5 Days Top End Safari Camping Safari Tour ( Apr - Oct)

5 Days Top End Safari Camping Safari Tour ( Apr - Oct)

The highlights of this trip include 4WD adventures, learning about Aboriginal culture, visiting Gunlom Falls as well as the breathtaking Jim Jim Falls in Kakadu National Park. We visit Litchfield National Park as well as the beautiful Katherine Gorge. You'll have the chance to go croc-spotting on a wildlife boat trip and you'll sleep under the stars of the top end in either a tent or in a swag (Aussie bedroll). This tour starts and ends in Darwin and runs over five days and four nights.

Tour Highlights

  • Mary River cruise
  • Pudakul Cultural Experience
  • Jim Jim Falls Walk
  • Twin Falls Walk
  • Twin Falls Gorge River Cruise
  • Maguk (Barramundi Gorge)
  • Pine Creek Gold-Mining Centre
  • Edith Falls
  • Buley Rockholes
  • Florence Falls
  • Litchfield National Park
  • Wangi Falls

Tour Info

Code AD-PNTK5
Style
  • Explorer Tour
  • Camping
Duration 5 Days
Departures
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Vehicle Coach / 4WD
Suitability 8+ Years
Start Darwin @ 06.50 am
Finish Darwin @ 06.00 pm
Travel Insurance Required

Welcome to tropical Darwin, where your adventure begins. As this trip spends very little time in the Northern Territory's capital, consider arriving a few days early to explore the city. After meeting your group and leader this morning, leave Darwin and travel into Wulna Country, where you'll receive a Cul Cul ('Welcome to Country') by the traditional owners of the land, the Limilngan-Wulna people. Learn about their ancient culture as you enjoy bush tucker talks, didgeridoo demonstrations and basket weaving. Next stop is the Mary River wetlands system, which has the highest concentration of saltwater crocodiles in the southern hemisphere. Get close to these 'salties' and other wild creatures on a billabong cruise. Late in the afternoon arrive into Ubirr in time for sunset, seeing the vivid Aboriginal rock art that dates back over 20,000 years. In the evening head to your overnight camp in Kakadu where the group will have dinner.

Note: Total driving time today is around six hours. Total walking distance is up to two kilometres.

Accommodation

Permanent tented camp (with shared facilities) (1 night)

Included Activities

Mary River cruise

Pudakul Cultural Experience

Meals Included

Lunch

Dinner

Early this morning after breakfast, travel by 4WD to the Twin Falls. Experience this spectacular gorge aboard a boat cruise that's operated by the national park, with a walk along the boardwalk afterwards. Unwind and relax on the sandy banks before heading to explore Jim Jim Falls. After a quick lunch break, take in the views of this natural wonder before taking a challenging walk to the base of the falls. Here you can choose to swim or relax on the beach, enjoying the spectacular scenery, before making the short drive to your overnight bush camp.

Note: Total driving time today is just over four hours. Total walking distance is approximately one-and-a-half kilometres.

Accommodation

Camping (with shared facilities) (1 night)

Included Activities

Jim Jim Falls Walk

Twin Falls Walk

Twin Falls Gorge River Cruise

Meals Included

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

After breakfast, head to either Maguk (Barramundi Gorge) or Gunlom Falls and cool off with a dip in the plunge pools. Visit the historic gold-mining centre of Pine Creek and head further south after lunch. Journey for around three hours in a private vehicle to your campsite on the doorstep of Nitmiluk National Park. Once comfortable, have dinner with the group before relaxing in your tent for the night.

Note: Total driving time today is around five-and-a-half hours. Total walking time is approximately an hour-and-a-half.

Accommodation

Permanent tented camp (with shared facilities) (1 night)

Included Activities

Maguk (Barramundi Gorge)

Pine Creek Gold-Mining Centre

Meals Included

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Spend the morning at the magnificent Katherine Gorge in Nitmiluk National Park. Perhaps take a cruise along the gorge or rent a kayak and paddle downstream. These options are seasonal and at your own expense. In the afternoon, head off to Edith Falls where you can cool down with a refreshing swim in the huge rock pools. Settle down for the night in a snug camp and enjoy dinner with your group.

Note: Total driving time today is around four-and-a-half hours. Total walking time is up to three-and-a-half hours (optional walks included).

Accommodation

Permanent tented camp (with shared facilities) (1 night)

Optional Activities

Katherine Gorge Scenic Cruise - AUD87

Katherine Gorge Canoe from - AUD45

Meals Included

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Once you've had breakfast, head to Litchfield National Park. Filled with waterholes, creeks and waterfalls, it's the perfect place to soak up the tranquillity of the tropics. Visit the gateway of Florence Falls, the popular Wangi Falls and the refreshing waters of the Buley Rockholes. Enjoy a picnic lunch, stroll through steamy rainforests and cool off with a dip in one of Litchfield's swimming holes. In the afternoon, take the two-hour drive back to Darwin where your trip ends. Enjoy an optional night out with the group if you decide to stay in Darwin for the night. The total driving time today is around three-and-a-half hours.

