Over five magnificent days, discover a World Heritage-listed national park fed by pristine river systems and alive with over 280 bird species. From floodplains and billabongs to rugged stone country, the diverse landscapes of Kakadu are home to one fifth of Australia’s mammals and over 2000 plant species.
In Litchfield National Park , plunge into crystal clear waterholes beneath the spring-fed waterfalls of Florence Falls and soak in the cascading pools of Buley Rockhole.
All tours have a maximum of 10 guests, include all meals and snacks, transport to and from Darwin, 3.5 star accommodation along with experienced and mature guides.
Two Park Trek guides, who will drive, cook and care for you.
Transport which includes collecting from Darwin and returning back. We use a comfortable mini coach with a trailer attached for luggage. Plus we use the coach to drop off and pick up during the course of the day.
4 dinners, 5 lunches, 4 breakfasts. Plus trail mix, nibbles, fresh fruit
Award winning Guluyambi Cruise operated by local indigenous guides
Sunset at Ubirr
Sunrise Yellow Water Cruise, Cooinda
Swimming in rockholes in Kakadu and rockpools and waterfalls in Litchfield
Kakadu accredited guides
4 nights accommodation on a twin share basis (single supplement available at additional expense which can be organised at time of booking).
2017 trip dates
Saturday 24 to Wednesday 28 June – FULLY BOOKED
Sunday 13 to Thursday 17 August – 5 PLACES LEFT
Walking: 4km walking (easy) – approx. 2 hours Mamukala wetlands (3km) and 1 ½ hours for Ubirr sunset walk (1km)
We depart Darwin at 7.30am and stop enroute to Kakadu at the iconic Bark Hut where you can purchase a coffee and snack if you wish. We then stop off at 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.
By mid-afternoon we will arrive into Jabiru and our accommodation at Anbinik Kakadu Resort where we unload and check into our accommodation.
We then head off in the late afternoon to catch Ubirr at its most spectacular – sunset! Ubirr is one of Kakadu National Park’s two most famous Aboriginal rock art galleries. The galleries can be viewed by following an easy 1 kilometre circular walking track. Climb the moderately steep 250 metre track to a rocky outlook with views across the floodplains.
There are three main sites of rock art to experience at Ubirr. You will see representations of the many animals the Aboriginal people hunted. Important Dreamtime ancestors such as the Namarrgarn Sisters and a magnificent Rainbow Serpent are also represented in their respective galleries.
We have dinner at the Border Store (subject to availability) which offers authentic and delicious Thai food.
Meals: lunch and dinner
Walking – 4 kms (moderate) approx 1 ½ hours for the Bardedjilidji walk (2.5km), approx 1 ½ hours for the Mangarre Rainforest Walk (1.5km) and Guluyambi cruise
Today we experience the wonder and natural diversity of World heritage-listed Kakadu National Park. We depart for the day after breakfast and making lunches.
Today we visit Bowali Visitor Centre, Cahills Crossing (the entry into Arnhem Land) and we embark on the Bardedjilidji walk and the Mangarre rainforest walk. Walk through ancient sandstone formations, monsoon vine forest and paperbark woodland.
The Bardedjilidji art walk is a 2.5km loop that provides a close up look at the habitats in the East Alligator area as it meanders amongst sandstone outliers, through small pockets of monsoon vine forest and paperbark woodland and past wetland areas.
The Mangarre rainforest walk meanders through the monsoon rainforest of the East Alligator River and features a viewing platform of the river (no swimming).
After our morning walks we join the Guluyambi Cruise, operated by local indigenous guides. This highly acclaimed boat cruise on Kakadu’s scenically spectacular East Alligator River takes you for a leisurely cruise up stream. An Aboriginal guide provides you with an insight into their culture, local mythology, the river’s abundant food chain, traditional uses for many plants and animals as well as bush survival skills. Disembark on the Arnhem Land side of the river for a display of traditional hunting and gathering implements.
There is also the option of doing a 5pm flight over the Kakadu Escarpment today.
Two course-dinner prepared by your guides
Meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner
Walking: up to 16 km (moderate to difficult) – approx. 2 hours for Nourlangie walk (1.5km), approx. 1 hour for the Anbangbang Billabong Walk (2.5km), approx 6 hours for the Barrk Sandstone Walk (12km)
We depart for the day after breakfast and making lunches. Today we visit the amazing Nourlangie Rock Art site, Anbangbang Billabong and embark on the 12km Barrk Sandstone Walk.
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. Once on this walk there is no opportunity to exit early so our guides will discuss with you what is required for this walk and you can make the decision to participate or not.
At Nourlangie you can see how local Aboriginal people lived in this area through changing times. 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. A myriad of birdlife can also be spotted here from Jabiru to Brolga, magpie geese to spoonbills. (Of course no swimming).
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
Walking: 2 km (easy) – approx. 1 hour walking (swim at the end)
Today we have a very early start to make our lunches and drive to Cooinda for the sunrise Yellow Water Cruise, but getting up early is worth it to make the best cruise of the day. We have breakfast after the cruise at Cooinda.
Expect a morning jam-packed with Top-End wildlife on board the Yellow Water Cruise. On board you will see giant crocodiles, a vast range of resident birdlife including jacana, egrets, jabiru, sea eagles, magpie geese and many other native species. Float through Paperbark forests and see pandanus and fresh water mangroves that line the shore. The surface of the billabong is dotted with beautiful pink and white waterlilies
After this amazing and memorable cruise, we head about an hour south down the Kakadu Hwy and into Maguk (Barramundi Gorge) for a walk and swim. This short 2km return walk takes you up to the lovely plunge pools and waterfalls of Maguk. The walk meanders by the Barramundi Creek through monsoon forest before leading you to the pristine waters of the plunge pools.
After a glorious and relaxing swim we board the vehicles and head further south to Litchfield where we check into our accommodation at The Batchelor Resort
Meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner
Walking: 5 km (easy)
Our last day on tour today. After breakfast and lunch making 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, and continue walking to rock pools above the falls.
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. Or you might be lucky enough to see black flying foxes (bats) roosting in the trees.
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. Up to 100 years old, these structures are unique to northern Australia. 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
Anbinik Lakeview Resort
Our first three nights will be spent in the Anbinik Lakeview Resort in Jabiru. Here we stay in the Anbinik suites which are one bedroom cabins with a private ensuite and outdoor (private) shower. Rooms are twin share/double (unless a single room has been requested at the time of booking).
Rooms are cleaned each day as are all of the facilities. Towels and soap are provided and each room has air-conditioning, a fridge, TV and tea/coffee making facilities. We cater for each of the three night’s dinners here. Continental breakfast and lunch making spread is set out each day so everyone can make their lunch (using plastic container and cooler bag provided) prior to the day’s activities.
There is a guest pool at Anbinik which is open from 7am to 10pm and laundry facilities (open 24 hours).
The Batchelor Resort
Our final night is spent at The Batchelor Resort. Here we are accommodated in motel-style rooms, each has its own ensuite and television. We cater for dinner, breakfast and lunch making here.
A single supplement upgrade (own room) is available at the time of booking. If you want to have a room to yourself the total single supplement amount payable is $350 for the four nights.
Items that are Own Expense.
All main meals are included on this tour, naturally if we stop somewhere and you decide you’d like a coffee or an ice cream, these sundry items are at your own expense.
We’d ask that you bring a soft bag of max 15kg instead of a solid suitcase. Soft bags are more forgiving in terms of storage and easier for us to handle. Please also be aware that your luggage may get dust on it while travelling in the trailer.