Top End Tropical Summer Showcase
Experience an iconic Darwin sunset as you cruise the harbour enjoying deliciously fresh, local, wild caught fish with chips. Explore the incredible Litchfield National Park by scenic helicopter covering all the highlights of this unique landscape. Plus, customize your Darwin sightseeing with the Hop-on Hop-off bus and learn of the rich Royal Flying Doctor Service history while based in central Darwin accommodation.
- 4 night stay in Darwin at the:
- Ramada Zen Quarter Darwin in a 1 Queen Bed Apartment including:
- welcome drink on arrival
- in room Wi-Fi
- car parking
- OR Rydges Darwin Central in a Standard Room including:
- Daily breakfast (at Salvatores Café on an a la carte menu)
- in room Wi-Fi
- 60 minute scenic flight over Litchfield National Park
- 1.5 hour Darwin Harbour sunset adventure cruise with fish and chips dinner
- Big Bus Darwin 24 hour Hop-on Hop-off pass with detailed commentary
- Entrance to the RFDS facility, including bombing of Darwin exhibition
Please be aware flights are not included in the package price and should not be booked until your package has been confirmed. However please speak to one of our NT Now Travel Specialists for the best available fares at the time of booking.
Only 550 meters from the main mall the Ramada Zen Quarter Darwin is easily accessible to the CBD, Darwin nightlife, waterfront precinct, shops and restaurants. The modern air-conditioned apartments each have a fully equipped kitchen with a dishwasher, oven and a refrigerator. Guests can relax in their living area which includes a flat-screen TV with free cable channels. Zen has the longest hotel swimming pool in a Darwin Hotel at 28 metres. Enjoy lounging in or beside the pool. An onsite gym will help you stay fit during your stay or relax at our onsite licensed cafe and restaurant.
While staying at the Rydges Darwin Central Hotel, you’ll be based in the very heart of the vibrant and tropical city and in perfect walking distance to great eateries, shopping locations and tourist hotspots. After a day out exploring you’ll come back and relax in contemporary rooms which feature all your essential amenities and comforts.
Where to eat:
All aboard for a sunset cruise on Darwin Harbour! Leaving Stokes Hill Wharf with a complementary refreshment in your hand, we’ll potter out from Kitchener Bay stopping to draw your attention to the magnificent expanse of Darwin Harbour and its fascinating landmarks. And then, hold onto your hats! We’ll leave other boats in our wake as we take you up close to the sights and sounds of the Darwin city seascape. On arrival at Cullen Bay, you’ll be treated to stories of this part of town while the crew picks up your dinner of deliciously fresh, local, wild caught fish with chips from either award-winning La Beach restaurant.
As you eat your dinner on board, we’ll use our local knowledge to take you to the best place to enjoy the delightfully warm breeze, exquisite tropical sunset and harbour full of intrigue. The tide, wind, weather and season will be considered as the Captain turns the boat in a particular direction.
You may experience a walk on the Fannie Bay sandbar or enjoy your meal amongst a pod of frolicking dolphins or dugong. Sometimes we may visit the Sadgroves bird sanctuary and other times we'll just cruise around the glistening harbour, taking in nature's extraordinarily-coloured sky at this time of day - it's like an artwork!
This Darwin sunset cruise is an adventure where you will see the harbour at the best time of the day, hear the stories and music of the Top End of Australia and experience local Darwin hospitality. It is the perfect end to the day for families and spirited travellers and those who have an interest in a real Top End experience. A fast boat ride in the calm of the evening will get you back to the hub bub of Stokes Hill Wharf.
What to do:
Just over 100km south west of Darwin, Litchfield National Park attracts over 260,000 visitors a year and is a must-see when visiting Australia’s Top End, in a comprehensive 60 minute scenic flight discover all of Litchfield’s treasures including rugged sandstone escarpments, spring-fed streams, impressive waterfalls and iconic features such as The Lost City and fields of tombstone-like magnetic termite mounds. Covering an area of more than 1500km2, exploring Litchfield by scenic helicopter is the practical choice, providing a true appreciation of the scale and variety of the National Parks unique landscape while ensuring you don’t miss any of the highlights! Flying along the sandstone plateau of the Tabletop Range, a rich range of open woodland vegetation transitions into pockets of lush monsoonal vine forest. The porous sandstone substrate, over eons of exposure to the elements, has weathered into striking formations which also absorb monsoonal rains that in turn feed numerous perennial streams. Running off the plateau these shallow waterways form the stunning single and multi-drop waterfalls that Litchfield is famous for, cascading into crystal clear pools shaded by sheer cliffs and providing fantastic aerial photo opportunities in all seasons.
