Bitter Springs, Elsey National Park, NT © Tourism NT, Jason Charles Hill

5-day Darwin to Katherine road trip 

5-day Darwin to Katherine road trip 

Darwin, NT © Tourism Australia

Street art in Darwin, Northern Territory © Tourism Australia

Unmissable experience

NT Air exclusively operates helicopter flights into Litchfield, and can take you from its Batchelor hangar to secret (and croc-safe) swimming spots inaccessible by road. 

Dark blue arrow
Wangi Falls against red cliffs in Litchfield National Park © Tourism NT/Lucy Ewing

Wangi Falls, Litchfield National Park, Northern Territory © Tourism NT/Lucy Ewing 

Dark blue arrow

Did you know?

The road from Darwin to Katherine is quite accessible and distances are reasonable – you don’t even need a 4WD.

Bitter Springs, Mataranka, NT © Tourism NT

Bitter Springs, Mataranka, Northern Territory © Tourism NT

Top tip

Immerse yourself in Katherine’s ancient culture with a visit to Top Didj Cultural Experience and Art Gallery just outside of town. Create dot paintings and learn how to wield a boomerang.

Dark blue arrow
Katherine Gorge, NT © Tourism NT/Jason Charles Hill

Katherine Gorge, Northern Territory © Tourism NT/Jason Charles Hill

Umbrawarra Gorge Nature Park, NT © Tourism NT/Lachlan Gardiner

Umbrawarra Gorge Nature Park, Northern Territory © Tourism NT/Lachlan Gardiner

For more information about road trips in the Northern Territory, go to