This is the classic tour to see Kakadu and Litchfield National Parks including three days exploring in a 4WD. Experience the magic of Kakadu and Litchfield National Parks, discover ancient Aboriginal rock art, and sleep in permanent tents under the starts on this classic tour.
Day 1 – Darwin to Mary River
Leaving cosmopolitan Darwin, we journey south to beautiful Litchfield National Park, where we experience the stunning waterfalls that flow all year round. Take a refreshing swim and enjoy lunch before we travel into Wulna Country and receive a Cul Cul or unique ‘Welcome to Country’ by the traditional owners of the land, the Limilngan – Wulna people. Experience the local Aboriginal culture including bush tucker talks, playing the didgeridoo, basket weaving and spear throwing (cultural experience only available in dry season). 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 river cruise! Climb into your sleeping bag for a well earned rest at our secluded Mary River camping spot. (LD)
Day 2 – Mary River to 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. Next we head to Maguk (Barramundi Gorge) where a hike is rewarded with a reviving swim in the plunge pools. Tonight we stay at our permanent camp in Kakadu National Park. (BLD)
Day 3 – Kakadu to Darwin
Get ready for some 4WD action today as we make our way to Jim Jim Falls, the crown of Kakadu. Once we get there, we’ll hike to the base of this 200m natural wonder, before continuing on to Twin Falls. Feel the beauty of the stunning gorge and powerful falls from a national park operated boat and boardwalk experience. We stop in at Warradjan Aboriginal Cultural Centre this afternoon to learn more about local Indigenous culture. The scenery will continue to amaze you as we journey back to Darwin in the afternoon. (BL)
Aboriginal Rock Art
Jim Jim Falls
Kakadu National Park
Litchfield National Park
Maguk (Barramundi Gorge)
Mary River Wetlands
Top End Cultural Experience
TROPICAL SUMMER ITINERARY (Nov/ Dec-May)
Day 1 Litchfield National Park | Cathedral Termite Mounds | Overnight camp. (LD)
Day 2 Mamukala Wetlands (seasonal) | Wildlife Cruise | Ubirr or Nourlangie Rock (seasonal) | Walk to Gubara Springs | Overnight camp Kakadu. (BLD)
Day 3 Gunlom Falls | Motor Car Falls (seasonal) | Warradjan Culture Centre | Return to Darwin. (BL)
B = Breakfast | L = Lunch | D = Dinner
You will stay in private permanent campsites for your year round comfort.
Experienced tour guide
Aboriginal cultural experience*
Meals as indicated
2 nights camping fees and equipment
NOTE: The 2013 - 2014 season rates are valid from the 1st April 2013 - 31st March 2014. The 2014 - 2015 season rates commence on the 1st April 2014.
This tour departs daily Darwin at 6:30am daily and returns to Darwin early evening on day 3.
MINIMUM / MAXIMUM NUMBERS
The price quoted is for one person. We operate with a minimum of four and we travel with a group of up to 16 passangers.
You must call us before 16.00 hours (4.00pm) the day prior to travel with the name of your accommodation and room number.
Tours can be rescheduled free of charge, subject to availability. If you cancel 30 days before your travel date, no cancellation fees apply. If you cancel within 30 days of your travel date you will be charged 25% of your booking cost. If you cancel with 24 hours of your travel dates, you will charged 100% of your booking cost. Cancellations must be made through Australian Explorer.
DRESSCODE / WHAT TO BRING
Sturdy walking shoes (preferably ankle high), hat and sunscreen, towel and toiletries, swimming gear, warm clothing, water bottle, camera and film, money for optional snacks you might want to buy and/or meals not included on the specific tour you might be doing.
Please Note : The price quoted does not include park entry fees, you will be required to pay National Park entry fee of AUD $37.50. From April to May and December to March the fee is $25.
If you are vegetarian or gluten intolerant we can cater for you, but if you have very specific dietary needs you may need to provide your own food, please discuss this at time of booking. For breakfast we supply cereals, toast, tea and coffee. Lunch is usually a self-serve sandwich and salads; in the evening we have a cooked dinner. We always carry water in the vehicle and you will often have the chance to buy your own drinks, ice-creams etc at stops.
You will need to sign an indemnity form before departing on this tour. This tour is not suitable for children 7 years and under. The vehicle has limited space so please keep your luggage to a maximum of 15 kgs in a backpack or soft overnight bag with a small day pack for easy access to camera, film, sunblock etc.
Please Note : The accommodation on this tour is camping but you can choose to upgrade to a deluxe camping facilties at an additional cost.
Low season rates are valid for travel from December 2012 to 31 March 2013.
Single Shared Accommodation
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