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5 Day Top End Loop

 

5 DAY TOP END LOOP ADVENTURE

This 5 day adventure encompasses the beautiful wetlands, ancient rock art and aboriginal culture, cruise between the sheer gorge walls and swim in fresh waterfalls. 

See Kakadu from a birds eye vantage and drift over an vital river system while taking in the wildlife surrounding you.

Driving south take the time to have a dip at Edith Falls see the splendor of this popular spot. Arriving into Katherine a country town alive with art gallerys and steeped in history.  A short drive from Katherine town centre is Nitmiluk Gorge where you can take a cruise or pack your hiking books to stretch your legs.  Seasonal swimming is possible 

Returning back on the Stuart Highway drop into Pine Creek a historic mining town. Further on you will pas through Adelaide River town where you will find the War Cemetery and Railway Museum.

Turning left onto Batchelor Rd to take you through to Batchelor 'the gateway' to Litchfield National Park.  Stop for a break and enjoy a snack and call into the musuem.

Finish off your Top End Adventure by taking the round trip back to Darwin stopping in Berry Springs take a swim in the natural springs or pull up a stool and enjoy a good outback pub.

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Day One

Darwin to Kakadu
Departing Darwin early this morning the Arnhem Highway to Kakadu National Park. Stop in at Pudakul Aboriginal Cultural Tours for an interactive cultural experience.  You will need to be here for a 10.30 am start and will take approximately 45-50 minutes drive.
After the tour continue driving towards Kakadu, call in for lunch at Corroboree Tavern or the iconic Bark Hut.

An hour drive on from The Bark Hut you will come to Mamukala Wetlands there is a short walk from the carpark to the hide where you will be able to view an abundance of birds.  As the monsoonal season approaches the water recedes bringing the birdlife closer to the the hide.  Once the monsoon starts the wetlands come to life with fresh plant growth.

Enjoy dinner at Anbinik's Thai Restaurant or the Escarpment Restaurant at the Mercure Kakadu Crocodile Hotel.

Arriving into Jabiru for 2 nights accommodation.

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Pudakul Aboriginal Cultural Tours

Tours

2054 Arnhem Hwy, Lambells Lagoon NT 0822, COOLALIN...

100% Aboriginal owned and Operated on Aboriginal managed lands at the forefront to Kakadu National Park and close to Litchfield National Park - Demographically sitting in the right place. 100% Aboriginal Owned and Ope... Read more >

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Kakadu Lodge & Caravan Park

Accommodation

Jabiru Drive Jabiru

Aurora Kakadu Lodge and Caravan Park has cabin style accommodation, lodge rooms and over 300 camping sites. A huge lagoon style swimming pool with alfresco style bar and bistro, located in the centre of our grounds, offe... Read more >

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Day Two

Kakadu
Start the morning with a scenic flight over the wetlands and escarpments. Early morning is one of the best times to view the vast landscape. Take a drive out to Ubirr Rock Art site this will take approximately 35-40 minutes from Jabiru. Here you can view some of the most outstanding rock art in the world.  Carry on a little further to Nadab Lookout, there is a short climb reach the top. Climb as far as you feel is good for you the view is still spectacular. 

Driving back 2km from Ubirr you will find Cahill's Crossing well known for crocodile viewing,  the Border Store with Injalak Arts pop up store inside.  Stop for a cool drink and pick up some great Aboriginal art.  Another 2 minutes drive is the starting point for Guluyambi Cultural Cruise. This cruise runs for 1.45 minutes where you will cruise the East Alligator River with an Aboriginal guide. Learn about their culture, local mythology, and the abundant food source found on the river.  
This afternoon call into Bowali Visitor Information Centre where they have an interactive display on the park.

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Kakadu Air Services

Tours

2 Slade Court Eaton NT 0820, Leanyer

Fly with Kakadu Air, the Northern Territory's scenic flight specialists, to truly appreciate the vastness of this timeless land. Ideal for time-poor travellers who want to see the spectacular highlights of world-heritage... Read more >

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Guluyambi Cultural Cruise

Tours

Boat Ramp & Parking, Kakadu NT 0822, Jabiru

The Guluyambi Cultural Cruise is a unique boat tour on Kakadu’s spectacular East Alligator River. Take in the wonderful pristine wilderness as you leisurely cruise upstream, keeping a look out for the variety of wildlife... Read more >

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Day Three

Kakadu to Katherine
Start early today so you can call into the ancient Aboriginal rock shelter at Nourlangie Rock and art sites. Climb to view magnificent escarpment views from Nawurlandja lookout. 
Head 3 hours south to Edith Falls plunge pools this is a local's hangout where swimming is permitted dependent on current water levels. Be sure to check if swimming is allowed as conditions can change. Travel to Katherine, an extra 30 mins further south, wander through the many art galleries and meet the artists. 

