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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.

 

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How can a place be so dramatic and serene at the same time?! @_aswewander recently dropped in at Ellery Creek Big Hole, one of the West MacDonnell Ranges' many swimming holes. Located roughly 90 kilometres west of #AliceSprings, you're sure to feel worlds away from the daily hustle and bustle at this magnificent spot. With the Red Centre currently experiencing glorious spring temperatures, it's the ultimate time for an outback adventure. Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, Luke and Jess! ​#SeeAustralia #RedCentreNT

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There's no better spot to spend your Sunday evening than the @MindilMarket 😍☀️ Watching the sun disappear into the ocean should be a rite of passage for all visitors to #Darwin! The city's best features - its relaxed atmosphere, Asian-inspired food and sunsets - meet in tropical harmony at these iconic markets every Thursday and Sunday evening. Wander the many eclectic stalls, take in the live entertainment, grab yourself a tasty laksa and then settle in for the main show on the beach 👌 ​Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @flossie_create.talk! ​#SeeAustralia #TourismTopEnd

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The #LarapintaTrail is one of @Australia's finest walks, situated just out of #AliceSprings and spanning 223kms across the West MacDonnell Ranges. This long distance walking track is divided into 12 sections that each take one or two days to walk. Described by @AustralianGeographic as "one of the world's best long-distance arid-zone walks", this spectacular desert trek traverses the ridgelines of the mountain ranges from east to west. From the big blue skies that offer a stunning contrast against the sunburned landscape of the ranges, to some of the most spectacular geological formations in the region, this trail truly showcases the diversity of the Red Centre. Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @wetookaholiday! ​#SeeAustralia #RedCentreNT

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The iconic red rock, #Uluru has to be seen to be believed. At sunrise and sunset it’s radiance is unlike anything else, surrounded by the dreamy colours of the desert sky. There are a number of experiences that take you right up close, including the 10.6 kilometre base aalk. As the name suggests, the trail circles the entire base of this ochre-coloured monolith and takes roughly 3.5 hours if you choose do the whole thing. If you're not keen on doing it on foot, you can hire a bike from @outbackcycling or join a segway tour with @ulurusegwaytours 👌 Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @shaaunabrown! ​#SeeAustralia #RedCentreNT

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This is one view you'll never forget 😍 Amidst the lush wilderness of the breathtaking Top End, @WildmanWildernessLodge offers an extraordinary wetlands safari experience 🙌 Situated in the Mary River Wetlands area half way between #Darwin and #Kakadu National Park, Wildman is a small-scale, high quality safari lodge featuring a central building, 10 air-conditioned cabins ('Habitats') and 15 safari tents. There are a ​variety of boutique and environmentally sensitive excursion options, including tours of Kakadu National Park, cruising on the Mary River and sundowners overlooking the wetlands. Its teeming wildlife and unique experiences offer a world far removed from your own, yet with all the modern comforts of great accommodation, delicious meals and wine to enjoy at the end of each day. ​​Photos: Shaana McNaught ​#NTaustralia #SeeAustralia

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We'd caption this with a waterfall pun but that's too mainstream...😜 #Litchfield National Park is one of the Top End's many regions shaped by water 💦 Over the millennia, the relentless flow has created a dramatic landscape of sheer escarpments and deep gorges, not to mention some of the most inviting swimming spots in @Australia - including stunning Florence Falls. Take a couple of days to explore the 1,500 square kilometre park, studded with hiking trails, gushing cascades and croc-free waterholes - there's plenty to see! There are several major freshwater swimming holes fed by beautiful waterfalls, many of which are accessible by conventional two wheel-drive vehicles. Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, ​@robmulally! ​#SeeAustralia #TourismTopEnd

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These distant 'mountains' might look a bit like giant marshmellows but they're actually the ancient domes of #KataTjuta (#TheOlgas)! Located roughly 35 kilometres west of #Uluru, they sit shoulder to shoulder and form a spectacular and unique configuration of deep valleys and steep gorges spread over more than 20 kilometres (12.4 miles). You can explore these red ''rockbergs'' via walking trails that range from easy strolls to longer, more difficult tracks or view them from the air on a scenic helicopter flight. Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @chicken.noodyls! ​#SeeAustralia #RedCentreNT

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Travel back in time on a boat cruise through Nitmiluk (#Katherine) Gorge... ✨ With the tropical summer months fast approaching, it's the ultimate opportunity to explore a different side to this ancient gorge system. The majestic waterfalls are in full flow, the landscape bursts into life and the sunsets get even better 🙌 Over the next few months you can choose from a number of boat cruises with @NitmilukTours that'll help you to see all of this up close, along with learning about the local aboriginal culture and a swimming option at a seasonal waterfall. Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, ​@katiegoldie_! ​#SeeAustralia #TourismTopEnd #NitmilukNT #VisitKatherine

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Located in the southern end of #Kakadu National Park, Maguk Gorge is pretty unique - it's one of the only waterfalls in #Kakadu National Park that flows while there is no rain. After a 1 kilometre walk through monsoon forest and along a creek, you'll come to a large clear plunge pool... but for maximum wow factor and jealous mates, make like @curlycally and hike up above the falls where you'll find a series of smaller plunge pools with amazing views. You can thank us later! Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, Callum. ​#SeeAustralia #TourismTopEnd #SeeKakadu

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