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Darwin & Surrounds

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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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When you have to touch it just to make sure its real 😜 Robin Falls is a pretty three-tiered waterfall that sits just outside the boundaries of #Litchfield National Park, near the township of Adelaide River. If you're keen to escape the crowds, this hidden gem is sure to be your new favourite spot! Roughly a 90 minute drive south of #Darwin, these falls are one of the many spectacular spots to cool off in @TourismTopEnd - no wonder they call this region a water lovers' paradise 💦 Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @esther_grace1!  #SeeAustralia #TourismTopEnd

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While the dry season might be fast approaching, there are still a few wet season storms hanging around in @TourismTopEnd! @james.cobain captured this cracker over the weekend in #Darwin ⚡️The Top End, which includes Darwin, Katherine, Kakadu and Arnhem Land, has a tropical climate and two distinct seasons: the 'wet' and the 'dry'. The dry season, from May to October, is characterised by warm, dry sunny days and cool nights and is typically the most popular time to visit the region. While weather conditions during the wet season can restrict travel to some areas, you've gotta admit the light shows are pretty spectacular! Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, James!  #SeeAustralia #TourismTopEnd

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Looking for a cruisy way to experience #Darwin and surrounds? @SealinkNT have got you covered - their Crab Claw Island Cruises are starting again this month! Your 2 hour cruise will take you past Charles Point and around Bynoe Harbour before heading to @crabclawislandresort, where a seafood buffet will be waiting for you 🐟 There are two pools and boats for hire, or you can simply relax with a cool beverage on the deck before cruising back to Cullen Bay. There are 12 scheduled cruise dates from April to September, with the first departing on April 21! Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @savvy_social 👍 #SeeAustralia #TourismTopEnd

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This photo pretty much sums up life in @TourismTopEnd... epic sunsets, good mates and a relaxed outdoor lifestyle 💜 With the dry season fast approaching, we're looking forward to balmy days in #Darwin followed by stunning displays of colour as the sun goes down. Sounds horrendous, hey @savvy_social 😜 Don't worry, we'll save you a seat 😉 Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, Mel! #SeeAustralia #TourismTopEnd

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We have exciting news... #Katherine Hot Springs has just re-opened for swimming! 💦These natural thermal pools can be found on the banks of the Katherine River, just outside the township, and are an awesome spot to kick back and take in your tropical surrounds. Located only 3 hours' drive south of #Darwin, the Katherine region is the ultimate road trip destination and full of must-see gems such as Nitmiluk (Katherine) Gorge. With the wet season coming to an end and Top End spots re-opening left, right and centre, we can almost taste the dry season! Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @savvy_social 👍 #SeeAustralia #TourismTopEnd

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We always knew Wangi Falls was a magical spot 😍 The spectacular waterfalls at #Litchfield National Park, south of #Darwin, are pumping after huge amounts of wet season rain. From dry bush country to thundering waterfalls and greenery, the park's landscape goes from one extreme to the other during different seasons, drawing in locals and visitors alike. While Wangi is still closed for swimming, nearby Florence Falls and Buley Rockhole are open again if you're looking for a spot to cool off close to Darwin. Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @thenevernever 👍 #SeeAustralia #TourismTopEnd

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While it might be #AprilFoolsDay, this #Darwin sunset is no hoax 😍 If you're looking for a good spot to enjoy sunset and a cool bevvy, head to the @darwinskiclub, where spectacular colour shows like this are a nightly occurrence 👌 Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @darwin_style!  #SeeAustralia #TourismTopEnd

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It's time to start living your best life... #Darwin style 😎 The @darwin.waterfront is the ultimate place to experience our capital's laidback tropical lifestyle. There's plenty of dining options to refuel after a morning swim, linger over a luxurious lunch, or stop for a sundowner. You can pick from high-end Mediterranean and Mexican restaurants, to more casual cafes and bars - you'll never be too far from an ice cream or a barramundi burger! Once you've checked out the shops and enjoyed a dip in the wave pool, you can head back to your hotel room and take in these tropical views 😍 We're mentally packing already... Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @darwin_style! #SeeAustralia #TourismTopEnd

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There's no need to say see ya to the warmer temperatures here in @TourismTopEnd! While the rest of @Australia are starting to feel the Autumn days, we're still wearing our boardies and thongs 😎 With the dry season fast approaching, we'll soon be enjoying balmy day after balmy day (jealous yet?!) and many of our favourite swimming spots will re-open. At the Mataranka Thermal Pools, springs bubble up at 34 degrees celsius to fill a semi-man made pool of perfectly turquoise water under a shady canopy of stretching palms 💦🏝 Where you can you find this piece of paradise? Only an hour south of #Katherine and four hours south of #Darwin 👌 Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @savvy_social! #SeeAustralia #TourismTopEnd

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