4 Day Kakadu, Katherine & Litchfield

This tour visits the big 3 attractions of the Top End – Kakadu, Katherine and Litchfield. Learn the ancient traditions of the local aboriginal people on a 2hr interpretive cultural experience in Katherine that includes chance to try painting your own indigenous artwork. Cruise the croc-inhabited waters of the Mary River Wetlands and marvel at the beautiful Katherine Gorge and Maguk (or Gunlom Falls). This tour is great for families and older travellers that still want to experience some Top End adventure.

Highlights

Aboriginal Culture, Aboriginal Rock Art, Edith Falls, Kakadu National Park, Katherine Gorge, Ubirr, Maguk (or Gunlom Falls), Mary River Wetlands Wildlife Cruise, Top Didj Cultural Experience, Florence Falls, Wangi Falls, Buley Rockholes, Optional Scenic Flight over Twin & Jim Jim Falls (Not included)

Tour Summary

Tour Code

PNTY4C

Fitness level

Moderate

Price

From $1265

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Tour Details

Tour RouteDarwin-Darwin
AccommodationSafari Tent: shared facilities (3nts)
Vehicles4WD Vehicle
FitnessModerate
Tour CodePNTY4C
Duration4 Days / 3 Nights
Tour StyleKakadu Expedition
Maximum Passengers21 (Minimum 2)
PriceAdult $1265 *No Single Supplement
DepartsAPR-JUN & OCT: Tuesdays & Saturdays
JUL-SEP: Tuesdays, Thursdays & Saturdays
Meals3 x Breakfasts, 4 x Lunches, 3 x Dinners
LuggageMax 10kg in Soft Bag/Backpack & Day Bag (No Suitcases)
Private Charter Available On Request
More InformationWhat You Need To Know
Frequently Asked Questions
Validity1 April 2017 to 31 March 2018
Download Trip Notes4 Day Kakadu, Katherine & Litchfield Trip Notes

Day 1 Darwin to Mary River, via Litchfield National Park

Flush with waterfalls, swimming holes and some pretty gigantic termite mounds, Litchfield National Park encapsulates all that’s wonderful about the Top End. We’ll start off here checking out Florence Falls and the Buley Rockholes, then break for a picnic before travelling on to Wangi Falls for a final swim and leisurely stroll through monsoon forest. Leaving Litchfield, it’s on and into Mary River National Park. The species of saltwater crocodile found in Australia are the biggest in the world, and the Mary River wetlands are absolutely full of them. See how many you can spot on an afternoon river cruise. All tents are twin-share and come with a proper bed. (LD)

Day 2 Kakadu National Park: Ubirr & Barramundi Gorge

In giving Kakadu National Park World Heritage-listing, UNESCO described it as a ‘living cultural landscape with exceptional natural and cultural values’. Indigenous people have lived here for more than 50,000 years, to which the ancient rock paintings of Ubirr can attest. Your guide will  explain the significance of these artworks during an interpretative cultural walk that finishes on a rocky escarpment overlooking the Nardab floodplain. In the afternoon we head to either Maguk (Barramundi Gorge) or Gunlom Falls (seasonal choice). Swimming spots don’t get a whole lot more inviting than either of these spectacular sites. (BLD)

Day 3 Kakadu to Katherine

Given that Kakadu covers approximately the same amount of land as Slovenia, the sky’s a pretty good place to see it all from. This morning you’ll have the option of taking a scenic flight over the billabongs, bushlands and floodplains that make up this ruggedly beautiful region. After a stop in at the Bowali visitors centre we head for the historic gold-mining town of Pine Creek which offers a very different side to Australian history. Back on the road again, there’s time for a dip in Edith Falls before pulling into our private campsite near Nitmuluk National Park. (BLD)

Day 4 Katherine Gorge to Darwin

Back in the day (ok, it was 23 million years ago), the Katherine River flowed all the way from Arnhem Land to the Timor Sea. These days, the waters have subsided significantly: the Katherine River now flows along hemmed in on both sides by cliffs 70 metres high. It’s the highlight attraction of Nitmiluk National Park though, and you’ll have the opportunity to cruise through it by canoe or boat. Following lunch, we visit a private property next to an indigenous art gallery for some coaching in the ancient arts of boomerang throwing, fire making and traditional painting. Then it’s back to Darwin where the adventure winds up. (BL)

N.B. Please ensure you read the itinerary notes provided in the Important Notes tab (above).