Note: Should any of the attractions of the standard itinerary not be open as a result of National Park decisions surrounding accessibility and safety, activities will be substituted. Please see 'climate and seasonal information'.

Included Activities

Buley Rockholes

Florence Falls

Litchfield National Park

Wangi Falls

Meals Included

Breakfast

Lunch

Included

  • Experienced tour guide
  • national park entrance fees
  • meals as indicated  - 4 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 4 dinners
  • Transport All Terrain vehicle
  • Accommodation transfers
  • Camping (with shared facilities) (1 night), Permanent, furnished tented camp (with shared facilities) (3 nights)

 

ACCOMMODATION AD-PNTK5

BASIX accommodation on this trip is simple permanent twin-share tents with basic beds and a sleeping mat are used on some nights of this trip. Linen, pillows and a sleeping bag are not included on this trip. During the wet season, a sheet should be sufficient to sleep in due to the humidity levels. In the cooler months (May to October) we recommend you either bring a sleeping bag or pre-purchase one from us. If you do not wish to keep your purchased sleeping bag after the tour we donate them to different local charity organisations. Bathroom facilities are shared and are located a short walking distance from camp. Private rooms and single supplements are not available on this trip. Please ensure you have selected your desired camping style correctly.

 

Night 1: Kakadu - simple permanent tents

Night 2: Mary River - simple permanent tents

Night 3: Nitmiluk - simple permanent tents

Night 4: Katherine - simple permanent tents

 

FINISH TIMES:

Our trips generally finish early evening. We recommend booking one night post accommodation in your end city and planning onward travel for the following day. We cannot accept responsibility for missed onward travel if we are delayed for some reason on the last day of travel.

 

PARTICIPATORY CAMPING:

To participate in this trip you must be prepared to assist with preparing meals, cleaning dishes, collecting firewood, setting up and packing up camp every day, in all conditions.

Dietary Requirements

Passengers with special meal requirements or food allergies MUST ensure they or their travel agent inform operation of this at the time of booking. Food for the trip is purchased prior to commencement and special requirements cannot be catered for after departing. If you have not notified us prior to departure, you may be asked to pay for any additional food yourself. Due to the nature of our trips food is basic but plentiful. We provide the below substitutes, please bring your own staples if you require specific foods not listed below:

  • No Pork (Alternative to Ham provided)
  • No Dairy (soy milk provided)
  • Vegetarian (additional veg and vegie burgers provided)
  • Vegan (supply of additional fruit and veg provided)
  • Gluten Free (cereal, bread, wraps, pasta, snack bars, sweet and savoury biscuits provided)
  • *Religious dietary requirements and specifically prepared/sourced produce is not able to be catered for.

Notes

  • Advanced Fitness required , 21 passengers maximum.
  • Itineraries may vary and/or attractions be substituted for any cause including seasonal conditions, weather extremes, and traditional owner/national park requirements. Note that the opening dates of waterfalls (including Twin and Jim Jim Falls) and attractions vary each year and can change on a daily basis in the wet and shoulder seasons. Visit this website to see live updates on which areas of the park will be open: http://kakaduroadreport.wordpress.com/ or contact our Reservations team. Due to National Park rules and road laws, we cannot guarantee the opening of Twin and Jim Jim Falls and other attractions at any time. Alternative activities will be substituted at the tour guides' discretion, dependent on local conditions. See terms and conditions of travel for full details.
  • The Aboriginal Wulna-Limilngan cultural experience is only available during the dry season (approximately Apr-Oct) as site is subject to flooding (contact our Reservations team for availability). Participants may be absent due to cultural commitments with minimal prior notification and Adventure Tours Australia reserves the right to amend the itinerary in these circumstances with no obligation to refund.
  • Children aged 8-12 are eligible for a 10% off child rate. Must quote promo code 10699 at time of booking.
  • Travel Insurance is compulsory for all travellers on all tours and details must be presented to your tour guide before departure.
  • A STRICT luggage limit of 10kg in a soft bag applies. Excess should remain in storage at your Darwin accommodation.
  • This tour requires a sleeping bag. You may bring your own or pre-purchase a sleeping bag from us.
  • From October to March it is likely that you will experience temperatures of over 35 degrees Celsius, and sometimes well into the 40's. Be prepared to endure extra physical stress due to the heat at these times, especially while on walks. These extreme temperatures can also place stress on the air-conditioning units within our vehicles which can make travelling uncomfortable. Your tour guide will assist with regular breaks and information to assist keeping hydrated. Please come prepared for all extremes.
  • The default pick up point is where we will meet you for your tour, unless you or your travel agent requests an alternative location (contact our Reservations team for more information). It is your responsibility to contact us with your preferred pick up point well ahead of departure. We do not take responsibility for missed tours if we have not been advised of an alternative in advance and you are not at the default location on time.
  • B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner.

What to bring

  • sturdy walking shoes (ankle high)
  • swimming gear
  • hat & sunscreen
  • toiletries
  • towel
  • water bottle
  • torch/flashlight
  • insect repellent
  • camera
  • pillow
  • sleeping bag (can be purchased from us)