With its open-air markets, tropical botanic gardens and ubiquitous wildlife, balmy Darwin is worlds apart from other Antipodean capitals. It was also the only Australian location attacked in World War II, and the city retains many poignant military sites.
No trip to the Northern Territory Top End is complete without visiting Kakadu, Australia’s largest national park and a mosaic of billabongs, waterfalls and age-old Aboriginal rock art sites. There are few upscale accommodation options in this colossal reserve; however, the neighbouring Mary River floodplains are home to a couple of fabulous luxury bush lodges offering an array of exciting nature-based activities. Katherine Gorge in Nitmiluk National Park is another Northern Territory highlight – a collection of captivating cascades set amid ancient sandstone escarpments.
Few travellers ever reach Arnhem Land – a remote corner of the Northern Territory – yet those who do return with lifelong memories. Its unspoilt wildernesses shelter a third of all Australian avian species and the area is home to one of the world’s oldest living cultures.
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Relive Darwin’s darkest days at the excellent Darwin Military Museum, call in at Territory Wildlife Park and Crocosaurus Cove or take a thrilling croc-jumping cruise on the Adelaide River. Explore the exquisite chasms of Katherine Gorge by boat or canoe. Tick off your birding list in the Mary River wetlands, then learn to identify bush tucker and inspect fascinating rock art galleries, some dating back 40,000 years, at Mount Borradaile.
- Tropical Darwin, a capital city like no other in Australia
- Fascinating WWII military heritage sites
- Stunning Katherine Gorge
- Kakadu National Park, Australia’s largest nature reserve
- Majestic waterfalls and magical billabongs
- Thousands of ancient Aboriginal rock art sites
- The pristine Mary River and its ephemeral floodplains
- Excellent native wildlife viewing including crocodiles
- Arnhem Land, a remote, rarely visited pocket of Australia
- Flourishing Aboriginal culture and traditions
Accommodation – The Northern Territory Top End
Suggested Tours Featuring the Top End
Darwin is serviced by many domestic and regional airlines, with direct flights from Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth and Cairns. Charter flights depart from the airport’s general aviation area to various lodges in the Mary River wetlands, to Katherine as well as to Davidson’s Arnhem Land Safaris Eco Lodge in Mt Borradaile.