Australia's Top End

Australia's Top End

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Tropical and cosmopolitan Darwin serves as a gateway to some of Australia's most wild landscapes. German blogger Susi Maier of the travel blog Black Dots White Spots documented her experiences with iconic national parks, ancient culture, and unique wildlife. We created this detailed itinerary based on her experience. You can fully customize this plan, including entering your own travel dates, destinations, and activities.

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Route & dates

Australia's Top End

Start: Darwin
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Darwin
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Litchfield National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
3
Katherine
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
4
Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
End: Darwin

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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.
You've added Mindil Beach, Museum & Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Deckchair Cinema, and other attractions to your itinerary. On the 13th (Sat), make a splash at Darwin Waterfront and then catch a movie at Deckchair Cinema. On the 14th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at Museum & Art Gallery of the Northern Territory and then kick back and relax at Mindil Beach.

Plan my day in Darwin using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

If you are flying in from United States, the closest major airport is Darwin International Airport. In October, plan for daily highs up to 92°F, and evening lows to 75°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) so you can travel to Litchfield National Park.

Things to do in Darwin

Beaches Outdoors Theme Parks
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Mindil Beach ©
Mindil Beach
Darwin Waterfront ©
Darwin Waterfront

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Litchfield National Park

Litchfield National Park ©
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Magnetic Termite Mounds, Florence Falls and Tolmer Falls. On the 15th (Mon), admire all the interesting features of Magnetic Termite Mounds, take in the dramatic scenery at Tolmer Falls, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Wangi Falls. On the next day, take in the dramatic scenery at Florence Falls and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Buley Rockhole.

To find ratings, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Litchfield National Park trip planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Darwin to Litchfield National Park. In October in Litchfield National Park, expect temperatures between 92°F during the day and 75°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can travel to Katherine.

Things to do in Litchfield National Park

Nature Parks
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Buley Rockhole ©
Buley Rockhole
Wangi Falls ©
Wangi Falls
Florence Falls ©
Florence Falls

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Katherine

Katherine ©
Katherine is a town in Northern Territory, Australia. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Nitmiluk Tours - Day Tours, Nitmiluk National Park and Katherine Gorge. On the 17th (Wed), take an unforgettable tour with Nitmiluk Tours - Day Tours. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Katherine Gorge and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Nitmiluk National Park.

For photos, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Katherine trip planner .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Litchfield National Park to Katherine. Traveling from Litchfield National Park in October, expect nights in Katherine to be about the same, around 73°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 100°F. On the 19th (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Jabiru.

Things to do in Katherine

Outdoors Nature Wildlife
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Katherine Gorge ©
Katherine Gorge
Nitmiluk National Park ©
Nitmiluk National Park
Nitmiluk Tours - Day Tours ©
Nitmiluk Tours - Day Tours

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Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) ©
Jabiru is a town in the Northern Territory of Australia. Your list of things to see and do now includes Guluyambi Cultural Cruise, Nourlangie Rock, North Australian Helicopters, and other attractions. The adventure continues: delve into the distant past at Ubirr.

For traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, use the Jabiru trip builder app .

Traveling by car from Katherine to Jabiru takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of train and bus. You will leave for home on the 23rd (Tue).

Things to do in Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Tours Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trip

Kakadu National Park
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Yellow Water Cruises ©
Yellow Water Cruises
Arnhemlander 4WD Cultural Tour ©
Arnhemlander 4WD Cultural Tour
Ubirr ©
Ubirr
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