Uncover natural and spiritual charms in Australia's north.

Head into the heart of the Northern Territory’s rugged Top End on a short but sweet three-day tour.. Learn about local mythology and customs from a Bininj (indigenous) guide while Cruising up the spectacular East Alligator River, then uncover art from tens of thousands of years ago on a visit to Mawurndaddja. Take a dip in the secret waterholes of Kakadu. From the red soil to the orange sunset – this adventure will leave you with a lasting impression of the beauty and culture of the Australia’s rugged north.


Start
Darwin, Australia
Finish
Darwin, Australia
Country
Australia
Style
Basix
Theme
Explorer, Indigenous Culture, Short Breaks, Wildlife
Code
POBAK
Physical rating
Ages
Min 12
Group size
Min 1, Max 15

Why we love this trip

  • Learn about the cultural importance of these spectacular landscapes through the eyes of experienced knowledgeable guides including a local Bininj (indigenous) Guluyambi guide.

  • The Mawurndaddja rock art and occupation complex offers a unique insight into ancient indigenous culture– with rock art spanning from the present time to many thousands of years of age

  • Take a cruise along the waterways of the North – uncovering a mix of culture and nature as you potter along rivers and billabongs alike

  • Cool off in the secret watering holes of Kakadu, swimming under waterfalls and marvelling in the hues of the surrounding terrain

Is this trip right for you?

  • This trip is part of a longer combination trip. There is a transfer back to Darwin on day three from Pine Creek. If you wish to travel on the five day itinerary, please search PNTK5 on our website.

  • You'll spend some nights of the trip sleeping in outback camping grounds. While conditions can be basic and facilities are minimal, this is all part of the adventure. You'll need to pitch in with preparing meals and cleaning.

  • 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.

  • 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

Welcome to tropical Darwin, where your adventure begins. As this trip spends very little time in the Northern Territory's capital, consider arriving a few days early to explore the city. After meeting your group and leader this morning, leave Darwin and travel into Wulna Country, where you'll receive a Cul Cul ('Welcome to Country') by the traditional owners of the land, the Limilngan-Wulna people. Learn about their ancient culture as you enjoy bush tucker talks, didgeridoo demonstrations and basket weaving. Next stop is the border of Kakadu and Arnhem Land to experience the Guluyumbi cruise. Enjoy your Binninj guide explain to you the importance of the East Alligator River. After the cruise we will enter Arnhem Land and go to an art site called Mawurndaddja. This site allows you to see first hand the history and culture of this region. See artwork that is many thousands of years old. This site is unique in the Top End and you will have it all to youself. After a cool drink and some nibbles in Arnhem Land we will head to your overnight camp in Kakadu where the group will have dinner.

Note: Total driving time is about six hours (approximately 350kms) Total walking time is approximately one and a half hours (including stops for informative talks)
Included Activities
  • Pudakul Cultural Experience
  • Guluyambi Cultural Cruise
  • Mawurndaddja rock art and occupation complex
Meals Included
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Early this morning after breakfast, travel by 4WD to the Twin Falls. Experience this spectacular gorge aboard a boat shuttle that’s operated by the national park, with a walk along the boardwalk afterwards. Unwind and relax on the sandy banks before heading to explore Jim Jim Falls. After a quick lunch break, take in the views of this natural wonder before taking a challenging walk to the base of the falls. Here you can choose to swim or relax on the beach, enjoying the spectacular scenery, before making the short drive to your overnight bush camp.

Note: Total driving time is about four hours (approximately 120kms)
Total walking time is approximately two and a half hours
Accommodation
  • Camping (with shared facilities) (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Jim Jim Falls Walk
  • Twin Falls Walk
  • Twin Falls Gorge River shuttle
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
After breakfast, head to either Maguk (Barramundi Gorge) or Gunlom Falls and cool off with a dip in the plunge pools. Stop off at the Lazy Lizard Hotel and shop at Pine Creek before meeting your transfer driver for the trip back to Darwin (Approx. 2.5 hours) where your trip will end upon arrival.
Included Activities
  • Maguk (Barramundi Gorge)
  • Pine Creek Gold-Mining Centre
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch

Meals

2 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners

Transport

All Terrain vehicle

Accommodation

Camping (with shared facilities) (1 night), Permanent, furnished tented camp (with shared facilities) (1 night)

Included activities

  • Pudakul Cultural Experience
  • Guluyambi Cultural Cruise
  • Mawurndaddja rock art and occupation complex
  • Jim Jim Falls Walk
  • Twin Falls Walk
  • Twin Falls Gorge River shuttle
  • Maguk (Barramundi Gorge)
  • Pine Creek Gold-Mining Centre

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Important notes

1. This trip starts in Darwin at approximately 6:50am and finishes early evening day three. Onward travel should be booked the following day.
2. Permits to Arnhem Land and Kakadu National Park will be arrange for you in advance.

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