OVERVIEW

Solos Only

As far as World Heritage areas go, Kakadu National Park is somewhat special in that it qualifies for World Heritage listing on the basis of both natural and cultural values. The park covers some 20,000 square kilometre. Waterfalls tumble from the red cliffs off the Arnhem Land escarpment into shady pools; tranquil wetlands teem with animal and bird life, while 40,000 years of Aboriginal cultural heritage is on display in the numerous hidden rock art galleries.

Get away from the crowds on this active, walking based itinerary, which includes a cruise on the Yellow Waters; a favourite haunt of saltwater crocodiles. It’s when you go for a walk beyond the main tourist sites that Kakadu reveals its true magic.

The adventure is a collection of full‑day bushwalks, venturing in to remote gorges and sparkling waterfalls, as well as visiting ancient rock‑art seen by very few visitors. The upgraded semi‑permanent campsites offer adventures the opportunity to relax in idyllic tropical surrounds.

Setting out and returning from Darwin you will have enjoyed an adventure across the full range of tropical wilderness of Australia’s Top End.   Join a classic walking exploration of Kakadu National Park’s best secret spots staying at exclusive comfortable campsites, and just for solo travellers.

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PACKAGE DETAILS
  • Ages:
    40 - 65
  • Duration:
    8 Days
  • Status:
    Early bird offer
  • Region:
    Oceania
  • Destinations:
    Australia
  • Travel Style:
    Get Going
  • Accommodation:
    Permanent tented camp sites,Hotel
  • Prices from:
    AUD $3395 @ early bird, with your own room
  • Transport:
    4WD vehicle
  • Pace:
    4
  • Max Group Size:
    14 travellers
REVIEWS

'I rate this as one of the best holidays i have ever done, it ticked all my boxes and much more, i was educated also.'

Cheryl, 55 years, NSW

'My whole Kakadu experience was out of this world. It was a wonderful combination of adventure, Aboriginal culture and history. Steve, Genda and Rhys, our guides, did.'

Gabriella, 53 years, NSW
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Explore Kakadu's National Park – get an insight into this exceptional walking adventure over 6 days. Using semi-permanent campsites as your base camp, embark on a series of day walks to Kakadu's highlights, including Gunlom Falls, ancient rock art sites, a Yellow Waters River Cruise and bush walks into some of the trails that few tourists visits. With opportunities for daily swims, bird watching and wildflowers, this supported walking adventure is an all-encompassing way to experience the best of what Kakadu has to offer.

INCLUSIONS

ACCOMMODATION & MEALS

  • 2 nights hotel stay, Darwin (4 star)
  • 5 nights camping
  • 7 breakfasts
  • 6 lunches
  • 6 dinners, including 1 Darwin restaurant dinner
  • All dining and catering equipment
  • Safari camps including tents, stretcher beds and swags for sleeping 

SIGHTSEEING & GUIDES

  • Professional wilderness guides
  • National Park and camping fees
  • Yellow Water wildlife cruise 

TRAVEL

  • 4WD transport from Darwin

ADDITIONAL SERVICES

  • Emergency communications and group first aid kit
  • Small group, not more than 14 travellers

    Travel insurance is a mandatory requirement for joining this tour and is in addition to the package price.

Not included: 

  • Airfares if booking a tour only package
  • Airport transfers
  • Travel insurance
  • Excess baggage
  • Visa fees
  • Any tips or porterage at airports, hotels, drivers & local staff
  • Meals and beverages not specified on itinerary
  • Items of a personal nature such as laundry & medical expenses
  • Incidental expenses such as taxi fares, telecommunications

Departure Dates for this tour

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15-22 AUG 2020
Early bird offer
AUD $3395 @ early bird, with your own room
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Book & pay the tour deposit by 17 December 2019 & SAVE $100 for the tour package with your own room/tent
Note: early bird option does not apply to bookings with twin share room/tent. 

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OWN ROOM

STANDARD Package 

$3495

Pre-Night (14 AUG20) @ Darwin Central Hotel inc. breakfast

$230

Post-Night (22 AUG20) @ Darwin Central Hotel inc. breakfast

$230

Sleeping bag hire
must request & pay at least 21 days prior to departure – required to have your own sleeping sheet.

