Learn about rich Aboriginal culture and history, discover ancient geology and enjoy the beautiful nature of the Northern Territory.
Destination: Darwin, Kakadu National Park, Katherine, Litchfield National Park
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Please be advised that this is an ‘example’ of a schedule and that the activities may be variable dependent upon dates, weather, special requests and other factors. Itineraries will be confirmed prior to travel.
Arrive in Darwin
Fly to Darwin. Upon arrival at Darwin Airport, meet your driver and transfer to accommodation.
Visit Military Museum
Darwin – Kakadu, Jabiru
This morning we do a scenic tour of Darwin city before departing for Kakadu. En-route to Kakadu we join a wildlife and crocodile cruise on the Mary River wetlands system, view crocodiles and birdlife in their natural habitat whilst cruising the billabongs of this system, which are abundant with lotus water lilies.
After lunch, we continue our journey to Kakadu.
Our first stop in Kakadu is the Bowali information centre, the headquarters for Kakadu National Park. There are some great interactive displays here to help understand the complexities of running a world heritage listed National Park.
Kakadu National Park
This morning we visit Ubirr, here you will learn about the culture of this region whilst viewing some of the best examples of northern Australian Rock art, your guides will also explain the significance of these paintings and the meaning behind them. A climb to the top is rewarded with spectacular views across the Nardab floodplains into Arnhem Land.
Head south to Nourlangie Rock, an outlier from the escarpment with outstanding views and Dreamtime stories related to the rock art in this region.
Today we have a picnic lunch at Anbangbang Billabong whilst enjoying the prolific birdlife in the area.
Nawarlandja lookout is quite often referred to as the most impressive lookout in Kakadu, from there you can see the Arnhem Land escarpment across Anbangbang Billabong and the savannah woodlands with Nourlangie Rock in the distance.
Today’s last stop is the Warradjan cultural centre, a great opportunity to learn about the cultural impact Europeans had on the indigenous people of this region.
Tonight, we camp at our Mardugal Billabong Safari Camp, nestled into the bushland in the heart of Kakadu.
Kakadu National Park
This morning we head to Maguk (Barramundi Gorge). A 1km walk through a paperbark forest leads us to a plunge pool for a cool croc free refreshing swim in a pristine environment.
As we head south, we travel through an area that used to be a cattle station before being incorporated into Kakadu. We have a special permit that allows us to take you to the Old Goodparla homestead to show you how the first Europeans in this region lived.
This afternoon we visit Gunlom Falls, made famous in the Crocodile Dundee movie.
A hike to the top of the falls is rewarded with sweeping views over southern Kakadu whilst taking a dip in the infinity pools, or simply lounge around on the beach at the base of the falls and take a swim in the plunge pool.
This morning we depart Kakadu and start making our way towards Katherine, firstly stopping off at Umbrawarra gorge, a little-known area with pools and sandy beaches surrounded by towering sandstone cliffs.
After entering Nitmiluk National park our destination is Edith Falls. There is a circular hike with some swimming holes nestled in the escarpment and a massive plunge pool at the base, this is a wonderful area and a great introduction to Jawoyn country.
Transfer to Katherine for overnight.
Katherine – Litchfield National Park
This morning is spent exploring Katherine gorge. Canoeing (doubles, 4 hours) is a great way to see the best of this area at your own pace or take a cruise which can be far less strenuous. Katherine Gorge is comprised of 13 gorges, we will have the opportunity to see the first 3 gorges which are the most impressive.
After some lunch, we can visit the Nitmiluk visitors centre before driving to Batchelor on the outskirts of Litchfield National Park.
Litchfield National Park – Darwin departure
Today is spent exploring Litchfield National Park. Learn about the impressive magnetic and cathedral termite mounds that abound in this region. Hiking and swimming at Florence and Wangi Falls and Buley Rockholes.
Return to Darwin airport for your flight home.