3 Day Guided Tour of Kakadu and Katherine

On this guided tour, you will travel through the cultural, historical and geographical landmark locations of Kakadu and Katherine.

3 Day Guided Tour of Kakadu and Katherine

Private tours are subject to a quote

This Top End Experience will immerse you in Australia’s spectacular North. On this guided tour, you will travel through the cultural, historical and geographical landmark locations. We will delve into the stories and the natural wonders of the region. Activities include bushwalking, scenic lookouts, exploring ancient rock art sites, cultural and wildlife cruises, swimming and hearing about the cultural stories and traditions. You will see for miles over Wetlands, Savannah Woodlands, Stone Country and Escarpment. You will witness the uniqueness of our tropical ecosystems and hear how we have worked with the land and elements in the Northern Territory for centuries. Offroad Dreaming share their knowledge of combined decades of experience in the area and we have the opportunity to join specialist activities where specific cultural, geographical and historical information is a valuable addition to your itinerary.


Day One
  • Ubirr and Nadab Lookout
  • Guluyambi Cultural Cruise
Overnight: Kakadu, Jabiru, Anbinik Resort , camping Mardukal
Day Two
  • Maguk (Barramundi Gorge)
  • Leliyn (Edith Falls)
Overnight Katherine, Contour Hotel, camping Edith Falls
Day Three
  • Nitmiluk Gorge Cruise
  • Katherine Hot Springs
  • Adelaide River Township
  • Return Darwin

