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Top things to do in one day at Litchfield National Park

Top things to do in one day at Litchfield National Park

Located just 90 minutes from Darwin, Litchfield National Park is the perfect Top End day trip with waterfalls, swimming holes, walking trails and termite mounds to see. 

Litchfield National Park

While you could easily spend days slowly enjoying the area, if you’re tight on time it is possible to hit up many of the highlights in one day. 

Litchfield National Park

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Tips for visiting Litchfield National Park

Ensure your car is full of petrol. There are no petrol stations in the park.

Bring food and water. There are very limited places to buy anything to eat or drink (just one small kiosk)

Bring sunscreen, hats and sunglasses. Even in winter the park is blazing hot.

Magnetic termite mounds



The magnetic termite mounds of Litchfield National Park are up to 100 years old and two metres high. 

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Wangi Falls

The iconic Wangi Falls feature picturesque walking tracks of varying and stunning waterfalls. Camping is permitted at the falls – facilities include a kiosk, hot showers and barbecues. 

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Florence Falls

Visit a secluded plunge pool in the middle of a monsoon rainforest at Florence Falls.There are a number of walks around the falls, and Florence Falls is open for swimming for most of the year.

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Buley Rockhole

A popular spot with locals and tourists alike, the Buley Rockhole is a series of cascading small swimming holes fed by waterfalls in the middle of a rainforest. Buley Rockhole can get quite busy. Picnic and barbecue facilities are available. 

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Tolmer Falls

Tolmer Falls is one of the most spectacular falls in Litchfield National Park, cascading over two high escarpments into one deep plunge pool. A short walk from the car park leads to two viewing platforms at the top of the gorge. The 1.6 kilometre Tolmer Falls loop walk takes you to two viewing platforms at the top of the gorge. It’s an easy walk (that is rocky in parts), taking about 45 minutes. Swimming is not permitted.

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Sandy Creek Falls (Tjaynera)

Access to Sandy Creek Falls/Tjaynera is limited to 4WD access only, plus a 1.4km trek through the rainforest. Sandy Creek camping ground is available for those wishing to stay the night. Swim only in the areas marked safe to do so. 

Lost City

Visit the unique rock formations that make up the Lost City of Litchfield National Park. A 4WD is essential to access the Lost City. 

Read more about visiting Litchfield National Park

Take a dip in Katherine Hot Springs.

Visit Cutta Cutta Caves

Get information on visiting Maguk Falls.

Visit Jim Jim Falls.

See the Spectacular Jumping Crocodiles.

See some of the world’s oldest rock art at Burrungkuy (Nourlangie) Rock.

Stay at the Mercure Crocodile Kakadu Hotel.

Spot wildlife on a Yellow Water Billabong Cruise.

Find things to do in Kakadu National Park.

Take a dip at Edith Falls.

Experience a tranquil Katherine Gorge Cruise Tour.

Top Didj Cultural Experience & Art Gallery

Top Didj Cultural Experience and Art Gallery

Top Didj Cultural Experience & Art Gallery

Enjoy an authentic Aboriginal experience at Top Didj & Art Gallery in Katherine, NT, including storytelling, spear throwing, fire-lighting and traditional Aboriginal rarrk painting.

Top Didj Cultural Experience and Art Gallery

The Top Didj Cultural Experience was a highlight of our Top End NT trip. The cultural experience is led by Manuel Pamkal, a traditional indigenous man who grew up in the Top End. Manual very generously shares his experience as a child living On Country and surviving in the bush, giving visitors like us a deeper understanding of Australia’s indigenous communities.

Top Didj Cultural Experience and Art Gallery

There are plenty of hands-on activities to enjoy as part of the cultural experience, making it a fantastic place to bring kids to learn about Aboriginal culture.

Top Didj Cultural Experience and Art Gallery

After listening to Manuel play a tune on his didgeridoo and telling stories of growing up in the bush the traditional way, he taught us to paint our own aboriginal rarrk painting using a special reed brush called a Jalk, as well as demonstrating and showing volunteers how to light a fire using two sticks and how to throw a spear using a woomera. 

Top Didj Cultural Experience and Art Gallery

We also enjoyed meeting a wallaby who was living at the wildlife rescue located on site, and bought some stunning artwork created by local indigenous artists. 

