4WD Kakadu Katherine & Litchfield

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.


Itinerary

Day 1 Darwin/Litchfield/Mary River: Leaving Darwin, we journey south to the beautiful Litchfield National Park where we 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. We 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. We 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 our Mary River region camping spot.

Day 2 Mary River/Kakadu: Today we 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 we head to Maguk (Barramundi Gorge) where the hike is rewarded with a reviving swim in the plunge pools. Tonight we stay at our permanent camp in Kakadu National Park.

Day 3 (valid for travel to 31 March 2018) Kakadu/Katherine: Get ready for some 4WD action today as we make our way to Jim Jim Falls, the crown of Kakadu and certain to be one of our trip highlights. Once we get there, we’ll take in the stunning views of this 200m natural wonder before continuing on to Twin Falls. See the beauty of the gorge and feel the powerful force of the waterfalls from a national park operated boat and boardwalk experience. Head south to the historic gold-mining centre of Pine Creek and settle in for the night at our private campsite on the doorstep of Nitmiluk National Park. Fall asleep listening to the chatter of the outback night.

Day 3 (valid for travel from 01 April 2018) 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 (valid for travel to 31 March 2018) Nitmiluk National Park/Darwin: Depending on the season, embark on a cruise along the tranquil waters of Katherine Gorge or take the chance to head out by canoe (both activities are optional at own expense) and peer up at rock walls that reach up to 70m high. Formed by the Katherine River flowing from Arnhem Land to the Timor Sea, this 23 million-year-old natural marvel is truly breathtaking. Later in the day, head north across the sun baked outback, stopping for another refreshing dip along the way - this time by the cascading Edith Falls. Hit the road and head back to Darwin.

Day 4 (valid for travel to 01 April 2018) 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. Afterwards hit the road back to Darwin, where your adventure comes to an end on arrival.


Highlights

  • Litchfield National Park
  • Mary River cruise
  • Kakadu National Park
  • Bowali Vistor Centre
  • Ubirr Rock
  • Maguk (Barramundi Gorge)
  • Katherine Gorge cruise or canoe (additional expense)
  • Pine Creek Gold-mining centre
  • Edith Falls
  • Gunlom Falls
  • Top Didj Indigenous Experience

Inclusions

  • Accommodation in Permanent Safari Camp with shared facilities
  • Applicable park entry fees
  • Breakfast (3)
  • Lunch (4)
  • Dinner (3)
  • Darwin accommodation pick-up & drop-off

Times

Departs: Darwin 6.50 am Tuesday, Saturday during Apr-Jun & Oct / Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday during Jul-Sep
Returns: Darwin approximately 6.00 pm

Default meeting point: Adventure Tours Shop 52 Mitchell Street Darwin


Additional Info

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