Nature's Way is a fantastic drive that highlights the best of the Top End. An extraordinary experience that connects Darwin, Australia's bustling tropical capital city, with the ancient cultural and natural beauties of Kakadu, Nitmiluk, and Litchfield National Parks may be had in five to ten days. This short trip is entirely on sealed roads. There are also some fantastic four-wheel-drive side-trips in the lush northern tropics that take you to unique locations.
Day 1: Darwin to Kakadu (250km)
Kakadu National Park, with its unusual and pristine beauty, is only a three-hour drive from Darwin. There are various opportunities to witness wildlife in its native habitat along the Arnhem Highway on your journey to the park. From the safety of the riverboat, take a journey down the Adelaide River to observe giant saltwater crocs jump for a snack.
Kakadu NT, Australia
Day 2 & 3: Kakadu National Park
Kakadu is Australia's largest national park and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Explore and sail its waterways to observe crocs and birds, or take a guided trip to explore old Aboriginal rock art galleries. At sunset, take in the breathtaking view of the marshes from above at the Ubirr overlook.
Kakadu National Park
Kakadu National Park, Kakadu Hwy, Jabiru NT, ...
Day 4: Kakadu to Katherine via Pine Creek (300km)
Travel south on the Kakadu Highway to Pine Creek, a small village that was the site of a gold rush in 1871. Katherine, 90 kilometers down the road, is an excellent place to base oneself while exploring the region. Katherine Gorge is one of at least sixteen national parks, nature parks, reserves, and conservation areas accessible from here (Nitmiluk National Park). Take a soak in the Katherine Hot Springs, which are a series of clear pools fed by a natural thermal spring on the Katherine River's banks.
Katherine Hot Springs
Katherine Hot Springs, Riverbank Drive, Kathe...
Day 5: Nitmiluk National Park
The Nitmiluk National Park is only 30 kilometers from Katherine. Exploring the park from the air on a helicopter trip, from the water on a guided cruise or canoe, or on foot along well-marked routes are all alternatives.
Nitmiluk National Park
Nitmiluk National Park, Gorge Rd, Nitmiluk NT...
Day 6: Katherine to Litchfield (265km)
On your way north, stop in at Leliyn/Edith Falls and have a dip in the pandanus-fringed plunge pool. Litchfield National Park, about 2.5 hours away, is known for its accessible, untouched wildness of monsoon rainforests and year-round waterfalls. Cool yourself in the plunge pool below Florence Falls, which is supplied by a permanent spring, or wade through the rock pools at Buley Rockhole.
Litchfield National Park
Litchfield National Park, Litchfield Park Roa...
Day 7: Litchfield to Darwin (130km)
Return to Darwin by way of Territory Wildlife Park. Walk through treetop aviaries, along a natural lagoon, and through the aquarium to witness creatures in their native habitats, including the saltwater crocodile.
Stop at Berry Springs Nature Park before entering Darwin. During the war, it served as a relaxation camp for military men; today, it's a popular site for picnics and swimming in freshwater ponds.
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