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Inspiration for your next adventure around the Northern Territory's Top End.

25 Unique Things to do in the Top End

A round up of just some of the unique experiences you can have in the Top End.

1. Enjoy a scenic helicopter tour to see the majestic sandstone pillars of the Lost City at Cape Crawford

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Photo: Lost City, Cape Crawford
An ancient wonderland of large outcrops of rock formations formed 1.4 billion years ago. The sandstone pinnacles rise up to 25 metres in height and the extraordinary formations one of the oldest in the world, twice as old as Uluru.


2. Take a cruise on Corrobboree Billabong

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Photo: Corrobboree Billabong, Wildlife and Wetlands Region
Part of the Mary River Wetlands and apart from teaming with birdlife it is home to the largest concentration of saltwater crocodiles in the world.


3. Purple Mango Café and Brewery – homemade pizzas, chutneys and mango beer!

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Photo: Purple Mango  Café and Brewery
Biggest wood fired pizza oven in the Territory can produce mouth-watering pizzas in no time at all.  Fully licensed so compliment your meal with a cold bottle of wine or craft beer.


4. Have lunch on top of Injalak Hill looking out over the floodplains & Arnhem Land Escarpment


Photo: Injalak Hill, Arnhem Land
Experience its outstanding ancient rock art galleries, located in Gunbalanya, is one of the most important rock art areas in the world.


5. Discover the Mary River Wetlands up close on an exhilarating tour by airboat

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Photo: Mary River Wetlands, Wildlife and Wetlands Region
This type of craft does what no others can do which is to get you out to the edge of these world class floodplains.


6. Visit Cobourg Peninsula and catch your own seafood dinner

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Photo: Cobourg Peninsula, Arnhem Land
Located 570 km northeast of Darwin, the region is known as a world class fishing destination and home to a variety of other amazing aquatic creatures.


7. Aboriginal Cultural Experience and learn the art of spear throwing and basket weaving with Pudakul Cultural experience tour

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Photo: Pudakul Cultural Experience, Wildlife and Wetlands Region
In the Adelaide River Wetland region just 45 minutes drive from Darwin.


8. A visit to the famous Mindil Beach Sunset Markets & listen to EMDEE play their didgeridoos

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Photo: Mindil Beach Sunset Markets, Darwin Region
Stay entertained as you watch the sunset over Darwin's iconic beach. Fire breathers, whip crackers, live music, and more!


9. Guided Day Tour to Tiwi Islands & come home with your personal art/fabric screen print memento

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Photo: Tiwi Islands
Traditional welcome ceremony and morning tea - Learn the culture and history of the Tiwi People - Screen printing session with a local artist to create your own art piece to take home.


10. Take a Segway tour through the George Brown Darwin Botanic Gardens

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Photo: George Brown Darwin Botanic Gardens
Glide through amazing boab plains, monsoon forests, cycad gardens and much more! Enjoy the fun of gliding on a Segway and without too much physical effort!


11. Nabilil Dreaming Sunset Dinner Cruise on Katherine Gorge

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Photo: Nitmiluk Tours, Katherine Region
A two Gorge Cultural Cruise. Experience the spectacular beauty of the Gorge by candlelight whilst enjoying delicious Australian cuisine. Complimentary glass of sparkling wine, four course meal with Chef cooking on board.


12. Sunset Dinner Cruise on Darwin Harbour

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Photo: Darwin Harbour, Darwin Region
Watch the sun set over the magnificent Darwin harbour and enjoy the culinary delights on offer.


13. Do a heli pub crawl with your mates stopping in at three iconic Territorian pubs

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Photo: Darwin Harbour, Darwin Region
Voted as one of the top 10 Things to do in Darwin!! This tour is an absolute must do for locals and visitors alike. Arrive at iconic outback watering holes with a rock star landing in your very own helicopter.


14. Get an adrenaline rush with a tandem Skydive over Darwin’s coastline & dropping down onto Lee Point Beach

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Photo: Top End Tandems, Darwin Region
Enjoy the thrilling adventure of falling at speeds of up to 200km per hour over Darwin's fantastic beaches.


15. Crab Claw Island lunch cruise

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Photo: Crab Claw Island Resort, Darwin Region
Cruise with SeaLink to the Island, on arrival enjoy a seafood buffet lunch overlooking Bynoe Harbour, then relax for the afternoon. There are two pools, boats for hire, or simply relax with a cool beverage on the deck.


16. Join a fishing tour to catch barramundi or golden snapper

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Photo: Bamurru Plains, Wildlife and Wetlands Region
Access the many varieties of fish Darwin Harbour has to offer, such as Barramundi, Queenfish, Goldies, Mud Crabs and much more.


17. Enjoy nature walks and bird watching at the Fogg Dam Conservation Reserve

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Photo: Fogg Dam Conservation Reserve, Wildlife and Wetlands Region
The reserve is one of the most accessible places in the (NT) to experience spectacular wetlands and wildlife throughout the year.


18. Seven Emu Station 

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Photo: Seven Emu Station, Borroloola
Enjoy the hospitality of the Shadforth Family - the ultimate self-drive wilderness adventure on a genuine Australian outback cattle station.


19. NT Adventure Park

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Photo: NT Adventure Park, The Peninsula Way
Enjoy a ride on an all terrain buggy or Quad Bike with a guide through the pristine savannah woodlands on dirt tracks.


20. Join an Adelaide River Heritage Tour

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Photo: Adelaide River Heritage Tours, Adelaide River
Tour of 4 Repair and Rescue Service Unit set up at Pell Mell property during World War II


21. Take a Bombing of Darwin chopper tour

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Photo: Darwin Harbour, Darwin Region
Darwin was devastated and Australia seriously threatened by the Japanese bombings in WWII. See visible reminders and relics and hear what REALLY DID happen with graphic and entertaining commentary.


22. Marksie’s Stockman’s Camp Tucker Night

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Photo: Marksie's Stockman's Camp Tucker Night, Katherine Region
Dine under the stars for this unique night, in the grounds of TOP DIDJ Cultural Experience & Art Gallery. Be entertained with Aussie humour; true and not so true yarns; the good, the bad and some a little bawdy.


23. Star gazing tours available to witness the Top Astrological Events seen from the Top End Region

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 Photo: Darwin Region


24. Art.Walk.Eat 


Photo: The Darwin Sailing Club, Darwin Region
Guided tours of the CBD visiting iconic buildings, art galleries and restaurants – exploring the footpaths less travelled!


25. Katherine Outback Experience

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Photo: Katherine Outback Experience, Katherine Region
Tom Curtain's Show - demonstrations of horse breaking and dog training. Meet 'Bernie the Buffalo', and hear Tom sing some of his hit songs including 'Smack Bang'.


See the Wildlife of Kakadu National Park
Experience Indigenous Culture in East Arnhem Land

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