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Day Trips From Darwin

Darwin is a great destination for travelers who want to experience Northern Territory’s natural beauty and culture. With its close proximity to Kakadu National Park, the Tiwi Islands, and Arnhem Land, there are endless opportunities for day trips from the city. Here’s a list of some of the top Darwin day trips that you should consider while in the area.

Visit Litchfield National Park

The Northern Territory’s popularity as a tourist destination is increasing, causing some of its attractions to become overcrowded. However, an early-morning tour of the Adelaide River offers the opportunity to swim in beautiful rock pools and see crocodiles without the disturbance of large crowds.

 Discover the stunning beauty of Kakadu with a day trip from Darwin, complete with a scrumptious lunch! 

Unlock the secrets of ancient Aboriginal heritage and immerse yourself in the breathtaking beauty of Kakadu National Park with an epic full-day tour from Darwin. Experience the breathtaking wonders of the park as you marvel at the UNESCO World Heritage-listed gems, including the awe-inspiring ancient rock art of Ubirr Rock and the breathtaking Nadab lookout. Embark on an unforgettable journey with the Guluyambi cultural cruise, led by a knowledgeable indigenous guide who will unveil the breathtaking beauty of Arnhem Land while sailing along the majestic East Alligator River. Enjoy lunch, snacks, transportation, and hotel pickup and drop-off.

Experience the thrill of watching crocodiles leap out of the water on a day trip to Litchfield from Darwin. 

Embark on an epic adventure from Darwin and unveil the ultimate gems of Litchfield National Park with a full-day tours. Get up close and personal with some of nature’s most fearsome predators on a private Jumping Crocodile cruise down the Adelaide River. Take a refreshing dip in the crystal-clear waters of Florence Falls, Wangi Falls, or Buley Rockhole – just a few of the incredible swimming holes waiting for you at the park. You can also see the sculptural termite mounds and enjoy a picnic lunch. After the tour, you can watch the sunset at Mindil Beach with champagne and prawn appetizers before returning to your hote service.

Experience the natural beauty of Litchfield National Park, including waterfalls and Buley Rockhole, on a day tour departing from Darwin.

Embark on an epic adventure with our full-day small-group tour from Darwin, where we’ll take you to explore the breathtaking beauty of Litchfield National Park. You’ll visit the Florence and Wangi Falls, as well as the Buley Rockhole for a refreshing dip. Capture photos of the Cathedral and Magnetic Termine Mounds, and spot crocodiles on a cruise along the Adelaide River. A wildlife guide will provide information about the reptiles. Indulge in a scrumptious lunch, munch on some snacks, embark on a thrilling Croc cruise, and enjoy the convenience of hotel pickup and drop-off – all included in this epic tours!

 

Embark on the adventure of a lifetime with the Darwin Katherine Day Tour, where you'll set sail on an unforgettable Katherine Gorge cruise.

Visit Katherine Gorge on a full-day detour from Darwin. Cruise between sandstone cliffs to see Aboriginal rock art and crocodiles. Go for a swim in a natural pool at Edith Falls, and enjoy a picnic lunch. Embark on a thrilling coach tour of Katherine and discover the vibrant cattle culture that makes this place so unique! You’ll also get to explore Pine Creek, a charming historic town that once thrived during the gold rush era. Don’t miss out on this epic adventure!

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The Katherine Gorge Cruise and Edith Falls Day Trip offer a getaway from Darwin. 

This day trip is a must when visiting the Top End. Get ready for an epic journey down the Stuart Highway, where we’ll pass through Adelaide River and Pine Creek before reaching the breathtaking Katherine and Nitmiluk National Park. Your guide will provide historical and cultural commentary throughout the journey. The highlight of the trip is the NitNit Dreaming two-hour Katherine Gorge (Nitmiluk) boat cruise. You’ll journey through cliff faces that are 70m high, soaking in the sun’s ever-changing colors. You’ll also learn about the traditional owners of the land, the Jawoyn people of Katherine. After the boat cruise, we’ll visit the picturesque Edith Falls (Leliyn). Depending on the boat cruise timing, we may visit Edith Falls before or after the Katherine Gorge (Nitmiluk) boat cruise. Finally, we’ll meander our way back to Darwin.

 

The Corroboree Billabong Wetland Experience is a one-day tour that includes a 2.5-hour cruise and lunch.

This day trip from Darwin includes a 2.5-hour Corroboree Billabong cruise, where visitors can view a variety of wildlife such as birds and crocodiles. The tour includes commentary from a guide, a stop at the Window on the Wetlands Visitor Centre, lunch, and transportation to and from the hotel. The Mary River Wetlands is home to the largest concentration of saltwater crocs and 30 species of birds.

Enjoy a three-hour sunset cruise departing from Darwin, featuring dinner and sparkling wine. 

Experience a stunning sunset view by taking a cruise on wine Darwin Harbour. On a spacious catamarán with ample deck space, guests can relax under the sails or in the air-conditioned salon while sipping on sparkling wine and enjoying a tapas/barbecue dinner. Coolers are available on board for guests who want their own drinks.

