If there’s one part of Australia that remains as close to the natural wilderness from century’s ago then it has to be The Top End, which is an area within the Northern Territory comprising of the main city Darwin and its neighbouring regions. Unlike the many southern areas of Australia, Darwin and its wider proximity is one of the only places on earth where nature still rules, and on that basis there are experiences that can only bee seen here. And to be believed, they simply must be seen. Here are 5 reasons why The Top End and Darwin should be on your bucket list this season.
1. Crocosaurus Cove in Darwin
Dive in a cylindrical casing to go face to face with 5-foot crocodiles. This is an experience that is available only in Darwin, and nowhere else in the world. The saltwater crocodiles are kept in individual habits in the Crocosaurus Cove nature attraction for people to “meet” up close. Jump in, take a selfie and listen to the mighty snap of the jaws during a feeding session.
2. Territory Wildlife Park in Berry Springs
The Territory Wildlife Park is roughly a 45-minute drive south of the city of Darwin and is an ideal setting for spotting dingos, kangaroos and rare birds. Visitors can take a train between attractions or walk through each section at their own leisure. Interesting features include: an aviary, nocturnal house, goose lagoon, aquarium, billabong and monsoon forest walk.
3. Mary River Wetlands
Cruise this river and you will find yourself at one with nature, warts and all. 5-metre crocodiles will emerge and swim by your boat as your tour guide tells tales of the natural landmarks and their significance on this part of the Northern Territory. Birds will fly back and forth during your journeys in ceremony, for their pleasure as much as yours. A relaxing and tranquil trip is what the Mary River Weltands is best equipped for. Fishing is permitted, but be on your guard for larger predators!
4. Litchfield National Park
Darwin is fortunate to have Litchfiled national Park on its doorstep, which is arguably one of Australia’s most popular scenic attractions for tourists and locals. Just one hour out of the city, the landscape transforms into red road and thick bush, teeming with marsupials and, small mammals and industrious bird who sing to the soft rhythm of the outback. The Litchfield area is famous for its wide facilities of camping for both motor homes and tents. Many of the campsites are closely pitched to the main draws, those being enormous waterfalls and expansive, clear and calm rock pools that feel like part of a forgotten era. There is true diversity in nature for appeasing every type of traveller.
5. Darwin Harbour
The cruises are something special in this part of the world. The Top End is noted for its spectacular show of sunsets that offer new and exciting spectrum’s of colours day by day. At the harbour, there is much to be learnt about Darwin’s history including the war bombing and its rebuilding through the middle of the 20th century. There are tours all times on weekends, including those offering sights of turtle hatching’s and dolphins.
This article was curated by Toursim Top End. For more information on visitng the Top End or Darwin areas, visit their website.