First Leg Darwin to Katherine
Time: 3 hours 20 minutes
Distance: 320 km
Welcome to Darwin, the capital of Australia’s Northern Territory! With a population of just over 130,000, this city is a must-see for anyone looking for a true Australian experience. Darwin is the gateway to Kakadu National Park, it has stunning bicentennial gardens, and access to Museums and Art Galleries. The popular waterfront destination is considered Australia’s only tropical city.
After you’ve explored everything there is to see in Darwin, head south on the National Highway 1 again. This will bring you to Katherine on the edge of the Kakadu National Park. Katherine is known for its hot springs, something that everyone should experience in their lifetime. Nitmiluk Gorge is also a must-do side trip, just a 30-minute drive into the national park from Katherine. Also, if you’re a waterfall love, it’s worth stopping off on the way to visit the majestic Edith Falls.