Cheap Tours and Activities in Darwin, Australia
Darwin, Northern Territory (Tourism Australia)
Australia's only tropical capital city, Darwin gazes out confidently across the Timor Sea. It's closer to Bali than Bondi and can certainly feel removed from the rest of the country, which is just the way the locals like it. Its popular waterfront area has several beaches and green areas like Bicentennial Park. Also near the water is the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, displaying Southeast Asian and Pacific art, plus a pearling luger and other seafaring vessels. Darwin has plenty to offer travelers. Chairs and tables spill out of street-side restaurants and bars, innovative museums celebrate the city's past, and galleries showcase the region's rich Indigenous art. Darwin's cosmopolitan mix is typified by the wonderful markets held throughout the dry season. Nature is well and truly part of Darwin's backyard, the famous national parks of Kakadu and Litchfield are only a few hours' drive away, and the unique Tiwi Islands are a boat-ride away. With so much to see and do, Darwin is a great place to experience, and there are several options for exciting activities and tours in the area.
Spend the day in the magnificent landscapes of Litchfield National Park on a full-day sightseeing tour from Darwin. Following a pick-up from your accommodation at approximately 07:00, travel towards Litchfield National Park, named after the Northern Territory pioneer Frederick Henry Litchfield. Admire the natural phenomena of the Magnetic and Cathedral Termite Mounds. Built by termites, the amazing mounds are formed of arches, tunnels, and chimneys, and can stand as high as 6 meters tall. Enjoy close-up views of the insect habitats and amazing feat of nature. Once inside the park, go to some of the waterfalls and spring-fed streams. Journey through rugged sandstone escarpments. Swim and hike around the double-plunge waterfall of Florence Fall. If weather permits, go to Wangi Falls, a segmented waterfall on Wangi Creek. Note that Wangi Falls can close during the tropical wet season and will be substituted during this time. Enjoy a tasty barbecue lunch inside the park and discover the many rock holes and cascades of Buley Rockhole. Then transfer back to Darwin for an early evening drop off at your accommodation.
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Board your two-masted ketch, a traditional fishing boat, at Stokes Hill Wharf and set out on your Darwin sunset dinner cruise. You'll dine on a 4-course dinner, served at a shaded outdoor table in the intimate setting of this smaller sailing vessel. Cast your gaze over the coastline while your expert crew shares informative commentary as you sail out of the harbor. During your 3-hour excursion, be sure to keep your camera on hand to capture the tropical colors of a classic Top End sunset. To start dinner you are served a selection of tasty homemade dips and delectable seafood appetizers. Choose from banana prawns, Coffin Bay oysters or hot-smoked Spanish mackerel. Select the fresh catch of the day or rib-eye beef steak for your main course, accompanied by a selection of breads and salads. Espresso coffee or tea accompany homemade dessert. Enjoy beverages purchased from the bar on board, or feel free to bring your own, the crew will provide you with glasses and ice at no extra cost. After you've had your fill of amazing food and sunset views, your Darwin cruise ends back at the wharf.
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Explore the timeless landscape of Kakadu National Park on a 13-hour tour through its beauty and diversity. Discover mangrove-fringed coastal areas that blend into expansive flood plains, lowland hills flanked to the east by sandstone escarpments, all interwoven between various open woodland and forest habitats. Look out for wildlife in the water, land, and air, that can't be found anywhere else. See how the land takes on different forms and colors with the passing of each season. Travel across the Adelaide River and Marrakai Plains, and stop at Nourlangie Rock, where your guide will lead a walk to view the ancient Aboriginal rock art. After lunch, join a local guide for a cruise on the famous Yellow Water Billabong. Search for saltwater crocodiles and the colorful range of birdlife for which this region is renowned. Then, visit the Warradjan Cultural Centre to view the informative displays depicting the traditions of the Aboriginal people, before your return to Darwin. There is also the opportunity for an optional 50-minute scenic flight for an additional fee for a different perspective of this vibrant landscape.
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Take a trip to the heart of Darwin to the famous Crocausuars cove. Discover the largest display of Australian reptiles in the entire world including unique species found in the amazing Kimberyl regions of Australia. For those who prefer the slower animals, there's also a turtle sanctuary and a two story freshwater aquarium. Crocosaurs cove is for all ages. Kids get the chance to interact with baby crocodiles and also don't forget to take a visit to the famous 'crocodile dundee' crocodile 'burt'.
Gain the chance to take a swim with a juvenile croc, feed a croc or just watch as others interact. There is also a licensed cafe if you get a bit hungry, and a daily itinerary is available for all entries.
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