Park Trek » Kakadu, Arnhem Land, Nitmiluk & Litchfield – 9 day walking tour
Park Trek walking holidays, Australia
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Duration: 9 days
Location: Ex Darwin
Price: from $3,470 including GST
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Kakadu, Arnhem Land, Nitmiluk & Litchfield 9 day walking tour

Tour inclusions

  • 8 nights accommodation with 4 nights in Kakadu, 2 nights in Katherine and 2 nights in Litchfield in unique and comfortable glamping style accommodation
  • 9 days touring the best of the Kakadu, Arnhem Land, Nitmiluk (Katherine Gorge) and Litchfield National Park
  • 8 breakfasts, 8 lunches, 7 dinners
  • All transport and guiding (Kakadu accredited guides)
  • Visit Ubirr, Nourlangie and Anbangbang Billabong
  • Three boat cruises including Yellow Water Billabong in Kakadu, Corroboree Billabong on the Mary River floodplain and Nitmiluk (Katherine Gorge) cruise.
  • Visit spectacular Gunlom in Kakadu with its infinity pool
  • Swim in rockpools in Kakadu and underwaterfalls and in rockholes and Litchfield
  • Genuine camp oven dinner experience in Katherine
  • Excellent variety of walks and lots of swimming!
  • Comfortable touring coach
  • Max of 10 guests

 

2018 Trip Dates

  • Wednesday 20 to Thursday 28 June – FULLY BOOKED
  • Sunday 1 to Monday 9 July – FULLY BOOKED

 

2019 Trip Dates

  • Contact the Park Trek office for confirmation of dates

 

Itinerary

Day 1
Walking: 3 km walking (easy) – approx. 1.5 hours Mamukala wetlands

Our first stop en-route to Kakadu is at the picturesque Mary River Corroboree Billabong. This morning we board a boat for a leisurely cruise along the billabong which is part of the Mary River Wetlands, and home to the largest concentration of saltwater crocodiles in the world.

After morning tea, our next stop is at the picturesque Mamukala wetlands for a lovely 3km walk. Mamukala is beautiful all year round and there is a myriad of bird life here as they congregate to feed.  An observation platform allows you to view the birdlife. It’s here we enjoy our lunch.

By mid-afternoon we will arrive into Jabiru and then a little further on, at our accommodation at Cooinda Lodge Kakadu where we unload and check in.

Enjoy some free time exploring the Lodge or swimming in the tropical pool before pre-dinner nibbles are served which is a two-course meal expertly prepared by our guides.

Meals: lunch and dinner

Overnight: Cooinda glamping

Day 2
Walking: Walk up and around Injalak Hill – approx 3 hours including lunch stop (moderate to easy walking)

Today we embark on an unforgettable cultural day tour into Arnhem Land.

We head into Arnhem Land via Cahills crossing, be sure to keep a sharp eye out for saltwater crocodiles which frequently inhabit this area.

This road takes us to the Injalak Arts Centre where we join up with our indigenous guide. Heading further into Arnhem Land we stop at Injalak Hill. Here we begin our walking journey up the Hill, expertly lead by our local guide. Our lunch stop is atop the rocky escarpment, where the view out over the floodplains is simply breathtaking. Then it’s back to the Arts Centre for an opportunity to browse or purchase art items from this non – profit Aboriginal organisation, and watch local Aboriginal people painting and weaving pandanus baskets.

Ubirr is our next destination for this afternoon. Here embark on an easy 1km circular walk followed by a moderately steep climb to a rocky outlook, where we have the opportunity to view Kakadu rock art.

We have an early dinner tonight at The Border Store which offers authentic, delicious Thai food. Then it’s back to our accommodation for the evening to settle in and rest up, before another exciting day tomorrow.

Meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner

Overnight: Cooinda glamping

Day 3
Walking:
up to 16 km (moderate to difficult) – approx. 2 hours for Nourlangie walk (1.5km), 6 hours for the Barrk Sandstone Walk (12km) and Anbanbang Billabong

Today we visit the amazing Nourlangie Rock Art site and embark on the 12km Barrk Sandstone Walk. The walk here takes you through what was a wet season home for generations of Aboriginal people. The rock art here is simply astounding and you will see the world-famous Namarrgon, lightning man, (among many others) at Anbangbang gallery.

The beautiful walk around Anbangbang Billabong is not to be missed and you get a spectacular view of Nourlangie from this trail

The Barrk Sandstone Walk takes you from Anbangbang Gallery to the top of Burrunggui (Nourlangie), across the top then down a gully to the woodland at the base. The ground is rough in places and there are some steep slopes.

After spending the day around Nourlangie we head back to our accommodation for pre-dinner nibbles followed by a two course-dinner prepared by your guides.

Meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner

Overnight: Cooinda glamping

Day 4

Walking: 1 km walk with a moderate climb to Gunlom Plunge Pool

Today we start with a sunrise Yellow Water Cruise at Cooinda. This is by far the best cruise of the day. On board, you will observe giant crocodiles, a vast range of resident birdlife including jacana, egrets, jabiru, sea eagles, magpie geese and many other native species.

Then we begin our journey south to the Gunlom. He we enjoy our lunch at the Gunlom Picnic area before setting off on the short 1km walk to the top infinity pool. Although short, this walk includes a climb up to the incredible plunge pool. Take a tranquil dip in the crystal clear natural pool high above and enjoy sweeping views of Kakadu National Park.

