National Parks in Darwin

By Viator, September 2015

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There's a common misconception of Australia that the Northern Territory is nothing but plain old desert. Which is simply not true. Darwin, the capital of the Northern Territory, is surrounded by lush, diverse and beautiful national parks with plenty of things to do.

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

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Kakadu, Nourlangie and Yellow Waters Tour with Optional Flight over Kakadu

4.5 star rating: Recommended 115 Reviews

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

Location: Darwin, Australia
Duration: 13 hours (approx.)

From USD $182.58

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 $182.58

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 $130.73

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 $94.94

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