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Product Info

Duration 4 days, 3 nights
Meals 3 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 3 dinners
Group Size 1-21
Starts Darwin
Ends Darwin
Tour Style Adventure
Accommodation 3 nights in permanent, furnished tented camp

Details

Escape on an outback safari from Darwin to the three major National Parks in the Top End. Hike through swathes of monsoon rainforest and woodland in Litchfield, cooling off with dips in rock holes and waterfalls; search for crocs by boat in the Mary River Wetlands; learn about the ways of Kakadu's original inhabitants during a cultural interpretive walk; visit the historic gold-mining town of Pine Creek and drift through the Katherine River by boat or canoe.

  • Explore the highlights of Australia's iconic Top End on this family-friendly adventure
  • Enjoy the flexibility of a private vehicle, the local knowledge of a passionate guide and the magic of camping under the great southern sky in comfortable permanent tents
  • Enjoy our exclusive Australian Native Foods menu throughout the trip. Created in conjunction with Aussie bush tucker specialist Andrew Fielke, you will be treated to a plethora of native dishes incorporating ingredients such as kangaroo, emu, lemon myrtle, desert lime, wattle seed and more
  • Learn about the ancient culture and traditions of indigenous Australians during an interactive experience in Katherine.
  • The Mary River Wetlands feature a wealth of wildlife, including the highest concentration of saltwater crocodiles in the southern hemisphere. Get up close to the snappy beasts on a river cruise
  • Discover the wonders of Kakadu National Park. See ancient indigenous rock art and take an optional flight over astounding landscapes

Itinerary

Day 1: Darwin to Mary River via Litchfield National Park

Flush with waterfalls, swimming holes and some pretty gigantic termite mounds, Litchfield National Park encapsulates all that’s wonderful about the Top End. We’ll start off here checking out Florence Falls and the Buley Rockholes, then break for a picnic before travelling on to Wangi Falls for a final swim and leisurely stroll through monsoon forest. Leaving Litchfield, it’s on and into Mary River National Park. The species of saltwater crocodile found in Australia are the biggest in the world, and the Mary River wetlands are absolutely full of them. See how many you can spot on an afternoon river cruise. All tents are twin-share and come with a proper bed. Note: Total driving time today is around five-and-a-half hours. There are also a few short, easy walks.

Meals: Lunch, Dinner

 

Day 2: Kakadu National Park: Ubirr and Barramundi Gorge

In giving Kakadu National Park World Heritage-listing, UNESCO described it as a ‘living cultural landscape with exceptional natural and cultural values’. Indigenous people have lived here for more than 50,000 years, to which the ancient rock paintings of Ubirr can attest. Your guide will explain the significance of these artworks during an interpretative cultural walk that finishes on a rocky escarpment overlooking the Nardab floodplain. In the afternoon we head to either Maguk (Barramundi Gorge) or Gunlom Falls (seasonal choice). Swimming spots don’t get a whole lot more inviting than either of these spectacular sites. Note: Total driving time today is around five hours. Total walking time is up to three and-a-half hours, depending on the trails taken.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

Day 3: Kakadu to Katherine

Given that Kakadu covers approximately the same amount of land as Slovenia, the sky’s a pretty good place to see it all from. This morning you’ll have the option of taking a scenic flight over the billabongs, bushlands and floodplains that make up this ruggedly beautiful region. After a stop in at the Bowali visitors centre we head for the historic gold-mining town of Pine Creek which offers a very different side to Australian history. Back on the road again, there’s time for a dip in either Gunlom or Edith Falls before pulling into our private campsite near Nitmuluk National Park. Note: Total driving time today is around five-and-a-half hours. Total walking time is up to an hour-and-a-half.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

Day 4: Katherine Gorge to Darwin

Back in the day (ok, it was 23 million years ago), the Katherine River flowed all the way from Arnhem Land to the Timor Sea. These days, the waters have subsided significantly: the Katherine River now flows along hemmed in on both sides by cliffs 70 metres high. It’s the highlight attraction of Nitmiluk National Park though, and you’ll have the opportunity to cruise through it by canoe or boat. Following lunch, we visit a private property next to an indigenous art gallery for some coaching in the ancient arts of boomerang throwing, fire making and traditional painting. Then it’s back to Darwin where the adventure winds up. Note: Total driving time today is around four-and-a-half hours. Total walking time is up to three-and-a-half hours, depending on the group's choice of optional activities.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch


Pickups / Departures

Departure location : Select Darwin accommodation from 06:20am.
Default pick up: The Cavenagh Motel 06:50am (12 Cavenagh Street)

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Arrival location : Darwin accommodation early evening day 4


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Testimonials

"I traveled on a 3 day Kakadu & Litchfield tour in September 2015. The tour was great...the guide was extremely knowledgable and we were able to see some amazing sites including Jim Jim Falls! The camping facilities were comfortable, and everyone on the tour had a good time. The agents at Travel Freedom were able to help me with my questions, payment was easy, and confirmed shortly after. I would recommend them to anyone looking to book tours in Australia."

Demi Thompson (UK)

"I booked the 1 Day Litchfield & Jumping Crocs tour with Travel Freedom and it was a crazy amazing day! The crocs jump right out in front of you, and then waterfalls in Litchfield were great to swim in on a hot day! Thanks to Travel Freedom for the easy booking service and cheap price. I recommend them to anyone wanting to book tours and accommodation in Darwin!"

Trude Maman (DK)

"Thanks for your organising our trip to Katherine Gorge, it was a fantastic experience and we thoroughly enjoyed it, and the tour operator was very professional, as was everyone that was involved in the various locations that we went to.

We will contact Freedom Travel when we are looking for our next adventure.

Cheers

Pete"

Peter Martin (AUS)

"We loved our two days in Kakadu. Loved opportunities to enjoy waterholes, spectacular views, landforms, rocks, trees, birds, unfortunately, no crocodiles! Tom our guide was generous with his time, effort and knowledge. Thanks to him we had an enjoyable time and learned much about Aboriginal art and history and about the environment
of Kakadu. We loved sleeping under the stars! "

Sally. C

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