Roadtrip to the best Top End National Parks


Roadtrip by means of the Prime Finish Nationwide Parks.  Thought-about one in every of Australia’s nice roadtrips, Nature’s Means is a loop taking in Kakadu, Nitmiluk and Litchfield Nationwide Parks and recognised as one of the best of the Prime Finish Nationwide Parks.

The spherical journey is roughly 1,000 kilometres appropriate for 2WD automobiles.

With so many superb Nationwide Parks within the Prime Finish, it’s no surprise they designed a road-trip to absorb one of the best of one of the best.

Have you ever come to the Prime Finish to expertise our tradition, our wildlife and our extraordinary surroundings?

Take Nature’s Option to tour the Prime Finish Nationwide Parks

Tjaetaba Falls Walk - Litchfield National Park

Drive your self on a vacation of a lifetime.  Nature’s Means takes you on a street journey loop taking in a few of the greatest surroundings within the Prime Finish Nationwide Parks.

Your roadtrip will begin by driving east to world-famous Kakadu Nationwide Park earlier than heading south to Katherine to discover the gorgeous Nitmiluk Nationwide Park.  The final leg of your roadtrip will take you thru Litchfield Nationwide Park on the way in which.

We suggest you’re taking a minimum of every week to really benefit from the loop so have included our 7 day itinerary suggestions to take pleasure in Nature’s Means. 

Arrive into Darwin

  • Fly into Darwin in your favorite airline.  Qantas, Virgin and Ryan air fly into Darwin every day
  • Arrive on the Ghan, the rail prepare from Adelaide.
  • Rent a automotive or drive your individual on this Territory journey..

Day 1 – 3:  Darwin to Jabiru – Kakadu Nationwide Park

Lodging in Jabiru:

Rainbow Bee-eaters

Begin your roadtrip from Darwin, the Northern Territory’s multicultural capital by taking the Arnhem Freeway in direction of World Heritage-listed Kakadu Nationwide Park.

There are a variety of issues to do and locations to discover so try our put up  Escape to Kakadu Nationwide Park for what to do and the not-to-miss sights in Kakadu.

Ubirr Rock

Certainly one of my favorite issues to do is to climb Ubirr Rock (it’s a simple climb).   Count on an  extraordinary sundown over this Arnhem Land escarpment.  For those who’re an early morning individual, dawn is simply as spectacular and prone to be much less crowded.  Permit time to exlore the traditional Aboriginal Artwork round Ubirr Rock.

Begin with a go to the Bowali Cultural Centre and take the cultural discovery tour to study in regards to the custodians of this land and it’s significance to the Bowali individuals.

Nourlangie Rock

Discover historic Aboriginal rock artwork at Nourlangie Rock, to see an abundance of wildlife together with the gorgeous Rainbow Bee Eaters.Aboriginal Rock painting

Take one of many strolling trails to Gunwarddehwarde Lookout overlooking the escarpment and go to the magnificent Anbangbang Billabong.

Yellow Water

Take a Yellow Water billabong cruise on a billabong fringed by pandanus, paperbark swamps and monsoon rainforest. The cruise will take you thru wetland waterways the place you’ll see a spread of untamed buffalo, saltwater crocodiles and 1000’s of distinctive birds because the solar units within the distance.

For the extra adventurous – take a tour to magnificent Gunlom Falls, Maguk Gorge, Jim Jim Falls or Twin Falls.

A reminder: in the event you’re swimming within the Prime Finish, at all times ‘be crocwise’ and verify the indicators earlier than swimming to verify it’s protected to take a dip.

Learn extra:  The 6 seasons of Kakadu

Day 4 – 6:  Drive to Katherine by way of Pine Creek

Lodging in Katherine

Drive south roughly 3 hours in direction of Pine Creeok en-route to Katherine and Nitmiluk Nationwide Park.

Pine Creek

Historic Pine Creek continues to be an lively gold mine.  The township is barely off the Stuart Freeway however is an effective place to cease for lunch and go to the Railway Museum, the Previous Repeater Station and the Mining exhibition.

Edith Falls


Cease in for a swim at Leliyn – Edith Falls is on the western facet of Nitmiluk Nationwide Park.  The plush, grassy campsites make Edith Falls an idyllic spot for tenting and an ideal place to remain just a few days.

The big pandanus-fringed pure swimming gap is ideal to loosen up in on the base of the falls.  Strolling trails take you as much as the swimming holes above Edith Falls that are effectively well worth the stroll.

Nitmiluk National Park


Katherine is a brief 60 kilometres drive additional south alongside the Stuart Freeway.

