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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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Our tropical summer sunrises are something else 💜 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, @rachstewartnz! ​#SeeAustralia #TourismTopEnd

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Keeping cool, NT style! 💦 If you're a big fan of waterfalls like us, a visit to #Litchfield National Park is definitely a must! Fed by twin falls and fringed by shady trees, Florence Falls ranks as one of the park's front runners, particularly as it's swimmable almost year round. Reaching the fall's glistening jade-green swimming hole is half the appeal 👉 the walk is short, relatively easy and showcases the dramatic contrast between mighty sandstone escarpment and lush monsoon forest. An easy day trip from #Darwin, Litchfield may be a fraction of the size of Kakadu, but when it comes to swimming opportunities it packs a serious punch 👌 Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @outtaorbit_! ​#SeeAustralia #TourismTopEnd

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Need some inspo to get out of bed earlier? This should do the trick! @beyond925 recently captured this stunning sunrise overlooking @Darwin.Waterfront and @stokeshillwharf, #Darwin's very own leisure land with swimming lagoons, lush lawns and waterside restaurants. The NT's capital isn't just crocodiles and palm trees, Darwin offers travellers the chance to mix the outback with the city and the coast while also taking in some incredible sunrises and sunsets 💜 Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, Karen! ​#SeeAustralia #TourismTopEnd

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Visiting #Darwin? Make sure you hop on a scenic helicopter flight like @robmulally, who witnessed this spectacular sunrise over the winding Adelaide River with @airborne.solutions 🚁 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, Rob! ​#SeeAustralia #TourismTopEnd

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The much anticipated @tropicallight.darwin by world renowned artist, @brucemunrostudio, launches tonight in #Darwin lighting up a number of locations from the city to the @darwin.waterfront ✨🙌 Follow the 2.5km 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. #NTaustralia #SeeAustralia #TropicalLight

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#Darwin's nature playground, #Litchfield National Park is close enough to visit just for a swim in a waterfall and take in beautiful tropical forests 💦👌 The park's big-ticket attraction, Wangi Falls (pronounced wong-guy) flows year round, spilling either side of a dramatic rock face and filling an enormous swimming hole. Bring your bathers and googles to spot small fish! If you can pull yourself away from this epic pool, you’ll find various walking tracks, including a three kilometre track that takes you up over the falls and back to the car park. If you’d like to stay a bit longer and explore more, there is a kiosk onsite, campground with hot showers and barbecues nearby. Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @jade_elise_collins! ​#SeeAustralia #TourismTopEnd

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The @territorywildlifepark is in the midst of an unprecedented baby boom with zookeepers swamped by 11 baby animals! Talk about cuteness overload 😍 The animals include four baby wallabies, a baby possum, two baby barking owls, two baby red flying foxes, a black-footed tree rat and one baby curlew. Feeding time just got a bit crazy for the zookeepers at the park, located only 45 minutes' drive from #Darwin! Most of the animals are being hand reared until they're strong enough to survive alone - they'll then be released into the park. If you're looking to get up close and personal with the animals and plants of @TourismTopEnd, the wildlife park is the ultimate place to visit with a mix of natural bush and zoo-type exhibits spread out around a 4 kilometre loop. Check out our story to see more of these cuties! ​#NTaustralia #SeeAustralia

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Keep an 👀 out for the Poinciana tree in @TourismTopEnd - they're only in full bloom for around 4-6 weeks usually during October-November! Commonly known as Flame trees, their bright red flowers are arguably one of the Top End's prettiest sights at this time of the year. You can spot them around #Darwin and surrounds 🧡😍 ​Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @akarshmohan! ​#SeeAustralia #TourismTopEnd

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Our mates at @cottonon are offering the trip of a lifetime for two people to the Top End, including return airfares and accommodation 🙌 You’ll get to stay at #Darwin’s iconic @mindilbeachresort, enjoy a helicopter ride over the breathtaking Nitmiluk Gorge with @nitmilukhelitouring, indulge in a sunset dinner cruise with @nitmiluktours and explore tropical hot springs, waterfalls and waterholes—and so much more. Click the link in our bio to enter or check out our story 👌 Open to AU + NZ only #NTaustralia

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