$20

 AIRFARES ADDITIONAL

SHARE & SAVE
If you are happy to share with a roommate of the same sex, save $350 on package prices above that include your own room (not sharing).


Trip Code: kakadu20-8

TERMS & CONDITIONS

Itinerary

HIGHLIGHTS
  • A Yellow Water Billabong wildlife cruise, home to a variety of wildlife
  • Trek the diverse habitat of the escarpment, from cool Monsoon Vine Forest to the rugged stone country on top
  • Stay in exclusive semi‑permanent campsites away from the crowds
  • View some of the most beautiful indigenous rock art galleries
  • Learn about the area with your expert guides
  • Experience the iconic Twin and Jim Jim falls
  • Swimming time in natural waterholes and gorges
  • Visit Litchfield National Park
  • Small group 4WD adventure

Pre Tour Stay
You may like to consider arriving a day before the tour starting date. The cost of the additional night/s of stay applies. Ask our travel team about this option, and the additional costs and subject to hotel availability. 

DAY 1
Darwin 

Welcome to Darwin! Arrive at the airport in Darwin and make your own way to the hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure. There will be a pre trip briefing at 6pm at the hotel, followed by a group welcome dinner at a local restaurant. 

SNAPSHOT – WHAT’S INCLUDED:

  • Tour briefing
  • Group welcome dinner

Meals: Dinner 

DAY 2
To Kakadu National Park via Wulna Country

Our journey begins with a pick‑up from the hotel by 7:30am. We head off south‑east to Kakadu National Park. On the way we meet with Wulna Aboriginal elders for a traditional welcome to country, followed by morning tea, damper and a chance to discuss culture, or take a walk by the billabong. We then get off the sealed roads and transfer by 4WD along the old Jim Jim Road, passing some of the area’s great wetlands such as Red Lily Billabong. 

In the late afternoon we take a cruise on the Yellow Water Billabong, home to an astounding variety of wildlife. We may encounter Brumbies, wallabies and goannas drinking from the waterside, salt‑water crocodile and thousands of birds including Magpie Geese, Brolga, Cormorants, Pelicans and one of Australia’s largest flying birds – the Black‑necked stork (Jabiru). The flat‑bottomed boat is guided by an expert wildlife guide.

We spend the evening at our comfortable semi‑permanent camp, located at Djarradjin Billabong, in the heart of Kakadu National Park. 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

SNAPSHOT – WHAT’S INCLUDED:

  • Traditional welcome by Aboriginal elders
  • Morning tea
  • 4WD along old Jim Jim Road
  • Yellow Water Billabong cruise
  • Overnight semi-permanent campsite, Dajarradjin Billabong Camp 

DAY 3
Jim Jim and Twin Falls

Wake up to the dawn chorus of the multitude of birds of the Savannah and wetlands. We drive to Jim Jim and Twin Falls along a bumpy old track, to Kakadu’s most famous waterfalls. Our day is focussed on stunning walks within the World Heritage listed National Park. Our visits to Jim Jim and Twin falls aim for an active experience, walking beyond the reach regular tourist groups.

NB: Jim Jim and Twin Falls usually available after mid‑July. Prior to this we may visit alternative waterfalls such as Gubara. Keep in mind the thundering torrent usually depicted in the postcards is a phenomenon that only occurs during the wet season and this flow declines gradually through the dry season until it is a gentle, but still magnificent, trickle! We return to our semi‑permanent camp near Djarradjin Billabong.

Walking distance: 7km
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 

SNAPSHOT – WHAT’S INCLUDED:

  • Drive to Jim Jim and Twin Falls
  • Stunning bushwalks
  • Overnight semi-permanent campsite, Dajarradjin Billabong Camp  

DAY 4
Nourlangie Massif and the Barrk Walk 

An early start this morning in order to take in all the highlights of this adventurous walking day. After a scrumptious, nourishing breakfast we drive a short distance to Nourlangie massif and begin our stunning walk – the Barrk and Nourlangie circuit – traversing the crest of this quartzite plateau. Barrk is the indigenous name for the male black wallaroo, a member of the kangaroo family which lives in this area. The walk reveals the extraordinary diversity of habitats of the escarpment, from cool Monsoon Vine Forest to the rugged stone country on top.

