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From Darwin: Kakadu Wilderness Escape Day Tour

1. From Darwin: Kakadu Wilderness Escape Day Tour

Discover the spectacular Kakadu National Park for its exceptional natural and cultural values. Visit the infamous Cahills Crossing to safely spot saltwater crocodiles, explore the floodplains of Ubirr, go to Fogg Dam Conservation Centre and the Bowali Visitor Centre. Leave tropical Darwin, traveling through the rich floodplains towards Kakadu National Park, a 20,000 square kilometer area, teeming with wildlife, important Aboriginal rock art sites, and diverse landscapes. Make an optional stop at the Jumping Croc Cruise on the Adelaide River, or visit the Fogg Dam Conservation Centre. See the traditional lands of the Limilngan-Wulna people (who are active in the reserve's management) to explore the diverse wildlife of the Top End, home to numerous species of birds, turtles, water pythons, and of course, the iconic Saltwater Crocodile. Go to the Bowali Visitor Centre and learn more about this special place's rich indigenous culture and history. Visit the famous Cahills Crossing searching for crocodiles at this eye-opening stretch of water, the only road access point between Arnhem Land and Kakadu National Park. Visit the World Heritage-listed, sacred site Ubirr rock art, home to some of the oldest and best-preserved rock art galleries in the world dating back some 20,000 years, and discover the hidden secrets with a guided walk.

Darwin: Kakadu National Park Cultural Day Tour with Lunch

2. Darwin: Kakadu National Park Cultural Day Tour with Lunch

Travel from Darwin to Kakadu on a day trip exploring the best of Kakadu National Park. See ancient rock art, unique plants, and wildlife, and spectacular bush views as you drive, walk and cruise through Kakadu. After pickup from your Darwin hotel, enter Kakadu National Park, and travel to Ubirr Rock, the site of some of the world’s oldest rock art. Join your guide on an interpretative walk through ancient rock galleries, and hear about the history and culture of the traditional custodians. There are plenty of opportunities for bushwalking, but the pace is slow, with plenty of stops to discuss the rock art and the history of those who painted it. Stop at Nadab Lookout for amazing 360-degree views over the wetlands of the Nadab floodplains, before continuing to East Alligator River. A descendant of the traditional owners will join you for a Guluyambi cultural cruise along the East Alligator River. The River which divides Kakadu and Arnhem Land is home to some of the region’s largest saltwater crocodiles. Feel honored to be invited onto Arnhem Land shores to see a cultural demonstration of how the Bininj people work with the waterways to this day. The Guluyambi cultural cruise is a great opportunity to hear about the area, history, and culture directly from the land's traditional custodians. During your Kakadu day trip there is a stop for a picnic lunch and at the end of the day, get dropped off back at your Darwin hotel.

From Darwin: Kakadu National Park Full Day Tour

3. From Darwin: Kakadu National Park Full Day Tour

Join a group tour perfect for families, groups, and adventure-seekers alike and spend a full day exploring the Kakadu National Park in an air-conditioned minibus to view the park's incredible landscape and ancient Aboriginal rock art.    Enjoy your journey into Kakadu National Park, the largest National Park in Australia, with a professional guide who will lead you to 3-4 of the most amazing sites and overlooks that the 20,000-square-kilometer protected site has to offer. Visit the Fogg Dam Conservation Centre as your first stop. These traditional lands are of the Limilngan-Wulna people, who are active in the reserve's management, and are home to some of the most spectacular places to explore the diverse wildlife of the Top End. Keep an eye out for numerous species of birds, turtles, water pythons, and of course, the iconic saltwater crocodile. Choose the optional Jumping Croc Cruise on the iconic Adelaide River to get a closer look at the gigantic saltwater crocodile. Hear stories and information about the art's formation, history, animals, and ancient inhabitants. After arriving at each site or overlook, you will have plenty of time to explore and capture memories in photographs.

