short break icon 3 Day Short Break

Kakadu & Katherine Gorge (May-Oct)

  • Katherine Gorge

    Katherine Gorge

  • Kakadu National Park

    Kakadu National Park

  • Edith Falls, Litchfield National Park

    Edith Falls, Litchfield National Park

  • Kakadu National Park

    Kakadu National Park

  • Yellow Water Billabong

    Yellow Water Billabong

  • Katherine, Nitmiluk National Park

    Katherine, Nitmiluk National Park

  • Nourlangie


Tour codes: DG42S

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As this Short Break departs at 7.15am, accommodation will need to be pre-booked for the previous night.

Day 1: Darwin – Jumping Crocodile Cruise – Kakadu

Cruise on the Adelaide River, home to over 1,600 crocodiles, on the Jumping Crocodile Cruise. Then you’ll travel into Kakadu National Park. It’s home to a myriad of animals, hundreds of bird species and thousands of different insects and plants. After lunch, stop at Bowali Visitor Centre. Continue to Ubirr, where you’ll climb up through the ancient Aboriginal rock art galleries to the lookout for a spectacular view over the surrounding wetlands.

Hotel: Mercure Kakadu Crocodile Hotel (Superior), Kakadu.

Included Meals: Lunch

Day 2: Kakadu – Nourlangie – Yellow Water Billabong Cruise – Katherine

You’ll be mesmerised as you wander around the Nourlangie rock art site. It has provided shelter to the indigenous people for many thousands of years, and while taking shelter, the rock evolved into a canvas that illustrates the traditional owners’ very deep spiritual culture. The Bininj people are the traditional custodians of Kakadu and now you’ll visit Warradjan Cultural Centre where you’ll be introduced to their way of life. Later, join your local guide for a cruise on Yellow Water Billabong, Kakadu’s most famous wetland. The picturesque yellow waters are home to thousands of saltwater crocodiles and up to 60 species of colourful birdlife. This afternoon we travel to Katherine, the third largest town in the Northern Territory, stopping at Leliyn (Edith Falls) along the way. The paperbark and pandanus fringed natural pool at the base of the falls is suitable for swimming throughout most of the year (conditions permitting)

Hotel: Ibis Styles Katherine (Superior), Katherine

Included Meals: Lunch

Day 3: Katherine – Depart Darwin

Enjoy an early morning cruise through Katherine Gorge. One of the most visited sites in Australia’s Top End, it is a stunning network of thirteen gorges carved from billion year old sandstone that are home to many rapids and falls, flowing from the Katherine River. The cruise will put you at the heart of Katherine Gorge among freshwater crocodiles, wonderful birdlife and some of the most amazing scenery the Northern Territory has to offer. Return to Darwin stopping at Adelaide River War Cemetery, the resting place for many of those killed in the World War II air raids on Darwin. Your short break concludes this evening.

Included Meals: Breakfast

As this Short Break concludes at 6:00pm, you may like to pre-book accommodation for tonight.

Planning to travel in April or between November and March?
We have a wet season itinerary available see tour DG52 (Overnight in Darwin instead of Katherine on Day 2).

3 Day Short Break


Tue & Sat (May - Oct)
Darwin, 7.15am

Planning to travel in April or between November and March?
We have a wet season itinerary available see tour DG52 (Overnight in Darwin instead of Katherine on Day 2).


Day 3, Darwin
6.00pm approximately

Need Accommodation?

Our special discounted rates make booking accommodation with us during your holiday both easy and affordable at selected AAT Kings hotels and resorts.
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  • Accommodation
  • Kakadu National Park Ticket
  • Breakfast (1)
  • Lunch (2)
  • Jumping Crocs Cruise
  • Yellow Water Billabong Cruise
  • Katherine Gorge Cruise
  • Experienced Driver Guides
  • Detailed and informative commentary
  • Travel in an air-conditioned coach
  • Return airport transfers- flight details to be provided 14 days prior to travel

What to bring

  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Sunglasses, hat, sunscreen and insect repellent
  • Water bottle
  • Camera
  • Jacket in cooler months
  • Swimmers & towel

Fitness requirement

Low level of fitness required.

  • Kakadu: Nourlangie Rock is 1.5km walk around the base. The walk has built in steps along the path.
    Ubirr walk is slightly uneven around the base but quite steep on the way to lookout.
  • Katherine: There is a rough uneven walk required between 1st & 2nd Gorge, approximately 800m

Accommodation Standards & Prices

Choose from a range of accommodation standards below. AAT Kings has hand-picked a range of hotels in key destinations to suit all kinds of budgets and we’ve pre-negotiated amazing prices for you.

Tour with Superior Accommodation (DG42S)

Superior Room at Mercure Kakadu Crocodile Hotel
Where you'll be staying
  • Mercure Kakadu Crocodile Hotel  
  • Ibis Styles Katherine  
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Please Note: This itinerary is valid for travel from 1 April 2018. Due to seasonal conditions this itinerary may change without notice. Prices above may vary according to your departure date.

Please Note: Itinerary, departure dates & prices may be subject to change.

Your choice of accommodation standards

Choose from a range of accommodation standards. AAT Kings has hand-picked a range of hotels in key destinations to suit all kinds of budgets and we’ve pre-negotiated amazing prices for you.

  • Superior (S)

  • Mercure Kakadu Crocodile Hotel
    1 Flinders St, Jabiru, NT 0886
    • Mercure Kakadu Crocodile Hotel Superior Room

    The indigenous owned luxury accommodation is uniquely shaped to represent Kakadu's most famous inhabitant, the saltwater crocodile. Relax in the recently refurbished rooms, unwind in your private courtyard, by the shaded outdoor pool or take in the landscaped interior garden view from the balcony.

    • Features
    • Bathtub and shower
    • Satellite/cable colour TV
    • Broadband Internet access
    • Hair Dryer
    • Air Conditioning
    • Iron / Ironing Board
    • Refrigerator
    • Ensuite
  • Ibis Styles Katherine
    Stuart Highway, Katherine, NT 0850
    • Standard Room at Ibis Styles Katherine
    • Reception at Ibis Styles Katherine
    • Exterior of Ibis Styles Katherine
    • Swimming Pool at Ibis Styles Katherine
    • Galloping Jacks Restaurant, Ibis Styles Katherine

    Ibis Styles Katherine is situated near Katharine town centre, and offers affordable, comfortable accommodation for intrepid travellers.

    • Features
    • Air Conditioning
    • Satellite/cable colour TV
    • Hair dryer
    • Swimming Pool
    • Barbecue facilities
    • Wi-Fi (additional cost)
    • Gym facilities
    • Coffee/tea making facilities
    • Iron / Ironing Board
    • Hair Dryer
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