Day Trips from Darwin to Adelaide River, Australia

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Darwin: Jumping Crocodile Cruise

1. Darwin: Jumping Crocodile Cruise

How close are you willing to get to some of nature’s most aggressive and dangerous reptiles as they leap out of the Australian Northern Territory waterways to grab a little snack? Feel your heart beating as you see the biggest reptile in the world and oldest creature to walk the planet since the time of dinosaurs from the safety of an Adelaide River boat cruise. Stand in awe of these prehistoric beasts, which can grow up to 6 meters in length — the size of a small bus — and can weigh up to 1,000 kilograms. Don’t worry, you’re in the safe hands of highly trained guides who will ensure the safety of both the crocodiles and passengers at all times while feeding the crocodiles buffalo meat. See firsthand the powerful and spectacular hunting techniques of saltwater crocodiles.

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Katherine Gorge & Edith Falls Full-Day Tour from Darwin

2. Katherine Gorge & Edith Falls Full-Day Tour from Darwin

Discover a network of 13 gorges carved into billion-year-old sandstone rock by the Katherine River of Nitmiluk National Park on this scenic full-day sightseeing tour from Darwin. During the tour you will learn about the Aboriginal culture abundant in the area and see rock art sites dotted throughout the park. With its rugged landscapes, dramatic waterfalls, and lush gorges, the Nitmiluk National Park is a haven for nature lovers, with plentiful flora and fauna. Travel south through tropical country, passing former World War II airstrips en route to the Adelaide River. Make a short stop at the Adelaide River War Cemetery to pay your respects to those killed in the air raids of Darwin in the 1940s. Continue to Edith Falls for a refreshing swim in the paperbark and pandana-lined waterhole (conditions permitting). After an inclusive lunch, enjoy a 2-hour scenic cruise through the Katherine Gorge, looking for freshwater crocodiles sunning themselves on the banks of the river. Keep your eyes open for the many interesting species of birdlife. Enjoy a brief tour of Katherine, hub of the region’s cattle and farming industries. Then, travel via the historic mining town of Pine Creek to an evening stop along the Adelaide River. From May through September lunch can be taken on board your cruise, while dinner is available at your own expense at the evening stop, before your transfer back to Darwin.

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Darwin: Kakadu & Nourlangie Day Trip Plus Billabong Cruise

3. Darwin: Kakadu & Nourlangie Day Trip Plus Billabong Cruise

Explore the landscape of Kakadu National Park on a 13-hour tour. Discover mangrove-fringed coastal areas that blend into expansive flood plains, lowland hills flanked to the east by sandstone escarpments, all interwoven between various open woodland and forest habitats. Visit the Warradjan Cultural Centre to view the informative displays depicting the traditions of the Aboriginal people, before your return to Darwin. There is also the opportunity for an optional 50-minute scenic flight (own expense) for a different perspective of this vibrant landscape. Next, join a local guide for a cruise on the famous Yellow Water Billabong. Search for saltwater crocodiles and the colorful range of birdlife for which this region is renowned. Teeming with wildlife in the water, land, and air, the many species that provide a diversity and concentration seen nowhere else add to the natural spectacle. See how the land takes on different forms and colors with the passing of each season. After lunch, travel across the Adelaide River and Marrakai Plains, and stop at Nourlangie Rock, where your guide will lead a walk to view the ancient Aboriginal rock art.

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Litchfield Park Tour & Jumping Crocodile Cruise from Darwin

4. Litchfield Park Tour & Jumping Crocodile Cruise from Darwin

Spend a day in the natural habitat of fascinating wildlife creatures at Litchfield National Park. After being picked up from your accommodation at approximately 6:00 AM, ride in air-conditioned comfort to the famous Adelaide River. There, you'll board your private boat and cruise up the river. From the boat you can feed the crocodiles that teem in the water and see an abundance of wildlife all around you. You may even see a crocodile launching itself out of the water with the power of its tail! At the famous Litchfield National Park, you'll visit three waterfalls - the Wangi, Florence and Buley rock holes - and get the opportunity to swim in all three! Lunch is prepared in the park by your guide - a big bush picnic with an array of wraps, cold meats, breads, salad and fruit. Snacks are also included along the way if you're ever feeling peckish! Local and knowledgeable guides will give you thorough commentary throughout the day and stop for lots of photo opportunities. Marvel at the magnetic and cathedral termite mounds, and take time to visit the butterfly farm. Return to your accommodation in Darwin around 5:30 pm - or, on Sundays and Thursdays, at the famous Mindil beach markets!

