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
- Crocosaurus Cove: See crocodiles and maybe even swim with one in the famous “Cage of Death”!
- Visit the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory
- Visit George Brown Darwin Botanic Gardens
- Expore the Mindil Beach Sunset Markets on Thursday or Sunday
- Territory Wildlife Park in Berry Springs with their famous Bird of Prey show and Oolloo Sandbar
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:
- 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:
- Katherine Outback Experience
- Marksie’s Stockman’s Tucker Night
- Top Didj Cultural Experience & Art Gallery
- Cutta Cutta Caves
- Mataranka & Bitter Springs (thermal pools)
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.