Top Didj Cultural Experience and Art Gallery

Top Didj Cultural Experience and Art Gallery

Top Didj Cultural Experience sessions run twice daily, seven days a week, from May to October. The tour lasts for 2.5 hours and is located a very short drive out of the centre of Katherine. 

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Get more information on Top Didji Cultural Experience and Art Gallery here and here

 

Take a dip in Katherine Hot Springs.

Visit Cutta Cutta Caves

Get information on visiting Maguk Falls.

Visit Jim Jim Falls.

See the Spectacular Jumping Crocodiles.

See some of the world’s oldest rock art at Burrungkuy (Nourlangie) Rock.

Stay at the Mercure Crocodile Kakadu Hotel.

Spot wildlife on a Yellow Water Billabong Cruise.

Find things to do in Kakadu National Park.

Take a dip at Edith Falls.

Experience a tranquil Katherine Gorge Cruise Tour.

Katherine Gorge Cruise Tours Nitmiluk National Park

Katherine Gorge Cruise Tours Nitmiluk National Park

Experience the wonder of Katherine Gorge in Nitmiluk National Park with a Katherine Gorge Cruise Tour. 

The tranquil Katherine Gorge Cruise Tours are the perfect way to experience the highlights of Nitmiluk National Park, particularly if you are time pressed or aren’t into long hikes or kayaking. They are especially suitable for families with kids whose legs aren’t up for long walks.

Nitmiluk National Park is located 30 kilometres north-east of Katherine. It includes 13 impressive gorges carved from ancient sandstone. Viewing the gorge from the Katherine Gorge Cruise Tours is a spectacular way to view the dramatic cliffs and also to learn about the history of the Park and local indigenous people from the knowledgeable tour guides.

Half-day, full-day, overnight and sunset trips are available, however the most popular tour is the NitNit Dreaming Two Gorge Tour, which run for two hours multiple times a day, year-round.

The tour comprises of two boat tours with a walking transfer in between the gorges. The walk between the first and second gorge is a man made uneven path approximately 400m in length. There are about 70 stairs on the path in total and those sections all have handrails. Closed in non-slip shoes are recommended.

The first two gorges are the longest ones in the 13 gorge system. Our fantastic guide shared information about plants, animals, dreamtime stories and culture throughout the tour.

We took the Katherine Gorge Cruise Tour in July, and even in winter it was extremely hot. We highly recommend doing doing an early or late tour to avoid the heat, and taking a hat, sunscreen, protective clothing, insect repellent and plenty of snacks with you. 

There is drinking water and toilets located on board the boats.

After finishing the tour, I highly recommend the short but extremely steep Baruwei Lookout
Walk. The views from the lookout of Katherine Gorge and 17 Mile Valley are spectacular.

The walk is 1.8 km return from the visitors centre, however the jetty for the Katherine Gorge Cruise Tours is located along the path, so the distance from the jetty to the lookout is shorter. Allow around 1 hour to complete the walk, which is graded 3 – moderate. 

Get more information on Nitmiluk National Park and Katherine Gorge Cruise Tours.

Take a dip in Katherine Hot Springs.

Visit Cutta Cutta Caves

Get information on visiting Maguk Falls.

Visit Jim Jim Falls.

See the Spectacular Jumping Crocodiles.

See some of the world’s oldest rock art at Burrungkuy (Nourlangie) Rock.

Stay at the Mercure Crocodile Kakadu Hotel.

Spot wildlife on a Yellow Water Billabong Cruise.

Find things to do in Kakadu National Park.

Take a dip at Edith Falls.

Cutta Cutta Caves Nature Park, Katherine, NT

Cutta Cutta Caves Nature Park, Katherine, NT

Discover natural limestone caves at Cutta Cutta Caves Nature Park in Katherine, Northern Territory.

The caves, located 27km south of Katherine, were formed millions of years ago. They are easily reached by the Stuart Highway, with the caves themselves a short walk along a dirt path from the visitors centre. 

To see the Cutta Cutta Caves requires joining a guided tour. The tours run hourly from May to October – 9am, 10am, 11am, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm.

Cutta Cutta Caves Nature Park is home to five species of bats, including the rare Ghost and Horseshoe bats. Bats are frequently seen during the cave tours, as are spiders and even snakes. 

The tour of Cutta Cutta Caves runs for approximately one hour and goes 15 metres below the surface into the heart of the cave systems. There are some tight spots and the air gets stale and humid. I suggest bringing water. 

