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Kakadu National Park

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 people today.

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.

Katherine 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 lizards.