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- 3-day Kakadu and Katherine tour from Darwin
- The ultimate way to see the major attractions of Australia's Top End!
- Navigate billabongs on a Mary River wetlands cruise
- Visit the ancient Aboriginal rock art sites at Ubirr -- an outdoor museum in the desert
- Relax on the sunset cultural dinner cruise along Katherine Gorge
- Experience majestic Maguk (Barramundi Gorge) and take a swim at the waterfall and plunge pool
- See the huge termite mounds in Litchfield National Park
What You Can Expect
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.
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
We had the most magnificent tour seeing the wonderful sights of Kakadu, Katherine and Litchfield. Rob, our tour guide, was very passionate about this tour and his enthusiasm infected all of the 15 passengers on board this mini-4WD-coach. You have to do/see it to believe it. Fantastic!
This was one of the best tours we have experienced anywhere in the world.
Our guide Rob was friendly, helpful and above all highly informative. His knowledge added greatly to the whole experience. From a billabong with crocs and many different birds and vegetation to the aboriginal rock paintings to the evening spent on the dinner boat through the wonderful scenery and swimming in the rock pools the whole trip was very good.
Great trip for all ages but perhaps not for those that cannot easily scramble over rocks and paths. .