Read more about visiting Cutta Cutta Caves Nature Park

Take a dip in Katherine Hot Springs.

Get information on visiting Maguk Falls.

Visit Jim Jim Falls.

See the Spectacular Jumping Crocodiles.

See some of the world’s oldest rock art at Burrungkuy (Nourlangie) Rock.

Stay at the Mercure Crocodile Kakadu Hotel.

Spot wildlife on a Yellow Water Billabong Cruise.

Find things to do in Kakadu National Park.

Take a dip at Edith Falls.

Katherine Hot Springs, Northern Territory

Katherine Hot Springs, Northern Territory

Take a dip in the refreshing Katherine Hot Springs, natural thermal springs on the banks of the Katherine River, Northern Territory.

The Katherine Hot Springs are a series of clear pools with a current that runs through them.

The top pool is located at the source of the spring and can be accessed via a series of steep stairs.

The bottom pool is the largest one and is easily accessible with a wheelchair access ramp, stainless steel hand rails and steps formed out of rock.

The thermal springs have an average temperature of 25-30 degrees Celsius and are open from 7am to 7pm, daily. They are free to use. 

There is a large car park nearby as well as open grass areas for picnics, a public restroom, playground and the Pop Rocket Café.

We loved the Katherine Hot Springs. They were an absolute highlight of our visit to the Northern Territory. 

Read more about visiting Katherine Hot Springs.

Get information on visiting Maguk Falls.

Visit Jim Jim Falls.

See the Spectacular Jumping Crocodiles.

See some of the world’s oldest rock art at Burrungkuy (Nourlangie) Rock.

Stay at the Mercure Crocodile Kakadu Hotel.

Spot wildlife on a Yellow Water Billabong Cruise.

Find things to do in Kakadu National Park.

Take a dip at Edith Falls.

Leliyn (Edith Falls) Nitmiluk National Park

Leliyn (Edith Falls)

Leliyn (Edith Falls) Nitmiluk National Park

Swim underneath a picturesque waterfall at Leliyn (Edith Falls) Nitmiluk National Park.

Leliyn (Edith Falls) is located on the western side of Nitmiluk National Park, a 60km drive north of Katherine along the Stuart Highway. It is easiest to access when driving between Kakadu National Park and the town of Katherine as a stop over. 

Leliyn (Edith Falls)

There are campsites available, and the bush setting combined with the stunning waterfall make it a suburb spot to spend the night. There is also a an excellent kiosk where we had some fantastic fresh sandwiches, scones and shakes.

Leliyn (Edith Falls) Leliyn (Edith Falls)

Leliyn (Edith Falls) Leliyn (Edith Falls) Leliyn (Edith Falls)

Leliyn (Edith Falls) is extremely well maintained and easy to access. The carpark is located at the end of a sealed road, and there are excellent bathroom and picnic / BBQ facilities in the picnic grounds next to the car park.

Leliyn (Edith Falls)

Leliyn (Edith Falls)

The swimming pool at the base of Leliyn (Edith Falls) is also very easy to access via a short path from the carpark. It is open year-round, however may be closed to swimming at times between November through to April.

Leliyn (Edith Falls)

There are no lifeguards at Edith Falls, so swim with caution. Lots of people brought their own pool noodles to make swimming easier, and there were also some for sale at the kiosk.

Leliyn (Edith Falls)

If you enjoy bushwalking, there is the challenging 2.6km Leliyn Trail loop walk, which offers the chance to swim in the upper pool of Leliyn half way around the trail.

Leliyn (Edith Falls)

Leliyn (Edith Falls)

There is also the longer 9km return walk to Sweetwater Pool, a tranquil swimming hole.

 

Read more about visiting Leliyn (Edith Falls) Nitmiluk National Park 

Find things to do in Kakadu National Park.

Get information on visiting Maguk Falls.

Visit Jim Jim Falls.

See the Spectacular Jumping Crocodiles.

See some of the world’s oldest rock art at Burrungkuy (Nourlangie) Rock.

Stay at the Mercure Crocodile Kakadu Hotel.

Spot wildlife on a Yellow Water Billabong Cruise.

