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Katherine Day Tour from Darwin including Katherine Gorge Cruise

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Katherine Day Tour from Darwin including Katherine Gorge Cruise
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Take a full-day detour from Darwin to explore the beautiful natural playground of Katherine Gorge. Cruise between ancient sandstone cliffs for an up-close perspective of Aboriginal rock art and crocodiles lounging on the riverbanks. Take a dip in a natural swimming hole at the base of Edith Falls, and recharge with a delicious picnic lunch. Get a glimpse of local cattle culture on a coach tour of Katherine, and pass through the historic gold mining town of Pine Creek.
  • Katherine Gorge day tour from Darwin
  • Visit Adelaide River War Cemetery
  • Take a swim at Edith Falls
  • Delicious lunch
  • Enjoy a 2-hour cruise through Katherine Gorge
  • See crocodiles sunning on the banks of the river
  • Tour the township of Katherine the hub of the cattle and farming industries

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

This comprehensive coach tour visits Katherine’s top sights and includes a cruise on Katherine Gorge.
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Super comfortable luxury vehicle including: free wifi, in seat USB, air conditioning and W/C
Professional Local Guide
Learn all about the spectacular Top End with your expert local guide
Pickup from selected Darwin hotels. Pick up locations appear in a drop down box at time of booking
2 hour Nit Nit Dreaming Katherine Gorge Cruise
Lunch at Katherine Gorge in a setting overlooking the Katherine River; dietary needs catered for
Swimming opportunity at Edith Falls (conditions permitting)
Food and drink unless stated

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6:30 AM
Hotel pick-ups commence prior to the tour start time. Please refer to your voucher for your hotel pick-up time or call AAT Kings on 1300 228 546. You will be collected from the hotel you have selected in the down list. If you wish to change your pick-up location, you must call AAT Kings at least 24 hrs prior to travel. If your hotel does not appear on the dropdown list, AAT Kings does not pick-up from your hotel. Please phone AAT Kings to arrange an alternate pick-up time and location.
Nestled in the rocky wilderness of Nitmiluk National Park, Katherine Gorge is one of the Northern Territory’s natural treasures. After early morning pickup at your Darwin hotel, travel via comfortable coach approximately 3 hours inland while your knowledgeable guide shares commentary on the passing landscape. Stop to stretch your legs and pay tribute to fallen World War II soldiers at the Adelaide River War Cemetery. 

Once inside the park, take a refreshing swim in the natural rock pool at the base of Edith Falls (weather conditions permitting). Enjoy a picnic lunch amidst the serene and picturesque surroundings. 

In the afternoon, embark on a 2-hour cruise down the river that winds between the sheer sandstone cliffs of Katherine Gorge. Learn about the area’s geologic history from your guide, and catch a glimpse of ancient Aboriginal rock art on the gorge walls. Keep an eye out for native wildlife including turtles, colorful birds and even crocodiles sunning on the riverbanks!

Hop back on the coach for a brief tour of the township of Katherine, heart of the Northern Territory’s cattle and agricultural industries. On the return drive to Darwin, pass through the historic gold mining town of Pine Creek and stop in Adelaide Creek for dinner at a local restaurant (own expense). Your full-day tour concludes with drop-off at your Darwin hotel in the evening.
Stop At:  
Adelaide River War Cemetery
• Stop at the Adelaide River War Cemetery, dedicated to those who lost their lives in the north of Australia during WWII
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Edith Falls
Visit Leliyn (Edith Falls), where during the dry season you can take a refreshing swim in the waterhole beneath the falls
Duration: 45 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Nitmiluk Visitor Center
Enjoy lunch here and browse through the Nitmiluk Visitor Centre and see photographs, memorabilia and traditional Aboriginal artefacts
Duration: 45 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Nitmiluk (Katherine) Gorge
On your two-hour cruise through the 70-metre-high sandstone walls of Katherine Gorge, keep your eyes peeled for freshwater crocodiles, wonderful birdlife and amazing scenery.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travelers can participate
  • During the booking process you will be required to choose your hotel pick-up details. If your hotel does not appear in the drop down list the supplier does not pick-up from your hotel and you will be required to contact the supplier to arrange a suitable alternative
  • Guests that require a wheelchair are welcome on our tours providing they are accompanied by an able-bodied companion and do not require special assistance from the supplier to embark and disembark the vehicle. Wheelchairs will be stored under the vehicle whilst in transit. If travelling with a wheelchair, you must contact the supplier at least 72hrs prior to departure to ensure your wheelchair can be accommodated.
  • If travelling with an infant that requires a stroller, you must contact the supplier at least 72hrs prior to departure to ensure the can be accommodated.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • Special diertary requirements must be advised prior to travel to ensure your needs are catered for at lunch
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 50 travelers
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What is the policy on sanitization during Katherine Day Tour from Darwin including Katherine Gorge Cruise?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Katherine Day Tour from Darwin including Katherine Gorge Cruise.
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Katherine Day Tour from Darwin including Katherine Gorge Cruise?
A:The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
See all safety measures taken by Katherine Day Tour from Darwin including Katherine Gorge Cruise.

