanus fringed pools. From here, you can also explore the many walking tracks which offer panoramic views of the open valley and the waterholes below. If you're keen to stay longer, there's a small kiosk onsite, along with a bush camping area and non-powered caravan sites 👍 Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @colbybrownphotography! #SeeAustralia #TourismTopEnd

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The #TiwiIslands (made up of 2 main islands and 9 uninhabited) are famous for their aboriginal arts culture, secluded fishing lodges and love of AFL. If you're keen to explore this off-the-beaten track destination, you can hop on a day tour from #Darwin with @SeaLinkNT. After a 2.5 hour ferry trip, you'll meet your local guide in Wurrumiyanga, the Tiwis' largest community. Following a traditional welcome ceremony performed by some of the local ladies, you'll explore the cultural museum and arts centre where you can watch artists at work. You can even pick up a little souvenir to take home! It won't take long for you to discover why they're nicknamed the 'Island of Smiles' 😃 Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @stevint! #SeeAustralia #TourismTopEnd

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With everything from Asian food markets and crocodile encounters to open-air movies and sunset cruises, #Darwin may be laid-back but it could never be described as dull 😎 @stanmoniz recently captured this stunner of a sunset from @skycitydarwin, the ultimate accommodation option for your next tropical escape 🌴 Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, Stan!  #SeeAustralia #TourismTopEnd

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Weekends were made for exploring 💦 If you have a soft spot for waterfalls, we guarantee you're going to fall in love with #Litchfield National Park 💙 @danandmoore and @jackson.groves recently checked out Florence Falls; a crystal clear waterhole beneath a magnificent spring-fed waterfall - how good does that water look?! Just 90 minutes' drive from #Darwin, Litchfield is every local’s favourite day trip with bushwalks, four-wheel drive tracks and an abundance of wildlife. Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, Dan! #SeeAustralia #TourismTopEnd

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Here's one to add to the #weekend bucket list 👉 #Katherine Hot Springs (aka heaven) in @TourismTopEnd, 3 hours south of #Darwin. If you're visiting the Katherine region, this hidden oasis is only five minutes drive from the main township - winning! The natural springs comprise of several warm crystal clear pools, so you can pick your own spot and then just lay back and relax 👌 This isn't the only hot springs in the area... just an hour down the road you'll also find Bitter Springs and Mataranka Thermal Pool 💦 Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @darwin_style! #SeeAustralia #TourismTopEnd

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Last one to the waterfall is a rotten egg 😜 When it comes to swimming in the wild it doesn’t get much better than the pools of #Litchfield National Park, around a 90 minute drive south of #Darwin. Home to several sublime waterfalls, it’s one of the Northern Territory's best swimming spots. It's not hard to see why Florence Falls, a double waterfall that feeds into a deep plunge pool, is a firm favourite with both visitors and locals alike. After a refreshing dip, make sure you check out the lookout high above the falls for panoramic views of the open valley and the waterhole below. Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @jackson.groves! #SeeAustralia #TourismTopEnd

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