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Northern Territory Garden & park tours

Our most recommended Northern Territory Garden & park tours

Kings Canyon: Full-Day Tour from Ayers Rock Resort

1. Kings Canyon: Full-Day Tour from Ayers Rock Resort

Travel from Ayers Rock Resort to the beautiful Kings Canyon in Watarrka National Park, stopping for breakfast at Kings Creek Station along the way. Once at Kings Canyon, you'll make the rock climb to its rim for some marvelous views of Watarrka National Park and the spectacular surroundings. Follow the rim of the canyon along the 3-hour circuit walk, stopping to look down into the canyon gorge at various look-out points along the way. Time permitting, you may choose to descend into the green oasis of the 'Garden of Eden.' While the tour is recommended for those with a good level of fitness, you may opt for the easier, shorter walk to explore the boulder-strewn canyon floor. Then, you can grab lunch at your own expense. Finally, begin your return journey to Ayers Rock Resort.

Darwin: Adelaide River Half-Day Jumping Crocs Cruise

2. Darwin: Adelaide River Half-Day Jumping Crocs Cruise

Experience leaping saltwater crocodiles up close on a half-day cruise along the Adelaide River, departing from Darwin. Once on the river, your local guide will entice the prehistoric creatures to leap out of the water for an alarming but thrilling display of their mighty jaws. Continue to the Window on the Wetlands Visitor Centre, the highest point on the lower Adelaide River floodplain. From the top of the center, enjoy superb panoramic views across the scenic Marrakai Plains. Next, visit the Fogg Dam Conservation Reserve to discover its diverse habitat and wildlife, including eucalyptus forest, open scrubland, and melaleuca woodland. The floodplain and open water attract a significant number of birds, as well as reptiles, mammals, and marsupials that add to your wildlife adventure. Stroll the boardwalks to keep your feet dry as your wander through monsoon and paperback forests.

From Alice Springs: Palm Valley 4WD Outback Safari + Picnic

3. From Alice Springs: Palm Valley 4WD Outback Safari + Picnic

Enjoy an exciting 1-day safari on a four-wheel drive from Alice Springs through the beautiful West MacDonnell Ranges to Hermannsburg, an Aboriginal community and historic precinct. Hermannsburg is renowned for its Aboriginal art collection, in particular the works of famous Aboriginal artist, Albert Namatjira. Enjoy a leisurely tea in Hermannsburg, and then set off on your 4WD for the second half of the adventure. Travel down the bed of the Finke River, one of oldest water courses in the world, into the stunning Palm Valley. Admire the spectacular rock formations, such as the one known as the Amphitheatre, and the lush palm trees of the oasis rising out of the white sand. Keep your eyes peeled for native plants such as the cycad and the Livistonia Mariae. Enjoy a picnic lunch within the beautiful Finke Gorge National Park, and on your return journey, relax and enjoy the changing colors of the magnificent West MacDonnell Ranges.

Alice Springs: 4WD Palm Valley Tour with Lunch

4. Alice Springs: 4WD Palm Valley Tour with Lunch

The day begins with pickup from your accommodation in Alice Springs at 7:00 AM. Travel through the picturesque West MacDonnell Ranges as you head to Hermannsburg for a morning tea break. Continue along the Finke Riverbed until you reach the impressive Palm Valley. Spend some time wandering amongst the ancient palm trees and explore this desert oasis. Once you’ve worked up a bit of an appetite, enjoy a Bushman’s lunch at the scenic Cycad Gorge. After lunch, marvel at epic views from the Kalaranga lookout then visit the Historic Precinct of Hermannsburg, known to the Arrarnta people as ‘Ntaria’. Explore the town, which is the birthplace of celebrated Aboriginal artist Albert Namatjira, and admire the historic buildings. The tour returns to Alice Springs at 5:30 PM.

Discover the City of Darwin: Half-Day City Coach Tour

5. Discover the City of Darwin: Half-Day City Coach Tour

Join a city sights tour for the perfect introduction to Darwin, with expert commentary by a local guide. Your Driver Guide will point out significant landmarks and will speak about Darwin’s rich history and culture throughout. Darwin Aviation Museum: This is one of the major aviation museums in Australia. The main display is a B-52 Bomber, on permanent loan from the United States Air Force. You can view some rare amateur footage of the first air-raid in Darwin, and original footage from Japanese archives. There are 19 aircraft on display, from Mirage and Sabre jet fighters to a Royal Australian Wessex helicopter. Museum & Art Gallery of the Northern Territory: home to internationally renowned artistic, cultural and scientific collections and research programs. You’ll get to see the largest permanent display of Aboriginal artwork in Australia as well as an eclectic range of visiting exhibitions. Darwin Botanic Gardens: find out how these gardens have survived numerous cyclones and the direct effects of World War II. Because the site extends inland from the sea to a plateau, it provides a range of planting environments and is one of a few botanic gardens in the world which has marine and estuarine plants naturally in its grounds. Not only will you have the chance to see some unique and exotic plants but even some local wildlife!

