National Parks in Darwin
By Viator, August 2013
Kakadu National Park
Kakadu National Park is the most well-known of the parks around Darwin. Australia’s largest national park, Kakadu is a haven of wilderness with a diversity of animals and plants that rivals that of famous wildernesses such as the Amazon Rainforest. Hands down the best thing to do in Kakadu is to take a cruise along the sweeping Yellow Water at sunrise for the best wildlife viewing opportunities in the park. Be sure to also take in the Aboriginal rock art that make Kakadu home to one of the largest concentrations of Aboriginal rock art in the country, some of the many waterfalls in the park like Twin Falls, the deep Barramundi Gorge, and of course soak it all in on one of the many walking tracks through the park.
Litchfield National Park
Sitting just to the south of Darwin, Litchfield National Park is the home of some of the oddest scenery in the region. Termite mounds litter the landscape and are easily seen from the many walking trails which lead to the many, many waterfalls of the park. Take your swimmers and reward yourself for the hike by swimming in the deep pools created at the bottom of the cascades. Buley Rockhole is a collection of rock pools perfect for lounging in, and there’s a reason the deep, forest-lined pool at the base of Wangi Falls is the most popular in the park!
Charles Darwin National Park
A little closer to the city, Charles Darwin National Park is only 4km from the city centre. The big draw for Charles Darwin is the nationally significant Port Darwin Wetland. A walking track winds through the mangroves of the wetland, whilst a lookout offers prime position for taking in the views of the park and the city. A WWII display within the park details Darwin’s role in the war. Entry to the display is free from 8am to 7pm daily.
Nitmiluk National Park and Katherine Gorge
Katherine Gorge is a little further from Darwin than the other parks mentioned above. Just under four hours’ drive from the capital, it’s best to take a few days to explore this national park. Katherine Gorge (or Nitmiluk – the traditional Aboriginal name) is run by the traditional owners of the land making a visit to the park a truly special experience. Stop at the visitor center for information before heading out on one of the many walks through the park. Walks vary in length and difficulty, but at least one walk is recommended to view the spectacular Aboriginal rock art of the area.
Tours & Tickets
Discover the magic of Australia's Kakadu National Park on this full day trip from Darwin. Cruise along the famous Yellow Waters, while looking out for ... Read more
Duration: 13 hours (approx.)
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
Duration: 14 hours (approx.)