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From Darwin: Spectacular Jumping Crocodile Half Day Tour

5. From Darwin: Spectacular Jumping Crocodile Half Day Tour

Jump on board a half-day Jumping Croc Cruise on the Adelaide River. Get up close and personal to some of nature's most aggressive and dangerous wildlife located in the naturally occurring waterways of the Northern Territory. Depart the city and journey about 60km southeast towards the Marrakai wetlands. Explore the home of an apex predator, the crocodile and 117 different species of reptiles, and 280 different types of birds. Travel aboard the only aboriginally owned cruise operator, where profits go back into supporting the traditional owners of the surrounding area. Discover the biggest reptile in the world and oldest creature to walk the planet since dinosaurs, these prehistoric beasts growing up to 6 meters in length (the size of a small bus) and can weigh up to 1000kg. Be in the hands of a highly trained crew so that you experience a safe interaction with the crocodiles. See firsthand, the powerful and spectacular hunting techniques of saltwater crocodiles as they feed on buffalo meat. The staff is issued with Wildlife Permits by National Parks and Wildlife for our interactions and no animals are harmed in any way during your wildlife interactions.

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From Darwin: Litchfield National Park Day Trip

6. From Darwin: Litchfield National Park Day Trip

Get panoramic floodplain views, see sandstone pillars, picturesque waterfalls, and discover the thriving plant and animal life at the Litchfield National Park. Leave Darwin and make your way towards the world-class Litchfield National Park, just over an hour's drive from the city. Be surrounded by thick pockets of tropical rainforest, a cool respite from the top-end heat. Jump on the famous Jumping Crocodile Cruise (optional extra) on the Adelaide River, alternatively visit the Fogg Dam Conservation Centre. Explore the traditional lands of the Limilngan-Wulna people and discover the diverse wildlife, home to numerous species of birds, turtles, water pythons, and the iconic Saltwater Crocodile. Visit some incredible monolithic Magnetic Termite Mounds, then have an opportunity to cool off in one of Litchfield’s beautiful natural plunge pools like Buley Rockholes or Wangi Falls. Go to a thundering waterfall-like Florence Falls or Tolmer Falls and marvel at the sheer beauty carved out amongst the rocky escarpment. After a day in the stunning tropical national park, travel back to Darwin.

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Litchfield National Park: Full-Day & Lunch from Darwin

7. Litchfield National Park: Full-Day & Lunch from Darwin

Enjoy a full-day trip to Litchfield National Park from Darwin. See lush monsoon forests, termite mounds, unusual rock formations, waterfalls, and cascades. Experience a park that includes the spectacular Tabletop Range, a sandstone plateau surrounded by cliffs. During the green season, 4 major waterfalls thunder down to tropical rock pools below. They flow more gently in the dry season, making them perfect spots for a refreshing swim. Follow the Stuart Highway to reach Litchfield National Park. Visit park waterfalls like Florence Falls, where you’ll enjoy a scenic and interpretive bush and monsoon vine forest walk. Go for a swim by making your way down the stairs to the plunge pool below. Continue on to Tolmer Falls and see water cascading down into a deep waterhole at the base of the falls. Visit Wangi Falls, which features a large, crystal-clear pool that’s a perfect spot for a cool dip. Finally, enjoy a picnic lunch surrounded by the park’s natural wonders.

