Kakadu, Katherine & Litchfield Explorer

4 Days | Striking natural colour and proud First Nations culture combine in the Northern Territory

4.9 out of 5 based on 7 reviews submitted.
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Get a taste of the Top End’s natural wonders on this four-day adventure. Chase the many magnificent waterfalls at Litchfield National Park and be drawn to the 2 m tall Magnetic Termine Mounds – an iconic feature of Northern Territory’s landscape. Learn from the traditional owners of the land at Kakadu National Park, and marvel at examples of First Nations rock art at Ubirr and Burrungkuy (Nourlangie). Wind your way through the staggering sandstone of Nitmiluk (Katherine) Gorge – the reds of the soil and orange of the sunsets will leave you with a lasting impression of the Territory’s beauty and biodiversity.

Trip overview

Map of Kakadu, Katherine & Litchfield Explorer including Australia
Start
Darwin, Australia
Finish
Darwin, Australia
Theme
Explorer
Destinations
Australia
Physical rating
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Style
Basix
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1 - Max 16
Trip code
PZRK
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Why you'll love this trip
  • Explore some of Litchfield National Park’s magical waterfalls, including Wangi Falls and Florence Falls, and swim in their refreshing natural plunge pools.
  • Gain insight into the First Nations customs and traditions of the Northern Coast Wetland region on a Culture Ecological Experience.
  • Tour through time and see incredible examples of First Nations rock art on short walks in Ubirr and Burrungkuy (Nourlangie).
  • Choose to go on an optional Indigenous-owned cruise through the Yellow Water Billabong within Kakadu National Pak.
  • Admire the sculpted sandstone of Nitmiluk (Katherine) Gorge on either a guided walk or on a cruise along the Katherine River.
  • By travelling on this trip, you’ll directly support our Intrepid Foundation partner, Country Needs People. Donations help them support Indigenous land and sea management in Australia. Intrepid will double your impact by dollar-matching all post-trip donations made to The Intrepid Foundation.

Is this trip right for you?
  • Your accommodation on this trip is at private semi-permanent tented campsites. However, this isn't the most basic camping experience, as you'll have stretcher beds to sleep on. Please bring your own sleeping bag. Alternatively you can hire a sleeping bag at an additional cost. Please ask your booking agent to request a sleeping bag for you if you like to take advantage of this option. Please note that facilities are shared with other nearby campsites, including toilets and shower blocks, which are a short walk from where we camp.
  • On some days of the trip, you’ll spend many hours driving through very sparse areas of Australia. Sit back and enjoy landscapes that you would miss in any other form of travel. Think of it as a great way to get to know your fellow travellers. The drive days can be long, but it’s as much about the journey as the destination, and half the fun is the camaraderie.
  • 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.
  • Group participation makes up a lot of this trip, so you'll be required to help with the preparation of meals and cleaning up. These are the kind of tasks that bring a group closer together.
  • Temperatures in the Top End can be extreme. During the day the weather can be hot (and the Australian sun is strong) so please bring appropriate clothing, use sun protection and drink plenty of water. In the evenings temperatures really drop, so ensure you have base layers and warm clothing.

Itinerary

This itinerary is valid for departures from 01 April 2024 to 31 March 2025.

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Inclusions

Meals

3 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners

Transport

Private vehicle

Accommodation

Semi-permanent tents with shared facilities (2 nights), Safari Tents with shared facilities (1 night)

Activities
  • Lambells Lagoon - Pudakul Aboriginal Ecological Experience
  • Litchfield National Park - Magnetic Termite Mounds
  • Litchfield National Park - Florence Falls
  • Litchfield National Park - Wangi Falls Loop Walk & Swim
  • Kakadu National Park - Nourlangie Rock Art Site Walk
  • Kakadu National Park - Ubirr Rock Art Site Walk
  • Kakadu National Park - Cahills Crossing
  • Nitmiluk National Park - Leliyn (Edith Falls) Upper Circuit Walk & Swim
  • Katherine - Hot Springs
Add on activities
  • Kakadu National Park - Yellow Water Cruise - AUD145
  • Nitmiluk National Park - Nitmiluk (Katherine) Gorge walk - Free
  • Nitmiluk National Park - NitNit Dreaming 2 Gorge Cruise - AUD130

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Important notes

START & END TIMES
The tour commences in Darwin on Day 1 at 7am am and finishes back in Darwin on the final day (Day 4) at approximately 6pm. We recommend you arrive a day earlier, and onward travel should be booked for the following day.

SINGLE SUPPLEMENT
A Single Tent Supplement can be booked if you prefer not to share a tent on this trip, subject to availability. 

SLEEPING BAG
A sleeping bag is required for this trip. Please bring your own or request to hire one through us at time of booking.

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Reviews

4.9 out of 5 based on 7 reviews submitted.
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Swathi · Traveled June 2024
This was an incredible trip. In just four days, we were able to fit in so many activities, while still making time for leisurely lunches and swims, and always arriving at our next destination by sunset. Though we covered long distances in a short time, our guide Lauren had a fantastic itinerary with plenty of stops and interesting information that made it feel like we barely drove at all. Lauren was absolutely what made this trip so special- from catering delicious food to showing us the best spots to explore, and keeping us all on schedule, she was just wonderful. Highly recommend this beautiful tour of one of the most amazing corners of Australia.
Review submitted 03 Jul 2024

Sharyn · Traveled June 2024
The four day Litchfield, Kakadu and Katherine explorer was full of memorable experiences. Waterfalls, swimming holes, cruises, walks, and soaking in indigenous culture. Guide Maurice was awesome. Definitely recommend.
Review submitted 26 Jun 2024

Georgina · Traveled June 2024
Magnificent experience to Darwin's national parks - highly recommend as an adventure to repeat, it was that good!
Review submitted 19 Jun 2024

Richelle · Traveled May 2024
This trip is perfect for adventure lovers wanting to escape their city lives and be immersed in the stunning and natural landscapes of the Northern Territory. We were really blessed, as we had a small group therefore, got to know each other well and had a blast especially all the swimming!!!! We learnt so much about indigenous culture and loved seeing all of the rock art in various different remote places. Our tour guide Lauren was calm, efficient and knowledgeable. She made the trip really wonderful for all. I love intrepid and will continue to holiday with them and would not hesitate to always recommend Intrepid in the future to anyone looking for sustainable and easy going holidays with like minded people.
Review submitted 02 Jun 2024

Jazmyn · Traveled May 2024
This trip was life changing! I learned so much, conquered so many fears, and met a lovely bunch of people. And had SO many glorious swims.
Review submitted 13 May 2024
Kakadu, Katherine & Litchfield Explorer
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USD $956