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Kakadu National Park Tours

Prepare for a 4-day Kakadu tour from Darwin. This guided tour will take you to Katherine and Kakadu National Park, where you can experience the local culture and scenery. See the oldest and best-preserved Aboriginal rock art, cruise to spot crocodiles, and learn about local traditions. Explore Kakadu’s diverse landscapes, from monsoon forests to impressive escarpments. Stay in comfortable air-conditioned accommodations in Kakadu and Katherine.

Duration : 4 Day

Departure: 7:30 – 19:30
  $ 1950 AUD

Highlights

  • You can visit Kakadu National Park, a designated World Heritage site.
  • ExploreBowali&Warradjan Aboriginal Cultural Centres
  • The Guluyambi Cultural Cruise is available on the East Alligator River, which is situated on the border of Kakadu and Arnhem Land.
  • Watch forCrocsandBarramundiatCahills Crossing
  • Ubirr Rock offers stunning Aboriginal rock art and picturesque sunset views.
  • You can be guided through two exceptional Aboriginal rock art locations, Burrungkuy (Nourlangie) and Ubirr Rock if conditions/seasonality permit.
  • Visitors can explore the stunning waterholes in Kakadu and Edith Falls, which provide a tranquil atmosphere with a waterfall and plunge pool for relaxation.
  • Experience Jawoyn culture by taking a NitNit Katherine Gorge cruise. Additionally, you can enjoy a scenic helicopter ride over Katherine Gorge and its surroundings. Learn from locals and explore art and culture at Katherine’s Top Didj Art Gallery.

This itinerary is subject to change due to seasonal conditions and access restrictions. The waterfalls are rarely open before late June. Kakadu National Park’s diverse landscape and extreme weather conditions require flexibility and adaptability. Use these itinerary highlights as a rough guideline only.

Itinerary

We leave Darwin and head to WakWak, a wetlands region an hour away. We can see different birds and crocodiles there. Then we go to Kakadu National Park, 300 km east of Darwin. We checked into our accommodation and enjoyed the park’s scenery. Before heading to the East Alligator region, we visit the Bowali Visitor Centre to learn about the park. There, we take a cultural tour of the East Alligator River. We hear creation stories, see birds, and hope to see crocodiles. We also visited Ubirr Rock to see Aboriginal art and watch the sunset. After that, we go to our accommodation for dinner.
Meals: Lunch, Dinner
The accommodations at Mercure Kakadu Crocodile Hotel include twin, double, and single rooms with ensuite bathrooms.
Driving Distance: 420km
The hike is a 1km loop with a grade of 2-3.

Today, we will visit various cultural centres and art sites, including Burrungkuy (Nourlangie), Kunwarddewardi Lookout, Anbangbang Billabong, and Nawurlandja. We can also visit the Naguluwurr art site if the group is interested. These locations offer stunning landscape views and showcase the stories and artworks of different clan groups. We will learn about local traditions, flora, and fauna and enjoy the beautiful scenery throughout our visit. After a memorable sunset, we will return to our accommodation for dinner and rest. Meals for the day include breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Accommodation options at the Mercure Kakadu Crocodile Hotel range from twin, double, and single rooms with ensuite bathrooms. The driving distance is 150km, and the hike distance is 1km with a grade 2.
We wake up and prepare to travel to Katherine and Nitmiluk. The road takes us through beautiful bush landscapes. Look for wildlife like the red-tailed black cockatoo, agile wallabies, wild horses, and buffalo. In Pine Creek, we stop to rest and have refreshments, including homemade ice cream. Learn about the Overland Telegraph and the gold rush era of Pine Creek in the 1870s. Visit the Pine Creek Museum, a National Trust building. Once in Katherine, we go to Nitmiluk National Park and Katherine Gorge. Take a 2-hour cruise through two stunning gorges, surrounded by 70m tall rock walls and wildlife. The area has many creation stories. After the cruise, return to Katherine for a comfortable rest and prepare for our last day of exploring. Meals offered on the trip include breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Accommodation options include twin, double, and single rooms with ensuite bathrooms at either Katherine or Knotts Crossing Resort or Contour Hotel. The driving distance is 310km, and there is no hiking involved.
This morning, we explored the Katherine area, starting with a visit to the Hot Springs for a refreshing swim. We then went to the Top Didj Gallery, where we enjoyed viewing locally made art and exploring the bush tucker and bush medicine gardens. After that, we continued our journey south to Edith Falls. It was a beautiful spot to relax, have a picnic lunch, swim in a large pool below a waterfall, and enjoy the peaceful surroundings of the Top End. Upon your return to Darwin this evening, you will have enough time to explore the famous Mindil Markets or relax at your accommodation, reflecting on your adventures and the new friends you have made. The itinerary includes breakfast and lunch, a driving distance of 350km, and a hike distance of 1km with a grade 1 difficulty level.

