The Tropical Top End Nov to Apr Tours are a 4-day short break from Darwin. Discover the wonders of Kakadu National Park, cruise the famous Yellow Water Billabong and spot saltwater crocs and other wildlife. Travel by 4WD into Arnhem Land and take in the amazing scenery and culture.
Departing: 06.30am - Mon, Thu & Sat (Nov)
06.30am - Mon & Thu (Apr, Dec to Mar)
Returning: 06.00pm - approximately (Day 4, Darwin)
DAY 1: DARWIN - KAKADU NATIONAL PARK
As this Short Break departs at 6.30am, accommodation will need to be pre-booked for the previous night
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. There is the opportunity for an optional 50-minute scenic flight (own expense).
Hotel: Mercure Kakadu Crocodile Hotel
Included Meals: Lunch
DAY 2: KAKADU - KATHERINE
This morning join your Driver Guide to explore a Rock Art Site, where you’ll be shown through the ancient Aboriginal rock art galleries, believed to be 20,000 years old. A visit to the Marrawuddi Art Gallery is next, then it’s off to Corroboree Park Tavern for lunch. After lunch, we make our way to Adelaide River to join the Jumping Crocodile Cruise. Cruise the river and thrill as these awesome creatures launch themselves out of the water. After the Cruise, we stop at Fogg Dam Nature Reserve before your return to Darwin.
Hotel: DoubleTree by Hilton Esplanade Darwin, 2 nights
Included Meals: Lunch
DAY 3: KATHERINE
Travel south through tropical country, passing former WWII airstrips. 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 1940’s. Continue to Edith Falls, where there is time for a refreshing swim in the waterhole beneath the falls (conditions permitting). Enjoy lunch and a 2-hour scenic cruise through Katherine Gorge in Nitmiluk National Park. Enjoy a brief tour of Katherine, the hub of the region’s cattle and farming industries. An evening stop is made at Adelaide River where you may purchase dinner (own expense). You may like to sample the famous ‘Barra and Chips’, before returning to Darwin.
Included Meals: Lunch
DAY 4: LITCHFIELD NATIONAL PARK
Litchfield National Park contains several types of typical Top End habitats including lush monsoon forests, termite mounds, unusual rock formations, waterfalls and cascades. The park encloses much of the spectacular Tabletop Range, which is a wide sandstone plateau mostly surrounded by cliffs. During the green season four major waterfalls thunder from the cliffs to tropical rock pools many metres below. During the dry season, the waterfalls flow more gently, making the waterholes the perfect spot for a cool dip. The Park’s traditional owners are the Wagait Aboriginal people, many of whom live in the area.
We follow the Stuart Highway via the township of Batchelor to Litchfield National Park where we will visit the main falls. First stop is Florence Falls, where you have the opportunity for a scenic and interpretive bush and monsoon vine forest walk. There is also the chance for a swim by making your way down the stairs to the plunge pool below. Travel on to Tolmer Falls for a magnificent view of the water cascading down to the deep waterhole at the base of the falls. Finally we visit Wangi Falls, with its large clear pool, another relaxing spot for a swim. On the way back to Darwin we make a stop in at Howard Spring Nature Park, where you will have the chance to feed the Barramundi & Turtles. A great day for taking many fascinating photos, including the amazing stand of termite mounds. Lunch is included today.
As this Short Break concludes at 08.30, you may like to pre-book accommodation for tonight.
Please Note: In April & November-March, if weather conditions preclude access to the East Alligator region, alternative touring will be arranged on Day 2.
Planning to travel between May and October?
We have a dry season itinerary available: see tour DG45 (Overnight in Katherine instead of Darwin on Day 2)
- Experienced Driver Guide
- Comprehensive commentary
- Travel in an air-conditioned coach
- Kakadu National Park Ticket
- Yellow Water Billabong Cruise
- Guluyambi Cruise
- Katherine Gorge cruise
- Lunch (4)
WHAT TO BRING
- Enclosed walking shoes
- Sunglasses, hat, sunscreen, insect repellent
- Water bottle
- Warm layers in cooler months
- Swimmers & towel (if swimming)
- Low to moderate level of fitness required
- Nourlangie Rock: 1.5km walk around the base. The walk has built in steps along the path
- Ubir: Walk is slightly uneven around the base but quite steep on the way to lookout Katherine Gorge: Rough uneven walk required between 1st & 2nd Gorge, approx 800m
- 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
- Day Prior: Flights to arrive anytime into Darwin Airport
- Day 4: We recommend guests to fly out the day after the tour finishes in Darwin
For more information on our Kakadu Katherine Gorge May Oct Tours or any Darwin short breaks, call 1300 799 758 now.
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TROPICAL TOP END TOUR DATES
Travel period 01 APR 2022 to 31 MAR 2023
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.
We have hand-picked a range of hotels in key destinations to suit all kinds of budgets and we’ve pre-negotiated amazing prices for you. However, in some locations, we can offer 'Superior Accommodation' options too. Obviously, these will be at a higher price. With this tour we can offer an upgrade to the Mercure Kakadu Crocodile Hotel and the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Esplanade Darwin, Darwin.
1 Night: 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.
2 Nights: 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.