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

6 Days$2695AUD

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Trip Code: KSC

Kakadu Explorer Trip highlights


  • Trek in the rugged stone country on top of Kakadu taking in views of the escarpment below
  • View some of the oldest and most impressive rock art at Nourlangie
  • Experience many of the iconic falls of Kakadu including Jim Jim Falls
  • Stay in our semi-permanent campsites
  • Learn about the area with your expert guides and at the Warradjan Aboriginal Cultural Centre
  • Sunset cruise on the Yellow Water billabong, home to a variety of wildlife

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. The stone country includes the Arnhem Land plateau and escarpment complex and is best discovered on foot. Over 6 days you'll experience the natural beauty and cultural values for which Kakadu is dual World Heritage-listed.

A trip to Kakadu must include a cruise on the Yellow Waters (a favourite haunt of saltwater crocodiles) and a visit to Jim Jim Falls. But there is more to be discovered, away from the crowds. Our walks take us over rocky walking paths to remote gorges and sparkling waterfalls. We'll discover some of the oldest and most outstanding rock art when we visit Nourlangie. We'll discover the restricted and culturally significant, Koolpin Gorge. Along with visiting and walking around Maguk (Barramundi) Falls, Motorcar Falls and Gunlom Falls. At the end of each day, our upgraded semi-permanent campsites encourage travellers to relax in idyllic tropical surrounds.

Activities:

Itinerary

Our journey begins with a Darwin accommodation pick-up between 7-7:30am and travels south-east to Kakadu National Park. As we get into the National Park we'll get off the sealed roads and transfer by 4WD en route to Nourlangie. We'll enjoy lunch at picturesque lookout, then continue to the Nourlangie Galleries. Nourlangie and its impressive rock art is one of the reasons why Kakadu is World Heritage-Listed for outstanding cultural values. We'll walk to the first of the lockouts at Barrk. 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 Muriella Park in the heart of Kakadu National Park. Driving time from Darwin: approx 3.5 hours Walking distance: 2km Approx walking time: 2 hours

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. The Barrk Marlam Walk, is a steep walk through rugged stone country typical of the Arnhem Land Plateau, and not for the inexperienced bushwalker. We'll finish the walk along the Jim Jim Plunge Pool track, where we can stop for a well-deserved swim. 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 Muirella Park. Walking distance: 8km Approx walking time: 6 hours

Meals:  B,L,D

Heading south we will explore some of the other stunning waterfalls and gorges of Kakadu. We'll stop at the Aboriginal Cultural Centre this morning to deepen our understanding of the traditional life and people of the region. 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 Approx walking time: 4 hours

Meals:  B,L,D

Depending on the group size we may split the group in half today. Half the group will explore Koolpin Gorge, while the other half visits Kurrundie Falls and Motor Car Falls. Tomorrow the groups will swap, discovering the alternate option. Option 1: Visit Koolpin Gorge, and enjoy the waterfalls, rock pools and stunning views over the escarpment (approx 2km). The afternoon will include a short walk to Gunlom top pool (approx 1km / 1 hour) Option 2: Spend the day exploring the beautiful Kurrundie Falls and Motor Car Falls. At Motor Car Falls we aim to undertake a decent walk (up to 11km), taking most of the day. In the evening we'll meet back at our camp in Gunlom where you can swap tales of the day.

Meals:  B,L,D

Today we will again split the group in two (depending on numbers) and you will spend the day at the alternate option to the previous day. Option 1: Visit Koolpin Gorge, and enjoy the waterfalls, rock pools and stunning views over the escarpment. The afternoon will include a short walk to Gunlom top pool (approx 1km / 1 hour) Option 2: Spend the day exploring the beautiful Kurrundie Falls and Motor Car Falls. At Motor Car Falls we aim to undertake a decent walk (up to 11km), taking most of the day. Overnight at Gunlom camp.

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. We spend the morning exploring Gunlom Falls and the crystal clear rock pools at Moline. 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 Approx walking time: 1.5 hours Drive time to Darwin: approx 4 hours

Meals:  B,L


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

Moderate

5

This adventure involves trekking for up to 6 hours a day at a steady pace in remote locations. You will need a good level of fitness and must be in good health. You must be capable of walking over rough ground while carring a day pack (approx 5-8kg). You need to be prepared for walking in hot daytime temperatures. Your level of fitness can also help you acclimatise to the warm temperatures and humidity. This trip will involve rock hopping and scrambling on many of the walks. Some of the walks are on fairly straightforward trails, but others are rugged and have steep climbs/descents. Suggested preparation: 45 minutes of aerobic type exercise, three to four times a week (this can be cycling, jogging, walking or swimming) interspersed with relatively demanding bushwalks carrying a day pack. 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

H
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

$2695AUD

Options & Supplements*
  • Single SupplementAUD$400
*Prices listed are per person

Essential Information

Ready to book? Make sure you download and read the detailed Kakadu Stone Country Adventure 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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