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Darwin – The Top End of Australia
Namesake of English Naturalist, this Darwin is a capital city of the Northern Territory, Australia. The city has progressed into one of Australia’s most modern and multicultural cities from a small port and prominent outpost. It enjoys its prominence also because it gives an access to Asian countries such as Indonesia and East Timor.
A campervan is very helpful in exploring Darwin and its suburb areas. You can have a feel of unpolluted beaches like Casuarina Beach and famous Mindil Beach. Since 1976, an area of Casuarina Beach has been designated as a free beach allowing a designated nudist beach area.
One of the most popular recreations of Darwin is fishing. Visitors are very eager and excited to catch the precious barramundi fish. This fish are seen in abundance in a few water bodies such as the Mary River, Daly River, South and East Alligator River.
However, one of the most unique and exciting aspect of Darwin is the existence of saltwater crocodiles. They are almost visible in all waterways surrounding the city. Australian saltwater crocodiles measure up to an average 4-5 meters in length and weigh up to 500 kilograms. They are the largest and the most aggressive of all crocodile species. However, you can also find freshwater freshies at the Top End. These types of crocodiles are relatively harmless.
A wildlife cruise on Darwin harbor can give you an incredible experience of crocodiles as you can see them slide out from the mangrove-lined banks, to the wetlands and billabongs of Mary River National Park. These are the hot favorite places of the Northern Territory for the saltwater crocodiles.
Mary River National Park and Litchfield National Park serve as green and fresh hands of Darwin! Just a short drive from the city, these parks offer beautiful landscapes and wondrous wildlife to any Nature lover.
Mary River National Park
The anglers and wildlife watchers simply relish the exotic ambience of the Mary River National Park which is just 150 kilometers east of Darwin. It also houses barramundi in abundance after rains and has variety of birds constantly surrounding the park. The park also offers a great opportunity to those who want to have a feel of the wildlife viewing cruises, guided twitcher tours and specialized fishing charters. An independent traveler is likely to find comfortable camping areas and boat ramps as well.
Litchfield National Park
This place – hidden behind long plains and termite mounds – is a darling of locals as it has wonderful waterfalls and waterholes. There are pandanus-lined plunge pools at Florence and Wangi Falls. You can experience an extraordinary sense of tranquility by watching a series of cascades at Buley Rockhole. You can also access many campsites on foot, by 4WD and by regular 2WD drive. Avid walkers will have plenty of choices – short trails from most popular spots, challenging multi-day circuit – the Tabletop Track.
So, what are you waiting for? Do you need any more reasons – though they are plenty as this is just a tip of an iceberg – to experience this heaven on earth? Book your campervan rental now and rock Darwin!