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  • Litchfield Park Tour & Jumping Crocodile Cruise from Darwin

    1. Litchfield Park Tour & Jumping Crocodile Cruise from Darwin

    Spend a day in the natural habitat of fascinating wildlife creatures at Litchfield National Park. After being picked up from your accommodation at approximately 6:00 AM, ride in air-conditioned comfort to the famous Adelaide River. There, you'll board your private boat and cruise up the river. From the boat you can feed the crocodiles that teem in the water and see an abundance of wildlife all around you. You may even see a crocodile launching itself out of the water with the power of its tail! At the famous Litchfield National Park, you'll visit three waterfalls - the Wangi, Florence and Buley rock holes - and get the opportunity to swim in all three! Lunch is prepared in the park by your guide - a big bush picnic with an array of wraps, cold meats, breads, salad and fruit. Snacks are also included along the way if you're ever feeling peckish! Local and knowledgeable guides will give ...

    Jumping crocs were great. Guide was full of knowledge! Litchfield was spectacular.

  • Darwin: Jumping Crocodile Cruise

    2. Darwin: Jumping Crocodile Cruise

    How close are you willing to get to some of nature’s most aggressive and dangerous reptiles as they leap out of the Australian Northern Territory waterways to grab a little snack? Feel your heart beating as you see the biggest reptile in the world and oldest creature to walk the planet since the time of dinosaurs from the safety of an Adelaide River boat cruise. Stand in awe of these prehistoric beasts, which can grow up to 6 meters in length — the size of a small bus — and can weigh up to 1,000 kilograms. Don’t worry, you’re in the safe hands of highly trained guides who will ensure the safety of both the crocodiles and passengers at all times while feeding the crocodiles buffalo meat. See firsthand the powerful and spectacular hunting techniques of saltwater crocodiles.

    Great tour. Guides very entertaining. Very foggy morning which added an enjoyable feel. Lots of crocs to see.

  • Darwin: 2.5-Hour Harbour Sunset Cruise

    3. Darwin: 2.5-Hour Harbour Sunset Cruise

    Sit back and soak up the stunning views of the sea. As you cruise in comfort, your expert crew will provide commentary and local insight into the history, cultural significance, and wildlife of this spectacular location.   This is a great value option for those seeking the best views of Darwin’s celebrated sunsets. A range of delicious platters, and drinks can be ordered throughout the 2.5-hour cruise. This air-conditioned vessel offers an unrivaled way to experience the beauty of the tropical top end.

    Everything went smoothly, the operators went that bit extra by staying out a bit later so we (the passengers) could watch the firework display, it was an excellent evening, I strongly recommend it

  • Katherine Gorge & Edith Falls Full-Day Tour from Darwin

    4. Katherine Gorge & Edith Falls Full-Day Tour from Darwin

    Discover a network of 13 gorges carved into billion-year-old sandstone rock by the Katherine River of Nitmiluk National Park on this scenic full-day sightseeing tour from Darwin. During the tour you will learn about the Aboriginal culture abundant in the area and see rock art sites dotted throughout the park. With its rugged landscapes, dramatic waterfalls, and lush gorges, the Nitmiluk National Park is a haven for nature lovers, with plentiful flora and fauna. Travel south through tropical country, passing former World War II airstrips en route to the Adelaide River. Make a short stop at the Adelaide River War Cemetery to pay your respects to those killed in the air raids of Darwin in the 1940s. Continue to Edith Falls for a refreshing swim in the paperbark and pandana-lined waterhole (conditions permitting). After an inclusive lunch, enjoy a 2-hour scenic cruise through the Katherin...

    Amazing day packed with everything you'd want to see and do. Edith waterfalls/waterhole was stunning and so good in this heat, best to bring a pool noodle - Cruise down Katherine Gorge was spectacular - Copey was a fantastic tour guide along with Brian & Prem!

  • Darwin: Mary River Wetlands Wildlife Cruise with Lunch

    5. Darwin: Mary River Wetlands Wildlife Cruise with Lunch

    Today starts with a pick-up from your Darwin accommodation at around 9:00 AM. Listen to interesting commentary about the region from your knowledgeable guide as you make your way to Fogg Dam Conservation Reserve. Originally set up as a large scale rice growing project in the 1950s, this location is now a haven for many varieties of birds that you'll get a chance to admire. A short drive from there takes you to the “Window on the Wetlands” Information Centre, where you can enjoy a hands-on display explaining the wetlands and get a fantastic view over the Adelaide River floodplains from their upper viewing deck. Your highlight for the day is an amazing 2.5-hour cruise on the wetlands! See an abundance of birds, crocodiles and wildlife in their natural habitat on the Mary River Wetlands. Home to a huge variety of animals, birdlife and also boasting the largest concentration of Saltwater C...

    What an amazing experience- simple superb. The guide, Evan, so knowledgeable. So much to see; so up close to nature - the crocs, the birds, the flowers. Where else can u eat lunch within 5 metres of a salty (croc) while watching a Jabiru catch a Barra. Lunch was large. Fantastic trip & cannot recommend it highly enough. See nature at its tranquil best.

  • Darwin: Guided Jet Ski Tour

    6. Darwin: Guided Jet Ski Tour

    Zoom along the beautiful Darwin coastline on a guided jet ski tour. Enjoy the sites, wildlife, and scenery from the water. Meet your guide by the Bella Darwin Restaurant. Learn how to operate a jet ski during the safety briefing. Then, take to the waves. Cruise at full throttle or a more leisurely pace – you decide. Experience the thrill of the pristine open water as you follow the sun-drenched, unspoilt coastline. Enjoy your tour guide's informative commentary. Spot wildlife, such as sea turtles, seabirds, and dolphins, and feed the fish. Then, open up the engine and zoom full-throttle in front of Darwin’s iconic Mindil Beach Casino before making your way back to base.

