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ITINERARY

3 Day Kakadu & Litchfield

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Itinerary

Introduction

Cascading tropical waterfalls welcome you in this Kakadu and Litchfield adventure. Cruise the croc-inhabited waters of the Mary River Wetlands, hike to Ubirr to see ancient Aboriginal rock art and marvel at the beautiful Maguk Waterfalls. A 4WD Safari through Kakadu is the perfect way to see the very best of this diverse and rich landscape.

Highlights

Aboriginal Culture, Aboriginal Rock Art, Mary River, Kakadu National Park, Maguk (Barramundi Gorge), Ubirr, Florence Falls, Buley Rockholes, Wangi Falls, Optional Scenic Flight over Twin & Jim Jim Falls (not included).

Day 1 Darwin to Mary River, via Litchfield National Park

Flush with waterfalls, swimming holes and some pretty gigantic termite mounds, Litchfield National Park encapsulates all that’s wonderful about the Top End. We’ll start off here checking out Florence Falls and the Buley Rockholes, then break for a picnic before travelling on to Wangi Falls for a final swim and leisurely stroll through monsoon forest. Leaving Litchfield, it’s on and into Mary River National Park. The species of saltwater crocodile found in Australia are the biggest in the world, and the Mary River wetlands are absolutely full of them. See how many you can spot on an afternoon river cruise. All tents are twin-share and come with a proper bed. (LD)

Day 2 Kakadu National Park: Ubirr & Barramundi Gorge

In giving Kakadu National Park World Heritage-listing, UNESCO described it as a ‘living cultural landscape with exceptional natural and cultural values’. Indigenous people have lived here for more than 50,000 years, to which the ancient rock paintings of Ubirr can attest. Your guide will explain the significance of these artworks during an interpretative cultural walk that finishes on a rocky escarpment overlooking the Nardab floodplain. In the afternoon we head to either Maguk (Barramundi Gorge) or Gunlom Falls (seasonal choice). Swimming spots don’t get a whole lot more inviting than either of these spectacular sites. (BLD)

Day 3 Kakadu to Darwin

Given that Kakadu covers approximately the same amount of land as Slovenia, the sky’s a pretty good place to see it all from. This morning you’ll have the option of taking a scenic flight over the billabongs, bushlands and floodplains that make up this ruggedly beautiful region. After a stop in at the Bowali visitors centre to learn more about the park before we break for lunch before starting our journey back to Darwin. (BL)

What to Bring

It is essential that you bring a torch, broad-brimmed hat with sun visor for all round sun protection, sunscreen, swimming costume and towel, good walking/trekking shoes and a personal 1.5L water bottle.

It is also recommended that you bring insect repellent, warm clothes for the evening (particularly if travelling in winter), personal toiletries and first aid, with any personal medication required.

Notes

Your tour vehicle may be branded as Adventure Tours Australia, Western Exposure or Wild Expeditions, but this tour is operated by Adventure Tours Australia.

Travel Insurance is compulsory for all travellers on all tours and details must be presented to tour guide before departure.

Itineraries may vary and/or attractions be substituted for any cause including seasonal conditions (including the opening and closing of Jim Jim Falls and other natural attractions), weather extremes, traditional owner and national park requirements. Please note that the opening dates of waterfalls and attractions vary each year and can change on a daily basis during the wet and shoulder seasons. For an up to date access report please contact our customer service team or visit kakaduroadreport.wordpress.com

It is your responsibility to advise Wild Expeditions if you have any special dietary requirements or medical conditions (including allergies) well ahead of departure.

During the shoulder seasons (Apr, May, Sep and Oct) it is likely that you will experience temperatures of over 35 degrees Celsius with high humidity. Be prepared to endure extra physical stress due to the heat at these times, especially while on walks. These extreme temperatures can also place stress on the air-conditioning units within our vehicles which can make travelling uncomfortable. Your tour guide will assist with regular breaks and information to assist keeping hydrated. Please come prepared for all extremes.

The default pick up point is where we will meet you for your tour, unless you or your travel agent requests an alternative location (contact our Reservations team for more information). It is your responsibility to contact us with your preferred pick up point well ahead of departure. We do not take responsibility for missed tours if we have not been advised of an alternative in advance and you are not at the default location on time.

Due to vehicle weight restrictions, a strict luggage limit of 10kg applies for all tours in Kakadu National Park. Please arrange storage of excess luggage at your Darwin accommodation.

Are you over 70 years old? Due to the remote location and challenging nature of our extended camping tours it is essential for older travellers to review and sign our Medical Form to ensure you can participate fully in the itinerary.

Safari Tent

Nights 1 & 2 we stay overnight in Safari Tents at our conveniently located private wilderness camps. The Safari Tents are comfortable permanent twin share tents with proper beds (spring mattresses!); pillows, linen and a towel are provided. The tents are fitted with lighting, fans and power points. Shared ablution facilities are nearby.