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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 back @mindilmarket - we've missed you! After a break over the tropical summer, these iconic #Darwin markets are back up and running again every Thursday and Sunday evening ...starting tonight 👌 The markets have an array of stalls offering international cuisine, arts, crafts and entertainment. The unique combination of great food and electric atmosphere make it the ultimate spot to soak up the tropical night air and take in an epic Top End sunset at Mindil Beach ☀️👀 Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @nicolaiabano and @lifeindarwin!  #SeeAustralia #TourismTopEnd

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#EastArnhemLand has seriously raw natural beauty, but Bawaka, home to the Burarrawanga family, is a clear standout 🙌 A couple of hours’ drive south of #Nhulunbuy brings you to the small settlement on palm-tree-strewn, pearl-white beaches where they host a variety of cross-cultural activities run by aboriginal-owned company @Lirrwi. By day your local guide will provide you with an insight into Yolgnu homeland life including traditional spear fishing and basket weaving, while by night, you'll sit around the fire and listen to stories about kinship. The East Arnhem Land region is located on the far northeastern tip of the NT mainland, accessible via a short flight from #Darwin or the Central Arnhem Road. Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @melissafindley! #SeeAustralia #TourismTopEnd

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From one to wow, how epic is this for #weekend plans with your mates?! @airborne.solutions offers a helicopter pub crawl... yes, you read that right... a pub crawl by helicopter! They'll take you on a half or full day tour of the best outback watering holes just outside of #Darwin where you'll arrive in rockstar style. Hands up who's adding this to their must-do list 🙋‍♂️🙋‍♀️ Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @danandmoore! #SeeAustralia #TourismTopEnd

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If you're looking to get back to nature 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 relatively short 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, @mingoldby. #SeeAustralia #TourismTopEnd

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It’s a big call, we know, but we reckon we’ve found one of the most picturesque spots for a swim in @Australia! Say g’day to the wildly photogenic Southern Rockhole in Nitmiluk National Park 😍 The rockhole is located within the first section of Nitmiluk Gorge, about a 3.5 hour drive from #Darwin, near the township of Katherine. While getting here does require a bit of bush-bashing, the beautiful emerald waters are your welcome reward. It’ll take you about an hour and a half to get to the falls from the Nitmiluk Visitors Information Centre, but there’s a strong chance that you’ll have the falls all to yourself when you arrive. Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @theadventuresofkel! #SeeAustralia #TourismTopEnd #NitmilukNT #VisitKatherine

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

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Make sure you get a window seat on your way to #Darwin 😉 The NT's unhurried capital is well known for its balmy nights, colourful characters and outdoor adventures. As well as markets, crocodiles and cruises, you'll find strong Aboriginal culture and a number of national parks right on your door step. Perched on a harbour five times the size of Sydney's and home to some of @Australia's most instagrammable sunsets, Darwin is the ultimate tropical escape 🙌 Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @sparetimelife! #SeeAustralia #TourismTopEnd

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Sending you a postcard from paradise, also known as #EastArnhemLand 🍃 This is Lonely Beach, a very beautiful (and real!) place that you can explore on a tour with aboriginal-owned organisation @Lirrwi Tourism. They offer day and multi-day guided tours into the remote Yolngu Homelands, departing from #Nhulunbuy (#Gove) between April and October. You'll get to see how the world's oldest living culture still does things today - from traditional spear fishing to gathering of bush foods. East Arnhem Land is only a short flight from #Darwin or can be accessed via the Central Arnhem Road.  Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @haylsa!  #SeeAustralia #TourismTopEnd

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Warning: You may never want your holiday to end at @skycitydarwin 🌴 Nestled on 30 acres of tropical gardens fringed by the crystal blue Arafura Sea, Skycity's centrally located resort offers stunning accommodation and dining options. Relax in one of the 152 stylishly appointed hotel or resort rooms, swim in their spectacular infinity edged pool or lagoon pool, enjoy the cuisine of their five distinctive dining experiences, indulge in spa treatments, and relax on the beautiful private beach. Not to mention there's a swim-up bar! Does this sound like your cup of tropical tea? If so, @Qantas are currently offering sale fares to #Darwin from most Aussie capital cities! Meet you at the swim-up bar 😉 Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @jonesaroundtheworld. #SeeAustralia #TourismTopEnd

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