Darwin: Kakadu & Nourlangie Day Trip Plus Billabong Cruise

4. Darwin: Kakadu & Nourlangie Day Trip Plus Billabong Cruise

Explore the landscape of Kakadu National Park on a day trip. Discover mangrove-fringed coastal areas that blend into expansive flood plains, lowland hills flanked to the east by sandstone escarpments, all interwoven between various open woodland and forest habitats. Visit the Warradjan Cultural Centre to view the informative displays depicting the traditions of the Aboriginal people, before your return to Darwin. There is also the opportunity for an optional 50-minute scenic flight (own expense) for a different perspective of this vibrant landscape. Next, join a local guide for a cruise on the famous Yellow Water Billabong. Search for saltwater crocodiles and the colorful range of birdlife for which this region is renowned. Teeming with wildlife in the water, land, and air, the many species that provide a diversity and concentration seen nowhere else add to the natural spectacle. See how the land takes on different forms and colors with the passing of each season. After lunch, travel across the Adelaide River and Marrakai Plains, and stop at Nourlangie Rock, where your guide will lead a walk to view the ancient Aboriginal rock art.

From Darwin: 3-Day Kakadu and Litchfield 4WD Camping Tour

5. From Darwin: 3-Day Kakadu and Litchfield 4WD Camping Tour

Join an exclusive 4WD outback adventure from Darwin, showcasing the very best Kakadu and Litchfield National Park has to offer. Look for crocodiles, swim in rockpools, admire ancient rock art, and sleep under the stars at a bush camp. Day 1: Darwin - Kakadu National Park Start your adventure from Darwin heading to the Wetlands Region for a Corroboree Billabong Wetland Cruise, a great opportunity to spot a huge range of Top End wildlife. Journey on to Kakadu National Park, visiting the Bowali Visitor Center, which offers an introduction to the park’s landscape and wildlife. After relaxing at camp, head north to Cahills Crossing (conditions permitting), the border of Kakadu and Arnhem Land. Visit one of the best-preserved collections of Aboriginal Rock Art in the world at Ubirr Rock, and enjoy the sunset overlooking the Nadab Floodplain. After a big day, head to camp to prepare dinner and get to know your fellow travelers. Meals: L, D Camping: Jabiru Campground - Permanent Tents or Bush Swags (communal bathroom facilities) Driving Distance: 420km Hike Distance and Grading: 1km loop Grade 2-3 Day 2: Kakadu Waterfalls and Plunge Pools It's an early start on day 2 to head south to Kakadu National Park. Spend the day soaking up the spectacular natural beauty, hiking through lush monsoon rainforests, and swimming in pristine plunge pools surrounded by steep escarpments. Depending on conditions, you may visit Motor Car Falls, Moline Rockhole, Maguk (Barramundi Gorge), or Jim Jim Falls. Time permitting, stop at Nourlangie Rock, a rock art site where archaeologists uncovered works dating back over 20,000 years. Explore the evolving cultural and environmental changes to the area, before returning to camp for dinner and a well-earned rest. Meals: B, L, D Camping: Jabiru Campground - Permanent Tents or Bush Swags (communal bathroom facilities) Driving Distance: 150km Hike Distance and Grading: 1.5km - 4km Grade 6 Day 3: Litchfield National Park to Darwin An exciting day awaits as you head out of Kakadu National Park and travel towards Litchfield National Park. Spend the afternoon immersed in Litchfield’s natural oasis of waterfalls, spring-fed streams, and rugged sandstone escarpments. Visit Buley Rockholes, Wangi Falls, or Florence Falls for a refreshing soak in picturesque rock holes and waterfalls. Discover the unique magnetic and cathedral Termite Mounds before heading back to Darwin, arriving at around 7 p.m. Meals: B, L Driving Distance: 500km Hike Distance and Grading: 1 - 2 km Grade 2-3

Jabiru: 30 minute Scenic flight over Kakadu National Park

6. Jabiru: 30 minute Scenic flight over Kakadu National Park

Best seen from the air, enjoy aerial views over the World Heritage Listed Kakadu National Park on a 30-minute scenic flight departing from Jabiru. Witness everything from ancient escarpments to winding rivers and spectacular 1.8 billion years of continuous erosion. This flight includes recorded and live commentary from your pilot as you fly through these spectacular ancient lands. Highlights include The Archway, Arnhem Land escarpment's, East Alligator Valley, Mikinj Valley Billabongs and Magela flood plains.

