Darwin Northern Territory Region
Darwin is the capital of Australia's Northern Territory and a former frontier outpost. It's also a gateway to massive Kakadu National Park. Its popular waterfront area has several beaches and green areas like Bicentennial Park. Also near the water is the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, displaying Southeast Asian and Pacific art, plus a pearling lugger and other seafaring vessels.
Darwin is also 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.
Kakadu National Park, the largest national park in Australia, is situated 254 kilometres from Darwin on the Arnhem Highway. Renowned internationally for its natural and cultural wonders, Kakadu has one of the highest concentrated areas of Aboriginal rock art sites in the world.
Area of Interest
Litchfield National Park, with its lush woodlands, spectacular waterfalls, sparkling plunge pools and tall termite mounds is an increasingly popular trip from Darwin. In Northern Territory terms it's just a short two-hour drive away. What's more all the main natural attractions - including Buley Rockhole and the dramatic Florence, Tolmer and Wangi falls - are easily accessible from Litchfield's main road. Check out the cleverly-constructed termite mounds, swim in pandanus-lined pools and take scenic walks on a day trip. Or stay, camp and hike or 4WD to the more remote reaches of the park.
The main route to Litchfield National Park is on the sealed Stuart Highway, via the tiny gateway township of Batchelor. You can also bump along the part gravel road past Berry Springs Nature Reserve, though it's sometimes cut off during the wet season, from November to April. If you'd rather focus on scenery than steering, join one of the many all-inclusive tours from Darwin
Just a few kilometres after the park's entrance you'll see the surreal, tombstone-like field of giant termite mounds. Million-strong armies of tiny termites have built these on a north-south axis to protect the interiors from intense sun. Marvel at their intelligently designed buildings - many of which are more than 2m tall - from the nearby boardwalk.