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Territory Expeditions

Five Day 4WD Kakadu and Koolpin Safari

Help code: 157D-2EAE

  • Guided small groups tour
  • Wildlife and crocodile cruise
  • Ikoymarrwa Rock Holes
  • Ancient Rock Art
  • Swim in idyllic Australian locations
  • Picturesque lookouts with photo opportunities
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Explore the famous Kakadu National Park on a 5-day 4WD adventure, departing 6:30am from your nominated accommodation in Darwin. During the tour you'll have the opportunity to learn the lay of the land thanks to your experienced guide, who will be taking you to each major attraction throughout the region.

With small groups of up to 9 people, this tour offers an intimate look into the rugged wilderness present throughout the Top End, including a variety of wildlife, from various wallabies and birds to the ever-popular Saltwater Crocodile, as well as the incredible landscapes and tropical rainforests that make Kakadu such a magical destination.

The tour operates from June - September and includes hotel transfers, camping equipment (both tents and swags), wildlife cruises, and three delicious meals per day (Breakfast not included on day one & dinner not included on day five).

Day one includes being picked up from your nominated accommodation early in the morning to begin the journey to Kakadu, following Jim Jim Road and stopping off at White Lily Billabong for morning tea along the way. You'll also be visiting Gunlom Falls, a popular waterfall that features refreshing pools to take a delightful swim, before setting up camp away from the crowds.

Day two will be spent exploring Jarrangbarnmi (Kooplin Gorge), where you'll learn about the strong ancestral history of the land, including some of the incredible Dreamtime stories that have been told for centuries. Kooplin Gorge also includes a popular walking track that features a genuine touch of wilderness and will require a medium level of fitness to reach the lookout, where you will be able to enjoy views of the spectacular rock pools, waterfalls and rugged landscapes. Once the day has come to an end you will return to camp at Gunlom Falls for a campfire dinner.

Day three begins with a drive to Maguk (Barramundi Gorge) to spend an entire day hiking, exploring and swimming in some of the regions more remote locations, away from any crowds. Another 4WD adventure will transport you to your next destination, with a short walk through paperbark and monsoon forest to a small waterfall accompanied by a refreshing plunge pool where you will enjoy a picnic lunch. Continue north to Jim Jim Falls, before finishing up for the day at the exclusive safari camp at Garnamarr.

Day four will see you back in the 4WD headed to the beautiful Twin Falls, where you will walk to the top of the falls for a swim in crystal clear pools away from the crowds. The middle of the day will be spent exploring Jim Jim Falls, before setting up for camp at Mardugal (with showers and toilets available) with a Great Aussie BBQ that includes Crocodile, Buffalo and Kangaroo tasting plates.

Day Five includes a trip to Nourlangie Rock, an ancient aboriginal occupational and art site, before visiting Gunwharedewharde lookout for exceptional views of the region, including one of Australia's last true wilderness destinations, Arnhemland. On your way back to Darwin you will call in to the Mamakala wetlands to meet some of the various bird species, before finishing up with a wildlife cruise on the spectacular Corroborree Billabong. The tour arrives back in Darwin at approximately 5.30pm.

For daily itinerary information and tips on what to bring, read below.

Note

Please note: This tour operates from June to September

Inclusions

  • Explore the top end of Australia by 4WD on a 5 day adventure of Kakadu and Koolpin, explore the best of the Kakadu National Park
  • Visit all the main attractions
  • Small group adventure tour
  • Hotels transfers
  • Camping in tents and swags
  • Camping fees and equipment
  • Wildlife and crocodile cruise
  • Travel by 4WD vehicle
  • Knowledgeable guide
  • All meals as indicated below

Highlights

  • Your guide will have excellent knowledge of the area and of the Aboriginal history specialising in Kakadu, Arnhemland and Litchfield. These areas are both environmentally and culturally sensitive and are restricted to special access permit holders only, of which is included in this tour package

Day One: Darwin & Kakadu

  • Pick up from your nominated accommodation at approximately 6.30am. Begin your journey to Kakadu, travel along old Jim Jim Road before stopping off at White Lily Billabong for morning tea
  • Travel to Gunlom Falls, venture on a nature hike to the top of the waterfall where you will witness stunning outback views and enjoy a swim in the cool refreshing pools. Explore the sandy bay at the base of the falls, which leads to a large plunge pool
  • Camp by the Gunlom waterfall, away from the crowds. The outback offers a truly memorable night sky, stargaze far from city lights
  • Showers and toilets are available at the campground
  • Lunch and dinner will be included in the package
  • Approximately 2kms of walking today

