10 Things to Do in Top End That You Shouldn't Miss

August 9, 2017 Russell Mellin

Discover the best top things to do in Top End, Australia including Katherine Outback Experience, RFDS Darwin Tourist Facility, Ubirr, Maguk Gorge, Litchfield National Park, Gunlom Waterfall Creek, Edith Falls, Adelaide River War Cemetery, Katherine Gorge, Nourlangie.
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1. Katherine Outback Experience

115 Collins Rd, Katherine, Northern Territory 0850, Australia +61 428 301 580
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5 based on 342 reviews

Katherine Outback Experience

Ever wondered how a young horse is broken-in or how working dogs are trained to muster cattle? Prepare to be captivated as 2x Golden Guitar winner and horseman extraordinaire, Tom Curtain, provides real life horse-starting and dog training demonstrations, highlighting life on the land on outback Australian cattle stations. Without giving too much away, this 90 minute show is truly an authentic and hands-on experience complete with trick horses, buffalo, goats, brahman cattle and other station characters, entwined with outlandish station tales and boundless bush humour. The show is in a constant state of evolution, with new acts and new animals. It is an experience not to be missed! BOOKINGS ARE ESSENTIAL! NT Season is 1 APRIL 2018 to 31 OCTOBER 2018. Shows: Monday, Thursday and Friday 4:30-6:00pm | Tuesday 9:30am | Wednesday 2:30pm | Selected Saturdays 4:30-6:00pm.

Reviewed By kingleois1

We visited as part of a tour group, as a side trip from our "Ghan" rail trip from Adelaide to Darwin.
The show that you guys gave us was wonderful and very informative. I personally learned a lot about horses that I never knew even though I had been in an environment of horses as a teenager. I have no hesitation in recommending your outback experience to all. Even "townies" should enjoy it.

2. RFDS Darwin Tourist Facility

45 Stokes Hill Road | Stokes Hill Wharf, Darwin, Northern Territory 0800, Australia +61 8 8983 5700
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5 based on 443 reviews

RFDS Darwin Tourist Facility

The Royal Flying Doctor Service Darwin Tourist Facility is a new and exciting development on the Stokes Hill Wharf that bring to life two iconic Australian stories. The first iconic story is the Royal Flying Doctor Service, affectionately known throughout Australia as the RFDS. Founded by the Reverend John Flynn, it began its aero medical operations in the Northern Territory in 1939. The second iconic story featured is the Bombing of Darwin Harbour on 19th February 1942. The bombing of the harbour brought destruction to the city of Darwin, and many of the experiences and stories of what happened that day through the most modern and exciting technology.

Reviewed By CDTaylor80 - Mosman, Australia

Don't miss this top quality historical tourism experience. For one admission price you get two great themes. Bombing of Darwin and Royal Flying Doctors both with quality video and VR experiences. First class!Wow! What a great review, our team is very happy to hear that you enjoyed the heroic tales of the birth and growth of the RFDS and relived the drama of the Bombing of Darwin Harbour. Kind Regards Sam

3. Ubirr

Oenpelli Road, Kakadu National Park, Northern Territory, Australia +61 8 8938 1120
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5 based on 640 reviews

Ubirr

Reviewed By HJxxx2016 - London, United Kingdom

This is a must. The climb to the top of the 'hill' is difficult but worth every step for the 360 degree views you have from the top. So few people there when I was there (October) made it extra special. The Aboriginal artwork on the rocks is a must. Allow 1-2 hours for this site.

4. Maguk Gorge

Kakadu National Park, Kakadu National Park, Northern Territory, Australia
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5 based on 159 reviews

Maguk Gorge

Reviewed By Wanderer039 - Sydney

Maguk Gorge was the highlight of our visit to the NT. The walk in is a fabulous tropical surround and the waterfall and pool are stunning. It was an absolute delight to swim in this pristine place.

5. Litchfield National Park

Litchfield Park Rd, Batchelor, Northern Territory 0845, Australia +61 8 8980 6000
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4.5 based on 990 reviews

Litchfield National Park

Originally home to the Aboriginal Wagait people, this national park's major attractions are its monsoon rainforest, magnificent streams and Waterfalls, and historic ruins.

