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3 Days in Darwin: Suggested Itineraries

By Viator, September 2014

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Darwin, the capital of northern Australia, is closer to Jakarta than it is to Sydney, so it should come as no surprise that it looks outward to Asia as much as it looks inland to the rest of Australia. It's this mix that gives Darwin its relaxed, cosmopolitan, tropical atmosphere.

Day 1: Discover Darwin

Get your bearings with a tour – an Aboriginal-led tour will give you a great insight into the local area and history. Alternatively the hop-on, hop-off minibus visits most of the big sights in town. Darwin's city center is compact, but the heat can be oppressive, so early morning and late afternoon are the best times for a stroll. Start with the galleries and gift shops of Smith Street Mall. Dinner by the water is a must-do in Darwin so head to the marinas for fish and chips wrapped in paper before easing on down to the vibrant Mindil Beach Sunset Markets (May - October) for beer and a spot of fire-juggling.

Day 2: Art and history

Get a culture fix at Darwin's excellent state museum and the significant Aboriginal Art collection at the Museum and Art Gallery of the NT. The fascinating East Point Military Museum profoundly displays the devastation of Darwin in WWII with a fascinating collection of military memorabilia. Wind down from the day by savoring one of Darwin's flame-red sunsets on an historic pearl lugger such as the 1959 Streeter, where you can sip champagne and snack on finger food.  

Day 3: Do Kakadu

Kakadu is Australia's largest national park. Its 20,000 square kilometers are World Heritage listed and you'll see why when you take a day tour from Darwin across the Marrakai Plains and into Kakadu. Spend the morning exploring the native fauna and viewing the superbly preserved Aboriginal rock paintings at Ubirr. After lunch, you'll join the Guluyambi Cruise along the East Alligator River with an Aboriginal guide and, by special permission, take a short walk into Arnhem Land. By late afternoon you'll head back to Darwin, stopping at Window on the Wetlands en route, where you can relax with a glass of wine and watch the changing light of day over the floodplains.

Tours & Tickets

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Kakadu Day Tour from Darwin including Ubirr Art Site and Mary River Wetlands Cruise

4 star rating: Recommended 34 Reviews

On this full day tour you will travel east from Darwin along the Arnhem Highway and journey into world-renowned Kakadu National Park, home to a profusion of ...  Read more

Location: Darwin, Australia
Duration: 14 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $212.81

Katherine Day Tour from Darwin including Katherine Gorge Cruise

4.5 star rating: Recommended 48 Reviews

A spectacular Katherine Gorge day tour is one of the many unforgettable experiences available to you in the Top End in Australia's Northern Territory. ...  Read more

Location: Darwin, Australia
Duration: 14 hours (approx.)

From USD $212.81

Litchfield National Park Day Tour from Darwin

4 star rating: Recommended 26 Reviews

Escape from the bustle of city life and spend a full day exploring the waterfalls, rainforest and rock formations in beautiful Litchfield National Park. ...  Read more

Location: Darwin, Australia
Duration: 11 hours (approx.)

From USD $143.99

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

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 5 Reviews

Explore Australia’s Top End on a Northern Territory camping tour through Kakadu, Katherine Gorge and Litchfield national parks. This five-day excursion to the ...  Read more

Location: Darwin, Australia
Duration: 5 days (approx.)

From USD $946.32

Darwin Sunset Dinner Cruise Aboard a Traditional Ketch

4.5 star rating: Recommended 11 Reviews

Darwin is famous for its lush tropical climate, outdoor activities and fresh seafood. This 3-hour dinner cruise brings these elements together with an intimate ...  Read more

Location: Darwin, Australia
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $86.93

2-Day Aboriginal Culture and Kakadu National Park Tour from Darwin

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 3 Reviews

Experience the extraordinary beauty of the Kakadu wetlands and Aboriginal rock art sites on an overnight Kakadu highlights tour traveling by 4WD vehicle. View ...  Read more

Location: Darwin, Australia
Duration: 2 days (approx.)

From USD $494.44

WWII Historical Tour of Darwin Including Harbor Cruise

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 18 Reviews

See how the Second World War was experienced in Australia on a WWII historical tour of Darwin. This poignant tour highlights the memorials and sites of the ...  Read more

Location: Darwin, Australia
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $98.71

Darwin Jumping Crocodiles Cruise on Adelaide River

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 18 Reviews

Cruise along the Adelaide River and see Jumping Crocodiles Cruise on this exciting tour from Darwin. Observe these primeval saltwater crocodiles close up as ...  Read more

Location: Darwin, Australia
Duration: 5 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $95.09

Darwin City Sightseeing Tour with Optional Sunset Cruise

View the sights of Darwin on a guided city tour seeing the sights and attractions of the city. You also have the option to end the day with a sunset fish and ...  Read more

Location: Darwin, Australia
Duration: Varies

From USD $67.92

Darwin Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 5 Reviews

Tour Darwin at your own pace with a 24-hour or 48-hour hop-on hop-off pass. See fabulous views from the open-top double-decker bus and get on and off at 10 ...  Read more

Location: Darwin, Australia
Duration: 24 or 48 hours

From USD $31.70

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