4WD Kakadu, Litchfield And Katherine 5 Day Tour (Jabiru Dreaming)

Swim in crystal clear rock holes and waterfalls at Litchfield National Park & explore Kakadu.

Darwin, Australia
Duration
5 Days 4 Nights
Start time
7:00 am
Group size
17
Pick up & Drop off
Included
Minimum age
5 yrs
Meals
Included
FromAUD $1099
ValueAUD $1240SAVE AUD $141
Park fees $40 included
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Highlights

  • Swim in the pristine waterholes of Litchfield National Park
  • 4WD, hike and boat at Kakadu National Park
  • Take a scenic drive to Twin and Jim Jim Falls
  • Spot crocodiles and other wildlife on a river cruise
  • Visit indigenous art sites Nourlangie and Ubirr
  • Canoe, hike or cruise the majestic Katherine Gorge
  • Learn about Aborignal art with the award winning Top Didj Cultural Experience

Why do we love this

5 days exploring the Northern Territory outback? What could be better?! We love that this tour includes authentic bush camping at private campsites for that little added luxury. 

 

WHAT TO EXPECT

A 5-day desert adventure that gives you all the highlights of the Aussie outback!
 

Day 1 - Darwin to Kakadu National Park via Litchfield National Park
You will be collected from your Darwin accommodation at 7.00am to begin your journey to Litchfield National Park. Along the way check out the intriguing Cathedral and Magnetic Termite mounds that can reach up to 6 metres!

Explore the sparkling waterfalls, streams and rugged sandstone cliffs of the national park and take a dip in one of the many natural rock pools or bathe under the cascading waters of Florence and Wangi Falls. 

Enjoy a picnic lunch amongst lush trees and rainforest before hitting the Marrakai Road to Kakadu. Travel past billabongs and over water crossings to join the Old Jim Jim Road that takes you deep into the national park. You'll spot plenty of wildlife along the way, from bounding kangaroos to bathing brolgas.

Spend the night at a private campsite in Cooinda where you'll enjoy a tasty campfire dinner and some stories and stargazing. 

 

Day 2 - Yellow Waters Cruise, Nourlangie and Ubirr Art sites
Wake up early for a delicious breakfast before heading off on the Yellow Waters cruise at Kakadu National Park. This is an award-winning tour and is Aboriginal owned! It centres around a spectacular billabong system that's home to some remarkable wildlife. There's plenty of wildlife spotting opportunities so keep an eye out for crocodiles swimming or sunbathing on the river banks. 
 

The next stop is Nourlangie Rock, a magnificent sandstone formation. Archaeologists have uncovered over 20,000 years of Aboriginal occupation here, and you'll have the chance to learn about its history and its meaning for the Aboriginal people.
 

Next, pay a visit to the Bowali Visitor Centre. Bowali is the Gun-djeihminame for the local area and a creek that runs through land owned by the Mirarr clan. Discover some incredible Aboriginal artwork at the nearby Marrawuddi Gallery which showcases work by artists from Kakadu and the wider region.
 

Later, make a trip to the culturally significant Aboriginal art site of Ubirr. This site is home to an incredible range of ancient Aboriginal art which your guide will help to interpret. Learn the story of the Rainbow Serpent and other Dreamtime tales and then climb the Nadab Lookout for panoramic views over the floodplain and into Arnhem Land. Your guide will tell you about the landscape and its history as you watch the spectacular sunset. 

 

Day 3 - Twin and Jim Jim Falls
Today, some of the most beautiful sights of Kakadu await you. Wake up early to begin your trip. The destination? Twin and Jim Jim Falls, two stunning waterfalls nestled in the heart of Kakadu National Park. Hit Twin Falls first, where you'll travel by 4WD and boat before talking a rocky walk into the waterfall itself! Take a quick dip or relax on the sandy banks and admire the shimmering water.
Next is Jim Jim Falls where a walk through monsoon forest and over boulders leads you to the waterfall and a plunge pool surrounded by sheer 150-metre cliffs!

