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Kakadu, Arnhem Land, Katherine & Litchfield Adventure

FROM: $1616
15
5D
4N
Min. Age
12 years+

Departure Times

Departs: 6:30am - Tuesdays
Returns: 6:00pm - Saturdays

Pricing Options

$1616 AUD / Person - General (Ages 12+) (Between: 18 Apr 2024 and 28 Sep 2024)

Spend 5 epic days traversing the Top End's national parks and cultural sites on this incredible camping adventure!

  • 5 days of exploring Northern Territory highlights in a small group setting
  • 4 nights of camping at Outback wilderness campsites with meals included
  • Tour important cultural sites and connect with the First Nations People on Arnhem Land
  • Spot wildlife, go on river cruises, swim in waterfalls, and hike across the landscapes
  • See highlights of Kakadu, Litchfield, and Nitmiluk National Parks

This 5D4N Kakadu, Arnhem Land, Katherine & Litchfield Adventure is the ultimate introduction to the nature, wildlife, and culture of Australia’s Top End. Departing from Darwin, this whirlwind experience takes you to some of the most iconic locations across the Northern Territory. From swimming in secluded, pristine rock pools, to croc-spotting at Cahill’s Crossing, to learning about indigenous traditions with First Nations guides, you’ll get to embrace the natural and spiritual significance of the Outback. 

Highlights

  • 5-day adventure through Australia’s Top End
  • Camp at Outback campsites with shared facilities
  • Expert local guide
  • Sturdy 4WD bus transport
  • Spend 2 days exploring Kakadu National Park
  • Immersive cultural presentation on Arnhem Land
  • Admire ancient indigenous rock art
  • Spot crocodiles at Cahill’s Crossing 
  • See the famous Katherine Gorge at Nitmiluk National Park
  • Optional activities like a scenic flight or scenic Katherine Gorge cruise
  • Swim in waterfalls at Litchfield National Park
  • Tour starts and ends in Darwin with hotel pick-up available

couple hiking through the wilderness in australia

Sample Itinerary

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Day 1 - Travel from Darwin to Arnhem Land

  • Total walking time: 1.5 hours
  • Total driving time: 6 hours

Depart from Darwin bright and early at 6am and head East along the Arnhem Highway towards the Corroboree Billabong on the Mary River. Join an educational river cruise of the wetlands and try to spot local birds and saltwater crocodiles!

Then continue to the border of Kakadu National Park and Ar...

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Day 1 - Travel from Darwin to Arnhem Land

  • Total walking time: 1.5 hours
  • Total driving time: 6 hours

Depart from Darwin bright and early at 6am and head East along the Arnhem Highway towards the Corroboree Billabong on the Mary River. Join an educational river cruise of the wetlands and try to spot local birds and saltwater crocodiles!

Then continue to the border of Kakadu National Park and Arnhem Land, where the 4WD will cross the croc-infested river at Cahill’s Crossing. Spend the rest of the day on Arnhem Land learning about the area’s cultural significance, visiting treasured First Nations sites, and hearing about indigenous history from your Bininj guide. Then camp in Kakadu National Park for the night.

indigenous woman giving a presentation about local crafts


Day 2 - Explore Kakadu National Park

  • Total walking time: 2.5 hours
  • Total driving time: 4 hours
  • Optional activity: Scenic flight over Kakadu National Park

Today you’ll experience some highlights of the world-famous Kakadu National Park! The first half of the day consists of a challenging hike through mystical forests followed by a gorgeous swim at Jim Jim Falls. After lunch you’ll visit Anbangbang, an important cultural site with fascinating rock art that is managed by the Mirarr and Djok communities. In the afternoon you can visit Bowali Cultural Centre or book an optional scenic flight over the national park.  


Day 3 - Swimming holes in Kakadu and travel to Nitmiluk National Park

  • Total walking time: 1.5 hours
  • Total driving time: 5.5 hours

Continue to explore the vast wilderness of Kakadu with a morning swim in either Gunlom Falls or Maguk (Barramundi Gorge). Then it’s time to move on to another stunning location in Australia’s Top End! Depart Kakadu, stop in the historic gold-mining town of Pine Creek for lunch, and enter Nitmiluk National Park for dinner and a cosy night camping under the stars. 

travellers chatting at a campsite in australia


Day 4 - Discover Nitmiluk National Park (Katherine Gorge)

  • Total walking time: 3.5 hours
  • Total driving time: 4.5 hours
  • Optional activity: Katherine Gorge Scenic Cruise

Nitmiluk National Park, previously called Katherine Gorge National Park, is another gem of the Northern Territory that is filled with natural beauty, wildlife and cultural sites. Join an optional Katherine Gorge Scenic Cruise if you wish, or explore the area with the group on foot. Spend the afternoon walking to the majestic Edith Falls for a refreshing dip, then camp for the night on the edge of Litchfield National Park. 


