Leave your daily routine behind for the volatile beauty of Australia’s tropical Top End.
It’s a journey that will be your lasting memory, so take your time and experience the raw natural beauty of Australia’s Top End. Hit the road out of Darwin to discover the region’s stunning national parks, pristine river systems and abundance of nature and wildlife. Experience stunning landscapes carved by nature over millions of years and traditional Aboriginal communities and artworks.
Top End 4WD Hire provides fully equipped 4WD’s for Self Drive Touring and allows you to move at your own pace. Head out from Darwin and experience the wonders of the Top End by driving the Nature’s Way adventure route. Eye candy for every driving holiday traveler, the Nature’s Way meanders through Litchfield National Park and on to the World Heritage listed Kakadu National Park and scenic Nitmiluk National Park. It’s a drive through the Territory’s stunning and lush northern tropics, steeped in nature, aboriginal culture and outback pioneering history.
Take a dip in waterfalls and rock pools at Litchfield, canoe down the Katherine River, and discover the world’s largest collection of Aboriginal rock art at Kakadu. Draw up your own timetable, but 7 to 14 days is best to see everything on this incredible journey.
Top End 4WD Hire suggests following itinerary:
Situated on the edge of a harbor bigger than Sydney’s, Darwin is a beautiful, fascinating tropical city – a melting pot of people and cultures that prides itself in its unique and friendly laid-back lifestyle. While a sophisticated, modern city in its own right, it is also one steeped in history, one that has endured many hardships on its way to establishing itself as the gateway to Asia. It is the home of NT commerce and business and with its world-class natural and cultural attractions it is also a thriving hub of activity in terms of tourism, nightlife and retail.
Just a short trip from Darwin City will take visitors to the Outer Darwin Region. With the city of Palmerston as the commercial hub and a range of caravan parks and homestay accommodation available, visitors will find the Outer Darwin region (also including the Cox Peninsula) a delightful place to spend some time and discover the many attractions and interesting historical sites. Along the coastline, colorful coral reefs and mangrove forests offer excellent fishing opportunities, whilst inland the floodplains of the river systems and the dry woodlands host an abundance of wildlife.
Arnhem Land & Gove Peninsula
Arnhem Land is made up of 91,000 square kilometers of unspoiled wilderness, located in the middle of Australia’s Northern Coast, bordered by Kakadu National Park, the Arafura Sea and the Gulf of Carpentaria. Arnhem Land is blessed with wild coastlines, deserted islands, and rivers teeming with fish, rainforests, soaring escarpments and savannah woodland.
Borroloola & The Gulf Region
Borroloola, a remote community on the McArthur River in the Gulf of Carpentaria and once a frontier town, is now the capital of the Gulf region. Home to four main indigenous language groups, the area includes many large cattle stations. Fishing and camping remain a way of life for locals and travelers chasing barramundi. Fifty kilometers from Borroloola, King Ash Bay, a popular fishing spot, attracts thousands of visitors each year and a fishing competition is usually held over the Easter long weekend.
Limmen National Park
Featuring a vast and rugged landscape, this 960,846 hectare national park lies in the heart of northern Australia’s tropical savannah country. The Park includes striking sandstone ‘lost city’ formations, permanent tidal rivers and wetlands, a considerable collection of Indigenous and European historic sites and an abundance of wildlife including nesting Flatback Turtles on the shores of Maria Island. The Park is very isolated. While there are significant opportunities for recreation and conservation, access can be difficult. This allows properly equipped visitors to enjoy a sense of remote adventure. Limmen National Park is located in the Gulf of Carpentaria in Australia’s Northern Territory and is approximately 305 km southeast of Katherine and 76 km northwest of Borroloola. The Park can be accessed from Katherine by leaving the Stuart Highway about 10 km south of Mataranka and following the Roper Highway east to the Pt. Roper Road, (turn-off 3 km before Roper Bar). From Borroloola follow the Carpentaria Highway for 32 km before heading north along the gravel road for another 44 km.
Douglas & Daly River Region
Located midway between Darwin and Katherine, just off the Stuart Highway, and an easy scenic drive from both destinations, the region is famous for its fishing, and also boasts hot springs, gorges, bushwalking and an abundance of wildlife. Also known as the Douglas Daly, after its two major river systems, the region has become a favorite spot for travelers to spend time camping, fishing, bushwalking, and swimming.
Kakadu National Park
World Heritage-listed Kakadu National Park, covering more than 19,000 square kilometers, is a landscape of contrasts. Beneath waters dotted with lotus flowers, saltwater crocodiles lurk. Jagged peaks of towering escarpments hide pockets of monsoon rainforest. Waterfalls cascade into pools fringed with paperbarks, pandanus and cycads. You can view the spectacular Jim Jim Falls, browse through a gallery of ancient Aboriginal rock art at Ubirr or Nourlangie Rock, or explore the scenic Yellow Water, a billabong teeming with wildlife. Around 1,000 plant species, a quarter of all Australian freshwater fish species, and over one third of Australian bird species can be found in the Park.
