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Nature's Way - Northern Territory

 

Immerse yourself in the very best of Mother Nature on the relaxing 871km Nature’s Way drive. In five to ten days, you’ll see unforgettable wetland landscapes, stop at stunning waterfalls and explore deep gorges in some of the NT’s most famous attractions of Parks of Kakadu, Nitmiluk and Litchfield National Parks.

5-10
days
945
kms
4
Stops
3
Iconic National Parks

Itinerary

Day 1: Darwin to Kakadu - 250kms (2 hours 45 mins)
 
Day 2-3: Kakadu National Park
 
Day 4: Kakadu to Katherine via Pine Creek - 300kms (3 hours 15 mins)
 
Day 5: Nitmiluk National Park

Day 6: Katherine to Litchfield - 265kms (3 hours)

Day 4: Litchfield to Darwin - 130kms (1 hours 30 mins)
 
 

Highlights

 

Day 1: Darwin to Kakadu

Only a short three hour drive from Darwin, Kakadu National Park is the perfect start to your drive along Nature’s Way. Stop at the Adelaide River and see massive salt water crocodiles jump for food in their natural habitat all from the safety of the riverboat.

 

Day 2-3: Kakadu National Park

As a stunning World Heritage-listed site and Australia’s largest national park there are so many ways to see and do Kakadu. Go for a cruise through one the many rivers and see native wildlife thrive in their natural habitats or walk through ancient Aboriginal rock art galleries.

Challenge yourself to tackle one of the extensive network of four-wheel drive and bushwalking trails, or relax under cascading waterfalls.

 

Day 4:Kakadu to Katherine via Pine Creek

Take the Stuart Highway through Pine Creek and make your way to Katherine which offers a great base for you to start exploring the Victoria River region. Visit up to six national parks and over 10 nature parks, reserves and conservation areas including Katherine Gorge in Nitmiluk National Park.

 

Day 5: Nitmiluk National Park

Only a short 30km drive from Katherine, Nitmiluk National Park has so many ways to explore whether by helicopter, cultural cruise or by foot. Be sure to traverse the Katherine Gorge too where you can see stunning cliff faces and lots of friendly wildlife

 

Day 6: Katherine to Litchfield

Renowned for its accessible, unspoiled wilderness of stunning rainforests and waterfalls, Litchfield National Park is a nature-lover’s paradise. Chill out at the Florence Falls or wade through the rockpools at Buley Rockhole.

 

Day 7: Litchfield to Darwin

Make your way back to Darwin via the Territory Wildlife Park and be sure to check out the amazing treetop aviaries, natural lagoons and aquarium to see animals such as crocodiles and fish in their natural habitat. Finish up with a picnic at Berry Springs Nature Park before the short drive back to Darwin.

 

Want to know more?

Read more about the Nature's Way on northernterritory.com

Tiwi Islander creating artwork

Tiwi Islands

Feel your cheeks hurt from so much smiling as you discover the beautiful Tiwi Islands - the 'Island of Smiles'.

Take a trip across the water from Darwin to find a unique haven. With a thriving Aboriginal arts culture, fishing lodges, coastal landscapes with breathtaking sunsets, the Tiwi Islands promises to be a destination like no other.

Image via: Tourism NT / Jilamara Arts and Craft Association

 

Person swimming in Gunlom infinity pools

Gunlom Plunge Pool

Gunlom Plunge Pool, located on Waterfall Creek in World Heritage-listed Kakadu National Park, is a magical combination of seasonal waterfall and serene plunge pool, with picnic areas shaded by tall gums.

From the top of Gunlom you will be rewarded with sweeping vistas of three habitats of the southern hills and ridges of the park - stone country, woodland and riparian (riverine) areas. 

Image via: Tourism NT / Jewels Lynch

Darwin Mindil Sunset markets

Mindil Beach Markets

The Mindil Beach Sunset Market is the heart of Darwin's cultural melting pot and truly epitomises the word 'multicultural'.

The Market sees the congregation of over 200 unique stalls. The combination of amazing food, arts and culture, set to the backdrop of the spectacular sunset, creates an electric atmosphere.

Image via Tourism NT / Charlie Bliss

 

 

Nitmiluk National Park

Nitmiluk National Park

Be drawn to the spectacular sandstone country of Nitmiluk National Park and the majestic Nitmiluk (Katherine) Gorge with spectacular cliffs that glow in the changing light.

Nitmiluk National Park, just 30 kilometres north-east of Katherine, covers a vast area, including 13 impressive gorges carved from the ancient sandstone country which stretch for as far as the eye can see.

 Image via Tourism NT / Katie Goldie

 

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