Explore the national parks around the Top End of Australia

Delve into the spectacularly diverse ecosystems of Australia's Northern Territory on this 5-day Outback adventure. The Top End is famed for its exceptional national parks, rich representation of Aboriginal culture and hidden corners bursting with native wildlife, tranquil waterholes and tumbling waterfalls. Although the star of the show may be Kakadu National Park, a visit to Katherine Gorge and Nitmiluk National Park proves equally as incredible with a range of active adventures to be had on both land and water.

Darwin, Australia
Darwin, Australia
Short Breaks
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  • Experience a traditional Aboriginal welcome to the Northern Territory
  • Cruise past crocs on the Mary River Wetlands
  • Discover the wonders of Kakadu National Park
  • Take a challenging hike to the base of Jim Jim Falls
  • Strike gold in the mining town of Pine Creek
  • Paddle through Katherine Gorge in a canoe
  • Take a refreshing dip in a waterhole in Lichfield National Park


This itinerary is valid for departures from 01 April 2015 to 31 March 2016. View the itinerary for departures between 01 April 2016 - 31 March 2017

Begin this journey with a history lesson in Aboriginal culture from the area’s original owners, the Limilngan–Wulna people. Receive a traditional ‘Cul Cul‘ welcome, then gain an insight into this ancient culture with bush tucker talks, didgeridoo demonstrations, basket weaving and some spear throwing. Later on, head out on a cruise through the Mary River Wetlands and scan the waters and banks for the crocodiles that live here in astonishing numbers. Arrive in Ubirr in time to admire Aboriginal rock paintings, which date back thousands of years, and to catch a classic Top End sunset.
Take on the rough terrain of the Aussie Outback in a 4x4 on the drive towards Twin Falls. After a post-lunch laze on a riverbank and a scenic cruise, embark on a challenging hike to the base of Jim Jim Falls. After a hot and sweaty climb, spend the rest of the day indulging in refreshing dips in the pleasantly cool plunge pool.
Hike to the top of Gunlom Falls for a swim in another pristine waterhole. Soak up the astounding views of the valley from the top of the pools before exploring the old gold-mining town of Pine Creek. Spend the night at our private campsite on the doorstep of Nitmuluk National Park.
Admire the rich colours of Katherine Gorge. Choose to further your experience here with a paddle in a canoe or by hopping aboard a boat tour – either way, the dazzling scenery is sure to leave you breathless. Travel on to Edith Falls, a hidden oasis of clear, cool water surrounded by bronze boulders. After a quick swim, set up camp for the night.
Awash with dense tropical rainforest and peppered with gorgeous waterholes, Litchfield National Parkis without a doubt one of the highlights of any trip to the Top End. Visit Florence Falls, Wangi Falls and the Buley Rockholes, then enjoy a picnic lunch before returning to edgy and eccentric Darwin.
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4 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 4 dinners
All Terrain vehicle
Camping (with shared facilities) (1 night), Permanent tented camp (with shared facilities) (2 nights)


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Important notes

1. Tour commences in Darwin on day 1 at 6:50am and finishes in Darwin day 5 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.

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