This pristine region provides one of the most satisfying road trips in the top end. Surround yourself in ancient nature at every turn when you drive this scenic journey through Kakadu and Nitmiluk National Parks. The scenery is spectacular and there’s something for every photography, wildlife and birdwatching enthusiast. View wetlands, gorges, waterfalls and waterholes. When you head back to Darwin, spend some time exploring the plunge pools of Litchfield National Park.
Start your journey in Darwin and take the Arnhem Highway to the stunning, World Heritage-listed Kakadu National Park. Cruise the park’s waterways, spotting crocodiles and birdlife along the way. You’ll wonder at the ancient Aboriginal rock art galleries and find non-stop reasons to use your camera.
Base yourself in the town of Katherine, the gateway to nature parks, reserves and conservation areas. Wander the town’s art and craft galleries to meet local Indigenous artists and purchase original works.
Take a drive to nearby Nitmiluk National Park (Katherine Gorge) and explore its staggering network of gorges, carved through ancient sandstone by the Katherine River. You can enjoy the magnificent views from above via helicopter, from the water or on foot.
Stop off for a refreshing dip in the pandanus-fringed plunge pool, Leliyn (Edith Falls), en-route to Litchfield National Park. Marvel at the park’s unspoiled rainforests and waterfalls, before visiting the waterholes for a cooling swim. Wrap up your wildlife journey with a visit to the Territory Wildlife Park, with its treetop aviaries and crocodile-spotting opportunities. Then turn and head back to Darwin.