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Darwin: Premium Litchfield Regional Small Group Day Tour

1. Darwin: Premium Litchfield Regional Small Group Day Tour

Your day begins around 07:30, with pick-ups in the city at your accommodation doorstep before heading out for an early morning dip and morning tea in the refreshing crystal clear waters of Berry Springs. Paddle around and watch the many fish, look for turtles, or sit casually under the waterfall - it's your difficult decision to make! Having set the tone for the day, you will leave Berry Springs and re-join the Stuart Highway on your journey to Batchelor Town. Along the way, get to know the landscape and history of the Top End as your local guide lets you in on the past and present before arriving at Batchelor Town. Here we take the time to enjoy the Batchelor Museum which showcases many personal stories of the people and events which shaped the Northern Territory and Australia as a whole. It is also the perfect spot to sit and enjoy a gourmet lunch in peace and quiet in an exclusive lunch spot. After lunch you will enter Litchfield National Park and begin to discover why this is the most popular park in the Territory. Full of places to visit, the list includes the iconic Cathedral and Magnetic Termite mounds, Wangi Falls, Tolmer Falls, and Tabletop Wetland. There is ample opportunity here to go for a stroll along the rainforest shaded creeks, or just sit and relax. If bush survival is of interest to you, you can be shown some of the native plants and their uses.

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Darwin: Sunset Harbour Cruise with Fish and Chips Dinner

2. Darwin: Sunset Harbour Cruise with Fish and Chips Dinner

Begin your cruise from Stokes Hill Wharf with a complementary refreshment in hand. Sail out past Kitchener Bay and pause to admire the magnificent expanse of the Darwin Harbour and its fascinating landmarks.  Next, hold on to your hats as you leave other boats in your wake and get to know the sights and sounds of the Darwin city seascape. On arrival at Cullen Bay, be treated to stories of this historic part of town while the crew picks up your dinner of deliciously fresh, wild fish with chips from the award-winning La Beach restaurant. As you eat your dinner onboard, cruise to the best location for enjoying a delightfully warm breeze and an exquisite tropical sunset. The tide, wind, weather and season will all be considered as the captain turns the boat in a particular direction. You may experience a walk on the Fannie Bay sandbar or enjoy your meal among a pod of frolicking dolphins or dugong.

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From Darwin: Tiwi Islands Cultural Day Tour by Ferry

3. 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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Darwin: Harbor Highlights Cruise

4. Darwin: Harbor Highlights Cruise

Immerse yourself in the history, habitat and modern-day intrigue of Darwin, a tropical city nestled at the top of Australia. Enjoy a 1-hour interactive cruise through the largest natural harbor in the Southern Hemisphere and be stimulated by contemporary stories as well as those from times gone by. Board your vessel at Stokes Hill Wharf, one of Darwin's iconic historical locations, and enjoy vistas of Darwin's Waterfront Precinct from Kitchener Bay. Transit between Stokes Hill and Fort Hill Wharfs, and then allow your local crew to use the tide, the wind and the season to select a route to maximize your Darwin Harbor experience. Cruise past Fisherman's Wharf into a mangrove waterway to explore this intriguing environment, home to a wonderful pristine eco-system. Your Captain will then turn up the speed to take you out into the harbor proper, where you will hear stories of WW2, Cyclone Tracy, Darwin's Naval history and the buildings of the Darwin City Seascape. Return to Stokes Hill Wharf 1 hour later.

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Darwin: Small Group 2-Hour Heritage Walk

5. Darwin: Small Group 2-Hour Heritage Walk

Departing from the meeting point in Raintree Park, begin the 2-hour guided tour as you walk the paths of pioneers. Your guide will cheerfully share their passion for the town they call home as they share its history including World War II bombings, Cyclone Tracy, and toady's multicultural atmosphere.  Discover many of the remaining buildings such as the old courthouse and police station, Brown's Mart theater, and the Palmerston Town Hall ruins, all of which have been painstakingly reconstructed. View Government House, Parliament House, and the Supreme Court of the Northern Territory on a journey through the streets of this modern tropical city.  There are many hidden treasures to see on foot and plenty of opportunities to capture photographs of the public artworks, architecture, historic buildings, tropical plants, and wildlife.

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Darwin: WWII Reflections

6. Darwin: WWII Reflections

The day is Thursday the 19th of February, 1942. World War II has reached mainland Australia, and as a result, the Northern City of Darwin is bombed.  Move forward to present day Darwin, where you can embark on a tour that will allow you to relive that fateful and mournful day. Your friendly and informative guide will take you back to that WWII era on a 2-hour walk through the historic quarter of the city. Listen as your guide shares stories of that fateful day whilst you meander past the historic buildings of the time which have been re-built to provide lasting memories of life in the North during the War. This tour departs on a Thursday only, in memory of that fateful day in 1942.

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What people are saying about Darwin

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 49 reviews

An absolutely wonderful evening. The crew were funny, engaging and knowledgeable. The food and drinks were tasty and the sunset magnificent. I would thoroughly recommend this experience.

Great day with very knowledgeable guides Jason, Leon & Trevor. Great food & refreshing billy tea. Extra bonus was having elder Bernard speak, entertain and provide some “wisdom”.

This is the most amazing experience! The guides and people you meet are absolutely wonderful! The sharing of their culture is so generous and interesting!

Fish & Chips in style!!! A great way to experience a beautiful Darwin Harbour!!!

This is an excellent introduction to Tiwi life, culture and history.