Self-drive touring, Northern Territory, Australia

Nature's Way

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Be enveloped by nature at every turn on a scenic journey through Kakadu and Nitmiluk National Parks. Photographic, wildlife and birdwatching enthusiasts will delight in this comfortable 550km drive past wetlands and gorges, waterfalls and waterholes.

Kakadu dreaming

Start your journey in Darwin, the Territory's multicultural capital, and take the Arnhem Highway to reach stunning, World Heritage-listed Kakadu. Cruise the park's waterways, spotting crocs and birdlife along the way and wonder at ancient Aboriginal rock art galleries.

Gateway to gorge country

Base yourself in the town of Katherine, the gateway to myriad nature parks, reserves and conservation areas. Wander the town's art and craft galleries to meet local indigenous artists and purchase original works.

Take a drive to nearby Nitmiluk National Park (Katherine Gorge) and explore its staggering network of gorges, carved through ancient sandstone by the Katherine River. Enjoy the magnificent views from above, via helicopter, from the water or on foot.

Cooling off

Stop off for a refreshing dip in pandanus-fringed plunge pool Leliyn (Edith Falls) en route to Litchfield National Park.  Marvel at the park's unspoiled wilderness of monsoon rainforests and waterfalls before visiting its waterholes for a cooling swim. Wrap up your wildlife journey with a visit to the Territory Wildlife Park, with its treetop aviaries and croc-spotting opportunities, before heading on to Darwin.

Suggested itinerary

Day Destination Distance
Day 1 Darwin to Kakadu National Park  250km
Days 2-3 Kakadu National Park  
Day 4 Kakadu to Katherine via Pine Creek 300 km
Day 5 Explore Nitmiluk National Park  
Day 6 Katherine to Litchfield National Park 345km
Day 7 Litchfield to Darwin 130km

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