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Top National Parks in Darwin

Top National Parks in Darwin

The sunbaked desert plains, vast gorges, and crocodile-filled billabongs of the Northern Territory offer a spectacular backdrop for an outdoor adventure, and there are an impressive 16 national parks to explore throughout the state. Here are five of the best that you can visit on a day tour from Darwin.

Kakadu National Park

Australia’s largest national park and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Kakadu National Park is noted for its biodiversity as it’s home to an array of indigenous plants and Australian birds and mammals. Visitors on a full-day tour can spot freshwater and saltwater crocodiles on a cruise along Yellow Water and admire ancient Aboriginal rock art. Longer 2- or 3-day tours might also include a stop at Twin Falls or Barramundi Gorge, with some including hotel accommodations and others offering guided camping in the wilderness. 

Litchfield National Park

Sitting just to the south of Darwin, Litchfield National Park is the home of some of the region’s most unique scenery. You won’t miss a thing on a guided day tour of the area, during which you can marvel at the gigantic termite mounds, admire the park’s beautiful waterfalls, and even dive in to take a swim at spots such as Buley Rockhole or Wangi Falls.

Charles Darwin National Park

Just outside Darwin city center, the Charles Darwin National Park is a stretch of scenic wetlands, famous for its lush mangroves and World War II history. Escape the city for a hike through the forests, browse the WWII exhibitions, and enjoy a magnificent view over Darwin from the lookout point.

Nitmiluk National Park and Katherine Gorge

Just under four hours’ drive from the capital, Katherine Gorge is best explored on a multi-day tour from Darwin. There are various hiking trails suitable for all levels, as well as some fascinating Aboriginal rock art sites to visit, but the real highlight is the dramatic view from the top of the gorge.

Mary River National Park

Another popular day trip from Darwin is to the Mary River Wetlands, where it’s possible to see crocodiles and alligators in their natural habitat, cruise along the Corroboree Billabong, and spot exotic birds including jabiru, ibis, sea eagles, and jacana. Full-day tours of the Corroboree Billabong include bus and cruise transport, plus lunch for an enjoyable look at the area.

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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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Take a full-day detour from Darwin to explore the beautiful natural playground of Katherine Gorge. Cruise between ancient sandstone cliffs for an up-close perspective of Aboriginal rock art and crocodiles lounging on the riverbanks. Take a dip in a natural swimming hole at the base of Edith Falls, and recharge with a delicious picnic lunch. Get a glimpse of local cattle culture on a coach tour of Katherine, and pass through the historic gold mining town of Pine Creek.
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  • 14 hours
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Litchfield National Park Day Tour from Darwin

Litchfield National Park Day Tour from Darwin

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Explore a landscape of ancient rock formations, monsoon forests, and cascading waterfalls on this full-day tour from Darwin to Litchfield National Park. Marvel at massive termite pillars, take a dip in natural swimming holes, and explore rock pools at the base of the sparkling falls. Enjoy lunch at the Litchfield Café and learn of the Aboriginal legends that surround this pristine landscape.
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  • 11 hours
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1 Day Corroboree Billabong Wetland Experience including 2.5 hour cruise + lunch

1 Day Corroboree Billabong Wetland Experience including 2.5 hour cruise + lunch

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See an abundance of birds, crocodiles and other wildlife on this day trip from Darwin with a 2.5-hour Corroboree Billabong cruise. You'll board a shaded, open-sided boat for optimal wildlife viewing along the Mary River Wetlands, home to the largest concentration of saltwater crocs as well as 30 species of birds. Hear commentary from your guide throughout the full-day tour, which includes an informative stop at Window on the Wetlands Visitor Centre as well as lunch and round-trip hotel transport.
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  • 8 hours
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Kakadu, Nourlangie and Yellow Waters Tour from Darwin

Kakadu, Nourlangie and Yellow Waters Tour from Darwin

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Experience the natural wonders and ancient cultural heritage of Kakadu — Australia’s largest national park. On this full-day tour from Darwin, cruise along the Yellow Water billabong while spotting crocs basking on the banks. Admire ancient Aboriginal art at the ‘desert museum’ of Nourlangie Rock, and delve deeper into indigenous history at the Warradjan Aboriginal Centre.
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  • 13 hours
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3-Day Kakadu National Park and Arnhem Land Explorer Tour from Darwin

3-Day Kakadu National Park and Arnhem Land Explorer Tour from Darwin

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Immerse yourself in the cultural heritage and diverse landscapes of Australia’s ‘Top End’ on this 3-day tour from Darwin. In World Heritage-listed Kakadu National Park, go croc spotting on a Yellow Water billabong cruise and admire ancient Aboriginal rock art. Delve deeper into indigenous history with a 4WD tour to Arnhem Land, where you can try your hand at bush survival techniques and glide down the East Alligator River with an Aboriginal guide.
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