Enjoy dinner at Kumbidjee Restaurant or Katherine Club.

Arriving into Katherine for 2 nights accommodation.

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Edith Falls (Leliyn) Campground and Kiosk

Accommodation

Edith Falls Road Katherine NT

NO Pre-Bookings available. Leliyn, Edith Falls - Can be reached by following the Stuart Highway north from Katherine for 40 km then following a sealed road for another 20 km. Camping - Leliyn has a landscaped camp... Read more >

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Beagle Motor Inn

Accommodation

2 Fourth St, Katherine NT

320 km south of Darwin The Beagle Motor Inn is the perfect Katherine motel accommodation for your next trip to this picturesque region of the Northern Territory and Kakadu National Park. We are a short 500m stroll from... Read more >

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Contour Hotel Katherine

Accommodation

6 Cyprus Street Katherine NT 0850, Kaherine

Contour Hotel Katherine has 100 x guest rooms. Facilities include a fully licensed Restaurant open 7 days for Breakfast & Dinner; Contour Boardroom; Swimming Pool & Tennis Court. The property also has a Caravan Park. ... Read more >

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Day Four

Katherine
Today take a short drive to Nitmiluk Gorge Visitor Centre approximately 30 minutes drive and see the interpretative displays. While at the gorge, take a gorge cruise or swim in the gorge, weather permitting. Nitmiluk also has a range of great walks starting from 1.8km (45min) moderate level Provides views of Nitmiluk Gorge, the Katherine River and 17 Mile Valley.
Just a short 17 minute drive back towards Katherine you have the opportunity to enjoy an Aboriginal Art cultural tour.  With morning and afternoon tours you can tailor your day to suit when booking. Still haven't had enough why not add a Helicopter flight to see the gorge from above. Make it an extra special time and include a remote landing at sunset.

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Nitmiluk Tours & Cutta Cutta Cave Tours

Tours

Katherine Gorge Katherine NT 0851

Our Indigenous touring company is the exclusive provider for touring the breathtaking Nitmiluk Gorge (Katherine), Northern Territory, Australia. Products includes culturally based cruises, on-board dining, canoeing, camp... Read more >

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Top Didj Cultural Experience & Art Gallery

Tours

363 Gorge Road Katherine NT 0850 Australia

Huge range of Didgeridoos Authentic Aboriginal Artwork Aboriginal crafts including boomerangs, weaving, dillybags, clapsticks and carvings Read more >

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Godinymayin Yijard Rivers Arts & Culture Centre

Art & Galleries

Lot 3238 Stuart Highway, Katherine East NT 0850

Godinymayin Yijard Rivers Arts & Culture Centre, Sharing our cultures....building our communities; presents Indigenous and non-Indigenous art and culture from the Katherine Region: visual arts; music/theatre/dance perfor... Read more >

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Katherine Helicopters

Tours

260 Emungalan Road, Katherine, NT 0850

Operating two Bell Helicopters we offer a range of services, from tour flights up the serene Katherine Gorge to bespoke Heli-Fishing trips through-out the Top End of Australia. With the ability to carry up to six pas... Read more >

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Day Five

Pine Creek/Adelaide River/Batchelor/Litchfield
Drive 1 hour north to the old gold rush mining town of Pine Creek. Here you can visit the historic railway heritage museum and take in the stunning views from the lookout. Continue along the Stuart Highway to the Adelaide River township where you can wander through the War Memorial Cemetery. Before arriving in Litchfield National Park you will pass through the township of Batchelor. There you will find a butterfly farm, Batchelor Museum and plenty of places to grab lunch. 

Overnight in Batchelor or Litchfield.

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Litchfield Tourist Park

Accommodation

705 Litchfield Park Rd Rum Jungle NT 0845, BATCHEL...

Stop for a quick snack or stay for a few days and soak in the landscaped gardens, natural bushland and tranquil surrounds. We offer: Powered Sites, Camping, Undercover Sites, Cabins, Swimming Pool, Town Power and Licens... Read more >

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Day Six

Litchfield/The Peninsula Way/Darwin
Spend the day in Litchfield National Park, stop at the termite mounds; take a refreshing dip in one of the many cascading waterfalls and plunge pools in the Park or take a walk-through nature. Stop in to Wangi Falls for lunch at the café. Continue on Litchfield Park Rd you can stop at the Cascades, or take in the view crossing the Reynolds River. On your way back into Darwin check call into Berry Springs Nature Reserve to cool off in the natural springs or stop at another one of the Top End’s iconic outback pubs Berry Springs Tavern.

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Berry Springs Tavern

Food & Drink

795 Cox Peninsula Road, Berry Springs NT, Coolalin...

Just a short drive from Darwin CBD this country style pub oozes quality and character. With a reputation for fantastic food and fabulous it's a definite must visit. Boasting huge verandahs there is a fabulous outdoor are... Read more >

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