Sightseeing in the NT’s capital city is easy with the Big Bus Darwin Hop On Hop Off sightseeing tour which will allow you to customise your Darwin experience while also learning interesting facts via the entertaining audio commentary provided on the bus. The popular drop-off spots include the beautiful George Brown Darwin Botanic Gardens, Crocosaurus Cove, Stokes Hill Wharf and the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory.
The Royal Flying Doctor Service Darwin Tourist Facility details two key elements within the Northern Territory’s extensive history. Founded in 1939 by Reverend John Flynn, the RFDS has a rich history of heroic tales from the pilots, doctors, nurses and patients that can experienced through life-size holograms, interactive storytelling, touch screen portals and even a decommissioned RFDS Pilatus PC 12 aircraft that you can venture into. Relive the iconic wartime experience through the immersive Virtual Reality of the Bombing of Darwin Harbour 1942 – a movie production whose magnitude has never been seen before in VR.
Location & how to get there
Darwin International Airport (darwinairport.com.au) is serviced by many Domestic and Regional airline carriers including Qantas, Virgin Australia, Jetstar and Air North. Flights mainly operate out of Australia’s capital cities and generally take between 3 – 4 hours.
The airport is about a 15-minute drive from the centre of town. Car hire is available from the counters close to the baggage carousels. There are also plenty of taxis available at the airport cab rank and private transfers can be pre-booked.
Darwin can also be reached by The Ghan, from Adelaide or Alice Springs, with trains arriving weekly on Tuesdays. While the rail station is situated a short drive from the city centre, free transfers are offered to all passengers.
For those driving there are a number of entry ways to access Darwin. Most roads are sealed however some are for the more adventurous 4 wheel drivers. If you are coming from Queensland the best route to take is the Overlander’s Way / Barkly Highway from Mt Isa. If you are leaving from Cairns you can take the Savannah Way which is a rugged, unsealed road which crosses the top of Australia from Cairns to Broome. You can also use the Savannah Way as an access from Western Australia. Other roads leading from WA to Darwin include the Tanami Road that runs across the Tanami Desert and to the north the Butine Highway. The drive from South Australia is especially scenic as you follow the Explorer’s Way through Coober Pedy and past the major centres of Alice Springs, Tennant Creek and Katherine before arriving in Darwin.
On sale until 31 January 2022. For travel until 31 March 2023. Advertised price based on Ramada Zen Quarter Darwin for travel from 1 November 2021 – 31 March 2022. Seasonal surcharges apply outside these dates and blackout dates may apply. Some inclusions may be closed over public holidays. Prices and inclusions are correct as of 30 November 2021 and may be subject to change due to availability, surcharges, fees or taxes without notice. Offer may be withdrawn at any time without notice. Prices are based on 2 adults. Please contact us on 1800 854 897 or firstname.lastname@example.org to enquire. Airfares and transfers are additional unless otherwise specified. For full terms and conditions and details on our refund policy, view our booking conditions. E&OE.
NT Summer Sale bookings must meet the following criteria in order to be eligible:
- Every traveller 18 years and over within each booking must provide a digital certificate issued by the Australian Government which states the individual to whom the certificate is issued has received all required COVID-19 vaccinations.
- Travel must be booked within the campaign period of 1 October 2021 to 31 March 2022.
- Travel departure must occur by or on 31 March 2022.
- The booking must be valued at a minimum of $1,000 (inclusive of GST) to qualify for the NT Summer Sale discount.
- The booking can include any bookable flight, accommodation, tour, attraction or hire vehicle inbound to, or within the NT.
- All bookings must have a minimum of 80% of the total product value spent in the NT.
- Intra-territory travel by vaccinated NT residents is eligible. Discount will not apply to interstate travel components for NT residents.
- Full conditions can be found here.