Kakadu National Park, Katherine Gorge, Litchfield National Park, Howard Springs, Humpty Doo, Adelaide River, Mary River, Ubirr Art Site, , Florence Falls, Douglas Hot Springs National Park, Edith Falls. Self-Drive Tour with Hotels Car Hire (unlimited kms) Bonus Vouchers. Departs from Darwin. Themes include: Northern Territory, Departs from Darwin, Fly-Drive Car, Returns from Darwin. + Show more
5 days Car Hire, "no worries" unlimited kms, comprehensive insurance
2 nights good standard Kakadu hotel (luxury upgrades available)
2 nights good standard Katherine hotel (luxury upgrades available)
Northern Territory Bonus Voucher Book ($500 value discounts at shops, restaurants & attractions)
Relax all the hard work has been taken out of your Self-Drive Holiday. Enjoy the freedom of the open road and the security of this popular DISCOVER AUSTRALIA Itinerary.
Kakadu National ParkLitchfield National ParkKatherine GorgeHumpty DooAdelaide RiverFlorence Falls
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Discover panoramic vistas, mountain gorges, swimming holes and cascading waterfalls; explore tropical wetlands, savannah plains and flora, fauna, birdlife and huge crocodiles in wild rivers on your Kakadu and Katherine Self-Drive. Experience Aboriginal culture, rock art and billabongs with abundant Kakadu wildlife; take a guided cruise in Katherine Gorge, Nitmiluk NP, throw a boomerang, visit Cutta Cutta Caves NP, experience country hospitality of the outback pubs of Katherine and bathe in a thermal spring lagoon and perhaps visit Litchfield NP.
Self-Drive Tour from Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia.
DAY 1 Darwin - Kakadu
Journey towards the ancient Kakadu. Visit the Country of Indigenous peoples; see exotic wetlands, tumultuous falls, native flora and fauna of the Top End. Perhaps fish for Barramundi when you hit the Arnhem Highway.
Today you can see Howard Springs (shaded swimming area, many native birds and animals, crocodile free- check with ranger!), Humpty Doo (Window on the Wetlands Visitor Centre), Adelaide River Jumping Crocodile Cruises, Corroboree Park outback Tavern, Annaburroo, Mary River National Park (small reserve areas protecting Mary River), Bark Hut Inn (iconic outback pub), Kakadu National Park, Gungaree Monsoon Rainforest Walk, Mamukala Wetlands Walk, Bowali Visitor Centre (guided tours available), Ubirr Art Site, Nourlangie Rock, Gorges and waterfalls, Two Mile Hole or Jabiru (small township in Kakadu National Park, starting point for exploration of park). Direct driving 210km (2.40 hours)
DAY 2 Discover Kakadu
Discover the splendid wilderness of the world famous Kakadu National Park set in the romantic tropics of the Top End and skirted in the north by the Timor Sea and how the world was before we came.... As large as some European countries, Kakadu is a place of landscapes and natural wonders so pristine and of such importance that Kakadu is recognised as one of the most ecologically, geologically and biologically diverse regions anywhere on our planet. The Kakadu National Park World Heritage Listed area is a land of 6 changing seasons covering some 20,000 sq km of raging rivers, rugged escarpments, thundering waterfalls and sparkling waterholes, woodlands and lush rainforests, open savannah lands and spectacular wetlands alive with unique wildlife, flora and fauna and amazing experiences. Kakadu is the spectacular world of outback adventure travel, nature activities and Aboriginal culture - and country of the Indigenous owners, the Bininj/Mungguy peoples for 50,000 years. See history chronicled on some 5000 amazing rock art sites in the Kakadu National Park, see some 50 species of mammals including kangaroos, wallabies; see wetlands crowded with elegant waterlilies and witness dainty Jesus birds seamlessly 'walking on water' in the billabong, close to massive reptiles from prehistoric times, saltwater crocodiles. Before you leave this wonderland of nature, take a moderately steep climb to the top of Ubirr and an outlook with vistas clear across the floodplains to experience the tropical sun setting spectacularly across the floodplains. However long you stay, you will wish you had longer in the awesome Kakadu National Park.
