Kakadu, Katherine and Litchfield Safari
5 Day Guided Journey
See the wetlands, rock art and waterfalls of Kakadu, take part in a hands-on Aboriginal cultural experience, spend a full day in Litchfield and take a cruise through Nitmiluk Gorge (Katherine Gorge). This tour is accommodated in motel rooms, Bush Bungalows and station rooms.
Tour operates during the dry season only (May to September).
You will be collected from your Darwin accommodation at 8am for your 5 day 4WD Tour to Kakadu, Katherine and Litchfield.
We head south along the Stuart highway and along the Arnhem highway into the wetlands region. Our destination is Fogg Dam Conservation Reserve. These wetlands have international significance because of their beauty and natural ecosystems. A great variety of fauna can be found here throughout the year as well as a large variety of birdlife.
Then you’ll take a cultural tour at Pudakul cultural tours. This is a fully Aboriginal owned and operated family business and the 2 hour tour gives you an opportunity to engage with local Aboriginal people, the environment and wildlife, learn basket weaving, dilly bag making and the techniques used in the process. Have a go at throwing a spear or blowing a didgeridoo, play the clapsticks and learn about our local bush food and medicine. You will be served with damper (bush bread) and tea after the experience.
After lunch, we make our way into World Heritage listed Kakadu National park. Kakadu is the largest national park in Australia, has some of the world’s finest rock art and a variety of habitats, including floodplains and savannah woodlands.
We travel to the very north of the park to Ubirr, where we walk through galleries of ancient aboriginal rock art, which your guide will interpret. Also learn about bushtuckers and bush medicines before reaching the top of the plateau, where you can relax and enjoy the spectacular view over the floodplains and the Arnhemland escarpment.
Dinner tonight is at your own arrangement and expense and there are a couple of restaurants nearby to our accommodation.
Overnight accommodation: Anbinik Resort, fan- cooled Bush Bungalows with louvres, fridge, tea / coffee and private external en-suite – a few steps from your bungalow.
Upgrade to an Anbinuk Suite (motel room style) with air-con, TV, fridge, tea / coffee, private outdoor deck and private en-suite (please note the shower is outdoor in your private courtyard), for an extra $70 per person twin share and $140 single, per night. Please enquire upon booking to avoid disappointment.
Upgrade to a hotel room with en-suite at the Mercure Crocodile Hotel for an extra $125 per person twin share and $215 single, per night. Please enquire upon booking to avoid disappointment. Buffet breakfast is included with this option.
(2 night stay)
Day 2: (B,L)
After breakfast we make our way to Nourlangie Rock, an ancient Aboriginal shelter, where we will explore the area and the rock art. Your guide will lead you on an interpretive walk around the site, followed by Nawalandja lookout. The short hike to the lookout is rewarded by a magnificent view over the Arnhemland escarpment.
Our next stop is Maguk (Barramundi Gorge and falls). Termite mounds are abundant along the dirt road that takes us to the Maguk car park and from there, we take a walk through a paperbark forest to reach the gorge. Once we reach the gorge and waterfall, we can have a refreshing swim in the plungepool.
Finally, late this afternoon, board the sunset Yellow Waters wetlands cruise. Yellow Waters billabong is located at the end of Jim Jim Creek, a tributary of the South Alligator River. This is the largest river system in Kakadu and contains extensive wetlands, including river channels, floodplains and backwater swamps. About one third of Australia’s bird species are represented in Kakadu National Park, with at least 60 species found in these wetlands. There are also plenty of crocodiles in their natural habitat, and buffalo on the floodplains.
Overnight accommodation: Anbinik Resort, fan- cooled Bush Bungalows or upgrade choice
Day 3: (B,L)
Our first stop today is the Warradjan Aboriginal Cultural Centre, for an insight into the cultural heritage of the park.
Then we travel to Gunlom (Waterfall Creek), in the very south of the park. After a scenic drive in, on an unsealed dirt road, we reach a large plunge pool at the base of the falls. You also have the option to take the walk to the top of the falls where pristine rockpools and a spectacular view await you.
Departing Kakadu through the southern entrance, we now head south to Katherine, with a stop en-route in historic Pine Creek.
Overnight accommodation: Motel room with en-suite in Katherine
Day 4: (B,L,D)
We start today with a cruise through Nitmiluk Gorge, home to 13 spectacular gorges, carved out of the rock by torrential summer rains, over millions of years. During the 2 hour cruise, you’ll view the beautiful scenery and discover the customs of the traditional owners, the Jawoyn people.
Departing Katherine, we now head north again to Leilyn (Edith Falls). Leilyn is part of Nitmiluk National Park and is well known for it’s picturesque waterfalls and pools, particularly the large pool at the base of the escarpment which is great for a swim. We have a swim here and you also have the option of taking the Leliyn Trail – a walk that takes you across the top of the waterfall, where you can have a swim in the upper rockpools and get views of the waterfalls and Edith River from a couple of lookouts.
This evenings accommodation is at Mt Bundy Station. The station has an interesting history and is set in a picturesque bush setting, attracting a multitude of wildlife.
There should be time this evening for a walk around the station, a swim in the pool or you can visit the station animals.
Overnight accommodation: Mt Bundy Station, Stockmans rooms with shared bathrooms (double or twin share) between our group only. Family and en-suite options also available
Day 5: (B,L)
Today is spent swimming and exploring beautiful Litchfield National Park.
We view the amazing magnetic and cathedral termite mounds and can have a swim at Wangi Falls, Florence Falls and Buley Rockholes which are a series of small waterfalls that are a great place to simply sit and relax. There is also a lovely hike along the riverbank from Florence Falls to Buley Rockholes,
Mid-afternoon, we depart Litchfield and begin our drive back to Darwin, arriving at approximately 5.30pm. You will be dropped off at your accommodation.
END OF TOUR
B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner
Price + Inclusions
|Kakadu, Katherine and Litchfield Safari||Price per person|
|Twin Share||from $3,100|
|Per Child (8-15 yrs) Twin Share||from $2,900|
|Single Supplement||from $3,450|
Prices include GST and are valid until 30 September 2021.
Departs Darwin on Saturdays from 01 May 2021 – 30 September 2021, subject to availability.
No departures on 26 June, 03 July or 10 July.
Note: Solo travellers must have single accommodation unless twin share of the same sex can be found. Solo travellers can also request own room and pay single supplement**
Maximum 6 passengers
- Seat in 4WD vehicle, with professional driver guide
- Meals as stated
- 2 nights Bush Bungalow accommodation
- 1 night in an en-suite motel room in Katherine
- 1 night in a Stockmans room at Mt Bundy Station
- Sunset Yellow Waters Cruise
- Aboriginal cultural tour
- 2 hour cruise at Nitmiluk (Katherine) Gorge
- Kakadu National Park entry fee
- Arrival/departure flights
- Pre and Post tour accommodation
- Travel Insurance
- Alcohol and soft drinks
Itinerary is exclusive and subject to availability, road, weather and cultural conditions.