It's often asked: What's the difference between our popular 3 Day Buffalo Dreaming Top End Tour and The 3 Day 4WD Dragonfly Dreaming Top End Tour?

Here we look at the key differences between the tours:

  • - Accommodation
  • - Camp facilities and location
  • - Vehicle
  • - Itinerary
  • - Age groups
  • - Price
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Both tours are camping with comfort. However, type of camping differs.

On the 3 day Buffalo Dreaming Top End Tour you will sleep in sleeping bags in a swag (a mattress wrapped in canvas material) on the ground around the camp fire or you will have a basic dome tent you can put up yourself. You can hire a sleeping bag for $30.

On the 3 day 4WD Dragonfly dreaming Top End tour you will stay in large permanently erected tents. These tents are twin-share and have proper beds, and some of them have a double bed with a single bunk above them for triples and children travelling with parents. You will sleep in a sleeping bag on the bed. The sleeping bags are included as part of the tour price.

Dome tents (Buffalo Dreaming):

Inside permanent large permanent tent (Dragonfly Dreaming):


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Camping facilities and location

The Dragonfly Dreaming tour camps are in more remote locations versus more well established camping areas for the Buffalo Dreaming tour. This is to give those customers paying more money not only greater comfort but also a more private experience.

On the Buffalo Dreaming tour there are basic dining facilities but you still have a hot shower and flushing toilet. Dining is inside a tented cooking area to prevent mosquito invasions.

The 3 day Dragonfly Dreaming tour there needs more space for its permanent tents. This also means more space and more developed eating areas with fly screens and proper seating. Our food is also of a higher quality on the Dragonfly, with dessert and a glass of wine after dinner.


The Buffalo Dreaming tour uses a 24-seat 4WD vehicle. If full there will be 24 people on the tour plus the guide.

The Dragonfly Dreaming tour uses a 16 or 21-seat 4WD (four wheel drive) vehicle. If full, there will be 16 or 21 people on the tour plus the tour guide.

The leg room and windows are larger on the Dragonfly 4WD vehicle.

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The 4WD vehicle used on the Dragonfly Dreaming tour provides access to Jim Jim and Twin Falls from June to November which are the highest waterfalls in Kakadu National Park and are more remote. You can't access these areas in a 2WD vehicle or on a self drive trip.

Summary of places visited on the Buffalo Dreaming tour:

  • Litchfield National Park
  • Mary River wetlands and cruise
  • Bowali Visitor Centre
  • Ubirr Rock
  • Jim Jim and Twin Falls (seasonal)

Summary of places visited on Dragonfly Dreaming:

  • Litchfield National Park
  • Yellow Waters Billabong cruise
  • Twin and Jim Jim Falls (seasonal)
  • Nawurlandja Lookout
  • Ubirr Rock
  • Nadab Lookout
  • Bowali Visitor Centre

Dragonfly Dreaming tour map:


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Age Groups

Due to the price, the age group is usually more in the range of 18-40 on the Buffalo Dreaming tour.

The Dragonfly Dreaming tour will usually have a slightly older average age and a wider spread of ages. It's also a better tour to take children under 18 on because of the additional camping comforts and mature level of the travellers, but no children under 8 years please.

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Finally, the most obvious difference is the price. The price of the tour reflects the costs of providing the remote nature of camps, food quality and the comfortable 4WD vehicle.

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