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. We then hit the road to Wulna Country, where your Limilngan-Wulna hosts – the land’s Traditional Owners – will greet you with a Cul Cul or ‘Welcome to Country’. Learn about their culture during bush tucker talks and didgeridoo and basket weaving demonstrations. From there we arrive at our private campsite in the Mary River region and enjoy dinner. (L,D)
Day 2: Mary River to Kakadu National Park
After breakfast this morning, head to onto the water on a wildlife cruise in the Mary River Wetlands, a network of waterways home to crocodiles and native bird species. We then head to Kakadu National Park and discover ancient Aboriginal rock art in Ubirr. Your guide will lead an interpretive cultural walk through the numerous rock galleries, before you climb to the top of a lookout for views over the Nardab floodplain. This afternoon you have the option to take a scenic flight over Kakadu (at your own expense). The flight takes in views over the Arnhem Land escarpment, vast flood plains and billabongs. We will then further our understanding of the local Aboriginal culture with a visit to the Warradjan Aboriginal Cultural Centre. Tonight, relax by the pool at the Kakadu campground and enjoy a group dinner. (B,L,D)
Day 3: Kakadu National Park to Katherine and Nitmiluk National Park
This morning we spend time exploring Kakadu’s other major Aboriginal rock art site – Nourlangie (Burrunggui), while your guide provides a glimpse into how the local Aboriginal people live. We then head to either Maguk (Barramundi Gorge) or Gunlom Falls and cool off with a dip in the plunge pools. After lunch we head south and stop to visit the historic gold-mining centre of Pine Creek before continuing on to Katherine, where you’ll settle in for the night at a private campsite near Nitmiluk National Park (Katherine Gorge). (B,L,D)
Day 4: Nitmiluk National Park to Darwin
Depending on the season, head out on a morning cruise along the inky waters of Katherine Gorge, or canoe between red rock walls that are up to 70 metres high (both of these activities are optional and at your own expense). This 23 million-year-old landscape was formed by the Katherine River, which flows from Arnhem Land out to the Timor Sea. After lunch we head to the beautiful Edith falls for one last refreshing swim in the huge plunge pool before we hit the road back to Darwin, where your adventure comes to an end on arrival. Perhaps enjoy one final group dinner in town and toast to your adventure with your new friends. (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.
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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