Take the scenic route
Drive from Darwin to Katherine via Kakadu National Park along Nature’s Way. The 550-km drive can be done as a one-way trip or a longer loop back to the capital. Nature’s Way journey is recommended to be done over a minimum 7 days, here is a suggested way you could enjoy the journey.
Darwin to Kakadu
Best Time of the Year
May to October
- Darwin to Kakadu
- Edith Falls
- Berry Springs
- Kakadu Nat Park
- Nitmiluk NatPark
Darwin to Kakadu
Distance 250km - Driving Time 3 hours
The rare and unspoiled beauty of Kakadu National Park and Arnhem Land is only a 3-hour drive from Darwin. On your way to the park, along the Arnhem Highway, there are several opportunities to see wildlife in its natural environment. Stop at the Adelaide River and board a cruise to see huge saltwater crocs jump for food from the safety of the riverboat.
Kakadu National Park
Kakadu is a World Heritage listed site and Australia’s largest national park, explore and cruise its waterways to see crocs and birdlife, walk through ancient Aboriginal rock art galleries, or join a guided tour.
Kakadu to Katherine
Distance 350km - Driving Time 4 hours
Head south along Stuart Highway to Pine Creek, a small town that experienced a rush for gold in 1871. A further 90km down the road, Katherine is a great place to base yourself and explore the Victoria River region. It is the gateway to six national parks and over 10 nature parks, reserves and conservation areas, including Katherine Gorge (Nitmiluk National Park). Take a refreshing dip in the Katherine Hot Springs – a series of clear pools fed by a natural thermal spring located on the banks of the Katherine River.
Nitmluk National Park
Nitmiluk National Park is only a short 30km drive from Katherine. There are many options to explore the park – via the air on board a helicopter flight, from the water on a guided cruise, or by foot with well-marked paths.
Katherine to Litchfield
Why not make a stop on your journey into Edith Falls, a fringed plunge pool to enjoy a swim before arriving at Litchfield National Park. The Park is renowned for its accessible, unspoiled wilderness of monsoon rainforests and waterfalls that flow yearround. Further cool off with a swim in the plunge pool below the permanent spring-fed Florence Falls or wade through the rocky pools at Buley Rockhole.
Litchfield to Darwin
Distance 140km - Driving Time 2 hours
Head back to Darwin via the Territory Wildlife Park. Wander through treetop aviaries, around a natural lagoon and walk through the aquarium to see animals, including the saltwater croc, in their natural habitats. Before you enter Darwin, stop at Berry Springs Nature Park. A recreation camp for armed forces personnel during the war, today it is a popular spot for a barbecue and a dip in the freshwater pools.