8 days in Darwin & Surrounds, Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) & Katherine Itinerary

8 days in Darwin & Surrounds, Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) & Katherine Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Melbourne
Fly:  4 h 30 min
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Darwin
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 30 min
2
Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)
— 1 night
Drive:  4 h 30 min
3
Katherine
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h 30 min
4
Litchfield National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 30 min
5
Dundee Beach
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  8 h
End: Melbourne

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Darwin

Darwin ©
The smallest of Australia’s state capitals, Darwin has nevertheless become an attractive and important urban center, being simultaneously one of the country’s most modernized cities and a gateway to both the Top End region and South East Asia.
You've added RFDS Darwin Tourist Facility, Darwin Military Museum, Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, and other attractions to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 25th (Sun): get engrossed in the history at RFDS Darwin Tourist Facility, see the interesting displays at Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, learn about all things military at Darwin Military Museum, then enjoy the sand and surf at Mindil Beach, and finally brush up on your military savvy at Darwin Aviation Museum.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read our Darwin holiday app.

Melbourne to Darwin is an approximately 6- hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 0.5 hours traveling from Melbourne to Darwin due to the time zone difference. Plan for warmer temperatures traveling from Melbourne in August, with highs in Darwin at 37°C and lows at 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park).

Things to do in Darwin

Museums Beaches Outdoors
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Mindil Beach ©
Mindil Beach
Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory ©
Darwin Military Museum ©
Darwin Military Museum

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Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) ©
Jabiru is a town in the Northern Territory of Australia. On the 26th (Mon), take in the dramatic natural features at Nanguluwur Art Site, then look for all kinds of wild species at Anbangbang Billabong, and then explore the striking landscape at Nourlangie Rock.

For where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) online road trip planner.

You can drive from Darwin to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) so you can go by car to Katherine.

Things to do in Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Anbangbang Billabong
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Nanguluwur Art Site ©
Nanguluwur Art Site
Anbangbang Billabong ©
Anbangbang Billabong
Nourlangie Rock ©
Nourlangie Rock

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Katherine

Katherine ©
Katherine is a town in Northern Territory, Australia. Start off your visit on the 27th (Tue): take in the dramatic natural features at Katherine Gorge, then stroll through Jatbula Trail, and then identify plant and animal life at Low Level Nature Reserve. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the galleries of MiMi Aboriginal Art & Craft, then take in the natural beauty of Katherine Hot Springs, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Edith Falls.

For traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, use the Katherine day trip tool.

Traveling by car from Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) to Katherine takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car. In August, daytime highs in Katherine are 38°C, while nighttime lows are 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) so you can travel to Litchfield National Park.

Things to do in Katherine

Parks Nature Trails
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Katherine Gorge ©
Katherine Gorge
Jatbula Trail ©
Jatbula Trail
Edith Falls ©
Edith Falls

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Litchfield National Park

Litchfield National Park ©
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Thu): take in the dramatic scenery at Wangi Falls, then take in the dramatic natural features at Magnetic Termite Mounds, and then admire the sheer force of Florence Falls.

To see ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Litchfield National Park trip itinerary builder.

Explore your travel options from Katherine to Litchfield National Park with the Route module. Traveling from Katherine in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be somewhat warmer in Litchfield National Park, with lows of 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Dundee Beach.

Things to do in Litchfield National Park

Nature Parks
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Wangi Falls ©
Wangi Falls
Florence Falls ©
Florence Falls
Magnetic Termite Mounds ©
Magnetic Termite Mounds

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Dundee Beach

Dundee Beach
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Fri): head outdoors with Dundee Explorer.

To find other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Dundee Beach trip itinerary builder tool.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Litchfield National Park to Dundee Beach. Expect a daytime high around 37°C in August, and nighttime lows around 22°C. You'll set off for home on the 31st (Sat).

Things to do in Dundee Beach

Outdoors
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