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Wildlife Tour in Australia

Showcasing the best of the Top End, this tour will tick every box for the explorer and adventurer! Join Autopia Tours on an exclusive 4WD safari adventure of a lifetime showcasing the very best Kakadu National Park, Katherine Gorge, Nitmiluk, and Litchfield National Parks have to offer.

Key information

  • Minimum / maximum group size: 10 - 21
  • Starting point and ending point: Darwin
  • Languages spoken: English
  • Park fees included

Highlights

  • Visit the World Heritage-listed Kakadu National Park
  • Explore Kakadu Aboriginal Cultural Centres
  • Watch for crocs and barramundi at Cahills Crossing
  • Breathtaking Aboriginal rock art and sunset views at Ubirr Rock
  • 2-hour Katherine Gorge Cruise in Nitmiluk National Park
  • Uncover the wonder of Litchfield National Park’s roaring waterfalls and hidden water holes
  • Take a dip in the pools of Florence Falls, Buley Rockholes, or Wangi Falls
  • 4 nights accommodation

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5 activity days
Group size: 10-21 participants
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
06:15
Check-out Time:
18:30

This adventure tour will have you relaxing in comfort each evening after being on the move all day. Your private campsites are complete with a wonderfully equipped, enclosed camp kitchen, spacious safari tents or swags. After action-packed days of exploration, culture, and unmatched vistas you will love relaxing in a brilliant bushland setting under the stars, enjoying your comfortable twin permanent safari tent or your traditional swag experience (canvas-covered bedroll).

Program

Itinerary

Day 1: Darwin - Kakadu National Park

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

You journey on to Kakadu National Park where your 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 you take time to soak it in, before checking into your local accommodation.

After some relaxation, you journey northeast to Cahills Crossing on the border of Kakadu and Arnhem Land. You 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 you to climb up high for a sunset that will blow you away looking out over the Nadab Floodplain.

After a big day, you head back to your cozy private camp and prepare dinner together, enjoying an evening with your fellow travellers.

  • Meals: lunch, dinner
  • Camping: Private Jabiru Campsite - Permanent tents or bush swags (communal bathroom facilities)
  • Driving distance: 420 km
  • Hike distance and grading: 1 km loop - Grade 2-3

Day 2: Jim Jim Falls - Plunge Pools - Jabiru Return

You rise and shine early on day 2 and make your way south into Kakadu National Park. Today you’ll spend the day soaking up the spectacular natural beauty of the area, hiking through lush monsoon rainforests, and swimming in pristine plunge pools and waterfalls surrounded by steep escarpments and rocky cliffs.

You aim to visit one or more of the available waterfalls depending on the group's physical ability to complete the hike(s). This can include any of Motor Car Falls, Jim Jim Falls, Twin Falls, or Moline Rockhole. There are many factors affecting accessibility although your guide will ensure you get the best experience possible.

Time permitting, you stop at Warradjan Cultural Centre and gallery where you explore the stories of the artefacts that the traditional owners wish to share with visitors. Feel free to discuss the evolving social, cultural, and environmental changes to the area over time as you then make your way back to camp for a hearty dinner and a well-earned rest.

  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
  • Camping: Private Jabiru Campsite - Permanent tents or bush swags (communal bathroom facilities)
  • Driving distance: Minimum 150 km depending on waterfall access. Please note this includes a minimum of 40 km off road on each journey
  • Hike distance and grading: 1.5 km - 4 km and up to Grade 5/6

Day 3: Kakadu - Katherine

This morning you will discover Burrungkuy (Nourlangie) rock art, Kunwarddewardde Lookout, and have the potential to explore the 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 you as you 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 to high level of fitness and agility is required here with flat pathways combined with rocky crossings leading you to the plunge pool through the monsoon forest.

After your 2 km walk, swim and lunch, you head south through Kakadu National Park towards your private safari campsite in Katherine where you will be able to relax under the stars and enjoy the evening’s hospitality around the campfire.

  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
  • Camping: Private Katherine Campsite - Permanent tents or bush swags (communal bathroom facilities)
  • Driving distance: 420 km
  • Hike distance and grading: 1.5 km - Grade 3

Day 4: Katherine - Nitmiluk National Park

It’s an early start today to reach Nitmiluk National Park and board your 2-hour NitNit Katherine Gorge boat cruise - an absolute must-do in the Top End. This cruise guides you down the middle of 70 m sheer rock walls with wildlife hiding around every corner. An area rich in creation stories you will marvel at your surroundings and the relaxed atmosphere of the cruise.

If you are also interested in doing a scenic helicopter flight after the cruise there are a range of options available to take in the spectacular views of Nitmiluk and Katherine Gorge.

It’s now time to continue your journey, making your way to the beautiful Edith Falls for further relaxation in picture-perfect Top End surroundings with a picnic lunch, a huge plunge pool beneath a cascading waterfall, and a welcome chance to cool off!

