5 Day Kakadu & Litchfield Tour

Our 5 day Kakadu tours from Darwin is the ultimate Top End Adventure. An action-packed 4WD experience that showcases the best wetlands and waterfalls of Litchfield National Park and Kakadu National Park and even takes you off the beaten track to explore more secluded locations. You’ll have plenty of time to immerse yourself in the wild and unique natural beauty and authentically connect with the rich indigenous culture and history of the region.

 

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“It was very informative and we had a lovely small group in our tour. The tour highlight was the rock art sites and 360 degrees of kakadu Park which is amazing. Worth your money..” – RyLotus, Cairns, Australia.

 

5 Day Kakadu Tours Highlights

  • Visit world heritage listed Kakadu National Park
  • See an apex predator up close, on a billabong cruise
  • Explore both Bowali and Warradjan cultural centres
  • Internationally Protected Mamukala Wetlands
  • Watch for Crocs and Barramundi at Cahills Crossing
  • Breathtaking sunset view over the Nadab Floodplain
  • Be guided through two world-class Aboriginal rock art sites (Burrunkguy and Ubirr) 
  • Join an intimate Aboriginal cultural experience
  • Adventure to *Jim Jim or *Twin Falls (conditions permitting)
  • Relax at Maguk’s serene plunge pool
  • Enjoy the hospitality of a classic gold mining township
  • Discover the spectacular Edith Falls or Butterfly Gorge
  • Impressive century-old magnetic termite mounds
  • Roaring waterfalls and hidden water holes of Litchfield National Park

 

*Seasonal access permitting, falls are rarely open before June. This Kakadu National Park itinerary is interchangeable during seasonal weather fluctuations and during park closures due to traditional land owner ceremonies.

Itinerary

  • DAY 1 – Darwin to Jabiru

    Day 1: Darwin – Kakadu

    • Corroboree Billabong Wetland Cruise
    • Mamakala Wetland
    • Jabiru
    • Cahill’s Crossing
    • Ubirr Sunset

     

    Meals: Lunch, Dinner
    Accom: Resort Style *Twin Share Rooms – with shared bathroom facilities (*Solo passengers who book this fare option will be paired in a room with another traveller, where possible with the same gender but not guaranteed.)
    Driving Distance: 420km
    Hike Distance: 2km + 2km
    Overnight : Anbinik

     

    The 5 day Kakadu tours from Darwin kick off bright and early and head straight to Mary River where we board the Corroboree Billabong Wetland Cruise. 

    Home to the largest concentration of saltwater crocodiles in the world and a variety of native birds, fish and other wildlife, the cruise is a thrilling and educational experience where you’ll learn about the biology and behaviour of these apex predators and the local wetland ecosystem.

     

    We then travel to Mamukala Wetlands. Here we enjoy a picnic lunch and have the chance to spot many of Australia’s bird species, this Ramsar listed wetland paradise is thriving with a diverse and extensive variety of rare, native and exotic birds and one of the best birdwatching spots in the region.

     

    Our journey then takes us to Jabiru, stopping into the Bowali Visitor Centre to soak up the information and presentations about Kakadu’s animals, plants, landscapes and rich indigenous art, culture and history. You’ll also get a chance to catch a glimpse of the elusive Tingo after checking into our accommodation in Jabiru.

     

    Travelling to the infamous Cahills Crossing over the East Alligator River, we spot Crocodiles at one of the most dangerous bodies of water in the country, after being guided through the World Heritage listed sacred site Rock Art Site of Ubirr we then enjoy a magnificent sunset overlooking the Nadab Floodplains, before heading back to Jabiru for a delicious dinner.

  • DAY 2 – Jim Jim or Twin Falls (seasonal)

    Day 2: Kakadu Anbinik to Anbinik

    • Cultural Experience
    • Jim Jim Falls or Twin Falls (conditions permitting)
    • Warradjan Visitor Centre

     

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Accom: Resort Style *Twin Share Rooms – with shared bathroom facilities (*Solo passengers who book this fare option will be paired in a room with another traveller, where possible with the same gender but not guaranteed.)
    Driving Distance: 250km
    Hike Distance: 4 km
    Overnight: Anbinik

     

    Perhaps two of Kakadu National Park’s most famous icons, Jim Jim Falls and Twin Falls, both spectacular waterfalls that gloriously cascade over the Arnhem Land escarpment into pristine, crystal clear plunge pools at the end of a long adventurous, unsealed, corrugated 4WD track. Please be aware, access to the falls is seasonal conditions permitting.

