4 Day 4WD Kakadu Adventure – Accommodated
Discover the extraordinary delights of Kakadu National Park by 4WD with our 4 Day Kakadu Tour. Cruising the region’s waterways by boat, you’ll want to keep your eyes peeled for crocodiles alongside sites including the magnificent Edith Falls and croc-free plunge pools of Maguk. Meanwhile, by land you’ll get within inches of some of the finest Aboriginal rock art Australia has to offer.
Operates: Monday & Thursday (May – October)
Minimum age 12 years.
This tour requires a moderate level of fitness. Prices are based on twin share. Solo travellers will be paired in a room with another traveller, of the same gender where possible but not guaranteed.
Day 1: Darwin to Kakadu National Park (Lunch & Dinner)
Departing Darwin, you’ll make the short journey by road to the tranquil waters of the Mary River, where you’ll swap the tarmac for the boards of a billabong cruiser. Heading down its headwaters, you’ll have plenty of time to take in the incredible array of birdlife which thrives in its billabong pools. There’s even the chance of running into a croc or two.
If you miss them on the river, you’re sure to encounter them at the confusingly-named East Alligator River. At the Cahills Crossing river ford resident crocs line up in wait of passing barracuda.
Entering the bounds of Kakadu national park, you’ll also have the opportunity to take in Bowali Visitor Centre and prehistoric Aboriginal rock art at Ubirr. This you’ll do in time to admire the sunset over the Nadab floodplain.
Day 2: Jabiru (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)
From your base at Jabiru, day 2 kicks off with an amazing ‘on country’ Aboriginal cultural experience, where you’ll learn more about ways of life that have remained largely unchanged for tens of thousands of years.
Ensuring your walking boots are neatly tied, you’ll walk for around four kilometres through the area’s monsoon forest to either Jim Jim or Twin Falls. Two of the most spectacular waterfalls within the national park, either one makes the perfect place to enjoy a picnic lunch.
The afternoon sees you return to Jabiru via the Warradjan Aboriginal Cultural Centre in order to learn more about why Kakadu is so important to the Aboriginal people of the region.
Day 3: Jabiru to Pine Creek (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)
Waking to the sound of chirruping birds, you’ll start day 3 by marvelling at the sunrise over Nawurlandja Lookout before enjoying a cooked breakfast at Anabangbang Billabong.
An adventurous off-road drive will soon see you arrive at Burrungkuy (Nourlangie) Rock. A walk of 1.5 kilometres leads to the Anabangbang Gallery, carved with a fascinating series of images thought to date back 20,000 years.
Continuing your exploration of Kakadu’s highlights, you’ll follow a track through the bush to Kunwarddewardde Lookout, an escarpment providing unrivalled vistas across the area. There’s the option to cool off at the sublime plunge pool of Maguk after a picnic lunch. You’ll then begin the journey by 4WD to your stop for the night at Pine Creek.
Day 4: Pine Creek to Darwin (Breakfast & Lunch)
Some would say we’ve saved the best till last, with day 4 of your Kakadu Tour taking in either Edith Falls or Butterfly Gorge, dependent on the time of year and recent weather conditions.
Both provide ample opportunity to absorb the beauty of the national park before jumping into your 4WD for the drive back to Darwin along the Stuart Highway, one of the longest roads in the world.
On route, you’ll stop off at the historic town of Adelaide River and uncover the role this part of Australia played in the Second World War at the town’s war cemetery.
The tour ends among the food stalls of Darwin’s Mindil Markets.
Note: Due to the nature of the Top End, our Kakadu tour itineraries are subject to change and therefore the itinerary may be slightly different when you travel. Your guide will take into account a range of factors including weather conditions, water levels, and road access when planning a tour that provides you with the best experience and offers you suitable alternative locations if some are not accessible.
*Please include any dietary requirements when you book.
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