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Australia Wildlife Tour in Kakadu National Park - Outback Retreat (Wet Season)

Do summer differently and join Autopia Tours on an exclusive tour of a lifetime showcasing the best highlights of the Top End’s during the famous green season. Kakadu offers the opportunity to 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 you cruise the ancient wetlands by boat, and be immersed in the stories and culture of the traditional owners. You’ll be exploring some truly spectacular countryside, amongst pockets of rainforest packed with endemic species of flora and fauna.

Key information

  • Group tour
  • Children policy: Children from the age of 8 years are allowed to participate under the supervision of a parent or guardian.
  • English-speaking guide
  • All park fees are included


  • Visit the World Heritage-listed Kakadu National Park
  • Explore Kakadu Aboriginal Cultural Centres
  • Be guided through Aboriginal rock art sites Burrungkuy (Nourlangie) or Ubirr
  • Experience the best of Kakadu’s wildlife on the famous Yellow Water Cruise
  • With passionate and experienced guides, you can enjoy expert commentary along the way
  • 1-night stay in the heart of Kakadu in Australia’s bushland

Skill level

  • Intermediate


2 activity days
Group size: 10-23 participants
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This fully accommodated tour has you relaxing indoors in comfort each evening after enjoyable days of culture and unmatched vistas. Kakadu’s famous Cooinda Lodge offers luxury in the midst of the Australian bush with air-conditioned retreat tents offering shared bathroom facilities, or you may wish to include a TV and some other creature comforts including an ensuite by staying in a lodge room.

Children must be accompanied by an adult or legal guardian. All room types have air-conditioning including the tent. Glamping tents are for couples with shared bathroom facilities. Lodge rooms have private ensuites included.


Day 1: Darwin to Kakadu National Park

Start your leisurely journey departing from Darwin and heading out the 300 km to the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Kakadu National Park. Australian summer is lush and tropical, so you’ll stop at a few places along the way to take in some of the amazing scenery on offer including Fogg Dam Conservation Reserve where you can see a huge array of bird and wildlife species endemic to Australia’s Top End.

Passing through the Wetlands Region, you’ll of course ensure we have a photo at the welcome sign to Kakadu National Park - an unmissable opportunity.

The remainder of the morning will see you wind your way through Kakadu to the north of the park, spending some time in the township of Jabiru. Enjoy a picnic lunch here and browse the art (and great coffee) that Marruwuddi Gallery has on offer, before heading south to the hub of Cooinda where you will check in to the accommodation and have a leisurely relax.

This evening’s sunset will take place on board Kakadu’s famous two-hour Yellow Water Cruise. This cruise is an absolute must-do for every visitor to the region, with the wet summer season’s rainfall resulting in the billabong stretching much further than it does during the dry winter season. Wildlife abounds and the sky will put on a show as you watch the last of the sun fall beyond the horizon.

Your evening will be spent enjoying an amazing three-course hospitality offering exclusively put together for you by Cooinda’s chef and team to highlight the tastes of the Territory.

  • Meals: Lunch, dinner (beverages at own expense)
  • Accom: Cooinda Outback Retreat Glamping (shared bathroom) or Lodge Room (private ensuite)
  • Driving distance: 315 km
  • Hike distance and grading: 1 km loop Grade 1, flat pathways and/or boardwalks.

Day 2: Kakadu National Park to Darwin

You have the potential to rise and shine early on day two and make your way to view the magic of sunrise at Burrungkuy’s Nawurlandja lookout. After admiring the ever-changing colors of this majestic area at this time of day, you will enjoy breakfast close by and then head into Burrungkuy’s main rock art viewing galleries to enjoy some of the best and most notable rock art in Australia.

Around mid-morning, you will return to check out of the accommodation in Cooinda and enjoy a cultural art experience in the grounds of Warradjan Cultural Centre which focuses on the central and southern regions of the park. This hands-on art experience will be delivered by local community members including traditional owners.

Have the opportunity to explore the cultural center which also showcases a large gallery and gift shop, and feed your taste buds as you enjoy a picnic lunch in tropical surroundings.

