4 Day Kakadu and Katherine 4WD Tour
Day 1 (L,D)
You will be collected from your Darwin accommodation at 7.30am this morning for your 4 day private 4WD tour of Kakadu and Katherine.
We head south along the Stuart highway and into Fogg Dam Conservation Reserve. These wetlands have international significance because of their beauty and natural ecosystems. A great variety of fauna can be found here throughout the year as well as a large variety of birdlife.
Then we make our way into World Heritage listed Kakadu National park. Kakadu is the largest national park in Australia, has some of the world’s finest rock art and a variety of habitats, including floodplains and savannah woodlands.
Once within the park, our first stop are the beautiful Mamukala Wetlands. We can view the birdlife from the observation platform, where the mural depicts the seasonal changes throughout the year.
After lunch, we then travel to the very north of the park to Ubirr, where we walk through galleries of ancient aboriginal rock art, which your guide will interpret. Also learn about bushtuckers and bush medicines before reaching the top of the plateau, where you can relax and enjoy the spectacular view over the floodplains and the Arnhemland escarpment.
We finish the day with a look around the Bowali visitors information centre.
Overnight accommodation- Bush Bungalow or cabin at Anbinik Resort (formerly Lakeview Park) OR hotel room at Mercure Crocodile Hotel (dinner not included with this option but can be purchased at the hotel restaurant).
Day 2 (B,L)
After breakfast we make our way to Nourlangie Rock, an ancient Aboriginal shelter, where we will explore the area and the rock art. Your guide will lead you on an interpretive walk around the site, followed by Nawalandja lookout. The short hike to the lookout is rewarded by a magnificent view over the Arnhemland escarpment.
Then we drive to Maguk (Barramundi Gorge and falls). Termite mounds are abundant along the dirt road that takes us to the car park and from there, we take a walk through a paperbark forest to reach the gorge. Once we reach the gorge and waterfall, we can have a refreshing swim in the plungepool.
If there’s time, we’ll have a look around the Warradjan Aboriginal Cultural Centre for an insight into the cultural heritage of the park.
Finally, late this afternoon, board the sunset Yellow Waters wetlands cruise. Yellow Waters billabong is located at the end of Jim Jim Creek, a tributary of the South Alligator River. This is the largest river system in Kakadu and contains extensive wetlands, including river channels, floodplains and backwater swamps. About one third of Australia's bird species are represented in Kakadu National Park, with at least 60 species found in these wetlands. There are also plenty of crocodiles in their natural habitat, and buffalo on the floodplains.
Dinner tonight is available to purchase from the poolside bistro.
Overnight accommodation- Kakadu Lodge Cooinda, motel room
Day 3 (B,L,D)
We spend this morning enjoying Gunlom (waterfall Creek), where we have a swim in the large plungepool at the base of the falls. There is an optional hike to the top of Gunlom, where pristine rockpools and a fantastic view await you.
This afternoon, we head south to Katherine, calling in to Leilyn (Edith Falls), en-route. Leilyn is part of Nitmiluk National Park and is well known for it’s picturesque waterfalls and pools, particularly the large pool at the base of the escarpment which is great for a swim. We have a swim herewith the option of taking the Leliyn Trail - a walk that takes us across the top of the waterfall, where we can have a swim in the upper rockpools and will get views of the waterfalls and Edith River from a couple of lookouts.
Once we reach Katherine Township, we make our way to Nitmiluk Gorge.
Overnight accommodation at Nitmiluk Gorge- your choice of fixed safari tents with shared bathrooms (no power or lighting) OR cabins with en-suites. Dinner is included with the safari tents but not the cabins. Dinner is available to purchase at the poolside bistro.
Day 4 (B,L)
We spend this morning canoeing Nitmiluk Gorge. The park is home to 13 spectacular gorges, carved out of the rock by torrential summer rains, over millions of years. Canoeing is a fantastic way to see the gorge close up and allows you to stop along the way for a swim.
After lunch, we begin our journey back to Darwin, via historic Adelaide River. We arrive back in Darwin at approximately 5.30pm and you will be dropped off at your accommodation.
B = Breakfast / L = Lunch / D = Dinner
This tour is only operated as a private charter (sole use of vehicle and driver guide)
and is valid for travel from May to October only due to seasonal
conditions - please enquire for prices
and further details.
• Sole use of 4WD tour vehicle with professional driver guide and purpose built heavy duty trailer
• Meals as stated
• 3 nights accommodation, as listed
• 2 hour Yellow Waters Cruise
• Kakadu park entry Tickets
• 4 hour canoes at Nitmiluk (Katherine) Gorge- or the cruise if you prefer
• Pre & Post tour accommodation
• Travel insurance
• Arrival / Departure Flights
Itinerary is exclusive to Sacred Earth Safaris and subject to availability, road, weather and cultural conditions.
Sacred Earth arranged a wonderful 5 day experience for us in the Kakadu, around Katherine and in the Litchfield NP. We told her we would like to see birds and do some wild swimming and Danielle, our guide and driver, gave us that and more. She was a great companion, knowledgeable, flexible, well-organised and good company. From the first early morning bird watching at Fogg Dam, through 5 days of crocs and rock art, rivers, waterfalls and canyons, to the last night at memorable Mt Bundy Station, we had an unforgettable time and loved every minute. The Yellow Water sunset guided cruise was just wonderful. Thanks Dani, we really appreciate your professional expertise.
Ruth and Mick, 5 day Top End tour Sept 2016