Darwin: Kakadu National Park Day Trip

7. Darwin: Kakadu National Park Day Trip

Enjoy 1.5 hours of spectacular scenic flying, cruise on the Yellow Water Billabong, and visit the Warradjan Cultural Center. Take part in an experience which varies between wet and dry seasons: 8:30 AM: Check-in at Kakadu Air Terminal 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM: Kick start the day with a 60-minute scenic flight paired with informative commentary delivered by your expert pilot. This extended flight tracks over Adelaide River, Mary River National Park, and Kakadu’s winding South and East Alligator rivers. 11:30 AM: Visit the Yellow Water Billabong, rich with flora, wildlife and changing landscapes. Sit back and relax on a 90-minute cruise through Kakadu’s wetlands. 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM: Enjoy lunch at Barra Bar and Bistro. 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM: Transfer to the Warradjan Cultural Center. Take in personal histories, videos and artifacts in a place developed by Aboriginal traditional owners. Browse the gallery gift shop offering traditional didgeridoos, local artwork, and much more. 3:00 PM: Depart Kakadu on a 45-minute ferry flight back to Darwin. 4:00 PM: Farewell in Darwin. DECEMBER – APRIL ITINERARY (WET SEASON) 8:30 AM: Check-in at Kakadu Air Terminal, Darwin 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM: Kakadu comes to life in the Wet season. Start your morning with 1.5 hours of scenic flying paired with informative commentary delivered by your expert pilot. This extended flight tracks over Adelaide River, Mary River National Park, and Kakadu’s winding South and East Alligator Rivers. Finish off your aerial sightseeing with views over the mighty Jim Jim and Twin Waterfalls. 11:30 AM: Visit the Yellow Water Billabong ,which comes alive in the wet season. Enjoy a place rich with flora, wildlife and changing landscapes. Sit back and relax on a 90-minute cruise through Kakadu’s wetlands as you keep an eye out for crocodiles sunbathing. 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM: Lunch at Barra Bar and Bistro. 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM: Transfer to the Warradjan Cultural Center. Take in personal histories, videos and artifacts in a place developed by Aboriginal traditional owners. Browse the gallery gift shop offering traditional didgeridoos, local artwork, and much more. 3:00 PM: Depart Kakadu on a 45-minute ferry flight back to Darwin. 4:00 PM: Farewell in Darwin.

From Alice Springs: Palm Valley 4WD Outback Safari + Picnic

8. From Alice Springs: Palm Valley 4WD Outback Safari + Picnic

Enjoy an exciting 1-day safari on a four-wheel drive from Alice Springs through the beautiful West MacDonnell Ranges to Hermannsburg, an Aboriginal community and historic precinct. Hermannsburg is renowned for its Aboriginal art collection, in particular the works of famous Aboriginal artist, Albert Namatjira. Enjoy a leisurely tea in Hermannsburg, and then set off on your 4WD for the second half of the adventure. Travel down the bed of the Finke River, one of oldest water courses in the world, into the stunning Palm Valley. Admire the spectacular rock formations, such as the one known as the Amphitheatre, and the lush palm trees of the oasis rising out of the white sand. Keep your eyes peeled for native plants such as the cycad and the Livistonia Mariae. Enjoy a picnic lunch within the beautiful Finke Gorge National Park, and on your return journey, relax and enjoy the changing colors of the magnificent West MacDonnell Ranges.

