Head into the Outback
Once you’ve toured the sights of Darwin, it’s time to head outside of the city’s perimeter into Australia’s infamous outback for a visit to Litchfield and Kakadu National Parks. Just 100km from the NT capital lies the breath-taking natural scenery of Litchfield. While you can explore the park’s natural waterfalls and exotic wildlife by yourself, get the most out of your trip by joining up with a NT Indigenous Tour for a first-hand look at the Aboriginal way of life, plus the chance to channel I'm a Celebrity and sample some local cuisine - that's if you're game enough to try local bush tucker kangaroo and crocodile...
And if you’re a fan of iconic Aussie film Crocodile Dundee, don’t miss an overnight stay in Mick Dundee’s back yard – book with WayOutBack Australian Safaris for a memorable two or three-day stay, taking in the sights of Kakadu National Park, 170km south-east of Darwin. Kick off your trip with a two-hour cruise along the Mary River Wetlands, but be warned - this isn’t just any old watering hole… It’s home to the highest concentration of saltwater crocs in the Southern Hemisphere so make sure to keep your hands and feet firmly inside the vehicle as you make your way through crocodile soup.
During your trip you’ll also have the chance to cool off in some of Kakadu’s idyllic swimming spots, from the thundering Jim Jim Falls to the tranquil natural infinity pool at Gunlom. Round off your excursion with a tour of some of the local indigenous artwork at Ubirr, dating back some 15,000 years, before a steep hike up to Nadab Lookout for a panoramic view over some of Dundee’s best-known locations.
Port Douglas and the Great Barrier Reef
Once you've had your fill of the Northern Territory, pack up your things and head to the sleepy pocket paradise that is Port Douglas. Located in coastal Queensland and accessible from Cairns airport (just a three hour flight from Darwin), this tropical hideaway with its quaint town centre has long been a favourite amongst celebrity clientele, from Pink and Claudia Schiffer to Lady Gaga – and even Bill Clinton. Book into the luxurious QT Resort on Port Douglas Road for a few nights and it’s easy to see why…
After you’ve basked in the rays by the pool, catch the shuttle bus into town for a stroll along Port’s low-key high street, filled with a delightful selection of local businesses and restaurants. Glance above and you’ll realise not one building stands above the tallest tree – look up and down the street and you won’t spot a single fast food outlet. A lesson in escapism. And while Port Douglas is famed for its postcard-perfect Four Mile Beach, make sure you head into town on a Sunday to peruse the community's renowned markets, selling an enticing array of local goods and produce.
Although a trip to Port Douglas is far from complete on land. Take advantage of the Great Barrier Reef on your doorstep by heading out to sea on one of Quicksilver’s action-packed trips to Agincourt Reef for the chance to paddle alongside some of Australia’s breathtaking tropical marine life. Keen ocean adventurers can helmet dive, scuba and snorkel, but if you're less than enthused about taking a dip, fear not - you can still witness the teaming coral blooms from a stationary observatory or sail through the depths in a semi-submersible. This cruise caters for all.