Darwin: City Sights and Jumping Crocodile Cruise

6. Darwin: City Sights and Jumping Crocodile Cruise

Join a sightseeing tour in the morning for the perfect introduction to the city of Darwin, with expert commentary from a local guide. See the lush Botanic Gardens, the Chinese Temple, and discover the other historic sites of the city including the Darwin Aviation Museum. Explore the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, which features a vast collection of Aboriginal art, visual arts, and exhibits on the Northern Territory's history. After the tour, you will be dropped off in the city center for a 45-minute break and opportunity to have lunch. In the afternoon, head 60 kilometers outside of Darwin to the Adelaide River, home to over 1,600 Crocodiles and the famous "Jumping Crocodiles." Embark on a river cruise and be amazed as these awesome creatures launch themselves out of the water. See these prehistoric creatures at close range. Afterwards, visit the Wetlands Visitor Centre for a spectacular view over the Marrakai Plains. Then, make your way to the Fogg Dam Nature Reserve to experience a wetland ecosystem up close, followed by a journey back to Darwin.

Palm Valley and Hermannsburg 1 Day 4WD Tour

7. Palm Valley and Hermannsburg 1 Day 4WD Tour

An adventure like no other, taking you along the oldest river in the world into an outback oasis. Follow the scenic track along the famous Finke River to the uniquely astonishing landscape deep in Palm Valley. Pass the amazing pinnacles of the Amphitheatre and through the beautiful Cycad Gorge before arriving at more than 3,000 giant Red Cabbage Palms. On the way enjoy a sumptuous European style morning tea with a selection of home-made buns and fresh coffee. Follow the Mpulungkinya Walk (5km, 2 hrs return) through this ancient oasis, along a river bed with towering palms and stunning lookouts from the valley escarpment. Discover Palm Valley’s unique environment including rare relict plant species and the spring-fed pools that support an array of unusual plants and animals. Your guide will also enlighten you on the cultural significance of the region to the local Arrernte Aboriginal people. On the 4WD track out of Palm Valley on the way to the nearby community of Hermannsburg, walk up to Kalaranga Lookout an easy 20 minute climb with spectacular views of a rock amphitheatre encircled by rugged cliffs. After the walk, head to the nearby community of Hermannsburg, known as Ntaria to the local Aboriginal residents. Established in 1877, Hermannsburg was a Lutheran mission for more than 100 years and the historic heritage precinct is wonderfully preserved today.  Hermannsburg is the birthplace of the renowned Aboriginal landscape painter Albert Namatjira, and the origin of the Hermannsburg School art movement. You will also have an opportunity to purchase art or souvenirs in the art gallery and gift shop before returning to Alice Springs after an unforgettable day in the Outback.

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Our tour guides were very well informed. I was very impressed by the safety and efficiency of our driver, Jacob. We saw more fauna than usual- camels, brumbies, a calf, bustards (large birds) on the road - all of which Jacob slowed well down for. We had a hearty breakfast at Kings Canyon Station, with a shop available for any extras we wanted. Kings Canyon was amazing- I am in my late fifties, moderately fit, and found the steps at the beginning challenging, but felt comfortable supported by the guides to go at my own pace. From then on, the walk was not as demanding. The views, however, were exceptional! Such a stunning canyon. Our walk lasted close to 4 hours (and being up over 40C), then we were picked up for lunch, and we had a swim at the pool. A must see! So glad we did this walk. Maybe I would advise it is less strenuous during winter!

This was a great trip. Well planned and the two tour operators were great. It was a full day, early start but was well worth it. If you can do the rim walk of the canyon, the views are spectacular. It's the first 500 steps that's the difficult part after that it's uneven but much easier to walk on. The garden of Eden was breathtaking. Good value trip and two great tour operators who both had a vast knowledge of the area.

It is a gorgeous trip. The tour starts very early in the morning but it is definitely worth it. The guides were great and very knowledgeable. I would highly recommend the rim walk. It's only exhausting at the beginning but the view from above is incredible.

Epic day through ruggedly beautiful landscape - canyon rim walk provided incredible views - well worth the drive - very informative and well organised.

It was really cool! The guides were nice and knowledgeable! The tour was amaizing!