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How to Spot Wildlife in Darwin

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How to Spot Wildlife in Darwin
The rugged gorges, desert plains, and remote billabongs of the Northern Territory are home to some of Australia’s most diverse wildlife—everything from black flying foxes to frill-neck lizards to ferocious crocodiles—and Darwin is an ideal basecamp for exploring the Top End. Here are some tips for discovering Darwin’s wildlife.

Best Ways to Spot Wildlife in Darwin
  • Observe saltwater crocodiles in their natural environment on a day tour or multi-day trip to Kakadu National Park or Litchfield National Park.
  • Set sail for Bare Sand Island to watch the sea turtles as they come ashore to lay eggs at sunset.
  • See jumping crocodiles with the help of an expert guide on a cruise along the Adelaide River or brave the Cage of Death at Darwin's Crocosaurus Cove.
  • Cruise along the Corroboree billabong in the Mary River wetlands and spot colorful birds such as jabiru, ibis, and sea eagles.

What You Can See
Most visitors prioritize saltwater crocodiles sightings, but other wildlife to seek out include black flying fox, frill-necked lizard, flatback turtles, and, of course, kangaroos and wallabies. Other native animals to look out for include Leichhardt’s grasshoppers, quolls, and rare birds such as hooded parrot, rainbow pitta, and red goshawk.

Tips for Wildlife Viewing
  • Visit at sunrise and sunset. The best time for wildlife spotting is near dawn and dusk.
  • Stay safe. People are injured or killed by crocodiles in the Northern Territory every year. Never swim or walk close to rivers and billabongs—your guide can advise you of safe swimming holes. 
  • Keep quiet. Animals will often steer clear of loud noises, rapid movements, or crowded areas.
  • Do not disturb the animals’ habitats. Respect the natural habitats of animals and plant life, and stick to designated walking trails.
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Darwin Jumping Crocodiles Cruise on Adelaide RiverDay Trips

Darwin Jumping Crocodiles Cruise on Adelaide River

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Experience the thrill of jumping crocodiles on an Adelaide River cruise during this half-day tour from Darwin. Observe primeval saltwater crocodiles—commonly referred to as ‘salties’— as they leap from the water to snatch food that your boat guide dangles from above. See interactive displays at Window on the Wetlands Visitor Centre and visit Fogg Dam Conservation Reserve during your visit to the Top End. Hotel transport is included.
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Turtle Tracks Tour to Bare Sand Island from DarwinNature and Wildlife

Turtle Tracks Tour to Bare Sand Island from Darwin

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Immerse yourself in nature during an 8-hour sunset turtle sighting from Darwin, a magical experience for animal lovers. Departing from Darwin Harbour, you’ll travel by fast boat to Bare Sand Island — passing Charles Point Lighthouse along the way —  and watch the sunset from the beach. Beneath the light of the full moon, you’ll watch sea turtles lay their eggs. Dinner is included on this small-group tour, limited to 15 people.     
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Darwin City Sightseeing Tour with Optional Sunset CruiseFull-day Tours

Darwin City Sightseeing Tour with Optional Sunset Cruise

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Explore the ancient history and modern vibrancy of Darwin on a half-day sightseeing tour. Travel by coach and listen as your local guide shares commentary about the tropical city’s natural and cultural attractions. Delve into Aboriginal art at the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, and stroll past fragrant orchid blooms at the Botanic Gardens. Upgrade to cap off the day with a sunset cruise through Darwin Harbor while enjoying a fish-and-chip dinner with sparkling wine.
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