Litchfield, Kakadu & Katherine Discovery
7 Day Escorted Group, Darwin to Darwin
19-25 September 2021
Image Credit: Tourism NT/Tess Leopold
On arrival into Darwin you will be met and transferred to the Oaks Elan Darwin Hotel for two nights accommodation. Later today meet in the lobby of the hotel to greet your fellow travellers.
Dinner and overnight at the hotel (dinner own account)
Overnight: Oaks Elan Darwin Hotel
Day 2: 20 September 2021 – Full Day Litchfield
Depart this morning on a full day tour to Litchfield National Park. Explore the tropical wilderness of the Litchfield National Park on this full-day tour from Darwin. Visit the Florence and Wangi Falls and Tolmer Falls. Cool off with a dip in the Buley Rockhole, and snap photos of the gigantic Cathedral and Magnetic Termite Mounds. Together with stunning tropical waterfalls and swimming holes, this is a truly beautiful destination found just south of Darwin. Litchfield National Park features numerous waterfalls which cascade from a sandstone plateau called the Tabletop Range, monsoon rainforests, intriguing magnetic termite mounds and historical sites. A stunning full day adventure.
Overnight: Oaks Elan Darwin Hotel
Day 3: 21 September 2021 – Kakadu National Park
Today 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. Fogg Dam Conservation Reserve is one of the few wetland systems that is accessible year-round. Boardwalks take you through the different landscapes to observation platforms to view the large number of resident wading birds.
We head to Corroboree Park Tavern, a classic Territory pub in a fantastic location for our lunch stop. Choose from a great range of icy cold beer on tap, as well as wide selection of wine and spirits, the property serves up some top quality grub for the hungry traveller.
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. The walk passes several breathtaking Aboriginal art sites and leads up to a stunning lookout over the Nadab floodplain.
Continue onto Cooinda Lodge, for two nights of glamping at our new Outback Retreats (Shared bathroom facilities) The village style property is located beneath a canopy of trees beside Yellow Water Billabong, home to world-renowned Yellow Water Cruises, where crocodiles and birds are seen on the flood plain amongst Paperbark, Pandanus and Fresh Water Mangroves.
Outback Retreats are built on an elevated platform to ensure year-round usability and minimal environmental impact. The canvas tents have one solid wall, a glass front door and a deck with outdoor furniture. All bedding feature high quality mattresses, toppers and linen. Interiors have been designed to reflect the Kakadu bushscape and incorporate many Australian designed and hand built elements, including locally produced indigenous weaving and artwork. Outback Retreats have its own dedicated share bathroom and amenities centre.
Overnight: Cooinda Outback Retreats
Day 4: 22 September 2021 – Kakadu – Yellow Waters Cruise
We start our morning early as we 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.
We then visit the Warradjan Culural Centre – The people from Murumburr, Mirrar Gun-djeihmi, Badmardi, Bunitj, Girrimbitjba, Manilakarr, Wargol and other clans have combined to create an exciting and memorable exhibit. The exhibit touches on hunting techniques by the clans over different seasons, the recent history of the park, blood lines and marriage rights, tribal elder stories and the effects of white settlement in the Top End. After you have journeyed through the display and explored the many facets of Bininj Culture, you can browse through a gallery of arts and crafts from Kakadu, Arnhem Land and Katherine regions, displayed for sale. The majority of artworks at Warradjan Cultural Centre are produced by local artists of this country.
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. Our next stop is Gunlom Falls – This picturesque waterfall is one of the finest in Kakadu, and one of the most popular. It’s cascading waters and pristine plunge pool are a highlight of Kakadu and are spectacular for photography.
Overnight – Cooinda Outback Retreats
Day 5: 23 September 2021 – Katherine
Departing Kakadu this morning and we head towards Katherine, with a stop en-route in the historic Gold mining town of Pine Creek and 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.
Overnight: Knotts Crossing Resort
Day 6: 24 September 2021 – Katherine Gorge
This morning we depart on 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.
We then start our journey back to Darwin via the Adelaide River War Cemetery. During the Second World War, Adelaide River was the headquarters of a large base, and the war cemetery was created especially for the burial of servicemen who died in this part of Australia. It now contains 435 Commonwealth burials of the Second World War.
Within Adelaide River War Cemetery will be found the Northern Territory Memorial, which commemorates members of the Australian Army, the Royal Australian Air Force, the Australian Merchant Navy and the Services Reconnaissance Department who lost their lives in operations in the Timor and Northern Australian regions and in waters adjacent to Australia north of Latitude 20 degrees south, and who have no known grave. Continue onto Darwin for our overnight.
Overnight: Oaks Elan Darwin Hotel
Day 7: 25 September 2021 – Depart
End of tour in Darwin.
Optional day tour:
Darwin City Sights and Jumping Crocodile Cruise
From $195 per person (minimum 10 pax)
- Jumping Crocodile Cruise
- Waterfront and Stokes Hill Wharf
- Royal Flying Doctors and WW11 Bombing of Darwin Exhibits
- Darwin Museum and Art Gallery (including Cyclone Tracey Exhibits)
Price + Inclusions
|Litchfield, Kakadu & Katherine Discovery||Price per person|
|19-25 September 2021||$2,595||$995|
- 4 nights Hotel/Motel accommodation
- 2 nights Glamping Experience
- 4 x Breakfasts
- Private touring in luxury vehicle with qualified driver/guide
- National Park passes
- Sunrise Yellow River Cruise
- Katherine Gorge Cruise
- Quality guiding throughout
Maximum: 16 passengers