Escape on an outback safari from Darwin to Kakadu National Park

Journey into the Northern Territory's rugged Top End on this short but sweet three-day tour. Go bird and croc spotting in the lush Mary River and see traditional rock art in Ubirr. Climb high to look down on the Nardab Floodplain and then find refuge from the tropical heat in the swimming holes of World Heritage-listed Kakadu National Park. Admire the reds of the soil and orange of the sunsets, you will be sure to leave with a lasting impression of the Territory’s beauty and biodiversity.


Start
Darwin, Australia
Finish
Darwin, Australia
Country
Australia
Style
Original
Theme
Explorer, Short Breaks, Wildlife
Code
PNTY3C
Physical rating
Ages
Min 8
Group size
Min 1, Max 21

Why we love this trip

  • Explore the highlights of Australia's iconic Top End on this family-friendly adventure

  • Enjoy the flexibility of a private vehicle, the local knowledge of a passionate guide and the magic of camping under the great southern sky in comfortable permanent tents

  • Savour our exclusive Australian Native Foods menu, which has been created in conjunction with Aussie bush tucker specialist Andrew Fielke. Taste the flavours of the bush in dishes incorporating ingredients such as kangaroo, emu, lemon myrtle, desert lime, wattle seed and more.

  • 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 river cruise

  • Discover the wonders of Kakadu National Park. See ancient indigenous rock art and take an optional flight over astounding landscapes

Is this trip right for you?

  • The conditions on this trip are of a higher standard than on most of our core trips. Because of this, the trip is particularly suitable for couples, families and those who are less agile.

  • While you'll be spending the nights at outback camping grounds on this trip, you'll be sleeping in permanent tents with furnishings, so you should be comfortable. Evening meals are also catered for.

  • While there will be lots of opportunities to get out among nature along walking trails, these are not particularly strenuous, and you'll often have various options to chose from.

Itinerary

Welcome to the Northern Territory! Your adventure begins in the tropical city of Darwin. Set off from Darwin and head south to Lichfield National Park, a huge sandstone plateau with dozens of waterfalls. Explore 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. The day draws to an end with a wildlife cruise in the Mary River Wetlands, a network of waterways home to crocodiles and native bird species. Enjoy an Aussie pub meal before climbing into bed at the secluded Mary River campsite. All tents are twin-share and come with a proper bed.

Note: Total driving time today is around five and a half hours (approximately 400kms)
Total walking time will take approximately one hour
Accommodation
  • Permanent tented camp (with shared facilities) (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Mary River cruise
  • Litchfield National Park
Meals Included
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
In giving Kakadu National Park World Heritage-listing, UNESCO described it as a ‘living cultural landscape with exceptional natural and cultural values’. Indigenous people have lived here for more than 50,000 years, which the ancient rock paintings of Ubirr can confirm. Your guide will explain the significance of these artworks during an interpretative cultural walk that finishes on a rocky escarpment overlooking the Nardab floodplain. In the afternoon, head to either Maguk (Barramundi Gorge) or Gunlom Falls (seasonal choice) and cool off with a dip in the plunge pools. Swimming spots don’t get a whole lot more inviting than either of these spectacular sites. Tonight, relax by the pool at the Kakadu campground and enjoy a group dinner.

Note: Total driving time today is about six and a half hours (approximately 550kms)
Total walking time will be approximately two hours.
Accommodation
  • Permanent tented camp (with shared facilities) (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Ubirr Rock
  • Maguk (Barramundi Gorge)
  • Gunlom Falls
  • Kakadu National Park Fee
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Given that Kakadu covers approximately the same amount of land as Slovenia, the sky’s a pretty good place to see it all from. This morning you’ll have the option of taking a scenic flight over the Arnhem Land escarpment, billabongs, bushlands and floodplains that make up this ruggedly beautiful region. Later spend time exploring Kakadu’s other major Aboriginal rock art site – Nourlangie (Burrunggui), while your guide provides a glimpse into how the local Aboriginal people live. After lunch, begin your journey back to Darwin.

Note: Total driving time today is about six hours (approximately 500kms)
Total walking time will be approximately fifteen minutes.
Included Activities
  • Bowali Visitor Centre
Optional Activities
  • Flight (Fixed Wing Aircraft) over - Kakadu - from - AUD150
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

Meals

2 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners

Transport

All Terrain vehicle

Accommodation

Permanent tented camp (with shared facilities) (2 nights)

Included activities

  • Mary River cruise
  • Litchfield National Park
  • Ubirr Rock
  • Maguk (Barramundi Gorge)
  • Gunlom Falls
  • Kakadu National Park Fee
  • Bowali Visitor Centre

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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 must be booked for the following day.
2. Strict luggage limit of 10kg applies in Kakadu excess luggage can be stored at Darwin accommodation.
3. The opening and closing of attractions is dependent on National parks

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Reviews

Our Kakadu Litchfield Adventure trips score an average of 5 out of 5 based on 1 review in the last year.

3 Day Kakadu Litchfield Adventure, August 2017

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