The highlights of this 5 Day Top End Explorer trip include learning about Aboriginal culture, visiting Twin Falls as well as the breathtaking Jim Jim Falls in Kakadu National Park. We visit Litchfield National Park as well as the beautiful Katherine Gorge. You’ll have the chance to go croc-spotting on a wildlife boat trip and spend a night under the stars at our private campsite. This tour starts and ends in Darwin and runs over five days and four nights.
Maximum Passengers 21 (Minimum 4)
Cost: $1495 per person
Age: 6 yrs +
Departs: Tue & Fri (Apr–May) | Tue, Fri & Sun (Jun–Aug) | Tues & Fri (Sep–Oct)
Meals 4 x Breakfasts, 5 x Lunches, 4 x Dinners
Luggage STRICT 10kg in Soft Bag/Backpack & Day Bag (No Suitcases)
Fitness Level: Moderate – Advanced
We leave Darwin with a bright and early start, and head to the World Heritage listed Kakadu National Park. Firstly, we make our way to see the stunning rock art at Ubirr before climbing to the top of a lookout so see the sprawling Nardab Floodplain. Next stop, head to the border of Kakadu and Arnhem Land to experience a Guluyumbi cruise along the East Alligator River. Travelling with a Bininj guide, understand more about the cultural importance of the East Alligator River to the region’s traditional custodians. Once the cruise wraps up, jump in a vehicle and cross straight into Arnhem Land for an unforgettable afternoon of exploration at an indigenous art complex known as Mawurndaddja. This complex has a spectacular series of galleries with rock art spanning from the present time to many thousands of years of age. Your guide will explain the importance of this art, the methods used to perform this expressionism and the anthropological system used to date the art as you are guided through the site. Spend the afternoon exploring this historic ancient site before heading back to Kakadu and settling into this evening’s campsite. (Lunch & Dinner)
Today we explore the magnificent Kakadu National Park in our 4WD. First up is Twin Falls, then a short distance away is the jaw-dropping Jim Jim Falls, which plunges down 200 metres – this is more than three times the height of Twin Falls. We’ll base ourselves here for a picnic lunch, a walk around its surrounds and finish with a nice cool swim before returning to our camp. (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)
Depending on the season, we will start the day with a hike to Maguk (Barramundi Gorge) or Gunlom Falls and take a dip in the chilled, refreshing water of the natural plunge pools. Our next stop is the historic gold mining town of Pine Creek that offers a fascinating picture of life in the mining boom of the late 19th century. We then head to our campsite near Nitmiluk National Park for dinner. (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)
Heading west through Nitmiluk National Park, the Katherine River is its most impressive at Katherine Gorge. This is the standout attraction of Nitmiluk National Park. You will have the opportunity to sign up to a boat cruise or hire a kayak to explore this magnificent scenery. In the afternoon we continue onto the beautiful Edith Falls and swim. (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)
Today we drive north back up the Stuart Highway to Litchfield National Park, a favourite day out or camp for local Top Enders. Litchfield was declared a national park in 1987, it hosts an abundance of freshwater waterfalls and swimming holes, ancient gorges, hundreds of native birds as well as some impressively sized termite mounds. We will swim at Florence Falls, Buley Rockhole then the beautiful Wangi Falls, which is surrounded by an idyllic monsoon forest. Then its back on the Highway to Darwin as the adventure ends. (Breakfast & Lunch)
On this 5 Day Top End Explorer Tour Nights 1, 3 & 4 we stay overnight in Explorer Tents at our conveniently located private wilderness camps. The Explorer Tents are simple permanent twin share tents with bed blocks and sleeping mats. Sleeping bags are required – you may bring your own or pre purchase for $35. Shared ablution facilities are nearby.
Night 2 Tonight we camp out in at Garnamarr. This camping involves twin share dome tents, swags with fitted sheets & pillows with pillow cases. Sleeping bags are required – you may bring your own or pre purchase with our office. Shared ablution facilities are nearby. (You can sleep out under the stars if you want – bliss!)
Itineraries may vary and/or attractions be substituted for any cause including seasonal conditions (including the opening and closing of Twin and Jim Jim Falls and other natural attractions), weather extremes, traditional owner and national park requirements. Please note that the opening dates of waterfalls and attractions vary each year and can change on a daily basis during the wet and shoulder seasons.Book Now