This 4 Day Kakadu Katherine Litchfield Tour visits the Big 3 attractions of the Top End. Cruise the croc-inhabited waters of the Mary River Wetlands, view the ancient rock art galleries at Ubirr and Nourlangie and marvel at the beautiful Maguk and Katherine gorges. This tour is great for those who are wanting a more comfortable camping adventure.
Rates for this tour fluctuate
2024 Bookings available From $1500 to $1655 – Single supplement $160 extra when available.
Departures 2024 – Departs 3 APR 2024 to 30 OCT 2024
Departs Wednesdays only in April
Departs Wednesdays & Saturdays May to Oct
Departs 6.50 am – 7.15 am from The Cavenagh Hotel, Darwin CBD
Returns Day 4 approx. 6 pm
Meals 3 x Breakfasts, 3 x Lunches, 2 x Dinners
Luggage STRICT 15 kg in Soft Bag/Backpack & Day Bag (No Suitcases)
Sleeping bag hire $56 per person or you may bring your own
Fitness Level: Moderate
Vehicle: 16 seater 4wd Canter to access off road areas. Forward facing seats with seatbelts, air conditioning, curtains and tinted windows, vehicles are spacious and comfortable. We do not use trailers so it is important to keep luggage to a maximum of 15kg and a day bag. Soft bags are required for easy storage under the waterproof canopy on top of the vehicle.
Accommodation: The camps are semi-permanent camp grounds as follows Breeze Holiday Park, Cooinda Lodge Kakadu and the George View Bush Retreat using park shared toilet/shower amenities.
Park Passes: Park Passes are included in the tour cost.
Welcome to the Northern Territory! Your adventure begins in the tropical city of Darwin early this morning at 7am. Set off from Darwin and head south to Litchfield National Park, a huge sandstone plateau with dozens of waterfalls. Explore Florence Falls, Wangi Falls and the Buley Rock holes. After a picnic lunch, stroll through steamy rainforests and cool off with a dip in one of Litchfield’s picturesque swimming holes. We then hit the road to Wulna Country, where your Limilngan-Wulna hosts – the land’s Traditional Owners – will greet you with a Cul Cul or ‘Welcome to Country’. Learn about their culture during bush tucker talks and didgeridoo and basket weaving demonstrations. Enjoy a camp dinner before climbing into bed at a private campsite in the Mary River region. (Lunch & Dinner)
After breakfast this morning, head onto the water on a wildlife cruise in the Mary River Wetlands, a network of waterways home to crocodiles and native bird species. Then head into Kakadu National Park proper and discover ancient Aboriginal rock art in Ubirr. Your leader will lead an interpretive cultural walk through the numerous rock galleries, before you climb to the top of a lookout for views over the Nardab floodplain. Tonight, relax by the pool at the Kakadu campground and enjoy a group dinner.(Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)
This morning you have the option to take a scenic flight over Kakadu (at your own expense). The flight takes in views over the Arnhem Land escarpment, vast flood plains and billabongs. Later spend time exploring Kakadu’s other major Aboriginal rock art site – Nourlangie (Burrunggui), while your guide provides a glimpse into how the local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people live. After lunch head south and stop to visit the historic gold-mining area of Pine Creek and its Gold Mining Centre. Stop for a quick dip at Maguk or Gunlom Falls, before continuing on to Katherine, where you’ll settle in for the night at your campground in Katherine. (Breakfast & Lunch)
Depending on the season, head out on a morning cruise along Katherine Gorge, or canoe between red rock walls that are up to 70 meters high (both of these activities are optional and at your own expense). This 23 million-year-old landscape was formed by the Katherine River, which flows from Arnhem Land out to the Timor Sea. After lunch head to the beautiful Edith falls for one last refreshing swim in the huge plunge pool before we hit the road back to Darwin, where your adventure comes to an end on arrival. (Breakfast)
Your accommodation on this trip is at private semi-permanent tented campsites. However, this isn’t the most basic camping experience, as you’ll have stretcher beds to sleep on. You may bring your own sleeping bag or alternatively you can hire a sleeping bag at an additional cost. Please note that facilities are shared with other nearby campsites, including toilets and shower blocks, which are a short walk from where we camp.
What to Bring:
Sturdy walking shoes, hat and sunscreen, towel and toiletries, swimwear, torch, camera and insect repellent & sleeping bag if you are not hiring one. A small backpack is ideal for day use. Light comfortable clothing for day wear and some long sleeve clothing is good for evenings. In the cooler months you may require a jacket at night and early mornings.