Nature's Way - 5 day self drive

Nature's Way - 5 day self drive

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Follow the Nature’s Way tourism drive from Darwin through to Kakadu National Park and Nitmiluk National Park. You’ll view iconic natural wonders of the Top End at every turn. If you love adventure, this is the road trip for you, with natural swimming waterholes and bush walks for all fitness levels. On your return to Darwin, soak in the plunge pools and waterfalls of Litchfield National Park.

Day 1: Darwin to Kakadu (250km)

The rare and unspoilt beauty of Kakadu National Park, Australia’s largest, is only a three-hour drive from Darwin. On your way to the park along the Arnhem highway, stop at the Adelaide River and board a cruise to see huge saltwater crocodiles jump for food from the safety of the riverboat. There are many accommodation options in Kakadu including camping, budget rooms and hotels.

Day 2 & 3: Kakadu National Park

Cruise along Yellow Water to see crocodiles and birdlife. Walk through ancient Aboriginal rock art galleries at Nourlangie and Ubirr and learn about the local Aboriginal culture that is more than 65,000 years old at the Bowali and Warradjan cultural centres.

Day 4: Kakadu to Katherine via Pine Creek (300km)

Travel to the small town of Pine Creek with its gold rush history dating back to the 1870s. Continue south to the outback town of Katherine and on to Nitmiluk National Park, home of the magnificent Nitmiluk (Katherine) Gorge.

Day 5: Katherine to Darwin (350km)

Travel back to Darwin via the Stuart Highway and enjoy a swim at the beautiful Edith Falls (Leliyn) along the way. Drop in for a cool drink and a chat with friendly locals at some of the unique Territory roadhouses along the way or stop for an extra night at Litchfield National Park and explore the various waterfalls and hikes in the region.

Top tips

  • Jump on a cruise along Corroboree Billabong, off the Arnhem Highway, to see some of this area’s incredible bird species and wildlife, including crocodiles.
  • Visit Fogg Dam Conservation Reserve and spot iconic birdlife, crocodiles and even buffalo that live in this wetland system.
  • In Kakadu National Park, visit Nawurlandja lookout at sunset to watch the colours of the Top End landscape change.
  • Don’t miss Katherine Outback Experience, an entertaining outback show giving guests an insight into authentic station life, horse training, working dog demonstrations and humorous bush tales.
Page last updated on 22 April 2021