Katherine Day Tour from Darwin including Katherine Gorge Cruise

Darwin, Australia
Katherine Day Tour from Darwin including Katherine Gorge Cruise

From USD 219.80

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Free cancellation
Up to 24 hours in advance.
  • 14 hours
  • Pickup offered
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


Take a full-day detour from Darwin to explore the beautiful natural playground of Katherine Gorge. Cruise between ancient sandstone cliffs for an up-close perspective of Aboriginal rock art and crocodiles lounging on the riverbanks. Take a dip in a natural swimming hole at the base of Edith Falls (conditions permitting), and recharge with a delicious lunch. Get a glimpse of local cattle culture on a coach tour of Katherine, and pass through the historic gold mining town of Pine Creek.
  • Katherine Gorge day tour from Darwin
  • Visit Adelaide River War Cemetery
  • Take a swim at Edith Falls (conditions permitting)
  • Delicious lunch
  • Enjoy a 2-hour cruise through Katherine Gorge
  • See crocodiles sunning on the banks of the river
  • Tour the township of Katherine the hub of the cattle and farming industries

Why Travellers Choose This Tour

This comprehensive coach tour visits Katherine’s top sights and includes a cruise on Katherine Gorge.

What's Included

  • Super comfortable luxury vehicle including: free wifi, in seat USB, air conditioning and W/C
  • Professional Local Guide
  • Learn all about the spectacular Top End with your expert local guide
  • Pickup from selected Darwin hotels. Pick up locations appear in a drop down box at time of booking
  • 2 hour Nit Nit Dreaming Katherine Gorge Cruise
  • Lunch at Katherine Gorge in a setting overlooking the Katherine River; dietary needs catered for
  • Swimming opportunity at Edith Falls (conditions permitting)
  • Gratuities
  • Food and drink unless stated

Meeting And Pickup

Pickup points

Select a pickup point

Start time

06:00 am

Pickup details

Hotel pick-ups commence prior to the tour start time. Please refer to your voucher for your hotel pick-up time or call AAT Kings on 1300 228 546. You will be collected from the hotel you have selected in the down list. If you wish to change your pick-up location, you must call AAT Kings at least 24 hrs prior to travel. If your hotel does not appear on the dropdown list, AAT Kings does not pick-up from your hotel. Please phone AAT Kings to arrange an alternate pick-up time and location.

What To Expect

Nestled in the rocky wilderness of Nitmiluk National Park, Katherine Gorge is one of the Northern Territory’s natural treasures. After early morning pickup at your Darwin hotel, travel via comfortable coach approximately 3 hours inland while your knowledgeable guide shares commentary on the passing landscape. Stop to stretch your legs and pay tribute to fallen World War II soldiers at the Adelaide River War Cemetery. 

Once inside the park, take a refreshing swim in the natural rock pool at the base of Edith Falls (weather conditions permitting). Enjoy a lunch amidst the serene and picturesque surroundings. 

In the afternoon, embark on a 2-hour cruise down the river that winds between the sheer sandstone cliffs of Katherine Gorge. Learn about the area’s geologic history from your guide, and catch a glimpse of ancient Aboriginal rock art on the gorge walls. Keep an eye out for native wildlife including turtles, colorful birds and even crocodiles sunning on the riverbanks!

Hop back on the coach for a brief tour of the township of Katherine, heart of the Northern Territory’s cattle and agricultural industries. On the return drive to Darwin, pass through the historic gold mining town of Pine Creek and stop in Adelaide Creek for dinner at a local restaurant (own expense). Your full-day tour concludes with drop-off at your Darwin hotel in the evening.

Adelaide River War Cemetery

20 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Edith Falls

45 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Nitmiluk Visitor Center

45 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Nitmiluk (Katherine) Gorge

2 hours Admission Ticket Included

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travellers can participate
  • During the booking process you will be required to choose your hotel pick-up details. If your hotel does not appear in the drop down list the supplier does not pick-up from your hotel and you will be required to contact the supplier to arrange a suitable alternative
  • Guests that require a wheelchair are welcome on our tours providing they are accompanied by an able-bodied companion and do not require special assistance from the supplier to embark and disembark the vehicle. Wheelchairs will be stored under the vehicle whilst in transit. If travelling with a wheelchair, you must contact the supplier at least 72hrs prior to departure to ensure your wheelchair can be accommodated.
  • If travelling with an infant that requires a stroller, you must contact the supplier at least 72hrs prior to departure to ensure the can be accommodated.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • Special diertary requirements must be advised prior to travel to ensure your needs are catered for at lunch
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 50 travellers

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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This was one of the best tours, that I have ever been on. The beauty & history of the Katherine Gorge is remarkable. Our driver(Neil) was very informative & funny. It was so well organized. Our guide at the Katherine Gorge, was equally as good. Thank you Neil. Apart from the beauty of the tour, you made the day so special.


