Days
3
Price from
$531AUD

Watch the Top End come to life under a wet season sky

This is a time when the national parks of the Northern Territory take on a different feel, when the colours of the trees and plants really shine, when others stay away and we have the gullies and gorges, billabongs and plunge pools all to ourselves. Cruise on the lookout for crocs, see ancient rock art, learn the ways of Kakadu's original inhabitants, and climb to viewpoints to lookout across Australia’s biggest national park. Head off the summer sun’s heat while you splash about in the waters of Kakadu and Litchfield’s raw and rugged terrain. This trip will show you a different side to the tropical Top End.


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

Why we love this trip

  • Some say the wet season is the best time to visit the Northern Territory’s national parks. You’ll probably agree when you sit by a roaring waterfall and feel like you have the whole place to yourself

  • Thanks so a special permit, visit a hidden waterhole called Ikoymarrwa Rock Holes (Moline) that’s an extremely culturally significant part of Kakadu National Park

  • Have an opportunity to try a taste plate of traditional Aussie cuisine – crocodile, kangaroo and buffalo

Is this trip right for you?

  • The wet season in Kakadu can be pretty hot and sticky, with high humidity levels and very warm temperatures through the day and night.

  • Certain areas of the National Parks aren't open in the wet season due to road accessibility and flooding. We visit other places off the beaten tracks which are just as stunning.

  • We swag camp for as long as we can, until the weather gets too hot around the new year. We do have the opportunity to stay in air-conditioned dorm rooms during this very hot period.

  • 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, especially in the west season. Start today by entering the lands of a classic Aussie animal – the saltwater crocodile. After a pickup from the accommodation, head to the Adelaide River for a croc cruise. See how many you can spot – it shouldn’t be hard, the species found here is the biggest in the world. Afterwards it’s on towards Kakadu National Park. Get an idea of how Indigenous people have lived in this area for over 20,000 years at Nourlangie (or Burrunggui), where environmental and social changes are reflected in the rock art. Then clamber up a rocky escarpment to the Gunwhardewharde lookout for 360-degree views across over the escarpment, including Nawurlandja. Get a better understanding of the local Aboriginal people of Kakadu with a visit to the Warradjan Cultural Centre and then we make our way to Mardugal Safari camp, nestled in the heart of Kakadu. A perfect way to end this first day is with a Great Aussie BBQ with an opportunity to try our taste plate of Crocodile, Buffalo and Kangaroo.

Notes: Walking distance today is around 3 kilometres. From December to February, we’ll stay in dorm share accommodation, while in November, March and April, you’ll be zipping yourself up in a swag.
Included Activities
  • Kakadu National Park Fee
  • Gunwhardewharde Lookout
  • Nourlangie Rock
  • Jumping Crocodile Cruise
Meals Included
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Today’s a day of big gorges, big walks, and big swims. The falls will all be roaring this season, so first we’ll head for Gunlom Falls (if it’s accessible), for a dip in the massive pool just below the waterfall and a steep climb to the top that’ll be rewarded with gorgeous views across southern Kakadu. If the road’s not passable, then it’s on to Yurmikmik. This walk will take you through the diverse Kakadu terrain, through woodlands and monsoon forest. These walks will get the heart rate up – but there’s always that refreshing swim waiting at the end. We’ll continue to ramble about in the 4WD as we make our way to Ikoymarrwa Rock Holes (Moline) for another swim. We’re lucky to share this hidden place – it’s a special permit area, not available to most tour operators, recognised for its cultural and environmental sensitivity. Sit and listen to the sounds of the water and the wildlife, then slip into the pool. The days are hot during the wet season and storms often build up, so it’ll be time to head to our camp at Pine Creek. Tonight you’ll enjoy the comfort of air-conditioned dorm rooms, but you can also get back in your swag if you’d prefer.

Notes: Walking distance today is around 8 kilometres.
Included Activities
  • Gunlom Falls
  • Ikoymarrwa Rock Holes (Moline)
  • Motor Car Falls
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. Your 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

Camping (with basic facilities) or multishare dorm (2 nights)

Included activities

  • Kakadu National Park Fee
  • Gunwhardewharde Lookout
  • Nourlangie Rock
  • Jumping Crocodile Cruise
  • Gunlom Falls
  • Ikoymarrwa Rock Holes (Moline)
  • Motor Car Falls
  • 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 from 6:50am 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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