Charles Darwin National Park
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Charles Darwin National Park
If you don't have the time to visit the larger (but much farther) Litchfield or Kakadu National Parks, Charles Darwin is a convenient alternative. Located a short distance from the city centre (just south of the airport), the area is one of the country's most important wetlands, showcasing 36 mangrove species, as well as holding great aboriginal and historical significance.
- Address: Tiger Brennan Dr, Charles Darwin
- Phone: +61 8 8947 2305
- More Info: nt.gov.au/leisure/parks-reserves/find-a-park-to-visit/charles-darwin-national-park
- Opening House: Daily 8am–7pm
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