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The Top End

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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.

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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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When you have to touch it just to make sure its real 😜 Robin Falls is a pretty three-tiered waterfall that sits just outside the boundaries of #Litchfield National Park, near the township of Adelaide River. If you're keen to escape the crowds, this hidden gem is sure to be your new favourite spot! Roughly a 90 minute drive south of #Darwin, these falls are one of the many spectacular spots to cool off in @TourismTopEnd - no wonder they call this region a water lovers' paradise 💦 Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @esther_grace1!  #SeeAustralia #TourismTopEnd

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While the dry season might be fast approaching, there are still a few wet season storms hanging around in @TourismTopEnd! @james.cobain captured this cracker over the weekend in #Darwin ⚡️The Top End, which includes Darwin, Katherine, Kakadu and Arnhem Land, has a tropical climate and two distinct seasons: the 'wet' and the 'dry'. The dry season, from May to October, is characterised by warm, dry sunny days and cool nights and is typically the most popular time to visit the region. While weather conditions during the wet season can restrict travel to some areas, you've gotta admit the light shows are pretty spectacular! Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, James!  #SeeAustralia #TourismTopEnd

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Looking for a cruisy way to experience #Darwin and surrounds? @SealinkNT have got you covered - their Crab Claw Island Cruises are starting again this month! Your 2 hour cruise will take you past Charles Point and around Bynoe Harbour before heading to @crabclawislandresort, where a seafood buffet will be waiting for you 🐟 There are two pools and boats for hire, or you can simply relax with a cool beverage on the deck before cruising back to Cullen Bay. There are 12 scheduled cruise dates from April to September, with the first departing on April 21! Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @savvy_social 👍 #SeeAustralia #TourismTopEnd

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This photo pretty much sums up life in @TourismTopEnd... epic sunsets, good mates and a relaxed outdoor lifestyle 💜 With the dry season fast approaching, we're looking forward to balmy days in #Darwin followed by stunning displays of colour as the sun goes down. Sounds horrendous, hey @savvy_social 😜 Don't worry, we'll save you a seat 😉 Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, Mel! #SeeAustralia #TourismTopEnd

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We have exciting news... #Katherine Hot Springs has just re-opened for swimming! 💦These natural thermal pools can be found on the banks of the Katherine River, just outside the township, and are an awesome spot to kick back and take in your tropical surrounds. Located only 3 hours' drive south of #Darwin, the Katherine region is the ultimate road trip destination and full of must-see gems such as Nitmiluk (Katherine) Gorge. With the wet season coming to an end and Top End spots re-opening left, right and centre, we can almost taste the dry season! Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @savvy_social 👍 #SeeAustralia #TourismTopEnd

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We always knew Wangi Falls was a magical spot 😍 The spectacular waterfalls at #Litchfield National Park, south of #Darwin, are pumping after huge amounts of wet season rain. From dry bush country to thundering waterfalls and greenery, the park's landscape goes from one extreme to the other during different seasons, drawing in locals and visitors alike. While Wangi is still closed for swimming, nearby Florence Falls and Buley Rockhole are open again if you're looking for a spot to cool off close to Darwin. Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @thenevernever 👍 #SeeAustralia #TourismTopEnd

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While it might be #AprilFoolsDay, this #Darwin sunset is no hoax 😍 If you're looking for a good spot to enjoy sunset and a cool bevvy, head to the @darwinskiclub, where spectacular colour shows like this are a nightly occurrence 👌 Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @darwin_style!  #SeeAustralia #TourismTopEnd

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It's time to start living your best life... #Darwin style 😎 The @darwin.waterfront is the ultimate place to experience our capital's laidback tropical lifestyle. There's plenty of dining options to refuel after a morning swim, linger over a luxurious lunch, or stop for a sundowner. You can pick from high-end Mediterranean and Mexican restaurants, to more casual cafes and bars - you'll never be too far from an ice cream or a barramundi burger! Once you've checked out the shops and enjoyed a dip in the wave pool, you can head back to your hotel room and take in these tropical views 😍 We're mentally packing already... Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @darwin_style! #SeeAustralia #TourismTopEnd

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There's no need to say see ya to the warmer temperatures here in @TourismTopEnd! While the rest of @Australia are starting to feel the Autumn days, we're still wearing our boardies and thongs 😎 With the dry season fast approaching, we'll soon be enjoying balmy day after balmy day (jealous yet?!) and many of our favourite swimming spots will re-open. At the Mataranka Thermal Pools, springs bubble up at 34 degrees celsius to fill a semi-man made pool of perfectly turquoise water under a shady canopy of stretching palms 💦🏝 Where you can you find this piece of paradise? Only an hour south of #Katherine and four hours south of #Darwin 👌 Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @savvy_social! #SeeAustralia #TourismTopEnd

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