Darwin, Australia

Closer to Indonesia than to any other Australian city, Darwin is the capital of the "Top End" - the remote, vast Northern Territory. Home to more than half of the territory's population, the city reflects the rugged endurance and individualism required to survive the Outback. Darwin also boasts a colorful history to add to that heritage. During World War II the Japanese bombed the city and threatened invasion. In 1974, Cyclone Tracy cut a destructive swath through the region. In addition, man-eating crocodiles, tropical monsoons, searing heat and bush fires that burn for weeks are all part of everyday life.

Locals in the Top End consume over 60 gallons of beer a year. All those empties don't go to waste: Each year Darwin residents compete in the Beer Can Regatta, a race with boats, rafts and other vessels manufactured out of beer cans.

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Points of Interest

  • Territory Wildlife Park
  • Litchfield National Park
  • Harbor Cruise
  • Darwin Botanical Gardens
  • Museum & Art Gallery of NT
  • Parliament House
  • Australian Aviation Heritage Center
  • Lyons Cottage
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  • Territory Wildlife Park

    Visit the Territory Wildlife Park, where the wildlife includes birds of prey, magnificent cranes, dingoes and crocodiles.

  • Litchfield National Park

    Explore the Top End's famous Litchfield National Park. The park is home to giant, magnetic termite mounds, monsoonal rainforests and beautiful waterfalls cascading from a massive sandstone plateau.

  • Harbor Cruise

    See the historic city sites from the water including the foreshore and city skyline while being regaled with entertaining tales from Darwin's past.

  • Darwin Botanical Gardens

    The Darwin Botanic Gardens are a wonderful place to see mature, established landscaping and a wide variety of plants.

  • Museum & Art Gallery of NT

    This museum houses 1.2 million natural history specimens and over 30,000 items of art and material culture.

  • Parliament House

    Pause and take in the Northern Territory Parliament House. This fine Parliament Building occupies a major historical site and showcases the fine craftsmanship found in the territory.

  • Australian Aviation Heritage Center

    The Australian Aviation Heritage Center is one of the major aviation museums in Australia. The Center has an impressive presentation of aircraft and displays depicting the Territory's involvement in aviation.

  • Lyons Cottage

    Built to house the staff of the British and American Telegraph Company, the cottage is a fine example of the colonial architecture common to India, Malaysia and Singapore.

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Iconic Darwin

3.5 hours | Darwin | DRW-210
  • Australian Aviation Heritage Center

See Darwin's highlights on a narrated drive about town. View the Aboriginal art and artifacts at the Museum & Arts Gallery of the Northern Territory. Visit historic Darwin Military Museum. The exhibits range from armored vehicles and artillery to a display on the Japanese air attack on Darwin during World War II.

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Defence of Darwin

4 hours | Darwin | DRW-225

Delve into the military history of the Northern Territory in this fascinating tour that takes in Darwin's Military Museum as well as the Charles Darwin National Park, which contains a number of bunkers and shelters that were used to protect Darwin Harbor during World War II.

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Jumping Crocodiles Cruise

5 hours | Darwin | DRW-200

Take an adventure filled one-hour cruise along the Adelaide River for a real Outback experience. See the river's famous "jumping" crocodiles as they shoot out of the water in pursuit of their prey. Learn about the local wetlands, enjoy stunning views of the Outback and enjoy a cold drink in an authentic outback pub.

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Territory Wildlife Park

5 hours | Darwin | DRW-220
  • Territory Wildlife Park

Meet the plants and animals of the Northern Territory. Visit the Territory Wildlife Park, where the wildlife includes birds of prey, magnificent cranes, dingoes and crocodiles.

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Crocodile Park Cruise

3 hours | Darwin | DRW-255

All the croc action you can handle in a day! Join an educational and fun crocodile feeding tour, hold a baby croc and take a short croc cruise.

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Botanic Gardens by Segway

2.5 hours | Darwin | DRW-575
  • Darwin Botanical Gardens

Step onto a Segway for a fun and unique tour of the George Brown Botanic Gardens. The safe and easy-to-drive electric transporter is totally silent, and you'll feel as though you are gliding through the vibrantly beautiful and colorful tropical plants of this 130-year-old garden on this short tour.

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Litchfield National Park: Termite Mounds & Falls

8 hours | Darwin | DRW-150
  • Litchfield National Park

Explore the Top End's famous Litchfield National Park. The park is home to giant, magnetic termite mounds, monsoonal rainforests and beautiful waterfalls cascading from a massive sandstone plateau. Drive through the park, and pause to enjoy a casual buffet lunch.

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Local Connections: Indigenous Litchfield

8 hours | Darwin | DRW-195
  • Litchfield National Park

Join local guides to uncover the magnificent scenery and a rich Aboriginal tradition of the Litchfield region. Discover spiritually important waterfalls and stone country, ancient rainforest and unspoilt woodland, and how these places relate to Aboriginal culture.

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