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DARWIN & THE TOP END

Darwin and Australia’s Top End is an extraordinary place; it has a great, laid back lifestyle, pristine, natural environments and friendly locals who will make sure you enjoy your visit, no matter how long your stay.

The diversity of cultural origins of those who are lucky enough to live in this part of the world, is matched only by the diversity of special places to visit.

Whether you want to explore the wetlands, the outback, the waterfalls, the shops, the islands, the beaches or the culture of Australia, the Top End is where it’s at!

There are many very special places for you to visit during a stay in Australia’s Top End, including, but not limited to: Darwin, Cullen Bay, Tiwi Islands, Kakadu National Park, Arnhem Land, Batchelor, Litchfield National Park and the Katherine Region.

 

Darwin

Darwin Skyline Darwin Markets

Darwin is Australia’s most northern city, it’s a unique destination with its own feel; a tropical paradise with a backdrop of unsurpassed beauty.

With close proximity to South East Asia, Darwin is influenced culturally by its neighbours, and along with its colourful history, more than 75 ethnic groups live harmoniously in this region.

Darwin is a city which has survived both natural and man-made assault, from bombings in World War II to the fury of Cyclone Tracy in 1974, this city, and its residents, are survivors!

Accolades abound for the city’s green, clean image and its attractions, including bustling markets, a magnificent harbour, tropical flora, parks and gardens, romantic sunsets, lively nightlife and superb accommodation, are all presented with genuine hospitality.

Darwin has an International and Domestic Airport, making it a convenient starting place for your visit to Australia’s Top End.

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Cullen Bay

Cullen Bay Cullen Bay: Dining

Cullen Bay is only minutes from Darwin’s bustling Wharf Precinct; it provides a tranquil escape from the city’s CBD and host of ships and cargo vessels.

At Cullen Bay you can wander the scenic boardwalks and stop to enjoy a beverage or meal at one of the many restaurants, cafes or bars.

In fact, Cullen Bay is the perfect spot to sit back with friends and reflect over a cool tropical cocktail, or enjoy a sumptuous tropical feast!

From this relaxing vantage point, you can truly appreciate both the beauty of the tropical coast and the potential of Darwin; why not take a fishing boat or book a scuba dive charter, these are all available at Cullen Bay.

A ferry service operates regularly from Cullen Bay to Mandorah.

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The Tiwi Islands

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The Tiwi Islands, comprising Bathurst and Melville, are an island paradise!

Their complex culture and beauty are reflected in their vibrant fabrics of uniquely elaborate motifs, created amid a magnificent landscape of verdant rainforests, rock pools and secluded waterfalls.

To visit the Tiwi Islands, you must join a tour, which operate out of Darwin on boat or by plane. Guides will explain the events which have shaped present day life on the islands, and help you to learn about the fascinating history and culture of the area.

Here you can swim at a local waterhole and learn about bush tucker, bush medicine and natural fibres and dyes. See artists at work and enjoy some billy tea and damper as the women weave, paint and show you their totem dances.

Tiwi Islanders are like no other: a visit to this island paradise is a must-do during any visit to the Top End.

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Kakadu National Park

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Kakadu National Park: where time stands still. The World Heritage listed Kakadu National Park is a jewel amongst Australia’s treasures.

Within this expansive park, over 1,600 varieties of plants, over 10,000 species of insects and a plethora of reptiles, birds, mammals, frogs and fish are all being preserved.

It is a place of outstanding cultural, as well as natural, values. Over 5,000 Aboriginal cultural sites have been identified and remnants of stone tools, shelters and ochre paintings, which date back over 5,000 years, are an important legacy to the area.

Beautiful billabongs, covered in pink water-lily, attract vast flocks of birds and are patrolled by saltwater crocodiles.

There are waterfalls, including Jim Jim and Gunlom, which plunge over rocky gorges, forming waterpools which are fringed with paperbark trees, pandanus and cycads.

At Kakadu you can enjoy camping, hiking, fishing, picnics, bushwalking, wildlife watching and cultural learning.

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Arnhem Land

Arnhem Land Escarpment Waterlillies Crocodile

Arnhem Land is home to some of Australia’s most remote and unspoilt wilderness destinations.

Named after the Dutch ship ‘Arnhem’, Arnhem Land is one of the must-see destinations in Australia’s Top End; especially for those wanting to escape the crowds and enjoy a true wilderness and cultural experience.

Arnhem Land’s spectacular scenery includes towering sandstone escarpments, pristine beaches, beautiful wetlands and an abundance of wildlife, from birds to crocodiles to barramundi.

It features such places as the secluded Garig Ganuk Barlu National and Marine Park and the Aboriginal community of Gunbalanya, home to the Injalak art centre and some of Australia’s best Aboriginal Rock Art sites.

Other highlights of the Cobourg Peninsula, which is at the top of Arnhem Land, include cruising to the old Victoria Settlement ruins, visiting Australia’s first RAMSAR wetlands (wetlands of international importance) and wandering along secluded shell-covered beaches.

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Batchelor

Batchelor: Wangi Falls Native Wildlife

Batchelor is known as the gateway to Litchfield National Park; it is a relaxing place to visit and can be enjoyed at a leisurely pace.

In the early days, Chinese market gardens provided a great range of supplies that proved vital during World War II, which saw Batchelor used as an important Allied Airforce Base.

With strong, historical, pastoral and mining industry ties, Batchelor is steeped in a variety of treasures.

In 1949, the discovery of a rich uranium mine was found in the nearby Rum Jungle; the mine was operated from 1952-1971 giving the town a boom period. Today, Batchelor has a range of accommodation and dining options and serves as a lovely town to stay in during any visit / adventure to Litchfield National Park.

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Litchfield

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Litchfield National Park is home to historic mining ruins, weathered sandstone structures, lush tropical rainforests, magnetic termite mounds, savannah vegetation and magnificent waterfalls.

This truly diverse and beautiful national park is only one hour’s drive from Darwin and should be included in any itinerary of the Top End!

At Litchfield you can find a private spot to swim at the series of waterfalls, or take an adventurous walk to Tabletop Range Escarpment or Florence Falls, where the double waterfall cascades into a tranquil swimming hole.

The most popular and easily accessible attraction, Wangi Falls, flows into a large swimming hole and a 3km walking trail takes you through monsoonal rainforest to the top of the falls.

Litchfield can be easily reached from Darwin and while dining options within the park are limited, the array of things to see and do is not.

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Katherine

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Katherine: the hub of outback adventure!

The Katherine region is immense, diverse and exciting: a mixture of cultural diversity and pioneering history, this area ranges from searing red desert to lush tropical greenery.

In the Katherine region you can: fish the many rivers; learn about bush tucker, tribal medicines and mystic legends; swim in thermal pools; venture into limestone caves; bushwalk with experienced guides; and experience the grandeur of the 25 million year-old canyons of Katherine Gorge.

The main attractions of the Katherine region are: the town of Katherine, Katherine Gorge, Cutta Cutta Caves and the Roper River Region.

The township of Katherine is 307km south of Darwin; at its heart flows the Katherine River, which has been the centre of life for the region’s Aboriginal people for millions of years.

Katherine has a range of accommodation and is the best ‘base’ for exploration of the region’s attractions.

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