Explore the remarkable wetlands of the Kakadu National Park and the sandstone escarpments of Litchfield. Then travel into Western Arnhem Land, a remote region where your indigenous guide will bring the ancient rock art to life at Injalak Hill.
Explore the remarkable wetlands of the Kakadu National Park and the sandstone escarpments of Litchfield. See a wide range of ancient rock art and an abundance of native wildlife and prolific birdlife. Stay in comfortable, air-conditioned accommodation and travel in a group size of no more than 17 guests.
Day 1 – Kakadu National Park via Litchfield National Park
Depart from Darwin this morning for the short drive to Litchfield National Park. The park is filled with rugged sandstone escarpments, spring-fed streams and tumbling waterfalls. See the intriguing magnetic termite mounds, swim in cool pools and explore both Florence and Wangi Falls. After a picnic lunch you’ll leave the tarmac behind and travel along the Marrakai dirt road before joining the Old Jim Jim Road that takes you deep into Kakadu. As you travel past billabongs and make numerous water crossings, there is ample opportunity for wildlife spotting.
Day 2 – Yellow Water Cruise, Nourlangie and Ubirr Rock Art
After breakfast, join the iconic Yellow Waters cruise, a must-do experience within Kakadu. The Yellow Water cruise is Aboriginal owned and centres around a spectacular billabong system that is home to a diverse array of wildlife, crocodile spotting being just one of the wildlife viewing opportunities on this rich water system.
Continue on to Nourlangie Rock, where you’ll see how the local Aboriginal people have lived over time. Archaeologists have discovered more than 20,000 years of Aboriginal habitation and the social and environmental changes are clearly reflected in the rock art. After lunch, visit the Bowali Visitor Centre, a Gun-djeihmi name for the local area and creek. Watch the audio-visual presentations and visit the Marrawuddi Gallery, showcasing Aboriginal art from artists within Kakadu and the wider area.
As the afternoon draws on, you’ll end the day at the culturally significantly Aboriginal art site of Ubirr which is located within the East Alligator region of the park. Your guide will introduce you to, and interpret, the diverse range of ancient Aboriginal art. Learn the story of the Rainbow Serpent and climb the Nadab Lookout for panoramic views over the floodplains and beyond, into Arnhem Land. Find a quite space to sit and watch the sun set before returning to your accommodation.
Day 3 – Twin and Jim Jim Falls
After an early breakfast leave for Twin and Jim Jim Falls. The Twin Falls gorge is accessed by 4WD, water shuttle service and walking tracks. You’ll have plenty of time to relax and enjoy the falls. It’s back onto the 4WD tracks as you then make your way to Jim Jim Falls where the walking trail leads through monsoon forest and over boulders to the spectacular waterfall and plunge pool, which are surrounded by soaring cliffs. Enjoy the afternoon in these magnificent surroundings before returning to Darwin late afternoon.
This itinerary is based on May – September departures (dry season). Please contact us for itinerary details in April and October. Itineraries are subject to change depending on weather and water levels.