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Darwin & Surrounds

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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Oooh #Darwin, you've outdone yourself 💜 Our tropical capital is not only famous for its relaxed small-town feel, it's also well known for its multicultural food, outdoor markets and waterside attractions. Not to mention a warm holiday vibe year-round ☀️What more do you need, hey  @elleschembri! Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, Elle. #SeeAustralia #TourismTopEnd

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Wow #MotherNature, you're on a roll in #Darwin at the moment! With more storms on the way over the next few days, locals and visitors alike can expect to see an electrifying show or two 👀⛈ Time to grab the popcorn... Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @litchfield_dreams! #SeeAustralia #TourismTopEnd

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Waterfalls ✅ Rockpools ✅ Plunge pools ✅ Yep, #Litchfield National Park is a water lovers' paradise! If secluded swimming is your scene, head to Buley Rockhole where you can lie back and relax in your own private rock pool 💦 Situated only 90 minutes drive south of #Darwin, the park is a must-do when visiting #TourismTopEnd! Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @kimberly_mtm. #SeeAustralia

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Alright, world. We'll take your lightning shows and raise you THIS, from #Darwin... ⚡️ Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @michaelbraidotti! #SeeAustralia #TourismTopEnd

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#Darwin, you big show off 💜 As you can see, last night's skies were nothing short of magical in our tropical capital city! With more rain on the way, locals and visitors will likely have a storm show or two to look forward to over the next few days ⚡️ Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @darwin_style! #SeeAustralia #TourismTopEnd

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Just a pile of rocks? No way, the #DevilsMarbles (#KarluKarlu) are so much more! Travellers on the Stuart Highway (the main road connecting #Darwin and #AliceSprings) can expect to see a range of the Territory's amazing natural landscapes, including these gigantic granite boulders scattered across a valley an hour south of #TennantCreek. There's a bush campground and several walking trails to check out so you can stay and witness these geological wonders at sunrise and sunset 👌 Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @cleocohen! #SeeAustralia #RedCentreNT

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Sunset never looked so good 😍 It's not hard to see why the locals flock to Nightcliff Jetty for #Darwin's free evening show! Up your sunset game and pop our tropical capital on your bucket list ✅ There's no shortage of spots to watch the colours change... wander along the walking trails at East Point Reserve, stop in for drinks with a view at @thedarwinsailingclub or if there's a storm rolling in, head to Stokes Hill Wharf 👍 Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @lifeindarwin!  #SeeAustralia #TourismTopEnd

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"Gove (#Nhulunbuy) has the best coastlines!" We couldn't agree more, @iamsavi! The small community sits on the Gove Peninsula, in the north-eastern corner of #ArnhemLand and serves as the region's main township. There are a number of designated recreation areas located north and south of Nhulunbuy that you can explore, including this stunning camping spot - Rainbow Cliff! Whether you hop on a short flight from #Darwin or self-drive via the Arnhem Highway, you're guaranteed to be blown away by this undiscovered wilderness. Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, Aaron! #SeeAustralia #TourismTopEnd #EastArnhemLand

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Okay mate, you might want to speed it up a bit in that boat of yours 🙈 Any #Darwin local will tell you that not only are wet season sunsets some of the best you'll see in the Top End, but the storm shows are also world class ⚡️️️ Grab yourself a harbour-side seat and take it all in at Stokes Hill Wharf, @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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