5 Day Kakadu Litchfield & Katherine 4WD Outback Adventure

Wed/Sat ( April ~ October )
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Basic Twin Share (Motel Twin Room Share bathroom) Per Person
AUD$1,715.00$1,750.00
Standard Twin/Double Share (Hotel Room Ensuite) Per Person
AUD$1,919.00$1,950.00

Tour Information

For tour meeting point and time, please take the tour vouchers as the final confirmation. The meeting point and time in the tour info are only for reference.

  • Departure Time: The tour commences from Darwin on (Day 1) at 6:30am and finishes in Darwin on the evening of (Day 5) at 18:30pm.

From 1 Apr Change to Traditional Swag or Twin Safari Tents as Camping Accommodation Experience

Introducing your 5 day best of the Top End

Join us on an exclusive 5 day Kakadu 4WD Outback Adventure & Litchfield tour, an adventure of a lifetime showcasing the very best Kakadu and Litchfield has to offer. Discover some of the oldest and best-preserved Aboriginal rock art in the world, keep a lookout for some of our prehistoric friends (crocodiles) as we cruise the ancient wetlands by boat. Visit spectacular waterfalls and cool off in some of the most beautiful natural plunge pools imaginable. We’ll be exploring some truly spectacular countryside, amongst pockets of rainforest packed with endemic species of flora and fauna. This fully accommodated tour has you relaxing indoors in comfort each night after action-packed days of exploration, culture and unmatched vistas.

5 day Kakadu Katherine Litchfield Tour Highlights

  • Visit the World Heritage-Listed Kakadu National Park
  • Explore Bowali & Warradjan Aboriginal Cultural Centres
  • On the border of Kakadu and Arnhem Land, take a cultural boat cruise on the East Alligator River
  • Watch for Crocs and Barramundi at *Cahills Crossing
  • Breathtaking Aboriginal rock art and sunset views at Ubirr Rock
  • Be guided through two world-class Aboriginal rock art sites Burrungkuy (Nourlangie) and Ubirr walk (conditions/seasonality permitting)
  • Adventure to Kakadu’s biggest waterfall *Jim Jim (conditions/seasonality permitting)
  • Relax and cool off at Barramundi Gorge (Maguk) waterfall and serene plunge pool
  • Enjoy the hospitality of Jabiru and Katherine - optional Katherine Gorge Cruise or helicopter flight (subject to availability)
  • Discover the cascading waterfalls of Edith Falls
  • Be impressed by century-old magnetic termite mounds
  • Uncover the wonder of Litchfield National Park’s roaring waterfalls and hidden water holes
  • Take a dip in the pools of Florence Falls, Buley Rockhole, or Wangi Falls

*This itinerary is subject to change due to seasonal access permitting us from entering certain areas pre and post the dry season. Please note the falls are rarely open before late June. Highlights are a guideline only, Kakadu’s diverse landscape and weather conditions mean a high amount of change and flexibility in the itinerary is expected. Your expert guides will ensure the most amazing adventure is had by all!

 

Full Itinerary

Day 1: Darwin to Kakadu

Start your adventure by departing from Darwin and head out to the Wetlands Region where the magnificent scenery of the top ends starts to be on show. Along the way we have ample opportunity to spot a huge range of Top End birdlife, not to mention some fresh and salty apex predators… crocodiles!

We journey on to Kakadu National Park where our home for the next two nights in Jabiru awaits. The Bowali Visitor Centre offers a beautiful introduction to the Park’s landscape and wildlife and we take time to soak it in, before checking into our local accommodation. After some relaxation we journey north to *Cahills Crossing on the border of Kakadu and Arnhem Land.  Here we embark on a cultural tour of a lifetime – cruising down the East Alligator River on the border of Kakadu and Arnhem Land to experience the dreamtime stories of the area, majestic birdlife and of course hope to see crocodiles along where they and the locals aim to catch some barramundi! We will visit one of the best preserved collections of Aboriginal Rock Art in the world at Ubirr rock upon sunset. This incredibly significant site showcases many styles of Rock Art and allows us to climb up high for a sunset that will blow you away looking out over the Nadab Floodplain. We head home back to Jabiru for dinner and a comfortable night’s accommodation.

