5 Day Top End Tropical Tour

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    Swim in the clear rock holes and waterfalls of Litchfield National Park, explore Kakadu National Park by small group 4 x 4 and by air, get up close and personal with a crocodile on the famous Yellow Waters Cruise and hike your way through the rugged terrain to majestic waterfalls. Travel to Nitmiluk National Park (Katherine Gorge) where you will cruise the gorges.

    Spend your nights in air-conditioned comfort in Kakadu and Katherine.

    Departing from Darwin, you’ll experience three of the region’s most iconic national parks: Kakadu, Litchfield and Nitmiluk, plus a whole lot more. Impressive gorges carved from ancient sandstone; billabongs home to crocodiles, buffalo and a variety of other wildlife; and clear thermal pools that invite you to dive right in… every moment feels like a nature documentary brought to life. As a special highlight, you’ll also get to soar across the wonder that is Kakadu on a 60-minute scenic flight. Plus, learn about the indigenous culture of the region on a Nit Nit Dreaming cruise of Nitmiluk (Katherine) Gorge, stop at beautiful Edith Falls for a refreshing dip in its cool waters, marvel at 20,000 year old rock art and enjoy stunning views across the floodplains from Ubirr Rock – and more.

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      Day 1: Darwin to Katherine via Litchfield National Park

      This morning we hit the road for the start of your 5 day adventure! We depart Darwin travelling 1hr30mins south, stopping at the stunning Litchfield National Park. Here we have the opportunity to explore the glorious waterfalls, spring fed streams and rugged sandstone escarpments of the National Park. Bring your hiking boots and swimwear as we journey along the walking trails to find refreshing swimming holes to cool off in, whilst taking in the incredible scenery along the way.

      After lunch in the park, we jump back into our 4WD vehicle and continue our course along the Stuart Highway to our accommodation for this evening, The Knotts Crossing Resort in the town of Katherine.

      Freshen up and enjoy dinner and drinks (at your own expense) at the Savannah Bar & restaurant on-site.

      Overnight: Knotts Crossing Resort, Katherine

      *Meals included: *Lunch (dinner at own expense)

      Day 2: Nitmiluk (Katherine Gorge) and Mataranka Thermal Springs

      This morning after breakfast at the resort, we depart for a morning two hour ‘Nit Nit Dreaming Two Gorge Cruise’. On the cruise we explore the first two gorges of the extensive gorge network that surrounds Katherine. As we sail along the calm waters, cultural guides will share their knowledge about the flora, fauna, dreamtime stories and culture of the area, as we admire the changing landscapes from abundant vegetation to dramatic exposed rock faces.

      After our incredible morning tour we travel South of Katherine, firstly to Katherine Hot Springs for a refreshing swim in the clear pools framed by native vegetation and then to Mataranka Thermal Springs for relaxing walks and serene swimming in the pristine tropical pools this afternoon.

      Tonight, we head into town for dinner and some well-earned drinks at your own expense.

      Overnight: Knotts Crossing Resort, Katherine

      Meals included: Breakfast and lunch (dinner at own expense)

      Day 3: Katherine to Kakadu National Park via Edith Falls

      Say goodbye to Katherine this morning as we journey back North to yet another incredible National Park, the World Heritage listed Kakadu. Our first stop on the way is beautiful Edith Falls, another incredibly scenic section of the Nitmiluk National Park, only a short drive from Katherine. Here we have the chance to stretch our legs for a hike along the walking trails that span the length of the Edith River, taking in the lush flora and fauna, and of course, enjoying some of the territory’s most beautiful swimming holes along the trail.

      We have an early lunch in the park before we jump back into the 4WD for our journey into Kakadu. As we enter the World Heritage listed National Park, we’ll stop for another swim at Moline Rockhole and time permitting, a short trek into Boulder Creek.

      After a long day of adventure, we arrive at Cooinda Lodge, our accommodation for the next two nights. Dinner and drinks will be at the fantastic Barra Bar & Bistro on-site, at your own expense.