Kakadu National Park (Northern Territory, 171km east of Darwin), Mary River region (river, floodplains, monsoon rainforest, millions of migratory birds and endemic birds, saltwater crocodiles, barramundi fishing), Cooinda (small settlement and Warradjan Aboriginal Cultural Centre building symbolizes the warradjan/pig-nosed turtle and tells traditional owners story of Kakadu), Yellow Water (East Alligator River billabong, huge waterlilies, flora and fauna, crocodiles, wild horses, buffalo, millions of migratory birds and jacana (aka Jesus Birds), egrets, jabiru, sea eagles, magpie geese), Jabiru (township in Kakadu National Park, restaurants, cafes, shops accommodation designed to resemble a crocodile from the air, scenic flights, Ranger Uranium Mine, Aboriginal cultural tours and cruises, September Jabiru Mahbilil Festival food and craft appreciation, art workshops, live music, dance performances, fireworks display is mirrored on Lake Jabiru), Jabiru Gubara (6km return mod walk - tall sandstone cliffs, monsoon pools, a million butterflies and shady forest pools for a dip), Bowali Visitor Centre (info and advice, gallery and shop), Nourlangie Rock, Nourlangie Rock Art Site (historic shelter, ancient rock art such as Namarrgon, the Lightining Man, of the Dreamtime and controller of violent storms of the Wet Season passing on beliefs and stories of country to generations over the millennia), Ubirr Rock (interpretive signs or guided tour, splendid examples of X-ray art, hand prints, animals, hunters, rock art and figures from the Dreamtime, shelters, grindstones, stone tools, ochre for ceremonial paint), Barrk Sandstone Walk (6-8 hours walk for only the fittest; beautiful sandstone country), Bardedjilidji Walk (moderate 2 hr walk,map and info at Bowali VC, alongside East Alligator River layered sandstone, wetlands and woodlands), Jim Jim Falls - (Go here with the professional - take a guided 4WD tour - hire cars not allowed on track. Majestic waterfall cascading down ochre cliffs to sandy white beaches and clear cool water), Mirrai Lookout Walk (30kms south of the Bowali Visitor Centre. 3.6km return walk, steep climb, amazing vista of Kakadu escarpment from the Mount Cahill Lookout). The Six Season of Kakadu: Gunumeleng (October-December is building up to monsoon season), Gudjewg (January-February is The Wet and the perfect time for a canoe or airboat over the wetlands or a boat tour of the a river), Banggereng (March is the time of wild winds and thunders "hit'em down storms"), Yegge (April-May is magical morning mists rising over the plains, bringing cooler weather when the owners traditionally burned off as insurance against natural destructive fires of Wurreng), Wurreng (June-July is The Dry when visitors come to Kakadu to enjoy the dramatic diversity of Kakadu in the cool), Gurrung (August-September is calm and getting hotter with thunderheads building in the afternoons, to welcome Gunumeleng).
DAY 3 Kakadu - Katherine
Take the amazing Arnhem Highway and then the Stuart Highway. See amazing wildlife, tumbling waterfalls, crocodile infested rivers, elegant wetlands with magnificent flora, fauna and birdlife, amazing gorges and ancient Indigenous rock art - and row your canoe up the awesome Nitmiluk Gorge.
