The captivating magic of Kakadu National Park is two-fold: the UNESCO-listed park is both a wildlife mecca and a powerful Aboriginal macrocosm. Discover it all on this brand-new MT Sobek journey! Take sunset cruises along croc-filled billabongs, experience incredible ancient Aboriginal rock art, go on a two-day wilderness hike to spectacular falls and gorges, share a meal and stories with an Aboriginal elder, and cool off in natural swimming holes. Plus, be treated to exclusive access to rarely visited Arnhem Land and tour Litchfield National Park's fascinating termite mounds.
Encounter varied wildlife, from wallabies and saltwater crocodiles to goannas and endemic birds
Immerse yourself in indigenous culture with rock-art sites and interactions with Aboriginal locals
Fall asleep under the stars to the sounds of nature in comfy eco-camps
Welcome to Australia! Upon arrival at Darwin International Airport, meet your MT Sobek representative and transfer to your hotel. After meeting the group and a trip briefing, stretch your legs with a guided walk to some of the city's main attractions, including the fantastic Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Botanic Gardens, and Mindil Beach. Then enjoy a welcome dinner at the hotel.
En route to Kakadu, meet Wulna Aboriginal elders for a traditional welcome to country, plus morning tea and a cultural talk or billabong walk. Upon arrival in Kakadu National Park, a 7,700-square-mile UNESCO World Heritage Centre, take a sunset cruise on the Yellow Water Billabong, home to astounding wildlife. You may spot brumbies (wild horses), wallabies, goannas, saltwater crocodiles, and myriad native birds including magpie geese, cormorants, and the black-necked stork (jabiru) — one of Australia's largest flying birds. Come evening, settle into your comfortable eco-camp in the heart of Kakadu.
Wake to a chorus of birds, enjoy breakfast, and head out for Arnhem Land (via vehicle and boat) and the Mawurndaddja rock art complex. Enjoy exclusive, special-permit access to this Aboriginal-owned region, seen by very few visitors! Your Njanjma guide leads you into Arnhem Land, visiting several sites before climbing up to the Mawurndaddja complex. After experiencing the astounding ancient art and culture here, venture back into Kakadu. In the late afternoon, walk through the Bardedjilidji sandstone outcrops and up to Ubirr Rock for lovely views over the vast floodplain.
Rise early for a full day of exploring Nourlangie (Burrungkuy), a large sandstone outcrop known for its Nanguluwur art site and beautiful vistas. Today's walk comprises the Barrk and Nourlangie circuit, traversing the crest of this plateau, and reveals the escarpment's extraordinary diversity of habitats - from cool monsoon vine forest to rugged stone country. After lunch, visit the Warradjan Aboriginal Cultural Centre, full of fascinating information and traditional stories. Return to camp for dinner with a special guest: a local Aboriginal elder who will share stories of culture, hunting, and Dreamtime.
Head south to discover more of Kakadu's gorgeous waterfalls and gorges. Barramundi (Maguk) Falls is reached via a stunning walk through monsoon forest, opening out to a deep plunge pool lined with blond quartzite cliffs. Keep your eye out for birds such as rainbow pittas and spangled drongos, plus the endemic anbinik tree. Continue to camp near Gunlom, a magnificent waterfall ringed by sandy beaches and pandanus palms. While enjoying pre-dinner nibbles, experience a Kakadu sunset from the swimming hole atop Gunlom Falls — one of the most iconic images of the Northern Territory!
Embark on a two-day 4WD and hiking adventure deep into southern Kakadu. The group determines the walk's pace and distance today, so today's destination is Koolpin Gorge or Motorcar Falls, with rock scrambling through splendid gorges plus stops to view Aboriginal art. Your effort is well rewarded by crystal-clear rock pools and outstanding views. En route, see limpid rock pools lined with ferns and palms, and birds and animals finding water and shelter in the gorge's walls. Only very few visitors receive permits to experience this magical environment — you're lucky!
Like yesterday, today's walk can be as strenuous as the group wishes. There are a few options of spectacular gorges and hidden waterfalls to discover, which you can reach only with local knowledge. Regardless of the destination, rest assured that the scenery, flora, fauna, and ancient landscapes combine for an unforgettable day!
After your final night camping in Kakadu, travel to Litchfield National Park, home to iconic magnetic termite mounds and mysterious clusters of weathered sandstone pillars known as the Lost City. On the way, you may enjoy a relaxing swim and your last scrumptious picnic lunch at one of the region's many waterfalls before continuing north to Darwin. Freshen up in your hotel room, then rejoin the group for a festive farewell dinner.
After breakfast, transfer to the Darwin airport for your homeward-bound flight
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Our connections allow us to have exclusive access to immersive Aboriginal experiences- visiting homesteads, rock art galleries and indigenous guided cruises!
This unique Australian hiking adventure covers up to 30 miles of trails in UNESCO-listed Kakadu National Park, with access to remote and undiscovered regional gems.
Experience the wonders of far-northern Australia from its iconic waterfalls, cool Monsson forests, and billabongs to its secret ancient Aboriginal rock art.
Moderate hiking between 3 and 9 miles per day, swimming, plus wildlife cruising and cultural exploration of Aboriginal sites.
Six nights of safari-style camping in stunning locations adjacent to national park campgrounds, plus two night's hotel accommodation in Darwin.
Kakadu is normally rain-free with plenty of sun and very warm temperatures around 90°F from May to November. Evenings can be cooler at around 60°F.
Our semi-permanent safari camp is adjacent to the facilities provided by Kakadu National Park with solar-heated hot showers located by our campsite.
There are toilet facilities provided by Kakadu National Park next to the campsite. During the day, our guides carry a toilet shovel and toilet paper to dispose of waster as per Leave No Trace Principles.
Your guides prepare all the meals and run our camp, however you will be asked to contribute by taking care of your own tent and swag. We provide safari-style tents with cot-style beds and swag. A swag is a 3-inch thick mattress with a canvas cover to keep it clean, a pillow, and pillow cover with sheets. Swags are rolled out on top of your cot, so you sleep off the ground with a comfortable base. There's room under the stretcher to store your bags. You can bring your own sleeping bag or hire one from us.
Our meals are high quality, interesting, and nutritional. Wherever possible we use fresh produce sourced from local providers and carefully selected, stored, and transported. There is often plenty of fresh fish, meat or other her protein dishes and fresh salads. We resupply every few days. Our guides have remarkable culinary skills and pride themselves on the variety and standard of their meals, ability to cater a wide range of dietary requirements.
There are will be very few chances to recharge any electronic devices. It's best to bring spare batteries or solar charging units for your devices.
We travel with 4WD Toyota Coaster. The forward-facing seating arrangement offers comfortable full sized seats and plenty of room to move.
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