The Aussie outback awaits and these adventure tours in Darwin will help you experience it to the fullest.
Driving through rough roads and river-crossings, camping under the stars and having close encounters with Australian wildlife – sound like your idea of a fun holiday? Then you need to hightail it to Darwin.
Part of Australia’s Top End, which comprises of the northernmost section of the Northern Territory, Darwin is a gateway to outback adventure and Indigenous culture.
From the capital city tours can either take you south, further into the heart of the territory and into Litchfield National Park, or east to the expansive Kakadu National Park and Nitmiluk National Park where the green waters of Katherine Gorge are sure to capture your attention. Wherever you choose to explore, there’s an adventure tour waiting for you.
Here are some of the best:
Top End and Northern Territory tours
Want to see it all? Top End and Northern Territory tours encompass all of the above and more. Some do loops from Darwin, through Kakadu National Park and Katherine Gorge and then back through Litchfield National Park, while others go even further, travelling south to the Red Centre (Uluru) and through Kings Canyon.
Kakadu National Park adventure tours
Steeped in Indigenous Australian lore and rich in native flora and fauna, Kakadu National Park has been on the World Heritage list since 1981 for its cultural and national significance. At almost 20,000 square kilometres, it’s the largest national park in Australia and one that can be explored time and time again. Where will you go?
Litchfield National Park adventure tours
Approximately 100km south of Darwin, Litchfield National Park is home to a series of iconic magnetic termite mounds, sandstone pillars, cascading waterfalls and crystal clear pools. The best bit? For those who are time-poor, Litchfield National Park is only a day-trip from Darwin or Katherine.
Katherine Gorge adventure tours
Comprised of 13 sandstone gorges, Katherine Gorge boasts arresting vistas and more outdoor activities than you can shake a stick at. Located inside Nitmiluk National Park, you can hike, canoe, boat or helicopter your way in and around to your heart’s content. Sunset cruises are particularly popular as they capture the red and mauve shades of the rock landscape.
For something unique and quintessentially Northern Territorian, a crocodile tour is a memorable experience. A wealth of crocodile jumping cruises are available to get your heart pumping, though if you really want some excitement, Crocosaurus Cove is where you need to be. A tourist attraction like no other, inside Crocosaurus Cove you can face your fears and swim with baby crocs or brave the tank in the cage of death with the adults. It’s up to you.
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