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The Top End

Map showing the Top End area of Australia

The perfect cosmopolitan and outback holiday experience with iconic national parks, ancient culture, unique wildlife and exceptional local dining experiences.

Do the Top End – exotic and tropical

There are four distinct regions in the Top End of the Territory that offer amazing holiday experiences. Soak up metropolitan Darwin by doing the markets at sunset, watching movies under the stars, cruising the harbour or taking a day trip out to Litchfield National Park; nature’s very own water theme park.

60% of Aussie travellers believe Kakadu is one of Australia’s best kept travel secrets. Brimming with native wildlife, it’s a utopia for any animal lover. And it’s just three hours’ drive from Darwin.

The outback meets the tropics in Katherine. Fish it, camp it, hike it, swim it, canoe it – your choices are endless. If you’re after a softer adventure, take in Nitmiluk Gorge aboard a dinner cruise and stay in five-star luxury.

Escape to one of Australia's last true wilderness areas. Arnhem Land is one of the Top End's most spectacular natural destinations, with beautiful scenery, rugged coastlines, remote islands, rivers teeming with fish, rainforest, towering escarpments and savannah woodland.

Do one region, or do them all.

Do Darwin

Darwin is a tropical city offering a blend of cosmopolitan and outback adventure and you can make it as action-packed or as laidback as you want it to be. There is no shortage of things to do in Darwin, from the famous Mindil Beach Markets and festivals, to eyeballing a croc in the Cage of Death.

Explore the history of Darwin and its Aboriginal culture, cruise on the harbour or just relax at the wave lagoon and soak up the outdoor lifestyle. When the sun goes down, Darwin comes alive with a multitude of entertainment venues including restaurants, theatres, nightclubs, and the casino.

Darwin sits on a harbour twice the size of Sydney Harbour and overlooks the Arafura Sea, offering an array of waterfront delights including superb dining, harbour cruising, fishing and amazing sunsets. There are also plenty of popular freshwater swimming spots nearby, such as Howard Springs, Berry Springs and Litchfield National Park - where you will find thundering waterfalls, crystal clear rock pools, native wildlife and bushwalking tracks.

Do nature

Darwin is surrounded by more than 20 national parks and reserves with some of the best swimming holes, waterfalls, wildlife spotting, bushwalking and hiking trails.

For the perfect day trip make sure you pack a picnic and head to Litchfield National Park. Plunge into crystal clear waterholes beneath the magnificent spring-fed waterfalls of Florence and Wangi, or soak in the gentle three-tiered cascade shaded by rainforest at Buley Rockhole. For a drier option, take the short walk through cypress pines and cycads to the Tolmer Falls viewing platform.

Cascading waterfalls, rugged escarpments, aboriginal rock art, giant crocodiles and exotic bird life. Kakadu National Park will change how you see the world. Experience the magic of this ancient land which is only a few hours from Darwin.

In Katherine you will find Nitmiluk National Park (Katherine Gorge), just three hours’ drive south from Darwin. You can explore up to 13 spectacular gorges carved from ancient sandstone and an array of waterfalls by paddling a canoe at your own pace, on a guided cultural cruise, or by a high-powered speedboat tour. Helicopter rides departing from the nearby visitor centre offer an excitement-charged way to see the magnificent gorge system from the air.

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An adventurous hike through a forest and a swim in a tropical waterfall sound like a good day to you? Then you'll love Robin Falls! 💦 Most people head out to #Litchfield National Park to chase waterfalls, but what many people don’t know is that just outside of the boundaries of the park lies this hidden gem. This three-tiered waterfall is the ultimate spot to get away from the crowds and enjoy a refreshing dip only an hour south of #Darwin 👌 Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @all.about.adventure! #SeeAustralia #TourismTopEnd

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What if we told you it was only a 15 minute walk to this spot? Nup, we're not kidding! The Ormiston Gorge Ghost Gum lookout walk shows off the spectacular rock formations and native flora of the area including a lone Ghost Gum perfect for photo ops, perched atop a rust-red quartzite cliff. Down below you'll find a permanent waterhole that's great for a dip over the warmer months and a campground and kiosk not far away. Home to a number of geological wonders, the West MacDonnell National Park is a must for your #AliceSprings travel itinerary 👍 Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @tscharke! #SeeAustralia #RedCentreNT

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Just a regular day in the life of our mate @mattwright1 😎 After a wet tropical summer, it's almost time for @outbackfloatplanes' Ultimate Tour to start again just outside of #Darwin. Suitable for everyone, the Ultimate Tour begins with a scenic flight, complete with a spectacular float-plane landing on the waters of Sweets Lagoon where your once-in-a-lifetime adventure unfolds. There's not many places where you can experience float-planes, airboats, crocs and a cruise all in one tour! 🐊 🚁 Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, Matt. #SeeAustralia #TourismTopEnd

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As darkness falls and #Uluru is thrown into silhouette, the #FieldofLight illuminates ✨ As far as the eye can see gentle rhythms of colour light up the desert. The exhibition, aptly named Tili Wiru Tjuta Nyakutjaku or ‘looking at lots of beautiful lights’ in local Pitjantjatjara, sees more than 50,000 solar-powered stems begin to glow as the sun goes down. The installation covers an area of more than seven football fields and invites visitors to wander through the network of pathways and watch this fantasy garden softly change colour at #sunrise and #sunset. Pretty magical, hey @hikeandseek! Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, Dan. #SeeAustralia #RedCentreNT #ExploreUluru

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Just 3.5 hours south of #Darwin, Nitmiluk (#Katherine) Gorge winds along 12 kilometres of sheer rock extending more than 70 metres high. Consisting of 13 separate gorges, it's a maze of waterways sculpted from the sandstone over countless millennia by the Katherine River 🙌 There's a heap of ways to immerse yourself in the history, rugged beauty and culture of this magnificent region including boat cruises, canoeing, walking trails and scenic flights. Hit up @nitmiluktours for some more ideas 👌 Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @lifeindarwin!  #SeeAustralia #TourismTopEnd #NitmilukNT #jawoyncountry

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Poolside drinks with epic views of the MacDonnell Ranges? Um, yes please! 🍹This oasis in the outback (aka @LassetersAu) is not only a great place to stay while you're in #AliceSprings, it's also an awesome spot to take advantage of the sunshine and enjoy some pool time ☀️ Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @savvy_social!  #SeeAustralia #RedCentreNT

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Many people say that #Kakadu National Park is best visited during the calm and cloudless dry season, but with scenes like this, we're wondering if they're wrong 😍 The wet season months bring surprise, adventure and new life to the region and Motor Car Falls is no exception. This hidden gem comes to life during the tropical summer and is well worth the 7.5km (return) walk through fluorescent green landscape 🌱 Surrounded by lush monsoon forest, the falls are part of the Yurmikmik Walks in the southern part of the park. Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @jarradseng!  #SeeAustralia #TourismTopEnd #SeeKakadu #DoKakadu

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We’ve seen some pretty amazing sunsets coming through our feed lately, but how about this gem from Mindil Beach in #Darwin? This particular stretch of beach is home to the iconic @mindilmarket, held every Thursday and Sunday evening between April and October. With opening night scheduled for 26 April, it won't be long before we're sampling delicious laksa and sipping fresh juice while watching the sun go down on another magnificent dry season day 👌 Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @lifeindarwin!  #SeeAustralia #TourismTopEnd

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Aren't you full of surprises, #Uluru 😍 We love a good sunset as much as the next bloke, but this double rainbow is taking it to the next level! Thank goodness @nate_patterson got his camera out in time 👏 Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, Nate!  #SeeAustralia #RedCentreNT

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