Details​​​

4 DayKakadu Tours4WD Adventure:
The cost is $1,950 per person in a twin-share room.
Solo passengers who choose this fare option may be assigned to share a room with another traveller of the same gender, if available, but there is no guarantee.
Children aged 12 to 17 must be accompanied by a legal guardian or adult and stay in a private room. Please be aware that triple share or family rooms are not available, and ensuite facilities may not be available at every property due to the remote location of the tour.
This product is inappropriate for infants or children 11 years old and younger.

Fare TypeRetailAllocationRelease
*Twin Share Room – Adult 18+ (shared bathroom)$1,950ppFS30 Days
Double/Twin Room – Adult / Child (private ensuite)$2,150ppFS30 Days
Single Private Room – Adult 18+ (private ensuite)$2,550ppFS30 Days

2023 (Shoulder Season)

These departures may operate off a slightly different itinerary due to seasonal waterfall closures, which usually don’t open until late June.
Departure 1 – Mon 1st May 2023
Departure 2 – Thurs 4th May 2023
Departure 3 – Mon 8th May 2023
Departure 4 – Thurs 11th May 2023
Departure 5 – Mon 15th May 2023 (NO Ensuites Anbinik)
Departure 6 – Thurs 18th May 2023 (NO Ensuites Anbinik)
Departure 7 – Mon 22nd May 2023 (NO Ensuites Anbinik)
Departure 8 – Thurs 25th May 2023
Departure 9 – Mon 29th May 2023
Departure 10 – Thurs 1st Jun 2023
Departure 11 – Mon 5th Jun 2023
Departure 12 – Thurs 8th Jun 2023 (NO Ensuites Anbinik)
Departure 13 – Mon 12th Jun 2023
Departure 14 – Thurs 15h Jun 2023
Departure 15 – Mon 19th Jun 2023
Departure 16 – Thurs 22nd Jun 2023 (NO Ensuites Anbinik)
Departure 17 – Mon 26th Jun 2023
Departure 18 – Thurs 29th Jun 2023

2023 (Dry Season)

These departures operate on the standard itinerary.

Departure 19 – Mon 3rd Jul 2023
Departure 20 – Thurs 6th Jul 2023
Departure 21 – Mon 10th Jul 2023
Departure 22 – Thurs 13th Jul 2023
Departure 23 – Mon 17th Jul 2023
Departure 24 – Thurs 20th Jul 2023
Departure 25 – Mon 24h Jul 2023
Departure 26 – Thurs 27th Jul 2023
Departure 27 – Mon 31st Jul 2023
Departure 28 – Thurs 3rd Aug 2023
Departure 29 – Mon 7th Aug 2023
Departure 30 – Thurs 10th Aug 2023 (NO Ensuites Anbinik)
Departure 31 – Mon 14th Aug 2023
Departure 32 – Thurs 17th Aug 2023
Departure 33 – Mon 21st Aug 2023
Departure 34 – Thurs 24th Aug 2023
Departure 35 – Mon 28th Aug 2023
Departure 36 – Thurs 31st Aug 2023
Departure 37 – Mon 4th Sep 2023
Departure 38 – Thurs 7th Sep 2023
Departure 39 – Mon 11th Sep 2023
Departure 40 – Thurs 14th Sep 2023
Departure 41 – Mon 18th Sep 2023
Departure 42 – Thurs 21st Sep 2023
Departure 43 – Mon 25th Sep 2023
Departure 44 – Thurs 28th Sep 2023
Departure 45 – Mon 2nd Oct 2023
Departure 46 – Thurs 5th Oct 2023
Departure 47 – Mon 9th Oct 2023
Departure 48 – Thurs 12th Oct 2023
Departure 49 – Mon 16th Oct 2023
Departure 50 – Thurs 19th Oct 2023
Departure 51 – Mon 23rd Oct 2023
Departure 52 – Thurs 26th Oct 2023
Departure 53 – Mon 30th Oct 2023

