Day 1: Darwin to Arnhem Land and Kakadu National Park
We leave Darwin with a bright and early start, and head to the World Heritage listed Kakadu National Park. Firstly, we make our way to see the stunning rock art at Ubirr before climbing to the top of a lookout so see the sprawling Nardab Floodplain. Next stop, head to the border of Kakadu and Arnhem Land to experience a Guluyumbi cruise along the East Alligator River. Travelling with a Bininj guide, understand more about the cultural importance of the East Alligator River to the region’s traditional custodians. Once the cruise wraps up, jump in a vehicle and cross straight into Arnhem Land for an unforgettable afternoon of exploration at an indigenous art complex known as Mawurndaddja. This complex has a spectacular series of galleries with rock art spanning from the present time to many thousands of years of age. Your guide will explain the importance of this art, the methods used to perform this expressionism and the anthropological system used to date the art as you are guided through the site. Spend the afternoon exploring this historic ancient site before heading back to Kakadu and settling into this evening’s campsite. (L,D)
Day 2: Twin Falls and Jim Jim Falls Kakadu National Park
Today we explore the magnificent Kakadu National Park in our 4WD. First up is Twin Falls, then a short distance away is the jaw-dropping Jim Jim Falls, which plunges down 200 metres – this is more than three times the height of Twin Falls. We’ll base ourselves here for a picnic lunch, a walk around its surrounds and finish with a nice cool swim before returning to our camp. (B,L,D)
Day 3: Kakadu National Park to Katherine and Nitmiluk National Park
Depending on the season, we will start the day with a hike to Maguk (Barramundi Gorge) or Gunlom Falls and take a dip in the chilled, refreshing water of the natural plunge pools. Our next stop is the historic gold mining town of Pine Creek that offers a fascinating picture of life in the mining boom of the late 19th century. We then head to our campsite near Nitmiluk National Park for dinner. (B,L,D)
Day 4: Nitmiluk National Park
Heading west through Nitmiluk National Park, the Katherine River is its most impressive at Katherine Gorge. This is the standout attraction of Nitmiluk National Park. You will have the opportunity to sign up to a boat cruise or hire a kayak to explore this magnificent scenery. In the afternoon we continue onto the beautiful Edith Falls and swim. (B,L,D)
Day 5: Litchfield National Park to Darwin
Today we drive north back up the Stuart Highway to Litchfield National Park, a favourite day out or camp for local Top Enders. Litchfield was declared a national park in 1987, it hosts an abundance of freshwater waterfalls and swimming holes, ancient gorges, hundreds of native birds as well as some impressively sized termite mounds. We will swim at Florence Falls, Buley Rockhole then the beautiful Wangi Falls, which is surrounded by an idyllic monsoon forest. Then its back on the Highway to Darwin as the adventure ends. (B,L)
Sturdy walking shoes, sleeping bag, 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:
3 nights Permanent tented camp (with shared facilities) and 1 night camping.