Katherine to Normanton – Self-Drive Itineraries
Please use the Places to Visit pages on this site to tailor itineraries to your interests and available time. Information Centres can suggest additional experiences for those taking more time to travel.
5 Day Itinerary: Katherine to Normanton
Day 1 – Katherine to Daly Waters
Stock up in Katherine then head south for a walk through Cutta Cutta Caves and swim at Mataranka thermal pools before a night at a classic bush pub in Daly Waters.
Day 2 – Daly Waters to Borroloola
Sealed road today, with lunch at Cape Crawford and a walk at Caranbirini before refuelling at Borroloola.
Day 3 – Borroloola to Hell’s Gate Roadhouse
Remote driving to a fun campsite.
Day 4 – Hell’s Gate Roadhouse to Adel’s Grove
An afternoon canoeing and swimming!
Day 5 – Adel’s Grove to Normanton
Head via Gregory Downs and Burketown, stopping at Leichhardt Falls for a walk.
18 Day Itinerary: Cairns to Darwin
Day 1 – Cairns to Yungaburra
Travel from Cairns into the cool Tropical Tablelands and sample some local produce including coffee, wine and tea. Drop into the Visitor Information Centres en route. Try a swim or canoe tour on Lake Eacham.
Days 2-3 – Undara Lava Tubes
Take some of the self guided walks to admire the range of flora and fauna, plus of course touring the lava tubes and enjoying the wildlife at sunset tour
Day 4 – Cobbold Gorge
Drive to Cobbold Gorge to cruise on the ancient waterway. There is always a good chat available at the bar here, too.
Day 5 – Croydon
The best timing would be to coincide with the Gulflander Train (Croydon to Normanton on Thursdays only) and share the riding and driving. Drive back along the Savannah Way to camp at Leichhardt Lagoon (bush camp).
Day 6 – Normanton and Karumba
Visit Normanton’s historic sites, ask about a short train ride from Normanton or wet your fishing line before a night of barramundi in Karumba. A sunset cruise on Ferryman Cruises will show you lots of birds and a great sky.
Day 7 – Burketown
On to Burketown for a little more fishing.
Day 8 and 9 – Boodjamulla National Park
Explore Lawn Hill (Boodjamulla National Park) walking and canoeing, based at Adel’s Grove. Check out the amazing fossils at Riversleigh.
Day 10 – 4WD and Bush Camping
Time to Bush Camp at perhaps the Robinson or Cox River with no facilities.
Day 11 – Borroloola
Borroloola has a supermarket and fuel, then relax at King Ash Bay … with a little fishing!
Day 12 – King Ash Bay to Cape Crawford
Walk around Caranbirini National park and consider a helicopter flight over the Lost City karst formations.
Day 13 – Back to the Bitumen
Lunch at Daly Waters and on to Bitter Springs or Mataranka thermal pools
Day 14 – Manyallaluk and Katherine
An Aboriginal cultural experience, then finish in Katherine.
Day 15 – Katherine
The best canoeing takes a couple of days here, or enjoy just one at the gorge.
Day 16 – Kakadu Gunlom
Explore the southern end of Kakadu, camping at Gunlom.
Day 17 – Kakadu Maguk
Just one more night camping in the northern section including Nourlangie and Ubirr.
Day 18 – Arrive in Darwin!
Relax in the tropical capital after an amazing adventure.