mataranka, bitter springs & katherine explorer
mataranka, bitter springs & katherine explorer
mataranka, bitter springs & katherine explorer
mataranka, bitter springs & katherine explorer
mataranka, bitter springs & katherine explorer

Mataranka, Bitter Springs & Katherine Explorer

The tropical hub of Darwin is yours to explore at your leisure from the well-located DoubleTree by Hilton Esplanade Darwin before venturing south along the open road to Katherine to explore this beautiful part of the country including Nitmiluk (Katherine) Gorge, Mataranka and Bitter Springs, all while staying at the relaxing Nitmiluk Cabins. Also included is a deeper discovery of this ancient region with a 2 hour gorge cruise, for a truly unforgettable Katherine encounter.


Tour Inclusions


  • 2 night stay (1 night pre and 1 night post) in Darwin at the DoubleTree by Hilton Esplanade Darwin in a guest room including daily breakfast, DoubleTree cookie per person, 
  • 3 night stay in Katherine at Nitmiluk Cabins in a 1 bedroom cabin.

And, all bookings for this package include the following:

  • 6 day car hire compact 5 door 2WD auto with unlimited kilometres^.
  • 2 hour NitNit Dreaming 2 Gorge Cruise with guided commentary.

Please be aware flights are not included in the package price. However please speak to one of our NT Now Travel specialists for the best available fares at the time of booking.

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Per person twin share

Valued up to $1,034

Book with deposit* $100 pp

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The DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Esplanade Darwin is located next to the Darwin Entertainment Centre and overlooks the palm-lined esplanade, with stunning ocean views also available from select rooms. All rooms have been newly refurbished, and the hotel also boasts the largest outdoor swimming pool in Darwin, as well as free WiFi, a fitness room and beauty salon. While being located on the esplanade, the DoubleTree is also within walking distance of many Darwin hotspots, eateries and shopping areas. A later check out time of 1pm will also mean a relaxing end to your stay in Darwin.

The Nitmiluk Cabins - 1 or 2 bedrooms- are centrally positioned below the escarpment entrance just 600 metres to the departure point for boat tours, canoes and several short circuit walks. Sit back and relax on your generous balcony, where wallabies and other wildlife can be observed wandering freely by, or take pleasure in a cool drink and snack around the resort style pool, the perfect place to unwind after a day's exploring. The Jatti pool restaurant is open from April to October.

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!

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.

Package terms

On sale until 30 June 2024. For travel until 31 March 2025. Pricing based on DoubleTree Esplanade Hotel Darwin for travel 1 December 2024 to 28 February 2025 and seasonal supplements apply outside of these dates. Some inclusions may be closed over public holidays. Prices and inclusions are correct as of 2 April 2024 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%), Damage Liability with a $0 excess on passenger vehicles, Single vehicle accidents that occur between sunset and sunrise when driving at night outside a city or town limits will void the damage liability cover, Compulsory Third Party Insurance, Contact Fee, Vehicle Registration Recovery Fee, Additional Drivers, Premium Location Fee, this product is available for renters aged 25+. National Park entry fees are not included. Please note: road closures may be in place due to inclement weather, for up to date information visit 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 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.

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