On this short but sweet five-day tour in the Northern Territory we drove through Kakadu and Litchfield National parks and visited the most iconic and stunning places without feeling rushed.
We did the entire trip on a 2 WD without any trouble.
Here I will share with you our itinerary. There is always room for improvements so use it as a starting point.
I would like to start with a short introduction to the Northern Territory.
The Northern Territory has two distinct seasons – the wet and the dry. The Wet season spans from November until April and is characterised by increased humidity followed by monsoonal rains and storms. Temperatures typically range from a minimum of 25C to a maximum of 33C, and humidity levels can reach in excess of 80%.
The ‘Dry’ season, from May until October, is characterised by warm, dry, sunny days and cool nights. Temperatures typically range from 21C to 32C, and the humidity levels are much lower: around 60–65%.
While weather conditions during the wet season can restrict travel to some areas, the Northern Territory remains a beautiful place to visit. We still recommend to go during the dry season as all of the rock pools have been made safe from crocodiles. Of course, some guidelines for behaviour and safety in crocodiles habitat still need to be followed.
Our itinerary map
Day 1 – From Darwin to Corroboree Billabong – 109 km
After a quick lunch in Darwin city, we drove to Corroboree Billabong. Corroboree Billabong is part of the Mary River Wetlands, home to the largest concentration of saltwater crocodiles in the world.
We booked a cruise with Corroboree Billabong Wetland Cruises www.wetlandcruises.com.au. The guide picked us up at our accommodation around 4pm (Corroboree Park Tavern) for a 2 to 3 hour sunset cruise – among saltwater crocodiles, various birds and other local species. This is great way to view the local wildlife closeup without getting your feet wet.
We spent the night at the Corroboree Park Tavern in one of the cabins out the back of the tavern. Here we weren’t greeted by luxury accommodation but it was comfortable enough for one night and relatively cheap. If you stay at Corroborree Park, or even if you are just passing through, you will have the pleasure to meet Brutus – the Salty!!
Day 2 – From Corroboree to Jabiru – 183 km
From the Tavern we drove for 2 hours to reach Jabiru. Jabiru is a town completely surrounded by Kakadu National Park – the largest National Park in Australia. Kakadu National Park is a vast wilderness that is particularly renowned for the richness of its Aboriginal cultural sites.
While in Kakadu we visited Ubirr – known for its rock art – 42 km north from Jabiru. Art is a central part of Aboriginal life and is intimately connected to land, law and religious belief – at Ubirr we were able to see first hand how this was the case – with the Aboriginal artwork depicting many of the animals and spirits that would have featured in daily Aboriginal lift.
Despite my imagination, the meaning of aboriginal symbols was sometimes hard to guess.
Below is a sample of Aboriginal symbols
Ubirr is also an amazing place to enjoy a beautiful sunset from the top of rocks.
We stayed at Kakadu lodge in Jabiru – set in tranquil tropical surrounds. I highly recommend this accommodation.
Kakadu Lodge: https://www.auroraresorts.com.au/aurora_Kakadu_Lodge/index.php
Day 3 – From Jabiru to Gunlom Falls – 176 km
3 hours drive from Jabiru, Gunlom is the magical combination of waterfall and serene plunge pools. A steep walk leads to rock pools and views of the southern hills and ridges.
Day 4 – From Gunlom Falls to Litchfield National Park – 267 km
After two amazing days in Kakadu National Park, we could not leave the Northern Territory without visiting Litchfield National Park. Litchfield is full of stunning waterfalls and natural swimming holes – even more than in Kakadu National Park.
Our first stop, Buley Rockhole. Buley Rockhole is a series of waterfalls and rock-holes. Despite the amount of people that day, we managed to find our own spot to swim and relax.
Not to be missed – below Buley Rockhole – is Florence falls, a spectacular double waterfall.
Third stop, Wangi Falls. You have the choice to access the falls straight from the car park or you can go on a 15min tropical bush walk where you can spot some eagles and other local wildlife.
To end the day nicely, we went to The Cascades, only 7km away from Wangi Falls.
After a nice tropical bush walk, we ended up in a nice rock pool with different levels. The place was very quiet at that time, probably not as touristic as Buley Rockhole or Florence Falls.
On the way to those beautiful places, you will pass by some of the tallest termite mounds. It’s really worth a look.
As you can see, both termites mounds have different shapes. One is called a Cathedral termite mound and the second one, the flat one, is called a magnetic termite mound.
Please follow the link below for some information about those termite mounds:
Day 5 – From Litchfield to Berry Springs natural park
Every journey eventually comes to an end but we ended ours on a high note. Berry Springs is a beautiful park to cool off and relax in close to Darwin. It consists of three clear swimming pools surrounded by trees and aquatic life.
I haven’t had the chance to take my camera with me to Berry Springs so here I have included a photo I found on the internet just to illustrate what we saw.
So, that is it! I hope you enjoyed my brief summary of our trip. And perhaps I have inspired you to visit this part of the world yourself!
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