Planning a trip to the Northern Territory? It’s best to visit during the dry season from mid to late April through to October. During the wet season the NT pretty much shuts up shop along with many of the attractions and some areas of the National Parks become inaccessible. Planning your visit from April – October will ensure you can see and do lots more things to make the most out of your time up North!
We’ve put together a Northern Territory travel guide for a week’s itinerary including where to stay in Darwin, activities around the city and exciting adventure tours departing from Darwin so you can make the most out of Australia’s wildest State!
Best Places to stay in Darwin
Melaleuca on Mitchell
This hostel is Darwin’s newest Backpacker accommodation situated right in the heart of the city. Big screen TV, 2 pools, licensed bar and great range of accommodation options to suit all budgets.
Darwin Down Under Hostels
Conveniently located on the edge of Darwin CBD, this darwin hostel offers a quieter stay with 4-6 bed accommodation options and a comfortable walk to all the must do sites in Darwin.
The Darwin YHA offers all the essentials you would expect, plus outdoor pool, and lively bar opening out onto Mitchell Street.
What to do in Darwin?
Stokes Hill Wharf
Head to Stokes Hill Wharf and have a wander around the harbour. Book a boat tour or cruise, enjoy a yummy lunch or do a spot of fishing off the free fishing platforms.
Mindil Beach Sunset Market
Everybody loves a classic market. World famous Mindil Markets are renowned for awesome sunsets over the sea, in a relaxed, yet vibrant, tropical setting. Sunday and Thursday, April to October.
Crocosaurus Cove, Darwin City
A must see NT attraction that boasts the largest collection of Australian reptiles and some of the largest ‘Salty Crocs’! And if you are feeling brave, opt for the once in a lifetime ‘Cage of Death’ experience bringing you face to face with these fantastic beasts!
Best Activities and Tours to do around Darwin
Kakadu Wild’s 3 Day Kakadu & Litchfield Tour
This 3 day, 4wd guided safari is the perfect way to get to grips with the diverse and rich landscapes of both Kakadu and Litchfield National Parks. Cruise the croc-inhabited waters of the Mary River Wetlands, hike to Ubirr to see ancient Aboriginal rock art and marvel at the beautiful Maguk Waterfalls.
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Mulgas Adventures Darwin To Alice Springs Tour
If you’re looking for a creative way to move on to your next destination, then Mulgas Darwin To Alice Springs tour will give you a complete outback experience whilst taking you to your next destination. Think sleeping in swags under the stars, tasting outback foods such as camel and kangaroo and hiking through some of the best scenery in Australia. Check out Darwin to The Rock Ultimate Tour package. Package includes: a 3 day camping tour of Uluru; stop over in Alice Springs and numerous awesome stops en route including Mataranka Hot Springs and Edith Falls!
ATA’s Darwin to Broome Tour
Heading west after your time in the Northern Territory? ATA will take you on an epic adventure across State borders into Western Australia crossing the stunning Kimberley Region. Departing from Darwin you’ll encounter famous sights such as the Bungle Bungle Ranges, the Echidna Chasm, Lake Argyle and more over the course of 10 days!
Find out more about this tour here
By Gemma Glover