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Katherine Gorge & Edith Falls Full-Day Tour from Darwin

1. Katherine Gorge & Edith Falls Full-Day Tour from Darwin

Discover a network of 13 gorges carved into billion-year-old sandstone rock by the Katherine River of Nitmiluk National Park on this scenic full-day sightseeing tour from Darwin. During the tour you will learn about the Aboriginal culture abundant in the area and see rock art sites dotted throughout the park. With its rugged landscapes, dramatic waterfalls, and lush gorges, the Nitmiluk National Park is a haven for nature lovers, with plentiful flora and fauna. Travel south through tropical country, passing former World War II airstrips en route to the Adelaide River. Make a short stop at the Adelaide River War Cemetery to pay your respects to those killed in the air raids of Darwin in the 1940s. Continue to Edith Falls for a refreshing swim in the paperbark and pandana-lined waterhole (conditions permitting). After an inclusive lunch, enjoy a 2-hour scenic cruise through the Katherine Gorge, looking for freshwater crocodiles sunning themselves on the banks of the river. Keep your eyes open for the many interesting species of birdlife. Enjoy a brief tour of Katherine, hub of the region’s cattle and farming industries. Then, travel via the historic mining town of Pine Creek to an evening stop along the Adelaide River. From May through September lunch can be taken on board your cruise, while dinner is available at your own expense at the evening stop, before your transfer back to Darwin.

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From Darwin: 4-Day Kakadu Outback Group Trip with Meals

2. From Darwin: 4-Day Kakadu Outback Group Trip with Meals

Explore Kakadu National Park with this small group tour from Darwin. See the oldest Aboriginal rock art in the world, visit waterfalls, and cruise through wetlands on this unique experience. Day 1: Depart from Darwin and head out to the floodplains of the Mary River to board a Corroboree Billabong Wetland Cruise. Take in the views as you sail to Kakadu. Get an introduction to the park's landscape at the Bowali Visitor Center. Head to your accommodation to relax for a bit before going out to Cahills Crossing on the border of Kakadu and Arnhem land where you can spot crocodiles in the East Alligator River. See the Ubirr rock art as the sun sets over the Nadab Floodplain. Day 2: Partake in an exclusive aboriginal cultural experience. Hike out to Jim Jim or Twin falls and enjoy the shady monsoon forest. Stop for a hearty picnic lunch. Visit the Warradjan Aboriginal Cultural Center learn about the culture and management of Kakadu. Day 3: Begin bright and early to catch the sunrise at one of the best sunrise spots in the park, the Nawurlandja Lookout. Have a delicious breakfast at Anabangbang Billabong. Discover Burrungkuy Rock which houses some of Bininj Aborigional rock art. Drive up to Kunwarddewardde Lookout for incredible views of Kakadu’s Escarpment. Travel south and enjoy a picnic lunch at the plunge pool of the pristine waterfall Maguk. Travel back to your accommodation in Pine Creek to relax. Day 4: Explore and swim at Edith Falls or Butterfly Gorge, where you can cool off in the clear water. Start the return trip to Darwin with a stop at Adelaide River, a town steeped in history. Learn about the impact of World War II at the Adelaide River War Cemetery.

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From Darwin: Katherine Gorge and Edith Falls

3. From Darwin: Katherine Gorge and Edith Falls

Spend the day exploring Nitmiluk National Park in a small group. Featuring Katherine Gorge and Edith Falls, this day trip takes you from Darwin to the home of the Jawoyn people. Cruise through impressive landscapes, learn about the park's history, and see local flora and fauna as you explore the park. While traveling in a luxury 4WD vehicle down south along Stuart Highway, learn fascinating history on the way to Katherine Gorge. Hear about the 13 impressive gorges carved from ancient sandstone located in Nitmiluk National Park and find out where the park's name comes from. Once arriving, enjoy lunch at the Visitor Center in the natural surroundings of Katherine River. Experience the park's rugged landscapes, cascading waterfalls, and a wide variety of flora and fauna. Take a 2-hour cruise and break for a short walk between the gorges to see some Aboriginal rock art. Watch out for some sunbathing freshwater crocodiles. Then, see Edith Falls and a short walk or dip into the natural pool. Spot some archer fish and other variations of fish in the paperbark and pandanus fringed pool. Afterward, stop at the Adelaide River War Cemetery, the second biggest in Australia. From here head back to Darwin after an exciting, but also relaxing day at Nitmiluk National Park.

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What people are saying about Katherine, Australia

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 34 reviews

I had such a wonderful time. The bus was comfortable and driver and all guides were amazing. I especially loved the local guide on the river cruise. He was so interesting and knowledgeable and great sense of humour. First time to NT but I will be back. Thanks for everything.

Amazing day packed with everything you'd want to see and do. Edith waterfalls/waterhole was stunning and so good in this heat, best to bring a pool noodle - Cruise down Katherine Gorge was spectacular - Copey was a fantastic tour guide along with Brian & Prem!

In our opinion, the really long journey from Darwin to the Nitmiluk NP was worth it. Kathrine Gorge offers a very beautiful nature as well as flora and fauna. But even on the long bus trip there was always something to see along the way.

Great day, was lucky to have a small group. Our driver/guide Callum was excellent keeping us informed all the way. Edith Falls very pretty. Our guide Matt on the Gorge was terrific also.

Absolutely brilliant day, bus driver icing on the cake.