Day 1: Kakadu National Park
There’s a lot to the Northern Territory beyond its iconic red rock and dust – it’s also a place full of water and wildlife, especially in the wet season. Start today by entering the lands of a classic Aussie animal – the saltwater crocodile. After a pickup from the accommodation, head to the Adelaide River for a croc cruise. See how many you can spot – it shouldn’t be hard, the species found here is the biggest in the world.
Afterwards it’s on towards Kakadu National Park. Get an idea of how Indigenous people have lived in this area for over 20,000 years at Nourlangie (or Burrunggui), where environmental and social changes are reflected in the rock art. Then clamber up a rocky escarpment to the Gunwhardewharde lookout for 360-degree views across over the escarpment, including Nawurlandja. The afternoon is spent having a refreshing swim at Ikoymarrwa (Moline Rockhole) special permit access before making our way to our private safari camp. (L,D)
Day 2: Gunlom or Motorcar Falls (Yurmikmik)
Today is a day of big gorges, big walks, and big swims. The falls will all be roaring this season, so first we’ll head for Gunlom Falls (if it’s accessible) for a dip in the massive pool just below the waterfall and a steep climb to the top that’ll be rewarded with gorgeous views across southern Kakadu.
If the road’s not passable to Gunlom, then it’s on to Yurmikmik. This walk will take you through the diverse Kakadu terrain, through woodlands and monsoon forest and visit both Motor Car Falls and Boulder Creek. These walks will get the heart rate up – but there’s always that refreshing swim waiting at the end.Tonight you’ll enjoy the comfort of air-conditioned dorm rooms.
A perfect way to end this first day is with a Great Aussie BBQ with a taste plate of croc, Buffalo and kangaroo. (B,L,D)
Note: Walking distance today can be around 8 kilometres.
Day 3: Litchfield National Park
Litchfield might be near to Darwin, but we’re definitely in the heart of the wilderness here. The park is named after a Top End explorer but has long been important to the Mak Mak Marranunggu, Werat and Waray Indigenous people. A collection of top-notch waterholes and waterfalls, Litchfield is somewhere you definitely want to have you swimming gear on hand for. Stop by f Wangi Falls, before we make our way to Tolmer Falls for some spectacular views over the park. Relaxing or splashing about in the multiple plunge pools of Buley Rockhole is on the menu before a picnic lunch, then a final dip in the monsoon forest double-plunge cascade of Florence Falls. After we’ve had our final fill of swimming, we’ll head back towards Darwin, stopping to admire the building skills of termites, who’ve constructed the Giant Cathedral Termite and Magnetic Termite mounds. Your Northern Territory adventure comes to an end back in Darwin around 5:30pm. (B,L)
Sturdy walking shoes, hat and sunscreen, towel and toiletries, water bottle, torch, insect repellent, camera and sleeping bag (can be hired on request for a cost of $15pp).
Accredited guide and picnic lunch and accommodation as below: 1 night permanent tented camp (with shared facilities) and 1 night air conditioned dorm accommodation (with shared facilities).
B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner.
Accommodation for the 3 day Kakadu/Litchfield will continue to be camping until the monsoons begin, early December, where they will then stay at a private camp. This has air conditioned dorm-share accommodation . Dorm and camping fees are all inclusive. This is only available on the second night.
The boat cruise may change in April to the Corroborree Billabong cruise. This means that the pick up time will move to 06.30am. Please check this when reconfirming prior to travel.
Itinerary may be done in reverse at Guides discretion.
Itineraries may vary and/or attractions be substituted for any cause including seasonal conditions, weather extremes, and traditional owner/national park requirements.
Travel Insurance is recommended for all travellers on all tours. It is your responsibility to advise us if you have any special dietary requirements, allergies, or medical conditions well ahead of departure. From October to March it is likely that you will experience temperatures of over 35 degrees Celsius, and sometimes well into the 40s. Be prepared to endure extra physical stress due to the heat at these times, especially while on walks. These extreme temperatures can also place stress on the air-conditioning units within our vehicles, which can make travelling uncomfortable. Your tour guide will assist with regular breaks and information to assist keeping hydrated. In July and August, very cold temperatures can be experienced in the outback, especially overnight. Please come prepared for all extremes.
This tour is operated by our tour partner Territory Expeditions.
Please review our Terms and Conditions of Travel documentation for more information.