Do you like swimming? Waterfalls? Beautiful scenery? Then Kakadu National Park near Darwin in the Northern Territory is the place for you.

Carla from the Real Aussie Adventures team recently did the 3 day Dragonfly Dreaming tour from Darwin, complete with camping under the stars and lots of walking and hiking. Even though its currently wet season this did nothing to affect her experience.

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3 days in Kakadu and Litchfield National Parks

You have probably been warned off visiting during November to March because of the tropical unpredictable rains. Not only are both the National Parks Kakadu and Litchfield still open for business, they are also very accessible, with plenty of wildlife to spot and areas to explore. Also, the lightning storms at this time of year are something to behold, absolutely amazing displays of nature you can observe from the permanent tented campsite in the evening.

We started our day with driving out to Kakadu. Once there we walked up Ubirr Rock, a very beautiful sacred place in the heart of Kakadu. This reminded me of pride rock from the Lion King, being able to see the whole kingdom. You get to see stunning rock art that's up to 20,000 years old and an amazing view of Kakadu and its surroundings. No picture can do justice to the colours and vastness here..you have to see it with your own eyes.

We then went to a Billabong for a bird and crocodile spotting cruise, where you spot them lazily lying on the river banks or hunting if you're lucky! We definitely got to see some..keep your hands in the boat at all times. The surprising thing for me was the amount of bird life we spotted, I became an avid bird spotter and was excited overtime the guide told us about a new species. 

Then it was onto the campsite where everybody sits around the campfire and gets involved in the cooking. By then its dark and you're cooking by candles and torches, which makes for a very romantic evening meal. Then the drink flows and all sixteen people are chatting, laughing and making jokes. The guide was incredible. Whether it was aboriginal culture, rock art, waterfalls or even termites, he knew everything and even managed to make your car journeys pass easily without any restlessness thanks to his constant chat.

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Thank goodness we got up nice and early the next day to hike into the falls or we would have roasted in the heat! We scrambled over rocks, with some epic fails and lots of laughs from the group as people try not to slip. Then you open up to an amazing gorge for more swimming (swimming is a pretty major theme of the trip, to be honest).

While the hikes were hard, they do improve team morale! When you're all struggling and falling over, you do have a chance to laugh. It's amazing how when you're gross, sweaty and at your worst, people really bond. By the end of it, you really have made some pretty wonderful friends –especially if you're group was half as incredible as ours was!

I think my favourite spot was on this day: Maguk waterfall. Now our guide made it very clear we were not to jump from the rocks into the pool. Especially not from three spots he kindly pointed out to us – they were NOT good places to jump from and in no way fun or awesome. We had such a lovely time swimming around and exploring, it was super refreshing after the walking.

We then drove into Litchfield National Park. It was great to have a walk around Florence falls as I had seen a lot of pictures during my research for this trip. We got to have a swim in the Buley Rockholes too, which is where the locals go to hang on a weekend.

This trip was genuinely one of the most memorable things I have ever done in Australia and worldwide! I would recommend it to anybody – as long as you have a semi-decent level of fitness anyway! If you ever find yourself in Darwin then do this trip, you won't regret it! Even if you're not in Darwin, make a special effort to visit Kakadu and Litchfield National parks! Darwin town is lush, the national parks are even better and you get to create some truly fantastic memories.

Check out more about the trip Kakadu and Litchfield.

See our Permanent campsites in the Northern Territory. 

Read more about Carla's adventures in Australia in The Kimberley and Western Australia.

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