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

Leg 1 Darwin to Windows on the Wetlands 110 kms 2 hours

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.

Leg 2 Mary River National Park to Kakadu 41 kms 30 minutes

Kakadu map Australia's Northern Territory Crikey Camper Hire

Kakadu – Top End Tourism

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.

Leg 3  Kakadu to 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.

Explore Kakadu National Park

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.

Leg 4  Kakadu to 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).

Explore Nitmiluk National Park and Katherine

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.

Leg 5 Nitmiluk National Park and Katherine to 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.

Leg 6 Mainoru to Nhulunbuy 490 kms 7 hours

You can also make your way to Bremer Island via a leisurely 1 hour boat ride, or a 10 minute charter flight.

Stay at the Walkabout Lodge and Campgrounds. 

Explore Nhulunbuy 

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

Leg 7 Drive back to Katherine 490 kms 7 hours

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

Leg 8 Mainoru or Katherine to Pine Creek and Daly Region 343 kms 5.5 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.

Leg 9 Pine Creek and Daly Region to 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.

Explore Litchfield National Park

Enjoy your last day in Litchfield National Park.

Leg 10  Litchfield National Park to 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: 1,743
Total travel hours: 28.5
Travel times are estimated based on an average speed of 80km p/h, the maximum legal speed while towing is 100km p/h and should be adjusted to suit road conditions and weather. The travel times indicated should allow for delays due to road works, traffic, fuel, food and bathroom stops. Travel times and distances are approximate and we recommend using as a guide only, along with a published book or GPS navigational system.
Courtesy of: Tourism Top End, Kakadu National Park & NT Gov

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