Experience a historical tour of Darwin during World War II, accompanied by a harbor cruise. 

Embark on a thrilling journey to explore Darwin’s hidden gems from World War II with a unique city and cruise tour. Prepare for an epic adventure of courage and selflessness as you explore the Darwin war memorial, East Point Military Precinct, and the jaw-dropping Darwin Military Museum. Take a small-boat cruise around Darwin Harbour, passing the modern naval base and the remnants of Japan’s air raids. Experience the ultimate stress-free tour with our all-inclusive package! Sit back and relax as we pick you up from your hotel, cover all entrance fees, and provide live onboard commentary to enhance your journey.

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Embark on an unforgettable adventure through the breathtaking landscapes of Kakadu, Nourlangie, and Yellow Waters - all starting from the vibrant city of Darwin. 

Unleash your inner adventurer and immerse yourself in the captivating natural wonders and cultural treasures of Kakadu tour , the grandest national park in all of Australia. During the full-day tour from Darwin, visitors can take a cruise along the Yellow Water billabong and observe crocodiles on the banks. Embark on a cultural journey at Nourlangie Rock, where ancient Aboriginal art awaits your eyes, and expand your knowledge of indigenous history at the Warradjan Aboriginal Centre – a once-in-a-lifetime experience!

 Embark on a wild journey with the Jumping Crocs & Nature Adventure Cruise, setting sail from the vibrant city of Darwin. 

This guided afternoon tour from Darwin takes you to the Adelaide River. Over 1,600 crocodiles, including the famous ‘jumping’ crocodiles, call this place home. Prepare to be amazed as you glide along the river and witness these magnificent creatures propelling themselves out of the water in a stunning display of nature’s power. Don’t miss out on the breathtaking views of the Marrakai Plains from the Window on the Wetlands Visitor Centre! And last but not least, make a pit stop at the breathtaking Fogg Dam Nature Reserve to witness the awe-inspiring beauty of a flourishing wetland ecosystem.

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Experience a day of adventure in Litchfield Park. 

This guided walking tour takes you through Litchfield National Park. You can swim in the spring-fed waterfalls and hike in the tropical monsoon vine forests. An Indigenous guide will teach you about ancient bush food and medicine. Indulge in a scrumptious lunch at Tolmer Falls, where you can feast your eyes on breathtaking vistas from the lookout or wander through an enchanting ancient cycad forest. Get ready to spread your wings and flutter over to the Batchelor Butterfly Farm in Australia! For an extra fee, you can immerse yourself in the beauty of Australian butterflies and learn all about their enchanting world.

 This tour package includes a cultural experience on Tiwi Islands departing from Darwin, with ferry transportation provided. 

Experience the rich history and culture of Australia’s Aboriginal communities on a full-day excursion. Embark on a thrilling ferry ride from Darwin to Bathurst Island where you’ll have the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to connect with the fascinating Tiwi community of Wurrumiyanga. Observe their customs and rituals, such as smoking ceremony, hand weaving, and painting, and gain insight into their daily way of life.

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Embark on an unforgettable adventure with our Litchfield National Park day tour departing from Darwin!

Get ready for an out-of-this-world journey from Darwin to Litchfield National Park, where you’ll be transported to a mystical wonderland of stunning rock formations, enchanting monsoon forests, and awe-inspiring waterfalls that will make your heart skip a beat. Take in the impressive termite pillars, swim in natural swimming holes, and explore rock pools near the waterfalls. Embark on an unforgettable lunch break at Litchfield Café where you can immerse yourself in the enchanting world of Aboriginal legends and bask in the beauty of this pristine landscape.

The Kakadu National Park Wildlife and Ubirr Rock Art Tour is available from Darwin City. 

Visit Kakadu National Park, one of Australia’s oldest and most stunning sites. See Saltwater Crocodiles in their natural habitat at Cahills Crossing lookout. Take a guided walking tour to explore the 20,000-year-old rock art and enjoy the breathtaking views from Ubirr Rock. You can also opt for the “Jumping Crocodile Cruise” for an extra fee (option WKDC-B).

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The Tiwi By Design Day Tour is available. 

Embark on a once-in-a-lifetime adventure to the Tiwi Islands and immerse yourself in the vibrant culture of an Aboriginal community that cherishes its heritage. Your experience will be led by an indigenous guide who shares local history and customs. Enjoy a traditional morning tea with Tiwi Islanders before visiting the Tiwi Museum and participating in an art-making workshop with Aboriginal artists. You can purchase Tiwi paintings, fabric, carving, pottery, and clothing at island prices (cost not included).

 

Experience the natural beauty of Kakadu Wilderness Escape during a full-day excursion from Darwin. 

Discover the best of Kakadu National Park one day with this exciting adventure from Darwin. Known for its stunning scenery, saltwater crocs, and ancient rock art, Kakadu is one of Australia’s top national parks. Your itinerary includes visits to Fogg Dam Conservation Reserve, Bowali Visitor Centre, and Ubirr Rock or Nourlangie (depending on the weather). For an extra thrill, you can also opt for a Jumping Crocodile Cruise.

