Our 5-day pack free Kakadu guided walk explores the spectacular stone escarpment and dramatic scenery of Kakadu National Park in the Northern Territory of Australia. This timeless place is the largest national park in Australia, covering almost 20,000 square kilometres and is home to over 2,000 plant species, amazing wildlife, hundreds of bird species and Aboriginal rock art paintings dating to prehistoric times.
This guided walking tour has been designed to explore the best National Parks of Kakadu as well as Litchfield in the Top End of Australia. Kakadu National Park is made up of several regions including the East Alligator Region, Nourlangie Region, Jim Jim Falls region and Mary River region. Our journey will ensure you have the complete Kakadu experience as we enjoy the best walks in all four of these special and unique areas. No need to carry heavy overnight packs or cook your own food, this walk has been designed for those looking for an affordable multi-day walking experience with all the creature comforts.
One of the biggest drawcards of this tour is that our guests won’t be asked to carry their clothes or overnight bags for the entire tour, these will be transported for you each day. With Life’s An Adventure, you will carry as little as your water bottle, camera and lunch each day!
Kakadu is a vast and remote area, we have chosen the best accommodation in each location to minimise your travelling time to each walk. Our accommodation in Litchfield is at the Ringer Cabins’ Litchfield Park, set amongst the trees with a large outdoor deck for enjoying the Territory lifestyle. The facilities also have a pool you can cool off after a day’s walk. Guests will stay in 2 bedroom cabins. The main room has a Queen bed whilst bedroom two has two single beds. You’ll find this accommodation clean and comfortable with close proximately to the trails.
Hawk dreaming is Kakadu’s best-kept secret. Situated in a remote and sacred aboriginal territory, the general public does not have access to this special restricted area so our stay here will be a special treat. Hawk dreaming offers a magical intimate stay in the beauty of stunning Kakadu wilderness. The accommodation offers glamping style safari tents with ensuite bathrooms. Our stay included a personal tour of ancient rock art sites and a memorable sunset over a beautiful billabong. Hawk dreaming wilderness lodge offers warm hospitality and a special place perfect for those who wish to experience the real Kakadu that lies beneath the tourist trail.
We’ve chosen 2 nights at Cooinda Lodge for its close proximity to the amazing walks of southern Kakadu. This beautiful outback Lodge beside Yellow Water Billabong features a swimming pool to cool off after a day’s walk and modern air-conditioned rooms with ensuite. Dinners at the lodge are a true outdoor Australian alfresco dining experience. With a wonderful menu featuring an array of local produce such as barramundi and crocodile.
During your stay at Cooinda enjoy a Yellow Water Billabong cruise. This indigenous -operated cruise meanders through the iconic Yellow Waters Billabong and tributaries of the South Alligator River. The birdlife in these wetlands is prolific and is home to over 60 species including a large number of Whistling ducks and magpie geese. You may be lucky enough to see the unique jabiru, jacana or brolga and there’s a good chance of spotting the many crocodile that live in the billabong too.
Our guides are truly exceptional at what they do. We call them our CEOs – Chief Experience Officers and it’s their job to ensure your tour exceeds your expectations. Our guide’s caring attitude and wonderful outgoing nature ensure your tour is relaxing, fun and informative.
Mealtime is a special time on tour. Not only does it provide the opportunity to get to know your fellow travellers in a relaxed environment, but it also allows you to sample regional specialities. On tour we have many highlight dinners including a special outdoor campfire dinner at Hawk Dreaming Lodge and at Cooinda lodge enjoy outdoor dining under the stars with the choice of regional delicacies such as crocodile and emu.
Our group sizes are small and intimate with a maximum of 12 people, we find this delivers more personalised service, a great social environment and has less impact on the environment.
We provide a genuinely all-inclusive experience. When you travel with us you won’t need to keep putting your hand in your pocket to pay for additional items not included in your tour, such as meals, wine, activities, cruises or credit card fees.
