From Darwin 5-Day Kakadu Katherine & Litchfield Camping Tour
- Explore the highlights of Australia's iconic Top End in rugged style on this five-day overland trip
- Discover the wonders of Kakadu National Park on a boat trip through the spectacular Twin Falls gorge, and hike to the base of Jim Jim Falls
- Receive a Cul Cul ('Welcome to Country') by the traditional owners of the land, the Limilngan-Wulna people
- Enjoy the flexibility of a private vehicle, the local knowledge of a passionate guide and the magic of camping under the great southern sky
Day 1: Mary River Wetlands & Ubirr (L/D)
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 Mary River wetlands system, which has the highest concentration of saltwater crocodiles in the southern hemisphere. Get close to these ‘salties’ and other wild creatures on a billabong cruise. Late in the afternoon arrive into Ubirr in time for sunset, seeing the vivid Aboriginal rock art that dates back over 20,000 years. In the evening head to your overnight camp in Kakadu where the group will have dinner.
Day 2: Kakadu National Park (B/L/D)
Early this morning after breakfast, travel by 4WD to the Twin Falls. Experience this spectacular gorge aboard a boat cruise 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.
Day 3: Kakadu National Park to Nitmiluk National Park (B/L/D)
After breakfast, head to either Maguk (Barramundi Gorge) or Gunlom Falls and cool off with a dip in the plunge pools. Visit the historic gold-mining centre of Pine Creek and head further south after lunch. Journey for around 3 hours in a private vehicle to your campsite on the doorstep of Nitmiluk National Park. Once comfortable, have dinner with the group before relaxing in your tent for the night.
Day 4: Nitmiluk National Park (B/L/D)
Spend the morning at the magnificent Katherine Gorge in Nitmiluk National Park. Perhaps take a cruise along the gorge or rent a kayak and paddle downstream. These options are seasonal and at your own expense. In the afternoon, head off to Edith Falls where you can cool down with a refreshing swim in the huge rock pools. Settle down for the night in a snug camp and enjoy dinner with your group.
Day 5: Litchfield National Park to Darwin (B/L)
Once you’ve had breakfast, head to Litchfield National Park. Filled with waterholes, creeks and waterfalls, it’s the perfect place to soak up the tranquillity of the tropics. Visit the gateway of Florence Falls, the popular Wangi Falls and the refreshing waters of the Buley Rockholes. Enjoy a picnic lunch, stroll through steamy rainforests and cool off with a dip in one of Litchfield's swimming holes. In the afternoon, take the 2-hour drive back to Darwin where your trip ends. Enjoy an optional night out with the group if you decide to stay in Darwin for the night.
Should any of the attractions of the standard itinerary not be open as a result of National Park decisions surrounding accessibility and safety, activities will be substituted.
- Travel with experienced guide
- Meals as indicated:4 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 4 dinners
- Transport: All-terrain vehicle
- Accommodation: Camping (with shared facilities) (1 night), Permanent, furnished tented camp (with shared facilities) (3 nights)
- Activities: Mary River cruise, Pudakul Cultural Experience, Jim Jim Falls Walk, Twin Falls Walk, Twin Falls, Gorge River Cruise, Maguk (Barramundi Gorge), Pine Creek Gold-Mining Centre, Buley Rockholes, Florence Falls, Litchfield National Park, Wangi Falls
- Meals not indicated, snacks, alcohol, personal items and optional activities
- Sleeping bags are compulsory for this tour
- Passengers can bring their own or purchase at time of booking for AU$35
- Children under 12 years
- Pregnant women
Prepare for the activity
- Hiking shoes
• A strict luggage limit of 10kg applies. Please limit to one small to medium sized soft bag or backpack and a small daypack, which can be carried inside the vehicle
• Itineraries may vary and/or attractions be substituted for any cause including seasonal conditions, weather extremes, and traditional owner/national park requirements
• Please bring: sturdy walking shoes, hat and sunscreen, toiletries, bathers and towel for swimming, water bottle (1.5L), torch, insect repellent/net, camera and batteries
• Sleeping bag required for all passengers, you can bring your own or purchase from the local operator