Kakadu Walking Adventure
6 day trip, day walks, 5 nights camping
Grade: Introductory to Moderate
Activities: 4WD, Day Walking
Cost joining in Darwin: CA $2,599 per person
Kakadu National Park is a World Heritage Area covering some 20,000 square kms. Waterfalls tumble from the red cliffs off the Arnhem Land escarpment into shady pools; tranquil wetlands teem with animal and bird life, while 40,000 years of Aboriginal cultural heritage is on display in the numerous hidden rock art galleries. Get away from the crowds on our active, walking based itinerary, which includes a cruise on the Yellow Waters (a favourite haunt of saltwater crocodiles). It’s when you go for a walk beyond the main tourist sites that Kakadu will reveal its true magic. Our collection of full‑day bushwalks venture in to remote gorges and sparkling waterfalls, as well as ancient rock art seen by very few visitors. The upgraded semi‑permanent campsites encourage travellers to relax in idyllic tropical surrounds. The itinerary varies to make the most of the season, choosing the best walks and waterfalls as the wet season floodwaters recede and access opens up. You will return to Darwin having enjoyed a complete adventure across the full range of tropical wilderness of Australia’s Top End.
~ Cruise the Yellow Water billabong, home to a variety of wildlife
~ Swim in spring fed, crystal clear waterfalls and gorges
~ Trek the diverse habitat of the escarpment, from cool Monsoon Vine Forest to the rugged stone country on top
~ Stay in exclusive semi‑permanent campsites away from the crowds
DAY 1 To Kakadu National Park.
We pick you up from your accommodation between 7:00 and 7.15am, Guides will call day before to confirm time, before heading 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.
DAY 2 Jim Jim and Twin Falls.
NB: Jim Jim and Twin Falls usually available after mid-July. Prior to this we may visit alternative waterfalls such as Gubara.
Wake up to the dawn chorus of the multitude of birds of the Savannah and wetlands. We drive to Jim Jim and Twin Falls along a bumpy old track, to Kakadu’s most famous waterfalls. Our day is focussed on the stunning walking. 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.
Walking distance: 7km
DAY 3 Nourlangie Massif and the Barrk Walk
After a very early filling breakfast this morning we will 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 visit the Warradjin info centre, a place full of traditional owner information and stories. We return to our group camp-site at Dajarradjin Billabong
Walking distance: 12km
DAY 4 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 plungepool.
Walking distance: 4km
DAY 5 Southern Kakadu Wilderness Walk (up to 11km)
Over the day we will undertake our expedition by foot, deep in to Southern Kakadu, Buladjang Country. We aim to visit Motorcar Creek Falls areas and undertake a decent walk (up to 11 km), taking most of the day. The highlight is arriving at an unspoilt, stunning crystal clear waterhole and some outstanding views of the surrounding hills and woodland. The pace of the walk is up to the mood of the group on the day. We will walk through open woodland and see some remarkable Salmon Gums, glowing pink in the morning sun, before entering an area of pristine monsoon rainforest. Tonight we can enjoy our entree at the top of Gunlom falls – taking in our last Kakadu sunset from one of the most photographed and iconic locations in the National Park.
Walking distance: 11km
DAY 6 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 at one of the many waterfalls and gorges, before continuing our way north. Expect to arrive back into Darwin around 5:00pm.
Walking distance: 1km
Accommodations on the trip
During the trip you camp with swags and tents. You will be experiencing the Territorian style of camping, so your participation will be appreciated. The guide will prepare all the meals and run the camp, however you will be asked to contribute by rolling out swags. Participation around the camp will make for a more enjoyable experience for everybody. World Expeditions supplies swags and stretcher beds to sleep on. A swag is comprised of a three‑inch (5 cm) thick foam mattress with a canvas cover to keep it clean – they are very comfortable.
• Your swag contains a pillow with pillow cover and one sheet.
• Swags are rolled out on top of a stretcher bed, this means you sleep up off the ground and provide a flat comfortable base to sleep on. There is plenty of room under the stretcher to store your bags.
• Sleeping bags are essential for warmth. You can bring your own or hire. They are available for hire for $20, so please contact WE reservations staff if you require one. We ask that you provide your own inner sheet if you hire a sleeping bag.
Most groups are made up of a mixture of single participants and couples. If you are travelling alone, you will share a tent with someone of the same sex or you may request sole occupancy of a tent if available
~ 5 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 5 dinners
~ 2 professional wilderness guides
~ wildlife cruise
~ safari camps including tents, stretcher beds and swags for sleeping, dining and
~ all National Park and camping fees
~ emergency communications and group first aid kit
~ 4WD transport from Darwin
What’s not included
~ Accommodation in Darwin before and after the trip
~ Items of a personal nature
~ Sleeping Bag hire
~ Alcoholic beverages
~ Travel insurance
Trip grading | Introductory to Moderate
This trip is for almost anyone with a reasonable 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!
Why World Expeditions?
World Expeditions Australian Treks have been in continuous operation for more than 30 years, offering economical, reliable, environmentally friendly small group fully inclusive adventure holidays to some of the most beautiful pristine parts of Australia. Our trips cater to people from many walks of life, age groups and motivations. World Expeditions offers more than 30 tailored Australian itineraries that incorporate trekking, walking, rafting, cycling and climbing throughout Australia.