From Darwin you can access a number of wonderful national parks via the Nature’s Way route. From rainforest to rock art, wetlands to waterfalls – with your Darwin Airport car rental from Hertz, you’ll be ready to take on this unforgettable journey with eyes wide open.
Take the Arnhem Highway from Darwin to Jabiru – the town in the heart of Kakadu National Park. Along the way, check out the wildlife at Fogg Dam Conservation Reserve or take the opportunity to see crocs on a crocodile cruise.
World Heritage listed Kakadu National Park has plenty of natural attractions to explore. Aboriginal rock art galleries are fascinating – start with Ubirr Rock of Nourlangie Rock. Hike through bush, wetlands and to the top of waterfalls. Camp in the great outdoors, or take scenic flights over the park for a different view.
Kakadu National Park covers almost 20,000 square kms and is the second largest national park in the world. It is home to hundreds of mammals, birds, fish, reptiles, insects and plants, many of which are not found anywhere else.
From Jabiru, head south towards Pine Creek. This town is full of buildings built in the gold rush of the 1870s – check out the railway station that’s now a museum, and mining machinery at Miner’s Park Bakery. The area also has a rich Chinese history, documented at theNational Trust Museum.
Then it’s back on to the Explorer’s Way. The small town of Batchelor at the entrance toLitchfield National Park is a good place to stop and base yourself, and the Coomalie Cultural Centre is worth a visit, or you may prefer to continue into the park and camp out there.
Covering about 1,500 square kms, Litchfield National Park is home to a number of waterfalls, cascading from the plateau of the Tabletop Range. You’ll also find historical sites and magnetic termite mounds here. In the summer, tropical waterfalls and swimming holes offer a chance to cool off.