9 days in Kakadu National Park, Katherine & Darwin Itinerary

9 days in Kakadu National Park, Katherine & Darwin Itinerary

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9 days in Kakadu National Park, Katherine & Darwin Itinerary

Start: Melbourne
+2
Fly + foot + bus:  12​h
1
Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
2
Katherine
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
Darwin
— 3 nights
plane:  4​h 30​min
End: Melbourne

2
nights
Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) ©
Jabiru is a town in the Northern Territory of Australia. Get a sense of the local culture at Cahills Crossing and Bardedjilidji Walk. Escape the urban bustle at Mamukala Billabong and Maguk Gorge. There's much more to do: identify plant and animal life at Anbangbang Billabong, contemplate the long history of Nourlangie Rock, take in the dramatic natural features at Nanguluwur Art Site, and don't miss a visit to Mirrai Lookout.

To find maps, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) journey maker .

Melbourne to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) is an approximately 12-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of flight and car; or drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can drive to Darwin.

Things to do in Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Kakadu National Park
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Nanguluwur Art Site ©
Nanguluwur Art Site
Maguk Gorge ©
Maguk Gorge
Anbangbang Billabong ©
Anbangbang Billabong

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Katherine

Katherine ©
Katherine is a town in Northern Territory, Australia. On the 30th (Sun), see the interesting displays at Katherine Museum, then take in the exciting artwork at Top Didj Cultural Experience & Art Gallery, then play a few rounds at Katherine Country Club, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Low Level Nature Reserve. Keep things going the next day: take in the dramatic natural features at Katherine Gorge and then trek along Jatbula Trail.

For other places to visit, maps, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Katherine route planner.

You can drive from Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) to Katherine in 4.5 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of bus and train. In December, daytime highs in Katherine are 41°C, while nighttime lows are 29°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) early enough to go by car to Darwin.

Things to do in Katherine

Outdoors Parks Trails
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Katherine Country Club ©
Katherine Country Club
Jatbula Trail ©
Jatbula Trail
Katherine Museum ©
Katherine Museum

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nights
Darwin

Darwin ©
The smallest of Australia’s state capitals, Darwin has nevertheless become an attractive and important urban center, being simultaneously one of the country’s most modernized cities and a gateway to both the Top End region and South East Asia.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Tue): take in the exciting artwork at Mbantua Fine Art Gallery, choose your vessel at Spirit of Darwin, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St Mary Star of the Sea Catholic Cathedral, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at Mindil Beach. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed): take in the dramatic scenery at Buley Rockhole and then admire the sheer force of Florence Falls.

For traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read Darwin trip itinerary website .

You can drive from Katherine to Darwin in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or fly. Traveling from Katherine in December, expect nights in Darwin to be about the same, around 29°C, while days are little chillier, around 38°C. You'll have a few hours on the 3rd (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Darwin

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Litchfield National Park
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Buley Rockhole ©
Buley Rockhole
Florence Falls ©
Florence Falls

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