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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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Welcome to winter in @TourismTopEnd! 🌴Located only 45 minutes from #Darwin, Berry Springs is not only ridiculously beautiful, but it's also well set up with picnic areas, BBQ's and a kiosk. There are several shady pools along Berry Creek, perfect for a refreshing dip, and steps which allow easy access 👌 The top pool even has a small waterfall to sit under for a relaxing massage! Post-swim, check out the nearby loop walk that'll take you through two of the Top End’s natural wildlife habitats - don't forget your binoculars if you're keen on bird watching! ​Yep, this is heaven on earth 😍 Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @away_we_coe. ​#SeeAustralia #TourismTopEnd #HolidayHereThisYear

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#Darwin's @Deckchair_Cinema is a definite must-do when visiting @TourismTopEnd 🌴 Conveniently accessible with a pathway from the Esplanade in the city, the Deckchair Cinema has views of Darwin Harbour during the day, and a sky full of stars at night. This majestic open air cinema is open throughout the dry season and has permanent deck chairs available for film viewers to relax on 👌 Watch the sunset over the sea and enjoy the tropical garden setting with a meal and a drink before the your movie starts!  Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, ​@beyond925. ​#SeeAustralia #TourismTopEnd #HolidayHereThisYear

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Nature at its very finest 🙌 Found in #Litchfield National Park, the spectacular Florence Falls cascade into a clear plunge pool, set in a pocket of tropical forest. Floating in this lush waterhole, you'll feel yourself instantly relax 💚 Only a 90 minute drive south of #Darwin, the park is filled with sweet swimming spots surrounded by dramatic landscapes. Take note, swimming fans! 📝 ​Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @elleschembri. ​#SeeAustralia #TourismTopEnd

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He's a big fella! 😮 Always wanted to see a saltwater crocodile up close? 🐊  @jumpingcrocodilecruises offer 1 hour boat cruises along the Adelaide River, only 60 minutes drive from #Darwin. You'll get to learn all about these magnificent, ancient creatures in their natural habitat from the safety of a boat. Tag a mate who you think would enjoy this in the comments below!👇 Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @jax.que.lyn. ​#SeeAustralia #TourismTopEnd

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When it comes to extraordinary sunsets, #Darwin definitely delivers, particularly in the dry season! @nath_lew captured this winning shot at Nightcliff, a popular locals hangout spot with food vans, bike paths and lush lawns. Enjoy the free evening show from a picnic rug with your favourite local takeaway 👌🌅 Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, Nathan! ​#SeeAustralia #TourismTopEnd

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Just another stunning evening in our tropical capital, #Darwin 🌅 We'll certainly never tire of views like this! Swipe across for double the orange glow goodness 🧡 While we can't share these magnificent scenes with some of you in person at this time, we can reflect on our favourite D-town moments... tell us yours below!👇 ​Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @michae1patrick. ​#SeeAustralia #TourismTopEnd

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Daydreaming about THESE views 😍 #Darwin's colourful coastline is a special sight, particularly from the air. We're adding a scenic helicopter flight with @airborne.solutions to our future NT must-do list 👌 ​Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @_danieltran_. ​#SeeAustralia #TourismTopEnd

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Ocean views, fresh seafood and an epic sunset... how's that for the ultimate combination at @theDarwinSailingClub 👌 One of three community clubs set right on the beach at Fannie Bay, only a short drive from #Darwin CBD, this outdoor-dining bistro is a great spot for a casual meal serving a crowd-pleasing menu of tapas, pastas and pizzas. Grab a table on the manicured lawns, choose your fave cool drink and watch the boats bob up and down in the bay. As the sun sets across the Arafura Sea, there isn’t a better view in town 💗 ​#NTaustralia #SeeAustralia #HolidayHereThisYear

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If you're looking to get back to nature combined with a healthy side of wild swimming, then Robin Falls is for you! 💦🍃 This three-tiered waterfall can be found at the end of a short-ish walk that winds through ancient tropical woodlands and a crystal clear stream. Most travellers head out to Litchfield National Park to chase waterfalls, but what many people don’t know is that just outside the park boundary lies this amazing spot - just 90 minutes south of #Darwin! Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @izzyj6. ​#SeeAustralia #TourismTopEnd #HolidayHereThisYear

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