After your day of culture, walks, and swims you head back to your private campsite for a stunning sunset and evening stargazing.

  • Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner
  • Camping: Private Katherine Campsite - Permanent tents or bush swags (communal bathroom facilities)
  • Options: Scenic helicopter flights
  • Driving distance: 470 km
  • Hike distance and grading: 2 km - Grade 2-4 depending on the walk embarked on. 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: Katherine - Litchfield - Darwin

Your adventure is not yet complete as you now head into Litchfield National Park on your way back to Darwin for the end of our fifth day. Leaving Katherine you travel north 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.​

View the monolithic Magnetic Termite Mounds and then have an opportunity to cool in 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 among the rocky escarpment.

Fully relaxed and rejuvenated after your fifth day of exploration and adventure, relax back in comfort as your guide delivers you back to Darwin for a well-earned rest.

  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch
  • Driving distance: 470 km
  • Walking distance: 1 km - 2 km

Included excursions

  • Visit the World Heritage-listed Kakadu National Park
  • Explore Kakadu Aboriginal Cultural Centres
  • Take a wildlife cruise on the Mary River Wetlands
  • Watch for crocs and barramundi at Cahills Crossing
  • Breathtaking Aboriginal rock art and sunset views at Ubirr Rock
  • Be guided through world-class Aboriginal rock art sites Burrungkuy (Nourlangie) and/or Ubirr Walk (conditions / seasonality permitting)
  • Adventure to Kakadu’s most impressive waterfalls and plunge pools (conditions / seasonality permitting)
  • Hike through Kakadu’s biodiverse environments including rocky river beds and monsoon forests
  • Enjoy rewarding swims in pristine plunge pools under cascading waterfalls
  • 2-hour Katherine Gorge Cruise in Nitmiluk National Park
  • Be impressed by century-old magnetic termite mounds
  • Uncover the wonder of Litchfield National Park’s roaring waterfalls and hidden waterholes
  • Take a dip in the pools of Florence Falls, Buley Rockholes, or Wangi Falls

Location

Join this fabulous extended tour of Heritage-listed Kakadu National Park and Litchfield National Park! Discover some of the oldest and best-preserved Aboriginal rock art in the world, keep a lookout for some of your prehistoric friends (crocodiles), and visit spectacular waterfalls to cool off in some of the most beautiful natural plunge pools imaginable. You’ll be exploring some truly spectacular countryside, among pockets of rainforest packed with endemic species of flora and fauna.

Food

While Autopia Tours endeavours to cater to most dietary needs, passengers must advise their booking agent at the time of booking. The tour operator must also be notified of any food allergies or known medical conditions at the time of booking.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Tea

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

  • Day 4 - Optional Katherine Gorge scenic helicopter flight - Book direct at the company website

What's included

  • 4 nights’ permanent safari style tented campsites (2 x Kakadu, 2 x Katherine)
  • 4 x breakfasts, 5 x lunches, 4 x dinners
  • Aboriginal culture and rock art viewing
  • Billabong Wetlands River Cruise
  • Kakadu Park passes entry fees
  • Guided bush walks (up to 3 km each day - Grade 2-6)
  • Hosted by an accredited outback driver-guide
  • Air-conditioned 4WD off-road bus travel
  • Comprehensive local tour commentary
  • Selected Darwin inner-city pick-up / drop-off points
  • Australian bush swag - canvas-covered bush bed roll (bush swag option)
  • Top and fitted sheets, mattress and pillow and case provided (safari tent option)

What's not included

  • Sleeping bags can be hired for 40 AUD. This includes cleaning costs. You are more than welcome to bring your own. Payment is made directly to the tour operator
  • Any meals not indicated on the itinerary. For those with special dietaries, they 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

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Pickup locations from Darwin:

  • 06:15 Darwin Resort - 378 Stuart Hwy Winnellie NT
  • 06:25 Frontier Hotel Darwin - 3 Buffalo Ct Darwin City
  • 06:30 Travelodge Resort Darwin - 64 Cavenagh St Darwin City
  • 06:35 H on Smith Hotel - 81 Smith St Darwin City
  • 06:40 The Cavenagh Hotel - 12 Cavenagh St Darwin City
  • 06:45 Tourist Precinct Mini Bus Zone - 69 Mitchell St Darwin City
  • 06:50 H on Mitchell Hotel Apartment - 105 Mitchell St Darwin City
  • 06:53 DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Esplanade - 116 Esplanade Darwin City
  • 06:55 Mantra on the Esplanade Darwin - 88 Esplanade Darwin City
  • 07:00 Vibe Hotel Darwin Waterfront - 7 Kitchener Dr Darwin City
  • 07:20 Darwin FreeSpirit Resort - 901 Stuart Hwy Deviney Rd Holtze

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 50% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.
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This trip requires a minimum of 10 participants

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