The ultimate Top End experience, this 4 day tour showcases some of the Northern Territory's most popular destinations including Katherine, Kakadu and Litchfield. This remote yet extremely diverse region is home to the Kakadu National Park, Ubirr Rock, Katherine Gorge, Litchfield National park, Edith Falls, Katherine River and a rich Aboriginal culture.
Day 1 Darwin/Litchfield/Mary River: Leaving Darwin, journey south to the beautiful Litchfield National Park where you will visit waterfalls that flow all year round. Litchfield National Park is well deserving of all its hype and the perfect place to soak up the tranquility of the tropics. Explore Florence Falls, Wangi Falls and Buley Rockholes. Enjoy a picnic lunch, stroll through steamy rainforests and cool off with a dip in one of Litchfield's picture perfect swimming holes. Finish the day in the spectacular Mary River Wetlands where the exotic birds are not the only wildlife to see. Keep a watch for lurking crocodiles on an afternoon wildlife cruise. Enjoy an outback Aussie pub meal before climbing into your bed for a well-earned rest at a Mary River region camping spot.
Day 2 Mary River/Kakadu: Head to Kakadu National Park, World Heritage listed for its stunning natural features and for being the centre of the world's oldest living culture. Discover ancient Aboriginal rock art at Ubirr before climbing to the top of a rocky lookout for fabulous views over the Nardab floodplain. Don’t forget to bring your camera! Next stop is Maguk (Barramundi Gorge) where the hike is rewarded with a reviving swim in the plunge pools. Tonights accommodation is at a permanent camp in Kakadu National Park.
Day 3 Kakadu/Katherine: This morning you have the option to take a scenic flight over Kakadu (at your own expense). The flight takes in views over the Arnhem Land escarpment, vast flood plains and billabongs. Later spend time exploring Kakadu’s other major Aboriginal rock art site – Nourlangie (Burrunggui), while your guide provides a glimpse into how the local Aboriginal people live. After lunch head south and stop to visit the historic gold-mining centre of Pine Creek. Stop for a quick dip at Maguk or Gunlom Falls, before continuing on to Katherine, where you'll settle in for the night at a private campsite near Nitmiluk National Park (Katherine Gorge).
Day 4 Nitmiluk National Park/Darwin: Depending on the season, head out on a morning cruise along the inky waters of Katherine Gorge, or canoe between red rock walls that are up to 70 metres high (both of these activities are optional and at your own expense). This 23 million-year-old landscape was formed by the Katherine River, which flows from Arnhem Land out to the Timor Sea. After lunch experience an Aboriginal interpretive display to learn about the local indigenous culture. You'll have the chance to get involved in some great hands-on activities, such as fire-making, boomerang and spear throwing and painting your own indigenous-style artwork to take home as a souvenir.
Departs: 6.50am on selected dates
Returns: 6.00pm approximately to Darwin
Default meeting point: Adventure Tours Shop 52 Mitchell Street Darwin
(This tour does not operate from November - March)
Children: Tour is not suitable for children 7 years and under
What to Bring: Comfortable walking shoes, shorts, t-shirts, long pants and long sleeved shirt (for mosquito protection and extra warmth at night), swimmers, hat, towel, sunscreen, necessary medication, suitable clothing, camera and torch
Luggage: Personal luggage is limited to an overnight bag and a daypack. Most Darwin accommodations will be happy to store any excess luggage you may have, some do charge a small fee
Fitness Requirement: A good level of fitness is required
Operated By: Intrepid Travel & Adventure Tours