5 Day Kakadu, Arnhem Land, Katherine and Litchfield Adventure

Experience all that the top end has to offer with a combination of 4WD adventures, Aboriginal culture, Gunlom Falls, Jim Jim Falls in Kakadu National Park. You'll visit Litchfield National Park as well as the beautiful Katherine Gorge. Go croc-spotting on a wildlife boat trip your Leader will teach you about the intricate ecosystem that is the Top End. 

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Highlights

  • Explore the highlights of Australia's iconic Top End in rugged style on this five-day overland trip
  • Enjoy the flexibility of a private vehicle, the local knowledge of a passionate guide and the magic of camping under the great southern sky
  • Learn about the ancient culture and traditions of the Limilngan-Wulna people as they invite you into their community with a traditional 'Welcome to Country'
  • The Mary River Wetlands feature a wealth of wildlife, including the highest concentration of saltwater crocodiles in the southern hemisphere. Get up close to the snappy beasts on a billabong cruise
  • Discover the wonders of Kakadu National Park on a boat trip through the spectacular Twin Falls gorge, and hike to the base of Jim Jim Falls
  • Two interactive Indigenous experiences, one in Kakadu and one in Arnhem Land delivered by local Indigenous guides

Inclusions

  • Meals: 4 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 4 dinners
  • Transport: All Terrain vehicle
  • Accommodation: 5 nights camping
  • Activities as detailed in itinerary
  • National park entry fees

Day 1: Darwin to Arnhem Land

Welcome to Darwin, the Northern Territory’s tropical capital. There’s no time to waste, so get cracking at 6.30 am and hit the road to Wulna Country, where your Limilngan-Wulna hosts – the land’s Traditional Owners – will greet you with a Cul Cul or ‘Welcome to Country’. Learn about their culture during bush tucker talks and didgeridoo and basket weaving demonstrations. We continue East along the Arnhem Highway to the Corroboree Billabong on the Mary River for a cruise to learn about the Top End’s wetlands and sight the variety of birdlife and the saltwater crocodiles. After lunch we continue to the border of Kakadu and Arnhem Land, Cahill’s Crossing, where the 4WD is utilised to traverse the croc-infested East Alligator River. Welcome to Arnhem Land. Learn about the cultural importance of the West Arnhem Land region as your Bininj guide takes you to restricted areas that First Nation ancestors have been visiting for thousands of years. Spend the afternoon learning about the region and its people’s history from your guide, before heading back to Kakadu for an overnight stay. Accommodation: Permanent twin share tent (shared facilities). Note: Total driving time: about 6 hours (approximately 350 km) Total walking time: about 1.5 hours (including stops for informative talks).

Meal(s) included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Day 2: Kakadu National Park

After fuelling up with an early breakfast, it's on to Jim Jim Falls, Kakadu's most iconic natural attraction. It’s a challenging walk through monsoon forest and over boulders. Recharge with a cooling dip in the clear waters beneath the falls upon arrival, or simply soak up the spectacular scenery while relaxing on the beach. After lunch head to Anbangbang and discover ancient rock art. Originally Warramal clan land, who have now passed away, Anbangbang is now looked after by neighbouring Mirarr and Djok clans. Consider taking a scenic flight over Kakadu in the afternoon, or visit Bowli Cultural Centre. Camping (with shared facilities) (1 night). Total driving time: about 4 hours (approximately 120 km). Total walking time: about 2.5 hours.

Meal(s) included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

Day 3: Kakadu National Park

After breakfast, head to either Gunlom Falls or Maguk (Barramundi Gorge) for a swim in another pristine waterhole. Maguk flows down the steep walls of rugged gorge into a beautiful natural plunge pool, while the steep climb to the Gunlom Falls plunge pool is rewarded with sweeping views of Kakadu and the welcome shade of gum trees. Neither option will disappoint. After a relaxing morning, it’s time to hit the road. Stop in the old gold-mining town of Pine Creek for lunch before continuing for another 3 hours to your private campsite on the doorstep of Nitmiluk National Park. Once comfortable, have dinner with the group before settling in under the stars for the night. Accommodation: Permanent twin share tent (shared facilities). Note: Total driving time: about 5.5 hours (approximately 340 km). Total walking time: about 1.5 hours.

Meal(s) included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Day 4: Nitmiluk National Park

Spend the day exploring the deep Nitmiluk (Katherine) Gorge and greater Nitmiluk National Park, a wonderland of colours, ancient rock art, waterfalls and wildlife. While here, you can explore on foot or choose to take a cruise or rental a kayak to get a closer look. Keep in mind that these optional activities are seasonal and at your own expense. In the afternoon, travel to Edith Falls, a hidden oasis of clear, cool waters surrounded by bronze boulders. After a quick swim in the huge rock pools, continue to tonight’s camp located at the edge of Litchfield National Park, where dinner awaits. Accommodation: Permanent twin share tent (shared facilities). Note: Total driving time: about 4.5 hours (approximately 350 km). Total walking time: about 3.5 hours.

Meal(s) included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Day 5: Litchfield National Park to Darwin

After breakfast, head to Litchfield National Park. A bit of a local secret, Litchfield is awash with tropical rainforest, gorgeous waterfalls and crystal-clear waterholes. Visit Florence Falls, Wangi Falls or Bluey Rockholes, then tuck into a picnic lunch. Enjoy a stroll through the steamy rainforests and refreshing dip in one of the park’s gorgeous swimming holes. In the afternoon, make the 2-hour drive back to Darwin. Note: Total driving time: about 3.5 hours (approximately 250 km). Total walking time: about 1 hour.

Meal(s) included : Lunch

Depart: Select Tuesdays from April to September, plus Fridays from June to September.

Pick Up: Darwin accommodation from 6:30am or The Cavenagh Hotel (12 Cavenagh St) between 6.30-7.15am.

Returns: Darwin accommodation early evening day 5.

What to Bring

Water bottle (2L)
Hat and sunscreen
Towel and toiletries
Towel and bathers for swimming
Camera and batteries or charger
Sturdy walking shoes
Sleeping bag or pre-purchase at time of booking
Pillow
Torch or head light

Extra Costs

A sleeping bag is required for this tour. You can bring your own or purchase one from Adventure Tours

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