Kakadu National Park NT
Jun to Aug
The 5 Day Kakadu Koolpin Gorge Safari explores Kakadu National Park at it’s best. The tour visits the special permit area of Koolpin Gorge as well as Jim Jim Falls, Barramundi Gorge (Maguk) or Gunlom Falls and Ubirr Rock. This is a great tour for the dedicated adventurer. This is a small group tour with a maximum of 12 guests camping in tents and swags and travelling in a 4 Wheel Drive vehicle. This tour is suitable for the more fit and active.
Please note this tour is designed for the fit and active tourist.
2024 DEPARTS FRIDAYS ONLY 7 JUNE TO 30 AUGUST 2024
This tour books out fast as one of the only tours that visits Koolpin Gorge (Koolpin Gorge only allows 20 people in there at any given time)
$1682 per adult + park pass $40 and is payable on board (16+)
$1577 per child (12 years +) – park pass $20 and is payable on board
Tour requires a good level of fitness and is recommended for active 12 to 60 yrs age group
Pick up from 8am in Darwin
Sleeping bag required. You may bring your own or book with us & pay $20 cash on board
2 nights are in Safari Tents at Mardugal Campground – toilet & shower facilities
2 nights at Mary River Roadhouse in Dome Tents (set up) using swags & sleeping bags – toilet & shower facilities
Day 1 – Darwin to Kakadu National Park
Pick up at 8am from your nominated accommodation in Darwin. We start our Kakadu tour by heading towards the world heritage listed Kakadu National Park, with a stopover and the iconic Australiana Bark Hut for quick refreshment. Stop & enjoy the sights of the tidal East Alligator River with the opportunity to spot some crocs and flying foxes!Then on to the world famous Ubirr in the north of the park. Some of the best examples of northern Australian rock art can be found here. Learn about the art from your guide and the meaning behind these special paintings. A climb to the top is rewarded with staggering 360º views over the Nardab floodplains and into Arnhem land.
Tonight, we camp at our exclusive safari camp at Mardukal Billabong in the heart of Kakadu. Enjoy sitting around an open campfire enjoying a cool beverage or a toasted marshmallow.
Fitness: 3 kms / Meals: Lunch & dinner
Day 2 – Kakadu National Park
We then return to our safari camp at Mardukal Billabong and relax around the campfire after some dinner. After breakfast we do some 4 Wheel driving to Jim Jim Falls. A 1 km walk through the gorge surrounded by towering 200m high sandstone cliffs leads to the impressive plunge pool for a well-deserved refreshing swim, or simply relax on the beach whilst taking in the breathtaking views. Visit to the Warradjan cultural centre is a great opportunity to gain some insight into the traditional owners of Kakadu through interactive displays and demonstrations.
This evening we will enjoy 2hr Sunset Cruise on the famous Yellow Waters. Here we will have the opportunity to see spectacular wildlife including abundant birdlife and crocodiles in their natural habitat. We then return to our safari camp at Mardukal Billabong and relax around the campfire after some dinner.
Fitness: 5 kms / Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner
Day 3 – Kakadu National Park
After some breakfast we then make our way to Maguk (Barramundi Gorge). A 1km hike through a paperbark forest with some rock scrambling leads to the plunge pool for a cool swim in a pristine environment, teeming with black bream and barramundi this is a place like no other.
This afternoon is spent exploring Gunlom Falls in the southern end of Kakadu. A hike to the top is rewarded with a swim in the naturally occurring infinity pools whilst taking in the panoramic views of southern Kakadu. The bottom plunge pool and beach are not to be missed, made famous in the Crocodile Dundee movie it’s a great place to relax and soak up the atmosphere of this special place. Tonight, we camp at our private camp at Goymarr (Mary River Roadhouse)
Fitness: 5 kms / Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner
Day 4 – Kakadu National Park
Today, the highlight of the 5 Day Kakadu Koolpin Gorge Safari we spend the whole day exploring the magnificent Jarrangbarnmi (Koolpin Gorge), the jewel in the crown, this is a special permit access area that is recognised for its cultural and environmental sensitivity. Territory Expeditions is the only tour operator that is able to offer regular tours to this area and is grateful to the traditional owners for allowing us to have this opportunity. The name Jarrangbarnmi comes from the Jawoyn words jarrang meaning flood, or big water flow, and barn meaning rift or gap
Jarrangbarnmi was created by the Jawoyn creation ancestors. It is part of Buladjang country. Bula created this landscape and then went to live under the ground. Bolung (Rainbow Serpent) lives in plunge pools in this country. Both powerful creation ancestors can cause earthquakes, storms, floods and disease if disturbed.
The walk up the gorge is a real wilderness walk and requires a good level of fitness with great rewards on arrival to some of the National Parks most spectacular rock pools, waterfalls and rock landscape. This remote location is restricted to only 40 people per day and is home to several endemic species of fauna and fauna. Tonight, we camp at our private camp at Goymarr (Mary River Roadhouse)
Fitness: 5-8 kms / Meals: Breakfast, lunch & dinner
Day 5 – Kakadu National Park
This morning we visit Old Goodparla Homestead, this was one of the first cattle stations occupied by the early pastoralists of the Kakadu region before being declared a national park. A great opportunity to see how Europeans lived and struggled in the early days with many of the remnants remaining, a glimpse into the past. Then we visit Ikoymarrwa (Moline Rockhole), a special permit area that is spring fed and flows all year round, this is the last opportunity for a swim in Kakadu before preparing for the drive back to Darwin.
Return to Darwin via the historic town of Pine Creek, arriving back in Darwin at approximately 5pm.
Fitness: 2 kms / Meals: Breakfast & lunch.
The 5 Day Kakadu Koolpin Gorge Safari itinerary is subject to change without notice due to seasonal and extreme weather conditions, national park road or attraction closures and cultural commitments from Traditional owners. If Jim Jim or Twin Falls are closed due to water levels or Park maintenance the tour will visit alternative areas. Itinerary may be done in reverse at Guides discretion.