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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 day 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
  • 5 day car hire^ (compact auto 5 door hatch) with unlimited kilometres 
  • 2 night stay in Kakadu National Park at Cooinda Lodge in a standard room


  • Palms City Resort: 
    • Free daily buffet breakfast 
    • Free WiFi  
    • Free late check out to 12pm
  • Cooinda Lodge: 
    • Drink voucher upon arrival
  • Free 2 hour Yellow Water Billabong cruise
  • Free Kakadu National Park entry pass*

4 nights from:
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Summer sale price


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Offer ends:
11 Nov 2020

For travel until 31 March 2021. Advertised price based on travel from 1 November 2020 - 31 March 2021, seasonal supplements apply outside of these dates.

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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 QantasVirgin AustraliaJetstar 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.

Package terms

On sale until 11 November 2020. For travel until 31 March 2021. Advertised price based on travel 1 November 2020 - 31 March 2021.  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 24 August 2020 and may be subject to change due to availability, surcharges, fees or taxes without notice. ^Includes: unlimited kilometres, GST (Goods & Services Tax at the current rate of 10%), Ultimate Protection for Passenger Vehicles $0 Damage Recovery Fee (DRF), Premium Protection for 4WD vehicles (FFAR), DRF $1,100 for Multi Vehicle Accident, $5,500 for Single Vehicle Accidents, Compulsory Third Party Insurance and Accidental Tyre and Windscreen Damage on non 4WD vehicles, Vehicle Registration Recovery Fee, Administration Recovery Fee, Additional Drivers, Premium Location Surcharge, this product is available for renters aged 25+. *The Australian Government has announced that park entry fees will be waived for visitors to Kakadu National Park from 16 March to 31 December 2020. Visitors will still need to book a park pass however these will be available at no cost and can be booked here https://book.parksaustralia.gov.au/passes/kakadu/. The fee waiver is applied to park entry fees only. Other fees including camping remain in effect. Park entry outside of these dates will require a park entry pass to be purchased. National Park entry fees are not included unless otherwise stated. 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 deals@ntnow.com.au 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.

Summer sale conditions: Travel must be booked within the campaign period of 1 October 2020 to 31 March 2021. Travel departure must occur by, or on, 31 March 2021. Must be valued at a minimum of $1,000 per booking (inclusive of GST) before the NT Summer Sale discount is applied. Can include any bookable flight, accommodation, tour, attraction or hire vehicle inbound to, from or within the NT – the travel cannot originate in the NT and finish outside the NT unless either 80% in the NT or on the Ghan, see below point. All bookings must have a minimum of 80% of days booked in the NT. The summer sale price is listed. Intra-Territory travel by NT residents is eligible.