Tropical Top End (Nov-Apr)
$919adult 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
Travel via Adelaide River and the Marrakai Plains deep into Kakadu National Park. Take a guided walk at Nourlangie Rock 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
Optional Kakadu Scenic Flight (50 mins)
- $210 adult
- $168 child
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.
Day 2: Kakadu National Park - 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, 2 nights.
Included Meals: Lunch
Day 3: Katherine
Katherine Gorge is a network of thirteen gorges carved from billion-year-old sandstone country by the Katherine River in Nitmiluk National Park. Aboriginal culture is strong in the area and there are many Aboriginal rock art sites dotted throughout the park. It is a haven for nature lovers, with its rugged landscapes, dramatic waterfalls and lush gorges providing an abundance of flora and fauna. Leaving Darwin we travel south through tropical country, passing former WWII airstrips en route to Adelaide River. We make a short stop at the Adelaide River War Cemetery, a site dedicated to those killed in the air raids in Darwin in the 1940s. Continue to Edith Falls, where there is time for a refreshing swim in the paperbark and pandanas fringed waterhole beneath the falls (conditions permitting). After your included lunch, we join a 2 hour scenic cruise through Katherine Gorge in Nitmiluk National Park, with a chance to see freshwater crocodiles sunning themselves on the banks of the river and many interesting species of birdlife. Our cruise of the first two gorges takes us past sheer rock walls and requires a short walk to reach the second gorge. Enjoy a drive back through the township of Katherine, the hub of the region’s cattle and farming industries. Travel via Pine Creek, an historic gold mining town, to our evening stop where you may purchase dinner at Emerald Springs (own expense) before returning to Darwin.
Included Meals: Lunch
Day 4: Litchfield National Park
Leaving Darwin, we follow the Stuart Highway via the township of Batchelor to Litchfield National Park. Visiting the main falls of the Park, you have the opportunity for scenic and interpretive bush and monsoon vine forest walks. View Florence Falls before making your way down the stairs to the plunge pool below with an opportunity to swim. We then visit Tolmer Falls for a magnificent view of the water cascading down to the deep waterhole below. Venture to Wangi Falls for another opportunity for a swim in the large crystal clear pool and an optional steady climb through the rainforest to the top of the falls. During the day we stop for a picnic lunch. It is a great day also for taking many interesting photos, including the amazing stand of Termite Mounds. Return to Darwin early evening, where your Short Break concludes.
Included Meals: Lunch
As this Short Break concludes at 8:30pm, you may like to pre-book accommodation for tonight.
- In April & November-March, if weather conditions preclude access to the East Alligator region, alternative touring will be arranged on Day 2.
- The DoubleTree by Hilton Esplanade will be closing for renovations from the 1 Dec 2017 to 8 Apr 2018. Guests will be accommodated at the DoubleTree by Hilton Darwin (next door).
4 Day Short Break
Mon, Thu & Sat (Apr & Nov)
Mon & Thu (Dec-Mar)
Dry season itinerary operates May – Oct see tour DG45 (Day 2 overnight in Katherine instead of Darwin)
Day 4, 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
- National Park Ticket
- Lunch (4)
- 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
- Jacket in cooler months
- Swimmers & towel
Low to moderate level of fitness required:
- Kakadu:Nourlangie Rock is a 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
- Litchfield:Florence Falls - 160 step staircase down to swimming area, or there is a viewing platform at top of the falls if you do not wish to swim.
Tolmer Falls - is a flat walk of 15mins each way
Wangi Falls - is an easy walk from the carpark
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 (DG55S)
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.
*Please Note: The DoubleTree by Hilton Esplanade will be closing for renovations from the 1 Dec 2017 to 8 Apr 2018. Guests will be accommodated at the DoubleTree by Hilton Darwin (next door).
- 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 National Park is a Commonwealth Reserve, nearly 20,000 square kilometres in size and includes the traditional lands of several Aboriginal groups.
Kakadu is one of the few World Heritage Areas that are listed for both their natural and cultural heritage.
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 situated within Nitmiluk National Park & is owned by the Jawoyn Aboriginal people.
Katherine Gorge is a patchwork of 13 Gorges in a row.