5 Day 4WD Kakadu & Litchfield Adventure – Accommodated
Experience two of the Top End’s top wonders with this 5 Day Kakadu & Litchfield Tour. From Darwin, you’ll travel across the epic landscapes of the Northern Territory to UNESCO-listed Kakadu National Park, home to some of the country’s most important natural and Aboriginal sites. You then also have the chance to absorb the extraordinary landscapes now protected by Litchfield National Park.
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)
Travelling east by 4WD from Darwin, your meeting with the wilds of Kakadu National Park is only moments away. But before you get there, you’ll have the chance to sail along the Mary River onboard a Corroboree Billabong Wetland cruise on the lookout for the region’s birdlife.
The Bowali Visitor Centre will provide the lowdown on why the area became a hotbed of Aboriginal rock art, as you’ll see later at Ubirr. In the meantime, you’ll pass within metres of giant crocs at Cahill’s Crossing on the East Alligator River, on the border between Kakadu and Arnhem Land.
The day ends with sunset from a vantage point over the Nadab Floodplain, and a night surrounded by the sounds of the national park at Jabiru.
Day 2: Jabiru (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)
Day 2 begins with an unforgettable Aboriginal cultural experience aimed at demonstrating the traditional ways in which the region’s traditional custodians have adapted to survive for tens of thousands of years in this sometimes-hostile area.
You then get to delve amid the vast canopy of trees for yourself with a short hike of around four kilometres to either Jim Jim or Twin Falls. The decision on exactly which to visit will be made dependent on cultural and seasonal factors.
Before returning for a second night at Jabiru you’ll be taken to Warradjan Aboriginal Cultural Centre for a greater understanding of the culture and the management of this vast wilderness.
Day 3: Jabiru to Pine Creek (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)
If the sunset of day 1 left you wanting more, you won’t want to miss the sunrise over Jabiru at Nawurlandja Lookout, followed by a cooked breakfast at Anabangbang Billabong.
With satisfied stomachs, the next highlight on your itinerary is Burrungkuy (Nourlangie) Rock. If the name is new to you, this is the location of a second major site of ancient rock art, also known as the Anabangbang Gallery.
Man-made wonders turn back to the majesty of nature at Kunwarddewardde Lookout, promising extraordinary views of the Kakadu escarpment before you enjoy a picnic lunch beside the irresistible waters of Maguk Waterfall’s natural plunge pool.
Day 4: Pine Creek to Darwin (Breakfast & Lunch)
Today we head slowly back to Darwin, stopping on the way at Edith Falls or Butterfly Gorge. Edith Falls offers the chance for a swim in the series of cascading waterfalls and refreshing rock pools. Butterfly Gorge is another hidden gem within Kakadu National Park which takes its name from the thousands of common crow butterflies that call the area home.
Which location we visit will depend on the time of the year and the weather conditions. Either way, we’ll enjoy some time to chill out and appreciate the incredible natural scenery that surrounds us. After a delightful picnic lunch, we’ll back to Darwin where you can relax in your hotel or explore the city.
Day 5: Litchfield National Park
Although it only gained national park status in 1986, Litchfield still manages to cast a spell on those who make the effort to visit. A treasure trove of natural wonders, its dense tropical jungle slowly reveals all manner of hidden gems.
Arriving at the town of Adelaide River, you’ll have the optional extra of taking to the water once more on a Jumping Crocodile Cruise, or heading instead to Fogg Dam Conservation Centre. One of only a handful of wetlands accessible whatever the time of year, a series of boardwalks will help you uncover a plethora of species.
The tour continues by taking in the giant magnetic termite mounds nearby, as well as a number of beautiful tumbling waterfalls and plunge pools. Enjoy a dip at either Florence Falls or Buley Rockhole and be amazed by Wangi Falls.
You end your journey around the Top End by travelling back to Darwin on the famous Stuart Highway. But before you say goodbye to your guide, you’ll be able to enjoy some of the sumptuous foods on offer at 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.
|DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Esplanade||116 Esplanade, Darwin||6:50am|
|Frontier Hotel Darwin||3 Buffalo Ct, Darwin||6:25am|
|H on Mitchell Hotel Apartment||105 Mitchell St, Darwin||6:50am|
|H on Smith Hotel||81 Smith St, Darwin||6:35am|
|Mantra on the Esplanade Darwin||88 Esplanade, Darwin||6:55am|
|The Cavenagh Hotel||12 Cavenagh St, Darwin||6:40am|
|Tourist Precinct Mini Bus Zone||69 Mitchell St, Darwin||6:45am|
|Travelodge Resort Darwin||64 Cavenagh St, Darwin||6:30am|