Katherine township is the gateway to Nitmiluk Nationwide Park.  Nitmiluk Nationwide Park is on the lands of the Jawoyn individuals and has a few of Australia’s most gorgeous surroundings and bush walks all through the gorge.

Cease in for a swim in Katherine’s Scorching Springs within the centre of city.  These crystal clear water swimming pools are on the tepid temperature of 32 levels all 12 months spherical.

Learn extra: Issues to do whereas visiting Katherine.


Go to the Nitmiluk Cultural Centre for a wonderful presentation of early settlement historical past within the Katherine area and cultural artifacts and souvenirs.

Nitmiluk Gorge is often known as Katherine Gorge and is laced with cascading waterfalls and imposing sheer rock cliff faces towering some 70 metres above.  Right here you will see that a few of the Territory’s greatest journey actions akin to canoeing, bushwalking, gorge cruises, swimming and tenting out below the celebs.

Take a sundown cruise up the gorge to see the vivid colors on the sandstone partitions of the gorge reflecting the depth of the setting solar.  The colors will actually take your breath away!

Katherine Hot Springs

Cutta Cutta Caves

About 20 minutes drive south of Katherine city is Cutta Cutta Caves.  Contained in the caves you’ll see glowing limestone formations of stalactites and stalagmites and a number of other species of bats together with the uncommon ghost and leaf-nosed bats.

Day 7:  Drive from Katherine to Litchfield Nationwide Park

The drive to Darwin is roughly 3 hours from Katherine.

Adelaide River

Cease into the Adelaide River Resort for an early lunch in your method to Litchfield Park. Charlie the buffalo from the Crocodile Dundee film is behind the bar – stuffed in fact!

It is a nice little roadside pub with nice worth steaks, barra and buffalo burgers served with a great deal of pleasant, outback hospitality.

Litchfield Florence Falls

Litchfield Nationwide Park waterholes are typically crocodile free however monitored carefully – simply in case!

Exploring Litchfield Nationwide Park

A number of main freshwater swimming holes are scattered by means of Litchfield Nationwide Park fed by lovely waterfalls.  Most shall be open for swimming 12 months spherical.

You may go to the entire most spectacular ones on a day drive from Darwin and most are 2WD accessible.

Termite Mounds

The very first thing you’ll see once you enter the park is a big group of “magnetic” termite mounds – 2m-high blades, all aligned north-south to maintain the within of the mound cool in opposition to the warmth of the solar.

Buley Rockhole

Get pleasure from a refreshing swim within the cascading swimming pools of Buley Rockhole.  A series of spa-like swimming pools linked by small waterfalls. It’s one of the widespread locations to swim the park.  Wade by means of the swimming pools, take up the scenic bush surrounds or sit and loosen up, because the cool water rolls over your shoulders. Open for a lot of the 12 months.

Florence Falls

Take a refreshing dip within the crystal clear waters of the pool and benefit from the scenic stroll to the viewing platform excessive above the falls for panoramic views of the open valley and the waterhole under.

Tolmer Falls

Probably the most spectacular falls in Litchfield Nationwide Park. It cascades over two excessive escarpments into one deep plunge pool.  A brief stroll takes you to a viewing platform on the prime of the waterfall. From right here you may take the 800 metre stroll – a simple stroll that takes about 45 minutes. Swimming shouldn’t be permitted above the falls.

Wangi Falls

The place two waterfalls cascade into a really massive plunge pool set amid the rainforest. It’s the preferred of the swimming holes, and contains wheelchair entry into the water.

Misplaced Metropolis

4WD-only monitor to the Misplaced Metropolis a bunch of fantastically-shaped eroded sandstone towers.

Litchfield to Darwin – 1.5 hours drive time

Lodging in Darwin metropolis

Litchfield National Park

Journey again the way in which you got here into Litchfield for the simplest means again to Darwin, or take the unsealed loop again to the town (really helpful 4×4 solely).  Its unsealed and could also be inaccessible within the moist season, nevertheless it’s very fairly with a number of shallow creek crossings.

Don’t miss one other magical sundown … pin this for later.

The nationwide parks within the Prime Finish are accessible, pristine and spectacular.  You will notice uncommon native crops and spot distinctive birds and animals within the wild. Swim within the pure swimming holes or take an Aboriginal cultural tour to study extra about this land.

You’ll love your Nature’s Means road-trip although one of the best Prime Finish Nationwide Parks!

Have you ever travelled the Nature’s Means loop by means of Kakadu, Nitmiluk and Litchfield Nationwide Parks but?  Take Nature’s Means and uncover the Prime Finish Nationwide Parks.  When are you coming to go to?  

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