Darwin or Darwin
Day 1: Darwin to Kakadu National Park
Start your adventure by departing from Darwin and head out to the Wetlands Region for a Crocodile & Wildlife Cruise on the Mary River Wetlands, a great opportunity to spot a huge range of Top End birdlife, not to mention some fresh and salty apex predators… crocodiles! We journey on to Kakadu National Park visiting the Bowali Visitor Centre which offers a beautiful introduction to the Park’s landscape and wildlife. After some relaxation at camp, we journey north to *Cahills Crossing on the border of Kakadu and Arnhem Land. We will visit one of the best-preserved collections of Aboriginal Rock Art in the world at Ubirr rock upon sunset. This incredibly significant site showcases many styles of Rock Art and allows us to climb up high for a sunset that will blow you away looking out over the Nadab Floodplain. After a big day, we head back to our cozy camp and prepare dinner together, enjoying an evening with our fellow travellers. Meals: Lunch, Dinner. Accom: Jabiru Campground - Permanent Safari Tents or Bush Swags (communal facilities). Driving Distance: 420km. Hike Distance and Grading: 1km loop Grade 2-3.
Meals :Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 2: Kakadu to Litchfield National Park
We rise and shine early on day 2 and make our way South to Kakadu National Park. Today we’ll spend the day soaking up the spectacular natural beauty of the area, hiking through lush monsoon rainforests, swimming in pristine plunge pools and waterfalls surrounded by steep escarpments and rocky cliffs. We generally visit Twin Falls or Jim Jim Falls when seasonally accessible, alternatively, we will stop in at Barramundi Gorge (Maguk) or other waterfalls such as Yurmikmik (Motor Car Falls). There are many factors affecting accessibility although your guide will ensure you get the best experience possible. Time permitting, we stop at Nourlangie Rock, another indigenous rock art site where archaeologists have uncovered works dating back over 20,000 years old. We explore the evolving social, cultural and environmental changes to the area over time before making our way back to camp for a hearty dinner and a well-earned rest. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner. Accom: Jabiru Campground - Permanent Safari Tents or Bush Swags (communal facilities). Driving Distance: 150km. Hike Distance and Grading: 1.5km - 4km.
Meals :Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 3: Litchfield National Park to Darwin
Travelling south through Pine Creek, a small pioneering town in the Katherine region outside of Kakadu National Park, famous for its discovery of gold in the 1970’s. We stop for a quick refreshment break at the Adelaide River before our journey leads us to Litchfield National Park. We spend the afternoon immersed in Litchfield’s natural oasis of waterfalls, spring-fed streams and rugged sandstone escarpments. We’ll spend time in any combination of Buley Rockholes, Wangi Falls or Florence Falls for a refreshing soak in picturesque rock holes and waterfalls. Discover the uniquely impressive Magnetic and Cathedral Termite Mounds before making our way back to Darwin, arriving back to your accommodation at approximately 7:00pm. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch. Driving Distance: 500km. Hike Distance and Grading: 1 - 2 km. *Autopia Tours reserves the right to alter the route or itinerary schedule during seasonal weather fluctuations and/or during park closures due to traditional landowner ceremonies.
Departure: Tuesday & Friday (between May and October) - The main meeting point for this tour will be at Travelodge Resort Darwin, 64 Cavenagh St, Darwin City at 6:30 am.
Please note - Guests must arrive at your pickup location at least 10 minutes prior to your allocated pickup time. We accept no responsibility if you fail to nominate a pickup location- this must be confirmed at least 24 hours prior with our reservations department, failure to nominate and board the bus will result in fare forfeiture
Return: Approx 6:30 - 7:00 pm in Darwin
Pickups: Need pickup confirmation with booking
*Please arrive 5-10 mins prior to your nominated pickup location and time, so as not to delay or miss your tour. We ask you to wait outside the front of the hotel and not inside the foyer.
Any meals not indicated within the itinerary - plenty of opportunity will be provided to purchase food along the way
Hotel transfers pre/post tour itinerary to a nominated pickup point.
Travel insurance is highly recommended
What to bring
3L Refillable water bottle
Wide-brimmed hat, sunglasses & sunscreen
Swimwear, beach towels & toiletries
Comfortable sturdy hiking shoes (tread closed-toe shoes)
All-weather clothing (extreme conditions inc wind, heat, cold, day/night)
Raincoat, windbreaker, warm clothes in the evening
15kg soft bag or backpack & small day pack
Tropical strength insect repellent
Mosquito or fly net (summer months)
Flashlight, headlamp or torch, camera
Money for snacks and meals
Bring your own sleeping bag & pillow (optional - if staying in a swag)
Recharge power bank (limited access to power to charge phones or cameras)