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Darwin & Surrounds

Map showing the Darwin and Surrounds region in the NT

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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#Netflix and chill, NT style 🙌 This sweet set-up was created by @elisecook who recently road-tripped from #Darwin to #AliceSprings. Following the trail blazed in the 1860's by the first explorers to successfully cross @Australia from north to south, you'll be driving past striking natural wonders, historic outback pubs and towns brimming with culture and activity. On your travels you’ll hit the Territory’s star attractions, including World Heritage-listed Uluru and Kata Tjuta, spectacular Nitmiluk (Katherine) Gorge and the waterfalls and waterholes of Litchfield National Park. As far as road-trips go, they don't get much better than this one! Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, Elise. #SeeAustralia

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Crystal clear thermal pools surrounded by paperbark and palm forest... in the middle of the outback?! The NT might have a reputation for being dry and sparse, but hidden amongst its landscapes are oases of emerald waterholes, warm springs and cascading falls. @gattizia recently stopped by #Mataranka Thermal Pool where the springs bubble up at 32 degrees to fill a semi-man made pool of perfectly turquoise water under a shady canopy of tropical woodlands 🙌 Located within Elsey National Park, you can find this magical spot an hour south of #Katherine and four hours south of #Darwin.  Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, Fabiana! #SeeAustralia #TourismTopEnd

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Fogg Dam Conservation Reserve is a haven for wildlife, particularly a wide variety of birds. There are a handful of different walks to choose from, all of which allow you to really explore the wetland area... without getting your feet wet! Wander along the easy paths through shady forests of paperbark and stop at the various lookouts and viewing platforms for stunning views across the floodplains. The reserve is only a 45 minute drive from #Darwin and a great stop on the way to #Kakadu National Park.  Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @mellisa_hutton! #SeeAustralia #TourismTopEnd

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Gosh, you spoil us #Darwin! 😍 Local @lifeindarwin captured this cracking #sunset from @skycitydarwin's pool where 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, @lifeindarwin!  #SeeAustralia #TourismTopEnd

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We're reporting to you from waterfall country 💦 One of #Litchfield National Park's most magnificent sights, Tolmer Falls doesn't quite get the same crowds due to the absence of swimming but it makes up for it with stunning views from the 1.6km loop track. Just 90 minutes from #Darwin, this park is a true wonder of the Top End, complete with pristine swimming spots, walking trails and hidden gems. While it's doable as a day trip, we recommend staying a couple of days - there's so much to explore! Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @jackson.groves. #SeeAustralia #TourismTopEnd

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#EastArnhemLand has seriously raw natural beauty, but Bawaka, home to the Burarrawanga family, is a clear standout 🙌 A couple of hours’ drive south from #Nhulunbuy brings you to the small settlement on palm-tree-strewn, pearl-white beaches. Bawaka hosts a variety of cross-cultural activities run by aboriginal-owned company @Lirrwi Tourism, including day and multi day tours. Your local guide will provide you with an insight into Yolgnu homeland life including traditional spear fishing, crab hunting and kinship. You'll find East Arnhem Land on the far northeastern tip of the NT mainland, accessible via a short flight from #Darwin or the Central Arnhem Road. Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @_markfitz! #SeeAustralia #TourismTopEnd

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This double waterfall ticks all the boxes - easy to access, stunning surrounds and a dazzling plunge pool 👌 Located in #Litchfield National Park, only 90 minutes from #Darwin, Florence Falls is one of the many spectacular swimming holes you'll find in this water wonderland. Take a refreshing dip in the crystal clear waters of the pool, then wander up to the viewing platform high above the falls for panoramic views of the open valley and the waterhole below. Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @danandmoore! #SeeAustralia #TourismTopEnd

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From where you'd rather be this #weekend... 💦 This berry nice swimming hole is only 60 kilometres from #Darwin's CBD, can you believe it?! Berry Springs Nature Park is a popular spot for a dip with several pools and a small waterfall fed by crystal clear spring water, all surrounded by natural bushland. With walking trails and a picnic area, it's the ultimate place to get your nature fix!  Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @danandmoore 👍 #SeeAustralia #TourismTopEnd

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We all want to go there, but most have no idea where to start! You'll find #EastArnhemLand on the far northeastern tip of the NT mainland, accessible via a short flight from #Darwin or the Central Arnhem Road. Spectacular coastal landforms with dazzling white sand beaches, combined with a strong Aboriginal cultural presence, define the paradise that is the Gove Peninsula. And, good news, everything is easily reachable from the regional centre, #Nhulunbuy, a town of 3500 people.  Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @kyle_hunter! #SeeAustralia #TourismTopEnd

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