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The Ultimate Top End Self Drive Experience

The tropical hub of Darwin is yours to explore at your leisure from the well-located Palms City Resort before venturing along the open road 300 kilomteres south to Katherine to explore this beautiful part of the country including Nitmiluk (Katherine) Gorge all while staying at the central ibis Styles Katherine. Next continue to the famous Mercure Crocodile Hotel, a perfect base for exploring the breathtaking wonders and rich aboriginal history of Kakadu National Park. Lastly, stay in the perfect location to explore the waterfalls and landscapes of Litchfield National Park at Litchfield Tourist Park.

Inclusions


  • 2 night stay (1 night pre and post) in Darwin at the Palms City Resort in a standard hotel room including:
    • Daily buffet breakfast
    • Free WiFi
    • Late check out to 12pm
  • 2 night stay in Katherine at the ibis Styles Katherine in a standard room including:
    • Daily breakfast
  • 2 night stay in Kakadu National Park at the Mercure Crocodile Hotel in a standard room including:
    • Daily breakfast
    • Welcome Drink
    • Late check out to 12pm
    • Porter service
  • 2 night stay at Litchfield Tourist Park in the Stockman's Cabin including:
    • Sunset nibbles plate on arrival
    • Late check out to 12pm
  • 9 day car hire^ (compact auto 5 door hatch) with unlimited kilometres

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.


8 nights from:
$1,878

Valued up to:
$2,530

Offer ends:
31 October 2019

For travel 1 October 2019 – 31 March 2020.

Choose your travel option


Itinerary


Accommodation:


Palms City Resort, winner of the Best Standard Accommodation in the NT 2015, 2016 and 2017 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 lagoon-style pool to relax in at the end of a day exploring the city.


The ibis Styles Katherine is located near the Katherine town centre and offers comfortable rooms, a restaurant, bar, pool, tennis court, powered and un-powered caravan sites, BBQ area and function room. Nearby attractions include Nitmiluk (Katherine) Gorge, Cutta Cutta Caves, Mataranka Springs, Edith Falls and historic Springvale Homestead. Spacious and contemporary, guest rooms at ibis Styles Katherine provide a comfortable space to retire to at the end of a long day of exploring.


Mercure Kakadu Crocodile Hotel is an idyllic retreat located in the wilderness of Kakadu National Park. Situated in the township of Jabiru, this hotel is the perfect base to start exploring many of Kakadu's most significant natural attractions such as Ubirr, Nourlangie, Cahills Crossing & Mamukala Wetlands. Cool off in the large outdoor pool, the perfect oasis for relaxing in between discovery tours around Kakadu before feasting on Kakadu bush tucker & gourmet dining at the Escarpment restaurant and bar (own expense).


Looking for a true top end experience? Welcome to Litchfield Tourist Park – a great base for your Litchfield National Park adventure. This is the start of the outback, the Upper Finnis River flows through our backyard, cattle and horses roam freely over our back fence, and where native birds and wildlife make their home. You will be able to soak in the landscaped gardens, natural bushland and tranquil surrounds during your stay. The café offers meals all year round, however, hours fluctuate with the seasons with hearty breakfasts to start the day and a large variety of options for lunch (own expense). Other facilities include a swimming pool, guest barbecue area and guest laundry.


What to do:


With the added benefit of car hire included, you are free to explore Katherine, Litchfield National Park and Kakadu National Park 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!


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.


Experience the stunning tropical nature of the famed Litchfield National Park. Discover the town of Batchelor (the gateway to Litchfield) and the magnificent Termite Mounds. View the double waterfalls of Florence Falls from a high vantage point and make your way down to the plunge pool below for a refreshing dip. Continue to the spectacular Tolmer Falls which is home to colonies of rare ghost and orange horseshow bats. Enjoy lunch at Litchfield Café (own expense) and visit the very popular Wangi Falls - the perfect place to end your adventure.


Bruce Munro ‘Tropical Light’

1 November 2019 – 30 April 2020


If you are visiting Darwin between 1 November 2019 and 30 April 2020 you will have the pleasure of experiencing ‘Bruce Munro Tropical Light’- an outdoor exhibition featuring 8 site specific illuminated sculptures activating Darwin’s city parks. This wondrous collection of new and existing work has been created by world renowned artist Bruce Munro, which reflect the artist’s experiences of visiting Australia and the Northern Territory. The exhibition is connected by a centralised self-guided path to wander along with each piece intended to inspire interest during the day and hold special significance when illuminated at night. ‘Bruce Munro Tropical Light’ is a free event that can be viewed at your leisure with the best viewing time onwards from 7pm till 10pm daily. The collection of illuminated sculptures is connected by a self-guided path featuring works from six local Darwin artists, creating a 2.5 km trail of art experiences.



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. The Darwin Airport Shuttle meets all domestic and international flights and departs from the front of the terminal. 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 31 October 2019. For travel 1 October 2019 until 31 March 2020. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Some inclusions may be closed over public holidays. Prices and inclusions are correct as of 12 September 2019 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+. 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 https://roadreport.nt.gov.au/road-reports. Offer may be withdrawn at any time without notice. Prices are based on 2 adults. 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.