      *Overnight: *Cooinda Lodge, Kakadu

      *Meals included: *Breakfast and lunch (dinner at own expense)

      Day 4: Kakadu National Park including Scenic Flight

      We have an early breakfast this morning and embark on an unforgettable 60-minute scenic flight from Jabiru over rugged escarpment country and Twin & Jim Jim Falls. Fly over the National Park taking in the vastness of Kakadu as we glide towards the incredible waterfalls for a bird’s eye view of the stunning landscape and dramatic sandstone cliffs. Truly a once in a lifetime experience and scenes you will never forget!

      With our feet now firmly on the ground we explore some of Kakadu’s other famous sites within the park. Maguk (Barramundi) Gorge for a swim, more ancient rock art at Nourlangie Rock, as well as the chance to learn more about the culture and heritage of Kakadu at the Bowali Visitor Centre or Warradjan Cultural Centre are some of the sites we have the option to visit.

      To end the day on a high, we participate on a sunset cruise of Kakadu’s most famous wetland. Located at the end of Jim Jim Creek, the Yellow Water cruise is a two hour experience of a lifetime, as we drift along the majestic billabong spotting crocodiles, buffalo and the diverse birdlife of the area, while taking in the incredible surroundings as the sun rises over the territory.

      After our cruise we head back to our resort in Cooinda for the night.

      Overnight: Cooinda Lodge, Kakadu

      Meals included: Breakfast and lunch (dinner at own expense)

      Day 5: Kakadu National Park to Darwin Via Berry Springs Nature Park

      This morning we check out of Cooinda Resort after breakfast but the adventure’s not over yet as we travel to the culturally significant Aboriginal art site, Ubirr, located within the East Alligator region of the park. Here you will view a wide range of ancient Aboriginal art which will be interpreted by your guide. Learn the story of the Rainbow Serpent and climb the Nadab Lookout for panoramic sunset views over the floodplain and beyond into Arnhem Land.

      We embark on our journey back to Darwin with a stop at Mamukala Wetlands with beautiful scenery and views of some of the birdlife of the National Park.

      As we approach the city along the Arnhem Highway, we’ll have the chance to stop for one last incredible swim with your fellow tour mates at Berry Springs Nature Park. A beautifully kept natural swimming area that has remnants of its WWII history, when more than 100,000 armed forces personnel based themselves in the area.

      Say goodbye to your new friends and incredible guides, as we arrive at Darwin for the end of the tour.

      What To Bring
      Booking Info
      • Visit 3 of the Top End’s most iconic national parks: Kakadu, Litchfield and Nitmiluk
      • Spend your nights in air-conditioned comfort in Kakadu and Katherine
      • Explore the glorious waterfalls of Litchfield National Park
      • Swim in the clear tropical pools of Mataranka Thermal Springs
      • Soar above Kakadu National Park on a scenic flight
      • Visit the Bowali Visitor Centre, which highlights the landscape and wildlife of Kakadu
      • Spot crocodiles on the famous Yellow Waters Cruise
      • Hike your way through the rugged terrain to majestic waterfalls
      • Enjoy 2 hour Nit Nit Dreaming Nitmiluk Cruise
      • Stop at Edith Falls, one of the NT’s most stunning waterfalls and swimming areas
      • Torch/ flashlight
      • Wide brimmed hat
      • Sunscreen
      • Insect repellent
      • Water bottle (1.5 litres)
      • Walking shoes/boots
      • Sleeping bag (if you prefer to use your own)
      • Toiletries
      • Swim wear
      • Towel
      • Camera
      • Comfortable and casual clothing for 4 days
      • Safari is not suitable for children under 5 years of age
      How much luggage can I bring?

      Luggage is restricted to approx. 10kg per person in a soft bag or backpack. Due to limited space on the vehicle please restrict luggage to one day pack and one soft bag or backpack.


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