    Depending on seasonal factors and cultural observations our 5 day Kakadu tours visit one of these amazing waterfalls, but not before partaking in an exclusive cultural experience led by traditional custodians. 

     

    With picnic lunches packed we hike out to the falls, with plenty of time to cool off and enjoy the incredible landscape. The striking contrast between white, sunkissed sandy banks and the dramatic, deep hues of the Arnhem Land escarpment, carved out over millions of years of erosion, is an exquisite sight to behold.

     

    We then stop in at Warradjan Aboriginal Cultural Centre. Developed by traditional custodians, the centre offers visitors an interactive and educational insight into the incredible history and cultural significance of Kakadu. You’ll get to see artefacts, artwork, displays and hear fascinating stories from Aboriginal elders. You’ll also have the opportunity to purchase authentic handcrafted arts and crafts, didgeridoos, books and cards made by local artisans.

  • DAY 3 – Jabiru to Pine Creek

    Day 3: Anbinik – Pine Creek

    • Nawurlandja Lookout
    • Anabangbang Billabong
    • Burrungkuy Rock Art
    • Maguk
    • Pine Creek

     

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Accom: Motel Style *Twin Share Rooms – with private bathroom facilities (*Solo passengers who book this fare option will be paired in a room with another traveller, where possible with the same gender but not guaranteed.)
    Driving Distance: 270km
    Hike Distance: 1km +2km +2km
    Overnight: Pine Creek

     

    We start day three as the sunrises at one of the best scenic lookouts in the park, the Nawurlandja Lookout and cook up a delicious breakfast together by the Anabangbang Billabong.

    We explore Burrungkuy, also known as ‘Nourlangie’ and appreciate some of the oldest and best-preserved indigenous rock art paintings in the world, in the Anabangbang Gallery.

    Many of the paintings depict ancient ancestral beings and represent important stories, beliefs, knowledge and mythological figures from Bininj Culture, providing a profound insight into the rich cultural traditions of the Bininj people and their spiritual relationship and connection to the land.

    We also climb up to the Kunwarddewardde Lookout for incredible views over Kakadu’s escarpment and the savannah woodlands below before travelling south along another 4WD track to ‘Maguk’ (previously known as Barramundi Gorge) where we enjoy a picnic lunch by an exquisite natural waterfall and pristine, pandanus-lined plunge pool. 

    After a 2km walk exploring the magical contrast and diversity of spectacular savanna landscapes, pristine natural rock pools, wild rugged cliffs and rocky escarpments, we then retire to the historic mining town, Pine Creek to settle in for the evening. 

  • DAY 4 – Pine Creek to Darwin

    Day 4: Pine Creek – Darwin

    • Pine Creek
    • Butterfly Gorge
    • Adelaide River
    • Darwin
    • Mindil Markets

     

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
    Accom: Motel Style *Twin Share Rooms – with private bathroom facilities (*Solo passengers who book this fare option will be paired in a room with another traveller, where possible with the same gender but not guaranteed.)
    Driving Distance: 360km
    Hike Distance: 2km
    Overnight: Darwin City

     

    Our adventure this day takes us to either Edith Falls or Butterfly Gorge. Edith Falls, traditionally known as ‘Leliyn’, is a majestic series of cascades and pristine rock pools spread out along the Edith River. Butterfly Gorge is another secluded paradise hidden away at the base of a low sandstone plateau with a series of rock pools shaded by towering paperbarks and it’s also home to thousands of common crow butterflies.

     

    Depending on the time of year and access conditions we spend the morning cooling off and taking a swim in the crystal clear waters of one of these incredible waterfalls. Both sites are excellent recreational areas, perfect for a picnic lunch and a chance to immerse yourself in the peaceful ambience and spectacular beauty of the sandstone landscape and rocky spinifex country.

     

    We then make our way back towards Darwin along the Stuart Hwy stopping in at the Adelaide River War Cemetery, one of the largest cemeteries in Australia and a historically significant, heritage-listed site from World War II.

     

    We arrive back in Darwin at your Hotel for the night, once back in town you have the option to unwind at the hotel or take the chance for some self-guided exploration down to watch the sunset over the ocean at the Mindil Beach markets and browse through the unique outdoor stalls and experience arts, crafts and cuisine from around the world. This evening is yours to purchase dinner and discover, before making your own way back to your central Darwin Hotel. Your guide will provide all info on your walking or transport options around town. 

     

  • DAY 5 – Darwin to Litchfield. Return to Darwin.

