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Katherine Day Tour from Darwin including Katherine Gorge Cruise
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icon14 hours  (approx.)
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iconOffered in: English

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Overview

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 Travellers 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)
Gratuities
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.
Itinerary
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 travellers 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 travellers
  • OPERATED BY AAT Kings
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 cancelled 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.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitisation during Katherine Day Tour from Darwin including Katherine Gorge Cruise?
A:The policies on sanitisation are:

  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitised between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised
See all safety measures taken by Katherine Day Tour from Darwin including Katherine Gorge Cruise.
Q:
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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Traveller 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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star-5
Wonderful experience
Constantina_K
, Jun. 2022
Outstanding tour. Very safe female driver. Very informative. Lovely big bus. The Katherine Gorge is a must see place. All absolutely Lovely.
icon Response from Host , Jun. 2022
Thank you so much, we are so glad that your enjoyed your time with us to Katherine Gorge Jacob from AAT Kings
star-5
Best tour in NT
Julie_F
, Jun. 2022
The goege. People. Tour guide was awesome with all the knowledge was unable to unload photos wish I could to show you the awesome time had
star-4
Be prepared for a long...
Alwyn_B
, Jun. 2022
Be prepared for a long day! Well worth the long drive. I had a refreshing dip at Edith falls. As time is short on this long excursion, our Guide and Driver, Rebecca suggested at the stop prior to the Falls, to get ready and put our bathers to maximise our time in the water. Tip appreciated! Katherine Gorge is stunning. The cruise commentary interesting. The only negative: I think those requiring wheelchairs should be discouraged from going on to the second gorge. The whole group had to wait ages in the heat and humidity while one man and his wife negotiated the rocks in each direction, even stopping for a rest on the way back without a thought for anyone else. This caused us to be very late back, not getting to our Hotel much before 2200hrs. (After an early pick up @0615, a very long day! We felt for our driver too!) However, all in all, a fabulous day trip!
star-3
This company is good at...
Deborah_R
, Jun. 2022
This company is good at moving masses of people, not giving tours. We'll with a visit to Katherine gorge and Edith falls. Would find another tour company.
icon Response from Host , Jun. 2022
Hi Debora - many thanks for your review and we are sorry to read you weren't happy with your overall experience. We do pride ourselves on delivering memorable experiences on our Day Tours, especially showcasing some of the best places to visit in Australia. If you could please email us with a bit more detail at sales@aatkings.com.au we would like to look into this further. Kind Regards, Jacob from AAT Kings
star-5
Magical
Mary_C
, 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
star-5
Great adventure!
Bob_V
, 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!
star-4
Enjoyable
James_N
, 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.
star-1
Wouldn’t do AAT kings again, smaller groups better
Lindy_D
, 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.
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Hi Lindy, Thank you for your review and we are sorry to read that you didn't enjoy your overall experience. We are very proud of our fleet of luxury coaches that are designed for comfort on longer journeys especially from Darwin to Katherine Gorge. Please feel free to provide any further feedback to sales@aatkings.com.au and we do hope you enjoyed the rest of your time in Darwin. Kind Regards, Jacob from AAT Kings
star-4
Gorge is beautiful
Sandra_H
, 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
star-3
Hearing about Aboriginal...
coralene
, 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
1 traveller found this review helpful
star-4
Beautiful Katherine Gorge - see it
Andrew_P
, 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.
1 traveller found this review helpful
star-3
Katherine Gorge was worth visiting but be prepared for a long bus trip.
john_g
, 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
star-4
This trip is extremely...
Shelley_F
, 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
star-3
Well organised- be prepared for a long day
MICHELLE_S
, 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
star-4
Long but good
Jacqueline_B
, Feb. 2022
Was Avery long day but the bus was comfortable. Good stops the highlight was the Gorge. Nice lunch. Driver was knowledgeable but loves to talk- maybe too much. No opportunity to experience local towns. Overall a good day.
icon Response from Host , Mar. 2022
Hi Jacqueline, we appreciate your feedback on your experience to Katherine Gorge with us. We understand it can be quite a long day but we do ensure the itinerary is packed with the highlights of the region, along with travelling in the comfort of our coaches. We will be sure to pass this on also to our operations team in Darwin. Kind Regards, Jacob from AAT Kings
star-5
Well worth visiting
Andrew_S
, Jan. 2022
Fantastic scenery with a very informative tour guide. Learned a lot about the geological side and the traditional stories handed down over the centuries. Well worth visiting :)
1 traveller found this review helpful
star-4
Katherine Amazing
Charles_C
, Oct. 2021
The Gorge is amazing. It was a long day. Unfortunately made longer as we were forced to stop for dinner, at our cost. Not the best meal. Would have preferred to get back to the hotel earlier and feed ourselves as it was a long long day.
icon Response from Host , Oct. 2021
Dear Charles, Thanks very much for your review and we are delighted that you enjoyed exploring the Gorge with us. I will pass along your feedback to our Senior Management Team and thanks for taking the time to provide us with this as it helps improve our service in the future. Thanks, The Team at AAT Kings
star-5
Great experience
Scott_K
, Sep. 2021
Well organised and very experienced tour guide Michael. Highly recommend. Long day but we’ll worth it
icon Response from Host , Oct. 2021
Hello Scott_K, Thanks for your feedback and it sounds like you had an amazing day exploring with AAT Kings. We look forward to welcoming you back to the Top End soon. Thanks, The Team at AAT Kings
star-4
Rainbow Snake
Miranda_S
, Sep. 2021
Very peaceful and beautiful. The stories were great to hear on how it was made and that the rainbow snake is still there sleeping. Maybe do it in the cooler months.
icon Response from Host , Sep. 2021
Dear Miranda_S, Thanks very much for your feedback, and it sounds like you had a brilliant day exploring Katherine and surrounds with AAT Kings. We hope you enjoyed the rest of your time in the Top End, and look forward to welcoming you back on board an AAT Kings tour in the future. Thanks, The Team at AAT Kings
star-5
Stunning Katherine Gorge was amazing
Margaret_C
, Sep. 2021
I am not sure why that we were picked up in different buses and then had to wait a the Mantra for the actual bus - seemed unorganised and added to an already extremely long day. The 5 starts is for the stunning Katherine Gorge. We stopped at a terrible place for coffee (out of a machine) and then had 20 mins at a War Memorial at Adelaide River - this was an excessive amount of time. At Edith Falls we were given 45 mins… barely enough time to enjoy a swim. But grateful to cool down. Lunch was a delicious buffet. The cruise along the Katherine Gorge was the highlight. We were told that we had to purchase something at Katharine because our dinner stop was closed down (COVID). It took an excessively long time to drop off passengers, barely enough time to pack and get to the airport with no opportunity to have dinner. Overall the experience was worth the arduous trip
icon Response from Host , Sep. 2021
Dear Margaret_C, Thanks very much for taking the time to review our tour, and we are delighted to read that you enjoyed touring the Katherine region with us. At the start of the tour we have a central meeting point where you meet another coach, this is so we can lessen the amount of hotels we pick-up guests from at the start of the day, as we appreciate that we are travelling a lot of distance when the tour commences. Each of our stops are timed to maximise the experience, and we try to balance this out as much as we can. Unfortunately, due to the current situation with Covid our dinner stop is closed down, which is why we advised you to purchase something in Katherine. At the end of the tour we make sure our passengers are dropped off at their hotel. We hope that you enjoyed your time in the Top End, and we look forward to welcoming you back on board again in the future. Thanks, The Team at AAT Kings

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