Reviewed By LeeF62 - Haifa, Israel

We visited Litchfield National Park on a day trip in the wet season. This had the advantage that we could enjoy the cascading Waterfalls at their very best. The disadvantage though was that it is too dangerous to swim in the pools that are great during the dry season. There were clear notices at all these sites that they are CLOSED for swimming. Some of the Lookouts were also almost inaccessible as parts of the pathways are becoming submerged, so it won't be long till the park rangers have to close them too. Although it poured with rain all day long, we were lucky to manage to see Florence Falls, Tolmer Falls and Buley Rockhole as well as the fascinating magnetic and Cathedral termite mounds.

6. Gunlom Waterfall Creek

Kakadu National Park, Northern Territory, Australia
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4.5 based on 256 reviews

Gunlom Waterfall Creek

Reviewed By Ian D - Brisbane, Australia

Gunlom Waterfall Creek was undoubtedly the highlight of our week in the Northern Territory. Circumstances (relaxed day, ideal weather, small crowds) certainly helped but the scenery and the views of and from the creek are incredible. It has a true, natural 'infinity pool' looking out the gorge toward the range. The road in from the highway is not great but well worth it.

7. Edith Falls

Nitmiluk National Park, Katherine, Northern Territory, Australia +61 8 8975 4852
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4.5 based on 537 reviews

Edith Falls

Reviewed By Alison K - Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia

When we visited in April 2017 there was an abundance of water coming over the falls. The pool was closed to swimming which was a pity and some of the walk ways were inaccessible. This did nothing to spoil our visit though, as we knew the amount of water coming over the falls was a rare site indeed.

8. Adelaide River War Cemetery

97&105 Memorial Terrace, Adelaide River, Northern Territory 0846, Australia
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4.5 based on 125 reviews

Adelaide River War Cemetery

Reviewed By Natalie1964 - Melbourne

During the Second World War, Adelaide River was the headquarters of a large base and the Adelaide River War Cemetery was created for the burial of servicemen and women who died in this part of Australia during that war. After the war, the Army Graves Service moved graves from civil Cemeteries, isolated sites and temporary military burial grounds, into the current cemetery sight. Hence why you see both civilian and servicemen and women here. It is a well maintained area which is lovely to walk around and have time for reflection.

9. Katherine Gorge

Gorge Rd | Nitmiluk National Park, Katherine, Northern Territory 0852, Australia +61 8 8972 1886
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4.5 based on 1 reviews

Katherine Gorge

A deep gorge carved through ancient sandstone by the Katherine River draws thousands of visitors to the Jawoyn-owned Nitmiluk National Park each year. Distinctive dissected sandstone country features above the gorge, lush rainforest gullies inhabit giant cracks in the gorge walls, and broad Valleys meander through both the high and the low country. Enjoy a boat tour, helicopter flight, various walks, camping and canoeing. Leliyn (Edith Falls) is also a great attraction within the Park.

Reviewed By SSFiji - San Francisco, California

We went on a two gorge trip because of the water level. I think there are 13 gorges here. The boat captain was a great guide and told us about the lot of the local and cultural history. Best was he took us to a fresh water waterfall/pool in the second gorge which was divine. We soaked there for about 45 mts.

10. Nourlangie

Kakadu Hwy, Jabiru NT 0886, Kakadu National Park, Northern Territory 0886, Australia +61 8 8938 1120
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4.5 based on 656 reviews

Nourlangie

The Nourlangie Area features stunning rock art galleries and impressive views from Gunwarddehwardde lookout of Kakadu's escarpment and Nourlangie Rock.During the dry season you can learn more about the park's ancient heritage from ranger talks at the galleries, or enjoy a walk and relaxing picnic at Anbangbang Billabong.

Reviewed By Mary S - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

This area is one of Kakadu’s oldest Aboriginal occupation sites open to the public, we encounter a few other people, but otherwise the place is our own. The art is well worth seeing.

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