Discover unspoiled nature and exotic wildlife in the Northern Territory.
As one of the most culturally and historically rich areas in Australia, the Northern Territory boasts some of the most pristine nature the entire country has to offer. There’s a beautiful city to explore, historical sites to visit, and of course, many a crocodile to encounter.
If you aren’t so keen to meet our fanged reptile friends, there’s a dazzling array of birds to spot and baby turtles to experience. The Northern Territory is fast-becoming the ideal holiday destination that is suitable for all ages. So if you’re wondering where to start, here are our picks for the top things to do in the Top End.
Feature image: Kakadu Katherine Gorge Scenic Tour / Rezdy
Top things to do in Darwin
6 things to do in Darwin for free
- Wade through shady pools and walk over waterfalls at Berry Springs Nature Park.
- Get cultured at Adelaide River War Cemetery.
- Spend a day in the beautiful George Brown Botanic Gardens. It’s one of the only gardens in the world that naturally has marine and estuary plants. Playgrounds and barbecue areas are also available in the gardens, making it an ideal spot for families.
- Cool down in the Recreation Lagoon. This harbourside lagoon is the perfect respite on a hot summer’s day. It’s situated next to the Wave Lagoon, which charges a small fee for entry. The Recreation Lagoon is free.
- Shop the Mindil Beach sunset markets for that perfect souvenir. The markets are open from the last Thursday in April to the last Thursday in October.
- Check out the World War II oil storage tunnels. They are a unique attraction in the Darwin Waterfront Precinct. While not exactly free, it is cheap ($8 for adults, $5 for kids) to take a tour of the tunnels and learn of their significance during the war.
Things to do in Darwin during the wet season
During the wet season, lightning storms are frequent and some outdoor activities in and around Darwin may close. However, don’t let this discourage you from visiting this amazing city from November to April; there are still plenty of activities to do during these months.
Plus, the wet/green season is when the land’s wildlife really comes to life. Animals thrive under these conditions and wildflowers come into bloom, making for a spectacular photograph.
Looking for some things to do in Darwin in the wet season?
- Litchfield National Park (some locations may close between December and May)
- Kakadu National Park (some locations may close between December and May)
- Parap Village Markets
- Nightcliff Markets
- The Tiwi Islands
- The Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory
- Wet/Green season tours
- Parliament House and the Supreme Court
- Some scenic flights
What’s closed during wet season
- Mindil Beach sunset markets
- The Recreation and Wave Lagoons may close during the wet season depending on the weather conditions
- Certain unsealed roads close when they become too dangerous to drive on
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