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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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As far as rail journeys go, they don't get much better than #TheGhan! A unique and awe-inspiring experience, you'll explore the wonders of the country's diverse interior in style and comfort on a 2,979 kilometre journey from #Darwin to Adelaide. Known for its iconic place in Australian history and strong connection to the vast landscape, The Ghan is currently celebrating 90 years of outback adventure 🤠 Having been in operation since 1929, its conception and construction is an epic tale of pioneering endurance. At this time of year, @journeybeyondrail runs The Ghan Expedition over three nights (as opposed to the usual two) with excursions in #Katherine, #AliceSprings and Coober Pedy. @jarradseng and @thehatchling recently embarked on the southbound journey - check out our story to see more of the highlights! #NTaustralia #JourneyBeyond

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How's the serenity? 🤩 Our version of Goldilocks, Buley Rockhole involves hopping from pool to pool until you find one that's just right! With a cascading collection of emerald rock pools that seem to go on forever, you could easily spend the whole day, you can skip those expensive spa treatments and take a seat while fast flowing whitewater gives you a shoulder massage 😜 At just over an hour from #Darwin, #Litchfield National Park is a water-lovers' paradise with a number of dip-worthy destinations dotted throughout the area, including Florence Falls and Wangi Falls. If you're looking to stay and explore longer, accommodation is available in the small township of Batchelor along with a number of camp grounds within the park.  Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @eefexplores!  #SeeAustralia #TourismTopEnd

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If you're looking for a pretty picnic spot with a healthy side of wild swimming, look no further than #BerrySprings 💦 These shady pools are less than an hours' drive from the #Darwin CBD, making it the perfect day-trip. Walking trails await, so you can work up a sweat or take an easy stroll through the tropical rainforest. Afterwards, why not pop in to @crazyacresnt for what has been described as the best mango ice-cream in @Australia 🙌 Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @darwin_style! #SeeAustralia #TourismTopEnd

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Sit back and's time to take in the afternoon show 😎 The top pick of the short walks from the Nitmiluk (#Katherine) Gorge visitor centre, Baruwei follows the path of a dragonlike Jawoyn Creation Ancestor. There are two options: the 1.8km trail to the lookout for glorious views, or the longer 4.8km loop. Starting with a short, steep climb, the entire loop provides beautiful views over the Katherine River. There are lots of ways to explore this ancient gorge system, located 3.5 hours' from #Darwin, including by kayak, helicopter or boat cruise 👌 Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @jonny.melon! #SeeAustralia #TourismTopEnd #NitmilukNT

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#Darwin in the dry season... need we say more?! 😍  @jonesaroundtheworld captured this cracking #sunset from the pool at @MindilBeachResort where hotel guests have direct access to the beach 🌴 The city's iconic @mindilmarket is just a five minute walk from here, and is on every Thursday and Sunday evening from April till October. Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, Dave! #SeeAustralia #TourismTopEnd

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We're coming to you from picture-perfect #EastArnhemLand at sunrise 🌸 This is Lonely Beach, a very beautiful (and real!) place that you can explore on a tour with aboriginal-owned company @Lirrwi Tourism. They offer day and multi-day guided tours into the remote Yolngu Homelands, departing from #Nhulunbuy (#Gove) between April and October. You'll get to see how the world's oldest living culture still lives today - from traditional spear fishing to gathering of bush foods. East Arnhem Land is only a short flight from #Darwin or can be accessed via the Central Arnhem Road.  Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @melissafindley! #SeeAustralia #TourismTopEnd #ArnhemLand

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Nature lovers will love what's on offer in close proximity to #Darwin, particularly the waterfall-laden #Litchfield National Park! @robmulally recently captured this spectacular photo over Wangi Falls, one of the park's signature swimming hubs. With a stunning cliff face, an emerald-toned plunge pool and a cafe on-site, there's every reason to stay awhile and enjoy your surroundings. If you're looking to stretch your legs, the 1.6 kilometre return Wangi Falls walk will take you up to the escarpment where you'll have an amazing view of the stone country above the falls. Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, Rob! #SeeAustralia #TourismTopEnd

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Visiting #Darwin? Make sure you get a window seat like @toripix86, who witnessed this spectacular sunrise over the winding Adelaide River on a recent trip to @TourismTopEnd. This iconic river is known for its large population of saltwater crocodiles, arguably one of the NT's most fascinating animals. One of the best ways to see them in their natural environment is on a 'jumping crocodile cruise' with @jumpingcrocodilecruises or @adelaiderivertours. Watch as they rise (often vertically!) in the air to catch food as your knowledgeable guides explain more about these ancient creatures. Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, Tori. #SeeAustralia #TourismTopEnd

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Welcome to @TopEndSafariCamp 🤠 @jockpurcell stopped by @mattwright1's little piece of "wild @Australia", set amongst the #Litchfield region's spectacular cathedral termite mounds and lush open floodplains. This is one overnight adventure you'll never forget! Collected from #Darwin, you'll stop at Berry Springs for a refreshing dip before heading to the camp and settling in to your deluxe lotus bell tent. Afternoon activities include an introduction to Matt's incredible 17 foot saltwater crocodile, Tripod, along with a helicopter flight over the surrounding landscape and a delicious BBQ dinner held on the Star Deck. You might not want to return to Darwin the next day!  #NTaustralia #SeeAustralia

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