After spending a relaxing afternoon at Gunlom we make our way back to Cooinda Lodge and settle in for the evening. Pre-dinner nibbles are served before a delicious two course meal prepared by your guides.

Meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner

Overnight: Cooinda glamping

Day 5 – Bitter Springs and Mataranka Thermal Springs

After breakfast, we pack up our gear and head south towards Pine Creek. We continue on south to Bitter Springs where you can lay back in the spring-fed thermal pools amid palms and tropical woodlands in Elsey National Park.

If time permits, a little further along the road is Mataranka Thermal Springs. Nestled amongst tall shady Mataranka Palms, the turquoise waters of the thermal pools pump out a tremendous amount of soothing warm water for bathing.

Tonight, you will experience the unique ‘camp bush tucker’ dinner at Markie’s Stockman’s Camp Tucker. Enjoy a 3-course gourmet camp oven menu using many aboriginal bush fruits, foods, herbs and spices. After dinner sit back and enjoy the entertainment, with bush tricks, cultural tips and hilarious yarns.

Meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner

Overnight: Katherine glamping

Day 6

Walking: 10 km (moderate) – approx 3 hour walking

After breakfast, we head off for Nitmiluk National Park. Here we do the lovely walk around the gorge and up to Jeddhas lookout which takes approx 3 hours. Views of the second gorge are spectacular. This walk traverses the sandstone escarpment through rock platforms and gullies.

After lunch, we board our Nit Nit Dreaming cruise which travels along the Katherine Gorge. You will discover the cultural significance of the first 2 gorges to the traditional landowners – the Jawoyn people.

Once back at our accommodation, tonight we enjoy dinner prepared by our guides.

Meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner

Overnight: Katherine glamping

Day 7

Walking: 8 km (moderate) – approx 3 hours walking (plus a swim)

We pack up and head off for Edith Falls. Here we walk the 8 km return trip to magnificent Sweetwater Pool which is a beautiful place for swimming and relaxing. Indulge in a tranquil dip and then find a spot on a flat ledge to warm yourself, and have some lunch. If you’re lucky you may see several species of turtle and birds.

We then head off to Litchfield National Park to our glamping style accommodation which is located on the edge of Litchfield National Park. We unpack, settle in and have a bit of free time before a two-course dinner prepared by your guides.

Meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner

Overnight: Litchfield glamping

Day 8

Walking: 9.5 km (easy – moderate) – Wangi Falls walk approx. 1 hour walking (1.6km) (plus a swim), Walker Creek approx. 5km (2 hours walking), Green ant Creek walk approx. 2 hours walking (3km)

Today we visit Wangi Falls, Walker Creek and Green Ant Falls. Wangi Falls is one of Litchfield’s most popular and easily accessible attractions. On this short walk you climb to the top of the escarpment for a great view, and then wander back down to the base of the falls to have a swim.

At Walker Creek we walk about 5km and hike alongside the crystal clear water course. We can pause for a refreshing dip in one of the many pristine waterholes and enjoy the tranquillity of this amazing national park.

The Green ant Creek Walk meanders through rainforest to another attractive plunge pool. Typically un-crowded there is abundant birdlife to spot – look out for colourful red-winged parrots, double-bar finches or kingfishers.

This evening you will be dining at the Litchfield Tourist Park Restaurant (guest own expense)

Meals: breakfast, lunch (dinner is guest own expense)

Overnight: Litchfield glamping

Day 9

Walking: 5 km (easy)

Our last day so we pack up the trailer and visit Tolmer Falls, Florence Falls, Buley Rockholes and the magnetic termite mounds. We walk to the lookout at Tolmer Falls where we stand on the viewing platform to see the water cascading over escarpments into a deep plunge pool.

The Florence Creek Walk links Florence Falls and Buley Rockhole (both offering beautiful swimming opportunities).  As you walk, look out for birdlife, including kingfishers, honey-eaters, fairy-wrens and pigeons. Other wildlife to spot includes brown bandicoots and northern quolls.

One of Litchfield National Park’s most impressive sights is the hundreds of termite mounds standing up to two metres high in a wide swathe of empty ground. Stroll through the area and marvel at what are enormous magnetic compasses, with their thin edges pointing north-south and broad backs east-west.

We’ll then head off and return to Darwin about 5pm

Meals:
breakfast, lunch

About our accommodation

All accommodation on this tour is of the same standard and configuration in each location. We stay in the heart of Kakadu at Cooinda, in a natural bush setting near Katherine Gorge and close to the entry of Litchfield National Park.

The glamping style accommodation is comfortable and roomy with two people in each permanent tent. Each bed has offers guests a comfortable inner spring mattress and has full linen and towel supplied. Amenities are private to our group accommodation but are situated in a shared facility (each permanent tent is not ensuited, facilities are shared among guests on the Park Trek group). Each has a bedside table, 240 volt electricity and pedastool fan. Set among the natural surrounds they provide a unique accommodation offering in the Top End.

At our private camp, there is an enclosed common dining area, with 240 volt electricity, full fridge and freezer facilities. Group meals are served and enjoyed in this space.

At Cooinda we are a short walk to the main Resort area which has two pools, a restaurant and bar and other services
At Katherine we are on a rural property located mid way to the Gorge and township
At Litchfield we are located in the grounds of Litchfield Tourist Park which offers restaurant and bar, a pool and a range of other services.

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