Kakadu In Depth Self Drive
Experience the magical paradise of Kakadu National Park and the relaxed city of Darwin in your own time. With 5 days car hire included you have the freedom to explore all that Darwin has to offer in local attractions, historical sights and must-do local markets while based at the tropical Palms City Resort. Cruise the stunning Yellow Water Billabong during your stay at Cooinda Lodge, in Kakadu National Park, and explore the ancient Aboriginal rock art, abundant wildlife and incredible natural beauty of the largest National Park in Australia.
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- 2 night stay (1 night pre and post) in Darwin at the Palms City Resort in a standard hotel room including:
- Daily breakfast
- Free WiFi
- Late check out to 12pm
- 5 day car hire with unlimited kilometres^
- 2 night stay in Kakadu National Park at Cooinda Lodge in a standard room including daily breakfast
- Kakadu National Park pass
- 2 hour Yellow Water Billabong cruise
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.
Cooinda Lodge Kakadu is the gateway to the Yellow Water Billabong. The village style property is located beneath a canopy of trees beside Yellow Water Billabong, home to world-renowned Yellow Water Cruises, where crocodiles and birds are seen on the flood plain amongst Paperbark, Pandanus and Fresh Water Mangroves. The lodge offers an inviting shaded swimming pool, bistro-style dining, bars, petrol station and a store that offers locally made crafts as well a wide range of essentials for touring.
What to do:
With the added benefit of car hire included you are free to explore Darwin and Kakadu National Park at your leisure. Welcome to the largest National Park in Australia - Kakadu! Here you’ll find a magical natural paradise just waiting to be explored. Covering nearly 20,000 square kilometres of exceptional natural beauty and unique biodiversity, Kakadu National Park is teeming with wildlife, home to important Aboriginal rock art sites, and diverse and exotic landscapes. This has earned it a World Heritage listing for both its cultural and natural values and draws travellers from around the world to visit its rich natural beauty and abundance of native wildlife. Visit the Bowali Visitor Centre to make the most of your time self-driving through this huge park.
Join us for a 2 hour Yellow Water Billabong cruise during this majestic time of day. Cruise Kakadu's most famous wetland at dawn and see the billabong come alive. Located at the end of the Jim Jim Creek, Yellow Water is part of the South Alligator River system. This river system is unique as it is included in its entirety within a UNESCO World Heritage listed National Park.
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 1 November 2021. For travel until 31 March 2022. Pricing based on travel 1 November 2021 to 31 March 2022. Seasonal supplements apply outside of these dates. Blackout dates may apply and some inclusions may be closed over public holidays. Prices and inclusions are correct as of 30 April 2021 and may be subject to change due to availability, surcharges, fees or taxes without notice. ^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.
NT Summer Sale bookings must meet the following criteria in order to be eligible:
1. Every traveller 18 years and over within each booking must provide a digital certificate issued by the Australian Government which states the individual to whom the certificate is issued has received all required COVID-19 vaccinations.
2. Travel must be booked within the campaign period of 1 October 2021 to 31 March 2022.
3. Travel departure must occur by or on 31 March 2022.
4. The booking must be valued at a minimum of $1,000 (inclusive of GST) to qualify for the NT Summer Sale discount.
5. The booking can include any bookable flight, accommodation, tour, attraction or hire vehicle inbound to, or within the NT.
6. All bookings must have a minimum of 80% of the total product value spent in the NT.
7. Intra-territory travel by vaccinated NT residents is eligible. Discount will not apply to interstate travel components for NT residents.
8. Full conditions can be found here.