SUGGESTED PRE-TOUR ACCOMMODATION: We suggest the Mantra on Esplanade Darwin or the Novotel Darwin CBD next door. Both hotels are ideally located on the esplanade overlooking Darwin Harbour.
MEET TIME: 6.30am meet in the foyer of the Mantra on Esplanade Darwin
TRAIL NOTES: Total walking: 7kms. Grade moderate.
TERRAIN: A combination of formal paved path and natural trail that can be rocky underfoot. Short, steep ascent and descent at Tolmer Falls.
WALK ITINERARY: Our journey begins at the Mantra on the Esplanade hotel in Darwin where you will meet your guides. From here we travel to Litchfield National Park for the first of our walking adventures. This beautiful National Park is renowned for its stunning waterfalls which cascade from a sandstone plateau called the Tabletop Range. Today’s walk takes us from Florence Falls to beautiful Buley Rockhole. Along the track, you will experience plenty of birdlife, including honeyeaters, kingfishers and pigeons. Besides birdlife, you might spot other wildlife as well including northern quolls and black flying foxes. Arriving at Buley Rockhole we stop for a refreshing dip in the crystal clear waters and watch the streams cascading over the rocks in this beautiful oasis. After lunch, we continue walking to the lookout at Tolmer Falls, where you can view water cascading into a stunning pool below and linger in the rock pools above the falls. Afterwards, we make a brief stop at spectacular Wangi Falls, surrounded by monsoon rainforest where you can enjoy a cool swim in the pool. Afterwards, we head to our accommodation at Ringer Cabins, Litchfield Park set amongst the trees. In the evening we enjoy a hearty dinner served with wine and chat about the day’s adventures.
TRAIL NOTES: Total walking: 3kms. Medium walk includes 250m climb
TERRAIN: A combination of formal paved path and natural trail that can be rocky underfoot. There is a short climb, over uneven rock, at Ubirr.
WALKING ITINERARY: Enjoy a hearty breakfast before we farewell Litchfield National Park. Our aim today, is to get you straight to Kakadu National Park so you can maximise your time in this special region with its spectacular sandstone escarpments and dramatic scenery. Kakadu National Park is made up of several regions including the East Alligator Region, Nourlangie Region, Jim Jim and Twin Falls region and Mary River region. Our journey will ensure you experience the best walks in each of these special and unique areas.
Upon arrival in Kakadu, we will enjoy a short walk to Ubirr to see the rock art. From here we head to Hawk dreaming; Kakadu’s best-kept secret. Situated in a remote and restricted area of Kakadu, in the sacred aboriginal territory, Hawk Dreaming Lodge offers a magical intimate stay in the beauty of stunning Kakadu wilderness an area abundant with wildlife. Upon arrival in the afternoon, our guide takes us on a discovery walk of Cannon Hill, home to significant rock art dating back many thousands of years. Later we arrive at our accommodation offering “glamping” style tents, with ensuites and deck. Your stay includes a personal tour of ancient rock art sites (not accessible to the general public) dating back many thousands of years, a memorable sunset over a beautiful billabong, all without the crowds and with a relaxed authentic dinner with local produce. Hawk Dreaming wilderness lodge is a very special place and perfect for those who wish to experience the real Kakadu that lies beneath the tourist trail.
TRAIL NOTES: Walking: 12 km. Grade: moderate. 6 hours. Easier option available 4kms.
TERRAIN: Today’s walk has no formed path but is a well-trodden foot track. It begins with a steep climb up a rocky valley. The track then flattens out into plateau heathland with sandy soil. It is criss-crossed by dry creek channels. You follow one small creek and climb up a series of rock slabs. The ground is rough in places and there are steep slopes. You may be walking through tall spear grass and there is prickly spinifex along the track.