  • 3 Nights Resort Accommodation (Kakadu Jabiru x2, Katherine x1)
  • Includes: 3 x Breakfast, 4 x Lunch, 3 x Dinner
  • Aboriginal culture and rock art viewing
  • Cultural Boat Cruise on East Alligator River
  • Kakadu Park permit pass fees
  • Guided bush walking tours (~8.5km, grade 2-6)
  • Accredited outback driver-guide
  • Travel in air-conditioned off-road 4WD mini-coach
  • Comprehensive commentary on the tour
  • Pickup/ drop-off from selected inner-city Darwin points
  • 3L Refillable water bottle
  • Hat, Sunglasses, Sunscreen
  • Comfortable hiking shoes
  • All weather clothing
  • Insect repellent
  • Money for food & beverages
  • Camera
  • Towel & toiletries
  • Flashlight or torch
  • Swimwear or bathers

Weather

The weather conditions in the Top End can fluctuate rapidly and be quite intense at times. Temperatures can soar to over 40+ degrees Celsius in the dry season and drop dramatically in the evening. Before your journey, we recommend checking the average temperatures for the time of year you’re travelling and packing suitable clothing. In the case of rain or harsh weather, expect your tour to go ahead unless otherwise advised by the provider.

Important Notes

  • Mandatory passenger details are required when booking: date of birth, gender, and phone number.
  • We will try to cater to most dietary needs and food allergies. When booking, passengers MUST notify the tour operator of any special dietary requirements or medical conditions.
  • A minimum moderate to advanced fitness level is required to complete the walks. The length of walks will be between 2km to 4km each day, often over steep rocky sections and in direct sunlight and high humidity. An approximate 8.5km walk is included in this tour. Embarking on walks will be at the guide’s discretion to ensure the safety of guests. Therefore, a medium/high fitness level and a doctor’s certificate are required for people over 70 years old (30 days before travel).
  • An adult or legal guardian must always accompany children aged between 8 and 17 years old and stay in private twin rooms. Not suitable for infants or children seven years and under.
  • All private rooms are subject to availability and on request.
  • Limited storage space on our vehicle, baggage kept to 1 x 15kg travel bag, 1 x 5kg day bag. Not suitable for mobility-impaired travellers, wheelchairs, walkers or strollers.
  • Itineraries may vary to adapt to seasonal changes, and occasionally, sites in the parks close or do not allow swimming. As safety is our top priority, we plan to ensure our guests have the most fun and best experience possible on tour.
  • Guests are asked to participate in preparing meals, cleaning up, and vehicle unpacking/loading so everyone can relax after a long day of touring. It’s also a great way to get to know and connect with fellow travellers.
  • Any meals not previously indicated in the itinerary
  • Travel insurance is highly recommended
  • Pre/post-tour hotel transfers
  • Additional personal expenses
  • We highly recommend purchasing travel insurance

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FAQs

Kakadu hosts a diverse array of wildlife, including several bird species, saltwater crocodiles, wallabies, and much more.

Ubirr and Nourlangie stand out as crucial historical sites renowned for their ancient rock art.
To fully immerse yourself in Kakadu’s offerings, it’s advisable to plan for at least 2-3 days.
Absolutely, always stick to designated paths, pay attention to crocodile warnings, and demonstrate respect towards indigenous cultural sites.
Both the dry and wet seasons present distinct experiences. Your choice will depend on your affinity for certain activities and landscapes.
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