Mary River is a one-hour drive from
Just under two hours’ from Darwin, Kakadu is Australia’s biggest national park, known for its wildlife, waterfalls, history and incredible natural scenery. If you’re short on time, you can still get a taste of this enormous park on a day trip by joining a tour from Darwin to pack the most in. A day tour is filled with as many sights as possible, including visits to Indigenous sites, waterfalls, and lookout points along the way.
Or, hire a car and go it alone. While you’re there hike the steep, rocky trail to Jim Jim Falls or take a dip in Maguk Gorge.
A 90-minute drive from Darwin, Litchfield National Park is much smaller than
Robin Falls is a quiet waterfall about a 90-minute drive from Darwin. Since it is lesser known, you won’t find any tour groups here, but don’t be surprised if you see the odd harmless water snake or water monitor. It's a great place to cool off after going on a must-do Jumping Crocodile Cruise on the Adelaide River.
Sweets Lagoon is famous for its iconic five-meter-long, territorial crocodile Sweetheart, who used to chew motors off boats in the 1970s. You can visit his former home to see the vast floodplain and spot wildlife with Outback Floatplane Adventures, which can fly you to the remote area and tour you by airboat. Though, at
Alternatively, you could stop in at the Windows on the Wetlands, a lookout point with interactive exhibits. It also offers free nature walks on weekends during the dry season.
Berry Springs is another gorgeous natural swimming hole, about 40 minutes from Darwin, with a choice of water holes to swim in. Visit after a day exploring the Territory Wildlife Park, where you can observe wildlife native to the area such as colorful birds and the Olive Python, or after a picnic in nature at Manton Dam.
There’s no better place to experience the charming and endearing character of the Northern Territory than at a pub. The Humpty Doo Hotel, Berry Springs Tavern, and Noonamah Tavern are fantastic local spots where you can eat a classic Aussie pub meal washed down with a cold beer.
Darwin has two main seasons, a wet season and a dry season. During the wet season, from November to April, many of these places are flooded, and therefore inaccessible. Travel during the dry season, from May to October, for better weather – though this is peak season for travel, so you can expect larger crowds.
The Northern Territory is full of oasis-like swimming holes. It’s also crocodile country, home to the Saltwater crocodile. Don’t be fooled by the name, they live in freshwater, too. Read the signs and only swim in designated areas.
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