Private multi-day tour details

  • National Park entry fees
  • Permits
  • Chilled drinking water and snacks
  • Picnic lunch
  • Pick up from your Darwin accommodation at the start of the tour
  • Return to your accommodation at the end of the tour
  • Transport in a private, fully licensed, and permitted tour vehicle
  • Private and public activities as per itinerary
  • Guided tour of each location on your itinerary
  • Breakfast except for Day One
  • Dinners around the fire, except last day
  • Tent
  • Camping chair
  • Bath towel
  • Hand torch
  • Purpose built off-road camping trailer
  • Swag (Australian sleeping canvas covering with mattress included)
  • Sleeping bag
  • Pillow
  • Pillow case
  • Sleep sheet
  • Cooking equipment
  • Serveware for meals
  • More spacious tents
  • Stretcher to raise the swag mattress off the ground
  • Dual layer swag mattress
  • Eco sleeping bag
  • Eco luxury bed linens
  • Eco pillow
  • Eco cooking equipment
  • Ergonomic camping chair
  • Functional and decorative lighting
  • Room and breakfast is included
  • Restaurant evening meal is at your own expense
  • Swimwear
  • Swim towel
  • Walking shoes
  • Refillable water bottle
  • Sun hat and Sunscreen 30+
  • Insect repellent
  • Day pack for walks
  • A light warm jumper for cool nights
  • Lightweight waterproof clothing during the Shoulder Wet Season months (typically March, April, September and October)
  • Luggage approximately 15kg, preferably soft bag
  • Transport in well-maintained air-conditioned vehicle, with tinted windows for comfort and UV protection
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Breakfast Day One
  • Dinner last day
  • Restaurant evening meals (unless otherwise stated)Incidentals eg fresh coffee at comfort stops
  • Flights to and from Darwin
  • Pre and post-tour overnight accommodation
  • Travel insurance
Day One
After an early morning start, we leave Darwin behind and cross the Adelaide River Floodplain, travelling East towards the UNESCO World Heritage Listed Kakadu National Park. Our first comfort stop is at Corroboree Park Tavern, where we will see the true spirit of the Top End Outback culture. We continue our journey into Kakadu along the Arnhem Highway and stop by the South Alligator River and spot wildlife that makes this mighty waterway their home.
After crossing the river, we arrive at the Mamukala Wetlands. An easy walk through the bush takes us to a bird hide situated right on the edge of the wetlands. Here there is a view and the potential of spotting some of the many bird species recorded in Kakadu.  You can stop here under shelter and sit on the fixed benches, as you look through to spot birdlife abundant in this wetlands habitat. You can read about the many seasons the region transforms through.
A distance further, Gunbalanya Road, leads up into the North Eastern region of the park and takes us to Ubirr Rock. At the picnic benches and tables, your Guide will prepare and serve a freshly made, wholesome buffet-style lunch.  After lunch, your guide leads you on a walk through the ancient, multi-level rock formations and through the rock art shelters, sharing their creation stories as you go. These shelters host some of the most outstanding rock art in the world and have significant importance to the Buninj clan. Climbing all the way to the top of the levels will give you a spectacular 360’ view over the Wetlands and Floodplains.
After letting the vastness of this Region sink in, we return to ground level and to the vehicle for a short drive to the East Alligator River.  The East Alligator River is a natural border between Kakadu and Western Arnhem Land and here we meet our Bininj Guide, for the culturally guided Guluyambi cruise.  Your Guide will share with you, first-hand knowledge of living along the river, and how the Bininj has worked with life along the river for thousands of years.
On return from your cruise, we travel to your campsite or hotel, where we will have time to check in or set up camp and enjoy an evening meal and a good night's sleep.
Camping Only - Mardugal Campground. Meals included Lunch, campsite dinner, morning and afternoon snacks Hotel Only - Cooinda. Lunch, morning and afternoon snacks
Day Two
After breakfast this morning, we pack up camp/ check out and travel South along the Kakadu Highway to Maguk (Barramundi Gorge). From the Highway an unsealed road leads us through a tall stand of eucalyptus, opening up to an impressive display of large Cathedral Termite Mounds, before arriving at the parking area for Maguk. From here we prepare for a walk and swim. The walk is approximately two kilometres return, along the creek, through a monsoonal and paperbark forest and over the rocky banks of the creek. We will spend our time swimming in the pristine spring-fed waters of Maguk, a large elongated plunge pool, sitting between the tall gorge walls and beneath a waterfall.
After immersing yourself in the natural beauty of Maguk, we will make the walk back to the parking area, where your Guide will prepare and serve a fresh, wholesome picnic, buffet-style lunch.
After lunch, we make our way out of Kakadu towards Pine Creek, a historical old Gold Mining town, where we will stretch our legs and take a quick comfort stop before continuing South, as we follow the Stuart Highway into the Northern Western region of Nitmiluk National Park.
We will spend the rest of the afternoon at Leliyn (Edith Falls).  Edith Falls is known as Leliyn in the local Aboriginal Jawoyn language and is situated in the northwestern region of Nitmiluk National Park.  Edith Falls is a series of cascading waterfalls and rock pools. The lower pool is vast and magnificent to see.  We will take the 30-minute walking trail that leads to the upper rock pools, where we will spend our time swimming and exploring these connecting rock pools, fed from the main waterfall itself.
Camping only:  We will stay in the Katherine Region for our overnight stay.  We locate ourselves in the Edith Falls campground where we set up camp and enjoy another campsite-cooked dinner.
Hotel only:  We will drive to the Contour Resort Hotel to check into our rooms.  Hotel guests will sample their accomplished menu in the hotel restaurant and experience their genuine customer service.  (Restaurant dinner is at your own expense)
Meals Included: Breakfast & Lunch, morning and afternoon snacks Camping only - Evening meal is included. Overnight: Katherine, Contour Resort, or Edith Falls Campground
Day Three
After breakfast this morning, we travel East from Katherine and re-enter the Nitmiluk National Park.  This morning we join the Nit Nit Dreaming cruise through the Nitmiluk Gorge, in the Southern Region of the Park.  Here the mighty Katherine River runs off the Arnhem Land plateau and out into the low country, carving and sculpting the Nitmiluk Gorge.  The magnificent cliff facing is the backdrop for your cruise this morning.   On return from your cruise, we will travel back through Katherine to the Hot Springs.  The Katherine Region hosts a number of these naturally forming thermal pools.  These thermal springs are situated on the banks of the Katherine River and consist of a series of clear pools framed by native vegetation. A swim here is not only relaxing but also rejuvenating. This is a spot for travellers and Top End locals alike, to immerse in the wonders of nature and enjoy the Tropical lifestyle.  While you are relaxing in the springs, your Guide will be preparing your buffet lunch, for you to enjoy by the side of the pools.   After lunch, we begin the journey back North, along the Stuart Highway, towards the Tropical city of Darwin.     We will stop in the historical WWII township of Adelaide River. This town is situated on the Northern Banks of the river, alongside the railway line and just off the Stuart Highway.  It was on the frontline for the defence force of Northern Australia in the 1940s and today hosts and maintains a Commonwealth cemetery and a number of significant historical and military sites.  Your Guide will walk you through this important location and share with you how the history of WWII has stayed strong with us in the Top End and how we commemorate these historical events today.   An hour and a half drive from Adelaide River and we will arrive back in Darwin City.  We will have an early evening return to your accommodation, where you can enjoy some of the City’s many restaurants combining worldwide cuisines with our local produce.