We have the opportunity to visit the Warradjin information centre – a place full of fascinating traditional owner information and stories. In the late afternoon we return to Dajarradjin Billabong camp to relax around the campfire and enjoy another delicious evening meal. 

Walking distance: 8‑12km 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 

SNAPSHOT – WHAT’S INCLUDED:

  • Drive to Nourlangie massif
  • Walk the Barrk and Nourlangie circuit
  • Visit the Warradjin information centre
  • Overnight semi-permanent campsite, Dajarradjin Billabong Camp

DAY 5
Barramundi (Maguk) Falls and Gunlom Plunge Pool 

Heading south we will explore some of the other stunning waterfalls and gorges of Kakadu. Maguk (Barramundi) Falls is reached via a stunning walk through the monsoon forest, opening out to a deep plunge pool lined with blonde quartzite cliffs. Keep your eye out for birds such as Rainbow pitas, Emerald doves and Spangled drongos as well as the endemic Anbinik tree – the biggest trees in Stone Country. 

In the far south of the National Park we arrive at our semi‑permanent camp near Gunlom. Gunlom is a magnificent waterfall and plunge pool ringed by sandy beaches and pandanus palms, the perfect spot to relax. The sunset views from the swimming pool on top of the Gunlom Waterfall are some of the most iconic images of the Northern Territory – and it’s all just a short stroll from our comfortable camp! 

Walking distance: 4km 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 

SNAPSHOT – WHAT’S INCLUDED:

  • Travel south
  • Explore stunning waterfalls and gorges of Kakadu
  • Stunning walk though monsoon forest
  • Gunlom waterfall and plunge pool
  • Overnight semi-permanent campsite, near Gunlom 

DAY 6
Southern Kakadu Wilderness Walk 

Over the day we will undertake our expedition by foot, deep into Southern Kakadu Buladjang Country. We aim to visit Motor Car Creek Falls areas and undertake a decent walk (up to 11 km), taking most of the day. The highlight is arriving at an unspoilt, stunning crystal clear waterhole and some outstanding views of the surrounding hills and woodland. We have the freedom to set the pace of the walk depending on the group and weather of the day.

Our walk takes us through open woodland past some remarkable Salmon Gums, glowing pink in the morning sun, before entering an area of pristine monsoon rainforest. Tonight, we can take in our last Kakadu sunset while enjoying pre‑dinner nibbles from the top of Gunlom Falls. 

Walking distance: up to 11km 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 

SNAPSHOT – WHAT’S INCLUDED:

  • On foot, deep into Southern Kakadu Buladjang Country
  • Overnight semi-permanent campsite, near Gunlom 

DAY 7
Litchfield National Park, return to Darwin

After our final night in the semi‑permanent camp at Gunlom, we pack up and make our way to Litchfield National Park. This smaller National Park is home to iconic magnetic termite mounds and mysterious clusters of weathered sandstone pillars known as The Lost City.

On our way we may enjoy a relaxing swim and our last scrumptious picnic lunch at one of the many waterfalls and gorges, before continuing north to Darwin. We expect to arrive back into Darwin and drop you at our group hotel around 5pm.  Guiding services come to an end.  Enjoy your last night out in Darwin.

Walking distance: 1km 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch 

SNAPSHOT – WHAT’S INCLUDED:

  • Litchfield National Park
  • Overnight Darwin 

DAY 8
Darwin. End. 

After breakfast, hotel check out.  Make your own arrangements for your homeward journey or onward travel.  We hope you’ve enjoyed your journey into the unique and unforgettable country of the Top End! 

Itineraries may be subject to change, due to circumstances outside of our control. If there is any itinerary change prior to departure of significance, we aim to inform you prior to travel.  Itinerary changes while on tour will be informed by your tour leader/guide while on tour.

 

This itinerary is subject to change with any change in community regulations as well as governmental changes and natural circumstances beyond our control. If there is any itinerary change prior to departure of significance we aim to inform you prior to travel.  Itinerary changes while on tour will be informed by your tour leader/guide while on tour.

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ACCOMMODATION

HOTELS

Destination

Hotel Name

Nights of Stay

Darwin

Darwin Central Hotel

1

Kakadu

Semi permanent campsite

5

Darwin

Darwin Central Hotel

1


Hotels may be subject to change, due to circumstances outside of our control. Should this occur, a hotel of a similar standard will be provided.

