3-Day Top End Highlights Including Kakadu and Katherine

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  • Location: Darwin, Australia
  • Duration: 3 days (approx.)
  • Tour code: 2230KNL3
See all the highlights of northern Australia’s remarkable Top End on a three-day tour of Kakadu and Katherine. This Northern Territory adventure takes you cruising the Mary River wetlands, visiting ancient Aboriginal rock art sites, and admiring the majesty of Gunlom falls. You'll also swim in pristine rock pools at Wangi Falls, photograph the amazing twin waterfalls at Florence Falls and experience Katherine Gorge at sunset on a candlelit dinner cruise. With accommodation in Kakadu and Katherine included, see all the famous Top End sights in just three days on this expertly guided small-group tour, limited to 16 people.


  • Multi-Day Trip
  • Close encounter with wildlife
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide
Day 1: Darwin -- Kakadu National Park (L)
Departing from Darwin’s Transit Centre, take a trip in an air-conditioned 4WD to the Mary River floodplains, Australia’s most northerly tropical wetlands. Cruise the Mary River’s extensive system of pools and billabongs, and listen to an expert commentary as you glide past water lilies and basking crocodiles. Leaving the wetlands, stop for lunch on the way to the World Heritage-listed Kakadu National Park. Visit the Bowali Visitor Centre to learn about Kakadu’s significant flora and fauna, and see ancient Aboriginal rock art sites at Ubirr. Admire the sites’ ‘x-ray’ style rock paintings, and compare them to the even older, more delicate Mimi paintings. In the afternoon, be dropped off at your accommodation, where you have the remainder of the day and evening to spend at your leisure.

Overnight: Gagudju Crocodile Holiday Inn, Kakadu National Park

Day 2: Kakadu National Park -- Maguk -- Pine Creek -- Katherine Gorge -- Katherine (D)
In the morning, venture off the beaten track to Maguk (Barramundi Gorge) in Kakadu national Park. Take a refreshing swim at the small waterfall and in the serene plunge pool. Leaving Kakadu National Park, travel further south to the small township of Pine Creek. After lunch in Pine Creek (own expense), visit the regional town of Katherine. In the late afternoon, join a sunset dinner cruise on Katherine Gorge to learn about the history and culture of the Jawoyn people as you cruise along two tranquil gorges. As the sun sets, enjoy a three-course buffet dinner as you take in the beautiful surroundings of Katherine Gorge by candlelight.

Overnight: Ibis Styles, Katherine

Day 3: Litchfield National Park -- Darwin (L)
Start your day by traveling from Katherine to the Adelaide River War Cemetery, where soldiers and civilians killed in the 1942 air raids on Darwin lie buried. Continue to Litchfield National Park, and stop to photograph the park’s amazing termite mounds, some standing well over 6.5 feet (2 meters) tall. Travel further into the park to visit Florence Falls, a photogenic double waterfall surrounded by lush rainforest. Cool off in a series of cascading plunge pools at Buley Rockhole, and visit the rock pool at Wangi Falls after lunch. Take another swim in Wangi Falls or go for a nature walk to the top of the falls before returning to Darwin via the Cox Peninsula Road, arriving in Darwin at approximately 6pm.

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Departure Dates:
Departure Point:
Darwin Transit Centre
Departure Time:
3 days (approx.)
Return Details:

Returns to Darwin at approximately 6pm on Day 3

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3-Day Top End Highlights Including Kakadu and Katherine

Florence Falls, Litchfield National Park

  • 2 nights accommodation
  • Dinner cruise
  • Meals as per itinerary (B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner)
  • Transport by air-conditioned mini-coach
  • Local guide
  • Drinking water
  • Entrance fees
  • National park entry
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
Additional Information:
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Maximum of 3 passengers per room
  • A maximum of 16 people per tour ensures more personalized experience

What to bring:
comfortable walking shoes, swim suit, hat, sunscreen, sunglasses and water bottle

Hotel Accommodation:
Gagudju Crocodile Holiday Inn:
this indigenous-owned hotel is uniquely shaped to represent Kakadu's most famous inhabitant, the saltwater crocodile. The hotel has all the main facilities including restaurant, bars and swimming pool.

Ibis Styles Hotel, Katherine:
Located near the Katherine town center, the hotel has a restaurant, bar, pool, tennis court and BBQ area

Hotel Pickup List:
07:50 - Adina Waterfront
08:00 - Air Raid Lodge
07:45 - Airport Gateway Motel
07:45 - Airport Inn
08:00 - Alatai Apartments
08:00 - Argus Apartments
08:00 - Banyan View Motel
08:00 - Barramundi Lodge
08:15 - Boomerang Caravan Park
07:50 - Botanic Gardens Apartments
07:50 - Casa on Gregory
07:50 - City Garden Apartments
08:15 - Coolalinga Caravan Park
07:50 - Cullen Bay Apartments
08:00 - Darwin Central Hotel
08:15 - Discovery Holiday Park
08:00 - DoubleTree Hilton Darwin
08:00 - Elkes Backpackers
08:15 - Free Spirit Resort
08:00 - Frogs Hollow Backpackers
08:00 - Frontier Darwin
08:00 - Geckos Lodge
08:00 - H Hotel
08:15 - Hidden Valley Caravan Park
08:00 - Hilton Darwin
08:15 - Howard Springs Caravan Park (Hwy)
08:15 - Leprechaun Resort
08:00 - Mantra Pandanas
08:00 - Marrakai Apartments
08:00 - Mediterranean
08:00 - Novotel Atrium
08:15 - Oasis Caravan Park
08:00 - Palms City Resort
08:00 - Palms Motel
07:50 - Parap Village Apartments
07:50 - Paravista Motel3
08:15 - Quest palmerston
07:45 - Quest Parap
07:50 - Rydges Airport Resort
07:50 - SkyCity
07:50 - Steeles Bed & Breakfast
08:00 - Transit Centre
08:00 - Travelodge Mirambeena Resort
08:00 - Comfort Inn Vitina
07:50 - Vibe Waterfront
08:00 - YHA Globetrotters
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Traveler Reviews

Reviewed by: Damian K, September 2014

Could not fault the tour or the attractions but the guide was completely useless drove way below the speed limit all the time so many areas were we stopped for meals, sightseeing or for swims were cut short one area promised on the tour for a swim never happened returning from the Katherine gorge dinner cruise he got lost and drove around for over a half hour before he found the main road again.

Reviewed by: Karen S, September 2014

Absolutely wonderful. From fabulous wetlands tour with Scotty to the knowledge of Stefanie our guide. Small group so really ideal from the 88 year old to the young 20s - something for all. The beauty amazing.

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Tour code: 2230KNL3