4WD Kakadu, Litchfield and Katherine Tour (Jabiru Dreaming)
This is the ultimate Top End Adventure. Swim in the clear rock holes and waterfalls of Litchfield National Park, explore Kakadu National Park by small group 4 x 4, get up close and personal with a crocodile on a Yellow Waters Cruise and hike your way through the rugged terrain to Jim Jim Falls*.
Travel to Nitmiluk National Park (Katherine Gorge) where you can cruise or walk the gorge and visit Top Didj Cultural Experience. Spend your nights in private campsites, cooking over the campfire and marvelling at the clear Southern skies where stars are plenty and stories flow free.
WHY WE LOVE THIS TOUR
- Swim in the pristine waterholes of Litchfield National Park
- 4WD, hike and boat into the jewels of Kakadu National Park at Twin and Jim Jim Falls
- Spot crocodiles and other wildlife on a Yellow Waters cruise in Kakadu National Park
- Witness 20,000 year old indigenous art at the two main sights of Nourlangie and Ubirr
- Canoe, hike or cruise the majestic Katherine GorgeLearn directly from an indigenous artist at a hands on cultural experience in Katherine
Day 1 – Darwin to Kakadu National Park via Litchfield National Park
Departing from Darwin around 7.00am we begin the short journey to Litchfield National Park to explore the waterfalls, spring-fed streams and rugged sandstone escarpments. Discover the intriguing cathedral and magnetic termite mounds before we head to Buley Rockhole for an invigorating swim. A short journey later we arrive at Florence Falls where you will enjoy a hike and another welcome swim followed by a picnic lunch.
Early afternoon we leave the highway behind and hit the dirt travelling along a typical outback track taking us deep into Kakadu National Park. Travel past billabongs and traverse water crossings bringing ample opportunity for wildlife spotting before a comfort stop and chance for refreshment. Early evening we arrive at our private campsite complete with comfortable permanent tents, you’ll have time to shower and refresh while your guides prepare dinner before enjoying an evening with your fellow travellers and some stargazing.
MEALS INCLUDED – DAY ONE
Lunch – Dinner
Outback tracks and 4 Wheel Driving
Day 2 – Yellow Waters Cruise, Twin Falls and Jim Jim Falls
Awake for breakfast this morning before joining an iconic Yellow Waters Cruise. A must do activity within Kakadu National Park, the award winning Yellow Waters cruise is Aboriginal owned and centres around a spectacular billabong system that is home to some remarkable and diverse wildlife. Spotting crocodiles is only one of the many wildlife viewing opportunities on this unique water system.
On completion of your cruise we travel to Twin and Jim Jim Falls. Explore Twin Falls Gorge which is accessed by 4-wheel drive track, a boat shuttle service and a rocky walking track and boardwalk. Once there relax on the sandy banks and admire the falls. There’s more 4-wheel driving as we make our way to Jim Jim Falls where a walk through a monsoon forest and over boulders takes us to the waterfall and plunge pool, which are surrounded by 150 metre cliffs.
Spend the afternoon taking in the sheer beauty of your spectacular surrounds before we make our way back to camp for a hearty dinner and well-earned rest.
MEALS INCLUDED – DAY TWO
Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner
Yellow Water morning cruise
Jim Jim Falls
Day 3 – Nourlangie Aboriginal art site & Ubirr art site
This morning we travel to nearby Nourlangie Rock. Here you can see how local Aboriginal people lived in this area through changing times. Environmental and social changes are reflected in the rock art and in the ground, where archaeologists have uncovered over 20,000 years of Aboriginal occupation.
Visit the Bowali Visitor Centre, a Gun-djeihmi name for the local area and creek on land owned by the Mirarr clan. See the audio-visual presentations and Marrawuddi Gallery showcasing Aboriginal art by artists from within Kakadu and the wider region.
Lunch today is at the culturally significant Aboriginal art site, Ubirr, located within the East Alligator region of the park. Here you will view a wide range of ancient Aboriginal art which will be interpreted by your guide. Learn the story of the Rainbow Serpent and climb the Nadab Lookout for panoramic views over the floodplain and beyond into Arnhem Land before heading to our private campsite at Jabiru.
Enjoy some free time late this afternoon where you can relax by the pool with a cold beverage until dinner is ready.
