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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.

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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When it comes to extraordinary sunsets, #Darwin definitely delivers, particularly in the dry season! @nath_lew captured this winning shot at Nightcliff, a popular locals hangout spot with food vans, bike paths and lush lawns. Enjoy the free evening show from a picnic rug with your favourite local takeaway 👌🌅 Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, Nathan! ​#SeeAustralia #TourismTopEnd

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Just another stunning evening in our tropical capital, #Darwin 🌅 We'll certainly never tire of views like this! Swipe across for double the orange glow goodness 🧡 While we can't share these magnificent scenes with some of you in person at this time, we can reflect on our favourite D-town moments... tell us yours below!👇 ​Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @michae1patrick. ​#SeeAustralia #TourismTopEnd

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Daydreaming about THESE views 😍 #Darwin's colourful coastline is a special sight, particularly from the air. We're adding a scenic helicopter flight with to our future NT must-do list 👌 ​Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @_danieltran_. ​#SeeAustralia #TourismTopEnd

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Ocean views, fresh seafood and an epic sunset... how's that for the ultimate combination at @theDarwinSailingClub 👌 One of three community clubs set right on the beach at Fannie Bay, only a short drive from #Darwin CBD, this outdoor-dining bistro is a great spot for a casual meal serving a crowd-pleasing menu of tapas, pastas and pizzas. Grab a table on the manicured lawns, choose your fave cool drink and watch the boats bob up and down in the bay. As the sun sets across the Arafura Sea, there isn’t a better view in town 💗 ​#NTaustralia #SeeAustralia #HolidayHereThisYear

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If you're looking to get back to nature combined with a healthy side of wild swimming, then Robin Falls is for you! 💦🍃 This three-tiered waterfall can be found at the end of a short-ish walk that winds through ancient tropical woodlands and a crystal clear stream. Most travellers head out to Litchfield National Park to chase waterfalls, but what many people don’t know is that just outside the park boundary lies this amazing spot - just 90 minutes south of #Darwin! Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @izzyj6. ​#SeeAustralia #TourismTopEnd #HolidayHereThisYear

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Looking flash, #Darwin ⚡😉 Our @TourismTopEnd capital is pretty awesome year round, but between November and April Mother Nature regularly likes to light up the sky with breathtaking electrical storms, followed by showers that transform the city into a cool oasis where the sweet scent of frangipanis fill the air. @StokesHillWharf, @thedarwinsailingclub and Cullen Bay are all prime spots from which to watch nature's light-show 👌 ​Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @darwin_style. ​#SeeAustralia #TourismTopEnd

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The vibrant colours of the Tiwi Islands are just like the islands themselves...incredibly special! 🙌 Located 80 kilometres north of #Darwin, Tiwi comprises of two main islands – Bathurst and Melville. Every year people flock to Bathurst for one of @TourismTopEnd's best known events: the #TiwiIslands AFL Grand Final and Art Sale. Held on March 15 this year, it's a great opportunity to purchase some unique art, explore the remote community of Wurrumiyanga and enjoy the passion, colour and excitement of the grand final. @sealinknt run a ferry service from Darwin to Tiwi, along with a variety of tours showcasing the fascinating local culture. Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, ​​@elisecook! ​#SeeAustralia #TourismTopEnd

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Wangi Falls in all its tropical summer glory 🙌💦 While these falls are currently closed for swimming, it's prime viewing time to see #Litchfield National Park's spectacular waterfalls, which become thunderous as a result of heavy rain. The park is a firm favourite with locals for a camping weekend or an adventurous day out bush-walking and swimming, partly because it's so accessible. Only 90 minutes' drive from #Darwin, you'll get major bang for your driving buck with a number of attractions, including Florence Falls, Buley Rockhole and the intriguing Termite Mounds. ​Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @globe_.jpg! ​#SeeAustralia #TourismTopEnd

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@tropicallight.darwin is lighting up the Top End's green season! 🌠 ​These incredible displays were created by artist, Bruce Munro, who is well known for the Field of Light at Uluru. Featuring eight illuminated sculptures across #Darwin's CBD, the free outdoor exhibition reflects Bruce's personal history of visiting the Northern Territory. Follow the 2.5 kilometre self-guided path to view the installations, with contributions by local artists across various mediums. Locals and visitors alike can see the sculptures during the day, but they hold special significance when they are illuminated at night from 7-10.30pm. This free event will run until April 30, 2020. ​Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @photobohemian! ​#SeeAustralia #TourismTopEnd #HolidayHereThisYear

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