- Pick up and drop off at your accommodation in Darwin
- All transport in our comfortable air-conditioned 4WD vehicles
- Expert guides full of local knowledge
- Jumping Crocodile Cruise along the Adelaide River
- Entry fees for Kakadu National Park
- Camping fees and equipment (excluding sleeping bags)
- Wet season shared accommodation in dormitory rooms
- Meals and snacks as specified, including traditional Aussie BBQ
- Drinking water (please bring your own water bottle)
WHAT TO EXPECT
This amazing 2-day camping safari trip showcases the highlights of the Northern Territories and Kakadu National Park. Enjoy incredible lightning storms and witness the waterfalls coming back to life as the monsoon brings life back to this stunning region.
Uncover the fascinating history and stunning natural beauty of Australia’s Top End as we get right off the beaten track and journey into the heart of the incredible Kakadu National Park. Come face to face with the prehistoric saltwater crocodile, and let our expert guides lead the way through lush jungle and arid lunar landscapes to breathtaking waterfalls, stunning panoramas and ancient rock art on this once-in-a-lifetime adventure.
Day 1: Darwin to Mary River, via Adelaide River, Burrunggi (Nourlangie Rock) and Ikoymarrwa
We get off to a bright and early start, with pick up from your Darwin accommodation at 6:30am. Relax and enjoy the scenic drive out to Kakadu National Park, stopping en route at Adelaide River for an incredible Jumping Crocodile Cruise. Come face to face with one of the world’s deadliest creatures as we cruise through croc-infested waters on our private boat. Make sure your cameras are at the ready and keep an eye on the skies as giant Australian birds of prey also try to get in on the action!
Once our beating hearts have subsided, it’s time to head to the incredible Kakadu National Park. Our first stop is Burunggi (Nourlangie Rock), where we will uncover the secrets of the past and connect with our ancestors. This unique site is home to some of the world’s earliest rock paintings, dating back over 20,000 years, including the famous Aboriginal Dreaming, with pictures of Namandi spirits, ancient hand prints and even images of the earliest Europeans to make it to Australia’s shores. This is one of the most sacred and important sites in Australia and provides an amazing insight into the history of the Northern Territories. Follow in the ancient footsteps of the Aborigines and check out the nearby Nawurlandja, where the sweeping panoramas of the beautiful Kakadu National Park will make time stand still.
This afternoon we drop into the must-see Warradjan Aboriginal Cultural Centre, where we get a unique Aboriginal insight into the history of the region and the National Park. Enjoy unique displays of photography, art and videos that showcase the local culture and the fascinating bond between nature and the oldest living civilization in the world. As night falls, we set up camp close to Mardugal Campground, enjoying a traditional Aussie BBQ with a taste of crocodile, buffalo, and kangaroo, sitting around a campfire and sharing stories under the stars.
Day 2: Gunlom Falls, the Yurmikmik Region, Bowali Visitor Centre and Darwin
It’s another early start as we kick off the last day of this whistlestop tour of Kakadu National Park with a full day of swimming, walking and sightseeing in the beautiful Yurmikmik Region. Today’s highlights will include the breathtaking Boulder Creek Falls, the lush turquoise waters and steep cliffs of Motor Car Falls and the cascading Kurrundi Falls.
Swim in the plunge pools or hike to the top and admire the breathtaking drops and sweeping panoramas. Weather permitting, we will also check out Gunlom Falls (when accessible), where the walk up leads to a stunning natural infinity pool where you can cool down in the crystal clear waters. After a long day of adventuring, sit back, relax and enjoy the scenic afternoon drive through the Australian outback as we head home to Darwin, where we arrive back in the early evening.
What to Bring
- Kit bag
- Comfortable clothing for 2 days
- Waterproof jacket
- Day pack
- Insect repellent
- Walking shoes
- Water bottle
- Sleeping bag (can be hired for $30)