 

Day 4 - Kakadu National Park to Katherine via Gunlom Falls
There's more time to relax today, with the morning spent exploring the beautiful Gunlom Falls. Relax around a natural lower plunge pool then take a hike to the top of the falls where an amazing view awaits. If you're feeling energetic, keep hiking onto the rear waterfall, where you can take a dip to cool off.


After a tasty lunch, it's all aboard as you travel on into the Katherine Region. Along the way, stop at Edith Falls for a refreshing swim then head to your private campsite near Katherine for dinner and a well-deserved rest.

 

Day 5 - Katherine Gorge, Indigenous Cultural experience. Return to Darwin
It's another early start!  Get to Nitmiluk National Park (Katherine Gorge) before the masses arrive and soak up the desert serenity! Take a boat cruise or canoe through the winding waterway or stick to land and take a walk along the sheer rock walls surrounding the water. Spend some time exploring the spiritual home of the Jawoyn Aboriginal people and learn about their culture and history.

Enjoy a delicious lunch in the national park, then embark of the award-winning Top Didj Cultural Experience. This is your chance to interact with Aboriginal artist Manuel Pamkal and ask questions about Aboriginal culture. You'll also learn about the significance of his painting style, how he lives off the land and a little about the weapons used by Aboriginal people.


Later on, it’s time to sit back and relax as you drive back to Darwin. 

 

 

This is a 5-day, 4-night tour. The first day begins in Darwin at 7:00 am and the final day returns at 5:30 pm. 

What to bring: 
Torch, 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 5 days. 

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You will definitely require a Sleeping Bag rated to -5C during our winter season. In summer it is advisable as not all nights are warm. 
All “Classic” Tours carry sleeping bags for our clients. You are welcome to provide your own.
On “Budget” tours sleeping bags can be hired for $30.00 for the tour duration. The cost is for laundering at the completion of the tour.

In the warmer months there are quite a lot of flies around in Central Australia. A lot of people find these to be quite annoying. It is advisable that you bring along a fly net so these little guys don't drive you crazy! 

In summer shorts and a shirt is all that is really needed. We would also recommend light weight long sleeve shirts and long (zip off) pants. Our temperatures can be excessive and this can impact fair skinned people. A jumper/pullover is recommended for the early morning if it happens to get a bit chilly. Swimwear is recommended as there will be swimming opportunities - don't forget a towel! Also bring a broad brimmed hat (not a baseball cap), sunglasses and sunscreen.
Our winter days are generally mild and most of the time you can still wear shorts and a shirt during the day. However, the nights and early mornings can be very cold. You will need to bring warm clothes - long pants, a good jumper, wind breaker, a beanie, scarf, gloves and good woollen socks are recommended.

This depends on the tour selected and the location of the tour. In Central Australia, you will be sleeping in a swag under the brilliant stars of the Milky Way. Tents are available for those less adventurous. Our experienced guides will show you all you need to know to get one of the best night's sleep you've ever had! The swag is extremely warm, comfortable and above all, safe.

Some locations you will be in a Tent with only your sleeping bag required and of course accommodated tours are in the comfort of a motel/hotel/backpacker room. The quality of accommodation is dependant upon the quality of tour selected.

This is very much governed on where your tour commences and where it concludes. For those returning to their starting location (e.g. Darwin to Darwin, Alice Springs to Alice Springs) we recommend that you bring only one small bag per person with the things you will need for the duration of your tour. Suitcases are not recommended. You should be able to store your excess baggage at your accommodation while you are away.

We do make exceptions for people that book one-way journeys however, this needs to be discussed with us prior to booking. There is a baggage lifting limit of 20kg. You may be required to assist the guide with loading and unloading.

Our tours are active adventures that include a fair amount of walking, hiking and water-based activities. Walks can extend to 4 hours duration in warm to hot conditions, so a reasonable level of fitness is required, We don't expressly set any age restrictions. Our tours are a mix of true outback adventure camping to soft camping. Less demanding treks/walks are available at most locations for those less active. Regardless, good health is important but ultimately, it is an open and positive attitude that matters. It is very important that any pre-existing medical conditions are discussed with our staff at the time of booking.

