- 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
- Entry fees for Kakadu National Park
- Special Entry Permits for Koolpin Gorge
- Camping fees and equipment (excluding sleeping bags)
- Meals and snacks as specified
- Drinking water (please bring your own water bottle)
WHAT TO EXPECT
Get off the beaten track, immerse yourself in the outback and experience Australia’s tropical north at it’s best! Located 240km east of Darwin, the world heritage listed Kakadu National Park is an incredibly varied vista of waterfalls, wetlands, and wildlife that is home to over 2,000 different plant species.
Our camping safari will take you deep into the heart of what is arguably Australia’s most jaw-droppingly beautiful National Park and immerse you into the timeless Aboriginal culture, where little has changed in over 50,000 years. Swim under breathtaking waterfalls, trek through the jungle, uncover some of the oldest rock art in the world and camp out under the stars, while the incredible stories of our expert guides help you to truly understand the connection between these ancient people and this breathtaking landscape.
Day 1: Darwin to Kakadu National Park, the White Lily Billabong and Gunlom Falls
We get off to a bright and early start, with pick up from your Darwin accommodation at around 6:30am. Kick back and relax as we take the scenic drive out to Kakadu, stopping en route at the White Lily Billabong to enjoy some spectacular views with our morning tea.
From there we drive onto Gunlom, where we set up camp by a beautiful beach at the base of the waterfall and spend the afternoon exploring, hiking and swimming! An easy walk to the top of the falls rewards us with sweeping vistas of the entire National Park and a series of crystal clear plunge pools just waiting for us to dive in and cool off.
Day 2: Koolpin Gorge, Kakadu National Park
We spend today exploring Kakadu’s best kept secret, Koolpin Gorge. A short drive through the outback takes us to a special restricted area of the park, where there are no marked paths, trails or tourists, and you can truly appreciate the staggering natural beauty of the area.
Our expert guides will lead you on an adventure through the wilderness, climbing over pink rocks and wading through little streams until you reach spectacular private beaches and waterfalls, with some of the best views and picture-taking opportunities that the park has to offer. After dark, we head back to our campsite at Gunlom, where we cook dinner over the campfire and share stories under the stars.
Day 3: Maguk (Barramundi Gorge), Kakadu National Park
We start our morning with a beautiful drive north to Maguk, stopping en route to take pictures and search for some of the 12,000 species of animals and insects that habit this incredible park. Maguk, which is also now known as Barramundi Gorge, is a spectacular rocky fall in the southern area of the park. The walk to the falls passes through a lush tropical forest, home to some of Kakadu’s most fascinating plants and animals, including the saltwater crocodile!
We follow the path through a dry and rocky landscape, crisscrossing the creek and clambering over boulders until we reach the breathtaking Maguk falls. Snap some amazing pictures, cool off in the blue waters, get your aching muscles massaged by the waterfall and enjoy the amazing views from the top. After a picnic lunch, and a lazy swim, we head back through the forest and drive north to what is arguably Kakadu National Park’s main attraction, the spectacular Jim Jim Falls.
Day 4: Twin Falls, Jim Jim Falls, and the Yellow Waters, Kakadu National Park
Kick off the day with an early morning boat trip to Twin Falls, keeping an eye out for pig-nosed turtles and saltwater crocodiles as we cruise past. Enjoy the breathtaking beauty of the towering cliffs and the deep colours of the ancient rock as the boat gets up close and personal to the plunging falls.
This afternoon, we journey through monsoon forests and rocky outcrops to uncover the beauty of the 150 metre-high Jim Jim Falls, the iconic image of Kakadu National Park. Swim in the cool blue waters of the plunge pool and marvel at the spectacular waterfall surrounded by ancient cliffs. Finish off an incredible day of waterfalls and sweeping panoramas with an optional sunset cruise on the famous Yellow Waters, before setting up camp for the night, cooking over the bonfire and enjoying our last night under the stars.
Day 5: Burrunggi, Gunhardewarde, the Mamakala Wetlands and Darwin
We end our trip with a visit to Burrunggui, where history, art, culture and natural beauty collide. This incredible area, which is also known as Nourlangie Rock, gives Kakadu National Park it’s UNESCO World Heritage listing and offers a unique insight into Australian history. Follow our expert guides on a visual journey through the rocky outcrop, uncovering ancient rock art dating back over 20,000 years. Witness the arrival of Europeans, as told by Aborigines, with paintings of tall sailboats and European animals, and explore the famous Aboriginal Dreaming, with depictions of Namandi spirits and human figures with six fingers on each hand.
After exploring these incredible sites, we wander up to Gunhardewharde lookout for one last sweeping panorama of this amazing region, before stopping off at the Bowali Visitor Centre for souvenirs and Aboriginal arts and crafts. Enjoy the scenic drive through the outback, stopping off for photo opportunities and calling in at the beautiful Mamakala Wetlands to view the incredible birdlife from a wooden platform suspended over the Billabong, before we arrive back in the city in the early evening.
What to Bring
- Kit bag
- Comfortable clothing for 5 days
- Day pack
- Insect repellent
- Walking shoes
- Water bottle
- Sleeping bag (can be hired for $30)