    Day 5: Darwin – Litchfield Return

    • Darwin
    • Fogg Dam Conservation Reserve
    • Magnetic Termite Mounds
    • Florence Falls
    • Buley Rockhole  
    • Wangi Falls

     

    Meals: N/A (option to purchase lunch on tour)

    Driving Distance: 317km

    Hike Distance: 1km /2km 

     

    The final day of our 5 day Kakadu tour starts with a visit to Fogg Dam Conservation Reserve, a wildlife haven with an abundance of native animals, rare birds, turtles, water pythons and of course, Crocodiles.

    We then spend the afternoon exploring Litchfield National Park. A natural wonderland of majestic waterfalls, Litchfield is also home to some of the largest magnetic termite mounds in the Top End. Towering up to two metres high and up to 100 years old, these wedge-shaped, tombstone-like silhouettes spread out across the vast savannah plain is a uniquely impressive sight to behold.

     

    The largest and perhaps most well-known attraction here is Wangi Falls, a massive, segmented double waterfall that cascades over a steep rock escarpment into a huge plunge pool. We also visit the hugely popular swimming spots of either Florence Falls, another spectacular double waterfall and swimming hole with panoramic views of the open valley gorge, or Buley Rockhole, an ancient oasis of picturesque rock pools, natural spas and whirlpools. It’s a perfect place to rejuvenate and soak after a long day of exploration before returning back to Darwin.

     

Details

  • What you need to bring?

    • 3L Refillable water bottle
    • Hat, Sunglasses, Sunscreen
    • Comfortable hiking shoes
    • All weather clothing
    • Towel & toiletries
    • Bathers or swimwear
    • Insect repellent
    • Money for food & beverages
    • Camera
  • What's Included?

    • Kakadu National Park Pass included
    • Australia wildlife sightings
    • Aboriginal rock art
    • Accredited outback driver guide
    • Informative tour commentary
    • Inner city pickup & drop off service
    • 2 nights private resort room - with shared bathroom facilities
    • 2 nights private hotel room - with ensuite facilities
    • Includes: 3 x Breakfast, 4 x Lunch, 3 x Dinner
    • Air-conditioned 4WD mini-coach travel
  • Pricing Option

    5 Day Kakadu Tours 4WD Adventure with Wetlands and Waterfalls

    $2,250 per person *Twin Share Room

    *Solo passengers who book this fare option will be paired in a room with another traveller, where possible with the same gender but not guaranteed.

    Children aged between 12 and 17 years old are required to stay in a private room and must be accompanied by a legal guardian or adult. Please note that Triple share or family rooms are not available and due to the remote nature of the tour, ensuite facilities are not available at every property.

    Not suitable for infants or children 11 years and under.

5 Day Kakadu Tours From Darwin Frequently Asked Questions

FAQ’s we get asked about our Kakadu Tours from Darwin.

How far is Kakadu from Darwin?

Departing from Darwin CBD we travel 240 kilometers along the Arnhem Highway for approximately 1 hour 40 mins through bountiful floodplains to arrive at Kakadu National Park.

Are 5 Day Kakadu tours from Darwin COVID-19 safe?

Health and safety is our top priority, not only for our travellers, but for our crew, staff and suppliers, so that we can all travel with confidence. Our team has been working tirelessly to implement enhanced procedures in response to the COVID-19 pandemic so that you can travel in a safe, responsible and sustainable way. In line with both Government and Industry standards, GLT will implement COVID-19 protocols to promote the risk reduction approach and ensure that your health and wellbeing is at the forefront of your experience with GLT.

Our Safe Travel Statement sets out the necessary steps we have implemented to enhance procedures and adhere to Safe business practices. These safety guidelines are in alignment with recommendations from the World Health Organisation (WHO), Australian Government, Health and Safety Authorities, Tourism and Transport Industry Advisory Bodies and approved by the World Travel & Tourism Council’ s (WTTC) Safe Travel protocols for tour operators.

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5 Day Kakadu Tour Pick Up Locations

  • 6:25 – Frontier Hotel Darwin – 3 Buffalo Ct Darwin City
  • 6:30 – Travelodge Resort Darwin – 64 Cavenagh St Darwin City
  • 6:35 – H on Smith Hotel – 81 Smith St Darwin City
  • 6:40 – The Cavenagh Hotel – 12 Cavenagh St Darwin City
  • 6:45 – Tourist Precinct Mini Bus Zone – 69 Mitchell St Darwin City
  • 6:50 – H on Mitchell Hotel Apartment – 105 Mitchell St Darwin City
  • 6:53 – DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Esplanade – 116 Esplanade Darwin City
  • 6:55 – Mantra on the Esplanade Darwin – 88 Esplanade Darwin City

*Please notify the tour operator if you have any allergies, medical conditions and travelling contact number prior to departure.

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