Barunga Festival Self Drive from Darwin to Katherine
The tropical hub of Darwin is yours to explore at your leisure from the well-located Palms City Resort before venturing south along the open road to Katherine to explore this beautiful part of the country including Nitmiluk (Katherine) Gorge all while staying at the relaxing Knotts Crossing Resort. Enjoy the much-loved Barunga Festival, a three day celebration of remote Indigenous Australia and an exciting program of music, culture, arts and more. Also included is a deeper discovery of this ancient region with a 2 hour gorge cruise, a fun outback horse riding lesson and a helicopter flight over 13 stunning gorges within Nitmiluk National Park. A truly unforgettable Katherine encounter.
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- 2 night stay (1 night pre and 1 night post) in Darwin at the Palms City Resort in a standard hotel room including:
- Daily breakfast
- Free WiFi
- Late check out to 12pm
- 3 night stay in Katherine at Knotts Crossing Resort in a standard motel room including
- Daily breakfast
- 6 day car hire^ with unlimited kilometres
- Half Hour Horse Ride Experience* with Katherine Outback Experience including:
- attraction entry
- free parking
- Tom Curtain’s Golden Guitar winning Album ‘Territory Time’ (one per booking)
- riding helmet, horse, saddle and equipment provided
- 2 hour NitNit Dreaming 2 Gorge Cruise with guided commentary
- 30 minute Katherine Gorge Helicopter Tour flying over all 13 gorges
Please be aware flights are not included in the package price and should not be booked until your package has been confirmed. However please speak to one of our NT Now Travel Specialists for the best available fares at the time of booking.
Palms City Resort, winner of the Best Standard Accommodation in the NT for the last 5 years in the 2015 - 2019 Brolga Awards, provides a tropical paradise in the vibrant city of Darwin. Thanks to its 2015 refurbishment, the resort provides modern, comfortable rooms with a splash of tropical colour and airiness that oozes relaxation. Throughout the establishment the tropical ambience envelops its guests thanks to lush gardens, cute bungalows and light colours with wooden accents. It also has a 24-hour reception desk, breakfast café, luggage storage, WiFi and a newly renovated lagoon-style pool to relax in at the end of a day exploring the city.
Welcome to Knotts Crossing Resort, in the picturesque Katherine region of Australia's Northern Territory. Rooms are serviced daily, with fresh linen once a week, and there are two guest laundries. We also have a convenience kiosk and ATM on-site. The grasslands and rocky outcrops of the Territory’s northern savannah form the theme for the resort’s delightful Savannah Bar & Restaurant, serving delicious cooked, continental and buffet breakfasts every day. You can also enjoy al fresco dining at the licensed bar attached to the Savannah Bar & Restaurant near the main pool. The resort has two swimming pools and three outdoor barbecue areas.
What to do:
With the added benefit of car hire included you are free to explore Katherine at your leisure. The third largest town in the Northern Territory, Katherine, is your gateway to exploring, situated on the banks of the Katherine River which flows through to Nitmiluk (Katherine) Gorge. Katherine holds a rich history in indigenous art, World War II and the Overland Telegraph Line which are easily accessible throughout the town or its museums. The majesty of Nitmiluk National Park, incorporating 13 beautiful gorges including the renowned Nitmiluk (Katherine) Gorge, needs to be seen to be believed. And there are a number of ways to explore this incredible bucket-list experience including on-foot, cruising, by air or canoeing!
The National award-winning Tourist Attraction including the NT’s Best Tourist Attraction for the last two years, Katherine Outback Experience, is excited to provide a 1/2 hour horse riding experience for beginners with riders to ride one of our horses that will be matched to your skill level. Not only are these lessons/ experiences educational, but they are great for fitness, leisure and building confidence. It is proven that animals can help alleviate stress, anxiety, depression and feelings of loneliness and social isolation. Animals may very well be the medicine we all need to get us through the current times.
Jump aboard for the best seats in the house on this 30 minute Katherine Gorge Helicopter Tour. This flight includes ALL 13 of the stunning sandstone Gorges within the Nitmiluk National Park. Departing from Katherine, you will not be disappointed as we cruise towards the Mouth of the Gorge keeping our eyes peeled for Outback NT wildlife as well as pointing out the Katherine Township and River.
