5 Day Top End National Parks Tour
Day 1 (L)
You will be collected from your Darwin accommodation at 7.30am for your private 5 day 4WD tour to Kakadu, Katherine and Litchfield.
We head south along the Stuart highway and into Fogg Dam Conservation Reserve. These wetlands have international significance because of their beauty and natural ecosystems. A great variety of fauna can be found here throughout the year as well as a large variety of birdlife.
Then we make our way into World Heritage listed Kakadu National park. Kakadu is the largest national park in Australia, has some of the world’s finest rock art and a variety of habitats, including floodplains and savannah woodlands.
Once within the park, our first stop are the beautiful Mamukala Wetlands. We can view the bird life from the observation platform, where the mural depicts the seasonal changes throughout the year.
After lunch, we then travel to the very north of the park to Ubirr, where we walk through galleries of ancient aboriginal rock art, which your guide will interpret. Also learn about bushtuckers and bush medicines before reaching the top of the plateau, where you can relax and enjoy the spectacular view over the floodplains and the Arnhemland escarpment.
We finish the day with a look around the Bowali visitors information centre.
Overnight accommodation –Anbinik Resort in Bush Bungalows, motel rooms or cabins all with en-suites) OR hotel room with en-suite at the Mercure Crocodile Hotel
Day 2 (B,L)
After breakfast we make our way to Nourlangie Rock, an ancient Aboriginal shelter, where we will explore the area and the rock art. Your guide will lead you on an interpretive walk around the site, followed by Nawalandja lookout and the beautiful Anbangbang Billabong. The short hike to the lookout is rewarded by a magnificent view over the Arnhemland escarpment.
Then we take a look around the Warradjan Aboriginal Cultural Centre for an insight into the cultural history of the park.
Our final stop today is Maguk (Barramundi Gorge and falls). Termite mounds are abundant along the dirt road that takes us to the car park and from there, we take a walk through a paperbark forest to reach the gorge. Once we reach the gorge and waterfall, we can have a refreshing swim in the plungepool.
Overnight accommodation –Kakadu Lodge Cooinda, motel room
Day 3 (B,L)
An early start today (but worth it !) on the sunrise Yellow Waters wetlands cruise. Yellow Waters billabong is located at the end of Jim Jim Creek, a tributary of the South Alligator River. This is the largest river system in Kakadu and contains extensive wetlands, including river channels, floodplains and backwater swamps. About one third of Australia's bird species are represented in Kakadu National Park, with at least 60 species found inthese wetlands. There are also plenty of crocodiles in their natural habitat, and buffalo on the floodplains.
Back to the lodge for a buffet breakfast, check out and then we spend this morning enjoying Gunlom (waterfall Creek) in the very south of the park. We can have a swim in the large plungepool at the base of the falls and there is an optional hike to the top of Gunlom, where pristine rockpools and a fantastic view await you.
We continue out of the southern entry to Kakadu, travel to Katherine and out to Nitmiluk Gorge, home to 13 spectacular gorges, carved out of the rock by torrential summer rains, over millions of years.
Overnight accommodation - fixed safari tents with shared bathrooms (no power or lighting), en-suite cabins or the luxury Cicada Lodge at Nitmiluk Gorge OR motel rooms with en-suites in Katherine township.
Day 4 (B,L,D)
We start today with a hands on cultural experience at Top Dij Art Gallery. Activities on offer include sitting down with resident artist, Manuel who will tell you tales of tribal life, language, the hunting and gathering techniques, ceremony, weapons used and aboriginal contemporary life. Experience your own Rarrk painting with Manuel which is yours to take home as a souvenir. You will also have an opportunity to participate in one of the traditional hunting activities (firelighting, spear throwing etc.).
After lunch, you'll cruise for 2 hours viewing the beautiful scenery and discovering the customs of the traditional owners, the Jawoyn people.
Now we leave Katherine to head north again to this evenings accommodation at Mt Bundy Station. The station has an interesting history and is set in a picturesque bush setting, attracting a multitude of wildlife. There should be time this evening for a walk around the station, a swim in the pool or you can visit the station animals.
Overnight accommodation- Mt Bundy Station, Stockmans rooms with shared bathrooms for our group only (1 x male and 1 x female), sole use of the Cooks Cottage with private bathroom OR sole use of the Monsoon cabin with private bathroom.
Day 5 (B,L)
Today is spent swimming and exploring beautiful Litchfield National Park.
We view the amazing magnetic and cathedral termite mounds and can have a swim at Wangi Falls, Florence Falls and Buley Rockholes which are a series of small waterfalls that are a great place to simply sit and relax. There is also a lovely hike along the riverbank from Florence Falls to Buley Rockholes,
Late this afternoon, we depart Litchfield and begin our drive back to Darwin, arriving at approximately 5.30pm. You will be dropped off at your accommodation.
B = Breakfast / L = Lunch / D = Dinner
This tour is only operated as a private charter (sole use of vehicle and driver guide), during the months of May- October only
- please enquire for prices and further
• Sole use of 4WD tour vehicle with professional driver guide and purpose built heavy duty trailer
• Meals as stated
• Accommodation, as listed
• Hands- on Cultural experience in Katherine
• 2 hour Sunrise Yellow Waters Cruise
• Kakadu park entry Tickets
• 2 hour cruise at Nitmiluk Gorge (Katherine Gorge)
• Pre & Post tour accommodation
• Travel insurance
• Arrival / departure flights
Our guide, David, was obliging, patient, he understood the needs of the passengers and was always happy to accommodated us. The activities were well aimed at the abilities of the travellers. The information re history of the locations was fantastic. Wide knowledge of the areas visited really appreciated. Enjoyed the flexibility and variety. We felt safe at all times throughout the trip. We appreciate David looking out for the member of our group that needed a bit more consideration.
Dorothy and Heather, private Kakadu tour, Sept 2018