Days
4
Price from
$1,120AUD

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.


Start
Darwin, Australia
Finish
Darwin, Australia
Destination
Northern Territory, Kakadu
Style
Original
Theme
Overland, Short Breaks, Wildlife
Physical rating
Ages
Min 8
Group size
Min 1, Max 21
Code
PNTY4C

Why we 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

  • 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

Is this trip right for you?

  • The conditions on this trip are of a higher standard than on most of our core trips. Because of this, the trip is particularly suitable for couples, families and those who are less agile.

  • While you'll be spending the nights at outback camping grounds on this trip, you'll be sleeping in permanent tents with furnishings, so you should be comfortable.

  • Evening meals are catered at local bistro's

  • While there will be lots of opportunities to get out among nature along walking trails, these are not particularly strenuous, and you'll often have various options to chose from.

Itinerary

This itinerary is valid for departures from 01 April 2016 to 31 March 2017. View the itinerary for departures between 01 April 2017 - 31 March 2018

Flush with waterfalls, swimming holes and some pretty gigantic termite mounds, Litchfield National Park encapsulates all that’s wonderful about the Top End. We’ll start off here checking out Florence Falls and the Buley Rockholes, then break for a picnic before travelling on to Wangi Falls for a final swim and leisurely stroll through monsoon forest. Leaving Litchfield, it’s on and into Mary River National Park. The species of saltwater crocodile found in Australia are the biggest in the world, and the Mary River wetlands are absolutely full of them. See how many you can spot on an afternoon river cruise. All tents are twin-share and come with a proper bed.

Note: Total driving time today is around five-and-a-half hours. There are also a few short, easy walks.
Accommodation
  • Permanent, furnished tented camp (with shared facilities) (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Litchfield National Park
  • Mary River cruise
  • Kakadu National Park Fee
Meals Included
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
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 Maguk (Barramundi Gorge) or Gunlom Falls. Fringed by palms and fed by a waterfall that flows year-round, swimming spots don’t get a whole lot more inviting than this.

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.
Accommodation
  • Permanent, furnished tented camp (with shared facilities) (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Maguk (Barramundi Gorge)
  • Ubirr Rock
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
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. Next stop is the major indigenous rock art sites of Nourlangie (Burrungi), where you’ll gain further insight into one of the world’s oldest surviving cultures. A stop-in at the historic gold-mining town of Pine Creek meanwhile offers a very different side to Australian history. Back on the road again, there’s time for a dip in 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.
Accommodation
  • Permanent, furnished tented camp (with shared facilities) (1 night)
Optional Activities
  • Flight (Fixed Wing Aircraft) over - Kakadu - from - AUD150
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
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.

Optional Activities
  • Katherine Gorge Scenic Cruise - AUD87
  • Katherine Gorge Canoe from - AUD45
Included Activities
  • Top Didj Indigenous Experience
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

Meals

3 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 3 dinners

Transport

All Terrain vehicle

Accommodation

Permanent, furnished tented camp (with shared facilities) (3 nights)

Included Activities

  • Litchfield National Park
  • Mary River cruise
  • Kakadu National Park Fee
  • Maguk (Barramundi Gorge)
  • Ubirr Rock
  • Top Didj Indigenous Experience

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Important notes

1. Tour commences in Darwin on day 1 at 6:50am and finishes in Darwin day 4 at approx 6pm. Onward travel must be booked for the following day.
2. Strict luggage limit of 10kg applies in Kakadu excess luggage can be stored at Darwin accommodation.
3. The opening and closing of attractions is dependent on National parks

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