Kakadu & Katherine Gorge (Nov-Apr)
$765adult twin ?
As this Short Break departs at 6.30am, accommodation will need to be pre-booked for the previous night.
Day 1: Darwin - Kakadu National Park
Depart Darwin and travel along the Arnhem Highway, their major river systems and wetlands, into Kakadu National Park. Located 257 kilometres east of Darwin, the national park covers 20,000 square kilometres of landscape varying from rocky escarpment that is home to historic Aboriginal rock art dating back thousands of years, to the floodplains that are abundant with wildlife. Stop at Nourlangie, where your Driver Guide will lead you on a walk to view the rock art galleries. After lunch, join your local guide on a cruise of Yellow Water Billabong. Search for saltwater crocodiles and the colourful range of birdlife for which this region is renowned. Visit the Warradjan Cultural Centre to view the informative displays depicting the traditions of the Aboriginal people in Kakadu.
Hotel: Mercure Kakadu Crocodile Hotel (Superior), Kakadu.
Included Meals: Lunch
Add-on a 50 minute scenic flight over Arnhem Land Escarpment
Experiencing Kakadu from the air gives you a true sense of the vastness of this amazing landscape. Between June & November, this fabulous scenic flight takes you out over Arnhem Land and Dinosaur Valley, following the rugged escarpment along the boundary of Kakadu National Park. It passes ancient Nourlangie and Lightning Dreaming, the beautiful savannah woodlands, South Alligator River, deep-water billabongs and floodplains. Between December & May, you’ll fly over breathtaking Jim Jim and Twin Falls.
Optional Kakadu Scenic Flight (50 mins)
Day 2: Kakadu – Darwin
This morning join your Driver Guide to explore the World Heritage Area of 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. Join the Guluyambi Cruise along the East Alligator River. An Aboriginal guide will provide an insight into their culture, including local mythology, the river’s abundant food chain, as well as bush survival skills. With special permission of the local people, you are able to go ashore in Arnhem Land. Visit the Bowali Visitor Centre before returning to Darwin.
Hotel: DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Esplanade Darwin (Superior), Darwin.
Included Meals: Lunch
Day 3: Darwin - Katherine - Farewell Darwin
Travel south from Darwin and stop at the Adelaide River War Cemetery. Continue to Edith Falls, where there is time for a refreshing swim (conditions permitting). After lunch enjoy a 2 hour scenic 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. There is a short walk to reach the second gorge. Enjoy a brief tour of Katherine, before returning to Darwin.
Included Meals: Lunch
As this Short Break departs at 6.20am, accommodation will need to be pre-booked for the previous night.
Please Note: This itinerary is valid for travel from 1 April 2016. Due to seasonal conditions this itinerary may change without notice. In April & November-March, if weather conditions preclude access to the East Alligator region, alternative touring will be arranged on Day 2.
3 Day Short Break
Mon, Thu & Sat (Apr & Nov)
Mon & Thu (Dec-Mar) 6.30am from Darwin
Dry season itinerary operates May – Oct see tour DG42 (Day 2 overnight in Katherine instead of Darwin).
Day 3, approximately 8.30pm, Darwin
Our special discounted rates make booking accommodation with us during your holiday both easy and affordable at selected AAT Kings hotels and resorts.
Find out more
- Kakadu National Park Ticket
- Lunch (3)
- Yellow Water Billabong Cruise
- Guluyambi 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 to hold 1 litre
- Jacket in cooler months
- Swimmers & towel
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 (DG52S)
Where you'll be staying
- Mercure Kakadu Crocodile Hotel
- DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Esplanade Darwin
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.
Mercure Kakadu Crocodile Hotel1 Flinders St, Jabiru, NT 0886
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.
- Bathtub and shower
- Satellite/cable colour TV
- Broadband Internet access
- Hair Dryer
- Air Conditioning
- Iron / Ironing Board
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Esplanade Darwin116 Esplanade, Darwin, NT 0800
Set next to Darwin Entertainment Centre and overlooking the stunning Esplanade, the welcoming DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Esplanade Darwin is only a 15 minute drive from Darwin International Airport and is the perfect place to relax after a full day of exploring the Top End. The hotel is within walking distance of the city centre and historic attractions like the War Memorial and Parliament House.
- Non-smoking rooms
- Modern bathroom with luxury amenities
- High-speed internet access
- Mini-bar (surcharge)
- In-room Movies (fee applies)
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Kakadu is one of the few World Heritage Areas that are listed for both their natural and cultural heritage.
Kakadu National Park is a Commonwealth Reserve, nearly 20,000 square kilometres in size and includes the traditional lands of several Aboriginal groups.
In 1992, Kakadu National Park was listed as a World Heritage Area and as a UNESCO site. There are only two other sites in the world that hold both awards.
Most of Kakadu's waterways are inhabited by saltwater crocodiles. Swimming is possible in plunge pools and gorge areas such as the famous Jim Jim Falls.
Katherine Gorge is made in ancient sandstone & is located 310 km south of Darwin along the Stuart Highway.
The name of the National Park, ‘Nitmiluk’ means ‘Cicada Place’ in Aboriginal.