4 Days Kakadu, Katherine & Litchfield Adventure

Journey into the Northern Territory’s rugged Top End on this short but sweet four-day tour. 

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Escape on an outback safari from Darwin to the three major National Parks in the Top End

Hike through swathes of monsoon rainforest and woodland in Litchfield, cooling off with dips in rock holes and waterfalls; search for crocs by boat in the Mary River Wetlands; learn about the ways of Kakadu's original inhabitants during a cultural interpretive walk; visit the historic gold-mining town of Pine Creek and drift through the Katherine River by boat or canoe.

Why you'll love this trip

  • Explore the highlights of Australia's iconic Top End on this family-friendly adventure

  • Enjoy the flexibility of a private vehicle, the local knowledge of a passionate guide and the magic of camping under the great southern sky in comfortable permanent tents

  • Enjoy our exclusive Australian Native Foods menu throughout the trip. Created in conjunction with Aussie bush tucker specialist Andrew Fielke, you will be treated to a plethora of native dishes incorporating ingredients such as kangaroo, emu, lemon myrtle, desert lime, wattle seed and more

  • Learn about the ancient culture and traditions of indigenous Australians during an interactive experience in Katherine.

  • 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 river cruise

  • Discover the wonders of Kakadu National Park. See ancient indigenous rock art and take an optional flight over astounding landscapes

Day 1 : Darwin to Mary River via Litchfield National Park
Welcome to the Northern Territory! Your adventure begins in the tropical city of Darwin. Set off from Darwin and head south to Lichfield National Park, a huge sandstone plateau with dozens of waterfalls. Explore Florence Falls, Wangi Falls and the Buley Rockholes. After a picnic lunch, stroll through steamy rainforests and cool off with a dip in one of Litchfield's picturesque swimming holes. We then 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. Enjoy a camp dinner before climbing into bed at private campsite in the Mary River region.
Meals :Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 2 : Kakadu National Park: Ubirr and Barramundi Gorge
In giving Kakadu National Park World Heritage-listing, UNESCO described it as a ‘living cultural landscape with exceptional natural and cultural values’. Indigenous people have lived here for more than 50,000 years, to which the ancient rock paintings of Ubirr can attest. Your guide will explain the significance of these artworks during an interpretative cultural walk that finishes on a rocky escarpment overlooking the Nardab floodplain. In the afternoon we head to either Maguk (Barramundi Gorge) or Gunlom Falls (seasonal choice). Swimming spots don’t get a whole lot more inviting than either of these spectacular sites. Note: Total driving time today is around five hours. Total walking time is up to three and- a-half hours, depending on the trails taken.
Meals :Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3 : Kakadu to Katherine
Given that Kakadu covers approximately the same amount of land as Slovenia, the sky’s a pretty good place to see it all from. This morning you’ll have the option of taking a scenic flight over the billabongs, bushlands and floodplains that make up this ruggedly beautiful region. After a stop in at the Bowali visitors centre we head for the historic gold-mining town of Pine Creek which offers a very different side to Australian history. Back on the road again, there’s time for a dip in either Gunlom or Edith Falls before pulling into our private campsite near Nitmuluk National Park. Note: Total driving time today is around five-and-a-half hours. Total walking time is up to an hour-and-a-half.
Meals :Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4 : Katherine Gorge to Darwin
Back in the day (ok, it was 23 million years ago), the Katherine River flowed all the way from Arnhem Land to the Timor Sea. These days, the waters have subsided significantly: the Katherine River now flows along hemmed in on both sides by cliffs 70 metres high. It’s the highlight attraction of Nitmiluk National Park though, and you’ll have the opportunity to cruise through it by canoe or boat. Following lunch, we visit a private property next to an indigenous art gallery for some coaching in the ancient arts of boomerang throwing, fire making and traditional painting. Then it’s back to Darwin where the adventure winds up. Note: Total driving time today is around four-and-a-half hours. Total walking time is up to three-and-a-half hours, depending on the group's choice of optional activities.
Meals :Lunch

Default pick up: The Cavenagh Motel at 7.00am (12 Cavenagh Street)

April to October: Selected Wednesday and Saturdays

Arrival location : Darwin accommodation early evening day 4


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