Day 5 - Tour Litchfield National Park and return to Darwin 

  • Total walking time: 1 hour
  • Total driving time: 3.5 hours

Today you’ll tour the highlights of the lush Litchfield National Park. Depending on the park’s weather conditions, you’ll visit either Florence Falls, Wangi Falls or Bluey Rockhole. Each of these locations is a magical oasis in the Outback where you can swim, relax and get epic photos. After a day of walking, swimming, and exploring, hop back in the 4WD and return to Darwin!

map of adventure tours itinerary top end australia

Accommodation

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Throughout your Top End Outback adventure, you’ll be camping at basic Outback campgrounds. Enjoy this chance to immerse yourself in the tranquillity of nature and embrace a minimalist, wilderness lifestyle. 

A sleeping mat is provided, though you will need to bring a sleeping bag. If you don’t al...

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Throughout your Top End Outback adventure, you’ll be camping at basic Outback campgrounds. Enjoy this chance to immerse yourself in the tranquillity of nature and embrace a minimalist, wilderness lifestyle. 

A sleeping mat is provided, though you will need to bring a sleeping bag. If you don’t already have one, enquire upon booking about renting or purchasing one for the trip. 

There are basic, shared facilities at the campgrounds, and it’s recommended that everyone pitches in with meal prep and cleaning. This just ensures that everyone gets involved and helps things run smoothly. 

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What To Bring

  • Comfortable, breathable clothing
  • Sturdy walking shoes
  • Swimmers
  • Towel
  • Sun protection (hat, sunnies, sunscreen)
  • Camera
  • Refillable water bottle (we recommend at least a 1.5litre capacity)
  • A headlamp or torch is recommended for around your accommodation at night
  • Powerbank to recharge your phone
  • Sleeping bag (or you can buy one upon booking, see “What’s Extra”)

Note: There is a strict luggage limit of 10kg. Please organise ...

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What To Bring

  • Comfortable, breathable clothing
  • Sturdy walking shoes
  • Swimmers
  • Towel
  • Sun protection (hat, sunnies, sunscreen)
  • Camera
  • Refillable water bottle (we recommend at least a 1.5litre capacity)
  • A headlamp or torch is recommended for around your accommodation at night
  • Powerbank to recharge your phone
  • Sleeping bag (or you can buy one upon booking, see “What’s Extra”)

Note: There is a strict luggage limit of 10kg. Please organise to store your excess luggage at your accommodation in Darwin

What's Included

  • 5-day guided tour of the Top End
  • All transport via 4WD bus
  • 4 nights powered campsite accommodation with shared facilities
  • National park entry fees
  • Expert local guide
  • Breakfast x 4, Lunch x 5, Dinner x 4
  • Corrobboree Billabong Cruise
  • Indigenous cultural experiences and site visits
  • Guided walks and waterfall visits

What's Extra

  • You will need to organise your own luggage storage in Darwin
  • Sleeping bag hire for $35 (if you don’t have your own)
  • Optional activities:
    • Kakadu scenic flight - from $150
    • Katherine Gorge Scenic Cruise - from $105

Terms and Conditions

Important Information

  • The minimum age is 12 years old.
  • This trip requires a moderate level of fitness as there are a variety of walking trails. Guests should be prepared to hike 5-9kms per day. 
  • Please notify us upon booking if there are any dietary requirements. Food is prepared in advance and special diets cannot be catered for unless you tell us in advance. 
  • Itineraries may change due to weather, local conditions, transport schedules, public holidays, or other factors outside of our control.

Terms & Conditions

All information provided at any time by Outback Tours and our affiliates is subject to these Terms & Conditions. This includes but is not limited to tour information, pricing, blog posts, travel advice, itinerary information and availability.


Your Responsibilities

Please advise us before booking if any passengers are under 18 years old to ensure this is the appropriate trip. 

You must reconfirm all booked tours and itineraries prior to travel as specified on your voucher or ticket. If applicable, notes such as dietary requirements, pick-up locations and additional fees should also be confirmed at this time. Reconfirmations cannot be actioned through Outback Tours/Mr Travel and must be done so directly through the Service Operator as specified on each ticket.

