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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. Exploring this part of Australia on foot, in small groups with an expert guide ensures a unique experience of the Top End.

Designed for active travellers, this exclusive itinerary treks beyond the regular tourist sites, deep in to the stunning World Heritage wilderness area. Each walk offers a new insight of the country and culture. With lots of spring fed, crystal clear waterfalls and gorges, there are many opportunities to swim in the crocodile free waterholes above the escarpment.

This is a small group experience, exclusively for solo travellers.

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PACKAGE DETAILS
  • Ages:
    40 - 65
  • Duration:
    8 Days
  • Status:
    Bookings open
  • Region:
    Oceania
  • Destinations:
    Australia
  • Travel Style:
    Tour,Walking
  • Accommodation:
    Permanent tented camp sites,Hotel
  • Prices:
    due out end January 2019
  • Transport:
    4WD vehicle
  • Pace:
    3
  • Max Group Size:
    Maximum of 12 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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INCLUSIONS

  • 2 nights hotel, Darwin (4 star)
  • 5 nights camping
  • 7 breakfasts
  • 6 lunches
  • 6 dinners
  • A professional wilderness guide
  • A wildlife cruise
  • Safari camps including tents, stretcher beds and swags for sleeping
  • Dining and catering equipment
  • All National Park and camping fees
  • Emergency communications and group first aid kit
  • 4WD transport from Darwin

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Trip Code: kakadu19-8

Itinerary

HIGHLIGHTS
  • Spectacular wildlife cruise
  • Wilderness trekking
  • Nourlangie Massif and Barrk Walk
  • Barramundi Falls and Gunlom
  • Litchfield National Park
  • Semi permanent tents

DAY 1 
Arrive Darwin

Arrive at the Airport in Darwin and make your own way to the Darwin Central 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.

Meals: Dinner

DAY 2 
Kakadu National Park

We pick you up from your accommodation by 8am. 

We head out to meet with Wulna Aboriginal elders for a traditional welcome to country; followed by morning tea, damper and a chance to discuss culture, tradition or walk by the billabong. We then get off the sealed roads and travel east by 4WD along the old Jim Jim Road, passing some of the great wetlands such as Red Lily Billabong.  In the afternoon,  after setting up at our permanent camp at Djarradjin Billabong in the heart of Kakadu.

This evening we will experience a cruise on the nearby Yellow Water billabong, home to an astounding variety of wildlife. Here you may encounter brumbies, wallabies and goannas drinking from the waterside, salt water crocodile and thousands of birds including Magpie Geese, Brolgas, Cormorants, Pelicans and Jabiru, Australia’s largest flying bird. The flat-bottomed boat is guided by an expert wildlife guide.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 3 
Jim Jim and Twin Falls 

NB: Jim Jim and Twin Falls usually available after mid-July. We may visit alternative waterfalls such as Gubara.

Wake up to the dawn chorus of the multitude of birds of the Savannah and wetlands. After a leisurely breakfast, we drive to Jim Jim and Twin Falls, Kakadu’s most famous waterfalls. Our day is focused on the stunning walking, when possible we go exploring for rock art along the creek above Jim Jim Falls.

Our visits to Jim Jim and Twin falls aim for an active experience, walking beyond the reach regular tourist groups. 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 trickle. We return to our semi-permanent camp site near Djarradjin Billabong.

Our walking will be up to 8 km (5-6 hours) on rugged gorges and escarpment country

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY  4 
Nourlangie Massif and the Barrk Walk 

This morning we will experience the extraordinary sunrise over the wetlands with the option to join the famous Yellow water cruise or just relax around camp.

After another relaxed breakfast we drive to Nourlangie massif and begin our stunning walk traversing the crest of this quartzite plateau. The walk reveals the extraordinary diversity of habitats of the escarpment, from cool Monsoon Vine Forest to the rugged stone country on top. This is an active day so be prepared for walking and adventure. We return to our group camp-site at Dajarradjin Billabong.

Walking up to 14 km 5-6 hours
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 

DAY 5 
Barramundi Falls and Gunlom

Heading south we will explore some of the other stunning waterfalls and gorges of Kakadu.

Barramundi Falls is reached via stunning walk through the monsoon forest, opening out to deep plunge pool lined with blonde quartzite cliffs. In the far south of the park we reach our semi-permanent campsite near Gunlom. This iconic waterfall and plunge pool is 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 published images of the NT.

Our accommodation is another semi-permanent safari camp adjacent to the main campground. We are just a short stroll from the beach and plunge pool.

Walking up to 5km - 3 hours

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 6 
Southern Kakadu Wilderness Walk (up to 14km) 

Over the day we will undertake full-day expedition by 4WD and on foot, deep in to Southern Kakadu, Buladjang Country.