WALK ITINERARY: After an early breakfast, we head off early to the Nourlangie Region for a dramatic walk in Kakadu’s Stone Country. Burrunggui or Nourlangie is a large sandstone island standing above the surrounding woodland. This 12km walk starts with a short walk to view spectacular Aboriginal Rock Art Sites dating back to pre-historic times including the Namarrgon lighting man. From here we head through sandstone country experiencing a variety of habitats and magnificent contrasts between lowlands and escarpment. Marvel at the great lookout points across the Arnhem Land Escarpment and look out for the native black wallaroos and chestnut quilled rock pigeon. Pass through heathland, layered sandstone pillars, and open woodland. Lavender-flanked wrens flit around the shrubs while peregrine falcons hunt from the thermals created by hot air rising from the rocks. The next two nights are spent at the beautiful outback resort of Cooinda Lodge beside Yellow Water Billabong. This wonderful lodge features a swimming pool and modern air-conditioned rooms with ensuite. Tonight we enjoy true outdoor Australian alfresco dining experience. Enjoy a wonderful menu featuring wonderful local produce such as barramundi and crocodile.
TRAIL NOTES: Total walking 3 kms. Medium grade. Easier option available.
TERRAIN: This natural walking trail can be rocky and sandy underfoot. There is some scrambling over large boulders.
WALK ITINERARY: Enjoy an early breakfast then we head out by 4WD to experience the remote and spectacular Jim Jim Falls, the crown of Kakadu National Park. Our walk is to the spectacular Jim Jim Falls gorge and plunge pools. Enjoy a leisurely walk to the river where you will see views of the Jim Jim Falls gorge, you can relax here taking in the amazing views down the gorge or continue on. For those that wish to swim in the plunge pools at the base of the falls, the second half of the walk requires scrambling and rock hopping and requires a good amount of agility. The closer you get to the end of the gorge the more impressive it becomes and worth the effort to get there. Sit down and relax on the sandy white beach, take in your amazing surroundings and the pretty plunge pool surrounded by enormous vertical cliffs and after all that rock scrambling definitely go for a swim. We also have the option to walk to the top of the escarpment overlooking Jim Jim Falls for magnificent views. Afterwards, enjoy the drive back to Cooinda taking in spectacular vistas of the Arnhemland Escarpment. In the afternoon we enjoy a billabong cruise on Yellow Waters to see the amazing array of birdlife. Tonight enjoy a relaxing outdoor dinner in the lodge restaurant.
Please note: Today’s touring is subject to the opening of Jim Jim Falls. If for any reason these areas aren’t open alternative locations will be substituted.
TRAIL NOTES: Total walking 4kms.
TERRAIN: This natural walking trail can be rocky and sandy underfoot. There is a steep climb, which is rocky and uneven.
WALK ITINERARY: After breakfast, we set off to explore the Mary River region in the southern part of Kakadu National Park to walk. Today we enjoy a series of short walks with a refreshing waterhole swim the reward for each walk. The first of our walks take us to Maguk previously known as Barramundi Gorge an awesome gorge with a big plunge pool. The walk follows Barramundi Creek through monsoon forests with lush thick vegetation and interesting plants, birds and lizards to admire. Here we will walk to the head of the falls for magnificent views, the pool at the top of the falls is flanked by tall vertical cliffs then head on down to the plunge pools for a relaxing swim to cool off. Afterwards we head to Gunlom, a short walk will take you to the base of the falls, however, we follow a steep track which takes us on a short walk to the top of the falls. The views from the top over southern Kakadu are simply spectacular. When you reach the top you will be in need of a refreshing dip and what a spot for a swim. Natural infinity pools are found at the top of the falls providing the perfect place to relax – in fact you may never want to leave this amazing oasis. Afterwards we transfer back to Darwin.
FINISH TIME: Transfers on our last day back to Darwin will vary depending on if we have any guests doing our 7-day tour (they spend 2 additional days in Katherine). If no guests are doing the 7-day tour the whole group will return via road to Darwin arriving at approximately 7.30pm.
When we do have clients doing the 7-day tour, our 5-day guests will be dropped at Katherine Airport for a short flight back to Darwin (no additional cost). Upon arrival at Darwin Airport approximately 5.00pm, those guests not flying out that night, will need to make their own way back to the CBD via taxi. (13kms or 15 minutes). Feel free to inquire about this with our Reservation Staff when booking.
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