3-Day Kakadu National Park and Litchfield Waterfalls Camping Safari from Darwin
Escape on an outback safari from Darwin to Kakadu National Park. Journey into the Northern Territory's rugged Top End on this short but sweet three-day tour. Go bird and croc spotting in the lush Mary River and see traditional rock art in Ubirr. Climb high to look down on the Nardab Floodplain and then find refuge from the tropical heat in the swimming holes of World Heritage-listed Kakadu National Park. Admire the reds of the soil and the orange of the sunsets, and relax into the evenings with locally catered meals.
Day 1: Darwin to Mary River, via Litchfield National Park (L,D)
Flush with waterfalls, swimming holes and some pretty gigantic termite mounds, Litchfield National Park encapsulates all that’s wonderful about the Top End. Start your day off here checking out Florence Falls and the Buley Rockholes, then break for a picnic before traveling on to Wangi Falls for a final swim and leisurely stroll through monsoon forest. Leaving Litchfield, it’s on and into Mary River National Park. The species of saltwater crocodile found in Australia are the biggest in the world, and the Mary River wetlands are absolutely full of them. See how many you can spot on an afternoon river cruise. All tents are twin-share and come with a proper bed.
Day 2: Kakadu National Park - Ubirr & Barramundi Gorge (B,L,D)
In giving Kakadu National Park World Heritage-listing, UNESCO described it as a ‘living cultural landscape with exceptional natural and cultural values’. Indigenous people have lived here for more than 50,000 years, to which the ancient rock paintings of Ubirr can attest. Your guide will explain the significance of these artworks during an interpretative cultural walk that finishes on a rocky escarpment overlooking the Nardab floodplain. In the afternoon head to Maguk (Barramundi Gorge) or Gunlom Falls (seasonal choice). Swimming spots don’t get a whole lot more inviting than either of these spectacular sites.
Day 3: Kakadu to Darwin (B,L)
Given that Kakadu covers approximately the same amount of land as Slovenia, the sky’s a pretty good place to see it all from. This morning you’ll have the option of taking a scenic flight over the billabongs, bushlands and floodplains that make up this ruggedly beautiful region. After a stop in at the Bowali visitors centre, break for lunch before starting our journey back to Darwin.
Please Note: During the Wet Season (April/May and September-March), your itinerary may vary slightly due to water levels and road accessibility. Your local operator will advise of any changes.