Darwin is the gateway to the rest of the Northern Territory. There are many day trips from Darwin well worth exploring. The city offers a starting point for day trips to explore the „top end” of Australia.
While there are plenty of things to do in Darwin, there are plenty of attractions nearby too.
Read on to find out more.
Choose from the following day trips from Darwin
Darwin is the perfect base from which to explore Northern Australia. Here are the top day trips from Darwin
Berry Springs Natural Park
Berry Springs Natural Park is a popular and scenic area for picnics and a great place for swimming. Use safety glasses to spot native fish and other aquatic life that live in the clear pools. The picnic area is a good starting point for a walk through the monsoon forest and woods. Bring your binoculars if you enjoy bird watching. This park is about 50 km south of Darwin. It has a kiosk. It can be closed for swimming during the rainy season.
Litchfield National Park
Litchfield National Park is 1,500 square kilometers and is an hour and a half drive from Darwin. The park encompasses much of the Tabletop Range, a wide sandstone plateau that is mainly surrounded by cliffs. Stay for a day or for the more adventurous stay for two or three days. The monsoon season runs from October to May, the rest of the year is a good time to visit as the falls flow more gently and the watering holes make perfect spots for a cool swim.
Major attractions include permanent, spring-fed waterfalls (Florence, Tolmer, and Wangi), cascades at Buley Rockhole, magnetic termite mounds, and a wildlife cruise along the majestic Reynolds River.
Territory Wildlife Park
Territory Wildlife Park is a world famous attraction just 45 minutes drive from Darwin. The highlights include an impressive aquarium, a daily bird of prey show, a nocturnal house and the bird walk. Learn fascinating facts about reptiles at the reptile exhibit and explore a representation of Darwin’s river systems, from the escarpment to the coastal mangroves.
Kakadu National Park
Kakadu National Park is the largest national park in Australia. It contains one of the most concentrated areas of Native American rock art in the world, the most famous of which are Nourlangie Rock and Ubirr.
Take part in this day trip Kakadu National Park from Darwin.
Where the outback meets the tropics. Located about 300 km south of Darwin. The parish lies on the banks of the Katherine River, which flows down from the world famous Katherine Gorge (Nitmiluk National Park). There are incredibly diverse landscapes and unique ecosystems that provide the backdrop for adventure activities in the outback such as fishing, canoeing, bush walking, bird watching, camping and ATV driving.
Casuarina coastal reserve
Just 20 minutes’ drive from town, the Casuarina Coastal Reserve has sandy beaches lined with casuarina trees and sandstone cliffs. The reserve protects areas of cultural importance, including Old Man Rock, a registered Aboriginal holy site. The reserve also has a large lawn area with grills and tables.
There are plenty of day trips from Darwin to explore the many wonders of Northern Australia! When in Darwin, be sure to check out Darwin’s Popular Roadkill Cafe.