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We’ll organised. Bus driver was courteous and informative
DavidHansfordSmith, Sept 2023
Swimming at Edith Falls and boat trip through Katherine Gorge. Tour guides at the gorge also very informative
Wonderful way to connect to Country
Karan_T, Sept 2023
The tour guide was welcoming and very informative. He was very attentive to everyone’s needs and showed patience. Well organised agenda and just the right amount of time at each location.
stunner views
Louise_S, Sept 2023
had an excellent tour guide, and the tour is great because you get to see the best parts of Katherine. would just say to get a good nights rest the day before because it's a full on day
Bloody awesome
Jennifer_G, Sept 2023
The sights were jaw dropping...mother nature is amazing! As was the Rainbow Serpent 🐍 The boat driver was very informative and looked after us well and he was great at informing us on the aboriginal story's of the gorges.
Katherine Gorge and Edith Falls
Alison_N, Sept 2023
The highlight of the trip for me was swimming at Edith Falls, the water was beautiful and the scenery was amazing! Would have loved to have spend an extra 30 minutes here to really enjoy the place! Lunch was served fresh and plentiful - Lasagne and veggies, cold meats and salad. Beautifully prepared! The Katherine Gorge did not disappoint and some amazing photos taken that still could not capture the beauty of the gorge.
Long Day Touring, but well worth it
BrianPeter_A, Sept 2023
Adelaide River war cemetery - beautifully maintained Edith Falls - ideallic swimming hole Katherine Gorge - very very scenic
Great schedule and...
Adriana_D, Aug 2023
Great schedule and experience. Beautiful scenery. Comfortable transport. The guide was very nice and helpful
DeborahAnn_K, Aug 2023
One of the most memorable was the painting on the rocks Also the tranquillity around us The greens the water was magical
Highly recommend this...
Elaine_B, Aug 2023
Highly recommend this trip. It’s a long day but worthwhile. Our coach driver was very informative and we felt safe at all times. We were a little disappointed in the lunch. Not enough for such a large group. Also, no sanitizer available pre self serve. A few passengers had coughs on board, so this made it even worse. Overall, a beautiful day.
Excellent day out to see a great part of NT
Karen_F, Aug 2023
Mel, our coach driver/tour guide was fantastic. She was really informative and interesting. Lunch at the Katherine Gorge information centre was excellent, a great range to choose from the buffet and beautiful spot to sit and eat. The gorge cruise was worth the long day trip. Our stop at Edith falls was also a beautiful spot.
Spectacularly beautiful
Casey_D, Aug 2023
Michael our driver was very knowledgeable and full of facts and stories. Supplied lunch was great. It was great to hear the stories of The tour guids on the cruise. The love for their land shows.
Lovely cruise in the Katherine gorges but a very long day
Alok_C, July 2023
Katherine Gorge cruise was very good. The guides provide helpful commentary. Tour guide, Sandy was very good. It is a very long day, almost 15 hours, with very early start. AAT KINGS should consider an “express” version of the tour with the primary focus of the Katherine gorge. Apart from the gorge cruise the rest of the stops can be skipped. Alternatively for those with time, a 2 day tour with overnight at Nitmulik would be a great option with sunset cruise, morning cruise and helicopter flight options.
Katherine Gorge day trip
Jessica_K, July 2023
Great tour. Mel our bus driver and guide was fantastic, very knowledgeable on the area and provided lots of tips along the way to make our day easy. WWII cemetery was worth seeing. Buffet lunch at Katherine Gorge was good. Our guide on the Katherine Gorge tour was fantastic and gave us an insight into aboriginal life in the area. Coach was comfortable for the long trip.
Fantastic tour well worth the time
Robyne_B, July 2023
Katherine Gorge cruise. Spectacular. Tour guide excellent with information on geology, history, traditional owners, wildlife, plants. Adelaide River cemetery, memorial and reminder of Darwin WW2 history. Tour guide/driver Mark was great. Lots of information and entertaining as well, made the long drive much easier.
An Amazing Experience
John_M, July 2023
Katherine gorge is even more incredible than you’ve imagined. The sandstone cliffs are breathtaking and you can almost feel the ancient spirits of the place as you glide down the gorge. While trying to dock so passengers could transfer from the upper gorge to the middle gorge, our boat became stranded on the rocks. I know the skipper was terribly embarrassed, especially as several passengers began offering so called ‘expert’ advice. We were held up for 45 minutes until the cavalry arrived but it was all great fun (see photo of our stranded boat). Our AAT Kings tour also took in Edith Falls allowing enough time for a swim in the magical environs. If you can swim, do it! You won’t regret it. Just one thing to be wary of though. Given the distance from Darwin, this is a very, very long day trip. We were out of our hotel at 5:30am to get to the nominated pick up spot at 6.00am, and we weren’t back in our hotel until after 9:30pm. For us though, it was absolutely worth it. Just don’t book another long tour the day before or after!! A big shout out to Sue from the AAT Kings office in Darwin for finding and returning my prescription sunglasses that I left on the bus. Thanks muchly Sue!!!
Easy relaxing Way to see Katherine Gorges-great insight into history of the areas we travelled through.
Marietta_n, July 2023
The trip was an easy relaxing way to see Katherine without driving ourself. The driver/tour guide was friendly and informative without talking for the sake of talking. Our stop at Adelaide Cemetery was very very moving as was our trip and boat driver commentary while cruising on Katherine Gorge. Well worth the cost. Only negative was the long walk to the boat. When I was there years ago it was much more accessible especially for people like me with mobility challenges.
A must do for a visit to Darwin.
Warwick_P, July 2023
The cruise in the gorges was truly memorable. It was worth the long day. A part of Australia everyone should see.
Elizabeth_P, July 2023
The gorge and Edith falls are a top end must see. The swim needed to be longer. Too much time at the war memorial. The whole trip was too rushed. Would have been better to drop one thing from the agenda and allow enough time for one drink at the famous pub on the way back.
Katherine Adventure
Sandra_B, July 2023
The scenery in the Katherine Gorges was spectacular and the commentary on the boats was informative. Our tour guide Anthony was good and the day although long was worth the time and we would recommend the trip to family and friends.
Brilliant day
Gillian_A, July 2023
The views from the gorge of the river and orange tinged cliffs in the afternoon sunlight. The boat trips through two separate gorges with a short walk between was comfortable and manageable for people with normal walking ability. The staff on the bus and boat were attentive to the needs of the group and their commentaries were excellent.

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