This may be found about a 3 hour drive to the east of Darwin down
the Arnhem Highway. The park involves the flood
plains between the Wildman and the Alligator Rivers, which empty
into Van Diemen Gulf to the north. It is bordered by the Arnhem
Land escarpment, where the stunning waterfalls of Jim Jim and Twin
Falls cascade 100's of feet into crystal clear rock pools below.
At Ubirr (Obiri Rock) and Nourlangie Rock are spectacular
galleries of Aboriginal rock painting, many dating back over 20,000
years. These paintings show mythical and spiritual figures and an
ancient lifestyle which still holds great importance for the Aboriginal
Within the park there are
many resort style hotels and a number of camping and caravan sites
from which to explore this beautiful area. Several creeks, rivers
and billabongs provide brilliant fishing, particularly for the much
prized barramundi, which is found in abundance here. Thousands of
birds inhabit the wetlands, over 275 species, and wildlife abounds
throughout the year.
Aerial tours over
the Arnhem Land escarpment depart daily and local fishing trips
can be simply arranged. An admired way to explore the waterways
is on a boat cruise on the South Alligator River or scenic Yellow
Water, giving access to nature at its best.
It is possible to spot crocodiles basking on the riverbanks, and
the graceful jabiru (Australia’s only stork) wading between
the water lilies. Kakadu National Park is the habitat
for all wildlife common to Northern Australia and as such provides
a diverse and thrilling experience in the tropical Top End. Tours
and safaris from two to 21 days are available by air, coach or 4
wheel drive from Darwin.
Gorge/Nitmiluk National Park
The township of Katherine is in the area known
as the ‘Never Never’ about 350 kilometres (220 miles)
southeast of Darwin. This is pioneer territory, made famous by Mrs
Aeneas Gunn in her book We of the Never Never. Katherine Gorge,
some 30 kilometres (20 miles) northeast of the town, is 1 of Australia’s
great natural wonders and the famous boat cruises through the spectacular
gorges, towering up to 60 metres (200 feet) high, are a highlight
of any visit to the region.
There are in fact, 13 gorges and each has its own
shimmering colours and fascinating outcrops, steep canyon walls
above cool, blue waters. Marked walking tracks are well maintained
for easy access to features of curiosity in the park.
Swimming, canoeing, and boat tours are all available (May to September)
along with scenic helicopter rides over the gorges. There is a good
range of accommodation both in the town and Nitmiluk National
Parks, caravanners and campers are also well catered for.
Litchfield National Park
Only 1 and a half hours drive south of Darwin, Litchfield
National Park is ideal for day trips or can be included
in longer tours of the Top End. 6 waterfalls provide the main attraction
of the park. Other attractions include rainforest, bush walks, spring
fed streams, weathered sandstone formations, impressive cathedral
termite mounds and wildlife, such as birds, wallabies, possums and