Katherine Gorge, Darwin
Katherine Gorge
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On traditional Larrakia land lies this unique tropical capital filled with endless experiences that’ll make you go “far out!”. From jumping-crocs to luxurious sunset cruises, to undiscovered festivals and events, the activities are as extreme and varied as the weather. To get a glimpse of local life or before venturing to the Top End, be sure to visit this adventurous paradise. 

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Places to stay

Whether the city is your gateway to the Top End or you’re looking to delve deeper into the heritage and culture of the NT’s capital - Darwin is a booming and buzzing place. Along the Darwin Esplanade are a string of luxury hotels coupled with some more affordable and self-contained options - all of which come with harbourfront views and easy access to the city’s many attractions. Beat the heat by jumping between the pool bar and the private beach at the premium SKYCITY Hotel and Resort which will put you in prime position to enjoy Mindil Beach.

Darwin is a great city to explore on a budget with Chilli's Backpackers or Melaleuca on Mitchell-Darwin YHA both offering up fun stays in the heart of the town. In Parap you’ll find plenty of serviced apartments to relax at in between visits to the Saturday markets and the area’s many cute cafes.

Halfway between Darwin and Kakadu, you’ll find the stylish cabins and safari tents of Wildman Wilderness Lodge which offers plenty of adventures options, like airboating around the Wetlands and fishing tours. Mary River Wilderness Retreat is also an excellent glamping option if you want easy access to Kakadu and all the incredible wildlife that lives there.

Things to do

Darwin is a daring city where you can experience some of Australia's genuinely epic environments mixed with culinary and cultural delights. 

What lengths will you go to to spy a crocodile? At Crocosaurus Cove, in the city, you'll find two options - watching them from the stands or seeing their smiles up close in a cage swim. If you'd prefer to see these calculating creatures in their natural habit, take a 40-minute drive to the Mary River where one of the three tour companies can take you out onto the water to see crocs jump for their supper.

If you want your crocs coupled with culture, Guluyambi Cultural Cruise is owned and operated by local aboriginals and provides a unique tour along Kakadu's scenically spectacular East Alligator River as well as an insight into the culture of the Traditional Owners of the land. For a croc-free spot to cool off, visit the pristine swimming holes, mini waterfalls and lush green surrounds of Berry Springs which, unlike many of the region's other glorious swimming holes, is only 40 minutes from the city.

Once you're done with the waterholes, make a day out of exploring the wetlands. Corroboree Billabong Wetland Cruise offers incredible bird sightings along the Mary River Wetlands while Ayal Aboriginal Tours provide an exclusive tour of a rarely seen area of Kakadu where you can learn about the fascinating history of buffalo hunting and their special ancestral connection to this country.


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Disclaimer: ^ Qantas Frequent Flyer members will earn 3 Qantas Points per A$1 value unless otherwise specified, for hotel stays booked through qantas.com/hotels, except Classic Hotel Rewards and Airbnb bookings. Points Club members will earn 25% more Qantas Points, and Points Club Plus members will earn 50% more Qantas Points. Qantas Points will be credited to your account at least 8 weeks after check-out. Qantas Points may be earned by the member in whose name the booking is made. Members will not be able to earn points on additional charges paid to the accommodation provider for extras (including cots, breakfasts and other incidentals) on check-in or check-out (as applicable).  

Disclaimer: ~ Qantas activities are provided by Viator. Conditions apply.

Disclaimer: ++ Status Credits are earned on eligible Qantas, Jetstar, oneworld® member and oneworld connect® airlines only - see the Airline Earning Tables and Qantas Frequent Flyer program Terms and Conditions for details. Status Credits may not be earned on some fare types and booking classes. 

Disclaimer:  Meals, beverages, entertainment offerings vary between flight times.

Disclaimer: ± Inflight entertainment varies by route and aircraft.

Disclaimer: # You must be a member of the Qantas Frequent Flyer program to earn and redeem Qantas Points. A joining fee may apply. Membership and Qantas Points are subject to the Qantas Frequent Flyer program terms and conditions