All about the 4 Day 4WD Kakadu National Park Premium Eco Tour (Hawk Dreaming)

Our 4-day premium 4WD  tour visits Kakadu National Park, Arnhem Land and Nitmiluk National Park (Katherine Gorge). With only  14 passengers this tour is perfect for you if you prefer small groups of like-minded travelers. We stay away from the crowds and stay in top quality accommodation in Kakadu, ArnhemLand, and Nitmiluk.  Explore the icons of the Top End, get up close and personal with nature and wildlife before retiring to your hotel or lodge, a nice shower and restaurant meals.

You will stay at some of the top properties in the Top End region. Hawk Dreaming Wilderness Lodge in Kakadu National Park located in Cannon Hill an area of considerable importance to the local indigenous people. Its an extremely special part of Kakadu which has abundant wildlife, especially bird and marine life. 

Anbinik Kakadu Resort is a unique, award-winning, architecturally designed self-contained accommodation in Jabiru the township inside Kakadu National Park. 

Cicada Lodge in Nitmiluk National Park is an Indigenous owned high-end accommodation a beautiful boutique hotel with a fantastic swimming pool and quality rooms.

This eco-adventure tour offers you a level of comfort you won't find on some of our other Top End trips.

A highlight on this tour is the Guluyambi Cultural Cruise a unique boat tour on Kakadu’s scenically spectacular East Alligator River. Take in the wonderful pristine wilderness of this World Heritage landscape as you leisurely cruise up stream. An Aboriginal guide provides guests with an insight into their culture, local mythology, the river’s abundant food chain, traditional uses for many plants and animals as well as bush survival skills. 

4 Day 4WD Kakadu National Park Premium Eco Tour (Hawk Dreaming)
Tour itinerary - 4 Days

  • Day 1 Kakadu National Park staying at Hawk Dreaming Wilderness Lodge
    Departing Darwin at approximately 6:00 am, we travel towards Kakadu National Park. Covering just under 20,000 square kilometers, Kakadu National Park is Australia’s largest National Park and home to Aboriginal people for over 65,000 years.

    First stop today is the cultural experience that is Guluyambi Cultural Cruises. Explore upstream of the East Alligator River with your Aboriginal guide and gain an insight into the culture, local mythology, the rivers abundant food chain as well as bush survival skills.

    After enjoying a picnic lunch, we journey to Ubirr, situated in the north of Kakadu National Park. The walks here feature several impressive art sites that lead to a lookout over the Nadab Floodplain. Traditionally people camped beneath Ubirr’s rocky shelters and used the plants and animals nearby for food, tools and medicine. With much of the art featuring fish, turtles, goanna and other important animals, it is considered among the best in the world, with great examples of X-ray art and contact art from the time when Aboriginal people first encountered Europeans.

    Later, we check into Hawk Dreaming Wilderness Lodge which will be our accommodation for this evening located in a remote and restricted area of Kakadu National Park. With significant cultural importance to the local Aboriginal people living nearby, the area in which the lodge is located is a registered sacred site. The sandstone outliers host significant rock art dating back many thousands of years.

    Tonight, enjoy dinner at the lodge with your fellow travelers before retiring to your comfortable tented cabins complete with bathroom facilities. (L and D)
  • Day 2 Arnhem Land and Anbinik Kakadu Resort
    Following a tasty breakfast at the lodge this morning, today is set aside to visit Arnhem Land. Traveling over Cahills Crossing, meet Aboriginal artists at Injalak Arts and Crafts centre in Oenpelli. This is time to watch Aboriginal artists at work and to see the women weaving pandanus baskets.

    We will then travel into the Mikkinj valley with its stunning scenery of billabongs, wildlife and towering escarpment and enjoy lunch beside the Inkiyu Billabong.

    Later this afternoon we travel to Anbinik Kakadu Resort, close by to the township of Jabiru. Enjoy your comfortable accommodation tonight and dinner at the Resort with your fellow guests. (B, L, D)
  • Day 3 Kakadu National Park to Katherine Gorge staying at Cicada Lodge
    This morning we have breakfast at the resort before continuing on our journey through Kakadu National Park en-route to Katherine and Nitmiluk Gorge.

    Stopping in at the Warradjan Cultural Centre at Cooinda, see artefacts that illustrate the stories that the traditional owners wish to share with visitors. Developed by the Aboriginal traditional owners of Kakadu, the centre mixes contemporary techniques to cover various subjects, ranging from personal histories to bush tucker.

    Afterward, visit Gunlom Falls, made famous by the movie Crocodile Dundee. With its cascading waters, pristine plunge pools and a natural infinity pool, Gunlom offers a short, steep walk to the top of the falls where you will be rewarded with incredible sweeping views of the southern hills and ridges of Kakadu and the Arnhem Land Escarpment. For those wanting a less strenuous walk, enjoy the main pool at the base of the falls before enjoying a BBQ lunch prepared by your guide.

    Continuing on to the Katherine region, check into the gorgeous Cicada Lodge for the evening where we will enjoy sunset drinks and canapes before dinner at the lodge. Cicada Lodge is designed for the sophisticated traveler looking for an authentic Indigenous and natural Australian experience. (B, L, D)
  • Day 4 Katherine Gorge and Edith Falls
    Enjoy breakfast this morning at Cicada Lodge before we check out and make the short journey to Nitmiluk (Katherine Gorge).

    On arrival, we depart on a two hour Nit Nit Dreaming cruise exploring the first two gorges. Spend some time exploring the spiritual home of the Jawoyn Aboriginal people before a tasty lunch within Katherine Gorge.

    This afternoon we begin the journey back towards Darwin. We stop along the way to visit Edith Falls and the Adelaide River War Cemetery, a sobering reminder of the impact World War II had on this part of Australia, before arriving at Darwin in the early evening (B and L)
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Real Aussie Says:
Highlights on this tour are abundant. You get to experience the highlights of Kakadu in style and comfort, enjoy comfortable lodge accommodation throughout, see the stunning cascading Gunlom Falls. This tour features the extra special Guluyambi Cultural Cruise, a cultural experience offering insight into the local culture, mythology and landscape.

4 Day 4WD Kakadu National Park Premium Eco Tour (Hawk Dreaming) Price information AUD per person

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Tour code: WT04A
Secure your seat today with only a 10% deposit!
  $2990
Twin Share
  $3690
Single
  $2970
Child (5-15 years) in existing bedding

Departure information

Starts

Departs Darwin at 6 am Monday and Friday 1 June – 31 October 2019 and 2020

Return Day 4 Darwin Approximately 7.30pm

Ends
Darwin


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Important Notes

Things you need to know about this tour

Itinerary may change due to cultural reasons, seasonal changes, operational logistics and accessibility. 
Due to limited space on the vehicle please restrict luggage to one day pack and one soft overnight bag/backpack. Excess luggage should be stored at your Darwin accommodation.
* Gunlom Falls may not be accessible between the shoulder periods of June and October. During this time we will visit Maguk or the Yurmikmik Region (Motor Car Falls or Boulder Creek).
Waterfalls may be closed by Park Authorities at any time and itineraries may be amended to reflect this.
Not suitable for children under 5 years. 
Travel Insurance is highly recommended.

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