Days
3
Price from
$427AUD

Get out into the wild world of the Top End

Red dust and rock formations, countless gullies and gorges, billabongs and plunge pools, Indigenous culture, and a whole heap of wildlife – Kakadu and Litchfield are the heroes of the Top End. This active Aussie adventure will get your right into the heart of this wilderness, and you’ll hike, climb, cruise, camp, swim, dip and soak your way through Jim Jim Falls, Barramundi Gorge, Wangi Falls, Florence Falls and Buley Rockhole. You’ll learn about the region’s original inhabitants, spots crocs in a billabong, see strange towering termite mounds, then bring the days to a close with some traditional Aussie cuisine and a swag right beneath the stars. In just 3 days you’ll get a great introduction to the waterfalls, unique landscapes and Indigenous culture of Kakadu and Litchfield National Park.


Start
Darwin, Australia
Finish
Darwin, Australia
Destination
Northern Territory
Style
Basix
Code
PBTKD
Physical rating
Ages
Min 18
Group size
Min 1, Max 16

Why we love this trip

  • Enjoy the flexibility of a private vehicle, the space of a small group, and the local knowledge of a passionate driver and guide

  • Discover the wonders of the Mary River westlands and Kakadu National Park with a wildlife cruise and hike to the base of Jim Jim Falls – so nice they named it twice

  • Get an opportunity to taste some traditional Aussie cuisine – crocodile, kangaroo and buffalo

  • Camp real Outback style – zipped up in a swag under a starry sky

Is this trip right for you?

  • You'll spend some nights of the trip sleeping in outback camping grounds. While conditions can be basic and facilities are minimal, this is all part of the adventure. You'll need to pitch in with preparing meals and cleaning.

  • This trip requires a moderate level of fitness as it involves a lot of walking, allowing you to truly enjoy the surrounding nature. Some hikes are longer and more challenging than others.

  • Please bring sturdy, comfortable walking shoes and comfortable clothing.

Itinerary

There’s a lot to the Northern Territory beyond its iconic red rock and dust – it’s also a place full of water and wildlife. Start today by entering the lands of a classic Aussie animal – the saltwater crocodile. After a pickup from the accommodation, head to Corroboree Billabong – part of the Mary River wetlands. See how many you can spot on a wildlife cruise – it shouldn’t be hard, the species found here is the biggest in the world. Afterwards it’s on towards Kakadu National Park, stopping by the banks of East Alligator River for a picnic lunch and some croc and flying fox spotting. Next, make a stop at one of the most unforgettable art galleries in the world – Ubirr. Learn about the Indigenous groups that have lived here for more than 50,000 years with a viewing of its ancient rock paintings. Your guide will explain the cultural significance of this artwork before we clamber up a rocky escarpment for 360-degree views across the Nardab floodplain and Arnhemland. Tonight we’ll camp in an exclusive safari camp at Garnamarr – at the base of the escarpment and within the National Park. There’s only one way to end a day like this – a Great Aussie BBQ with a chance to try our taste plate of Crocodile, Buffalo and Kangaroo, followed by zipping yourself up in a swag. It’s like your own personal sleeping bag and tent in one handy roll.

Notes: Walking distance today is around 3 kilometres.
Included Activities
  • Kakadu National Park Fee
  • Corroboree Billabong Cruise
  • Ubirr Rock
  • Bowali Visitor Centre
Meals Included
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Rambling around the Outback in a 4WD – it doesn’t get much more Aussie than that. That’s exactly what we’ll do after breakfast this morning as we drive out into Kakadu to Jim Jim Falls. Take a 1-kilometre walk through monsoonal vine forest to the base of Jim Jim Falls’ towering sandstone cliffs, and soak up the views of another of Kakadu’s natural wonders. Then it’s on another of Kakadu’s hidden gems – Maguk (Barramundi Gorge), where the pools plunge and the water falls. A 1-kilometre walk through towering paperbarks is rewarded with a dip in those perfect pools. After you’ve swum yourself out, it on to the whole world of wilderness that is Litchfield National Park.

Notes: Walking distance today is around 4 kilometres.
Included Activities
  • Jim Jim Falls Walk
  • Maguk (Barramundi Gorge)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Litchfield might be near to Darwin, but we’re definitely in the heart of the wilderness here. The park is named after a Top End explorer but has long been important to the Mak Mak Marranunggu, Werat and Waray Indigenous people. A collection of top-notch waterholes and waterfalls, Litchfield is somewhere you definitely want to have you swimming gear on hand for. Stop by the large falls and sunbathing rocks of Wangi Falls, before we make our way to Tolmer Falls for some spectacular views over the park. Relaxing or splashing about in the multiple plunge pools of Buley Rockhole is on the menu before a picnic lunch, then a final dip in the monsoon forest double-plunge cascade of Florence Falls. After we’ve had our final fill of swimming, we’ll head back towards Darwin, stopping to admire the building skills of termites, who’ve constructed the Giant Cathedral Termite and Magnetic Termite mounds. Appreciate the desert colours one last time as this Northern Territory adventure comes to an end back in Darwin around 5:30pm.

Notes: Walking distance today is around 2 kilometres.
Included Activities
  • Litchfield National Park
  • Wangi Falls
  • Florence Falls
  • Buley Rockholes
  • Tolmer Falls
  • Giant Termite Mounds
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

Meals

2 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners

Transport

All Terrain vehicle

Accommodation

Swag camping with basic shared facilities (2 nights)

Included activities

  • Kakadu National Park Fee
  • Corroboree Billabong Cruise
  • Ubirr Rock
  • Bowali Visitor Centre
  • Jim Jim Falls Walk
  • Maguk (Barramundi Gorge)
  • Litchfield National Park
  • Wangi Falls
  • Florence Falls
  • Buley Rockholes
  • Tolmer Falls
  • Giant Termite Mounds

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Important notes

1. Tour commences in Darwin on day 1 at 7:00am and finishes in Darwin day 3 at approx 6pm.
2. Onward travel from Darwin must be booked for the following day.
3. Strict luggage limit of 10kg applies in Kakadu excess luggage can be stored at Darwin accommodation.
4. This trip requires a sleeping bag.

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