Kakadu, Katherine and Litchfield National Park

9 Days

Physical Rating:
Moderate

Experience Kakadu National Park, Litchfield and Nitmiluk on this relaxed 9-day tour.

Come on a journey with us as we head deep into Kakadu National Park exploring on foot spectacular gorges, wetlands and lookouts. Visit remote and restricted rock art sites with local guides including the sacred Ubirr rock art sites. Explore the Alligator River area and spot crocodiles sunbaking on the shore.

The Arnhemlander experience is a full day exploring the vast and sacred lands of the last frontier of indigenous culture in Australia. Experience the famous Cahill’s Crossing into Arnhem Land firsthand.

We next visit Nitmiluk and Litchfield National Park where we will enjoy secluded waterfalls, a thermal pool and a boat cruise down the mighty Katherine River. Stand in awe as you soak in the beauty of the Northern Territory’s most iconic attractions.

Kakadu Tour Inclusions

  • Explore Kakadu National Park, Litchfield National Park and Nitmiluk
  • Visit to Ubirr and Nourlangie rock art sites.
  • All transport in an air-conditioned tour coach to and from Darwin, including hotel pickup/Drop off
  • Friendly and knowledgable Guides
  • Small Group max 12 guests
  • Arnhemlander Experience Full day tour with local guide
  • Mataranka Thermal pools
  • Yellow Water Cruise
  • NitNit Dreaming Two Gorge Tour boat cruise – Katherine River
  • National Park entrance fees

Meals:

  • 8 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 6 Dinners

Accommodation:

  • 3 nights at Travelodge Resort, Darwin
  • 3 nights at Crocodile Hotel (Mercure), Jabiru
  • 2 nights at Knotts Crossing Resort, Katherine
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Day 1: Arrival Day

Make your own way to the accommodation and get yourself settled in. The Bicentenial Park or the Waterfront Precinct is a short stroll away and worth a wander. Or take some time to explore all the culinary delights Darwin city has to offer, including its’ very own lane-way.

Accommodation: Travelodge Resort, Darwin

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Day 2: Full day to enjoy Darwin - welcome meeting in evening

Today you have a full day to explore all the wonders Darwin has to offer.
Take a ride on the Hop on Hop off Bus to get a great overview of all the worthwhile sites or hire an electric scooter, they are everywhere!
If you feel like a walk, go for an easy and scenic wander through the lush Botanic Gardens. If you feel like escaping the heat, the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory and the Darwin Military Museum are beautifully air conditioned and contain some fascinating exhibits. Please make sure to be ready for your Welcome Meeting at 6pm in the lobby of the hotel. After your guide has briefed you on the week ahead enjoy a group dinner with your fellow adventurers at a local restaurant.

Accommodation: Travelodge Resort, Darwin

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

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Day 3: Darwin to Jabiru

We depart Darwin early this morning from our hotel. We head straight for the world famous and UNESCO World Heritage listed Kakadu National Park to make the most of our time exploring this culturally rich area.

First stop will be at the Border Store close to Cahills Crossing to pick up some lunch. After lunch we head to the awe inspiring rock art galleries of Ubirr. Here we will have the opportunity to stretch our legs for a short (1km) walk to some of the famous rock art galleries in the area. You may also choose to walk to the top of the lookout over Nadab Floodplain to experience one of the famous panoramas from the ‘Crocodile Dundee’ movie. Once we have explored all the rich cultural heritage of Ubirr we head to Jabiru to check in at our accommodation, which happens to be shaped like a crocodile! Unpack your bags, cool off in the pool and settle in, this will be your home for the next 3 nights.

Accommodation: Crocodile Hotel (Mercure), Jabiru

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

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Day 4: Yellow Water region

Today we drive out to the Yellow water region which is part of the South Alligator River floodplain. You will have the chance to explore the area by boat on a Yellow water cruise (included) and visit the Warradjan Cultural Centre (optional).

In the afternoon, we drive out to Nourlangie rock art site, where we will have the opportunity to explore some of the most breathtaking and diverse Aboriginal rock art paintings in the area.

