Darwin tours and excursions
Aboriginal cultural tours
Discover the nearby Adelaide River wetlands on a cultural tour led by Aboriginal guides. On the two-hour tour you'll have the chance to meet local Aborigines and learn about traditional ochre colours, Dilly Bag (traditional Aboriginal bags) and basket weaving, clap stick and didgeridoos, and enjoy a bush tucker and medicine guided walk and talk. All activities are set beside a billabong.Tel: +61 8 8984 9282.
See Darwin's beautiful harbour with Darwin Harbour Cruises. Three-hour sunset cruises (some on a restored traditional pearling lugger) leave Cullen Bay Marina in time for the sunset. Lunch cruises are also available. Another sunset option is a three-hour sail around the harbour on a lovely old sailing boat, the Cape Adieu. It includes a seafood and barbecue banquet with loads of local seafood.Tel: +61 8 8942 3131; +61 439 893 939.
Around 80km (49 miles) north of Darwin lie the beautiful Tiwi Islands featuring tropical rainforests, clay-like cliffs, white-sand beaches, dense jungle and inviting rock pools. It's possible to sail out to the islands from the city. The local indigenous art is legendary and can be seen carved on burial poles and in various art centres. Visitors can meet the artists and watch them paint, weave, sculpt and carve.Tel: +61 8 8981 2878.
Litchfield National Park
140km (87 miles) south of Darwin, Litchfield National Park is famous for its waterfalls, rainforests, intriguing magnetic termite mounds, weathered sandstone pillars, and cooling lily-clad ponds. Highlights include the plunge pools at Florence and Wangi Falls, the cascades at Buley Rockhole, the sandstone towers of The Lost City and superb hiking territory..Tel: +61 8 8976 0282.