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Introductory to Moderate

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Activities
  • Day walks
Accommodation
  • 5 nights exclusive semi-permanent campsites
Meals
  • 5 Dinners
  • 6 Lunches
  • 5 Breakfasts

6 Days$2795AUD

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Trip Code: KAK

Kakadu Explorer Trip highlights


  • Sunset cruise on the Yellow Water billabong, home to a variety of wildlife
  • Enjoy day walks through the diverse habitat of the escarpment, from cool Monsoon Vine Forest to the rugged stone country on top
  • Experience the iconic Jim Jim Falls (subject to seasonal access)
  • Stay in exclusive semi-permanent campsites away from the crowds
  • View some of the most beautiful indigenous rock art galleries
  • Learn about the area with your expert guides

Kakadu National Park is a World Heritage Area covering some 20,000 square kms. Waterfalls tumble from the red cliffs off the Arnhem Land escarpment into shady pools; tranquil wetlands teem with animal and bird life, while 40,000 years of Aboriginal cultural heritage is on display in the numerous hidden rock art galleries. Get away from the crowds on our walking based itinerary, which includes a cruise on the Yellow Waters (a favourite haunt of saltwater crocodiles). It's when you go for a walk beyond the main tourist sites that Kakadu will reveal its true magic.

Our collection of day walks venture in to remote gorges and sparkling waterfalls, as well as visit ancient rock-art seen by very few visitors. The upgraded semi-permanent campsites encourage travellers to relax in idyllic tropical surrounds. The itinerary varies to make the most of the season, choosing the best walks and waterfalls as the wet season floodwaters recede and access opens up. You will return to Darwin having enjoyed a complete adventure across the full range of tropical wilderness of Australia's Top End.

Activities:

Itinerary

Our journey begins with a Darwin accommodation pick-up between 7-7:30am and travels south-east to Kakadu National Park. On the way we meet with Wulna Aboriginal elders for a traditional welcome to country, followed by morning tea, damper and a chance to discuss culture, or take a walk by the billabong. We then get off the sealed roads and transfer by 4WD along the old Jim Jim Road, passing some of the area's great wetlands such as Red Lily Billabong. In the late afternoon we take a cruise on the Yellow Water Billabong, home to an astounding variety of wildlife. We may encounter Brumbies, wallabies and goannas drinking from the waterside, salt-water crocodile and thousands of birds including Magpie Geese, Brolga, Cormorants, Pelicans and one of Australia's largest flying birds – the Black-necked stork (Jabiru). The flat-bottomed boat is guided by an expert wildlife guide. We spend the evening at our comfortable semi-permanent camp, located at Djarradjin Billabong, in the heart of Kakadu National Park.

Meals:  L,D

Wake up to the dawn chorus of the multitude of birds of the Savannah and wetlands. Our day is focussed on stunning walks within the World Heritage listed National Park. We have a choice of two options today, depending on the weather and access within the park. We drive to Jim Jim Falls along a bumpy old track, to Kakadu’s most famous waterfalls. Our visits to Jim Jim Falls aim for an active experience, walking beyond the reach of regular tourist groups. Our other option for the day is to visit Ubirr, Cahills Crossing and the Bardeljildiji sandstone walk. The walk at Ubir is short but passes several breathtaking Aboriginal art sites. The Bardeljildiji sandstone walk will take us through towering sandstone pillars and small pockets of monsoonal rainforest. NB: Jim Jim Falls is usually available after mid-July. Keep in mind the thundering torrent usually depicted in the postcards is a phenomenon that only occurs during the wet season and this flow declines gradually through the dry season until it is a gentle, but still magnificent, trickle! We return to our semi-permanent camp near Djarradjin Billabong. Walking distance: 7km or 4-5km

Meals:  B,L,D

After a scrumptious, nourishing breakfast we drive a short distance to Nourlangie massif and begin our walk. We will take in one of the stunning lookouts of the Barrk and Nourlangie Circuit. Barrk is the indigenous name for the male black wallaroo, a member of the kangaroo family which lives in this area. From here it's a short drive to Angbangbang where we'll have lunch. After lunch we'll head out on the Angbangbang Billabong Walk. This is a beautiful billabong teeming with bird life. In the late afternoon we return to Dajarradjin Billabong camp to relax around the campfire and enjoy another delicious evening meal. Walking distance: 5-6km

