Stroll through the rock shelters and extensive rock art site at Burrungkuy/Nourlangie. Chill in the hidden waterholes at Maguk, Gunlom (where Paul and Linda frolicked in the Croc Dundee movie) or Jim Jim Falls. Birdwatch at Murrill Billabong and immerse yourself in the culture of Kakadu’s traditional owners, the Bininj and Mungguy people at Warradjan Cultural Centre. Stay at Cooinda Lodge Kakadu after enjoying a sunset cruise with wine and canapes on Yellow Water Billabong.
If you have more time continue to Katherine on Nature’s Way loop. Visit Nitmiluk (Katherine) Gorge in Nitmiluk National Park. Cruise or canoe these peaceful waters between towering orange cliffs. Along the Stuart Highway back to Darwin check out the old gold mining town of Pine Creek, Adelaide River and its war cemetery and relax in refreshing waterways at Litchfield National Park or Berry Springs.
Darwin to Katherine
The NT’s fourth largest town Katherine is an easy three-hour drive from Darwin on the Stuart Highway and another ideal three to four-day break.
Katherine’s spirit will capture your soul. There’s something adventurous or relaxing around every corner. Swim at Katherine Hot Springs, Low Level Nature Park, and Leliyn (Edith Falls), venture underground at Cutta Cutta and Kintore Caves, and canoe, cruise or walk the trails at Nitmiluk/Katherine Gorge. An hour further south spend time at idyllic thermal springs in Elsey National Park.
Cultural experiences around town include Top Didj, with hands-on Rarrk painting, fire-lighting and spear throwing, or learn about station life and pat some animals at Katherine Outback Experience.
The food doesn’t disappoint either. Must-tries are the massive fresh toasted sandwich at Black Russian Caravan, Pop Rocket Café’s famous salmon stack, a fine dining dinner on the Nabilil Dreaming sunset cruise along Nitmiluk (Katherine) Gorge, or a traditional camp oven meal under the stars at Marksie’s Stockman’s Camp.
Make time to stop at Pine Creek and Adelaide River on the way down or back and discover their respective gold mining and WWII history.