Katherine Gorge, Litchfield National Park, 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
3 days Car Hire, "no worries" unlimited kms, comprehensive insurance
2 nights good standard Katherine hotel (luxury upgrades available)
Northern Territory Bonus Voucher Book ($500 value discounts at shops, restaurants & attractions)
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Discover amazing outback wilderness, wildlife and ancient culture on your Katherine Gorge Self-Drive holiday deal; visit Litchfield NP, bathe in natural hot springs, see giant crocodiles in wild rivers, pools fringed with rainforest, tumultuous waterfalls and historic cattle stations. Explore Nitmiluk NP, throw a boomerang or spear with a Jawoyn man, explore massive gorges and escarpments cruising the Katherine River, maybe meet goldminers and cattlemen in a friendly town pub.
Self-Drive Tour from Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia.
DAY 1 Darwin - Katherine
Set out into the tropical top end outback along the Stuart Highway. See massive crocodiles, the historic WWII armoury and a man made swimming lagoon, swim in remote, safe swimming holes, visit magnificent wilderness, tumultuous waterfalls, deep gorges and explore Indigenous history.
Today you can see Humpty Doo, Howard Springs Darwin Crocodile Farm, Noonamah, Acacia, Litchfield National Park (swimming spots, rainforest fringed pool at Wangi Falls, cascading Florence Falls, Lost City - series of windswept formations similar to ruins of an ancient civilisation), Albany Park, Adelaide River, Mount Bundy Station War Cemetery, Hayes Creek, Emerald Springs, Tjuwaliyn/Douglas Hot Springs Park (country of Wagiman people, park rivers and thermal springs), Pine Creek, Edith River, Katherine (named after river, developed around Overland Telegraph station), Direct driving 316km (3.50 hours)
DAY 2 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 state’s 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, Aboriginal artefacts; the devastating 1998 Katherine Floods, the Overland Telegraph Line, a Gypsy Moth Aircraft, history on WW II and memorabilia of the first flying doctor, Clyde Fenton); 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 3 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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