Top Things To Do In Kakadu National Park, NT

Things to do in Kakadu National Park

Top Things To Do In The Dry Season Kakadu National Park, NT

Spot wildlife, swim in waterfalls and see ancient Aboriginal rock art. There are so many incredible things to do in Kakadu National Park.

Things to do in Kakadu National Park

Three hours’ drive from Darwin, Kakadu is Australia’s biggest national park. Covering nearly 20,000 square kilometres, Kakadu National Park is World Heritage listed for both its cultural and natural values.

Things to do in Kakadu National Park

During the dry season (May to October) the weather is temperate and less humid. During the wet season (November to April) many attractions are closed due to flooding, however the waterfalls are in their full glory!

See ancient Aboriginal rock art 

Things to do in Kakadu National Park

There are more than 5,000 Aboriginal rock art sites in the park. The Bininj/Mungguy people have called Kakadu home for some 65,000 years. Aboriginal rock paintings, dating to prehistoric times, can be viewed at sites such as Nourlangie, Nanguluwur and Ubirr.

Read more about viewing Aboriginal rock art at Nourlangie.

Cruise on the Yellow Water Billabong

Things to do in Kakadu National Park

Yellow Water Cruises operates year-round, up to six cruises a day of 90 or 120 minute duration. Sunrise and sunset are the most popular times of day and advance bookings are recommended.

Things to do in Kakadu National Park

The wildlife seen on the cruise varies depending on the time of the day. Saltwater crocs are plentiful, as are thousands of spectacular birds. A cruise on the Yellow Water Billabong is right at the top of our list of things to do in Kakadu.

Read more about Yellow Water Billabong Cruises.

Watch birds at the Mamulaka Wetlands

Things to do in Kakadu National Park

Mamukala is a birdwatcher’s paradise. The short walking loop to the viewing platform is an easy way to enjoy Kakadu’s wetlands and watch its remarkable birdlife going about its daily business.

Read more about visiting Mamukala Wetlands.

Spot saltwater crocs at Cahills Crossing

Head up to Cahills Crossing viewing area on the western bank of the East Alligator River to safely watch saltwater crocodiles in the wild. 

Hike to Jim Jim Falls

Things to do in Kakadu National Park

The 200m high Jim Jim Falls are spectacular even in the dry season. It’s quite the difficult hike to get there, but the reward at the end is well worth the effort involved. Seeing Jim Jim falls either by land or air is one of the top things to do in Kakadu National Park.

Read about visiting Jim Jim Falls.

Swim in a waterhole

Things to do in Kakadu National Park

Take a dip in one of Kakadu’s famous swimming spots – Gunlom Falls and Maguk Falls.

Gunlom Falls is a renowned stop to swim in Kakadu, with a stunning natural infinity pool overlooking the park.

Read about visiting Gunlom Falls.

Maguk Falls is another family-friendly waterhole with a short hike that leads to a huge waterhole underneath a cascading waterfall.

Read about visiting Maguk Falls.

Learn about life in Kakadu
Visit the Warradjan Cultural Centre near Cooinda Lodge. Interactive and educational exhibits in the centre were developed by the Bininj/Mungguy traditional owners and bring to life tens of thousands of years of human history in Kakadu. The gift shop is excellent and there is also a cafe here.

Read more about visiting the Warrandjan Culture Centre.

Where to stay

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There’s a range of accommodation available at Kakadu, from hotels to campgrounds. We suggest one night around Jabiru (we stayed at the Mercure Crocodile Kakadu Hotel) to see attractions in this region such as Cahill’s Crossing, Mamaluka Wetlands and Ubirr, and then one or two nights at Cooinda Lodge, which is at the edge of the Yellow Water Billabong and close to attractions including Nourlangie, Jim Jim Falls and Maguk.

Cooinda Lodge offers camping facilities as well as hotel-style rooms, and is also an excellent place to stop for a meal, with their restaurant serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. We had lunch here most days.

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Tips for visiting Kakadu National Park

Things to do in Kakadu National Park

A 4WD is needed to access several of the sites, including the waterfalls. 

The only grocery store is extremely limited in stock and is located in Jabiru.

Check the access report daily before setting out to visit any attractions.

Pack sturdy hiking shoes and bring refillable water bottles, sunscreen and hats, even in winter.

The attractions are far apart and a lot of driving is needed to reach them. Plan a schedule for what you want to visit and see the attractions close together at the same time. 