Mary River Region
Once visited, never forgotten. Many believe that the vast wetlands of the Mary River are the most beautiful in the Top End. These wetlands are the home to a vast variety of birdlife, some of the biggest barramundi and the largest saltwater crocodiles. Lagoons, canals and billabongs make up the waterways of the wetlands of the Mary River, which runs both north and south of the Arnhem Highway. Just 110 kilometers from Darwin, the Mary River National Park incorporates many stunning destinations.
Litchfield National Park
Litchfield National Park is just an hour-and-a-half drive from Darwin and features a myriad of diverse environments including rugged sandstone escarpments, perennial spring-fed streams, monsoon rainforest, magnetic termite mounds, waterfalls and historic ruins.
While its star attraction is undoubtedly the famous Nitmiluk (Katherine Gorge), Katherine and its surrounds include great fishing, hidden natural wonders and a rich indigenous and pioneering history. The region stretches from the Gulf of Carpentaria to the West Australian border. Around 300 kilometers south of Darwin, Katherine is set on the banks of the Katherine River.
Timber Creek & The Victoria River
Travelling west from Katherine lies the Victoria River region. Diverse and awe-inspiring in land forms, history, heritage, abundant wildlife, climate and economic pursuits, the region challenges you to discover its unique attractions. The Victoria River region covers an expansive area, of which Judbarra/Gregory National Park covers approximately 13,000 square kilometers. The Victoria River, affectionately known as ‘The Vic’, is the backbone of the region. The Vic is a lifeline for pastoral properties; a guardian angel for Aboriginal heritage; a tour guide for recreational pursuits.
The Tiwi Islands
A visit to the Top End would not be complete without a trip to the Tiwi Islands – Melville and Bathurst. Take the short trip from Darwin to Bathurst Island to experience life in a modern-day Aboriginal community – learn about the rich and fascinating history and culture of the Tiwi people and perhaps take the opportunity to purchase examples of the unique Tiwi Island arts and crafts.
The Epic Savannah Way stretches from coast to coast from Broome in the North West of Western Australia to Cairns in North Eastern Queensland through the heart of the outback. The Savannah Way is a 3700 kilometre trek across the Top End of Australia and is an excellent length for a 14 day or 90 day adventure across Northern Australia. The route is designed to also accommodate shorter trips with linkages to many other themed routes like Matilda, Overlander’s and Explorer’s Highways and has the potential for fly and drive options. The 3700 kilometre route links 15 National Parks and 5 World Heritage areas. You can explore just a section or cross the continent enjoying its wide horizons, ancient gorges and abundant wildlife, connecting with Aboriginal and pioneer heritage in today’s friendly outback.
Top End 4WD Hire offers “last frontier” style of tourism with the main attractions and characteristics like:
- Outback Experiences, dirt and bitumen roads, small towns, camping and caravan accommodation, open spaces
- Natural Attractions, gorges, waterholes, lakes, rugged landscape, birds, native animals, star gazing
- Heritage and Culture, Indigenous & European, mining, agriculture, exploration, tourism
- Adventure, Ultimate camping, outdoors, fishing, hunting, and 4WD fun
4WD Travel, Adventure and Camping
The wide open wilderness areas and warm climate of the Top End regions make them ideal destinations for caravan and 4WD Camping Holidays. The main season is between May and September, so you need to book in advance to avoid disappointment. Start planning your holiday with Top End 4WD Hire from Darwin, cut a straight line across Australia to Alice Springs and Adelaide. Or arc through Australia’s north-west corner driving the Savannah Way to Broome. Canoe down Katherine Gorge and fly over the beehive-shaped Bungle Bungles in Western Australia’s wild Kimberley Region along the way. From Darwin, drive the Nature’s Way to Kakadu National Park, World Heritage-listed for both its cultural and natural significance. See Uluru, Kings Canyon and other Red Centre attractions from the outback hub of Alice Springs. Elegant Adelaide is your base for exploring the Barossa Valley, Flinders Ranges, the Fleurieu Peninsula and the wildlife wonderland of Kangaroo Island.
National Park and Camping Sites
National Parks have serviced camp areas, many with onsite rangers, designated generator and non-generator sites, fresh water, toilets and shower facilities. These areas may have restrictions on length of stay and park fees may apply. See the Parks and Wildlife Commission NT website for more information about national park camping sites and fees. There can be huge distances between townships so you may have to camp on private properties or Aboriginal lands, make sure you obtain permission and permits before entering the area. Some roads are not suitable for towing a caravan and there are camping restrictions in certain areas. Please check road conditions and permit requirements with the local Park Management before you set off on your journey.
For more travel advice, visit http://www.parksandwildlife. nt. gov.au/ parks/access
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Some sections of roads are suitable for 4WD vehicles only. Take plenty of water on all Outback Trips. Check distances and driving conditions and ensure you have adequate fuel at all times. Remember Outback Rule “Number 1” – if your Vehicle breaks down you MUST stay with your Vehicle for safety reasons. Required driving times for 4WD on unsealed roads are longer, ensure you allow adequate time. During the ‘wet season’ from October to April, vehicles cannot access the 4WD only / unsealed roads. Plan your itinerary in advance to avoid disappointment.