Jenny - staying in Beach Escape.....
We ended up getting our car hire thru Discover Australia - talk about an experience trying to sort it out - some of the car companies won't cover you if you drive the car outside the city limits between dusk & dawn, & gee there's a lot of misinformation about sealed vs unsealed roads. See this link http://www.discoveraustralia.com.au/car-hire/
We drove out to Katherine at 6am in the morning from Darwin, to reach the Cutta Cutta caves at 9.30am. Tours run on the hour starting from 9am till 3pm, except there is no tour at 12pm, price for adults $16.00 and children $8.00, please note there is no eftpos and is cash only. Arrive 10 minutes before tour starts. Takes aprox 20mins to drive from Katherine to the Caves. (to drive from the Caves to the Gorge its aprox 50mins)
We headed straight out to the Caves for the 10am tour. The Caves are very nice, a very good experience. I would definitely recommend taking along a torch or 2, as it is quite dark and only the tour guide has a torch. There are small lights along the path, but I saw that without a torch you miss out on seeing a lot of the features in the cave. I had to use my mobile phone light as did most of the other people in the tour.
I would definitely recommend pre-booking the Katherine Gorge cruise. I went on the “Timeless Land” 1pm, 3.5- 4hr, 3 Gorge cruise where you get to stop for a swim for about 40mins, it was really good, the water was beautiful. They have cold water on board the boat and refreshments at the waterhole– which was great!
If we hadn’t booked the cruise beforehand we would have missed out. When we got out there (12pm) all the cruises where full and a lot of people around us were disappointed. I think if you can try and plan ahead it will make your trip more enjoyable.
It takes 2.5 - 3hrs to drive from Darwin down to Katherine, the Adelaide River Homestead has a dinner buffet for $10 which is really good for an outback stop along the way. From Katherine to the Gorge it’s aprox 30mins.
Check the tour times as the they advertised a tour at 11am on the internet and when I rang the information centre they told me that it had been cancelled and was only running at 1pm. If you want to book any tours and to get really good information and helpful advice call or email the tourist information centre in Darwin or go in there when you arrive. They are situated near the Darwin Mall.
Phone: 08 8980 6000 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Click on this link below for other tour times and information.
Edith falls and Mataranka are other nice places visit while down in Katherine, although I didn’t get there – we ran out of time.
Mataranka has natural hot springs that you can swim in.
I hope this information is helpful to everyone!
I went out to Kakadu today, it was a very long drive 3hrs each way. I would recommend staying out there overnight if possible, that way you won’t be rushed. If you are wanting to go on the yellow water cruise – book your tickets before you go. We got out there and the boat was full – missed out ! There are a lot of tour buses that book all the seats on the boats, so make sure you try and book in advance!
I would recommend going to Nourlangie Rock, it is very nice, beautiful scenery and you can take some great photos. Don’t go there in the middle of the day, as it is too hot, I would recommend after 3pm or in the morning – unless it’s a really cool day.
The Katherine Gorge and Litchfield Park are very nice. I may even say better than Kakadu, but if you go to them all you will not regret it. The waterfalls at Litchfield are spectacular and have fantastic areas for swimming and BBQ’s or picnics.
I am going out to the Katherine Gorge in a few days as well, I think we are going to pre-book the cruise tickets for that too – just in case!
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