Darwin Highlights

Litchfield National Park – founded in 1986 and is a truly stunning destination, taking in the splendour of thundering falls, rainforest pockets and sacred historic sites. Before arriving into the park make sure you come well prepared with a hat, drinking water, energy snacks, sunscreen and sturdy footwear.

Termite Mounds: the incredible architectural works of local termites, complete with arches, tunnels, chimneys and nursery chambers and the mounds will leave you mystified.

Florence Falls: traditional custodians of Litchfield national park are the wagait people whom still call the area home. An optional interpretive walk through scenic bush and monsoon vine forest or if you need to cool down a little, take a dip in the gorgeous plunge pool of Florence Falls. View the spectacular waterfall from a high vantage point and be given the opportunity for a scenic and interpretive bush and monsoon vine forest walk. There is also a chance for a swim by making your way down the stairs, surrounded by forest with possible sightings of variety of bird species and wildlife. Visit and swim the Buley Rock Hole for a swim.

Shady creek walk – starting at the Florence falls area this beautiful walk along the creek is a good alternative to the main track to the plunge pool that has 160 stairs! Signs along the way introduces you to two nature’s gardens, the cool monsoon forest and the open woodland.

Batchelor: The gateway to Litchfield national park, up until world war two batchelor was a sleepy little hollow. Then it became an allied air force base and the population grew quickly. When uranium was discovered near Batchelor in 1949, the town once again grew until the mine was closed in 1963. Now today, Batchelor’s town folk live to host visitors to Litchfield national park and its here that you will enjoy morning tea at their local cafes.

Tolmer Falls: One of three major waterfalls along the western face of the tabletop range, tolmer falls is a truly spectacular sight. you will marvel at the water cascading down into the deep waterhole at the base of the falls, which is home to several colonies of rare ghost bats and orange horseshoe bats.

Starting at the Tolmer Falls lookout, a pleasant alternative route back to the car park from the tolmer falls lookout. Taking you through the typical top end sandstone country and along tolmer creek and a tributary. Swimming is not permitted.

Wangi Falls – The most accessible of rock pools and a perfect spot to take another dip. Its large crystal clear pool, another relaxing spot for a swim.

Wangi Falls Walk – takes you through a viewing platform at the base of the falls, and a monsoon forest then upstairs to the escarpment so you can enjoy the peace of the stone country above the falls. Swimming is not permitted.

Parliament House Public Tours – Free tour and no bookings required, the tour begins in the foyer of parliament house on Mitchell street. And approximately 90 minutes duration. Open Monday – Friday 10am to 5pm and Saturday – Sunday 1pm to 5pm.

Darwin is well known for its Village Markets, Parap Village Markets at the Parap Shopping Village on parap Rd Every Saturday 8am – 2pm all year round. Come on down every Saturday and set your eyes on the markets entice and delight, bustling colorful life. It has been a treasured institution since 1982 and gathers a diverse of stallholders who set up under shady trees, awnings and umbrellas to sell their wares. Before the sun rises the food stalls are preparing their specialized exotic dishes from Vietnam, Thailand, Cambodia, Malaysia. Browse the diverse range of fresh produce available at market prices and enjoy locally grown vegetables, herbs, Asian greens and exotic fruit, the likes you have never seen. The finest tropical flavours and true territory atmosphere, the parap village markets run every Saturday all year round (rain or shine) 8am – 2pm just five minutes from the CBD. For further information; parapmkt@bigpond.net.au

Mindel Beach Market, spoil their visitors in a way no other even can compare and not only will you be amazed by the selection of exotic food and art & Services you will be intoxicated by the flavours and aromas that fill the warmth evening air as you relax and watch the sky transform into a kaleidoscope of color as the sun sets over the horizon.

Deckchair Cinema – Where stars light the screen. $15 general single admission. I watched the movie Drift, surfing movie and it was great really enjoyed. But a must to get there early to ensure you get a good seat, another helpful tip is to pre-purchase tickets online so you are not waiting in the que for hours as it can be a very long que and risk the chance of not getting in. Pre-purchasing your tickets allows one to walk through and skip the que. Food and beverages are sold inside.

Darwin YHA backpackers is centrally located on mitchell street in Darwin with a tropical feel. Backpackers nightlife haven with pubs, nightclubs and outdoor cafes. All rooms with air condition, with a barbeque, internet/email, parking, swimming pool, television, common areas. Need help with sightseeing, stop by the Tour Desk for information on the tiwi islands, nitmiluk, kakadu national park. During the dry season, room pricing can be expensive and booking a bed is a requirement.

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