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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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It's starting to feel a lot like Christmas! 🎄🧡 These bright red and orange flowers are arguably one of the Top End's prettiest sights at this time of the year. Commonly known as flame trees, you can spot them around #Darwin and surrounds. Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, ​@ashleydobson! ​#SeeAustralia #TourismTopEnd

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Let's be honest, it's the end of the year and we're totally ready for annual leave! Cue, Buley Rockhole! Perhaps the most popular swimming spot in #Litchfield National Park, Buley combines a number of rock pools with a breathtaking backdrop of tropical bush land and escarpment. Set just an hour and a half from the centre of #Darwin, it’s the perfect place to while away the day. Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, ​@teigannash! ​#SeeAustralia #TourismTopEnd

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Fact: wine tastes better with a tropical sunset! ☀️ To fully appreciate #Darwin's magnificent harbour, step aboard the 25 metre multi-level catamaran, the ‘Charles Darwin' and enjoy a delicious Territory-style buffet on their iconic sunset dinner cruise. If you prefer, you can simply relax with a drink and yummy platter on the bridge deck! The stunning afternoon colour display is the highlight of this Top End experience with no two sunsets the same. Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @_markfitz! ​#SeeAustralia #TourismTopEnd

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Ready for an epic adventure? Tune in tonight at 7.30pm (AEST) for Channel 10’s @amazingraceau finale… held in the Top End! The contest starts in #Darwin with the final teams racing to the finish line in #Katherine. Where the outback meets the tropics, @VisitKatherine boasts a number of attractions, namely the magnificent Nitmiluk (Katherine) Gorge. The gorge-ous views and walking tracks will impress even the most adventurous of hearts! Watch the teams tackle a variety of NT-style challenges, including canoeing, helicopter rides and a visit to @KatherineOutbackExperience. Pssst… keen for your own Top End adventure? @jetstaraustralia are currently offering sale fares to Darwin! Find the link in our bio. ​Photo: Shaana McNaught #NTaustralia

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💡 Watt's happening in #Darwin, you ask? The @tropicallight.darwin installation by world renowned artist, @brucemunrostudio, that's what! These incredible displays are lighting up a number of locations from the city to the @darwin.waterfront ✨🙌 Follow the 2.5 kilometre self-guided path to view the installations, with contributions by local artists across various mediums. Locals and visitors alike can see the sculptures during the day, but they hold special significance when they are illuminated at night from 7-10.30pm. This free event will run until April 30, 2020. Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, ​@_danieltran_! ​#SeeAustralia #TourismTopEnd

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Chasing waterfalls...by private helicopter?! Yes, please! Departing from Batchelor, @NTairLitchfield will take you on a 2.5 hour loop of #Litchfield National Park with landings at Sandy Creek, the Lost City and termite mounds. Situated at the top of Sandy Creek Falls, this remote swimming hole is crocodile safe year round and will be all yours to enjoy for a picnic lunch! Just 1.5 hours' drive from #Darwin, Litchfield is spectacular over the tropical summer months with waterfalls in full flow and lush green surrounds. Tip: Be sure to check the NT Parks and Wildlife website if you're hoping to take a dip, as some spots may be closed for swimming due to flooding. ​Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @ashleydobson! ​#SeeAustralia #TourismTopEnd

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If the sight of sunshine ☀️, palm trees 🌴 and an infinity pool 💦 gets you excited for a holiday, then you're going to love @mindilbeachresort! Here in our stunning cosmopolitan capital, #Darwin, the locals will tell you that this is one of the best places to enjoy the year round balmy weather. Set amongst tropical beach-side gardens, there's plenty to keep you busy at this premium accommodation option with five restaurants and seven bars onsite!​ Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, ​@ashleydobson. ​#SeeAustralia #TourismTopEnd

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Come face to face with the world's largest reptile, the saltwater crocodile, at @CrocosaurusCove in what's called the 'Cage of Death'! Would you hop in? 🙋‍♂️🙈 This is @Australia's only crocodile swimming experience where you'll be lowered into the crocodiles' water in a perspex enclosure. Nothing compares to locking eyes with these modern day dinosaurs! Located in the centre of #Darwin, discover Crocosaurus Cove's daily interactive shows, and learn all about the Top End's incredible wildlife. Watch a huge saltie dine on his lunch during the Big Croc Feed Show, see a snake or lizard during the Meet the Reptiles Show, and feed a feisty juvenile croc from the Fishing for Crocs platform. ​Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @kotravellers! ​#SeeAustralia #TourismTopEnd

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Orange you glad you got to witness this golden sunset on the #TiwiIslands, @elisecook! 😜🧡 @TiwiIslandRetreat is situated at Munanampi Point on the south western coast of Bathurst Island, the smaller of the two major islands which make up the Tiwis (located 80 kilometres north of #Darwin). The ecosystem around the retreat is virtually untouched with turtles, crocodiles, stingrays, mud crabs, dolphins, sharks and an abundance of bird-life right on its doorstep.​ Their trip packages are designed for friends, couples or groups wanting to explore more of the Tiwi Islands and include return charter flights and twin share rooms with shared facilities. The retreat also offers various activities such as scenic helicopter flights, mud-crabbing, art and cultural experiences along with a swimming hole adventure. Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, Elise! ​#SeeAustralia #TourismTopEnd

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