4-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 4-day tour of Kakadu and Katherine. Visit UNESCO World Heritage-listed Kakadu National Park, Nitmiluk National Park and Litchfield National Park; cruise on the Mary River wetlands, view ancient Aboriginal rock art sites and the majesty of Gunlom Falls, and canoe through the Katherine Gorge. You’ll also swim in pristine rock pools at Edith Falls, Mataranka Hot Springs, Buley Rockhole and Wangi Falls, and go underground at Cutta Cutta Caves. This small-group tour, limited to 16 people, includes a knowledgeable driver guide, accommodation, meals, transportation and admission fees.

Highlights

  • Multi-Day Trip
  • Close encounter with wildlife
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide
Delve into the many natural wonders of the Top End and travel by air-conditioned 4WD-vehicle with an expert guide who shares informative commentary about the wildlife, history and natural environment.

You’ll stay overnight in basic resorts with bungalow and permanent tent accommodations located in pretty tree-shaded campground settings with picnic areas, barbecue or fire pits, and shared bathroom facilities. This tour is suitable for people with a moderate level of fitness who enjoy walking and swimming in natural settings. Includes all meals, transportation and lots of outdoor fun.

Schedule details

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Departure Dates:
Departure Point:
Darwin Transit Centre
Departure Time:
8am
Duration:
3 days (approx.)
Return Details:

Returns to Darwin at approximately 6pm on Day 4


Pricing information

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Pricing information

4-Day Top End Highlights Including Kakadu and Katherine

Florence Falls, Litchfield National Park

Inclusions:
  • 3 nights accommodation
  • Mary River 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
Exclusions:
  • 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

Itinerary:
Day 1: Darwin – Kakadu National Park (L, D)
Departing from Darwin, set off for the Mary River floodplains, Australia’s most northerly tropical wetlands. Cruise the Mary River’s extensive system of pools and billabongs, and hear expert commentary about the area 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. Passing the ancient rock art galleries, climb up to Nadab Lookout for views over the wetlands. Then head to your accommodation in the afternoon and enjoy the rest of the day and evening at your leisure.

Overnight: Anbinik Kakadu Resort, Kakadu


Day 2: Kakadu National Park – Katherine (B, L, D)
Travel along the Kakadu Highway to Gunlom Falls, where you can cool off in a plunge pool at the base of a waterfall surrounded by shady gums. After a refreshing dip, leave the park and pass through the small township of Pine Creek where you stop for lunch before traveling on to Nitmiluk (Katherine Gorge) National Park. Head to Edith Falls, a stunning series of cascades and pools, to take an afternoon swim in the waters. Then continue your drive, passing through the township of Katherine to reach Nitmiluk Campground, located just a few minutes drive from Nitmiluk National Park. Enjoy a delicious dinner and an evening at your leisure.

Overnight: Nitmiluk Permanent Tents, Katherine

Day 3: Katherine (B, L, D)
After a tasty breakfast, explore more of the Katherine region today. Head into Nitmiluk National Park to spend the morning canoeing through Katherine Gorge. Formed by the Katherine River on its path to the Timor Sea, Katharine Gorge consists of a series of deep sandstone gorges that are stunningly beautiful and a must-see when in Katherine. After canoeing, drive for one hour to Cutta Cutta Caves, a limestone cave system with stalactites and stalagmites. Join a guided tour into the caves to see the caves up close. Learn about the area’s geology and the ecosystem of Cutta Cutta Caves Nature Park, which is home to rare bats such as ghost and horseshoe bats, and up to 170 bird species. Next up, drive to Mataranka Hot Springs and have a picnic lunch upon arrival. Then take a swim in thermal pools and crystal clear streams, which are shaded by tall trees and greenery. Have the option to take a short walk to the Roper River and Mataranka Falls, or continue to float around in the pools before returning to the campground for dinner.

Overnight: Nitmiluk Permanent Tents, Katherine

Day 4: Katherine – Litchfield National Park – Darwin (B, L)
In the morning, you may see wallabies grazing nearby as you have breakfast. After eating, leave Katherine and drive four hours to Litchfield National Park. The large national park contains much of the Tabletop Range and features spectacular waterfalls and plunge pools. Stop at Buley Rockhole and cool off in its series of cascading plunge pools. Have lunch at the park cafe then take a dip at the rock pool at Wangi Falls. Refreshed, drive two hours back to Darwin and visit the popular Mindil Beach Sunset Market. Famous for its global cuisine choices, the market attracts locals and visitors who flock here for the food, crafts, music performances and gorgeous sunset views. After time to browse the market and enjoy the food, shopping and sunset, you are returned to your Darwin hotel in the early evening to end your tour.

Hotel Pickup List:
07:50 - Adina Waterfront
08:00 - Air Raid Lodge
08:15 - Airport Gateway Motel
08:15 - Airport Inn
08:00 - Alatai Apartments
08:00 - Argus Apartments
08:00 - Banyan View Motel
08:00 - Barramundi Lodge
08:20 - Boomerang Caravan Park
07:50 - Botanic Gardens Apartments
07:50 - Casa on Gregory
08:00 - City Garden Apartments
08:25 - Coolalinga Caravan Park
07:50 - Cullen Bay Apartments
08:00 - Darwin Central Hotel
08:15 - Discovery Holiday Park
08:00 - DoubleTree Hilton Darwin
08:20 - 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
08:20 - Howard Springs Caravan Park (Hwy)
08:15 - Leprechaun Resort
08:00 - Mantra Pandanas
08:00 - Marrakai Apartments
08:00 - Mediterranean
08:00 - Novotel Atrium
08:20 - 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
07:50 - Quest Parap
08:15 - 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
08:00 - 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