Darwin, the Northern Territory's distinctly modern and multicultural capital city is only a 4.5 hour direct flight from Singapore.
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, there is nowhere else like the Top End of Australia’s Northern Territory. This is the real outback, where the multi-sensory experience transcends the physical and connects you to the land, the ancient culture and the people. Come and check out the spectacular landscapes, awe-inspiring nature and wildlife, Aboriginal culture, unique dining experiences and friendly locals — this place has all the ingredients for your experiential travel of a lifetime.
EVENTS & FESTIVALS
Whether you're an adrenaline junkie, an off-beat art fanatic, or a sports buff, we're sure there's an event happening in the Northern Territory that you'll love!
Mindil Beach Sunset MarketMindil Beach Sunset Market, Darwin
30 April to 29 October 2020, Every Thursday and Sunday
Mindil Beach Sunset Market is an ocean front market, located only minutes away from Darwin CBD. The market features food stalls from more than 60 countries, locally made art and craft, and live music and entertainment. Being Darwin’s largest market, this is the place where hundreds of people come to enjoy the casual market vibe and catch the sun setting over the majestic Arafura Sea.
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Bush Tucker gourmet cuisineTaste of Kakadu
22 to 31 May 2020
A food festival 65,000 years in the making. Taste of Kakadu is back in 2020 with a ten-day program of local-inspired food exploration and events. Pop-up degustation dinners, campfire stories, cooking demonstrations with Traditional Owners, guided bush tucker walks, traditional brunch, sunset tasting cruises and hunting and gathering talks – all set against the spectacular natural landscape with the local Indigenous Bininj/Mungguy people.
Dual listed on the UNESCO World Heritage List, Kakadu National Park is rich in bush foods. With bush tucker delicacies like barramundi to buffalo, there is something for everyone.
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The ‘Water-Towers’ light sculpture, Darwin WaterfrontBruce Munro: Tropical Light
Now to 30 April 2020
8 large-scale illuminated sculptures are the centrepiece of acclaimed international artist Bruce Munro’s third Australian exhibition, Bruce Munro: Tropical Light, which is held across various locations in Darwin’s Central Business District. In what is Munro’s world first city-wide exhibition, Bruce Munro: Tropical Light is 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.
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Performers at Darwin Festival 2019Darwin Festival
06 to 23 August 2020
Darwin Festival happens each August, where a fabulous festival wonderland awaits you! Darwin Festival combines warm outdoor festivities with a program rich with local, national and international talent. Cabaret, theatre, dance, visual arts, outdoor concerts under the stars and fun family events transform Darwin for 18 dazzling days and nights. The Festival celebrates the quintessential spirit and energy of Darwin, with its laidback, friendly lifestyle.
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Wangi Falls, Litchfield National ParkADVENTURE
Need an adrenaline rush to keep your travel exciting and memorable? The Northern Territory is definitely the place for once-a-lifetime adventures. Here, it’s all about helifishing, quad biking, skydiving, swimming with crocodiles (safely of course), airboating and many more!
Jump on an exhilarating airboat ride as you embrace nature in Sweet Lagoon or Mary River Floodplains. Head to Kakadu National Park or Litchfield National Park for a swim under stunning waterfalls and crystal clear waterholes.
Baby Crocodile encounters at Crocosaurus Cove, DarwinWILDLIFE
In Darwin, hold a baby crocodile at Crocodylus Park, Territory Wildlife Park, or Crocosaurus Cove. While at Crocosaurs Cove, brave the ‘Cage of Death’ experience. A great way to see the wildlife of rivers and wetlands in the NT is on a guided cruise. Check out the cruises on Corroboree Billabong, just 1.5 hrs drive from Darwin, or on the famous Yellow Water Billabong in Kakadu National Park where you’ll see wild crocodiles and horses, buffalo and other wildlife. During the wet season it floods and attracts millions of migratory birds.
Gunlom Falls, Kakadu National ParkNATURE
In the Top End, head to Australia’s largest national park, Kakadu National Park. Covering nearly 20,000 square kilometres of exceptional natural beauty and unique biodiversity, Kakadu is rich in natural beauty and has an abundance of native wildlife. It has earned its dual World Heritage listing for both its cultural and natural values. You'll find some of the world’s oldest and most impressive rock art that document life in the region from 20,000 years ago to the first contact with European explorers at Nourlangie (Burrungkuy) and soak in the amazing sunset at Ubirr while admiring the vast wetlands and floodplains.
Cultural Experience at Pudakul Aboriginal Cultural ToursCULTURE
Just outside Darwin, visit Pudakul for a traditional welcome and introduction to local customs. Or take a short ferry ride or flight across the harbour to the Tiwi Islands to see original artworks, meet the artists and learn the stories behind the art. Further down the track in Katherine is Top Didj, where you can sit with a traditional elder and hear his stories and learn how to hunt and paint.
Nabilil Dreaming Sunset Dinner Cruise, Katherine (Nitmiluk) GorgeFOOD & DRINK
With the culinary influence of more than 50 nationalities which make up the Northern Territory's population, diners will be spoilt for choice in the Territory. You’re guaranteed fresh produce in the Northern Territory’s culinary hotspots, with barramundi, prawns, squid and mud crabs are common place on menus, prepared with Thai, Malaysian, Indonesian, Greek, Indian, and traditional Aboriginal influences. Take a Territory food tour to uncover the best regional produce. From authentic outback bush tucker to tropical fine-dining, the Northern Territory offers a delectable spread you won’t find anywhere else.