15 adventure tours in Darwin for the ultimate Top End experience

The Aussie outback awaits and these adventure tours in Darwin will help you experience it to the fullest.

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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:

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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?

6-Day Kakadu and Beyond Private Camping Safari from Darwin
6-Day Kakadu and Beyond Private Camping Safari from Darwin

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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.

Litchfield and Jumping Crocodiles Full Day Trip from Darwin
Litchfield and Jumping Crocodiles Full Day Trip from Darwin

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Litchfield Day Tour from Darwin Including Wangi Falls Florence Falls and Buley
Litchfield Day Tour from Darwin Including Wangi Falls Florence Falls and Buley

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Litchfield National Park Day Tour from Darwin
Litchfield National Park Day Tour from Darwin

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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.

5-Day 4WD Camping Adventure Including Kakadu, Katherine Gorge and Litchfield National Parks
5-Day 4WD Camping Adventure Including Kakadu, Katherine Gorge and Litchfield National Parks

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Katherine Day Tour from Darwin including Katherine Gorge Cruise
Katherine Day Tour from Darwin including Katherine Gorge Cruise

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4-Day Top End Highlights Including Kakadu and Katherine
4-Day Top End Highlights Including Kakadu and Katherine

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Crocodile tours

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.

Darwin Jumping Crocodiles Cruise on Adelaide River
Darwin Jumping Crocodiles Cruise on Adelaide River

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Crocosaurus Cove Darwin General Admission Tickets
Crocosaurus Cove Darwin General Admission Tickets

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