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

Take to the skies

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. 

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

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

Travel tip

Don’t be intimidated by the idea of an outback road trip. 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

Culture fix

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 or a woomera.

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

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