Days
3
Price from
$630AUD

Explore the wild side of the Northern Territory

Up here in the Top End we’ve got all that goes into making Australia iconic – the red dust of the Outback, countless gullies and gorges, billabongs and plunge pools, huge rock formations, Indigenous culture, and a whole heap of wildlife. Gathering it all in the country’s biggest national park, Kakadu is the place to hike, swim, off-road, climb and camp your way into the Aussie landscape. Cruise on a billabong on the look out for crocs, learn about the ways of Kakadu's original inhabitants, and see ancient rock art. Get the most of Kakadu’s raw and rugged natural beauty and panoramic views with swims in waterholes like Jim Jim Falls and Barramundi Gorge, or climbs to the top of Twin Falls and Budjimi Lookout. Finish your active days with some traditional Aussie cuisine and slip into a swag and sleep right beneath the stars. This is a real Outback adventure.


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

Why we love this trip

  • Kakadu’s the size of Slovenia, or half the size of Switzerland, or 5 million football fields – it’s big! 3 days let’s you explore the national park at a pace that makes the most of its star spots

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

  • The view of Twin Falls is pretty outstanding from the base, but don’t stand still – hike to the top for a secluded waterhole and an amazing outlook

  • 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 bank 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. This is real Outback camping – 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
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 to Twin Falls, surely one of this trip’s highlights. We’ll stretch the legs with a challenging and memorable walk to the top of the escarpment. The climb up has a double reward – pretty spectacular views over the gorge and the chance to cool off in the pools and waterways away from any crowds. We’ll then wind our way down to Jim Jim Creek and relax in a shady spot for lunch. Today’s not short on great views – next we’ll take a short climb up to Budjimi Lookout for views across the ancient Arnhemland escarpment. After lunch, take a 1-kilometre walk through monsoonal vine forest to the base of Jim Jim Falls and soak up the views of another of Kakadu’s natural wonders. Spend the afternoon swimming and relaxing on the beach, before making the drive to our private safari camp at Mardugal. The surrounds are perfect – bush and a sky full of stars. There’s only one way to end a day like this – a Great Aussie BBQ with an opportunity to try our taste plate of Crocodile, Buffalo and Kangaroo.

Notes: Walking distance today is around 5 kilometres.
Included Activities
  • Jim Jim Falls Walk
  • Twin Falls Walk
  • Budjimi Lookout
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
We’ll start early today and get a better understanding of the local Aboriginal people of Kakadu with a visit to the Warradjan Cultural Centre. Then we’ve saved one of the best gorges until last – Maguk (Barramundi Gorge). A 1-kilometre walk through towering paperbarks is rewarded with a dip in perfect plunge pools. Next it’s time to turn tail and head back towards Darwin – but not before one last look at Kakadu’s gems. Drive along the old Jim Jim road for a real bush experience, stopping at White Lily billabong, which is dotted with lilies and packed with bird-life. Take in your last view of Australia’s largest national park, then return to Darwin, arriving back around 5:30.

Notes: Walking distance today is around 3 kilometres.
Included Activities
  • Warradjan Cultural Centre
  • Maguk (Barramundi Gorge)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

Meals

2 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners

Transport

4WD vehicle

Accommodation

Swag camping with basic shared facilities (2 nights)

Included activities

  • Kakadu National Park Fee
  • Corroboree Billabong Cruise
  • Ubirr Rock
  • Jim Jim Falls Walk
  • Twin Falls Walk
  • Budjimi Lookout
  • Warradjan Cultural Centre
  • Maguk (Barramundi Gorge)

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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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