Day 1: Darwin to Litchfield National Park and Mary River
Leaving Darwin, we head down the Stuart Highway towards Litchfield National Park. There we will see delightful freshwater waterfalls and swimming holes, as well as some impressively sized termite mounds. We will visit Florence Falls and Buley Rockhole, enjoy a picnic lunch before another refreshing swim at Wangi Falls, which is surrounded by an idyllic monsoon forest. Our final tour for the day is a cruise of the vast waterways of the Mary River. This is brimming with crocs and native birds and a must-see for the Top End. From there we arrive at our campsite for the night and enjoy dinner. (L,D)
Day 2: Mary River to Kakadu National Park
Aboriginal people have lived in and around Kakadu for more than 40,000 years. Get right up close to stunning Aboriginal rock art at Ubirr before climbing to the top of a lookout so see the sprawling Nardab Floodplain. Depending on the season, we then either hike to Maguk (Barramundi Gorge) or Gunlom Falls and take a dip in the chilled, natural plunge pools. At day’s end we travel to the Kakadu campground for dinner. (B,L,D)
Day 3: Kakadu National Park to Katherine and Nitmiluk National Park
This morning you have the opportunity of a scenic flight over Kakadu’s billabongs, bushlands and floodplains, which is truly the only way to appreciate the extraordinary size and diverse environment of the spectacular Arnhem Land escarpment. We then venture onto the historic gold mining town of Pine Creek that offers a fascinating picture of life in the mining boom of the late 19th century. A short drive from there is Edith Falls, where we stop for a swim before heading to our private campsite near Nitmiluk National Park for dinner. (B,L,D)
Day 4: Nitmiluk National Park to Darwin
Over 23 million years ago, the Katherine River flowed from Arnhem Land through to the Timor Sea. Today the waters have dropped significantly and the river flows between towering 70 metre high cliffs. This is the standout attraction of Nitmiluk National Park, and we’ll cruise through it by canoe or boat. After lunch, our Indigenous guide will show us how to find bush tucker and will talk about the ancient art of traditional painting. Then it’s back on the Stuart Highway up to Darwin where our tour concludes. (B,L)
Sturdy walking shoes, hat and sunscreen, towel and toiletries, swim wear, water bottle, torch, insect repellent, camera.
Experienced guide, meals as indicated, national park entry fee and accommodation as below:
Permanent tented camp (with shared facilities).
B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner.
Itineraries may vary and/or attractions be substituted for any cause including seasonal conditions, weather extremes, and traditional owner/national park requirements. Please see Tour Notes and General Terms and Conditions for full details.
Travel Insurance is compulsory for all travellers on all tours and details must be presented to your tour guide before departure. 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.
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