Do Natures Way
Take the scenic route – drive from Darwin to Katherine via Kakadu National Park along Nature’s Way. The 550-km drive can be done as a one-way trip or a longer loop back to the capital. Nature’s Way journey is recommended to be done over a minimum 7 days, here is a suggested way you could enjoy the journey.
Day 1: Darwin to Kakadu
The rare and unspoiled beauty of Kakadu National Park and Arnhem
Land is only a 3-hour drive from Darwin. On your way to the park,
along the Arnhem Highway, there are several opportunities to see
wildlife in its natural environment. Stop at the Adelaide River and
board a cruise to see huge saltwater crocs jump for food from the
safety of the riverboat.
Day 2 & 3:
Kakadu National Park
Kakadu is a World Heritage listed site and Australia’s largest national
park, explore and cruise its waterways to see crocs and birdlife, walk
through ancient Aboriginal rock art galleries, or join a guided tour.
Kakadu to Katherine via Pine Creek
Head south along Stuart Highway to Pine Creek, a small town that
experienced a rush for gold in 1871. A further 90km down the road,
Katherine is a great place to base yourself and explore the Victoria
River region. It is the gateway to six national parks and over 10
nature parks, reserves and conservation areas, including Katherine
Gorge (Nitmiluk National Park). Take a refreshing dip in the Katherine
Hot Springs – a series of clear pools fed by a natural thermal spring
located on the banks of the Katherine River
Nitmluk National Park
Nitmiluk National Park is only a short 30km drive from Katherine.
There are many options to explore the park – via the air on board
a helicopter flight, from the water on a guided cruise, or by foot
with well-marked paths.
Katherine to Litchfield
Why not make a stop on your journey into Edith Falls, a fringed
plunge pool to enjoy a swim before arriving at Litchfield National
Park. The Park is renowned for its accessible, unspoiled
wilderness of monsoon rainforests and waterfalls that flow yearround.
Further cool off with a swim in the plunge pool below the
permanent spring-fed Florence Falls or wade through the rocky
pools at Buley Rockhole.
Litchfield to Darwin
Head back to Darwin via the Territory Wildlife Park. Wander
through treetop aviaries, around a natural lagoon and walk through
the aquarium to see animals, including the saltwater croc, in their
natural habitats. Before you enter Darwin, stop at Berry Springs
Nature Park. A recreation camp for armed forces personnel during
the war, today it is a popular spot for a barbecue and a dip in the