  • Meals: Lunch, Dinner. Accom: Anbinik Kakadu Resort (either Shared 6Packs, Cabins or Private Anbinik Suites) or similar. Driving Distance: 420km. Hike Distance and Grading: 1km loop Grade 2-3.

 

Day 2: Jim Jim to Jabiru

Jim Jim are probably two of the most famous and stunning locations within Kakadu. Depending on seasonal factors and cultural observations we will visit one of these amazing waterfalls situated at the bottom of an adventurous 4WD road. Please be aware, access to the falls is seasonal with conditions permitting, and at least a moderate to high level of fitness and agility is required to undertake this walk. We hike out to the huge plunge pool and accompanying beach area where you can enjoy plenty of time to cool off surrounded by thick monsoon forest framed by magnificent rock escarpments. We head back home with an opportunity to stop at the Warradjan Aboriginal Cultural Centre where you have time to delve into the culture of Kakadu and gain deeper insight into the stories, flora and fauna of this World Heritage Listed National Park.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner. 
  • Driving Distance: 250km. 
  • Hike Distance and Grading: 4 km Grade 6.

 

Day 3: Jabiru to Katherine

This morning we discover Burrungkuy (Nourlangie) Rock, Kunwarddewardde Lookout and have the potential to explore surrounding areas of Nawurlandja Lookout and Anbangbang Billabong. Burrungkuy (Nourlangie) Rock features incredible Aboriginal Rock Art and dreamtime stories of the Bininj people. Another 4WD track awaits us as we travel south and enjoy a picnic lunch at the plunge pool of Barramundi Gorge (Maguk) Waterfall, one of the most picturesque and pristine waterfalls in Kakadu. Please note at least a moderate level of fitness and agility is required here with flat pathways combining with rocky crossings leading you to the plunge pool through the monsoon forest. After our 2km walk, swim and lunch, we head to Nitmiluk National Park before heading into tonight’s accommodation in Katherine to relax and enjoy the local hospitality.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner. 
  • Driving Distance:  420km. 
  • Hike Distance and Grading: 1.5km Grade 3.

 

Day 4: Katherine to Darwin

It’s an early start today to reach Nitmiluk National Park to enjoy a hike along the sheer rock walls (1.4km to 4.8km return) and panoramic views over Katherine Gorge. Alternatively, guests have an opportunity to jump onboard the 2-hour Katherine Gorge Cruise (optional extra, strictly subject to availability on the day) payable directly to the cruise company.

If you are interested in doing a Helispirit Scenic Flight there are a range of options available to take in the spectacular views of Nitmiluk Katherine Gorge, the Arnhem Land escarpment, and local wildlife. We will then be making our way towards the beautiful Edith Falls for further relaxation in picture-perfect Top End surroundings with a picnic lunch, clear water, and a welcome chance to cool off! We’ll have you back in Darwin in time for you to meander down the famous Mindil Markets or spend a relaxing night at your accommodation reflecting on all the adventures you’ve had and new friends you’ve made.

  • Meals: Breakfast & Lunch. Options: Scenic helicopter flights, Katherine Gorge Cruise (at guest’s own expense). 
  • Driving Distance: 470km. 
  • Hike Distance and Grading: 2km Grade 2-4 depending on the walk embarked. The main pool (when open) is a short walk with low grades. Upper pools require a reasonably steep climb and descent, and at least a moderate level of fitness and agility.

 

Day 5: Darwin to Litchfield Return

A new adventure awaits us today as we embark on a ​​sightseeing day trip to Litchfield National Park. Leaving Darwin, we travel south towards the world-class Litchfield National Park, surrounded by thick pockets of tropical rainforest, offering a cool escape from the heat of the Top End.​

​Before heading into the National Park, we take a slight detour to the Adelaide River visiting the Fogg Dam Conservation Reserve and wetlands. The traditional lands of the Limilngan-Wulna people (who are active in the reserve’s management) are one of the most spectacular places 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. Alternatively, guests will have an opportunity to jump on board the 1-hour Jumping Crocodile Cruise (optional extra, strictly subject to availability on the day) payable directly to the cruise company.

From here we travel south the some incredible monolithic Magnetic Termite Mounds and then have an opportunity to cool off in one of Litchfield’s beautiful natural plunge pools like Buley Rockholes or Wangi Falls. Visit a thundering waterfall like Florence Falls or Tolmer Falls and marvel at the sheer beauty carved out amongst the rocky escarpment. Fully relaxed and rejuvenated after a day in the stunning tropical national park we make our way back to Darwin.