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Traveler Tips

  • "Good tour guide but unnecessary stop at Pines Creek on the way to gorge." See review
  • "Very long day, home at 9pm but was worth it.!" See review
  • "Suggest offer an "express tour" with coffee/drinks/ snacks/ lunch packs on board..allow for toilet breaks of course, with the sole destination being the gorges!" See review


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, May 2022
This tour is highly recommended, it’s a big day but we’ll worth it. AAT kings were great, just need a bit more time at Edith Falls and for lunch at the Nitmiluk National Park both were a little rushed but other wise a fantastic day, Katherine gorge is magnificent
Great adventure!
, May 2022
The trip was well organised & the driver was friendly, professional & had a good sense of humour. Great to see the stunning Katherine Gorge. Well worth the long day!
, May 2022
Swimming at Edith Falls very good, coach driver knowledgeable however that's a lot of kilometres in one day from Darwin. My personal preference would be wet season for the gorge. Total walking about and kilometre however not to hard.
Wouldn’t do AAT kings again, smaller groups better
, May 2022
To many people packed on bus, not enough time at stops for everyone to use facilities, purchase food, not very informative about area compared to your previous day.
Gorge is beautiful
, May 2022
Loved the gorge wasn't to fussed on the water fall or war cemetery Was not happy with our tour lady rebecca for a local lady who grew up here was not very vocal with information We asked to be dropped of near our hotel she said yesand never did My partner told her about a whistle sound up back of coach she found the problem her personal fan but put it on for the last hour of our trip so annoying Will not travel with AAT Kings tours in near future
Hearing about Aboriginal...
, Apr 2022
Hearing about Aboriginal Dreamtime and history. Adelaide River Memorial and Pub stop. Meeting people.
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Hi there, Thank you for your feedback. Jess from AAT Kings
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Beautiful Katherine Gorge - see it
, Apr 2022
Beautiful scenery, very good cruise guide, safe and knowledgeable driver, good lunch, well facilitated, clean coach. Long day drive and one unmasked passenger couching bad all the time.
Katherine Gorge was worth visiting but be prepared for a long bus trip.
, Apr 2022
Katherine Gorge was stunning. The road trip was very long and we felt that we spent the good part of the trip in the bus. Mark the driver was very informative and we could not fault his commentary and driving. Was disappointed that we could not swim at Edith Falls this should be made clearer on the swimming situation prior to booking the tour. Did not enjoy the lunch one bit and the last toilet stop was terrible.
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Hi John, Thank you very much for your feedback. I'll pass it on to relevant teams. Jess from AAT Kings
This trip is extremely...
, Apr 2022
This trip is extremely long plus despite me looking carefully through the supplied information there was no level of fitness mentioned. In Europe all trips are graded according to the amount of physical exertion used on it. 600m to and 600m back over slippery rocks to get to the gorge boat was simply too much walking for elderly or those with a disability. This should have been stated. The driver Mark was fantastic and 3 cheers for his knowledge of the tour and his terrible Irish jokes. He was great as were the three gals that were with him. Thank you
Well organised- be prepared for a long day
, Apr 2022
Well organised. Phil was a great guide. Highlight was definitely the river trip in Katherine Gorge. It’s just a very long way
icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
Thank you for your review and we are so glad that you enjoyed your time with Phil. It is indeed a long distance between Katherine & Darwin but we do try cover all of the highlights of the region into one day for those travelling short of time. Kind Regards, Jacob from AAT Kings

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