Explore the Top End by 4WD from Kakadu to Litchfield

Welcome to Darwin, an Australian capital city so remote that it’s actually closer to Bali than any other capital city in the country! Waste no time in heading bush and enjoy a welcome from the traditional owners of the land, the Limilngan-Wulna people. Explore the natural beauty of Kakadu National Park and Mary River, discover hard-to-reach spots with a 4WD adventure and keep the heat at bay with a dip in cooling pools. Learn about the warmth, history and the incredible natural beauty of this spot.

Start
Darwin, Australia
Finish
Darwin, Australia
Countries
Australia
Themes
Explorer, Short Breaks, Wildlife
Code
PNTK3
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Ages
Min 8
Group size
Min 1 Max 21
Carbon offset
512kg pp per trip


Highlights

  • Get back to basics with this classic three-day overland adventure. See the highlights and national parks of Australia's Top End in rugged, authentic style
  • Enjoy the flexibility of a private vehicle, the local knowledge of a passionate guide and the magic of camping under the great southern sky
  • Learn about the ancient culture and traditions of the Limilngan-Wulna people as they invite you into their community with a traditional 'Welcome to Country'
  • 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 billabong cruise
  • Discover the wonders of Kakadu National Park. Get adventurous on a 4WD tour to the spectacular Jim Jim Falls and see the ancient Aboriginal rock art of Ubirr

Itinerary

Leaving Darwin, travel into Wulna Country and receive a Cul Cul or unique ‘Welcome to Country’ by the traditional owners of the land, the Limilngan-Wulna people. Learn about their culture and enjoy bush tucker talks, didgeridoo demonstrations and basket weaving. Next stop is the Mary River wetlands system, which is home to the highest concentration of saltwater crocodiles in the southern hemisphere. Get close (but not too close) to the ‘salties’ and other wild creatures on a unique billabong cruise. In the afternoon, head to World-Heritage listed Kakadu National Park. Your first stop here is Maguk (Barramundi Gorge) where a hike is rewarded with a reviving swim in the plunge pools. Spend the night at a permanent campsite at Kakadu.

Note: Total driving time today is around five hours. Total walking time is approximately one hour.

Today is a long day of driving. Get ready for some 4WD action as you make your way to Jim Jim Falls, the crown of Kakadu. Once there, take in stunning views of this natural wonder and enjoy some time for a swim or a rest on the sandy beach. After lunch, discover the ancient Aboriginal rock art at Ubirr. Your guide will lead an interpretive cultural walk through the different rock art galleries, before you climb to the top of a rocky lookout for fabulous views over the Nardab floodplain. Tonight, camp in twin-share permanent tents in the Mary River region.

Note: Total driving time today is around seven hours. Total walking distance is approximately 3 kilometres, some of which is along challenging terrain.

Filled with waterholes and waterfalls, Litchfield National Park is well deserving of all its hype. Exploring Litchfield is the perfect way to complete this trip. Today visit 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. As with all good things, this Top End adventure must come to an end. Hit the road and head back to Darwin. After you've arrived, you might like to head out for a night on the town with your new friends. Total driving time today is around four hours.

Note: Should any of the attractions of the standard itinerary not be open as a result of National Park decisions surrounding accessibility and safety, activities will be substituted. Please see 'climate and seasonal information'.
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Inclusions

Meals
2 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners
Transport
All Terrain vehicle
Accommodation
Permanent, furnished tented camp (with shared facilities) (2 nights)
Included activities
  • Mary River cruise
  • Kakadu National Park Fee
  • Pudakul Cultural Experience
  • Maguk (Barramundi Gorge)
  • Jim Jim Falls Walk
  • Ubirr Rock
  • Litchfield National Park

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Important notes

1. Tour commences in Darwin on day 1 at 6:50am and finishes in Darwin day 3 at approx 6pm. Onward travel to be booked the following day.
2. Opening and closing of attractions is dependent on National Parks.
3. Strict luggage limit of 10kg applies in Kakadu excess luggage can be stored at Darwin accommodation.
4. This trip requires a sleeping bag during the cooler months of May to October.

Trip notes

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Reviews

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