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  • Location:Darwin, Australia
  • Duration:14 hours (approx.)

Katherine Day Tour from Darwin including Katherine Gorge Cruise

Take a full-day detour from Darwin to explore the beautiful natural playground of Katherine Gorge. Cruise between ancient sandstone cliffs for an up-close perspective of Aboriginal rock art and crocodiles lounging on the riverbanks. Take a dip in a natural swimming hole at the base of Edith Falls, and recharge with a delicious picnic lunch. Get a glimpse of local cattle culture on a coach tour of Katherine, and pass through the historic gold mining town of Pine Creek. 

Highlights

  • Katherine Gorge day tour from Darwin
  • Visit Adelaide River War Cemetery
  • Take a swim at Edith Falls
  • Delicious picnic lunch
  • Enjoy a 2-hour cruise through Katherine Gorge
  • See crocodiles sunning on the banks of the river
  • Tour the township of Katherine the hub of the cattle and farming industries

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

This comprehensive coach tour visits Katherine’s top sights and includes a cruise on Katherine Gorge, the highlight of the tour. Enjoy a full day of touring on board a comfortable coach, with knowledgeable guides and plenty of photo opportunities.

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What You Can Expect

Katherine Day Tour from Darwin including Katherine Gorge Cruise

Eidth Falls, Katherine Gorge

Nestled in the rocky wilderness of Nitmiluk National Park, Katherine Gorge is one of the Northern Territory’s natural treasures. After early morning pickup at your Darwin hotel, travel via comfortable coach approximately 3 hours inland while your knowledgeable guide shares commentary on the passing landscape. Stop to stretch your legs and pay tribute to fallen World War II soldiers at the Adelaide River War Cemetery. 

Once inside the park, take a refreshing swim in the natural rock pool at the base of Edith Falls (weather conditions permitting). Enjoy a picnic lunch amidst the serene and picturesque surroundings. 

In the afternoon, embark on a 2-hour cruise down the river that winds between the sheer sandstone cliffs of Katherine Gorge. Learn about the area’s geologic history from your guide, and catch a glimpse of ancient Aboriginal rock art on the gorge walls. Keep an eye out for native wildlife including turtles, colorful birds and even crocodiles sunning on the riverbanks!

Hop back on the coach for a brief tour of the township of Katherine, heart of the Northern Territory’s cattle and agricultural industries. On the return drive to Darwin, pass through the historic gold mining town of Pine Creek and stop in Adelaide for dinner at a local restaurant (own expense). Your full-day tour concludes with drop-off at your Darwin hotel in the evening. 

Itinerary

Hotel Pickup List:
06:00 - Adina Waterfront
06:00 - Alatai Apartments
06:00 - Argus Apartments
08:15 - Bark Hut Inn
06:00 -Barramundi Lodge
07:05 - Boomerang Caravan Park
06:15 - Botanic Gardens Apartments
10:00 - Bowali Visitor Centre
07:10 - Coolalinga Caravan Park
06:15 - City Garden Apartments
06:50 - Discovery Holiday Park
06:15 - DoubleTree Hilton Darwin
06:00 - Elkes Backpackers
07:00 - Free Spirit Resort
06:00 - Frogs Hollow Backpackers
06:15 - H Hotel
06:50 - Hidden Valley Caravan Park
06:15 - Hilton Darwin
07:05 - Howard Springs Caravan Park (Meet on Stuart Highway, directly opposite Fellows Rd)
06:45 - Leprechaun Resort
06:00 - Mantra Pandanas
06:15 - Marrakai Apartments
06:00 - Mediterranean
06:15 - Novotel Atrium
07:00 - Oasis Caravan Park
06:00 - Paravista Motel
06:15 - Palms City Resort
06:00 - Palms Motel
07:00 - Rydges Palmerston
06:00 - SkyCity
06:20 - Transit Centre
06:00 - Travelodge Mirambeena Resort
06:00 - Comfort Inn Vitina
06:00 - Vibe Waterfront
06:00 - YHA Globetrotters

Customer Reviews

Kayza

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

Loved this tour. The guide was full of information and although disappointed the falls were closed for swimming, he still arranged for us to have a quick dip at a pool. Scenery was amazing.

Amanda W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

The whole day was stunning from the swim in a crystal clear waterhole to a cruise in the Katherine Gorge. The day was very hot and long but we were caught in a thunderstorm while on the gorge which cooled everything down. The lunch at the visitors centre was of a very high quality. The scenery and history of the area in Katherine was fascinating and interesting and we had a marvellous day.

Mark S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

great experience

Elspeth ann w

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

An excellent tour. Our guide John was very informative. A very long day the water holes to swim in were lovely as it was very hot. The trip down the Katherine gorge was breath taking.

Carmel T Australia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

I would highly recommend this tour. It gave us a good cross section of the outback surrounding Darwin. Our driver Russell? gets a gold star for his knowledge, sense of humour, keeping us entertained for nearly 15 hours, and his ability to keep the whole day running smoothly. Highlights were swimming at Edith Falls and enjoying the atmosphere at the Emerald Springs Roadhouse as we tucked into the juiciest Barramundi and the best Devonshire teas ever. The only regret of the day was not seeing more of Katherine we only drove through it on the way to Katherine Gorge. But I'd still definitely recommend this tour. All up, a great day, and I've come back with some wonderful memories.

Karen S Australia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

The bus driver was very informative and went out of her way to make the trip enjoyable. It was a very long day but worth every second of it.

Terence O

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

This is an amazing experience...loved the gorge...great place to visit.

Kim W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Great trip, our guide Nathan was brilliant and had so much local knowledge

Julie R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Excellent. The Coach driver and guide is a great asset to your company. Made the trip great, interesting and lot's of fun. will highly recommend. thank You.

dmonasch

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

This tour was wonderful! The pickup was smooth and timely, the bus was well equipped and the views impeccable. The best part of the whole day was the cruise on Katherine Gorge and our wonderful aboriginal guide. He was incredibly knowledgable and hearing about his own personal culture and heritage was an indescribable pleasure. This could only be improved by having traveled during wet season when the waterfalls are flowing!

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