Meals:  B,L,D

Heading south we will explore some of the other stunning waterfalls and gorges of Kakadu. Maguk (Barramundi) Falls is reached via a stunning walk through the monsoon forest, opening out to a deep plunge pool lined with blonde quartzite cliffs. Keep your eye out for birds such as Rainbow pitas, Emerald doves and Spangled drongos as well as the endemic Anbinik tree – the biggest trees in Stone Country. In the far south of the National Park we arrive at our semi-permanent camp near Gunlom. Gunlom is a magnificent waterfall and plunge pool ringed by sandy beaches and pandanus palms, the perfect spot to relax. The sunset views from the swimming pool on top of the Gunlom Waterfall are some of the most iconic images of the Northern Territory – and it's all just a short stroll from our comfortable camp! Walking distance: 4km

Meals:  B,L,D

Over the day we will undertake our expedition by foot, deep in to Southern Kakadu Buladjang Country. We aim to visit Motor Car Creek Falls areas and undertake a decent walk (up to 11 km), taking most of the day. The highlight is arriving at an unspoilt, stunning crystal clear waterhole and some outstanding views of the surrounding hills and woodland. We have the freedom to set the pace of the walk depending on the group and weather of the day. Our walk takes us through open woodland past some remarkable Salmon Gums, glowing pink in the morning sun, before entering an area of pristine monsoon rainforest. Tonight we can take in our last Kakadu sunset while enjoying pre-dinner nibbles from the top of Gunlom Falls. Walking distance: up to 11km

Meals:  B,L,D

After our final night in the semi-permanent camp at Gunlom, we pack up and make our way back to Darwin. On our way we may enjoy a relaxing swim and visit to a nearby waterhole, and our last scrumptious picnic lunch at at one of the many waterfalls and gorges, before continuing north to Darwin. We expect to arrive back into Darwin and drop you at your accommodation at around 5pm. We hope you've enjoyed your journey into the unique and unforgettable country of the Top End! Walking distance: approx 1km

Meals:  B,L


Map

Elevation

The map and elevation chart are for illustrative purposes only and meant to provide general guidelines.


Inclusions

  • 5 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 5 dinners
  • 2 professional wilderness guides
  • Wildlife cruise
  • Safari camps including tents, stretcher beds and swags for sleeping
  • All National Park and camping fees
  • Emergency communications and group first aid kit
  • Transport from Darwin
  • All dining and catering equipment

  • Airfares
  • Accommodation in Darwin before and after the trip
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Backpacks
  • Sleeping Bag
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Travel insurance
  • Face masks and hand sanitiser

Accommodation


Suitability

Introductory to Moderate

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This trip is for almost anyone with a reasonable level of fitness and competent swimming ability. This adventure is designed for the enthusiastic and adventurous in search of something different. This trip has been graded at an introductory to moderate level. However, some days will be quite active involving steep walks for most of the day, with some sections requiring scrambling. These adventures are best prepared for with some regular moderate exercise. As always with adventure travel, you should enjoy a healthy lifestyle before undertaking this trip. Please bear in mind that because you will be traveling into a remote wilderness, creature comforts are limited. Your level of fitness can also help you acclimatise to the warm temperatures and humidity which can be up to high 30s, so we suggest a bit of swimming, walking, jogging or cycling to get yourself ready for the Territory! The best preparation for your trek is multi day bushwalking involving uneven ground, relatively steep ascents and descents and in variable weather conditions.


Departure dates


Notes

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High Season
Note:
High season supplement applies from 1 June to 15 August, and for any trips that overlap with a public holiday.

Total Priceper person from

$2795AUD

Options & Supplements*
  • Sleeping Bag HireAUD$30
  • Single SupplementAUD$400
*Prices listed are per person

Essential Information

Ready to book? Make sure you download and read the detailed Kakadu Explorer trip notes which contains all the essential information you need to know before booking. Once you’ve booked, we will supply you with a Pre-Departure document which contains a detailed gear list and other important information to help you prepare for your adventure ahead.


Frequently Asked Questions

There are 2 USB ports in the bus which can be utilised only when the bus being driven.

No. The waters will have been cleared for crocodiles by NT Parks and Wildlife.


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Positive Impact Travel

By joining this trip you are directly supporting positive impact projects in line with the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

We’ve offset the carbon emitted by this trip by purchasing credits that support important projects that address the UN’s seventeen SDGs, like reducing poverty, affordable and clean energy, reducing hunger, clean water and climate action.

Proceeds from this adventure purchase carbon credits through the world’s largest and most awarded carbon project developer, South Pole, which are invested into projects accelerating the transition to renewable energy sources in developing countries.

Supported projects are based on internationally recognised standards and are third-party audited. They entail a series of positive impacts on the ground, which benefit local communities and ecosystems, that are aligned with the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

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