Darwin to Litchfield National Park
Only an hour or so away, this park has tons going for it, so be sure to set off early so you get the most out of your days there. Highlights including swimming at Florence Falls, hiking around Wangi Falls and snapping the giant termite mounds, but there’s literally loads to do.
Nitmiluk National Park
Nitmiluk sits just outside the town of Katherine and is a massive gorge that stretches deep into this ancient landscape. Top activities include hiking, kayaking and cruising around the gorge, and a helicopter ride has got to be an amazing way to see the enormity of this deep ravine.
Judbarra / Gregory National Park
Next up is Judburra / Gregory National Park, which is well-distanced from Katherine, bearing in mind you‘ll want to stock up on supplies there before leaving. Stop at the hot springs in Katherine on the way out if you can too, before reaching Judburra / Gregory National Park.
Keep River National Park
The best hikes are at the Goorrandalng Walk and the Ginger’s Hill Walk which has some fascinating aboriginal artifacts.
Quite the engineering feat, this flooded valley to help aid agriculture in the area is seriously impressive and stretches for miles.
There are loads to do around this town and you could easily keep extending your stay here. Take a side trip to Wyndham to see the Fiver Rivers Lookout before heading on to take a hike and a dip at Bells Gorge.
Great Northern Highway
From Kununurra, make your way into Purnululu National Park. Absolutely spellbinding, the spectacle of the giant beehive-like rock formations and the park’s other attractions including Cathedral Gorge and Echidna Chasm.
Windjana Gorge National Park is one of the Kimberley’s most stunning gorges, with water-streaked walls that rise majestically to heights of 100 meters. Be sure to hike into the gorge and don’t miss the daily croc display.
Derby to Broome
The final stop before Broome, Derby is an interesting little town worth exploring. Derby’s main attractions include the highest tides in Australia, which be can viewed from the Wharf, and the Boab Prison Tree believed to be about 1500 years old.