Darwin in 2-3 days

Day 1 (Thursday)

Start the day off at Cornucopia Café, (which adjoins the museum) then allow 2-3 hours to explore the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory.  

Head back into town (5 minute drive) and check out the numerous Indigenous art galleries in Smith Street mall. Rendezvous Café, just off the mall, serves delicious laksa’s if you fancy lunch.

In the afternoon, head to Cullen Bay (5 minute drive from the city) to board your sunset harbour cruise. It’s best to book in advance from the brochures in your hotel.

The Mindil Beach markets will top off a great day.

Day 2 (Friday)

Get off to an early start for Litchfield. The drive will take you about an hour and a half on the Stuart Highway until you see the turnoff sign. An information bay with a map of Litchfield’s layout can be found about 5kms from the entrance. 

When back in Darwin, relax with a cold drink and some barra and chips at the wharf and then head to the nearby Deckchair cinema.

Day 3 (Saturday)

Follow the signs along the Stuart Highway which lead you into the trendy suburb of Parap (7 minute drive from CBD) and the very popular (and delicious) Parap markets.  

After this, head back to Cullen Bay for your half day fishing charter.

Enjoy some sunset drinks at the Ski Club and a great steak at Char Restaurant on the Esplanade. Finish the night off with the some Territory style partying on Mitchell St.

In one week

Start with the 2-3 day itinerary.

Days 4, 5 and 6 (Sunday, Monday and Tuesday)

Pack some hired camping gear from one of the outdoors stores in the CBD and head to Kakadu National Park along the Stuart Highway. After about a 20 minute drive, you will take the turn off to the Arnhem Highway.

Before you reach Kakadu though, a truly Territorian attraction awaits! Located about an hour’s drive from Darwin along the Arnhem Highway is the Jumping Crocodile Cruise! Cruises depart everyday at 9, 11, 1 and 3 and bookings can be made at http://www.jumpingcrocodile.com.au

From the cruise, it should be another 2 hour drive into the park. Once inside Kakadu, drop into the Bowali Visitor Centre. It is located about a ten minute drive from Jabiru and is the best place to get all the advice on what to see and where to camp whilst in Kakadu. Open 8 – 5pm ph (08) 8938 1121.  

Highly recommended sites, though, include Ubirr, Nourlangie and a Yellow Waters Cruise.

Day 7 (Wednesday)

Head back to Darwin, stopping in at the landmark Adelaide River Roadhouse for a famous barra burger. Top off your trip with some freshly shucked oysters at Cullen Bay.