Challenge your fears, sleep under the stars and let your carefree spirit roam the vast lands.
There is nowhere else like the Top End of Australia’s Northern Territory. From the pristine coast in Darwin to the renowned UNESCO World Heritage-listed Kakadu National Park to the ancient sandstone escarpment in Nitmiluk (Katherine) Gorge, its wild landscapes are filled with experiences you just can’t have anywhere else. This is the real outback, where people from all over the world come to immerse in its diversity and be awed by its untouched wilderness. Come and check out the spectacular landscapes, amazing wildlife, ancient culture, unique dining experiences and friendly locals — this place has all the ingredients for your experiential travel of a lifetime.
From Singapore, Darwin, the Northern Territory's distinctly modern and multicultural capital city is only 4.5 hours away by air.
Suggested 5 Days Itinerary
Mindil Beach Sunset Market, DarwinExplore Darwin City & Markets
Take a Darwin Bus hop-on hop-off sightseeing tour to get to know more about the compelling history and attractions of this vibrant tropical city. Explore the aboriginal art and natural history exhibitions at the Museum & Art Gallery of the Northern Territory and take a walk around the boutiques and galleries in the Smith Street Mall. Head down to the Waterfront Precinct for a swim at the Wave Lagoon or relax at one of the many alfresco eateries.
Darwin’s cuisine draws inspiration from its diverse mix of cultures. Indulge your inner-epicurean at Darwin’s famous foodie markets. Enjoy the tropical night air at Mindil Beach Sunset Markets every Thursday and Sunday evening between April and October. The markets have an array of stalls offering international cuisine, local arts, crafts and entertainment. Sit on the beach and catch one of Darwin’s famous sunsets as you tuck into a plate of fresh locally-caught seafood and tropical juices.
Jumping Crocodile Cruise, Adelaide RiverDarwin, The Gateway to Nature's Playground
Head out of Darwin to discover UNESCO World Heritage-listed Kakadu National Park and Nitmiluk National Park, home to the stunning Nitmiluk (Katherine) Gorge.
On your journey to the national parks, along the Arnhem Highway, there’s several opportunities to sight wildlife in its natural environment. Stop at the Adelaide River and board a cruise to view elusive and powerful crocodiles launch themselves from their natural habitat to snatch prey, all from the safety of your boat.
Continue to Kakadu National Park and visit Burrungkuy (Nourlangie) a region known for its World Heritage rock art, colourful birdlife and easy-to-access walks and lookouts. Drop by Warradjan Aboriginal Cultural Centre to view informative displays that include artefacts that illustrate the stories that the local traditional Aboriginal owners wish to share with visitors. Stay overnight at Cooinda Lodge, an inviting oasis located at the entrance of the Yellow Water Billabong, Kakadu’s most famous wetland which is home to rich wildlife, dramatic scenery and ever-changing landscapes.
Sunset at Ubirr, Kakadu National ParkKakadu & Katherine
Head out on an early morning cruise along the remarkable palm-fringed Yellow Water Billabong and be greeted by the warm morning sun. Journey deep into the wetlands and watch the calm waters and shores come to life with saltwater crocodiles, wild horses, buffaloes and a vast range of birdlife including magpie geese, jabirus and whistling kites.
After breakfast, discover one of Kakadu’s most famous spots; Ubirr. Pass several breath-taking Aboriginal rock art galleries before heading up to a stunning lookout over the Nadab floodplains. Gaze out over the floodplain, woodlands and dark ribbons of rainforest, and let the spirit and serenity of Kakadu envelope you!
Leave Kakadu National Park and travel to Nitmiluk National Park via the small town of Pine Creek best known for its colourful gold rush history dating back to the 1870s. Head south to where the outback meets the tropics at Katherine and on to Nitmiluk National Park which boasts the magnificent Nitmiluk (Katherine) Gorge. Nature comes alive at the Nitmiluk Gorge as you cruise, hike, canoe or fly along the 13-gorge system by helicopter.
Bitter Springs, KatherineKatherine back to Darwin
In Katherine, take a dip in the paperbark and pandanus-fringed pools of Edith (Leliyn) Falls or find your spot and relax in the thermal pools at Mataranka Hot Springs or Bitter Springs. The tranquil swimming holes offer a refreshing swim before heading back to Darwin.
Overnight in Darwin and dine alfresco-style at the Waterfront eateries.
Termite Mounds, Litchfield National ParkLitchfield National Park & Sunset Dinner Cruise
Just 90 minutes from Darwin is Litchfield National Park, nature’s very own water theme park. Self-drive or join a day tour to explore Litchfield National Park’s stunning natural scenery, thundering waterfalls and monsoon rainforests. Plunge into crystal clear waterholes beneath the spring-fed waterfalls of Florence and Wangi, or soak in the gentle three-tiered cascade shaded by rainforest at Buley Rockhole. For a drier option, take the short walk through cypress pines and cycads to the Tolmer Falls viewing platform. Remember to finish your day with a photo opportunity at the gigantic termite mounds!
Return to Darwin for dinner with a view! Soak in breathtaking sunset while you enjoy a sumptuous dinner on-board a Darwin Harbour boat cruise or head down to the Waterfront Precinct to relax at one of the many alfresco eateries. Try one of Darwin’s many cosmopolitan restaurants for dinner with a diverse range of cuisines including Thai, Vietnamese, Italian, Greek and Indian as well as great steaks and fresh seafood.
Events & Festivals
A celebration of arts and culture, the Darwin Festival is the Top End’s landmark event. Across two weeks in August, festival goers will enjoy music, theatrical and concert acts, together with an array of food stalls and pop-up bars. A festival that started nearly half a century ago with a parade nowadays boasts top international acts from the popular to the avant-garde and from the family-friendly to the confronting, performed in a relaxed and friendly environment which is quintessentially Darwin.
Venue: Various location in Darwin
Date: 08 to 25 August 2019
Bruce Munro: Tropical Light (Image: Photographer Louise Denton. Copyright 2019 NTMEC)Bruce Munro: Tropical Light
Bruce Munro: Tropical Light is the first major event for the tropical summer. It is a 2.5km outdoor exhibition featuring 8 spectacular illuminated sculptures by world renowned artist, Bruce Munro. The exhibition is Bruce Munro's first city-wide exhibition in the world with the collection reflecting the artist’s personal history of visiting Australia and the Northern Territory. The exhibition is free to view and is connected by a self-guided path to wander along with each piece intended to inspire interest during the day and hold special significance when they illuminate each night at 7pm.
Venue: Various location in Darwin CBD
Date: 01 November 2019 to 30 April 2020