Darwin: 5-Day 4WD Kakadu, Litchfield Tour & Billabong Cruise

9. Darwin: 5-Day 4WD Kakadu, Litchfield Tour & Billabong Cruise

Day 1: Darwin - Kakadu National Park Begin your adventure in Darwin by heading out to the Wetlands Region, where the stunning scenery of the top end awaits you. On the way, we'll see plenty of Top End birdlife and apex predators... crocodiles! The next two nights will be spent in Kakadu National Park. At Bowali Visitor Centre, we enjoy the landscape and wildlife. Across the border from Arnhem Land to Kakadu, we reach Cahills Crossing. At sunset, we'll visit Ubirr Rock, a rare collection of Aboriginal rock art. Sunset over the Nadab Floodplain will take your breath away. We enjoy an evening at our cozy private camp with our fellow travellers. Drive Distance: 420km. Hike & Grading: 1km loop Grade 2-3. Day 2: Jim Jim Falls - Plunge Pools - Jabiru Return On day 2, we head south into Kakadu National Park. We will explore lush monsoon rainforests, hike through pristine plunge pools and waterfalls surrounded by steep escarpments and rocky cliffs today. Depending on the group's physical ability, we will visit one or more waterfalls. Motor Car Falls, Jim Jim Falls, Twin Falls or Moline Rockhole can be included. We explore the stories of the artefacts at Warradjan Cultural Centre and Gallery, if time permits. We return to camp for dinner and a well-earned rest. Drive Distance: Minimum 150km depending on waterfall access. Note that each journey includes 40km offroad. Hike & Grading: 1.5km - 4km Grade 5/6. Day 3: Kakadu - Katherine Today, we found Burrungkuy (Nourlangie) rock art, Kunwarddewardde Lookout, and Nawurlandja Lookout. Burrungkuy (Nourlangie) Rock has incredible Aboriginal rock art. Barramundi Gorge (Maguk) Waterfall, another 4WD track, is one of Kakadu's most picturesque and pristine waterfalls. Fitness and agility are required to trek through the monsoon forest to the plunge pool. Following our 2km walk, swim, and lunch, we can relax under the stars at our private safari campsite in Katherine. Drive Distance: 420km. Hike & Grading: 1.5km Grade 3. Day 4: Katherine - Nitmiluk National Park It's an early start to reach Nitmiluk National Park and board the two-hour NitNit Katherine Gorge boat cruise. You will marvel at your surroundings and the relaxed cruise atmosphere in this area rich in creation stories. After the cruise, you can take a scenic helicopter flight (optional) to see Nitmiluk and Katherine Gorge. Take a dip beneath a cascading waterfall and enjoy a picnic lunch at Edith Falls! After a day of culture, walks and swimming, our private campsite awaits. Drive Distance: 470km. Hike & Grading: 2km Grade 2-4 depending on the walk embarked on. Day 5: Katherine - Litchfield - Darwin On our fifth day, we travel back to Darwin via Litchfield National Park. Visit Buley Rockholes and Wangi Falls after viewing the monolithic Magnetic Termite Mounds in Litchfield. Enjoy Florence Falls or Tolmer Falls among the rocky escarpment. Take a relaxing ride back to Darwin after exploring the Top End. Drive Distance: 470 km. Walking: 1km - 2km.

