What to see and do

Festivals

Boy with sparklerCultural showcases, social soirees, food fiestas and other events beyond description in Darwin give visitors a true insight into the personality and character of Australia’s northern most capital city.

Darwin Festival is the city’s major cultural festival, held annually each year in August. This event celebrates the best in Aboriginal, national and international talent in music, theatre, comedy and dance performances and visual art displays.

The annual Glenti Festival celebrates the rich and long-lasting influence the local Greek community has on Darwin. Then there’s the annual Beer-Can Regatta on Mindil Beach, where locals compete ferociously for the honour of building the most sea-worthy vessel from aluminium cans.

The Darwin International Film Festival, a new event on the busy social calendar for Darwin, is held at the iconic Deckchair Cinema in September.

Visitors with time to explore further afield can immerse themselves in Aboriginal culture at the Stone Country Festival, Garma Festival, Barunga Festival and the Tiwi Islands Football Grand Final and Art Sale.

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Experience Aboriginal Culture

The Northern Territory is home to Australia’s largest population of Aboriginal people.

Discover living aboriginal culture rich with traditions over 40,000 years old. Weave a basket, spear a fish, enjoy story telling, translate rock art and taste local bush tucker on an Aboriginal guided tour.

Watch traditional dances and learn to play the didgeridoo at one of the many cultural festivals, or visit community art centres and watch the artists create their vibrant Aboriginal art.

Wherever you go in the Northern Territory you’ll learn more about Aboriginal culture and art than anywhere else in Australia.

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Experience Nature

CrocodileThe Northern Territory is Australia's nature travel paradise.  Each of the 52 Northern Territory national parks and nature conservation reserves protect a variety of unique natural environments and native animals.

View rare species of flora, native wildlife and go bird watching around the many established walking trails, swimming holes and camping areas.

Saltwater crocs, the most famous of the Territory’s creatures, can be seen in most rivers and billabongs in the Top End or at the wildlife parks around Darwin.

While the deserts of Central Australia may at first seem stark, closer inspection reveals a complex ecosystem, supporting some of the most unique flora and fauna on the planet.

The varied habitats, rare plants and animals, and spectacular landscapes of the Northern Territory are unmatched for an Australian nature holiday.

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Fishing

The Northern Territory is world-renowned as a Mecca destination for fishing holidays.  With lush billabongs, big tidal rivers, mangrove-lined estuaries, and hundreds of kilometres of unspoilt coastline, fishing trips in the Northern Territory are excellent all year round.

While the Barramundi, or ‘barra’ is perhaps the most sought-after trophy, other species like jewfish, queenfish, giant trevally, mangrove jack, saratoga, threadfin salmon, golden snapper, billfish, marlin and mud crabs thrive in the Northern Territory’s waters.

A fishing holiday is an exhilarating way to experience the Northern Territory’s diverse destinations. From the popular Darwin Harbour to huge scenic rivers like the Daly and Victoria, or the networks of beautiful waterways found in World Heritage-listed Kakadu National Park and the Mary River area area, all of which are prime barra haunts.

You can hire a boat or choose from a selection of Fishing charters, stay at a remote fishing lodge or charter a mothership – every type of angler and fishing experience is catered for in the Northern Territory. Consider the NT as your first choice for a fishing trip!

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Explore the Outback

The Northern Territory’s outback contains an assortment of quirky pubs, fascinating characters, enduring landscapes and endless yarns. It invokes a spirit of exploration and freedom with its wide open spaces and cobalt blue skies and is full of surprises. You never know what’s going to be around the next corner.

Imagine yourself as a pioneer and discover the iconic Australian outback on a journey through the Simpson and Tanami Deserts, West MacDonnell Ranges or along the Savannah Way.

Listen to tall tales from locals in an outback pub, or get your hands dirty on a cattle station at one of the Northern Territory’s historic homesteads.

Take a journey on The Ghan passenger train, watch the desert change from red to gold and view steep escarpments, savannah woodlands and lush tropical monsoon rainforests of the far north. Simply, discover the real Australia.

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