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Darwin is the one place that should be on every traveller’s bucket list. As the capital of Northern Territory, Darwin is well known for its sunsets, Indigenous culture, water sports and wildlife creatures such as crocodiles!
If you live in the Northern Territory, September is the perfect time of year to visit Darwin, as it is smack bang in the middle of the dry season which means beautiful sunny days and cooler nights.
We’ve rounded up some of the best activities to do in Darwin to help inspire your next trip to the Top End!
1. Get up close to a crocodile
Darwin is very well known for its saltwater and freshwater crocodile population, which makes it a must do experience when you visit Darwin. One of the most well-known places to check out crocs is Crocosaurus Cove where you can get up close and personal with a saltwater crocodile in the ‘Cage of Death’. You can also do one of the many river tours, where you’ll experience crocodiles in their natural habitat.
2. Explore Kakadu National Park
Located approximately three hours’ drive from Darwin, the spectacular World Heritage Listed Kakadu National Park covers close to 20,000 square kilometres. It is home to some of the most beautiful waterfalls and swimming holes, nature hikes, fishing spots and crocodile cruises. You can also camp within the National Park.
3. Go fishing!
According to fishing expert, Paul Worsteling, Darwin is one of the best places in Australia to wet your line. Cullen Bay is one of Paul’s favourite spots, with access to around 50 different species of fish. Shoal Bay and the Adelaide River are two other great destinations for fishing.
4. Take in the Tjuwaliyn (Douglas) Hot Springs Park
If you are in the Darwin area, you can’t go past a visit to the Tjuwaliyn Hot Springs Park. Located 200km from Darwin, on the traditional lands of the Wagiman people, there is the option of natural thermal hot springs or cooler ponds downstream, but just remember men are not allowed near the sacred sites. There is also camping available in the park – caravan access is permitted depending on seasonal conditions.
5. Check out the water sports
Despite croc infested rivers and waterways, Darwin is a hub for water sports including sailing, water skiing and sea kayaking. The Darwin Ski Club is a local favourite when it comes to watching water sport events. If you are into sailing, head to The Darwin Sailing Club. You can take sailing courses or join a trip along the harbour. The Darwin Harbour region is perfect to explore via canoe or kayak.