Great Top End Escape

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Day by day


Day 1 – Arrive in Darwin

What’s on

Settle in and organise any last minute items before we embark on the trip of a lifetime together. Feel the buzz and excitement as you tinker with gears, double-check you brought fly repellent* and put that trusty camera at the top of your backpack.

Finally, to relax any nerves and get in the mood for the adventure ahead, join us for dinner at the Darwin Sailing Club and bask in the golden sunlight as the sun sets over the harbour. Your luxury holiday has now begun.

*Top tip – don’t forget the fly repellent!

Accommodation: H on Smith, Darwin

Day 2 – Explore Darwin | 38km

Ride details

Day 2 - Darwin

We kick things off with a cruisy 38km ride around Darwin. Rolling out from the hotel front door we’ll casually make our way to the beautiful Darwin Foreshore.

Along the way we will pass some of Darwin’s major attractions and allow plenty of time to explore.

This day allows you to ride with us or be independent and ride your own route through Darwin’s inner city sights.  

What’s on

  • 6:00am: Breakfast at accommodation
  • 8:00am: Ride and explore Darwin
  • 5:45pm: Shuttle to Darwin Markets for dinner & sunset
  • 8:00pm: Return to accommodation

Accommodation: H on Smith, Darwin

Bike Darwin

Day 3 – Ride to Florence Falls, Litchfield National Park | 56km

Ride details

Day 3 – Litchfield National Park

On day three we will venture to Litchfield National Park on a 56km journey through vast outback landscapes and undulating terrain.

Our first rest stop is at Wangi Falls, where you will get an opportunity to freshen up in the gentle plunge pools whilst listening to the roaring sounds of the nearby waterfall. 

To continue the theme of swimming holes, the day’s end see us arrive at the spectacular Florence Falls, where you can enjoy panoramic views of the open valley and waterhole below.

What’s on

  • 6:00am: Breakfast at accommodation
  • 7:00am: Bus from Darwin to Litchvield via Berry Springs (2 hours)
  • 9:30am: Ride to Florence Falls via Wangi Falls (2 – 4 hours)
  • 2:00pm: Bus to Katherine with stop at Pine Creek (3.5 hours)
  • 6:00pm: Check in at accommodation
  • 7:00pm: Dinner at Katherine Outback Experience

Accommodation: Countour Hotel, Katherine

Florence Falls NT

Day 4 – Ride to Nitmiluk | 64km

Ride details

Day 7 – Jabiru to Ubirr Rock Art

Today we ride to one of the Northern Territory’s most famous landmarks, Nitmiluk Gorge (also known as Katherine Gorge).

The beginning of the ride travels through iconic outback terrain that is a hot-spot for native animals like Kangaroos. In the distance you’ll notice the booming figure that is the gorge.   

As we roll on, the gorge’s enormity and beauty is put on show. Take a moment to soak up the gorge and all it’s power as you feel dwarfed by Mother Nature.         

What’s on

  • 6:00am: Breakfast at accommodation
  • 7:00am: Ride to Nitmiluk 33kms (riding 1 – 2 hours)
  • 7:30am – 9:00am: Helicopter ride (optional)
  • 8:00am – 9:30am: Morning tea
  • 9:30am: Indigenous cultural tour
  • 11:00am: Lunch in Nitmiluk
  • 12:00pm: Timeless 3 Gorge Tour
  • 4:00pm: Ride back to accommodation (optional detour via Katherine Springs and railway bridge)
  • 7:00pm: Dinner at Contour Hotel Restaurant

Accommodation: Contour Hotel, Katherine

NT Boat tours

Day 5 – Ride to Jabiru, via Nourlangie | 82km

Ride details

Day 5 – Yellow Water to Jabiru

Today is the longest riding day of our Great Top End Escape, with an 82km trip from Yellow Water to Jaibiru.

After lunch we will head on a mesmerising ride through the Word Heritage listed Kakadu National Park. You may notice termite mounds towering upon the horizon, exotic flora and fauna and maybe even a grey nomad or two.

Be sure to check out the Anbangbang rock art, showcasing the ancient history of the land through extraordinary indigenous artwork dating back thousands of years.  

What’s on

  • 6:00am: Breakfast at accommodation
  • 7:00am: Drive to Cooinda (3.5 hours)
  • 9:00am: Morning tea on-route
  • 11:30am: Lunch at Cooinda
  • 1:00pm: Ride to Jabiru via Nourlangie (3 to 5.5 hours)
  • 7:00pm: Dinner at Crocodile Hotel restaurant

Accommodation: Mercure Kakadu Crocodile Hotel

NT Night Sky

Day 6 – Rest / Adventure Day

Today is what you make it. Relax at the hotel, go for a gentle walk and rest those legs. Or, if you’re interested in something a little more adventurous, try one of the amazing activities below.