  • Meals: n/a (opportunity to purchase lunch on tour, in Batchelor or BYO as we will have eski onboard.). 
  • Driving Distance:  317 km.
  • Walking Distance: 1km / 2km.

Tour Inclusions

  • From 1APR Change to Traditional swag or Twin Safari Tents Camping Experience 
  • 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 pass entry fees
  • Guided bush walks (~9.5km, grade 2-6)
  • Litchfield National Park Day Trip
  • Accredited outback driver-guide
  • Air-conditioned 4WD off-road mini-coach travel
  • Comprehensive local tour commentary
  • Selected Darwin inner-city pick-up/drop-off H on Smith Hotel only

Tour Exclusions

  • Any meals not indicated within the itinerary. For those with special dietaries, we recommend you bring snacks as options are limited in the outback.
  • Hotel transfers pre/post tour itinerary to a nominated pickup point.
  • Travel insurance is highly recommended
  • Personal expenses
    On Day 4, guests can opt out of the morning rim walk around Katherine Gorge with the tour group and pre-book an activity. Optionals are subject to availability on the day of the tour and are not included in the tour itinerary price. Pre-bookings are required.
  • A) NitNit Dreaming 2 Gorge Guided Boat Cruise, departing at 7:00am. Prices from $105 per person. Book direct at https://www.nitmiluktours.com.au/gorge-experiences/gorge-tours/.
    B) Katherine Gorge Scenic Helicopter Flight, departing at 8:30am. Prices from $115 per person. Book direct at https://www.helispirit.com.au/scenic-flights-and-tours/katherine-gorge-helicopter-tours/.
    On Day 5, guests can opt out of the morning walk around Fogg Dam Conservation Reserve with the tour group and pre-book an activity upgrade. Optionals are subject to availability on the day of the tour and are not included in the tour itinerary price. Pre-bookings are required.
    C) Spectacular Jumping Crocodile Cruise, departing at 9:00am. Prices from $50 per person. Book direct at https://jumpingcrocodile.com.au/.

Transportation

Our central meeting point for this tour will be Travelodge Resort Darwin – 64 Cavenagh St, Darwin City @ 6:30am. Guests are to be waiting outside the main gates on Cavenagh Street for collection.

  • 6:15 – Darwin Resort – 378 Stuart Hwy Winnellie NT
  • 6:25 – Frontier Hotel Darwin – 3 Buffalo Ct Darwin City
  • 6:30 – Travelodge Resort Darwin – 64 Cavenagh St Darwin City
  • 6:35 – H on Smith Hotel – 81 Smith St Darwin City
  • 6:40 – The Cavenagh Hotel – 12 Cavenagh St Darwin City
  • 6:45 – Tourist Precinct Mini Bus Zone – 69 Mitchell St Darwin City
  • 6:50 – H on Mitchell Hotel Apartment – 105 Mitchell St Darwin City
  • 6:53 – DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Esplanade – 116 Esplanade Darwin City
  • 6:55 – Mantra on the Esplanade Darwin – 88 Esplanade Darwin City
  • 7:00 – Vibe Hotel Darwin Waterfront – 7 Kitchener Dr Darwin City
  • 7:20 – Darwin FreeSpirit Resort – 901 Stuart Hwy Deviney Rd Holtze

*Please arrive 5-10 mins prior to your nominated pickup location and time, so as not to delay or miss your tour. We ask you to wait outside the front of the hotel and not inside the foyer.

Notices

  • All fares are inclusive of GST in AUD.
  • For us to confirm your travel arrangements, you must provide all requested details at the time of booking. Your full name, contact details, email address, nationality, or Australian postcode and any pre-existing medical conditions you have which may affect your ability to complete your travel arrangements.
  • We reserves the right to alter the route or itinerary schedule during seasonal weather fluctuations and/or during park closures due to traditional landowner ceremonies.
  • This Basic Twin Share Room fare price is (Per Person) for Adults or Children. Children aged between 8 to 17 years old, must be accompanied by an adult or legal guardian at all times. Solo travellers booking separately in a twin share room will be paired with another passenger where possible with the same gender but not guaranteed. Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.This Basic Twin Share Room is Motel/Hostel Style accommodation with shared bathroom. 
  • Solo Travelers looking for more a bit more privacy should purchase a Private Single Room fare.
  • This Private Double/Twin Share Ensuite Room fare price is (Per Person) for Adults or Children. Children aged between 8 to 17 years old, must be accompanied by an adult or legal guardian at all times.This Private Dobule/Twin Room is Hotel/Motel Style Ensuited accommodation.

