Darwin’s dry season may have the better weather but there are some adventures you can only enjoy during the wet and others which are simply more magnificent when the rain is falling. Take a look at our top five for some serious travel inspo.
1. Catch a Million Dollar Fish
If you’ve ever dreamt of catching a big NT barra, there’s no better time to do it than the wet season. Why? Well, the fish are biting for starters, but there’s also $2 million of prize money to be won. 101 barramundi have been tagged with winnings, including 100 $10,000 fish and one $1 million big one. $80,000 was won last year and $20,000 of that went to the same family, no doubt making them very happy. Can you go one better? Charter a boat from Cobourg Fishing Safaris and embark on a fishing tour that could turn you into a millionaire...
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These are two of Australia’s most spectacular waterfalls, plummeting 200 metres and 150 metres respectively down Kakadu National Park’s trademark red cliffs. Both are at their most impressive in the wet season, when heavy rains flow thick and fast over the drops. Nearby roads are often flooded at this time of year, making scenic flights the best and often only way to see the falls in full force. Remember to pack the camera and get ready to be blown away by nature’s power. Try Outback Floatplane Adventures for a range of scenic helicopter tours and adventure safaris.
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3. Settle in for some storm watching
While the wet season won’t present you with day after day of clear blue skies like the dry, it will deliver regular and spectacular summer storms. One storm cell up here can produce up to 1600 lightning strikes: the same number Perth sees in an average year. Join the locals at Stokes Hill Wharf or Darwin Ski Club in the afternoons to secure a front row seat to watch the storms roll in.
Swimming with one of Darwin’s famous saltwater crocs becomes a lot more appealing in the wet season, when the days are hot enough that any form of water-based sport takes on an enticing new angle. Head to Crocosaurus Cove in the heart of the city and jump in the Perspex cube to see the world’s largest reptiles up close and personal. As you’ve probably guessed, this activity’s not for the faint-hearted.
5. Tandem skydive!
Get ready for the most exhilarating 35 seconds of your life as you free fall through the sky, enjoying the scenic views of Darwin’s magnificent coast line. Rest assured, you are in very safe hands. The team at Top End Tandem have been operating for over 15 years, delivering more than 15,000 exhilarating tandem skydives to thousands of happy travellers.
Enticed? Book a room at one of our Darwin hotels and start planning your next Top End stay.