Darwin and Kathrine Explorer Including Nitmiluk National Part


Immerse yourself in the history of Darwin. From ancient Aboriginal Dreamtime stories and the pioneering spirit of the early settlers, to survival stories of WWII, the bombing of Darwin and Cyclone Tracy. Darwin’s history and heritage is vast, diverse and captivating in every way. There are a great deal of things to do in Australia’s northern capital.

Local markets are a big part of Darwin’s personality.

At the famous Mindil Beach Sunset Markets, sample international cuisine from over 60 food stalls, including Indonesian, Malaysian, Sri Lankan, Turkish, Greek, Cambodian, and Japanese just to name a few.

Known as the laksa capital of Australia, you’ll find plenty of food stalls serving up the spicy noodle soup. If you’re looking for Australian fare, look no further than the local barramundi fish or even a crocodile dish.

Enjoy dinner on the beach as you watch the sun setting into the ocean. Darwin is famous for its spectacular orange sunsets over the Arafura Sea.

After dinner, browse the art and craft stalls, then relax with a local ice-cream or mango smoothie as fire twirlers, musicians and street performers entertain the crowds.

Sense of adventure
Step outside your everyday and open your eyes to adventure.

See prehistoric crocodiles as they launch from the water to catch food on a jumping crocodile cruise. Feel how soft crocodile skin really is as you hold a baby crocodile (with its mouth safely closed).

Take a scenic flight and see waterways winding through wetlands. Savour a sunset as you sail on the sparkling blue waters of the Arafura Sea on a harbour cruise. No matter what your pace, Darwin has something for you.

Dive into the saltwater Recreation Lagoon and frolic under its fountain or just float around awhile.

Wriggle your toes in the sand, and join throngs of others lounging, under trees and shade structure, at what is probably the Top End’s cutest and safest beach. Mesh screens are in place to prevent marine stingers entering the Lagoon, and there is a stinger net providing more protection on the beach side.

For a swim with swell, buy a ticket for the Wave Lagoon, where the siren signals serious fun: twenty-minute bursts of waves perfect for tubing and boogie boarding, for kids of all ages. open 7 days a week.

Sample 7 Day Itinerary

Nitmiluk National Park

This 292,008 hectare National Park is owned by the Jawoyn Aboriginal people and jointly managed with the Parks and Wildlife Commission of the Northern Territory. Some of the park’s features include spectacular dissected sandstone country, broad valleys and numerous, significant cultural sites. The deep Nitmiluk Gorge carved through ancient sandstone by the Katherine River is the central attraction of the area, and creates a wonderful ‘natural playground’ for many activities.

For thousands of years Nitmiluk has been the foundation of the Jawoyn Aboriginal people, providing an abundance of water and food, a gallery of art and artefacts and the today it’s a living testament of ancient Aboriginal culture.

Many visitors to the Northern Territory choose to immerse themselves in the natural beauty and culture of Nitmiluk Gorge and National Park

Nitmiluk Cicada Lodge

Cicada Lodge is designed for the sophisticated traveller looking for an authentic Indigenous and

natural Australian “experience-of-a-lifetime,” in the heart of Northern Australia’s timeless north. A

sanctuary of elegant comfort, the Lodge provides a level of excellence in accommodation, service

and dining.

Cicada Lodge features 18 rooms, all of which are air conditioned and feature full length louvered

doors to private balconies. The Lodge’s award-winning restaurant offers a total dining experience.

Our guest services team are on hand to assist with any aspects of your Nitmiluk experience.

Accomodation Choices

Getting There


Airnorth flies from Darwin to Katherine 3 times a week on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Flight time is around 45mins and costs range from $300 – $500 one way. From Kathrine we can organise a transfer to the property alternative we can organise a private charter to the property

 Getting here by car
Nitmiluk National Park is a 3.5hr drive from Darwin. Simply head down the Stuart Highway until you reach Katherine. Heading along Gorge Rd, Nitmiluk National Park is the located 30mins out of Katherine. Let  Australia and Beyond Holidays organise a camper or car from Darwin.

From Katherine

The camp is approximately 30km from the town of Katherine via sealed roads

Tours in Nitmiluk

NitNit Dreaming Two Gorge Tour

Along the way cultural guides will share their knowledge about plants, animals, dreamtime stories and culture. Surrounded by the limestone escarpment, the scenery is second to none. Immerse yourself in the cultural significance and geology of the park – discover historical facts, such as how the river has been named.

Nabilil Dreaming Sunset Dinner Tour

Discover the stories and ways of the Jawoyn people against the magnificent backdrop of the Nitmiluk Gorge, changing colour with the setting sun, and concluding with the shimmering of the stars and the moon. From group celebrations to intimate getaways, the cruise has its own chef and wait staff,

 Morning Two Gorge Dawn Tour

Prior to departing on this two gorge cruise a light snack is served. Depending on the time of year it may still be dark prior to boarding, which adds to the anticipation of what lies ahead. The cruise requires guests to walk between the first and second gorge prior to boarding another boat that takes you into the second largest gorge in the gorge system.

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