We aim to visit Koolpin Gorge or Motorcar Creek Falls areas and undertake a decent walk (up to 14 km), taking most of the day. The highlight is rock scrambling through spectacular gorges, your efforts are well rewarded by crystal clear, unspoilt rock pools of remarkable beauty and some outstanding views of the surrounding hills and woodland. The pace of the walk and the distance covered is up to the mood of the group on the day. On the way there are often limpid rock pools lined with ferns and Livistonia palms. Within the walls of the gorge birds and animals find water and shelter from the heat of the plains. It is a wonderful opportunity to explore this magical environment and, once again the day can be as strenuous as the group prefers. This is an area that only very few people are privileged to experience, and for many, this day is one of the highlights of the trip.

Return to our semi-permanent camp at Gunlom.

Walking up to 14 km 5-6 hours

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 7 
Litchfield National Park and Darwin

After our final night in the semi-permanent camp at Gunlom, we pack up and make our way north to Litchfield National Park. On our way we may enjoy a relaxing swim and lunch at one of the many waterfalls and gorges, before continuing our way north.

You can expect to arrive back into Darwin around 5:00pm. Once back in Darwin, we check into our group hotel. You farewell your group guides.  Tonight, enjoy the nightlife of Darwin along the main street. It’s easy to find a spot for dinner and some entertainment.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch 

DAY 8 
Darwin-Home

This is a departure day only and at your leisure.  Make your own arrangements for further travels or for your transfer to the airport.  You can book an airport shuttle to the airport. We recommend booking this the day prior to your departure or before you leave home.

Meals: Breakfast

 

This itinerary is subject to change with any change in Community regulations as well as Governmental changes and natural circumstances beyond our control.

Itineraries are 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.

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ACCOMMODATION

HOTELS

Destination

Hotel Name

Nights of Stay

Darwin

Darwin Central Hotel

2

Kakadu

Camping

5

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

HOTEL DESCRIPTIONS

DARWIN CENTRAL HOTEL, DARWIN

For the first and final night of the itinerary. 

This art-deco 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. Upgraded rooms and suites add kitchenettes and living areas, some with sofabeds.

Amenities include a cafe, a restaurant serving a breakfast buffet (fee) and an outdoor pool, plus paid parking.

KAKADU SEMI PERMANENT CAMPSITES

Since the 2015 season, the camping has been upgraded for the Kakadu program 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 we have set up a safari camp at Gunlom, Kakadu’s most iconic plunge pool and waterfall. Each camp is adjacent to a National Park campground and we use the excellent solar hot showers and the flushing toilet facilities provided. 

The advantage of a semi‑permanent safari camp is that everything is set up waiting for us. 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 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.

 

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


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GETTING THERE

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

GROUP HOTEL
Darwin Central Hotel
21 Knuckey Street, Darwin NT 0800

Tel: 08 8944 9000

Check in: from 2pm
Check out: by 10:30am

TRANSFERS
On arrival and departure to/from Darwin travel between the airport and the group hotel is by your own arrangement.

Shuttle Bus:
Shuttle bus transfers can be arranged for around $20 one way or $35 return through http://www.darwincityairportshuttleservice.com.au/

Taxi:
You can catch a taxi, taxi pricing is charged by meter, expect to pay around $25.00 to $30.00 for a trip between Darwin International Airport and the Darwin CBD district. A $3.00 exit toll payable by the passenger applies on exit from the ranking lane at the airport. 

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 16 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. This adventure is designed for the enthusiastic and adventurous in search of something different.

This trip has been graded at an introductory to moderate level. However, some days will be quite active involving steep walks for most of the day.

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 70 years or over will be required to return a Fit to Travel form that is completed by their doctor. 

Touring Physical Requirements
Touring is exciting and diverse and the best way to enjoy your travels is to be sure that you meet the minimum physical requirements required for touring.

In many destinations while touring could be walking on uneven surfaces such as cobble stoned streets, need to climb steep staircases, and/or walk up hills to reach attractions. Also, in some cities tourist transport has limited options for coach drop offs and pick ups and this may mean that travellers are required to walk some distance to reach attractions or hotels, even up to 15 minutes.

Some touring may not be suitable for travellers with mobility issues and/or low fitness levels.  If unsure about your suitability for the trip please contact us to seek further advice. 

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

ABOUT THE MEALS 
It’s regular that our trips include welcome dinners and farewell dinners for our groups. In addition, we include other group dining experiences to ensure that everyone can enjoy the benefit of travelling and dining as a group.  There’s nothing better than to share a meal with new friends and discuss the day’s adventures.

The aim is to provide high quality, interesting and nutritional meals for the group. 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 there will be 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.

The 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 and bacon 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 stirfry 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 GUIDE
Our guides are very experienced outdoor leaders, so if you have not been camping before they will assist to make you feel comfortable. On this trip there will be one guide only. He/She will be driving the vehicle at all times, 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 him/her if 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!)

ABOUT MOBILE PHONE USE / INTERNET 
Due to the remote location during the Kakadu tour, there will be no mobile phone reception and wifi connection. There maybe extremely limited availability at times depending on your service provider.

WhatsApp
If you don’t already use this service, we recommend downloading this application also. It’s a mobile phone App that offers fast, simple, secure messaging and calling for free (data charges may apply – ask your phone provider).

As a general indication, for many of our tours, our guides use WhatsApp to communicate with the group.

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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