Departing several times a day the NitNit Dreaming 2 gorge cruise is one of our most popular tours. A boat will take you to the end of the first gorge, where you will experience the beauty of the large boulders, rock pools and sands that make up the crossover to the second gorge. 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. This tour is a great insight into Nitmiluk, where you will learn from our passionate tour guides. There’s always something new to discover on every tour.
Barunga Festival 11-13 June 2021
If you seek something different, Barunga Festival may be of interest to you. Running 11-13 June 2021, this is an iconic event on the national festival calendar. Barunga Festival boasts a long and proud tradition of celebrating the best of remote Indigenous Australia. This much-loved Territory festival attracts a 4000-strong audience of Indigenous and non-Indigenous people from all over the world who descend upon the small remote community to camp and take part in a program of music, sport, traditional arts and cultural activities over the 3-day long weekend in June each year, welcomed by the traditional owners. Barunga Festival has a strong history of showcasing the Katherine region and supporting remote indigenous communities to come together and celebrate the positive aspects of community life. Visitors of all ages are encouraged to join in the festivities and enjoy this unique opportunity to engage with a remote Indigenous community. Tickets are not included in this package and are available to purchase here.
Location & how to get there
Darwin International Airport (darwinairport.com.au) is serviced by many Domestic and Regional airline carriers including Qantas, Virgin Australia, Jetstar and Air North. Flights mainly operate out of Australia’s capital cities and generally take between 3 – 4 hours.
The airport is about a 15-minute drive from the centre of town. Car hire is available from the counters close to the baggage carousels. There are also plenty of taxis available at the airport cab rank and private transfers can be pre-booked.
Darwin can also be reached by The Ghan, from Adelaide or Alice Springs, with trains arriving weekly on Tuesdays. While the rail station is situated a short drive from the city centre, free transfers are offered to all passengers.
For those driving there are a number of entry ways to access Darwin. Most roads are sealed however some are for the more adventurous 4 wheel drivers. If you are coming from Queensland the best route to take is the Overlander’s Way / Barkly Highway from Mt Isa. If you are leaving from Cairns you can take the Savannah Way which is a rugged, unsealed road which crosses the top of Australia from Cairns to Broome. You can also use the Savannah Way as an access from Western Australia. Other roads leading from WA to Darwin include the Tanami Road that runs across the Tanami Desert and to the north the Butine Highway. The drive from South Australia is especially scenic as you follow the Explorer’s Way through Coober Pedy and past the major centres of Alice Springs, Tennant Creek and Katherine before arriving in Darwin.
On sale until 30 April 2021. For travel 10-15 June 2021. Some inclusions may be closed over public holidays. Prices and inclusions are correct as of 31 March 2021 and may be subject to change due to availability, surcharges, fees or taxes without notice. *Groups are generally limited to 4 Riders. Special requests can be made to increase groups to 6 Riders. All Riders must have a reasonable level of mobility to get on and off the horse unassisted (children can be lifted on and off) and must be able to follow instruction. Minimum age is 3 years old. Maximum weight is 120kg. Please advise if you are over 90kg at time of booking so we can allocate the best suited horse. No more than one person per horse (i.e. a child cannot ride with an adult on the same horse). A Katherine Outback Experience Team member will determine if a Rider needs to be on lead-line or if they can ride independently. ^Car hire includes unlimited kilometres, GST (Goods & Services Tax at the current rate of 10%), Super Collision Damage Waiver (SCDW) with Zero Excess on Passenger vehicles and $990 Excess on 4wd Vehicles, Compulsory Third Party Insurance, Vehicle Registration Recovery Fee, Additional Drivers, Premium Location Surcharge, this product is available for renters aged 25+. Please note: road closures may be in place due to inclement weather, for up to date information visit https://roadreport.nt.gov.au/road-reports. Offer may be withdrawn at any time without notice. Prices are based on per person twin share. Please contact us on 1800 854 897 or email@example.com to enquire. Airfares and transfers are additional unless otherwise specified. For full terms and conditions and details on our refund policy, view our booking conditions. E&OE.