Darwin Central Hotel, Outside view

Darwin Central Hotel, Queen Bed Room

HOTEL DESCRIPTIONS

DARWIN CENTRAL HOTEL, DARWIN

For the first and final night of the itinerary. 

The hotel is a 3-minute walk from the shops and restaurants on Smith Street, 2.4 km from Skycity Darwin casino and 2.6 km from Mindil Beach, home of the seasonal Mindil Beach Sunset Markets.  The unfussy, streamlined rooms feature high-speed Internet (paid), flat-screens and tea and coffee-making facilities, as well as minibars and 24-hour room service. Amenities include a cafe, a restaurant serving a breakfast buffet (fee) and an outdoor pool, plus paid parking.

PRIVATE ECO CAMPSITES

The trip is based around two semi‑permanent safari camps providing simple, comfortable camping accommodations in convenient locations. One camp is near Miurella Park in the Jim Jim district of the Central North of Kakadu. This allows easy access to Cooinda, Yellow Waters, Nourlangie, Jim Jim and Twin Falls. In the south, the group stays at a safari camp at Gunlom, Kakadu’s most iconic plunge pool and waterfall.

Each camp is adjacent to a National Park campground and have excellent solar hot showers and the flushing toilet facilities provided. The advantage of a semi‑permanent safari camp is that everything is set up;  there is no time and effort wasted with setting‑up or packing‑down camp, allowing more time for walking, exploring or just relaxing.

The tents are a custom built safari tent, each 2.4m x 2.4m x 2.1m, offering plenty of room for up to two people, swags and gear. The inner tent has mesh walls so it is easy to remove the fly sleep under the stars.

These campsites would not be possible without a strong partnership with Aboriginal Traditional Owners and the Kakadu National Park who jointly manage the land.

Your guides will prepare all the meals and run the camp, however you will be asked to contribute by taking care of your own swag and tent. Participation around the camp will make for a more enjoyable experience for everybody.

Safari‑style tents, swags and stretcher beds to sleep on are included. A swag is comprised of a three‑inch (5 cm) thick foam mattress with a canvas cover to keep it clean – they are very comfortable! 

  • Your swag contains a pillow with pillow cover and one sheet.
  • Swags are rolled out on top of a stretcher bed, this means you sleep up off the ground with a flat comfortable base to sleep on. There is room under the stretcher to store your bags.
  • Sleeping bags are essential for warmth. You can bring your own or hire from us for $20 – please contact our staff if you require one. We ask that you provide an inner‑sheet if you hire a sleeping bag. 

Hotel descriptions are taken from the hotel website and edited to suit our page.


More About Accommodation

GETTING THERE

Arrive to: Darwin, Australia
Depart from: Darwin, Australia 

If visiting Australia, you must hold a valid passport with a minimum of six 6 months validity from your return date to your home country. Ensure you have at least two blank pages in your passport. See 'VISA' information in our MORE INFORMATION section below.

HOTEL CHECK IN /CHECK OUT TIMES
Consider the hotel check in time on arrival and the hotel check out time on departure.
Late check out can be requested but without payment cannot be guaranteed.

FLIGHT ITINERARY
On request, a flight itinerary is provided with your quote.

If joining the tour from outside Australia, once you have secured your place on the tour please talk to our travel team about making your own flight arrangements.

AIRPORT TRANSFERS
Transfers to/from the starting point are by your own arrangement.

DETAILS

Read on for other key trip information that you should know before you decide on joining the group.

TRIP AVAILABILITY
If this trip seems right for you then we encourage you to book early and secure your place with a deposit.  Tour space is limited. Also, many services on this tour must be booked well in advance. To ensure your place, please check trip availability at your earliest convenience.

FELLOW TRAVELLERS 
You will enjoy this small group experience with a maximum group size of 14 travellers. As a guide this trip usually departs with 8 to 14 people.

THE PACE  [4 out of 5]
This trip is for almost anyone with a good level of fitness and competent swimming ability. It is an adventure designed for the enthusiastic and adventurous travellers in search of something different.  This trip has been graded at an introductory to moderate level for an adventure trip. Some days will be very active. You should be accustomed to bushwalking.