It is your responsibility to notify us of ticket discrepancies. Please read through the details on your voucher thoroughly to ensure all details such as passenger names, ages and dates of travel on vouchers/tickets are correct.

It is the responsibility of all passengers travelling to advise both your travel agent at the time of booking and the individual tour check-in agent, before boarding, of any medical conditions including food allergies you may suffer from.

You need to allow adequate time to check-in prior to the specified departure time. Please refer to the specific tour page for full check-in instructions. Guests unable to attend their ticketed tour, transport or accommodation due to delay or lateness will not be eligible for a refund.

If you are undertaking any scuba diving activities, please read and meet the scuba diving medical requirements and information before travel.


Prices/Extra Costs

All prices are stated in Australian dollars and include GST. The Service Operator reserves the right to alter prices and extra costs. Extra costs may include EMC fees, Stingersuit/Wetsuit Hire, Luggage Storage, Insurance, Linen Hire, National Park Fees, Fuel Levies, Dietary Fees, etc. Bonds may also apply.

We will also endeavour to communicate these extra costs with you at the time of booking, and on your ticket. However, it is your responsibility to confirm which (if any) additional costs apply with each Service Operator upon reconfirming your trip.


Accountability/Misconduct

All Service Operators have the right to provide client feedback and to cancel bookings based on feedback from other Service Operators. 

Please enjoy your travel experience in a kind and responsible manner.

Outback Tours/Mr Travel will treat this as any normal client cancellation and therefore the cancellation fees stated in the Client Cancellation Policy will apply.


Travel Risk/Insurance

It should be noted that adventure travel involves risk. Whilst we make every effort to safeguard clients, we cannot be responsible for personal injury or loss due to the actions of our clients which are beyond our control. We highly recommend that all clients have travel insurance covering illness, injury, loss or damage to personal belongings and not being able to travel on the confirmed date of departure. You should also ensure your travel insurance will cover special circumstances including weather events preventing guests from travelling to their tour departure destination and cancelled flights due to unforeseen circumstances. 

Guests embarking on activities such as scuba diving, jet skiing, skydiving and hiking experiences should purchase insurance appropriate for the risks involved with these activities. 


Transport

It should be noted that any transport you have booked (buses, flights and ferries) through Outback Tours is non-refundable and non-transferable. It might be possible to change flights however do note this must be done directly with the flight operator and we are unable to offer any support with this. This may incur change fees or cancellation fees, it depends on the T+Cs of the flight operators themselves. As we acted as a booking agent for you, it is possible to liaise with the airline directly should there be any unexpected events and the airline is forced to cancel your flights. If there are any changes to your flight times or days, we will get notified and send this email directly to you in a reasonable time.


Merchant Fees

Please be aware operators pass on credit card merchant fees so there is a non-refundable 1% surcharge for VISA and MASTERCARD card purchases.


Other

Terms and Conditions (including the Cancellation Policy) are subject to change.

All ticket/voucher reissues attract a $20 administration fee.


Transfers

The Service Operator reserves the right to limit courtesy transfers to select local accommodations. Private residences or Airbnb properties may be asked to meet at the closest confirmed location. Failure to meet at the specified pick-up location may be treated as “No Show”, for which the Client Cancellation Policy applies. Not all tours offer transfers, please refer to the individual product to see if this is applicable to your tour.


Itinerary tours, accommodation and transport subject to change

Any specific accommodation, tours, transport, activities or product listed in our itineraries is subject to change according to availability. Our travel agents will do their best to secure you the specific listed accommodation, however, if not possible according to availability, Outback Tours reserves the right to swap and substitute certain products for similar experiences, accommodation or transport that works with your timeframe.


Information & Advice

All information, advice or pricing provided by Outback Tours and our affiliates, or through any of our team, is subject to change. Outback Tours articles and products are provided online for general information purposes only and are intended as guides. Any advice interpreted from information on the website (including but not limited to financial, immigration, employment and tax information) is not specialist advice and does not constitute legal, tax or other professional instruction. Outback Tours does not guarantee that any information provided is up-to-date or accurate. Please obtain professional advice before actioning any advice, including but not limited to tax, immigration, employment, travel restrictions and finances.

Open Date Vouchers / Gift Certificate:

Shipping Costs are in addition to the ticket price and will be added at check-out. Shipping costs are non-refundable and do not makeup part of the ticket value. 

