short break icon 3 Day Short Break

Kakadu & Katherine Gorge (May-Oct)

  • 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

  • Katherine Gorge

    Katherine Gorge

  • 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 National Park

Cruise on the Adelaide River, home to over 1,600 crocodiles, on the Jumping Crocodile cruise. See these prehistoric creatures up-close as your local guide entices the crocodiles to leap out of the water. Then you’ll travel into Kakadu National Park. Covering more than 19,800 square kilometres, World Heritage listed Kakadu is the largest national park in Australia. The combination of mangrove fringed coastal areas, expansive flood plains, lowland hills, and open woodland and forest habitats, make Kakadu one of the most diverse landscapes you’ll ever experience. It’s home to a myriad of animals, hundreds of bird species and thousands of different insects and plants. Stop at the Bowali Visitor Centre then continue to Ubirr, where you’ll climb up through the ancient Aboriginal rock art galleries, believed to be 20,000 years old, to the lookout for the view over the surrounding wetlands.

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

Included Meals: Lunch

Optional Experience: Add-on a 30 minute scenic flight over Arnhem Land Escarpment

A scenic flight is the ideal way to appreciate the sheer scale and beauty of Kakadu and the Arnhem Land Escarpment. You’ll discover winding rivers, spectacular 1.8 billion years of continuous erosion, billabongs, flood plains and view the Archway, East Alligator River Valley, Mikinj Valley Billabongs and Magela Floodplains.

Optional Kakadu Scenic Flight (30 mins)
Optional Kakadu Scenic Flight (30 mins)
Day 2: Kakadu – Nourlangie – Yellow Water Billabong Cruise – Katherine

You’ll be mesmerized 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 their very deep spiritual culture. With your Driver Guide, you’ll have the opportunity to see many different forms of Aboriginal rock art paintings. The Bininj people are the traditional custodians of Kakadu and now you’ll visit the Warradjan Cultural Centre to introduce you to their way of life. Later, join your local guide for a cruise on the 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 travel to Katherine, the third largest town in the Northern Territory.

Hotel: Ibis Styles Katherine (Superior), Katherine

Included Meals: Lunch

Day 3: Katherine – Darwin

Enjoy a 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. Afterwards proceed to the Nitmiluk Visitor Centre. The Display Centre and Heritage Museum features large scale models illustrating the flora, fauna and rock formations of the park. If you would like to purchase your own memory of Nitmiluk, the centre has a range of souvenirs and artefacts handmade by the Jawoyn people. Next stop is Leliyn (Edith Falls). The paperbark and pandanus fringed natural pool at the base of the falls is suitable for swimming throughout most of the year (conditions permitting). Return to Darwin via Pine Creek, an historic gold mining town and stop at the Adelaide River War Cemetery, the resting place for many of those killed in the World War II air raids on Darwin.

Included Meals: Breakfast

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

Please Note: This itinerary is valid for travel from 1 April 2016. Due to seasonal conditions this itinerary may change without notice.

3 Day Short Break


Tue & Sat 7.15am (May – Oct), Darwin

Green season itinerary operates Nov- Apr see tour DG52 (Day 2 overnight in Darwin instead of Katherine).


Day 3, approximately 6.00pm, Darwin

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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 45 days prior to travel

What to bring

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

Fitness requirement

Low level of fitness required.

  • Kakadu: Small amount of walking including a 10-15 minute walk on uneven ground with a gradual climb to the viewing point.
    There is wheelchair access, however, this is on uneven ground and is accessible for only a small part of the walk and must have a carer to assist.
  • Katherine: Small amount of walking.

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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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
    • Mercure Kakadu Crocodile Hotel Aerial View
    • Mercure Kakadu Crocodile Hotel Reception
    • Mercure Kakadu Crocodile Hotel Gallery Area

    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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