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Litchfield Park offers adventure activities and a jumping crocodile cruise, as well as a visit to Bachelor Town. 

Explore Litchfield National Park and the wildlife and natural wonders of the Northern Territory on a full-day excursion from Darwin. The itinerary includes a guided hike through Litchfield National Park, known for its stunning waterfalls and swimming spots, as well as stops at a Butterfly Farm and Petting Zoo and a Crocodile Cruise at Crocodylus Park where you can observe freshwater crocodiles up close.

Visitors to Darwin have the option of taking a day trip to explore the Litchfield National Park and Fogg Dam or embarking on a Crocodile Cruise. 

This day tour to Litchfield National Park is perfect for those with limited time in the Top End. The park is known for its stunning waterfalls, which you’ll get to experience firsthand on a guided nature walk. During the tour, you’ll also have the opportunity to swim in cool rock pools and observe wildlife such as kangaroos, flying foxes, and rare birds. Have a great time while also learning about the park’s biodiversity.

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The Kakadu Yellow Waters Cruise and Katherine Gorge Helicopter Scenic are two popular tourist experiences. 

Unleash your inner explorer and venture into the wondrous Nitmiluk and Kakadu national parks, where adventure awaits on an unforgettable day trip. Experience the ultimate adventure by soaring round-trip from Darwin to the breathtaking Katherine Gorge, and marvel at the stunning scenery on a thrilling helicopter ride! Embark on an unforgettable adventure with a riverboat cruise and a thrilling 1-hour air exploration of the breathtaking landscape. Experience the ultimate escapade through breathtaking scenery and fascinating cultural marvels, guided by an expert. Behold stunning wildlife and immerse yourself in the awe-inspiring natural splendor that envelops you! Return and witness the spectacular Mary and Adelaide rivers.

Experience a tour of Litchfield National Park's waterfalls and wildlife departing from Darwin. 

Join us on a tour of Litchfield National Park’s pristine waters and forests. Discover hundreds of species of wildlife, including birds and reptiles, at Fogg Dam Conservation Centre. Explore giant Magnetic Termite Mounds throughout the park. Take a refreshing dip in the cool waters of Buley Rockhole or visit the waterfalls at Florence Falls. An optional “Jumping Crocodile Cruise” is available for an additional cost. The itinerary may change due to weather conditions.

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Litchfield Park Adventures and Berry Springs Nature Park are two locations to visit. 

The tour includes a swim at various locations in Litchfield National Park, a guided walk through the monsoon vine forest or a self-trail hike, and a swim at Berry spring nature reserve park. Lunch, snacks, and floating devices are provided, and the group size ranges from 11 to 16 people led by an experienced local guide. Pick-up and drop-off are also included.

Experience the sights of Darwin and go on a jumping crocodile cruise. 

This all-day guided sightseeing tour introduces you to Darwin. Visit the Botanic Gardens and the Chinese Temple, and explore historic sites. Learn about Aboriginal art at the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory. Get ready for some heart-stopping action as you embark on an adventure to Adelaide River in the afternoon to witness the breathtaking spectacle of jumping crocodiles.

Experience the Jumping Crocodile Cruise that includes lunch. 

Experience a half-day tour from Darwin that features a crocodile cruise along the Adelaide River and a visit to the Window on the Wetlands Visitor Centre. Witness crocodiles leaping from the river to grab meat near your boat, followed by an exploration of the local wildlife and wetland. This tour includes a crocodile boat ride, as well as hotel transportation to and from Darwin.

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  • Litchfield National Park: Explore stunning waterfalls, swim in rock pools, and see the impressive termite mounds.
  • Kakadu National Park: Discover ancient rock art, beautiful landscapes, and engage in a Guluyambi cultural cruise.
  • Katherine Gorge: Cruise between sandstone cliffs, see Aboriginal rock art, and swim at Edith Falls.
  • Tiwi Islands: Experience Aboriginal culture, art, and ceremonies.
  • Adelaide River: Witness the famous ‘jumping’ crocodiles and explore the lush wetlands.

 

Yes, there are several wildlife-focused tours, including the Jumping Crocodile Cruise on the Adelaide River, wildlife viewing at Fogg Dam Nature Reserve, and observing saltwater crocodiles and various bird species in Kakadu and Litchfield National Parks.
Absolutely. Tours to Kakadu National Park, Arnhem Land, and the Tiwi Islands offer rich Aboriginal cultural experiences, including viewing ancient rock art, participating in traditional ceremonies, and learning about local customs and history.
Many day trips from Darwin involve water-based activities such as swimming in natural pools at Litchfield National Park, cruising along Katherine Gorge, and taking boat tours through the wetlands for wildlife viewing.

Yes, there are historical tours available that focus on Darwin’s role in World War II. These tours often include visits to war memorials, military precincts, and the Darwin Military Museum, complemented by a harbour cruise.