  • From Darwin: Spectacular Jumping Crocodile Half Day Tour

    7. From Darwin: Spectacular Jumping Crocodile Half Day Tour

    Jump on board a half-day Jumping Croc Cruise on the Adelaide River. Get up close and personal to some of nature's most aggressive and dangerous wildlife located in the naturally occurring waterways of the Northern Territory. Depart the city and journey about 60km southeast towards the Marrakai wetlands. Explore the home of an apex predator, the crocodile and 117 different species of reptiles, and 280 different types of birds. Travel aboard the only aboriginally owned cruise operator, where profits go back into supporting the traditional owners of the surrounding area. Discover the biggest reptile in the world and oldest creature to walk the planet since dinosaurs, these prehistoric beasts growing up to 6 meters in length (the size of a small bus) and can weigh up to 1000kg. Be in the hands of a highly trained crew so that you experience a safe interaction with the crocodiles. See fir...

  • Tiwi Islands Ferry from Darwin

    8. Tiwi Islands Ferry from Darwin

    A visit to the Top End would not be complete without a trip to the beautiful Tiwi Islands. The only aboriginal community where you don't need a permit to visit, Tiwi people are renowned for their friendly and welcoming nature. Departing two to three times a week, catch the ferry to the Tiwi's from Cullen Bay Ferry Terminal just 5 minutes from Darwin's city centre. Travel the 2.5 hour journey in comfort on the MV Tiwi Mantawi. Grab a coffee and a snack and sit back in either the air-conditioned cabin or outdoor sundeck.  Grab a walking map and buy a $5 museum ticket on the ferry and make your own way on foot around this small Indigenous community to visit art centres, the museum and historic Catholic mission precinct. See the artists at work and check out renowned Tiwi art including fabrics, carvings and paintings in the three different art centres. These pieces can be purchased direct...

    Ferry was on time at both ends. Easy boarding and informative. Staff were very helpful. All in all it was a comfortable journey.

  • Darwin: Kakadu & Nourlangie Day Trip Plus Billabong Cruise

    9. Darwin: Kakadu & Nourlangie Day Trip Plus Billabong Cruise

    Explore the landscape of Kakadu National Park on a 13-hour tour. Discover mangrove-fringed coastal areas that blend into expansive flood plains, lowland hills flanked to the east by sandstone escarpments, all interwoven between various open woodland and forest habitats.

    Visit the Warradjan Cultural Centre to view the informative displays depicting the traditions of the Aboriginal people, before your return to Darwin. There is also the opportunity for an optional 50-minute scenic flight (own expense) for a different perspective of this vibrant landscape.

    Next, join a local guide for a cruise on the famous Yellow Water Billabong. Search for saltwater crocodiles and the colorful range of birdlife for which this region is renowned.

    Teeming with wildlife in the water, land, and air, the many species that...

    A long day but the driver / tour guide Michael made it interesting. Kakadu is amazing. Wallabies, wild horses, cattle , buffalo, native birds, ancient art, wetlands, yellow river cruise and crocs…Kakadu and Nourlangie art site walk. Well worth a visit. Bring your bottle and water will be topped up. Stops for breaks and stretches are provided. Tasty cold lunch buffet was included too.

  • Crab Claw Island Relaxing Full Day Cruise with Seafood Lunch

    10. Crab Claw Island Relaxing Full Day Cruise with Seafood Lunch

    Depart Cullen Bay at 10:30 AM for a two-hour cruise heading out of Darwin Harbour and into Bynoe Harbour. As you cruise the Top End coastline, your skipper will provide light commentary along the way, pointing out areas of interest and historical information. On arrival onto the beach at Crab Claw Island, enjoy a delicious seafood buffet meal on the spacious deck overlooking the water, with plenty of time to relax and enjoy the surroundings. There are two swimming pools, boats for hire or simply relax with a cool beverage on the deck before cruising back to Cullen Bay.

    Staff on both the ferry and on the island were all really nice and helpful. The seafood buffet was awesome!! I am so glad l did this trip and l really enjoyed it. Thank you guys

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What people are saying about Northern Territory

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 74 reviews

Had an amazing experience. From the guy who picked us up from our hotel who recommended some great restaurants to the helicopter pilot and helicopter ride was amazing. The jumping crocs were another highlight. The guides were very knowledgeable and the crocs were a must see from the size and age to the rare white croc. I would highly recommend. Our trip to the top end was fantastic but this tour was the highlight. We did have the boat to ourselves so it did feel like an epic rock star tour

A long day but the driver / tour guide Michael made it interesting. Kakadu is amazing. Wallabies, wild horses, cattle , buffalo, native birds, ancient art, wetlands, yellow river cruise and crocs…Kakadu and Nourlangie art site walk. Well worth a visit. Bring your bottle and water will be topped up. Stops for breaks and stretches are provided. Tasty cold lunch buffet was included too.

Amazing day packed with everything you'd want to see and do. Edith waterfalls/waterhole was stunning and so good in this heat, best to bring a pool noodle - Cruise down Katherine Gorge was spectacular - Copey was a fantastic tour guide along with Brian & Prem!

Tour guide was great funny, entertaining, knowledgeable and lovely. Couldn't have asked for a better day. Thank you!!!

This tour was better than I expected…also had a ferry ride over to Mandorah