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Darwin in 7 Days

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Darwin Itinerary in 7 Days

With a week to spend in Darwin & Surrounds, our Darwin in 7 Days itinerary will make you discover the culture, the natural attractions and the wildlife of the Top End. The city of Darwin offers many activities such as

Day 1 Darwin to Litchfield (115 kms/ 1.5 hrs)

Before arriving in Litchfield National Park, you will pass through the town of Batchelor. There, you will find a butterfly farm, museum and plenty of places to grab lunch. Camping is available year-round at Wangi and Florence Falls. Four-wheel drive camping areas are available at Tjaynera Falls (Sandy Creek), Surprise Creek Falls and Florence Falls.

Day 2 Litchfield National Park

Keep enjoying the national park for another day.

A summary of activities you could do during your time at Litchfield:

  • swimming
  • camping
  • bushwalking
  • wildlife spotting
  • visit scenic lookouts
  • view historic ruins at Blyth Homestead and Bamboo Creek
  • four-wheel driving.

Day 3 Litchfield to Kakadu National Park (159 kms – 2 hours)

Kakadu is by far the most popular place in the Top End. It is Australia’s largest national park covering 20,000 hectares with stunning landscapes and amazing Aboriginal rock art sites. There are many options for campsites and would depend on how far you drive in the national park.

Day 4 Kakadu National Park

Explore on foot, join a cruise or guided tour, spot crocs or birds and make a splash in one of the many waterfalls. Another option is to book a guided tour to Arnhem Land and visit the Injalak Art gallery. Please note a permit is required to access Arnhem Land. Call 08 8920 5100 or visit www.nlc.org.au. 

Day 5 Kakadu National Park – Nitmiluk National Park (Up to 300 kms/ 3.5 – 4 hrs, depending on where you are located in the park)

Nitmiluk National Park has 13 stunning gorges which can be explored by foot, canoe, boat or helicopter. The most popular ones are Edith Falls and Katherine Gorge. If you have time for a walk, Sweetwater Pool can be reached by a short 4.5 kilometre walk from Leliyn / Edith Falls. You can also take a scenic flight over the 13 gorges of the park or jump on a cruise. There are also plenty of art galleries in Katherine. The Park has two main points of visitor access. The Gorge entrance to the park is 30km east of Katherine on the sealed Gorge Road. Follow the signs. The turnoff to Leliyn (Edith Falls) is 40km north of Katherine along the Stuart Highway. The park entry is 20km further along Edith Falls Road. Powered and non-powered sites are available near the Gorge Caravan Park and non-powered sites are available at Leliyn (Edith Falls). You can also stay at one of Katherine’s caravan parks.

Day 6 Nitmiluk National Park

Keep enjoying Katherine. Don’t forget to stop at the Katherine Hot Springs. Other activities available in Katherine include:

Day 7 Drive back to Darwin (317 kms/ 3.5 hrs)

On your way back to Darwin, stop in Pine Creek to visit this old gold rush mining town. There you can visit the historic railway heritage
museum and take in the stunning views from the lookout.

Sources: nt.gov.au, Northern Territory

 

Litchfield National Park

Darwin to Darwin Itinerary

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Darwin to Darwin Itinerary including Litchfield National Park, Kakadu and Arnhem Land in 14 days

Day 1 Darwin – Windows on the Wetlands/ 63 kms + 47 kms/ 1.5 hours + 30 min

The top floor of the centre has 270 degree views of the wetlands below. You can experience a jumping crocodile cruise, a relaxing wildlife and wetland cruise or take an airboat ride. There are free nature walks available at the visitor centre every day, except Wednesdays and Sundays. You can also learn about the culture of Aboriginal people. Stay and camp at Mary River National Park. Mary River is popular for four-wheel driving, fishing, bushwalking and birdwatching. It’s a must-see park for any nature lover. You can camp at Couzen’s Lookout Camping Area and Shady Camp.

Day 2 Mary River National Park – Kakadu/41 kms/ 30 min

Image result for kakadu map
Source Tourism Top End

Kakadu is the largest national park in Australia and offers various experiences. The park offers a great number of walks, 4WD tracks and waterfalls to explore. On the first day, you can visit the northern part of the park, while staying at Aurora Kakadu Resort.

