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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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Date night in the outback! 😍 This sweet set-up was created by @elisecook who road-tripped from #Darwin to #AliceSprings. During Elise's time in the Red Centre she ventured out to the West MacDonnell Ranges and stopped at Ormiston Gorge, an outback oasis home to a permanent freshwater waterhole and epic towering red walls. The West MacDonnell National Park/Tjoritja stretches 161 kilometres west of Alice Springs and is an incredible example of an ancient landscape sculptured over time by the climatic elements. Swimming holes, walking trails and camping are the main highlights of the area and well worth sticking around for a few days to experience. Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, Elise! #SeeAustralia #RedCentreNT

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Summer holiday goals in #Litchfield National Park 🙌 Fed by twin falls and fringed by shady trees, Florence Falls ranks as one of the park's front runners, particularly as it's swimmable almost year round. Reaching the fall's glistening jade-green swimming hole is half the appeal 👉 the walk is short, easy and showcases the dramatic contrast between mighty sandstone escarpment and lush monsoon forest. An easy day trip from #Darwin, Litchfield may be a fraction of the size of Kakadu National Park, but when it comes to swimming opportunities it packs a serious punch 👌💦 Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @backpackerhumpback!  #SeeAustralia #TourismTopEnd

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The holiday vibes are still going strong here in #Darwin 😎 Seems our mate, @savvy_social, found the perfect spot to watch the glowing sun sink beneath the horizon... with views like these, there's no need for a photo filter in the NT's tropical capital city 😍 Due to the size of Darwin's harbour (it's larger than Sydney's!), there are many vantage points to take in the free afternoon show - the locals love Mindil Beach, @stokeshillwharf, East Point Reserve and Nightcliff Jetty 🙌 Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, Mel!  #SeeAustralia #TourismTopEnd

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Located just 1.5 hours from #Darwin, Florence Falls boasts its own plunge pool set under cascading water and surrounded by monsoon forest 👌 After a refreshing dip, wander up to the viewing platform high above the falls and take in the view of the valley and waterhole below. Thanks to its accessibility, #Litchfield National Park is the local's pick for a camping weekend or an adventurous day out bush-walking and swimming - not to mention it's pretty easy on the eye 😍 Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @jackson.groves! #SeeAustralia #TourismTopEnd

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We're starting off the #NewYear in style aboard a catamaran with #CityOfDarwinCruises! On this #sunset cruise, you'll slowly sail around #Darwin Harbour, enjoying the cool sea breeze with nibbles and sparkling wine. The stunning afternoon display of colour is the highlight of this year-round experience with no two tropical sunsets the same. If you're really lucky, you might even spot some dolphins or dugong! Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @haylsa. #SeeAustralia #TourismTopEnd #2019

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To celebrate 2018 we're bringing you our Top 10 posts for the year... here's your 3rd favourite photo!  #Netflix and chill, NT style 🙌 This sweet set-up was created by @elisecook who road-tripped from #Darwin to #AliceSprings. Following the trail blazed in the 1860's by the first explorers to successfully cross @Australia from north to south, you'll be driving past striking natural wonders, historic outback pubs and towns brimming with culture and activity. On your travels you’ll hit the NT's star attractions, including Uluru and Kata Tjuta, Nitmiluk (Katherine) Gorge and the waterfalls of Litchfield National Park. As far as road-trips go, they don't get much better than this one! Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, Elise 👍

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To celebrate 2018 we're bringing you our Top 10 posts for the year... Without further ado, here's your 8th favourite photo!  Okay mate, you might want to speed it up a bit in that boat of yours 🙈 Any #Darwin local will tell you that our wet season sunsets are some of the best you'll see in the Top End...but in the same sentence, they'll also say that the storm shows are world class! ⚡️️Grab yourself a harbour-side seat and take it all in at @StokesHillWharf, @darwin_trailer_boat_club or @darwinskiclub. Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @c_a_s_s_a_n_d_r_a! #SeeAustralia #TourismTopEnd

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The Northern Territory's capital isn't just crocodiles and palm trees, #Darwin offers travellers the chance to mix the outback with the city and the coast while also taking in some incredible #sunsets. These impressive displays of colour are an integral part of the local culture, with entire events based around watching the sun go down. Due to the size of the city's harbour (it's larger than Sydney's!), there are many vantage points providing great views 👉 hot spots include Dripstone Cliffs, East Point Reserve and Mindil Beach! BYO picnic rug 👌 Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @aroundq. #SeeAustralia #TourismTopEnd `

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#Katherine Hot Springs is the ultimate natural bath 💦 The water here naturally heats to between 25-30 degrees celsius 🙌 These crystal clear pools are tucked away on the banks of the Katherine River and pump from deep within the earth. Free to visit, you could easily spend the day here! Located just over a three-hour drive south of #Darwin, #VisitKatherine is a small town with a big list of must-see's, including the spectacular Nitmiluk (Katherine) Gorge. Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @_aswewander! #SeeAustralia #TourismTopEnd

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