Ducati Adventures North Australia

Route 1

Take an overnight cruise deep into the most magical spots in the Top End, like Kakadu National Park, Litchfield National Park, and the historic outback towns and gorges of Katherine and Batchelor. The route includes a night’s stay in Katherine. 

Riding conditions encompass easy riding on sealed highways, with a couple of off-road trails available in Kakadu National Park and Nitmiluk National Park for riders who are keen to take the Multistrada V4 to explore the outback beyond the tarmac.

For your night in Katherine, a stay at the fantastic Cicada Lodge includes a dining experience that puts the spotlight on native cuisine and great wine. Alternatively, to savour a night deep in the rural outback, ride from Katherine to Beswick , and stay at Djakanimba Pavilions.

Discover more highlights of your adventure below.

What to expect on Day 1

Morning: Darwin to Jabiru via Mount Bundey

Hit the road early for an epic ride from the NT’s capital and into the iconic Kakadu National Park, but not before visiting some of Darwin’s artistic and historic highlights. Head to Crocosaurus Cove to see the giant saltwater crocodiles, or learn about Darwin’s storied history at the Aviation Museum or 1934 Qantas Hangar. Near the waterfront, art and culture await at the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory.

 

Kick start your ride by following the Arnhem Highway to Mount Bundey for morning tea. Afterwards, cruise into Kakadu National Park towards Jabiru, passing through eucalypt forests and the scenic Mamukala Wetlands along the way. 

In Kakadu, break for a laid-back lunch at one of Jabiru’s country pubs or cafes, and explore the Bowali Visitor Centre. You might also venture off the beaten track towards Ubirr, around 30 minutes away, to see the amazing rock art.

Afternoon: Jabiru to Katherine via Pine Creek

After lunch, follow the Kakadu Highway towards Pine Creek. Stunning scenic lookouts can be found along the way at Barramundi Gorge, Mirrai Lookout, and Yellow Water (Ngurrungurrudjba). These locations show off iconic Australian outback landscapes, and are the perfect way to break up your afternoon ride. 

At Pine Creek, take an afternoon pitstop to recharge your batteries, and learn about the pioneering history of the area at the local museum. From here, it’s around an hour’s ride to Katherine, your tropical base for the night. We suggest staying at the legendary Cicada Lodge to enjoy an award-winning dining experience based on native ingredients and expertly matched wines, or alternatively, you can ride further to Djakanimba Pavilions, located in Beswick.

Day 1: Darwin to Katherine

Explore Darwin’s cultural hotspots, see Kakadu National Park’s incredible landscapes and diverse wildlife, then take an afternoon ride on the Kakadu Highway and enjoy a night of country hospitality in Katherine.

Suggested Schedule (560km | 5h45m hour ride, 7h45m day)

0830-0945 Section 1

0945-1015 Morning Tea

1015-1130 Section 2

1130-1230 Lunch

1230-1445 Section 3

1445-1515 Afternoon Tea

1515-1615 Section 4

Stop 1: Morning Tea, Mount Bundey
  • Gecko Restaurant (open everyday, 0800-1000)

Website | 08 8978 8877

Arnhem Hwy, Annaburroo NT 0836

  • Purple Mango Café & Brewery (open Sat-Sun, 1100-1600)

Website | 0407 739 738

294 Stephen Rd, Marrakai NT 0822

  • Bark Hut Inn @ BP (open everyday, 0600-1800)

No Website | 0447 051 862

Arnhem Hwy, Mount Bundey NT 0822

Stop 2: Lunch, Jabiru
  • Anbinik Kakadu Resort (open Mon-Sun, 1100-1430)

Website | 08 8979 3173

83 Jabiru Dr, Jabiru NT 0886

  • Escarpment Bar and Restaurant (open everyday, 1200-1400)

Website | 08 8979 9000

Flinders St, Jabiru NT 0886

  • Fat Sams (open Tue-Sat, 0900-1400)

