What is there to see and do in Darwin?

There is plenty to do and see around town or simply relax, recharge the batteries and enjoy the holiday atmosphere. There is a huge focus on outdoor activities – eating, drinking, shopping, movie-going, sailing and visiting the markets. You can eat laksa on the beach at the sunset markets, catch a band at one of many live music venues, cruise the harbour at sunset or relax in a deckchair watching a movie on the big screen under a canopy of stars.

See the things to do page for more ideas!


What is there to see and do in Top End?

The Top End of the Northern Territory is known for its tropical weather, crocodiles, rich Aboriginal culture, great fishing, national parks and laid-back lifestyle. It is home to an eclectic mix of cultures whose outdoor lifestyle is complemented by brilliant sunsets, fantastic fishing and a colourful calendar of outdoor events. Darwin is the Northern Territory’s multicultural capital, famed for its markets and festivals, Asian cuisine and beautiful natural harbour. It is also the perfect base from which to explore the natural treasures of World Heritage-Listed Kakadu and Litchfield National Parks as well as the Tiwi Islands, Nitmiluk National Park and Arnhem Land.

See our Top End itineraries


How long does it take to drive to the National Parks and should I drive there in one day or take a tour?

The Northern Territory is vast. Occupying about one sixth of Australia's total land mass, its boundaries encompass a variety of contrasting landscapes and experiences, best tackled by exploring a few key destinations - each with their own distinct personality, we urge you to experience the wonders of our region.

Please check out our distance and travel times page to get an idea of the distance between our stunning National Parks. If you would rather sit back and enjoy the scenic sites of our beautiful landscapes why not jump on a tour?

See what tours we have on offer

How do I know what is accessible by road in the Top End during the year?

The Top End has two seasons; The Dry Season (May to October) and a Tropical Summer (November to April). The Dry season brings lower humidity levels, making it the perfect weather for outdoor activities and exploring the many attractions of the Top End region. The Tropical Summer brings monsoonal rains during late afternoon or overnight. During this period flooding can occur which can restrict access to some parts of the region. While weather conditions at this time of year can restrict travel to some areas, the Wet season is a stunning time to see the Top End. Waterfalls tumble, skies host incredible light shows and the landscape turns a lush green.

Tours and attractions operate year-round within the Top End. However, due to restricted road access, some destinations can close seasonally between December and May.

Check road conditions


How do I know when to plan my camping trip to the Top End?

Camping through our Dry Season is the perfect time to get back to nature. The Top End has many caravan park and bush campsite available to set up camp. Don’t forget to pack plenty of blankets as the nights can get quite cold.


Does an entry permit into Kakadu National Park cover my camping?

Wanting to camp while exploring Kakadu? For all camp grounds there is no need to book as they are first in basis. Camping fees will apply which will be on top of your Kakadu pass and the small fee is to be paid upon arrival.

See what camping areas are available


How can I be croc wise in the Top End?

By taking a few precautions you can share their environment without danger:

- Never stand on riverbanks or clean fish by the water’s edge and always be aware of your surroundings while near the water

- Heed all warning signs and take care when swimming or wading in any Territory waterways.

- Crocodiles can make their way inland a surprising distance, and with their current rise in population, it should never be assumed that an area is free of them.

What else can I do to be croc wise?

When is the best time to go fishing?

Fishing in the Northern Territory is excellent all year round and while barramundi are most active from March to May, anglers can fish successfully at any time for a range of species. The northern regions of the Territory are also home to an array of other great sport and reef fish, including giant trevally (GT), queenfish, Spanish mackerel, cobia, black jewfish, golden snapper, red emperor, coral trout, marlin and sailfish.

Check out our fishing page more information


What do I need to know about fishing in the Top End?

Not really sure what your doing when it comes to fishing? No need to stress! All our friendly fishing operators are all knowledgeable about the do’s and don’ts of fishing.
No experience is required when learning on the job can be so much fun! If you’re a bit more experienced why not hire a boat, stay at a remote fishing lodge or charter a mothership – every type of angler and every type of fishing experience is catered for in the Northern Territory.

Check out our fishing page more information


Can I make a conference or event booking through Tourism Top End?

Looking or planning to host an event or conference in the Top End and need some help planning activities? Tourism Top End have created a program ‘Darwin Welcomes Delegates’. The program connects delegates with local businesses who provide delegate specific products including special offers, special gift or bonus for purchase. The program is a customer service initiative which aims to improve the delegate experience in the Top End and make delegates feel special. Want more information?

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Receive Monthly Deals, News and Events!

Subscribe to our Newsletter to receive all of the above and more

Choose to Book with the Top End's Local Experts

Need a hand choosing or booking your Top End Adventure?