Berry Springs Nature Park, Berry Springs, Northern Territory
By Jennifer Pinkerton
Nature lovers swoon over what's on offer in close proximity to Darwin. Sure, there’s Kakadu, the world's largest terrestrial national park, but smaller parks and reserves – with beauty to rival that of Kakadu – sit closer to town and can be visited in a day. Sweets Lagoon and Berry Springs Nature Reserve are loved by locals for their abundance of wildlife and pristine waters fringed by mangroves. Robin Falls takes visitors on a hike through lush forest to secluded, natural, twin swimming pools. The Mary River region is home to large colonies of wildlife, such as colourful, elegant birds and "jumping" crocodiles. And closer to town, Litchfield National Park is a water lover's paradise, thanks to its spectacular and easily accessed waterfalls.