Darwin and the Top End

Australia’s aptly named ‘Top End’ is a nature lover’s paradise of ancient rainforest, wetlands and untouched tropical wilderness.

This ‘Crocodile Dundee’ region is well known for its wildlife, not always of the friendly kind! There are also some amazing rock paintings to discover, which show the Top End has been inhabited by Aboriginal people for thousands of years, and give a fascinating insight into their culture.

Darwin, the capital of the Northern Territory, is the gateway to the Top End. It is a relaxed, easy-going city with a tropical climate and friendly locals.

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Things to do in the Top End

Many of the Top End attractions can be explored by day tour from Darwin but, to fully experience the remoteness and beauty of the territory, consider a guided tour, self drive or the adventure of a motorhome.

  • Explore the waterfalls and walking trails of Litchfield National Park
  • Shop for locally made souvenirs at Darwin’s Mindil Beach Sunset Markets
  • Sit back and enjoy a blockbuster at Darwin’s outdoor Deckchair Cinema
  • Relax aboard a sunset cruise through Darwin’s Harbour
  • Splash around at Darwin’s Wave Lagoon on the popular Waterfront Precinct
  • Watch for jumping crocs on the Adelaide River
  • Watch nature unfold aboard a cruise through Kakadu’s Yellow Water Billabong
  • Swim in the plunge pools of Kakadu’s spectacular waterfalls
  • Take a cultural journey to the Tiwi Islands
  • Cruise through the towering walls of Katherine Gorge

Getting There

Darwin is compact and the town centre and waterfront areas are easy to explore on foot.

By Road – 930 miles from Alice Springs and 1880 from Adelaide along the, sometimes deserted, Stuart Highway.

By Rail – Twice weekly from Adelaide and Alice Springs aboard the famous Ghan.

By Air – Connecting international flights from and regional flights from Asia and most Australian cities.

Where to Stay

Our top selection of hotels and spacious apartments in Darwin and the Top End.

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