Kakadu & Nitmiluk (Katherine) Gorge - Dry Season
3 days | Darwin Return
Jumping Crocodile Cruise • Kakadu National Park • Aboriginal Rock Art • Nitmiluk (Katherine) Gorge Cruise • Edith Falls • Yellow Water Billabong Cruise
Please note: Jumping Crocs cruise is unavailable for May 2022 departures.
Tue & Sat (May-Oct)
7:25am from Darwin
Prices From Code: DG42
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 20,000 square kilometres, World Heritage listed Kakadu. 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. Enjoy lunch in Kakadu National Park before a stop at the Marrawuddi Art Gallery. 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 a spectacular view over the surrounding wetlands. There is the opportunity for an optional 30-minute scenic flight (own expense).
Hotel: Mercure Kakadu Crocodile Hotel, Kakadu
Included Meals: Lunch
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 the traditional owner's 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 where you will 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: Contour Hotel Katherine
Enjoy a morning cruise through Nitmiluk (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 Nitmiluk (Katherine) Gorge among freshwater crocodiles, wonderful birdlife and some of the most amazing scenery the Northern Territory has to offer. Afterwards look through 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 Pine Creek an historic gold mining town, then a stop at the Adelaide River War Cemetery, the resting place for many of those killed in the World War II air raids on Darwin, before returning to Darwin.
As this Short Break concludes at 6.00pm, you may like to pre-book accommodation for tonight.
Included Meals: Breakfast
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).
Please note: This itinerary may be subject to change.
Please Note: Due to seasonal conditions this itinerary may change without notice. Prices above may vary according to your departure date.
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.
Day 1 - Mercure Kakadu Crocodile Hotel, Kakadu
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.
Day 2 - Contour Hotel Katherine
Contour Hotel Katherine is situated near Katharine town centre, and offers affordable, comfortable accommodation for intrepid travellers.
Need accommodation before or after your tour?
Our special discounted rates make booking accommodation with us during your holiday both easy and affordable at selected AAT Kings hotels and resorts. Ask our friendly reservations at the time of booking.
- • Kakadu National Park Ticket
- • Accommodation
- • Experienced Driver Guide
- • Comprehensive commentary
- • Travel in an air-conditioned coach
What to Bring
- • Swimmers & towel (if swimming)
- • Enclosed walking shoes
- • Sunglasses, sunscreen and hat
- • Water bottle
- • Warm layers in cooler months
• Katherine Gorge - Low level of fitness required
Rough uneven walk required between 1st & 2nd Gorge, approx 800m
• Ubirr - Low to moderate level of fitness required
Walk is slightly uneven around the base but quite steep on the way to lookout
• Nourlangie Rock - Low level of fitness required
The 1.5km walk around the base has built in steps along the path
- • Breakfast (1)
- • Lunch (2)
- • Day Prior: Flights to arrive anytime into Darwin Airport
- • Flights to depart late evening or the day after from Darwin Airport