Website | 08 8979 2575

384 Jabiru Dr, Jabiru NT 0886

Stop 3: Afternoon Tea, Pine Creek
  • Mayse's Café (open Tue-Sat, 0800-1500)

Website | 08 8976 1241

40 Moule St, Pine Creek NT 0847

  • Emerald Springs Roadhouse (open everyday, 0700-2100)

No Website | 08 8975 4109

721 Stuart Hwy, Emerald Springs NT 0847

Stop 4: Overnight, Katherine

Hotels

  • Cicada Lodge (5*)

Website | 1300 146 743

Gorge Rd, Katherine NT 0850

  • Djakanimba Pavilions (not rated)

Website | 0428 606 773

Cameron Rd, Beswick NT 0850

Restaurants

  • Dining @ Cicada Lodge (open everyday, 1830-2100)

Website | 1300 146 743

Gorge Rd, Katherine NT 0850

  • Marksie's Stockman's Camp Tucker Night (open Tue, Thu, Sat, 1830-2130)

Website | 0427 112 806

363 Gorge Rd, Lansdowne NT 0850

  • Kumbidgee Restaurant (open Wed-Sun, 1730-2100)

Website | 0477 230 604

595 Gorge Rd, Katherine NT 0851

  • Stormy's Bar and Bistro (open Mon-Sat, 1800-2030)

Website | 08 8972 3998

2 Fourth St, Katherine NT 0851

What to expect on day 2

Morning: Katherine to Batchelor via Pine Creek

Kick off day two in Katherine by exploring some of the town and beautiful surrounds. In town you can immerse yourself in history at the Godinymayin Yijard Rivers Arts & Culture Centre or Katherine Museum, or you can hit the dirt trail into Nitmiluk National Park, where Butterfly Gorge, Baruwei Lookout and the Southern Rockhole offer amazing outlooks over the Katherine River. 

Back on the Stuart Highway, ride to Batchelor for lunch, pausing for your morning break at Pine Creek along the way. Batchelor offers a range of relaxed bistros, cafes and restaurants for a great lunch in the historic settlement.

Afternoon: Batchelor to Darwin via Rakula

After lunch, check out some of the natural wonders of Litchfield Park, like the towering Magnetic Termite Mounds, or the tranquil waters at Buley Rockhole or Florence Falls Waterhole. The area is also home to several beautiful cascades, including the dual waterfalls at Wangi Falls, and the Upper Cascades in Rakula, where we suggest taking your afternoon break.

To finish your epic Northern Territory adventure, stop off at Blackmore River Conservation Reserve for a quick bush walk and a photo, then it’s just a short ride home to Darwin.

Day 2: Katherine to Darwin

Head off the beaten trail to Katherine Gorge to explore incredible nature spots, ride the Stuart Highway to Batchelor for lunch, then spend your afternoon discovering some of Litchfield National Park’s most beautiful and secluded spots.

Suggested Schedule (455km | 5h30m hour ride, 7h30m day)

0900-1000 Section 1

1000-1030 Morning Tea

1030-1230 Section 2

1230-1330 Lunch

1330-1430 Section 3

1430-1500 Afternoon Tea

1500-1630 Section 4

Stop 1: Morning Tea, Pine Creek
  • Mayse's Café (open Tue-Sat, 0800-1500)

Website | 08 8976 1241

40 Moule St, Pine Creek NT 0847

  • Emerald Springs Roadhouse (open everyday, 0700-2100)

No Website | 08 8975 4109

721 Stuart Hwy, Emerald Springs NT 0847

Stop 2: Lunch, Batchelor
  • Lil’Ripper Café, Bar and Bistro (open everyday, 0900-2000)

Website | 08 8976 0123

48 Rum Jungle Rd, Batchelor NT 0845

  • Butterfly Restaurant (open everyday, 1200-1400)

Website | 08 8976 0110

8 Meneling Rd, Batchelor NT 0845

Stop 3: Afternoon Tea, Rakula
  • Litchfield Café (open everyday, 1000-1600)

Website | 08 8978 2077

Litchfield Park Rd, Rakula NT 0822

Route 2

Journey from Alice Springs into West MacDonnell National Park for a fantastic day ride that highlights this gorgeous region’s parklands, red rock canyons, and peaceful waterholes. The route includes a lunch at Petermann, and scheduled breaks for short walks that let you see some of outback Australia’s iconic ochre landscapes. 