Today you can see Jabiru township, Gagudju Crocodile Hotel (350m crocodile shaped building, accommodation in the belly of crocodile), Ilagadjarr Wetlands Walk, Nourlangie Rock (major Aboriginal rock art areas), Warradjan Aboriginal Cultural Centre, Mardugal Billabong Walk, Cooinda, Yellow Water Billabong, Paradise Farm, Gungural Recreation Area, Bubkukluk Outlook, Mary River Roadhouse, Pine Creek (massive white domes), Edith River, Edith Falls (a wilderness setting of falls and pools) Katherine, Nitmiluk National Park or Katherine Gorge (carved through ancient sandstone by Katherine River). Direct driving 210km (2.40 hours)
DAY 4 Discover Katherine
In a region of amazing natural beauty and attractions Katherine Township, some 300km south of Darwin, with a population of around 10,000 souls, and one of the states biggest settlements, is on the banks of the Katherine River which flows down from the world-renowned Katherine Gorge in Nitmiluk National Park, owned by the Jawoyn Indigenous people. Now all grown up to become a strategically importance country town on the Stuart Highway, Katherine as an Overland Telegraph station named after the river Katherine, which was itself named in 1862 for one "Miss Katherine Chamers" by the explorer John Stuart. The nearby Mount Todd gold mine, the Tindall RAAF airbase, blokes and sheilas from outlying cattle stations, visitors travelling the Stuart Hwy and the Victoria Highway and adventurous tourists bring extra vibrancy to Katherine. Beyond the township, the Katherine Region stretches from the Daly River Region in the North to Dunmarra in the South and covers a massive 480,000sq km of amazing outback wonderlands to discover with National Parks, wild rivers, caves, creeks, gorges, waterfalls and thermal springs alongside pockets of rainforest and ancient Indigenous culture over the past 50,000 years. The Jawoyn Indigenous people will delight in showing you how to throw a boomerang or toss a spear with a woomera or in helping you create your own bark or dot painting, to teach you how to create fire with 2 sticks, and to share their story with you. Note: Seek current advice from local tourism office on swimming as crocodiles are present in these parts. Katherine River is patrolled for crocodiles in the dry season and it is usually safe to swim in the Katherine Gorge in the dry season
Katherine (restaurants, cafes, bistros, bronze statue of Sabu Sing astride his stockhorse, markets, horseracing, proper Aussie country pubs, five art galleries), Top Didj and Art Gallery (Cultural experience), Katherine Public Art Gallery (30 years of Katherine Art Prize competition), The Katherine Region Walking with Spirits Festival (July), Barunga Festival (June), prestigious Katherine Show (July), Katherine Festival (August), Katherine Country Music Muster (May), The Katherine Museum (artefacts and photo's from early Chinese settlers in the Territory and the devastating 1998 Katherine Floods, the Overland Telegraph Line, a Gypsy Moth Aircraft, history on WW II, aboriginal artifacts, artifacts and memorabilia of Clyde Fenton the first flying doctor), Katherine School Of The Air (gain insight into a unique part of life and the schooling tradition for isolated children of the outback), Katherine Art Gallery see cultural diversity and influences of the Jawoyn, Warlpiri and Dagoman Aboriginal people), Springvale Homestead ((1879) oldest original homestead in the Territory, it was built by Alfred Giles, linesman), Katherine River (rich eco-system of native animals and birds supported by river), Royal Australian Air Force Base Tindal (F/A-18 Hornets 17 km south of Katherine. Not open to the public), Nitmiluk National Park Katherine Gorge (30 min nor'east, world famous system of 13 gorges and river wilderness, bush walks, sandstone plateau range, spectacular gorge views, heli-fly over, guided tours, bush walk, swimming, canoe hire at the Gorge, Smith Rock, Low Level Crossing (popular swimming spots, pleasant for cooling off, but watch out for snags and the current), Cutta Cutta Caves National Park (27km south Katherine, caves Tropical Woodland Walk), Cutta Cutta Caves (500 million years limestone caverns, featuring sparkling columns, pillars and flowstones of calcite crystal), Mataranka (s.east Katherine, small township on upper reaches of Roper River,Stockyard Gallery of local Aboriginal art, barramundi feeding tours, Never Never Museum Of Aboriginal history), Mataranka Hot Springs thermal pool (sandy-bottomed, palm fringed lagoon,swimming spot, or swim where the springs flow into the river with a 30cm hot top layer of spring water and cold bottom), Barranyi (North Island) National Park, Caranbirini Conservation Reserve, Elsey National Park, Flora River Nature Park, Gregory National Park, Keep River National Park, Limmen National Park, Fishing (many of the region's big rivers are great for serious Barraumundi fishing adventure).
DAY 5 Katherine - Darwin
Leaving Katherine and the Nitmiluk Gorge on the Stuart Highway, heading north, cross the Edith River, en-route to Darwin and the top of the Top End of Australia.
Today there is time to enjoy the Nitmiluk Gorge, perhaps taking a boat trip through the gorge, or perhaps visit the Adelaide River War Cemetery or take a trail into the Litchfield National Park. Direct driving 316km (3.50 hours)
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