Our menu is designed to cater for both carnivores and vegetarians. Specific diet requests may be difficult to comply with in some remote areas. You may be requested to supply some product If it cannot be procured at a particular touring location. You must inform us at the time of tour booking if you have any special dietary requirements.

Our Classic Style tours are all in 4WDs, carrying a maximum of 21 people. Our Budget Style tours are in Mini Buses which carry a maximum of 27 passengers.

Our tours depart most locations early each morning (before 6.30am). We will pick you up from your place of accommodation on the first morning of the tour. You must advise us your accommodation a minimum 24 hours prior to departure. Failure to do so could result in you missing the departure. Those flying in to other locations must advise this at time of tour booking.

Warning: Should you not advise your accommodation or air flight connection times, sleep in, etc, and miss departure you may be required to pay an additional relocation fee to meet your tour. Should you need re-allotment to another tour on another date you will be required to pay an additional tour cost. All or any costs associated with additional accommodation, changing flight schedules, etc is your responsibility.

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Terms & Conditions:

Itinerary
Itinerary may change due to cultural reasons, seasonal changes, operational logistics and accessibility. Wangi Falls can close during the Tropical wet season and will be substituted during this time. 
All of the safaris we offer are active participation based. We rely on the goodwill and cooperation of all passengers to make them a success. This includes your assistance in the preparation of meals, washing up, gathering firewood and loading/unloading of the vehicle.
On our open age safaris, all camping is in twin share permanent tents which include beds and mattresses, all linen, pillows and sleeping bags. Swags are also available for those who wish to sleep under the stars.
Passengers on our 18-40 age recommended safaris will need to bring their own sleeping bag, or hire one for $30 on single safaris or $50 on all packages. All camping is in swags (with the exception of some Top End safaris).
For passengers wishing to rent a tent on our Red Centre Safaris there is a $60pp charge and tent must be requested prior to travel. Due to space restrictions on our vehicles, please limit your luggage to 1 x soft bag of under 20kg.
For all safaris visiting Kakadu National Park luggage is strictly limited to 10kg. Any additional luggage should be stored at your accommodation, where possible.
For passengers on one-way safaris, any additional luggage may be stored in areas that is not readily available during the safari.
Our group sizes vary from a maximum of 16 – 24 passengers depending on the safari. The maximum group size for each safari is listed on the itinerary. There is a limit of only 6 passengers on our ECO Tour.


Acceptance of risk
Due to the remote places we visit and the adventurous nature of our safaris, Travel Insurance is compulsory. We accept no responsibility for lost, stolen or damaged property.
Australia has many dangerous creatures, extreme weather conditions and often varying terrain. Camping, hiking and passing time outside may increase your personal risk of exposure to these dangers. Safety is our number one priority and all of our guides are highly trained to ensure passenger safety at all times.
All passengers participating on our tours do so at their own risk and no responsibility can be accepted by WAS/WC for any loss, injury or accident. Passengers are responsible for any additional costs involved should such instances occur. All passengers will be required to sign a liability waiver prior to departure. If you would like a copy of this in advance, please contact our Sales Centre.
The minimum age for children travelling on our safaris is 5 years at the time of travel. All passengers under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult or caregiver at all times. While all care is taken, the responsibility of children on tour rests entirely with the parent or caregiver.
All passengers, including children, must wear shoes at all times, use sunblock and wear hats.
Please note that we accept children of all ages travelling on our group and private charter tours.

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You consent to us using images of you taken during the trip for advertising and other promotional purposes in any medium as we require. You agree that the use of these images is without recourse to you and without compensation to you.

Pick up
Please call our Reservations Team (1300 551 510) at least 48 hours prior to departure to confirm pick-up location and time. 


Cancellation Policy:

Due to the extensive planning and costs associated with touring, cancellation fees will apply in the event you should cancel for any reason. These are:
• 30 + days prior to departure – 25% of total price
• 14 – 29 days prior to departure – 50% of total price
• 8 -13 days prior to departure – 75% of total price
• 0 -7 days prior to departure – 100% of total price.


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