3 Days in Darwin: Suggested Itineraries

By Viator, March 2015

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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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Katherine Day Tour from Darwin including Katherine Gorge Cruise

4.5 star rating: Recommended 92 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 $183.06

Litchfield National Park Day Tour from Darwin

4.5 star rating: Recommended 66 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 $131.07

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

4.5 star rating: Recommended 45 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 $179.40

Darwin Sunset Dinner Cruise Aboard a Traditional Ketch

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 33 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 $72.49

Darwin Jumping Crocodiles Cruise on Adelaide River

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 35 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 $74.69

Darwin Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 49 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 $29.29

Corroboree Billabong Wetland Cruise from Darwin Including Lunch

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 11 Reviews

See an abundance of birds, saltwater crocodiles and other wildlife on a full-day tour to the Corroboree Billabong, from Darwin. En route, visit Window on the ...  Read more

Location: Darwin, Australia
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

From USD $95.19

Tiwi Islands Cultural Experience from Darwin Including Flights

4.5 star rating: Recommended 4 Reviews

Fly from Darwin to spend the day with the traditional Tiwi people of Bathurst Island, one of the Tiwi Islands, a group of islands off the coast of the Northern ...  Read more

Location: Darwin, Australia
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $416.65

Darwin City Sightseeing Tour with Optional Sunset Cruise

3 star rating: Worth doing 4 Reviews

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 $69.56

Crocosaurus Cove Darwin General Admission Tickets

4 star rating: Recommended 7 Reviews

Round up the family and venture to Crocosaurus Cove in Darwin for a day of crocodile adventures and thrills. With over three floors to explore, your general ...  Read more

Location: Darwin, Australia
Duration: Flexible

From USD $25.63

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