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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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Just 90 minutes' from #Darwin you'll find Buley Rockhole in #Litchfield National Park. Buley is insanely beautiful and has a collection of picture perfect rock holes for you to pick from 🌱💦 Like many places in the Top End, you'll easily lose track of time here when the serenity starts to sinks in. If you're still not convinced it's a must do, we'd better tell you that Florence Falls and Wangi Falls are only minutes away as well. It really is nature’s ultimate water park! Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @jake.applebee. ​#SeeAustralia #TourismTopEnd

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There's no better spot to spend your Sunday evening than the @MindilMarket 😍☀️ Watching the sun disappear into the ocean should be a rite of passage for all visitors to #Darwin! The city's best features - its relaxed atmosphere, Asian-inspired food and sunsets - meet in tropical harmony at these iconic markets every Thursday and Sunday evening. Wander the many eclectic stalls, take in the live entertainment, grab yourself a tasty laksa and then settle in for the main show on the beach 👌 ​Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @flossie_create.talk! ​#SeeAustralia #TourismTopEnd

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This is one view you'll never forget 😍 Amidst the lush wilderness of the breathtaking Top End, @WildmanWildernessLodge offers an extraordinary wetlands safari experience 🙌 Situated in the Mary River Wetlands area half way between #Darwin and #Kakadu National Park, Wildman is a small-scale, high quality safari lodge featuring a central building, 10 air-conditioned cabins ('Habitats') and 15 safari tents. There are a ​variety of boutique and environmentally sensitive excursion options, including tours of Kakadu National Park, cruising on the Mary River and sundowners overlooking the wetlands. Its teeming wildlife and unique experiences offer a world far removed from your own, yet with all the modern comforts of great accommodation, delicious meals and wine to enjoy at the end of each day. ​​Photos: Shaana McNaught ​#NTaustralia #SeeAustralia

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Welcome to @TiwiIslandRetreat - the ultimate place to kick back, enjoy the pool, go fishing and experience a pretty all round amazing location. This private retreat is situated at Munanampi Point on the south western coast of Bathurst Island, the smaller of the two major islands which make up the Tiwis (located 80 kilometres north of #Darwin). It sits on the water’s edge with sweeping views over Port Hurd and the Timor Sea 🙌 The ecosystem around the retreat is virtually untouched with turtles, crocodiles, stingrays, mud crabs, dolphins, sharks and an abundance of birdlife right on its doorstep.​ Their trip packages are designed for friends, couples or groups wanting to explore more of the Tiwi Islands and include return charter flights and twin share rooms with shared facilities. The retreat also offers various activities such as scenic helicopter flights, mud-crabbing, art and cultural experiences along with a swimming hole adventure. Did we mention the stars are pretty awesome too?! ​Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @iamsavi! ​#SeeAustralia #TourismTopEnd

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This photo of Berry Springs proves that getting out and exploring #Darwin's surrounds is *very* important and will make your mates incredibly jealous 💦😜 Not only is this natural swimming spot ridiculously beautiful, it's also only a 45 minute drive from our tropical capital and well set up with picnic areas, BBQ's and a kiosk. There are several shady pools along Berry Creek which have steps allowing easy access. The top pool even has a small waterfall to sit under for a relaxing massage! A lovely loop walking track takes you through two of the Top End’s natural wildlife habitats. It starts from the picnic area – so take along your binoculars if you are keen on bird watching. ​Yup, this is heaven on earth! ​Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @powershala. ​#SeeAustralia #TourismTopEnd

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Wondering where this little slice of heaven is? You'll find Sandy Creek Falls/Tjaynera in #Litchfield National Park, #Darwin's very own water wonderland. This pocket of @TourismTopEnd paradise was made for days filled with life's simple pleasures - kicking back with a good book, a cool dip or a stroll through the monsoon forest. Accessible only by four-wheel drive vehicle and a 1.4 kilometre hike, these falls attract less travellers than the readily accessible cascades and pools elsewhere in the park, and with campground facilities, make for a relaxing any-day getaway. Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @saltytravellers! ​#SeeAustralia

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The outback meets the tropics in #Katherine, a big country town three hours drive south of #Darwin on the mighty Katherine River. The jewel of this area is Nitmiluk (Katherine) Gorge, an ancient 13 gorge system that winds it way through the sandstone country. The walks around the gorge are one of the best ways to explore the region, ranging from easy 1-5 kilometre trails to serious full day and overnight hikes. They take you to stunning lookouts, secluded swimming holes, through palm filled valleys and over rocky escarpments. As @mooski_adventures discovered, the 8.4 kilometre return Windolf walk is well worth your while, offering sweeping views of the first gorge from Pat's Lookout, along with seasonal swimming at Southern Rockhole down below. Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, Amy and Sarah! ​#SeeAustralia #TourismTopEnd #NitmilukNT #VisitKatherine

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Take to the air and witness the magic of #Kakadu National Park 🚁 The complexity of this diverse landscape becomes an epic eruption of colour and life as you fly over world-famous wetlands, mighty floodplains, and on to the ancient sandstone plateaus of Arnhem Land. Helicopter and fixed-wing flights operate in both wet and dry seasons, departing from #Darwin and within Kakadu (Cooinda and Jabiru). Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, ​@jasoncharleshill! ​#SeeAustralia #TourismTopEnd #SeeKakadu

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It's easy to see why we keep falling more and more in love with #Litchfield National park every day! 💚 Wangi Falls is one of the most iconic waterfalls in the Top End. Less than a two hour drive from #Darwin, it's the ultimate place to cool down and get off the grid for a bit. For those of you who want to delve deeper into the lush tropical bush land, there are walking trails readily available 🍃 You can even finish off the day with a bite to eat at the conveniently located Wangi Falls Café, which is open all year round. Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, @iamsavi!  #SeeAustralia #TourismTopEnd

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