September 11, 2018

Explore Darwin and the Northern Territories

Darwin and the Northern Territories offer a unique, raw, natural landscape that can only be described as spectacular.
While Darwin itself has plenty to offer, it is the surrounding areas that provide some of the most breath-taking locations, many of which can be visited on a day trip while staying at the Novotel Darwin Airport or Mercure Darwin Airport Resort.
Whether it’s saltwater crocodiles, serene swimming holes, stunning waterfalls, or perhaps a little off-road adventure, the Northern Territories have something to excite everyone.
Here are two of our picks for your day trip adventures from Darwin City.

Litchfield National Park:


Pack your swimmers and a picnic and head south from Darwin to the stunning Litchfield National Park. About a 2-hour drive will see you within the lush borders of the park where your first stop will be the magnetic termite mounds, tombstone like wonders of nature.
Further along the road you’ll find the Tolmer Falls. A short walk will have you at the viewing platform for the falls which is also home to a protected colony of orange horseshoe bats. You may also choose to walk the 45-minute loop trail back to the carpark, offering great views of the upper falls.
Finally, no trip would be complete without a visit to the swimming holes at Wangi and Florence Falls. Wangi features a large cliff face, emerald toned swimming hole, plus an art gallery and café. Florence Falls boasts fern-lined cliffs that frame a double waterfall, plunging into a deep pool.

Mary River National Park:


Situated 150 kilometres to the east of Darwin is the Mary River National Park, a spot popular with anglers and wildlife watchers.
Known for being frequented by a large concentration of birdlife and boasting the largest population of saltwater crocodiles in the Northern Territory, not to mention rivers bursting with Barramundi after the rains, the wetlands, rivers and billabongs are a must visit.
The Mary River National Park is hugely popular with wildlife viewing cruises and specialised fishing charters. For those wishing to travel independently there is a large selection of viewing platforms for crocodile spotting and wildlife watching. If you’re after something a little more adventurous, try out the Hardies and Wildman 4WD tracks.

Make our place your base


There are many things to do in Darwin, so base yourself at one of our properties during your visit to the beautiful Northern Territory and enjoy all it has to offer while also exploring the surrounding natural wonders.
Whether you opt for the Novotel Darwin Airport or the Mercure Darwin Airport Resort, we have a great range of accommodation available to suit your requirements.
Our properties offer 4-star accommodation, complimentary airport shuttle service, and 24-hour reception. Features include on-site restaurants, swimming pools, fitness centre, landscaped tropical gardens, pool bar, and beautifully appointed – comfortable rooms and suites.
On the 11th October we will also be celebrating the re-opening of Cossie’s Poolside, the perfect poolside dining venue for the wet season. Please note it will be closed from September 29th until 11th October.
Book your stay with us here and start planning your next adventure in “the top end”. We look forward to seeing you soon!