After lunch, it’s now time to begin the journey back to Darwin. Winding your way back through around 300 km of lush Australian bush, allow Kakadu to farewell you as you pass through its amazing biodiverse environment, a notable reason that this wonderful region is UNESCO World Heritage Listed for both natural and cultural values. Returning to Darwin by 6 p.m., enjoy the remainder of your evening reflecting on the time you’ve spent exploring and the new friends you’ve gained.

If hiking, waterfalls, and pristine rock pools are next on your list, Autopia Tours looks forward to welcoming you back next time during the region’s dry season for further exploration!

  • Meals: Breakfast, lunch
  • Driving distance: 315 km
  • Hike distance and grading: 1 km Grade 3 with steep areas. Good general agility and sturdy footwork are required.

Note: This itinerary is subject to change due to seasonal access permitting you to enter certain areas throughout the tropical summer season. 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!

What is a suitable age for this tour?

The child policy for this tour is 8 years old and over, due to the nature of this tour, it’s not suitable for infants or children 7 years and under. Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

How fit do I need to be for this tour?

A minimum level of fitness is required to complete the walks. The length of walks will be between 1 km to 2 km each day, often over steep rocky sections and in direct sunlight and high humidity. Embarking on walks will be at the guide’s discretion to ensure the safety of guests.

Are National Park fees included in the tour cost?

Autopia Tours includes Parks Australia fees within the tour price, this covers guests for a 2-day access to Kakadu National Parks. Park Passes are not available for purchase by guests not traveling onboard the tours.


This tour heads into Kakadu National Park covering highlights such as Fogg Dam Conservation Reserve, the Yellow Water Cruise, Warradjan Cultural Centre and art sites Burrungkuy (Nourlangie) or Ubirr (conditions/seasonality permitting).


While Autopia Tours endeavors 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.

Most of the meals are prepared by the tour guides with basic camping-style food options and on occasions, they will be provided by the 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 travelers.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

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

  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan
  • Gluten Free
  • 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

What's included

  • 1-night accommodation
  • 1 breakfast, 2 lunches, 1 dinner
  • Aboriginal cultural experience
  • 2 hour Yellow Water Cruise entry
  • Guided rock art viewing
  • Kakadu Park pass entry fees
  • Guided bush walks (up to 1km, grade 3)
  • Hosted by an accredited outback driver-guide
  • Air-conditioned mini coach travel
  • Comprehensive local tour commentary
  • Selected Darwin pick-up/drop-off points

What's not included

  • Any meals not indicated within the itinerary. For those with special dietary requirements, Autopia Tours recommends that you bring snacks as options can be very limited in the areas you visit
  • Hotel transfers pre/post tour itinerary to a location other than listed on our pickup/dropoff locations
  • Personal travel insurance is highly recommended
  • Personal expenses
  • Airfare

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Darwin International Airport (DRW). Airport transfer is not provided.

Where to meet:

The central meeting point for this tour will be Travelodge Resort Darwin – 64 Cavenagh St, Darwin City at 8:10 a.m. Guests are to be waiting outside the main gates on Cavenagh Street for collection.

  • 7:45 - Darwin Resort - 378 Stuart Hwy Winnellie NT
  • 7:55 - Mercure Darwin Airport - 1 Sir Norman Brearly Drive Darwin City
  • 8:05 - Frontier Hotel Darwin - 3 Buffalo Ct Darwin City
  • 8:10 - Travelodge Resort Darwin - 64 Cavenagh St Darwin City
  • 8:12 - H on Smith Hotel - 81 Smith St Darwin City
  • 8:14 - The Cavenagh Hotel - 12 Cavenagh St Darwin City
  • 8:16 - Tourist Precinct Mini Bus Zone - 69 Mitchell St Darwin City
  • 8:20 - H on Mitchell Hotel Apartment - 105 Mitchell St Darwin City
  • 8:23 - DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Esplanade - 116 Esplanade Darwin City
  • 8:25 - Mantra on the Esplanade Darwin - 88 Esplanade Darwin City
  • 8:30 - Vibe Hotel Darwin Waterfront - 7 Kitchener Dr Darwin City
  • 8:50 - 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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