Day 3  Kakadu – Arnhem Land/ 57 kms/ 1.5 hours

Book a guided tour to Arnhem Land and visit the Injalak Art gallery. You can also visit the community of Gunbalanya. Please note a permit is required to access Arnhem Land. Call 08 8920 5100 or visit www.nlc.org.au.

Day 4  Kakadu – Non-travel day

Kakadu has plenty to keep you busy, from a boat cruise to some crocodile spotting from the safe platforms of Cahills Crossing and Yellow Water or rock art sites.

Day 5  Kakadu – Nitmiluk National Park/ 126 kms/ 1.5 hours

A third day at Kakadu can be spent exploring the southern part of the park, which includes Gunlom Falls and Mary River Ranger Station. The Yellow Water Billabong can be explored by a cruise and a must-do experience when visiting Kakadu. Powered and non-powered sites in Nitmiluk are available near the Gorge Caravan Park and non-powered sites are available at Leliyn (Edith Falls).

Day 6  Nitmiluk National Park/ Katherine – Non-travel day

Nitmiluk National Park has 13 stunning gorges which can be explored by foot, canoe, boat or helicopter. The most popular ones are Edith Falls and Katherine Gorge. If you have time for a walk, Sweetwater Pool can be reached by a short 4.5 kilometre walk from Leliyn / Edith Falls. You can also take a scenic flight over the 13 gorges of the park or jump on a cruise. There are also plenty of art galleries in Katherine.

Day 7 Nitmiluk National Park/ Katherine – Mainoru/ 250 kms/ 4 hours

Discover one of Australia’s last unspoiled areas! Please note you will require a permit. Call 08 8920 5100 or visit www.nlc.org.au.

The Mainoru Store is the only service facility on the 700 kilometre (approximately an 11 hour-drive) journey along the Central Arnhem Road between Katherine and Nhulunbuy. There are lodges and camping ground facility there as well as fuel. You can support the local communities by purchasing at those little convenient stores.

Day 8 Mainoru – Nhulunbuy/ 490 kms/ 7 hours

Stay at the Walkabout Lodge and Campgrounds. You can also make your way to Bremer Island via a leisurely 1 hour boat ride, or a 10 minute charter flight.

Day 9 Nhulunbuy – Discover the area

Take a short drive to Yirrkala Art Centre. Continue north to view the Roy Marika lookout and discover the Dhimurru area.

Day 10 Drive back to Katherine (stop at Mainoru)/ 490 kms/ 7 hours

A long day drive which can be cut in half by stopping at Mainoru for the night.

Day 11 Mainoru –  Katherine to Pine Creek/ Daly Region/ 250 kms/ 4 hours + 93 kms/ 1.5 hours

Pine Creek is an old gold rush mining town. There is a historic railway heritage museum and stunning views from the lookout. Umbrawarra Gorge Nature Park offers the opportunity to swim with a natural hot springs, called Douglas Daly Hot Springs.

Day 12  Pine Creek/ Daly Region – Litchfield National Park/ 187 kms/ 2.5 hours

Before arriving to Litchfield National Park, you will pass through Batchelor, where you will find a butterfly farm and a museum.

Litchfield National Park is one of the most popular park and offers a refreshing stop before heading back to Darwin. There are many waterfalls and waterholes to explore as well as a few walking trails.

Day 13  Litchfield National Park – Non-travel day

Enjoy your last day in Litchfield National Park.

Day 14  Litchfield National Park – Darwin/ 139 kms/ 2 hours

On the way stop at the Territory Wildlife Park to see wildlife up-close in their natural habitats. A fantastic stop for the children. Or you could visit Crocodylus Park in Berrimah, which  is the best place in Australia to come face to face with the largest reptiles. There is also a crocodile park located in the city, where you can also swim safely next to a 5m + Saltwater crocodile.

Total Kilometers: Approx 1,743 kms
Total Travel Hours: Approx 28.5 hours

Travel times are estimated based on an average speed of 80km p/h. While the maximum legal speed while towing is 100km p/h, the travel times indicated should allow for delays due to road works as well as fuel, toilet and snack stops.
Travel times and distances are approximate and we recommend using as a guide only along with a published map book.

Sources:

Tourism Top End

Kakadu National Park

NT Gov

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