Darwin, the NT's thriving capital attracts globetrotters to its outdoor lifestyle of waterfront dining, beachside markets, crocodile adventures and historical experiences and festivals. Darwin is also the gateway to the outback and less than an hour's drive from some of The Outback's top attractions.
This thriving territory capital has so much to offer throughout the year. Whether you want to eat your way through local produce or feed wild crocodiles, there is something for every individual or family group in Darwin and its surrounds.
Tuck into local produce, browse through beautiful handicrafts and art whilst being entertained by numerous performers at Darwin's local markets. Catch Darwin's iconic sunset and mingle with the locals at The Mindil beach markets on Thursday (5-10pm) and Sunday (4-9pm) starting on the last Thursday in April until the last Thursday in October. Year round suburban markets in Parap, Nightcliff and Rapid Creek will delight a wide variety of tastes with their multiple International and Asian food stalls.
Enjoy a sunset cruise on Darwin Harbour that shows off the city and sea against the backdrop of a spectacular northern Australian sunset. The lush tropical climate gives the perfect ambiance for a relaxing cruise that includes a complimentary drink and gourmet snacks, as well as the option to upgrade to a 3-course buffet dinner. Learn about the area from live commentary by your captain and get the chance to see batfish and other marine critters. Be sure to bring your camera to capture fantastic photos. Book your cruise before you to go secure your space.
As you cruise along Adelaide River (about an hour's drive from Darwin), see crocodiles up close and watch as your guide entices saltwater crocodiles to jump up and snatch their food. After your cruise, visit the Window on the Wetlands Visitor Centre, where you can see birds of prey scavenge for leftovers. You'll also see an educational display with sweeping views over the wetlands. Before heading back to Darwin, visit Fogg Dam Nature Reserve, a Top End wetlands ecosystem with an abundance of birds and reptiles. Book your cruise before you go as part of your self-drive or plan the experience as part of an organised day trip from Darwin.
Connect with nature in Litchfield National Park, enjoy diverse environments from sandstone escarpments, spring-fed streams leading to waterfalls and waterholes to monsoon rainforests with historic ancient ruins. Just a 2 hour drive from Darwin, drive yourself or take a day trip inlcuding stops at Wangi, Florence and Tolmer falls with chances to swim in these fresh pools to cool off plus plenty of time to enjoy the spectacular NT scenery on the journey. Not renting a car in the Northern Territory? Book a day trip to Litchfield National Park.
Explore the highlights of Darwin, Australia's Northern Territory capital - from unique natural wonders to wildlife encounters and great food.