Explore Kakadu and Litchfield national parks travelling from Darwin

A journey through Kakadu and Litchfield National Park means scenic sunset vistas, incredible wildlife and a full insight into Australia's Top End. Meet the leathery scaled reptiles lurking below the waters of the Mary River Wetlands, view ancient Aboriginal cave art and hike to some gloriously isolated natural environments. Travelling by 4x4 and camping out under the stars is without a doubt the best way to gain a true-blue experience in the Australia's expansive Outback.

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


Highlights

  • Take a dive beneath a natural waterfall
  • Meet the people of the local Top End Limilngan–Wulna Aboriginal groups
  • Pull on the binoculars for some serious birdwatching around the Mary River Wetlands
  • Camp out under the stars in the Aussie Outback
  • View ancient Aboriginal rock art at Ubirr
  • Hike around Kakadu National Park
  • 4WD across the sunburnt plains of the Top End
  • Admire the sheer force of the Jim Jim and Twin waterfalls

Itinerary

Welcome to Darwin, Australia, where your adventure begins. Leave Darwin behind and journey south to Litchfield National Park, visiting the park’s waterfalls. Go for a swim and enjoy lunch before travelling into Wulna Country. On arrival, receive a Cul Cul (‘Welcome to Country’) by the traditional owners of the land, the Limilngan–Wulna people, who will talk to you about the local Aboriginal culture. Finish the day in the Mary River region, looking out for exotic birds, crocodiles and other animals on a wildlife cruise. This evening relax in your permanent tent in the Mary River camping round, surrounded by nature. Tents come with comfortable beds, linen and pillows, but you may want to bring your own sleeping bag.
After breakfast, head to World Heritage-listed Kakadu National Park and make your way via four-wheel drive to Jim Jim Falls. At 200 metres high, Jim Jim is the crown of Kakadu. Continue onto Twin Falls, enjoying views of the waterfalls and gorge from the comfort of a national park operated boat. Your guide will then take you along the boardwalk to the base of the falls. Tonight, stay in a permanent tent at the Kakadu National Park campsite. Notes: Both falls aren’t available all year round and are subject to seasonal availability. Please contact us for more details.
Not long after breakfast today, discover ancient Aboriginal rock art at Ubirr and climb to the top of a lookout for views over the Nardab floodplain. Afterwards, head to Maguk (Barramundi Gorge) where a hike is rewarded with a swim in the natural plunge pools. After lunch, check out the Warradjan Cultural Centre before the journey back to Darwin in the afternoon. After arriving into Darwin, there are no more activities planned and you’re free to continue on your travels. TROPICAL SUMMER ITINERARY (Nov -May) **Please note Twin Falls and Jim Jim Falls are inaccessible during the wet season Day 1 – Litchfield National Park | Cathedral Termite Mounds | Wildlife cruise |Overnight camp. (LD) Day 2 – Mamukala Wetlands (seasonal)| Ubirr or Nourlangie Rock (seasonal) | Walk to Gubara Springs | Overnight camp Kakadu. (BLD) Day 3 – Gunlom Falls or Motor Car Falls (seasonal) | Warradjan Culture Centre | Return to Darwin. (BL)
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Inclusions

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

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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 please consider when booking flights and accommodation.
2. We recommend you book accommodation in advance and extend your stay here.
3. Strict luggage limit of 10kg applies in Kakadu excess luggage can be stored at Darwin accommodation.
4. Please bring a sleeping bag, or you can purchase one for AU$30. Please enquire at time of booking.
5. This trip is also available in Basix style. Please see trip code PTNKU for more information.

Trip notes

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Reviews

Our 3 Day 4WD Kakadu/ Litchfield Explorer trips score an average of 3.83 out of 5 based on 6 reviews in the last year.

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