Spend a fun day exploring Litchfield National Park. You will see a landscape that has been formed by water and time with abundant waterfalls, monsoon rainforest, bush walking tracks, swimming holes and amazing magnetic and cathedral termite mounds.
All about the 5 Day 4WD Jabiru Dreaming Top End Tour
This Top End adventure takes in all the highlights from Darwin of Kakadu National Park, Litchfield National Park and Katherine Gorge (Nitmiluk). Travel in the comfort of our specialized off-road vehicle with a professional and knowledgeable tour guide. Sleep in our remote campsites in eco-tents with permanent beds to ensure a good nights sleep before you are off hiking during the day.
On this tour, you will visit the top three National Parks in the Top End - Kakadu, Litchfield, and Nitmiluk (Katherine Gorge) - on this five-day adventure. Travel by 4WD in a small group of maximum 17 people, sleep in permanent tents with beds and mattresses and discover Australian icons including Twin and Jim Jim Falls.
There are plenty of opportunities for you to swim in the pristine waterholes of Litchfield National Park. You will 4WD, hike and boat into the jewels of Kakadu National Park at Twin and Jim Jim Falls. We spend time spotting crocodiles and other wildlife on a Yellow Waters cruise in Kakadu National Park. You can witness 20,000-year-old indigenous art at the two main sights of Nourlangie and Ubirr
As we traverse a few hours down the Northern Territory to Nitmiluk you can canoe, hike or cruise the majestic Katherine Gorge. Learn directly from an indigenous artist at a hands-on cultural experience in Katherine.
A good level of fitness is required for hiking to the various waterfalls in Kakadu National Park. We ask that you are able to walk 5-6km unaided over rocky ground.
5 Day 4WD Jabiru Dreaming Top End Tour Itinerary - 5 days
Darwin to Kakadu National Park via Litchfield National Park
At an early start from Darwin at approximately 7am we make our way to the first stop of our trip, Litchfield National Park. Known for its great swimming waterfalls, you will get to hike and explore areas such as Florence and Wangi Falls*, where you will also enjoy a picnic lunch. Learn about the intriguing cathedral and magnetic termite mounds, which are abundant in the park, and view the beautiful spring-fed streams and sandstone escarpments.
After lunch it's time to bid the sealed road goodbye, as our true four-wheel-drive adventure begins along Old Jim Jim Road taking us deep into Kakadu National Park. As we pass billabongs and cross several waterways, you have the opportunity to spot some of the great wildlife of the park including amazing birdlife, crocodiles and various reptiles.
In the evening we spend time at our private campsite in Cooinda, enjoying dinner and stories from the day before retiring to your permanent tent. (LD)
Kakadu National Park
It's a beautiful start to the morning as we embark on a wildlife cruise on the famous Yellow Waters billabong. The Aboriginal-owned award-winning cruise gives us the opportunity to spot some remarkable and diverse wildlife including the iconic crocodile.
We then head to Nourlangie Rock nearby where you can see how the local indigenous people lived in the area through the generations. The environmental and social changes of the area are evident in the rock art and surrounding areas where archaeologists have uncovered over 20,000 years of Aboriginal occupation.
It's then onto the Bowali Visitor Centre which is named after the land owned by the Mirarr clan. The audio-visual presentations will give you in an insight into the Aboriginal art from artists within Kakadu and surrounding areas.
Our final site for the day is Ubirr Rock, a significant cultural site within Kakadu National Park. Here you can view a wide range of Aboriginal rock art which will be explained and interpreted by your guide, including a famous story about the Rainbow Serpent. We climb the Nadab Lookout for excellent views over the surrounding floodplain and into Arnhem Land as the sun sets.
In the evening we spend time at our private campsite enjoying dinner and stories from the day before retiring to your permanent tent. (BLD)
Kakadu National Park
We spend today exploring two of the most popular jewels of Kakadu National Park, the big waterfalls of Twin & Jim Jim, only accessible by four-wheel-drive. To reach Twin Falls we travel over 4WD track and then take a boat shuttle (extra cost as part of your compulsory local payments) followed by a rocky walking track and boardwalk - but it's all worth the effort as we explore this remote waterfall of Kakadu. We then travel through monsoon forests and over boulders to get to Jim Jim Falls, surrounded by 150-metre cliffs. After an awe-inspiring day, we spend one more night in Kakadu at one of our private campsites. (BLD)
Kakadu National Park to Katherine
We spend a slower-paced day today as we head to the beautiful Gunlom Falls in Kakadu for a full morning to enjoy all this spectacular area has to offer. Choose to relax at the lower plunge pool or hike to the top of the falls where many rock pools and cascading smaller waterfalls are just asking to be swum under. After lunch, we bid farewell to Kakadu and head to the Katherine region, stopping at Edith Falls for a refreshing swim before retiring to our private campsite near Katherine for dinner and a well deserved rest. (BLD)
Nitmiluk (Katherine Gorge) National Park to Darwin
Our final morning starts early in order to get to Katherine Gorge before the crowds. Opt for a boat cruise or canoe (optional, at own expense and subject to water levels) or walk along the sheer rock walls that make this place so spectacular. We spend time exploring the spiritual home of the Jawoyn Aboriginal people before lunch. In the afternoon we visit the award-winning *Top Didj Cultural Experience. where we will learn from Top End Aboriginal artist Manuel Pamkal about the significance of his painting style, weapons used and how he lived off the land. Our day finishes with our drive back to cosmopolitan Darwin where your guide will drop you at your chosen accommodation. (BL)
|Tour code: WT05|
Permanent tent twin share
National park fee local payment
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday and Sundays June to September
Monday, Wednesday, Saturdays in October
Important NotesThings you need to know about this tour
Itinerary may change due to cultural reasons, seasonal changes, operational logistics, and accessibility.
- *Wangi Falls may not be accessible during the wet season. During this time we will provide an alternative or spend more time in locations visited. Access to Twin Falls and Jim Jim Falls cannot be guaranteed during May and June; the tour may visit locations such as Gunlom, Barramundi Falls, Yurmikmik, or Gubara Springs instead.
- Luggage is restricted to 10kg per person in a soft bag or backpack.
- Single travelers will be paired in a tent with another customer of the same gender.
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