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From Darwin: Kakadu Wilderness Escape Day Tour

8. From Darwin: Kakadu Wilderness Escape Day Tour

Discover the spectacular Kakadu National Park for its exceptional natural and cultural values. Visit the infamous Cahills Crossing to safely spot saltwater crocodiles, explore the floodplains of Ubirr, go to Fogg Dam Conservation Centre and the Bowali Visitor Centre. Leave tropical Darwin, traveling through the rich floodplains towards Kakadu National Park, a 20,000 square kilometer area, teeming with wildlife, important Aboriginal rock art sites, and diverse landscapes. Stop at (optional) the Jumping Croc Cruise on the Adelaide River, or visit the Fogg Dam Conservation Centre. See the traditional lands of the Limilngan-Wulna people (who are active in the reserve's management) to explore the diverse wildlife of the Top End, home to numerous species of birds, turtles, water pythons, and of course, the iconic Saltwater Crocodile. Go to the Bowali Visitor Centre and learn more about this special place's rich indigenous culture and history. Visit the famous Cahills Crossing searching for crocodiles at this eye-opening stretch of water, the only road access point between Arnhem Land and Kakadu National Park. Visit the World Heritage Listed, sacred site Ubirr rock art. Home to some of the oldest and best-preserved rock art galleries in the world. Dating back some 20,000 years and discover the hidden secrets with a guided walk.

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From Darwin: Tiwi Islands Cultural Day Tour by Ferry

9. From Darwin: Tiwi Islands Cultural Day Tour by Ferry

Tour the Tiwi Islands community and experience a traditional Tiwi welcome smoking ceremony. Visit the Tiwi Design art center and Catholic mission precinct in the company of a local guide. The Tiwi Islands ferry departs Cullen Bay Ferry Terminal, located 5 minutes from Darwin's city center. Boarding commences at 7:30 AM for a prompt 8:00 AM departure. Bring a book, sit back and relax on the 2.5-hour journey to the Tiwi Islands, 80km north of Darwin. Sandwiches, pies, coffee, drinks, and snack foods are available for purchase from the ferry kiosk.  Upon arrival, your local Tiwi guide will greet you on the beach and take you on a walking tour of the community. For those with mobility impairments, don't be disheartened as it is only a few minutes' walk between locations.  From the ferry landing, wander up to Tiwi Design for a traditional welcome ceremony and morning tea (damper and a cuppa). Your guide will then show you local paintings and teach you about the culture and history of the Tiwi People. On to the historic Catholic mission precinct before returning to Tiwi Design for lunch and a 'behind-the-scenes' screen printing session with a local Tiwi artist. Create your own screen-printed Tiwi-style art piece to take home – a memento of your day on the Tiwi Islands.  You also have the opportunity to purchase unique and traditional Tiwi artworks including paintings, fabrics, carving, pottery and clothing at island prices. Return to the ferry at 15:00 PM for the journey back to Darwin, arriving back in Cullen Bay at 5:45 PM.

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From Darwin: Litchfield National Park Full Day Tour

10. From Darwin: Litchfield National Park Full Day Tour

Join a group tour perfect for families, groups, and adventure-seekers alike and spend a full day exploring the Litchfield National Park in an air-conditioned minibus. Leave Darwin's heat behind as you make your way to the cooler climes of the park.    Enjoy your journey into the Litchfield National Park with a professional guide who will lead you to 3-4 of the most amazing spots in and around the park, including the incredible, century-old Magnetic Termite Mounds, and Litchfield's natural plunge pools where you can hop in to cool off. Watch magnificent saltwater crocodiles jump high in the air to grab food during an optional Jumping Crocodile Cruise on the famous Adelaide River. Alternatively, visit the Fogg Dam Conservation Center where you can learn all about the wetland protected area and its incredible flora and fauna. Hear stories and information about the region's formation, history, animals, and ancient inhabitants. After arriving at each destination or overlook, you will have plenty of time to explore and capture memories in photographs.

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What people are saying about Darwin

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 165 reviews

Had a fantastic day on the Croc cruise and litchfield Park swimming holes. Lars was a fantastic guide who I'd happily spend full days with talking and joking. Will definitely do another croc cruise with the same company again, I think the boat drivers name was Andy and he was a great laugh also. Fantastic day tour

Had a fantastic trip. We had Lars as our guide and he was a lot of fun and very knowledgeable. Cant fault it, I would highly recommend, one of my highlights from my Darwin trip!

Excellent tour with a friendly and hilarious tour guide (Lars) who was also very knowledgeable and took us to many beautiful places!

Great day tour. Fun and enthusiastic guide. Great jumping crocs experience and beautiful scenery and waterholes at Litchfield

Absolutely brilliant day, bus driver icing on the cake.