Short Breaks

Kakadu, Nitmiluk (Katherine) Gorge & Tiwi Islands Explorer

4 days | Darwin Return

Jumping Crocodile Cruise • Kakadu National Park • Aboriginal Rock Art • Nitmiluk (Katherine) Gorge Cruise • Edith Falls • Yellow Water Billabong Cruise • Tiwi Islands Experience

As this Short Break departs at 7.25am, accommodations will need to be pre-booked for the previous night.


7:25am from Darwin


5:45pm approximately to Darwin

Prices From CODE: DG42T


Adult Twin i Two people sharing a room, one of whom must be 18 years and over. All prices are per person, land only unless otherwise indicated.


Child i A child must be accompanied by a person 18 years+. Some tours have min. age requirement


Single i A person 16 years and over (note a person 16–17 years must be accompanied by a person 18 years and over).
Prices above are in USD, for selected departures, Superior Accommodation
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Trip Details

What's included

  • • Kakadu National Park Ticket
  • • Accomodation
  • • Experienced Driver Guide
  • • Comprehensive Commentary
  • • Travel in an air-conditioned coach

What to Bring

  • • Warm layers in cooler months
  • • Swimmers & towel (if swimming)
  • • Enclosed walking shoes
  • • Sunglasses, sunscreen and hat
  • • Water bottle

Fitness Requirements

  • • Ubirr - Low to moderate level of fitness required
    Walk is slightly uneven around the base but quite steep on the way to lookout
  • • Katherine Gorge - Low level of fitness required
    Rough uneven walk required between 1st & 2nd Gorge, approx 800m
  • • Nourlangie Rock - Low level of fitness required
    The 1.5km walk around the base has built in steps along the path


  • • 3 Lunches

Flight Information

  • • Day Prior: Flights to arrive anytime into Darwin Airport
  • • Flights to depart late evening or day after from Darwin Airport


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Cruise on the Adelaide River. Later, travel into Kakadu National Park, home to a myriad of animals and hundreds of bird species. Stop at the Marrawuddi Art Gallery, and then continue to Ubirr. Discover ancient Aboriginal rock art galleries and see the spectacular view over Kakadu from the lookout.

  Hotel: Mercure Kakadu Crocodile Hotel (F), Mercure Kakadu Crocodile

  Included Meals: Lunch

This morning you’ll be mesmerized as you explore the renowned Nourlangie rock art site, which had provided shelter to Aboriginal people for millennia. Visit the Warradjan Cultural Centre for an insight into the local Bininj culture. Later, join your local guide for a cruise on Yellow Water Billabong, Kakadu’s most famous wetland and home to saltwater crocodiles and dozens of species of colourful birdlife. Before arriving in Katherine, stop at Leliyn (Edith Falls), whose pandanus-fringed natural pool is suitable for swimming throughout most of the year (conditions permitting).

  Hotel: Contour Hotel Katherine

  Included Meals: Lunch

Enjoy a morning cruise through Nitmiluk (Katherine) Gorge, a stunning network of thirteen gorges carved from billion-yearold sandstone. You’ll be at its heart among freshwater crocodiles, wonderful birdlife and amazing scenery. Later, view the displays at the Nitmiluk Visitor Centre, where you may purchase artefacts handmade by the Jawoyn people. Return to Darwin, stopping at historic gold mining town of Pine Creek and the poignant Adelaide River War Cemetery. Your Short Break concludes this evening.

  Hotel: Travelodge Darwin Resort

Take the 2½ hour cruise to Bathurst Island. You’ll be met by your local guide for a journey through the progressive, modern day Aboriginal community of Wurrumiyanga. Visit the Museum and Early Mission Precinct. Spend time with some Tiwi women, while they work on their weaving and painting. They will demonstrate their totem dances and perform a smoking ceremony to bless the visitors. You’ll sample billy tea and damper before lunch. Visit the Arts & Crafts Centres, where you can purchase art and crafts at island prices. Transfer to your ferry departing the island at 3.15pm for Darwin, where your Short Break concludes

  Included Meals: Lunch

If you wish to take home Aboriginal artwork from Tiwi Islands, please ensure you have cash for your purchases from the Museum and local artists, and credit card for the Arts Centre.

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 (F), Mercure Kakadu Crocodile

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.

Mercure Kakadu Crocodile Hotel (F)
Day 2 - Contour Hotel Katherine

Contour Hotel Katherine is situated near Katherine town centre, and offers affordable, comfortable accommodation for intrepid travellers.

Contour Hotel Katherine
Day 3 - Travelodge Darwin Resort

Located in the heart of the CBD, Travelodge Mirambeena Resort Darwin is an inner city oasis, close to everything in town while providing privacy in a lush setting.

Travelodge Darwin Resort
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.



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