Accommodation: Crocodile Hotel (Mercure), Jabiru

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

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Day 5: Arnhemlander Experience

Leaving from Jabiru enjoy a full day exploring Arnhem Land with a local guide and visit rock art sites not accessible to the general public.

Travelling in a comfortable 4WD’s bus, you will experience the region’s world-famous landscapes consisting of sandstone escarpment outcrops, rock art sites, forests, floodplains & billabongs with birdlife.

Visit the spectacular Cannon Hill and Hawk Dreaming region. Travel into the Mikkinj valley with its stunning scenery of billabongs, wildlife & towering escarpment. Enjoy lunch beside the Inkiyu Billabong.

Accommodation: Crocodile Hotel (Mercure), Jabiru

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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Day 6: Nitmiluk National Park

Today we will be checking out of our accommodation and will drive to Leliyn (Edith Falls) in Nitmiluk National Park. On our way to Leliyn we will pass Pine Creek, one of the oldest towns in the Northern Territory. At Leliyn you will have plenty of time to enjoy swimming in the paperbark and pandanus fringed natural pools. Take the opportunity to go for a walk to explore the different rock pools at the Upper Pools. After a refreshing swim and a nice stroll we will drive out to Katherine to our new accommodation.

Accommodation: Knotts Crossing Resort, Katherine

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

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Day 7: Mataranka Springs & Katherine Gorge

Today is another day full of wonders!

We’ll spend the morning at the famous Mataranka Thermal pools, 1hr south of Katherine. We will beat the crowds by heading there early in the morning. Enjoy a soak in the warm water or go for a stroll.

After soaking in the thermal pools we head straight to Katherine Gorge where we embark on the NitNit Dreaming Two Gorge Tour boat cruise. Along the way cultural guides will share their knowledge about plants, animals, dreamtime stories and culture. Surrounded by the limestone escarpment, the scenery is second to none. Immerse yourself in the cultural significance and geology of the park and discover many historical facts.

After the cruise we will head back to Katherine for another relaxing night at our accommodation.

Accommodation: Knotts Crossing Resort, Katherine

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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Day 8: Litchfield National Park and return to Darwin

Today we make our way up north to Litchfield National Park to complete our journey of these spectacular Parks the Top End has to offer. Our first stop will be in Adelaide River, where you will have the opportunity to stretch your legs. Before we get to Litchfield NP we have the chance to marvel at the Magnetic Termite Mounds. Next stop will be Florence Falls, for a dip in the natural plunge pools framed by monsoon rainforest. Later in the afternoon we head to Wangi Falls, another stunning and impressive waterfall. Here you can choose to go for another swim or do the loop walk up to the top of the falls (1.6km). From Wangi Falls we will head back to Darwin (1.5hrs). Your guide will drop you off around 6pm at the Travelodge Resort Darwin, where you are free to enjoy Darwin’s culinary delights at your own leisure.

Accommodation:Travelodge Resort, Darwin

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

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Day 9: Departure day

Today is departure day. Enjoy breakfast before checking out of the hotel in the morning. If your flight is not until later in the day, bring your luggage down to reception where they will be able to store it while you do a few more explorations around Darwin. Maybe you are keen to brave a trip to Crocosaurus Cove today!

Meals: Breakfast

Length and grade of walks adjusted according to fitness levels – where possible. We reserve the right to alter the tour itinerary at any time due to circumstances beyond our control. If this should occur we will do our best to offer a suitable alternative.

Secure your seat with a $350 deposit

Tour Price: $4,320 twin share

Single supplements available for an additional $970

Your tour balance will be due 6 weeks prior to your departure.

Cancellation Policy

  • 85 days or more, you will be refunded all monies paid, less a $50 administration fee.
  • 42 to 84 days prior to departure, you will lose your deposit
  • 28 to 41 days: 25% of full tour cost
  • 14 to 27 days: 50% of full tour cost
  • less than 14 days: 100% of full tour cost, no refund

If you have any concerns about cancelling, please take out travel insurance covering this contingency. This policy will be adhered to despite the most compelling and compassionate circumstances.

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