It has several distinct regions from tropical wetlands and waterfalls in the north to semi arid deserts in the south.
Darwin is the capital city and is a good base from which to tour the “top end.”
Darwin itself is a vibrant cosmopolitan city with a strong Asian influence, the top end of the Territory is closer to Asia than to the major cities in the south of the country.
There usually is no shortage of quality accommodation for all budgets from 5 star to backpackers.
Darwin sits on a beautiful harbor and it makes a wonderful backdrop for the many fine restaurants that sit by the harbor, serving locally caught seafood and locally grown produce.
Stokes Hill wharf, the Darwin waterfront precinct, Cullen bay, the Sailing and Trailer Boat Clubs, Char, Pee Wees, and the Cornucopia are just a few that can tempt your palate.
Whilst in Darwin, let it be your tourism hub:
· take a cruise on the harbor,
· take a day or half day fishing charter,
· investigate the underground oil tunnels built to store fuel during the Second World War,
· visit the East Point War Museum,
· check out the Mindil Beach Markets (during the dry season May to October),
· take a day trip to the Tiwi Islands were the locals will share their culture and art,
· visit the Territory Wildlife Park and nearby Berry Springs Reserve
· and the Jumping Crocodiles on the Adelaide River.
Below Brutus 5.5 metres long, photo by Katrina Bridgeford, Northern Territory News.
More tourism attractions are in Darwin or just a short drive from Darwin if you have your own vehicle, and if not, there are many tour groups offering day trips.
If you wish to venture a little further Litchfield National Park is just 100 kilometers from Darwin.
There are the spring fed waterfalls and plunge pools at Florence, Wangi and Tolmer Falls.
Abundant wildlife and the magnetic termite mounds that are aligned north to south and look like head stones as well as many other distinct mounds to other ants.
Litchfield can be a quick day trip or and extended stay and can be self drive or visited with a tour group.
There are camping facilities in the park and hotels in the town of Batchelor for overnight stays with hundreds of varieties of parrots and other birds.
Kakadu National Park is a World Heritage Listed National Park and only three hours drive from Darwin.
It is the largest National Park in Australia.
If you don’t have transport there are many guided tours operating out of Darwin and several rental car companies accepting most foreign driving licenses.
Tour guides man all the major sites during the peak tourist season.
In providing a great site for tourism there is a charge to enter the park for International and Interstate visitors.
The park pass costs $25 for one to 14 consecutive days.
There are waterfalls and pristine pools, rugged escarpments and gorges, wetlands abundant with plant and wild life and beautiful pristine scenery.
You can take a Wildlife Cruise on Yellow Waters Billabong, spot a Crocodile and birdlife or a scenic flight over the spectacular gorges and scenery.
Yellow waters and the rivers in Kakadu are also great fishing spots with the favorite game and eating fish being barramundi.
Kakadu also contains some of the best examples of Aboriginal Rock Art in the world.
Some as old as 50,000 years at Nourlangie Rock and Ubir.
There is also a Uranium mine in Kakadu and the town of Jabiru services the mining industry and the tourist industry.
The Holiday Inn Gagudji Lodge in Jabiru is a three and a half star hotel.
There are also many other lodges and camp grounds for tourists in Kakadu where you may stay whilst visiting the Park.