Day Two: Kakadu

  • Spend the day exploring the magnificent Jarrangbarnmi (Koolpin Gorge), a special permit access area which is recognised for its cultural and environmental sensitivity
  • Learn the strong ancestral history, the Dreamtime stories and history of the land
  • Visit Koolpin Gorge in the southern corner of Kakadu National Park, not far from Gunlom Falls. The walk up the gorge is a real wilderness walk and requires a medium level of fitness. Be rewarded for your efforts with the National Parks most spectacular rock pools, waterfalls and rock landscape
  • This remote location is restricted to only 40 people per day and is home to a number of endemic species of fauna
  • Return to camp at Gunlom and tonight enjoy a dinner cooked on the campfire
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Approximately 8kms of walking today

Day Three: Kakadu

  • This morning drive north to Maguk (Barramundi Gorge) spend the entire day hiking, exploring and swimming in beautiful swimming holes, avoiding the crowds in the remote location
  • A 4-wheel drive adventure takes us to the destination. Upon arrival take a 1km walk through paperbark and monsoon forest, along a sandy and rocky creek to a small waterfall and that lead us to a beautiful clear plunge pool
  • There are small interconnected pools among the rocks that flow into a small lake. The guide will share a few secret swimming holes including a little secret passage underwater connecting two pools
  • Here you will also have a picnic lunch, after a bit more exploring be guided further north to Jim Jim Falls
  • Camp at the exclusive safari camp at Garnamarr, at the base of the escarpment
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Approximately 3kms of walking today

Day Four: Kakadu

  • After breakfast four-wheel drive to Twin Falls, from here take the escarpment walk to the top of the falls for a swim in the crystal clear pools away from the crowds
  • Enjoy lunch in a shady spot by Jim Jim Creek before taking a short climb up to Budjimi Lookout. Enjoy the spectacular views of the ancient Arnhemland escarpment
  • After lunch, take a 1km walk through monsoonal vine forest to the base of Jim Jim Falls for a relaxing afternoon swim in the plunge pool and rest on the outback "beach", a sandy bay
  • Tonight camp at the Mardugal, showers and toilets available. Indulge in a Great Aussie BBQ including a tasting plate of Crocodile, Buffalo and Kangaroo
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Approximately 5kms of walking today

Day Five: Kakadu

  • Spend the moring at Nourlangie Rock, an ancient aboriginal occupational and art site. Explore the sites before walking up to Gunwhardewharde lookout for an exceptional view of the region including Arnhemland
  • Stop off to visit Bowali information centre
  • On the joureny back to Darwin call into the Mamakala wetlands to see the incredible bird life. Finish the Kakadu tour with a wildlife cruise on the spectacular Corroboree Billabong. This is a great opportunity to for fantastic photos of the local scenery and wildlife
  • Returning back to Darwin at approximately 5.30pm
  • Breakfast and lunch will be included
  • Approximately 3kms of walking today

Seasons

  • June to September: Tuesday

Time

  • Depart Darwin at approximately 7am
  • Return to Darwin at approximately 5.30pm

Duration

  • Five days

Location

  • Pick up from your Darwin accommodation

What To Bring

  • Good walking shoes or boots
  • Sun protection including sunscreen, sunglasses and brimmed sun hat
  • Long sleeve light shirt for sun protection
  • Insect repellent
  • 1 litre water bottle for drinking water
  • Swimmers
  • Light comfortable clothing
  • A jacket (mainly for June, July and August nights)
  • Medication and other personal requirements
  • Towel for bathing and swimming
  • Torch and flashlight
  • Sleeping bag

Additional Information

  • Luggage is strictly restricted to a soft bag of 10kg per person
  • Sleeping bags can be hired for $10

Booking Information

  • Confirmation in the form of a tour voucher will be received at time of booking
  • Upon completion of purchase, please print the voucher and present on day of the experience
  • For your information, complete Tour Operator Information including contact details is included on your tour voucher
Please note this tour focuses on adventure and includes a 4WD on rough and rugged dirt tracks, longer hikes and nature swims. Accommodation is camping in provided swags under the stars in the sky.
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