I have been living in Darwin, Northern Territory Australia, for more than 2 years. The NT is a federal Australian territory. Darwin city is the capital and largest city in the NT. I summarize here what to see in the NT.
Let’s see Things To Do in Darwin and Northern Territory.
Outback basically means the vast and remote interior of Australia where we can experience untouched nature. Let me list four parks below, in my opinion the priority for visiting would be No.1 > No.2 > No.3 = No.4;
1.Uluru Kata Tjuta National Park
Uluru Kata Tjuta National Park is recognized as Wold heritage site. A lot of visitors come to feel and view unique rocks. I would tell you that Uluru/Kata Tjuta are not just rock, but are something special. This is why many people visit and see them in person, I think. Experiences I had there were fantastic and are unforgettable.
For details, please go through my posts in 2016:
2.Kakadu National Park
The Kakadu National Park is listed as a World Heritage site for both Cultural and natural outstanding values. It is the largest national park in Australia, covering approx. 20,000 square kilometres.
Kakadu has been home to Aboriginal people for more than 50,000 years, rock arts created by Aboriginal people, stunning landscapes and wildlife will impress you.
Drive or take a tour to get to the park. It will take 3 hours to reach the park from Darwin CBD.
Related posts are as follows;
3.Nitmiluk National Park Cruise (Katherine Gorge)
Around 300 km south of Darwin, Nitmiluk National Park is located near Katherine town. Katherine River flows through 13 gorges and cruises provide access to three gorges.
4.Litchfield National Park
Just 129 km south of Darwin, the Litchfield national park attracts locals and visitors by clear swimming basins, bush walk trails and termite mounds.
Wangi Walls: a photo below
Visit the park during Dry season in Darwin (i.e. May-Oct) so you can enjoy most of activities. Swimming may be prohibited due to crocodiles entering…
Because of close proximity to South east Asia and its history, Darwin is a multi cultural city. Take a walk through this city and visit markets, then you will feel wide-range diversity.
When to Visit? Dry Season, from May to Oct, is absolutely ok for a visit because the temperature during daytime will be around 27-32 degrees C and humidity is low. Wet season gives peculiar experiences such as heavy rain, thunderstorms and humidity but those are not recommendable for visitors.
A scene during the wet season, heavy rain
You will see cultural diversity of Darwin in markets where different food stalls, handmade crafts stores and live music are available and you will see people of both locals and visitors enjoy them.
Please see the post below that lists several markets run in Darwin.
Mindil Beach Sunset Markets will be the best choice because you can feel both atmosphere of cultural diversity and beautiful sunset.
Cafe & coffee
Locals love coffee. They enjoy a cup of coffee at their favorite cafe, in markets and often by take-away etc..
Because of coffee lovers existing, there are good cafes in the Darwin city and each has own unique style/atmosphere.
For those who want to have a relaxing time, I would recommend a open beach cafe, De La Plage, which is located 20 min. away from CBD by car. Please do check open hours by website.
A post about a fantastic open beach cafe in Darwin, De La Plage:
Darwin Harbour Cruises can be listed as a top ten things to do in the city. The Sunset Cruises will bring you to the best sunset viewing point.
Please see a couple of posts that show my experiences from links below.
Crocosaurus Cove is located in the centre of Darwin city. You can see various crocodiles, displays as well as guides.
If you have enough time to go out of the city, Jumping Crocodile Cruise can be an option to see crocodiles in wilder location. Please search by “Jumping Crocodile Darwin” as there are a couple of services available.
Things to do listed above are all based on my experiences. Hope it helps you plan your travel.