All activities must be booked over the phone with one of our friendly team members.  

What’s on

After breakfast at the hotel, today’s itinerary will be based on guest’s chosen tour.

Accommodation: Mercure Kakadu Crocodile Hotel

Additional Activities

Arnhem Land 4WD Tour
  • Cost: $285pp | maximum 40 people
  • Time: 7:45am – 3:45pm
  • Lunch provided

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NT Fishing Tour
Yellow Water Fishing Tour
  • Cost: $125pp | maximum 8 people
  • Time: 11:00am – 1:00pm
  • Lunch not included

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Termite Mound NT
Kakadu Day Explorer
  • Cost: Free | unlimited capacity
  • Time: 9:00am – 1:00pm
  • Bicycle Network coach shuttle to Bardedjilidji Walk

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Day 7 – Ride to Ubirr | 44km

Ride details

Day 7 – Jabiru to Ubirr Rock Art

Day 7 is a jam-packed day of riding and attractions as we roll on to the pointy end of our adventure.

We begin the day with a magical cruise of the Yellow Waters Billabong. The cruise encompasses the natural surrounds of Kakadu National Park, taking you through one of Australia’s unique ecosystems.    

Keep an eye on the sky – Kakadu National Park is home to approximately one-third of Australia’s bird life, with up to 60 species found soaring between the surrounding floodplains, woodlands and wetlands.         

What’s on

  • 5:30am: Bus to Cooinda (45 minutes)
  • 6:45am: Yellow Waters Cruise (includes breakfast)
  • 9:00am: Bus back to Jabiru
  • 10:00am: Free time and lunch
  • 2:30pm: Ride to Ubirr (1.5 to 3 hours)
  • 6:00pm: Afternoon tea at Ubirr
  • 6:30pm: Bus to Jabiru (1 hour)
  • 8:00pm: Dinner at Crocodile Hotel restaurant

Accommodation: Mercure Kakadu Crocodile Hotel

NT Boat tours

Day 8 – Ride to Mandorah Ferry | 74km

Ride details

Day 8 – Berry Springs to Wagait Beach

Just when you thought it was all over, there’s one more memorable experience to top it all off – the Jumping Crocs cruise! You’ll get the chance to be up close and personal with the prehistoric predators of the Northern Territory.

As the day draws to a close, we take the Mandorah Ferry back to Darwin and reminisce on a full week of action packed adventure and unforgettable moments. Please join us for one last meal as we say farewell and celebrate a truly incredible holiday.          

What’s on

  • 6:00am: Breakfast at accommodation
  • 6:30am: Bus to Jumping Crocs (2 hours)
  • 9:00am: Jumping Croc Cruise
  • 10:30am: Morning tea
  • 11:00am: Bus to Berry Springs (40 minutes)
  • 11:45am: Lunch and swim
  • 1:00pm: Ride to Mandorah Ferry (2.5 to 5 hours) with afternoon tea at finish
  • 5:20pm or 6:20pm: Ferry from Mandorah to Cullen Bay
  • 5:45pm or 6:45pm: Bus to accommodation
  • 7:30pm: Dinner at accommodation

Accommodation: H on Smith, Darwin

NT Termite Mound

Day 9 – Farewell

What’s on

Flying home

Day 9 brings us to the end of our incredible adventure through some of the most untouched natural landscapes in the world.

Farewell and have a safe journey home!



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Payment details

Deposit payment: $1000 to secure your spot (available until 5pm Monday 10 January 2022)

Balance payment: Due 5pm Friday 4 February 2022

Bookings are capped at 100 guests.

Terms and conditions apply. View COVID-19 refund policy.

Got a question? Chat to the team.

Sarah Cunningham

Phone: (03) 8376 8888

Contact: Mon – Wed (9am – 5pm)


Sarah has spent the last few years managing Bicycle Network’s amazing team of event volunteers and she’s excited to bring some of that experience and support to our next event. As a bit of a travel junky, she’s super keen to explore more of our own backyard.

Jaimie Collins

Phone: (03) 8376 8888

Contact: Thursday – Friday 9am – 5pm


With more than four years under her belt in the Bicycle Network events team, Jaimie takes every opportunity to travel the world and is happiest when outdoors and being active. After exploring the outback in 2019, she’s looking forward to helping you explore all the hidden gems on offer at our next Great Escape event.