E-Vouchers incur no shipping fees.

You have 5 years to use the value of the voucher. Seasonal Price Rises will apply if travelling out the current seasons pricing. Vouchers can be exchanged for free up to the full value of the voucher excluding credit card fees and charges.

Cancellations

Client Cancellations

All cancellations forfeit 25% of the recommended retail price (RRP) - not the discounted/sale price. No shows or client cancellations made within 60 days of departure forfeit 100% of the total ticket price

Transfers between tours can be made at the suppliers' discretion, however, it should be noted that supplier fees may apply. Tour transfers also incur a $20 administration fee. 

It is compulsory that all cancellation requests are in writing and sent via email to: admin@mr-travel.com. Cancellations attempted via online chat or phone will not be actioned.


Supplier Cancellations

The Service Operator reserves the right to alter prices, alter itineraries, apply a fuel surcharge, cancel departures, arrange alternative transport and vary itineraries and services if necessary.

All departures and itineraries are subject to weather. Tours may be changed or cancelled for any reason at the discretion of the Service Operator. If the Service Operator has to cancel the trip or activity (prior to departure) and we cannot offer a suitable alternative, then a refund will be given minus a 20% administration fee and any associated card fees. We strongly recommend that you have travel insurance, especially during the wet season.

All add-on activities (including but not limited to scuba diving, stand-up paddleboarding, helmet diving, guided snorkel tours, banana boat rides and waterslides) are subject to availability and price changing, and may not be available during your tour without notice. Guests are not eligible for refunds on the grounds of non-operating extra activities.

In the unlikely event of your trip being cancelled or stood down, all guest communication is required to go through our Online Store via telephone or email. While there is a Sailing Whitsundays retail outlet located Airlie Beach, please be aware that they operate as a separate entity and are unable to access reservations made by the Outback Tours/Mr Travel online department.


Refunds

All refunds are in Australian Dollars and must be made to the card of payment. Outback Tours/Mr Travel is not liable for exchange rate fluctuations or fees, or any other merchant/bank fees associated with domestic and/or international transactions.

Where a full refund is applicable, there is the option to transfer the whole cost of the tour to another tour or “Credit” to avoid the administration fee. A transfer fee of $20 will apply.

You will be emailed confirmation once the refund has been processed. Once the refund has been processed, it may still take time for the banks to clear the amount. Please allow 7-10 business days for the funds to clear into Australian accounts and up to 21 business days for international accounts.


Thank you for booking with our Australian travel experts here at Outback Tours/Mr Travel. If you would like any further advice, assistance in arranging accommodation, transfers or additional tours, please don't hesitate to get in touch.

Happy travels! 

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the weather like in the Top End?

You’ll want to check the weather right before your tour for more accurate weather conditions, but the Top End has a desert climate. That means hot days with strong sun, so packing enough water and sun protection is vital! During the evenings the temperatures are mild and you may want a light jacket. 

What fitness level is required for this tour?

This trip requires a moderate level of fitness as there are a few walking trails involved. Each trail varies in length and difficulty, but walking times range from 1 to 3.5 hours per day. Please bring sturdy, comfortable walking shoes and comfortable clothing. 

What is the accommodation like?

You’ll be sleeping at Outback campgrounds with basic shared facilities. It’s important to bring a sleeping bag or hire one before the trip! You’ll also need to pitch in with preparing meals and cleaning, as it is a communal effort on this tour!

Is there a minimum age for this tour?

The minimum age is 12 years. 

Are hotel pick-ups in Darwin offered?

Yes, but you will need to contact us with your preferred pick up point at least one week before departure. Otherwise, the default pick-up location is the Cavenagh Motel at 6:30am (12 Cavenagh St).

Can my dietary requirements be catered for?

Yes, diets such as vegan, vegetarian, or gluten-free can be catered for. Passengers with special meal requirements or food allergies MUST ensure they or their travel agent inform ATA of this when booking. Food for the trip is purchased in advance and special requirements cannot be catered for after departing. 

What type of clothes should we pack for the Top End?

Lightweight, active clothing is ideal for the Top End. Bring a mixture of layers, as the temperatures can be hot but long pants and shirts can protect against the sun. You may want some warm clothes for the nighttime as well. 

How much luggage can we bring?

You are only allowed to bring a soft bag with a strict limit of 10kg. Any excess luggage must be stored in Darwin. Most accommodations will offer luggage storage!

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