AnswerID: 485026 Submitted: Saturday, May 05, 2012 at 10:28
there are some great suggestions mentioned. It all depends on how much site seeing you can fit into your itinerary. There's so much to see north of Katherine
Do you have time to go into Kakadu
- Many folks say 'Kaka don't', but I disagree - Gunlom Falls
with a good camp
ground are worth a look- 26kms dirt road off the Kakadu
As suggested staying at Mardugal near Cooinda
- 4WD track into Jim Jim falls
& Twin Falls
may / may not be open at end May. Yellow Water
cruise @ Cooinda
, Nourlangie Rock
are worth a look for rock art, so is driving out to Ubirr & standing on the large rock there overlooking the expansive flood plains with views to Arnhem Land. There's lots of Aboriginal rock art there too. You will find lots of burnt out areas within Kakadu
- yearly bush management events
, as you would have seen around Alice Springs
Besides Gunlom & Mardugal, we also stayed @ Muirella & Merl Campgrounds further along the Hwy. These campgrounds are run by the National Park. From memory, I don't think there were any free camps in Kakadu
National Pk, but all campgrounds including Mardugal (the better of them all) are in your Camps 5 /6 book. We didn't pre book for most of our travels, but we arrived well before lunch time to ensure a camp spot
. (we spent a week in Kakadu
Then there's NT Wildlife Park - about 50 km south of Darwin
- almost need at least 1/2 a day there though.
Nat Pk is worth a nights stay. You & the kids would love Bluey Rockhole
- a series of water holes cascading into each other, providing time out for a swim & play in the water - it gets really busy during the w/e's though. Florence falls
is great fun too, but again really busy on w/e's.
A new attraction opened (?) last yr was the "Cascade" - bit of a walk into there from the car park, but again a great swimming spot
swimming was still closed end of June last yr due to the late wet season. The ancient sandstone
formations of the 'Lost City
' was another late opening due to the late wet season but worth a look if you have time.
I have a blog (mostly pics) @ www.ournomadicways.blogspot.com that shows the many great spots we visited on our trip last yr to NT & WA. The above 3 main areas I have suggested were posted 17/6 & 7/7 respectively if you wish to get some ideas.
cheers & happy travels
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