MEALS INCLUDED – DAY THREE
Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner
Nourlangie Aboriginal art site
Bowali Visitor Centre
Ubirr art site
Day 4 – Kakadu National Park to Katherine via Gunlom Falls
It’s a relaxed start to the morning today with the chance of a sleep in before a leisurely breakfast. Then it’s time to head to Gunlom Falls made famous by the movie Crocodile Dundee! After a tasty picnic lunch, relax around the lower plunge pool. After lunch we travel toward the Katherine region arriving at our private campsite in the early evening.
MEALS INCLUDED – DAY FOUR
Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner
Day 5 – Katherine Gorge, Return to Darwin
It’s up early this morning to get into Nitmiluk National Park (Katherine Gorge) for a 2 hour dawn boat cruise (optional and own expense) or walk along the sheer rock walls that make the area so spectacular. A short drive later we arrive at Top Didj Cultural Experience and meet Indigenous artist Manuel Parrikal who will teach you about Aboriginal culture and the significance of his painting style in this interactive activity.
Our next stop is at Edith Falls for lunch and one final swim before heading back to Darwin via a comfort and refreshment break at the Adelaide River. Return to Darwin accommodation approximately 6.30pm.
MEALS INCLUDED – DAY FIVE
Breakfast – Lunch
Top Didj Cultural Experience
Nitmiluk National Park (Katherine Gorge)
Classic 4WD – Maximum 16 Travellers
Air Conditioned 4WD Truck
Open Aged (minimum 5 years old)
Permanent Tents with Beds
4 Breakfast – 5 Lunch – 4 Dinner
Professional guide, travel in an air-conditioned 4WD vehicle. Yellow Waters cruise and Top Didj Indigenous Experience. All meals (as listed on itineraries), camping equipment, including permanent tent with beds. All linen including pillow and pillowcase, fitted sheet, sleeping bag hire, towel, drinking water (please provide your own bottle) and National Park entry fees.
Our safaris are active participation based tours. We rely on the good will of all passengers to make them a success. This includes your assistance in the preparation of meals, washing up, gathering firewood and loading/unloading vehicles.
*Twin and Jim Jim Falls may not be accessible in particular between the shoulder periods of May-Jun and October. As an alternative we will visit Gunlom Falls, Maguk or the Yurmikmik Region (Motor Car Falls or Boulder Creek) or spend more time in locations visited
*Wangi Falls may not be accessible. We will provide an alternative or spend more time in locations visited.
*The Gunlom walking track to the lookout and pools above the falls is closed at the request of the Traditional Owners until further notice.
Waterfalls may be closed by Park Authorities at any time and itineraries may be amended to reflect this.
Itinerary may change due to cultural reasons, seasonal changes, operational logistics and accessibility.
Tour is not suitable for children under 5 years of age.
Twin Falls boat shuttle fee of $12.50 is collected on day of travel and not included in price.
Luggage is restricted to 10kg per person in a soft bag or backpack.
Please call our Reservations Team (1300 551 510) at least 48 hours prior to departure to confirm pick-up location and time.
*Multi Tour discount or Family and Friends Four or more discounts not available in conjunction with each other.
Travel insurance is highly recommended for all guests travelling on our tours.
COVID-19 – together we can stop the spread, please seek medical attention and stay at home if you are feeling unwell
Cancellation Policy: Due to the extensive planning and costs associated with touring, the following cancellation fees will apply in the event you should cancel:
Within 15-30 days of departure – 50% of total price
Within 14 days of departure – 100% of total price
Note: During these uncertain times, Wayoutback Australian Safaris will offer a 100% refund up until the day prior to travel for cancellations due to border closures inhibiting your ability to travel – we may ask for proof of residency in this situation. Refunds will be processed within 7 days of cancellation. For flight cancellations and all other cancellations our standard terms of cancellation apply, we strongly recommend you take out travel insurance.
We offer a healthy and diverse menu on tour that caters to most diets including vegetarian and if possible gluten free and vegan. If you have specific food requirements outside of this we advise you to bring your own food as we operate in remote areas and catering to all isn’t always possible.
Please note that if you need to bring your CPAP (Sleep Apnea) machine with you then you will need to have your own battery pack as there is no electricity in your tents.
1 May 2021 – 31 October 2021
Monday, Wednesday, Saturday
Child (5 – 15 yrs)