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Top National Parks in Darwin

By Viator, February 2018

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The sunbaked desert plains, vast gorges, and crocodile-filled billabongs of the Northern Territory offer a spectacular backdrop for an outdoor adventure, and there are an impressive 16 national parks to explore throughout the state. Here are five of the best that you can visit on a day tour from Darwin.

Kakadu National Park
Australia’s largest national park and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Kakadu National Park is noted for its biodiversity as it’s home to an array of indigenous plants and Australian birds and mammals. Visitors on a full-day tour can spot freshwater and saltwater crocodiles on a cruise along Yellow Water and admire ancient Aboriginal rock art. Longer 2- or 3-day tours might also include a stop at Twin Falls or Barramundi Gorge, with some including hotel accommodations and others offering guided camping in the wilderness. 

Litchfield National Park
Sitting just to the south of Darwin, Litchfield National Park is the home of some of the region’s most unique scenery. You won’t miss a thing on a guided day tour of the area, during which you can marvel at the gigantic termite mounds, admire the park’s beautiful waterfalls, and even dive in to take a swim at spots such as Buley Rockhole or Wangi Falls.

Charles Darwin National Park
Just outside Darwin city center, the Charles Darwin National Park is a stretch of scenic wetlands, famous for its lush mangroves and World War II history. Escape the city for a hike through the forests, browse the WWII exhibitions, and enjoy a magnificent view over Darwin from the lookout point.

Nitmiluk National Park and Katherine Gorge
Just under four hours’ drive from the capital, Katherine Gorge is best explored on a multi-day tour from Darwin. There are various hiking trails suitable for all levels, as well as some fascinating Aboriginal rock art sites to visit, but the real highlight is the dramatic view from the top of the gorge.

Mary River National Park
Another popular day trip from Darwin is to the Mary River Wetlands, where it’s possible to see crocodiles and alligators in their natural habitat, cruise along the Corroboree Billabong, and spot exotic birds including jabiru, ibis, sea eagles, and jacana. Full-day tours of the Corroboree Billabong include bus and cruise transport, plus lunch for an enjoyable look at the area.

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Kakadu, Nourlangie and Yellow Waters Tour from Darwin, Darwin, null
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Kakadu, Nourlangie and Yellow Waters Tour from Darwin

4.5 star rating: Recommended 155 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 $165.42
5-Day 4WD Camping Adventure Including Kakadu, Katherine Gorge and Litchfield National Parks, ... 
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5-Day 4WD Camping Adventure Including Kakadu, Katherine Gorge and Litchfield National Parks

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 11 Reviews

Experience the ultimate Top End Adventure. Swim in the clear rock holes and waterfalls of Litchfield National Park, explore Kakadu National Park by small group ...  Read more

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

From USD $958.05
Katherine Day Tour from Darwin including Katherine Gorge Cruise, Darwin, Multi-day Tours
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Katherine Day Tour from Darwin including Katherine Gorge Cruise

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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 $206.78
Litchfield National Park Day Tour from Darwin, Darwin, Day Trips
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Litchfield National Park Day Tour from Darwin

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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 $147.70
Small-Group Litchfield National Park Day Trip from Darwin, Darwin, Day Trips
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Small-Group Litchfield National Park Day Trip from Darwin

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Spend a day in the outback on a small-group tour to Litchfield National Park from Darwin. From giant termite mounds to rugged sandstone escarpments, you’ll see ...  Read more

Location: Darwin, Australia
Duration: 10 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $79.04
2-Day Kakadu National Park Cultural and Wildlife Tour from Darwin, Darwin, Day Trips
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2-Day Kakadu National Park Cultural and Wildlife Tour from Darwin

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Experience Kakadu National Park, an area of great natural beauty and sweeping landscapes on this 2-day trip from Darwin. Cruise the Yellow Water Billabong and ...  Read more

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

From USD $466.25
3-Day Kakadu National Park and Arnhem Land Explorer Tour from Darwin, Darwin, Overnight Tours
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3-Day Kakadu National Park and Arnhem Land Explorer Tour from Darwin

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Enjoy a three-day trip exploring the highlights of the Top End including the World Heritage-listed Kakadu National Park. Watch out for crocodiles and an ...  Read more

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

From USD $830.31
Corroboree Billabong Wetland Cruise from Darwin Including Lunch, Darwin, Multi-day Tours
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Corroboree Billabong Wetland Cruise from Darwin Including Lunch

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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: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $111.77
2-Day Kakadu National Park Yellow Waters Cruise, Aboriginal Art Sites and Arnhem Land Tour from ... 
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2-Day Kakadu National Park Yellow Waters Cruise, Aboriginal Art Sites and Arnhem Land Tour from Darwin

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Experience Kakadu National Park, an area of great natural beauty and sweeping landscapes on this 2-day trip from Darwin. Cruise the Yellow Waters, where ...  Read more

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

From USD $656.26
3-Day Kakadu National Park and Arnhem Land Camping Tour from Darwin, Darwin, Overnight Tours
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3-Day Kakadu National Park and Arnhem Land Camping Tour from Darwin

Uncover natural and spiritual charms in Australia's north. Head into the heart of the Northern Territory’s rugged Top End on a short but sweet three-day ...  Read more

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

From USD $918.13

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