From Darwin: 4-Day Kakadu Katherine Gorge Small Group Trip

10. From Darwin: 4-Day Kakadu Katherine Gorge Small Group Trip

We'll explore monsoon forests, spectacular escarpment country, and the amazing biodiversity of Kakadu's landscapes, home to many endemic species of flora and fauna. Day 1: Darwin - Kakadu National Park We drive from Darwin to the wetlands region of WakWak, an hour outside of Darwin, where top-end scenery is on display. Continuing our journey, we arrive in Kakadu National Park, 300 km east of Darwin, and check into our local accommodation. We tour the Bowali Visitor Center before heading to the East Alligator region, the most north-eastern point of Kakadu, for a cultural tour. Guests will join the Guluyambi Cultural Cruise on the East Alligator River bordering Kakadu and Arnhem Land to learn about the creation stories of the area, observe magnificent birdlife, and, of course, see crocodiles. Visit Ubirr Rock, home to some of the best-preserved Aboriginal rock art in the world, and climb high for a spectacular sunset. Meals: L, D. Drive Distance: 420km. Hike & Grading: 1km loop Grade 2-3. Day 2: Kakadu National Park The day is spent exploring art galleries and cultural centers that tell the stories of former and present clan groups of Kakadu and Arnhem Land. We will journey on a guided walk through the Burrungkuy (Nourlangie) art site areas, visiting Kunwarddewardde Lookout, Anbangbang Billabong, Nawurlandja, and Naguluwurr. Enjoy the impressive views of escarpments, savannah woodlands, lowlands, and floodplains, and listen to stories and artwork from local traditional owners. After a spectacular sunset on day two of your adventure, we head back to our accommodation for our evening meal and restful sleep. Meals: B, L, D. Drive Distance: 150km. Hike & Grading: 1km grade 2. Day 3: Kakadu - Katherine After a leisurely morning, we head south toward Katherine and Nitmiluk. Showcasing the earthy colours of typical Northern Australian bushland. Look out for the Red Tailed Black Cockatoo, Agile Wallabies, wild horses, and buffalo. Through Pine Creek, we stop for some refreshments. We check into our Katherine accommodation and then head to Nitmiluk National Park for a 2-hour NitNit Dreaming Katherine Cruise, a leisurely glimpse at this magnificent region. A 70m sheer rock wall cruise with wildlife hiding around every corner. As we head back to Katherine, we can settle into our comfortable accommodations and enjoy local hospitality before our fourth and final day of exploration. Meals: B, L, D. Drive Distance: 310km. Hike & Grading: none. Day 4: Katherine - Darwin We see more of Katherine today with a dip in the Hot Springs, followed by a visit to the Top Didj Gallery where we have the opportunity to view local art and experience bush tucker and bush medicine gardens. After enjoying a picnic lunch and a plunge pool beneath a cascading waterfall at the beautiful Edith Falls. You'll be back in Darwin this evening, reflecting on all the adventures and new friends you've made. Meals: B, L. Drive Distance: 350km. Hike & Grading: 1km Grade 1.

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A very nice day with Michael as a driver and tour guide. We learned so much about the area on the drive down and he was able to “herd” our group easily and with good humor. Micheal also entertained us with explanations of the rock paintings. The lunch was exactly what we needed to hydrate us on this hot day with cold salads, fruit, cold cuts, warm chicken, bread, desert and an assortment of drinks. Beer and wine were also available as an extra purchase. The yellow river tour was really informative with so many birds and crocodiles. It is a long day but that’s because it’s so far from Darwin. I felt it was a good pace and thoroughly enjoyed the day!

Tim was an outstanding tour guide! He transformed what could have been a long, hot and challenging day into a gold star one. His passion, enthusiasm and knowledge were really inspiring. I would recommend him unreservedly, especially as he mentioned it was supposedly his day off but he’d stepped in as a colleague was ill. Really humble guy and deserves a bonus for sure. Only negative was the tiny size of the seats! I’m a normal size 12 female but the seats were really cramped and the seatbelt was very constricting. The small bus was at total capacity and given the distance and heat it would’ve been much more comfortable in a larger coach.

The Billabong River Boat was awesome. The boat guide, Dennis, great. We have seen several crocodiles, on the shore, in the river swimming and even a group of 3 that were fighting and 2 of them have retreated into the water, I understand that they have surrendered. Dennis has taken the boat to all the interesting and beautiful places and we have seen everything great. In the river there are many water lilies and lotuses, also a lot of different birds. A marvel. The bad thing is the bus hours with a monotonous landscape that becomes tiresome.

We had a great day, our guide Tim was absolutely fantastic from minute one. Our really informative and funny guide made our day a great day, and the beauty of the National Park was the cherry on the top. Really knowledgeable guide and taking care of all the people needs along the day. Top service, highly recommended. Thanks a lot for everything Tim.

It was really great, our tour guide Beks knew a lot, and she shared al that Information with. Also the co tour guide Emily was a great guide. We had a wonderful day