These adventures are best prepared for with some regular moderate exercise. As always with adventure travel, you should enjoy a healthy lifestyle before undertaking this trip. Please bear in mind that because you will be traveling into a remote wilderness, creature comforts are limited. Your level of fitness can also help you acclimatise to the warm temperatures and humidity, so we suggest a bit of swimming, walking, jogging or cycling to trim yourself up ready for the Territory.

Fit to Travel Holiday Requirements
Travellers of 65 years or over will be required to return a Fit to Travel form that is completed by their doctor. Travellers with a pre-existing medical condition will be required to return a medical form that is completed by their doctor. 

For more general information visit the Travel Fitness page for more details on our website.

ABOUT THE MEALS 

This trips aims to provide high quality, interesting and nutritional meals for all our guests. Wherever possible fresh produce is sourced from local providores and carefully selected, stored and transported so as to maintain freshness and quality. There is often plenty of fresh fish, meat or other protein based main dishes and fresh salads. On most trips we re‑supply with fresh food every few days however on some more remote trips we may go longer before we can stock up on fresh food.

Our guides have remarkable wilderness culinary skills and pride themselves on the variety and standard of their meals, and ability to cater to a wide range of dietary requirements. The following is a general guide:
Breakfasts: Ranges from cooked eggs on toast, to continental (fruit, cereal, yoghurt). Always accompanied by fresh coffee and hot drinks.

Lunches: Depending on the trip, you may prepare your lunch such as wraps or sandwiches in camp before the day’s trek. Most often we have a picnic style lunch on the track with a wide selection of bread rolls, wraps, deli‑meats, salads and spreads to prepare a tasty lunch how you like it.

Dinners: 2‑3 courses. The main meal is usually a classic outback style meal such as grilled barramundi, camp‑oven roast, or perhaps a tasty stir fry or pasta dish.

Snacks: Your guides will always have plenty of trail snacks available such as muesli bars and fruit. In the evenings we often serve hors d’oeuvres around the campfire while dinner is being prepared.

GROUP WILDERNESS GUIDES
This is a private group tour exclusively for solo travellers. We contract World Expeditions to operator this tour for us. Since 1984 they have operated the most complete, active tours in Kakadu. Their guide team are some of the most experienced in the Top End and this is the basis for an itinerary that always makes the most of the opportunities. Whether long walks to rarely visited waterfalls and gorges, or short walks to little‑known rock art sites, the guides will share a complete experience of Kakadu seen by very few others.

The guides are very experienced outdoor leaders, so if you have not been camping before they will assist to make you feel comfortable.  A guide also drives the vehicle, and is responsible for ensuring the safety of the group as a whole as well as the safety of individuals. 

Your guide will also be doing everything possible to ensure that you get the most out of your trip. Feel comfortable about approaching your guide there is anything concerning you. World Expeditions guides are selected for their excellent local knowledge and outdoor skills.

TRANSPORT
The vehicles we use on our Kakadu trips are 4WD Toyota Coaster Buses. We take a maximum of sixteen passengers plus a driver and guide. The forward‑facing seating arrangement offers comfortable full sized seats and plenty of room to move. All our vehicles are registered as commercial tourist (passenger carrying) vehicles.

LUGGAGE INFORMATION AND RESTRICTIONS
Duffle bag or soft bag to put all your clothing/gear in – 700mm x 400mm x 400mmm (Please stick to these size dimensions and no hard suitcases!)

TRAVELLER REVIEWS

'I rate this as one of the best holidays i have ever done, it ticked all my boxes and much more, i was educated also.'

Cheryl, 55 years, NSW

'My whole Kakadu experience was out of this world. It was a wonderful combination of adventure, Aboriginal culture and history. Steve, Genda and Rhys, our guides, did.'

Gabriella, 53 years, NSW

'Hi my name is Suz and am 50 years old from NSW Coffs Harbour and have just come back from a tour to Kakadu and Beyond. Not being an avid camper I was unsure how it would go.  No worries, the tour guides on the first day blew away all my worries and from then on I just loved each day waking early to hear birds, and finishing each day putting my tent up and sleeping fitfully in a sleeping bag! Cannot give enough praise to the Tour Guides who treated us as an individuals, joined in with us for meals, drinks no request was to much. Made some friends along the way. A very well planned tour on all levels.  Loved It!!!'

Suz, 50 years, Coffs Harbour, NSW
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