5 Day Selfdrive Route Darwin on Natures
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Wheel Drive on sealed and minor unsealed roads access
Start: From Darwin
Return: To Darwin in Northern Territory
Highlights: Litchfield National Park,
Kakadu National Park
Nature's Way winds through a wetland wilderness steeped
in Aboriginal culture and pioneering history.
The triangular drive begins in Darwin, the capital
of the Northern Territory, and meanders through the
Adelaide and Mary River wetlands to World Heritage-listed
Kakadu National Park - owned and jointly managed by
a number of Aboriginal clans.
Then it's on to Litchfield National Park with its stunning
waterfalls and return to Darwin. For photographic, wildlife
and bird watching enthusiasts, this is a dream drive
on a fully sealed road - suitable for a two-wheel-drive
Day 1: Darwin to Kakadu National Park
On this day travel a total 250 kms from Darwin to Jabiru
in Kakadu National Park. Depart Darwin on the Explorer's
Way and turn left onto the Arnhem Highway.
Day 1: From there turn right and the
jumping crocodile cruise is located on their private
stretch of the Adelaide River at the end of Fogg Dam
Road. All in all it was about 75 minutes since you leave
Darwin. I then followed to the right on a dirt track
form some 5klm to Harry Bowmans - Adelaide River Crocodile
cruise. (Please note motorhome access may not be permitted
but there are other Crocodile cruises leaving from the
Adelaide River Bridge a bit further up.
Last we heard it was $43 for a adult and $16 for a
child with 4 cruises a day and the boat capivity is
30 folks. Cruise times are 9am, 11am, 1pm, 3pm Daily
from May to November.
Day 1: Continue along to Jabiru in
the World Heritage-listed Kakadu National Park.
Birdwatchers and nature lovers should stop along the
way at the Fogg Dam Conservation Reserve, Window on
the Wetlands Visitor Centre and a jumping crocodile
cruise on the Adelaide River.
Spend the night in the township of Jabiru.
Day 2 and 3: Kakadu National
Spend the next two or three days experiencing Kakadu.
There are many Aboriginal rock art sites, walks to
escarpment lookouts, waterfalls and impressive visitor
One of the best ways to experience Kakadu is from the
air, so consider a scenic flight.
There are also day trip options with indigenous experiences
and Twin Falls boat cruises.
Join a river or billabong cruise, the best place to
experience Kakadu's prolific wildlife with a local Aboriginal
Camp the night at Cooinda. Situated 3 hours from Darwin,
Gagudju Lodge Cooinda offers convenient access to Kakadu
National Park attractions. Take the Stuart Highway south
from Darwin, then transfer to the Arnhem Highway towards
Jabiru. Travel approximately 225 kilometres then turnoff
to the Pine Creek Highway and travel 54 kilometres to
the Cooinda turnoff.
Day 4: Kakadu National Park and Pine Creek
Travel from Jabiru to Litchfield National Park a total
of 360 kms. Depart Jabiru and continue south to Pine
Creek. Gold was discovered at Pine Creek in 1871 and
the original buildings built back in the heady gold
days still stand. Pine Creek's attractions include a
Railway Station that was built in 1888 and Miners' Park
which houses original mining machinery.
Head back onto the Explorer's Way to Litchfield National
Park. Spend the night in its gateway township of Batchelor.
Day 5: Litchfield National Park
Spend the day exploring Litchfield on the bushwalking
tracks, admiring the bird and wildlife species, and
swimming in the crystal-clear waterholes under thundering
waterfalls that flow year-round.
At the end of the day, drive the hour-and-a-half back
up the highway to Darwin.