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Top End Holidays

Top End Holidays


It might typically be reserved for a second time visit to the Lucky Country, but there is nowhere that encapsulates the authentic side of Australia like the tropical Top End, and Kakadu National Park is the feather in the cap. Covering some 12,500 square miles from coast to estuaries, through floodplains, billabongs and rocky ridges, it’s home to a breathtaking array of wildlife and 50,000 years of history documented in rock art.

The relaxed tropical atmosphere of Darwin makes it the perfect base from which to explore the incredible national parks of Kakadu, Nitmiluk (Katherine Gorge) and Litchfield, home to native wildlife and beautiful scenery.

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OUR HOLIDAYS TO THE TOP END

Here's a selection of our most popular holidays in the the Top End.
If you'd like to see how you could fit this state into a wider exploration of the country - take a look at our Australia Holidays page.
Top End by Rail & Outback Wilderness
9 days / 8 nights
from £1,817
  • Uluru
  • Kings Canyon
  • Alice Springs
  • Darwin

  • Tropical Top End & the Great Barrier Reef
    16 days / 15 nights
    from £1,982
    Wildman Wilderness Lodge, Mary River NP
    Australia Less Travelled: Broome To Darwin Via The Gibb River Road
    19 days / 18 nights
    from £2,692
  • Broome
  • Bell Gorge
  • Mount Elizabeth Station
  • El Questro Wilderness Park
  • Kakadu National Park
  • Darwin

  • Top End Explorer
    13 days / 12 nights
    from £705
  • Darwin
  • Kakadu National Park
  • Katherine
  • Litchfield National Park

  • Dragonfly Dreaming 4WD Kakadu & Litchfield Tour
    3 days / 2 nights
    from £780
  • Personalised experience with a maximum of just 17 travellers
  • Swim in the pristine pools of Litchfield National Park
  • 4WD tours of Twin and Jim Jim Falls*
  • Spot crocodiles on a Yellow Water Billabong cruise
  • Learn about the Aboriginal culture and rock art at Nourlangie and Ubirr

  • Kakadu's Ancient Secrets
    5 days / 4 nights
    from £2,125
  • Climb Nourlangie for spectacular views over Kakadu National Park
  • Exclusive safari cruise on the Corroboree Billabong
  • Discover the many waterfalls of Litchfield National Park
  • Swim in the pools of Gunlom Falls
  • Learn about Aboriginal rock art at Ubirr

  • WHERE TO GO IN THE TOP END

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    Darwin & Litchfield NP
    Darwin & Litchfield NP
    Tropical and relaxed Darwin has evolved from its frontier town beginnings to become a thriving cosmopolitan city filled with museums, inviting parks and pretty lakes. Head to Mindil Beach for incredible sunsets and its popular night market, dip your toes in the wave pool at the waterfront and browse the city’s Indigenous arts and craft galleries. Time permitting, drive 90 minutes south to tranquil Litchfield National Park, home to thundering waterfalls, picturesque walking trails and swimmable crystal-clear rock pools.
    Mary River Region & Kakadu NP
    Mary River Region & Kakadu NP
    The vast wetlands, lagoons and billabongs of the Mary River and renowned Kakadu National Park play host to a wealth of diverse bird and wildlife, from jabirus and pygmy geese to water buffalo, wallabies and saltwater crocodiles. Here, hop on a serene guided cruise to experience one of the country’s most awe-inspiring close encounters. Whilst in Kakadu, roam incredible Aboriginal rock art sites at Nourlangie and Ubirr, hike along breahtaking sandstone escarpments and swim in inviting waterfall-fed plunge pools.
    Nitmiluk (Katherine) NP
    Nitmiluk (Katherine) NP
    Situated on the banks of the Katherine River, the outback country town of Katherine makes for a convenient base to explore the jewel in the crown of this remote region: the 13 spectacular gorges within Nitmiluk National Park. Carved through ancient sandstone and of huge cultural importance to the local Aboriginal people, the towering gorges follow the flow of the river and can be explored by canoe, on foot, by helicopter or scenic cruise. This pristine and ethereal corner of the Territory is incredibly photogenic and simply not to be missed.

    OUR RECOMMENDED HOTELS IN THE TOP END

    Bamurru Plains 3 Day Package
    The Top End
    from £1349
  • Restaurant & open bar
  • Infinity pool
  • Guided activities
  • Wildlife observation deck
  • Free parking

  • Adina Apartment Hotel Darwin Waterfront
    The Top End
    from £51
  • Restaurant & bar
  • 2 pools
  • Spa
  • Gym
  • Parking from $15 per day
  • Free wi-fi

  • Oaks Darwin Elan Hotel
    The Top End
    from £49
  • Restaurant & bar
  • Pool
  • Gym
  • Parking from $15 per day
  • Free wi-fi

  • Cicada Lodge
    The Top End
    from £132
  • Poolside restaurant & bar
  • Pool
  • Free parking
  • Free wi-fi

  • Wildman Wilderness Lodge 3 Day Package
    The Top End
    from £408
  • Restaurant & bar
  • Pool
  • Optional guided activities (payable locally)
  • Free parking

  • Cooinda Lodge Kakadu
    The Top End
    from £58
  • Restaurant & bar
  • Pool
  • General store
  • Free parking

  • THINGS TO DO IN THE TOP END

    Kakadu National Park Tour
    Approx 13 hours
    from £206
  • Timeless Kakadu
  • Beautiful views from Nourlangie Rock
  • Yellow Water Billabong Cruise

  • Litchfield National Park Tour
    Approx 11 hours
    from £118
  • Spectacular Litchfield National Park
  • Picturesque waterfalls
  • Giant termite mounds

  • Yellow Water Billabong Cruise
    Approx 1.5hrs
    from £62
  • Timeless scenery
  • Extensive wetlands
  • Relaxing cruise

  • Darwin Sunset Buffet Dinner Cruise
    Approx 2.5 hours
    from £65
  • Sunset catamaran cruise
  • Australian seafood
  • Darwin Harbour

  • Mary River Wetlands Cruise
    Approx 8 hours
    from £94
  • Wildlife spotting
  • Outback cruise
  • Tropical lunch setting

  • Overnight Litchfield National Park Adventure
    2 days / 1 night
    from £290
  • Stay overnight in a safari camp
  • Helicopter flight over the floodplains
  • Explore Litchfield National Park

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    Enjoy comprehensive cover in The Top End from just £55 for 7 days with our superb value Single Trip Travel Insurance.

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