Guidelines for your travel with us here in Australia’s Top End:

Offroad Dreaming will host your visit through the Northern Territory.  Offroad Dreaming Guides will use their knowledge, training and experience, along with our exceptional customer service standards, to share some of the quality experiences and activities the Top End offers.  Our Guides are fully licensed and accredited, and first-aid qualified. They hold knowledge certification and Ochre cards where required.  All our Guides are hand selected, with appropriate experience and references.  We will work with you to find the right Guide for your group.

You will not need to bring any food with you.

We provide fresh snacks and meals based on whole food ingredients, which can be amended to cater for special dietaries when required. Chilled, filtered drinking water is provided. Please bring a refillable water bottle.

Itinerary Changes

Throughout the day, if you would like to amend the itinerary or spend more or less time at each location, please consult with your Guide, who can restructure the day as you go.


Please be aware of the walking distance of each trek and take a full water bottle with you each time. You will walk on bush tracks with loose dirt, sticks and stones. Suitable supportive footwear is recommended.

Travel Distances

Distances between locations in the Northern Territory can be vast. Itineraries are designed to minimise driving times as much as possible. Your drive will be broken up with regular comfort stops, and you are welcome to discuss additional stops with the Guide at any time. Some of our larger vehicles also have onboard toilet facilities.

The Vehicle

Offroad Dreaming has a variety of their own 2 Wheel Drive and 4 Wheel drive vehicles available for your transport. We will allocate you the most suitable vehicle depending on your group size and itinerary. We also work with other local vehicle providers when additional or extra sizes of vehicles are required. All vehicles are fully accredited, licensed, and insured to carry passengers and fitted with specific tour vehicle plates and are maintained to a high standard. Our vehicles are not wheelchair accessible.  Small walking aids can be stored in the back of the vehicle or trailer, depending on group size or vehicle.


Wildlife, such as wallabies, birds, snakes, frogs and lizards can be spotted and observed throughout the region, which is made up of Savannah Woodlands, Monsoon Forest and sandstone formations.  We do not approach wildlife but will have the opportunity to observe them in their natural habitat.  Most of our wildlife is not aggressive by nature and generally does not approach humans unless provoked.  Many species of snakes and spiders inhabit the Top End of Australia. Not all are venomous. Your Guide is trained to manage any health and safety requirements. Estuarine crocodiles do inhabit our waterways. Regular water surveys are carried out in designated swimming spots. Please observe swim safety signs at all times. Your Guide can also share safety updates.

Subject to change

Your itinerary may be subject to change due to cultural, seasonal and/ or environmental conditions. We aim to replace unavailable activities and locations with suitable alternatives.


  Our Dry Season runs from May to October, the weather is typically dry with light winds. Day time temperatures are on average mid-30s and the humidity is low, with mild nights ranging from 15-25°C. The temperatures make this time of year ideal for camping, bushwalking and enjoying dinner around the campfire. Overnight camping is only available from May to September. November to April is the Wet Season in the Top End, tropical storms bring long-awaited rain and the bush comes alive. Days can be sunny and dry and not adversely affected, however, it is monsoon season and the rains can cause localised flooding, resulting in temporary road closures.  We are given advance notice of upcoming weather events and will make appropriate amendments to your itinerary.  In extreme cases, we may have to cancel.  Temperatures can range from 20-30°C overnight and up to the high 30’s, and 40’s during the day.  Humidity levels often reach 80% or more, causing the temperature to feel hotter than it is.  During the Wet Season, we spend our nights on tour in air-conditioned accommodations. Location can dictate overnight accommodation selections.  We have campsites that are managed with Western style facilities, managed campsites with designated sites and limited facilities and bush camping. 3-5* hotel accommodation is available with some tropical resort style properties.


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