Australia & the Pacific Forums

Post New Topic

Recent Activity

View all Australia & the Pacific activity »
  1. 1 New Zealnd 17 days--North to Top of the South Itinerary
  2. 2 Gluten free Australia
  3. 3 In & Around Melbourne & Sydney
  4. 4 Between a rock and a hard spot
  5. 5 Uluru
  6. 6 bushwalking in the Blue Mountains
  7. 7 Where to stay overnight between Abel Tasman NP and Fox Glacier?
  8. 8 Cairns & Port Douglas
  9. 9 One week stay using Brisbane as starting base
  10. 10 Melbourne, GOR & Grampians
  11. 11 Brisbane to Sydney in 4-5 days! Itinerary help!
  12. 12 16 days in Australia
  13. 13 Sydney to Coffs Harbour in Jan with kids, 9 and 11
  14. 14 from Te Anau, NZ: fly to AKL from Invercargill or Queenstown?
  15. 15 25day planning for Australia
  16. 16 Going to Uluru - Is it worth it?
  17. 17 Help New Zealand
  18. 18 Snow ideas near Melbourne and Sydney
  19. 19 8 day trip to New Zealand
  20. 20 Hervey Bay Whales & Apartment
  21. 21 Private Tour Guides Australian Coast
  22. 22 Great Ocean Road
  24. 24 New Zealand travel agents/itinerary
  25. 25 new zealand 18days
View next 25 » Back to the top

Darwin, Kakadu, Katherine itinerary help

Jump to last reply

I'm looking for some feedback on my itinerary for the Top End in early August. I've read through a bunch of the posts here, including dottyp's great trip report, and hopefully have incorporated those learnings. I think I've got the overall plan and major sights down fairly solidly. Probably mostly looking for confirmation that we're seeing the right things, and that it's doable in the time we have. I think it's a bit aggressive time-wise, but hopefully quite doable. Let me know what you think.

The goal for this part of the trip is mostly outback scenery and wildlife. So we're deliberately shortchanging Darwin. We're a mid-forties couple, with a six year old son.

Day 0 - arrive Darwin around 5pm, stay at the Paravista Motel (it's race week or something, so everything else was booked up)
Day 1 - drive to Territory Wildlife Park, then drive on to Batchelor, stay at Batchelor Resort (maybe see part of Litchfield NP if time allows?)
Day 2 - see Litchfield NP, then drive to Katherine. This is a long day -- 5.5 hours driving by my calculation (1.25 each into Litchfield from Batchelor, 1.25 back out, 3 hours Batchelor to Katherine). (Lodging TBD - maybe Shady Lane TP or Big 4 caravan park cabins)
Day 3 - See Nitmiluk / Katherine Gorge. Not sure whether to canoe or take a cruise.
Day 4 - Drive to Cooinda in Kakadu (3 hrs 15mins?). Stop at Gunlom on the way in. Stop at visitors center. Do the sunset Yellow Water Cruise. Stay at Gagudju Lodge Cooinda.
Day 5 - Jim Jim and Twin Falls tour
Day 6 - rock art and a walk at Nourlangie. Lunch at Jabiru. Afternoon at Ubirr, including an East Alligator River cruise, maybe some short walks. Lodging at the Holiday Inn Gagudju Crocodile in Jabiru.
Day 7 - Bowali visitors centre. A few walks? Drive to Darwin (3 hrs 15mins?). Northern Territory Museum. Lodging at Paravista Motel.

I'm worried most about day #2. It seems like a lot. Not sure how much time seeing Litchfield will take. An alternative is to move Litchfield to day 1, and move the Territory Wildlife Park to day 7. A

In general, are we trying to fit in too much? What would you cut?

Additional questions:
- Canoe Katherine Gorge or take a cruise?
- How much time to allow for the Territory Wildlife Park?
- How much time to allow for Litchfield? (excluding driving)
- Should we blow off Darwin for the first night and stay somewhere near the airport or on the way to the wildlife park?
- Are we hitting the right sights in Kakadu? Is there enough time to do what we've planned?
- Are we missing anything we really should see?

Thanks in advance!

16 Replies |Back to top

Sign in to comment.