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Nights 1, 2 & 3 We stay overnight in Safari Tents at our conveniently located private wilderness camps. The Safari Tents are comfortable permanent twin share tents with proper beds (spring mattresses!); pillows, linen and a towel are provided. The tents are fitted with lighting, fans and power points. Shared ablution facilities are nearby.

Inclusions

  • Experienced Guide
  • Top Didj Aboriginal Cultural Experience *This Aboriginal Cultural Experience is only included during the Dry Season – read Important Notes for more detail. During the shoulder seasons an alternative itinerary is provided if necessary.
  • Wildlife Cruise
  • Meals as specified
  • Safari Camp Accommodation
  • National Park Entry Fees

We operate this Top End adventure in custom-built, 21 seat 4WD trucks with a PA system and built-in storage (no risky trailers!). These vehicles allow our small groups extra space to kick back and relax as the Australian outback drifts by. They are fully air-conditioned and are fitted with adjustable air-vents, reclinable seats and map pockets to keep your book, drink and MP3 player in. Note that the vehicle could be branded Kimberley Wild, Kakadu Wild, Western Xposure or Adventure Tours Australia!

What to Bring

It is essential that you bring a torch, broad-brimmed hat with sun visor for all round sun protection, sunscreen, swimming costume and towel, good walking/trekking shoes and a personal 1.5L water bottle.

It is also recommended that you bring insect repellent, warm clothes for the evening (particularly if travelling in Winter), personal toiletries and first aid, with any personal medication required.

Notes

  • Your tour vehicle may be branded as Adventure Tours Australia, Western Exposure or Wild Expeditions, but this tour is operated by Adventure Tours Australia.
  • The Aboriginal cultural experience is only available during the dry season (April/May to October) as site is subject to flooding. Participants may be absent due to cultural commitments with minimal prior notification and Wild Expeditions reserves the right to amend the itinerary in these circumstances with no obligation to refund.
  • Travel Insurance is compulsory for all travellers on all tours and details must be presented to tour guide before departure.
  • Itineraries may vary and/or attractions be substituted for any cause including seasonal conditions (including the opening and closing of 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. For an up to date access report please contact our customer service team or visit kakaduroadreport.wordpress.com
  • It is your responsibility to advise Wild Expeditions if you have any special dietary requirements or medical conditions (including allergies) well ahead of departure.
  • During the shoulder seasons (Apr, May, Sep and Oct) it is likely that you will experience temperatures of over 35 degrees Celsius with high humidity. Be prepared to endure extra physical stress due to the heat at these times, especially while on walks. These extreme temperatures can also place stress on the air-conditioning units within our vehicles which can make travelling uncomfortable. Your tour guide will assist with regular breaks and information to assist keeping hydrated. Please come prepared for all extremes.
  • The default pick up point is where we will meet you for your tour, unless you or your travel agent requests an alternative location (contact our Reservations team for more information). It is your responsibility to contact us with your preferred pick up point well ahead of departure. We do not take responsibility for missed tours if we have not been advised of an alternative in advance and you are not at the default location on time.
  • Due to vehicle weight restrictions, a STRICT luggage limit of 10kg applies for all tours in Kakadu National Park. Please arrange storage of excess luggage at your Darwin accommodation.
  • Are you over 70 years old? Due to the remote location and challenging nature of our extended camping tours it is essential for older travellers to review and sign our Medical Form to ensure you can participate fully in the itinerary.