FAQ

  • What is a suitable age for this tour?
    The child policy for this tour is 12 years old and over, due to the nature of this tour, it’s not suitable for infants or children 11 years and under.  Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times. A moderate to high level of fitness is required to complete the hikes involved.
  • Do you cater to special dietary requirements?
    Yes, please notify us if you have any dietary requirements or medical conditions at the time of booking, or at least a few days prior to departure, that way we can make any necessary arrangements.
  • What type of food do we eat on tour?
    Most of the meals are prepared by our tour guides with basic camping-style food options and on occasions, they will be provided by our accommodation providers onsite. Guests are asked to participate in the preparation of meals, clean-up, and vehicle unpacking/loading as it’s a great way to get to know and connect with your fellow travellers.
  • How fit do I need to be for this tour?
    A minimum moderate to advanced level of fitness 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 10km 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 level of fitness is required and a doctor’s certificate is required for people over 70 years (30 days prior to travel).
  • Where do we stay on tour?
    On the evening of day1 and day2 we stay at Anbinik Kakadu Resort (2 x Jabiru), on day3 we stay at Knotts Crossing (1 x Katherine) and and on day4 we stay at H on Smith Hotel in the Darwin CBD.
  • What is the minimum number of passengers required in order to operate?
    A minimum of eight people is required to operate our 4-Day / 5-Day extended Top End Adventure Tours. We will transfer all monies paid on a future departure date if your departure is cancelled due to insufficient passenger numbers.
  • How much luggage can I bring on tour?
    We ask that guests travelling on short break/extended tours bring small soft overnight bags and hand luggage only as we have limited storage onboard our vehicles. Large suitcases and oversized luggage can be left at your hotel whilst you are on tour.
  • Are National Park fees included in the tour cost?
    Autopia Tours includes Parks Australia fees within the tour price, this covers our guests for a 4-Day / 5-Day access to Kakadu National Parks. Park Passes are not available for purchase by guests not traveling onboard our tours.
  • What kind of vehicle do we travel in for this Kakadu Outback Adventure tour?
    We have a couple of all-terrain 4×4 range eco-tour bus, uniquely designed to handle the harshest of terrains and off-road tracks. The maximum number of passengers we carry on these tours is 15-21 people, with a minimum requirement of 8 people to guarantee the departure. Fleet specs: Isuzu N Series NPS300 Trucks (15, 17, 21-seater). In the unlikely event of a breakdown, alternative vehicles may be used.
  • Is it safe to travel in Australia’s outback? (Acceptance of Risk)
    Australia is home to many dangerous creatures, extreme weather conditions, and varied terrain. Experiencing these dangers while camping, hiking, or passing time outside may increase your personal risk. Safety is our number one priority, and our guides are highly trained to ensure passenger safety at all times. Get Lost Travel Pty Ltd cannot accept responsibility for any loss, injury, or accident caused by passengers onboard Autopia Tours. In the Top End, children must be at least 6 years old for day trips and 8 years old for overnight tours. Children under the age of 18 must always be accompanied by an adult, legal guardian, or caregiver. Despite all care being taken, the responsibility for children on tour lies entirely with their parents or caregivers. Passengers, including children, must wear shoes, sunscreen, and hats at all times.
  • Do I require travel insurance for the Top End?
    It is highly recommended that all passengers have personal travel insurance, given we’re exploring remote parts of the Northern Territory with limited access to health professionals in the event of sickness or injury.  Autopia Tours is not authorised to provide information on the type of plan or policy options available. This can be provided by an accredited local travel agent or from your preferred insurance company.
  • What is the temperature like in the Northern Territory?
    The weather in the Northern Territory can fluctuate and be extreme. It is not unheard of for temperatures to reach over 40+ degrees Celsius in the dry season and in the evening the temperature drops dramatically. Please ensure you have checked the average temperatures for the time of year you are traveling and have packed adequate clothing. In the event of rain or inclement weather, your experience will still go ahead, unless contacted by the provider.

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