A Kakadu National Park pass is required to visit. You can buy one online here. The pass is valid for 7 days.

For more information about visiting Kakadu National Park visit https://northernterritory.com/kakadu-and-surrounds/destinations/kakadu-national-park

Yellow Water Billabong Cruise Kakadu National Park

Things to do in Kakadu National Park

Yellow Water Billabong Cruise Kakadu National Park

Enjoy wildlife and dramatic scenery on the Indigenous-owned Yellow Water Billabong Cruise in Kakadu National Park.

Things to do in Kakadu National Park

Yellow Water Cruises operates year-round, up to six cruises a day of 90 or 120 minute duration. Sunrise and sunset are the most popular times of day and advance bookings are recommended. The wildlife seen on the cruise varies depending on the time of the day.

Things to do in Kakadu National Park

The cruises take guests deep into the wetlands to see Kakadu’s spectacular variety of wildlife. About one third of Australia’s bird species are represented in Kakadu National Park, with at least 60 species found in the wetlands.

Things to do in Kakadu National Park

Commonly seen birds include Whistling Ducks and Magpie Geese, with eagles, Jabirus and Brolgas also spotted.

Things to do in Kakadu National Park

There are also plenty of crocodiles who float past somewhat eerily silently, and buffalo on the floodplains. For more information on wildlife and nature in Kakadu click here.

Things to do in Kakadu National Park

We took a sunrise cruise in June. The early morning Yellow Water Billabong Cruise is freezing so pack jackets and also bring breakfast or snacks. 

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Get more information on Yellow Water Billabong Cruise kakadutourism.com.

Get information on visiting Maguk Falls.

Visit Jim Jim Falls.

See the Spectacular Jumping Crocodiles.

See some of the world’s oldest rock art at Burrungkuy (Nourlangie) Rock.

Stay at the Mercure Crocodile Kakadu Hotel.

Spot wildlife on a Yellow Water Billabong Cruise.

Review: Mercure Kakadu Crocodile Hotel

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Mercure Kakadu Crocodile Hotel

Mercure Kakadu Crocodile Hotel is located in the township of Jabiru, inside Kakadu National Park. This hotel is the perfect base to explore Kakadu.

Things to do in Kakadu National Park

We stayed at the Mercure Kakadu Crocodile Hotel during our recent trip to the Northern Territory. The hotel is located towards the northern end of the park, making it the ideal base for attractions such as Ubirr, Cahills Crossing & Mamukala Wetlands. 

Things to do in Kakadu National Park

The Mercure Kakadu Crocodile Hotel features spacious rooms that area ideal for families, a shaded tropical pool in the centre and the Escarpment restaurant and bar which is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner and uses locally sourced ingredients. 

Things to do in Kakadu National Park

We enjoyed a daily included breakfast and also dined in the restaurant several times in the evenings. Some nights are a la carte and others buffet if there is a tour group staying at the hotel.

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A few minutes walk away is the Jabiru town centre which includes a small supermarket – the only supermarket in Kakadu. 

Mercure Kakadu Crocodile Hotel
Flinders Street
Jabiru, NT
Phone: +61 8 89799000

Email: reservations@crocodilehotel.com.au
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Mamukala Wetlands Walk Kakadu National Park

Things to do in Kakadu National Park

Mamukala Wetlands Walk Kakadu National Park

The Mamukala Wetlands Walk in Kakadu National Park is a short walk that showcases an astonishing variety of bird life.

Things to do in Kakadu National Park

Mamukala Wetlands Walk is a short, flat walk from the car park to an observation platform where large numbers of magpie geese, kites, comb-crested jacanas, cormorants, willie wagtails, purple swamp hens, finches and kingfishers can be seen in a billabong, making this one of the best birdwatching areas in Kakadu.

Things to do in Kakadu National Park

Kakadu is home to one third of Australia’s bird species, and many of whom are endemic to this region. 

Things to do in Kakadu National Park

The viewing platform is covered and has seats for sitting quietly and watching the birds and wildlife. It can be accessed by wheelchair.

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Get more information on the Mamukala Wetlands Walk.

Get information on visiting Maguk Falls.

Visit Jim Jim Falls.

See the Spectacular Jumping Crocodiles.

See some of the world’s oldest rock art at Burrungkuy (Nourlangie) Rock.

Kakadu National Park map