This route is mostly easy riding on sealed highways, but also includes a long dirt road section between Petermann and Ghan that will accentuate the impressive capabilities of the Multistrada V4. In the event of bad weather, the route can be completed entirely on the highways.

Breaks for refreshments in the morning and afternoon make for a comfortable day of riding, while a laid-back lunch in Petermann is the perfect way to punctuate your outback journey.

Discover more highlights of your adventure below.

What to expect on the route

Morning: Alice Springs to Petermann via Mount Zeil

Before hitting the road for your adventure, you can check out the amazing wildlife displays at Alice Springs Desert Park. After making tracks from Alice Springs, stop at the legendary Simpsons Gap and get a photo of the gorgeous, tranquil waters and rocky cliffs. A little further along the road is Standley Chasm, a great spot for nature walks and picturesque lookouts. 

Afterwards, ride to Mount Zeil, where you can explore some magnificent gorge formations and grab a coffee. Ellery Creek Big Hole, Serpentine Gorge, and the Ochre Pits are all worth pulling over for along the way, and nearby to Mount Zeil, you can walk to the amazing lookouts at Mount Sonder, Glen Helen Gorge, or the Glen Helen Organ Pipes. Amazing red rock formations, native bush and untouched wildlife can be found at any of these scenic spots, while the swimming hole at Ormiston Gorge is accessible via a dirt road ride and a bush walk. 

After exploring the gorges, head to Petermann to grab lunch at a local bistro in the heart of the Watarrka National Park.

Afternoon: Petermann to Alice Springs via Stuarts Well

After lunch at Petermann, ride past Kings Canyon and stretch your legs with a short walk down the easy track to Kathleen Springs. If you wish to extend your trip and take an incredible hike, you might choose to stay overnight at Kings Canyon Resort and walk to the canyon rim the following morning.

Back in the saddle, it’s time for the exciting final stretch, where you can take on the awesome Ernest-Giles Road dirt trail (turn off from Luritja Rd). This epic 100km section is best ridden in the dry months, as wet season can bring floods. As you get closer to Alice Springs, check out the Henbury Meteorites Conservation Reserve, near Ghan, then follow the Stuart Highway across the Finke River and back to town. 

The Breath-taking MacDonnel National Park

Explore the amazing gorges and canyons of West MacDonnell National Park, enjoy an outback lunch in Petermann, then cruise through the Kings Canyon region and ride the epic dirt trail to Ghan on your way home to Alice Springs.

Suggested Schedule (690km | 5h45m hour ride, 8h00m day)

0900-1030 Section 1

1030-1100 Morning Tea

1100-1215 Section 2

1215-1330 Lunch

1330-1445 Section 3

1445-1515 Afternoon Tea

1515-1700 Section 4 

Stop 1: Morning Tea, Mount Zeil
  • Taarna Kiosk (open everyday, 1000-1600)

Website | 0459 345 717

Ormiston Gorge, Mount Zeil, NT 0872

Stop 2: Lunch, Petermann
  • Desert Oaks Bistro (open everyday, 1000-1400)

Website | 1800 837 168

Luritja Rd, Watarrka National Park Kings Canyon, NT 0872

  • King Creek Station Café (open everyday, 0700-1900)

Website | 08 8956 7474

Kings Creek Station, Luritja Road, Petermann, NT 0872 

Stop 3: Afternoon Tea, Stuarts Well
  • Stuarts Well Roadhouse (open everyday, 0700-2100)

Website | 08 8956 0808

Stuart Highway, Stuarts Well, Alice Springs, NT 0870

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