7 best things to do in Darwin on holiday

When it comes to exploring our own backyard, Darwin is in a league of its own.

With its year-round summers, mesmerizing sunsets, and croc-inhabited rivers, it’s an essential stop on any Aussie getaway.

Beyond the sparkling harbor and fascinating history, a world of adventure awaits. From trekking through Kakadu National Park to soaring over Darwin CBD – here are 7 essential adventures to add to your itinerary.

Best Darwin sunset cruise

Darwin Harbour Dinner cruise

As the home of Australia’s best sunsets, a sunset cruise is must. For two and a half blissful hours, enjoy a dinner cruise onboard the Charles Darwin tri-level catamaran.

Not only will you be treated to endless views of Darwin’s sunset, but also a delicious Territory-style banquet dinner.

Indulge in chilled North Australian prawns served with a Kakadu plum infused aioli, South Australian oysters, slow roasted beef sirloin spiced with lemon myrtle, and plenty more while you sit back, relax and enjoy the scenery. Discover more

Best Kakadu National Park day trip

Kakadu National Park Day Tour

Kakadu day trip
Kakadu day trip. Picture: Offroad Dreaming

Admire some of Australia’s oldest Indigenous art and take a guided river cruise on this insightful day trip tour.

This guided tour will take you through Kakadu National Park, with stops at spectacular landscapes and natural rock formations as you discover stories and traditions of the First Nations people.

After lunch, head to the East Alligator River where you will join the Guluyambi Cultural Cruise, and hear more about the area’s history and culture. The day starts early, departing at approximately 5:30am with pickup from your Darwin accommodation, and concludes around after 6:00pm. Discover more

Best Arnhem Land tours from Darwin

Arnhemland Day Tour from Darwin

Discover Indigenous culture
Discover Indigenous culture. Picture: Supplied

Discover the incredibly rich Indigenous culture of the Top End as you delve into stunning Arnhem Land on this one day tour from Darwin.

Departing in the early hours of the morning, your journey will take you into Arnhem Land, where you’ll experience a mixture of traditional and living culture with an Aboriginal guide.

Meet the locals, hear stories of the history, see ancient rock art and trek to the top of Injalak Hill. There you’ll have the chance to look out across the floodplains and around the Arnhemland escarpment and take in the serenity of this untouched land. Discover more

Best Darwin helicopter tour

Darwin Helicopter Flight – 20 Minutes

Soar over Darwin City, coastline and surrounds
Soar over Darwin City, coastline and surrounds. Picture: Supplied

There’s so much to do in Darwin on the land, but let’s not forget the sky.

Take flight on a thrilling helicopter flight over Darwin City. For 20 action-packed minutes, this unforgettable private adventure soars a 1000ft above the coastline.

From new heights, you’ll have the opportunity to score unparalleled views of the city’s azure waters, red rock cliffs and pristine beaches down below. Discover more

Best Darwin crocodile cruise

Adelaide River Jumping Crocodile Cruise

earn about their biology and value to the ecosystem
earn about their biology and value to the ecosystem. Picture: Supplied

Meeting the Top End’s famous crocodile is a bucket list item for many…. who dare. For an adventure like no other, set out on a Jumping Croc Cruise on the Adelaide River.

On this half day tour, you will head out onto the calm waterways of the Adelaide River, home to over 1600 crocodiles.

Watch in awe as crocs jump out of the water right before your eyes as your trained guide offers up buffalo meat. Remember – keep your hands and legs in the boat at all times! Discover more

Best Darwin Bike tours

Highlights of Darwin Bike Tour

Mountain bikes with baskets, and helmets are provided
Mountain bikes with baskets, and helmets are provided.

Get an overview of the city on two wheels on a small-group cycle tour.

With a local guide, you will cycle through the city and past must-see sites like the Darwin Waterfront, Botanical Gardens, and more, while learning about the city’s history.

Bikes and helmets are included, and the entire tour takes around 3 hours 30 minutes. Discover more

Best Darwin WWII tours

Bombing of Darwin WWII Heritage Tours

Hop on and off the bus for great photo opportunities
Hop on and off the bus for great photo opportunities.

Strap yourself in for a fascinating dive into the untold history of Darwin during WWII. Over four hours, the tour will transport you in air conditioned comfort to vivisle relics and reminders left behind after the Japanese bombing of Darwin during World War II.

Accompanying the tour is well-researched entertaining and historical commentary, from a local’s perspective. Discover more

What’s the best time to visit Darwin?

The best time to visit Darwin is during the dry season, between May to October. This, fortunately, happens to be when the city hosts its famous events such as the Mindil Beach Sunset Markets and Darwin Festival.

How far is Darwin from the airport?

Darwin International Airport is located 13 kilometers from the CBD, around a 15-minute drive.

What is the best time of year to visit Kakadu?

If you love waterfalls, the best time to plan a visit to Kakadu National Park is between April and June. The Waterfalls are at their best, pumping from their wet season top-up. If it’s the birdlife you want to see, plan a trip from September to time it with the annual Kakadu Bird Week.

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