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Jatbula Trail

This breathtaking Top End adventure is one of the most popular walking trails with our travellers. The Arnhem Land escarpment is an exceptional wilderness area which winds its way along the edge of Katherine Gorge (Nitmiluk) to Edith Falls (Leliyn) creating a truly extraordinary hiking experience. The Jatbula Trail in the Nitmilik National Park features magnificent waterfalls tumbling from high quartzite cliffs where shady monsoon forests line the creeks and stunning Jawoyn Aboriginal rock art adorns the caves and overhangs. The tropical equivalent of Tasmania's Overland Track, this full pack carrying bushwalk traverses the heart of this amazing part of Australia. You will trek during the cooler months to ensure the best experience of the tropical environment. With crystal-clear creeks throughout, there are abundant opportunities for swimming and just relaxing in the warm croc-free waters. Combine this trek with a Katherine River Can Expedition for the complete Top End wilderness experience.


5 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 5 dinners
Professional wilderness guides (2 guides)
All National Park and camping fees
All group camping equipment including mosquito net, sleeping mats, ground sheet (tarpaulin), stoves, cooking and eating utensils
Emergency communications and group first aid kit
Transport from Darwin
Wilderness walking in one of the Top End's best-kept secrets
Spend evenings under the stars at our wilderness campsites
Gain a deeper understanding of the local Indigenous culture with visits to ancient rock art sites
Explore the exceptional Arnhem Land Escarpment and Stone Country
View magnificent waterfalls tumbling from the high sandstone escarpment
Take refreshing dips in the many fresh waterholes along the trail
Tour Provider World Expeditions
Number of Days
Price From
AUD $2,095
Start Location
Darwin, Australia
End Location
Age Range
Avg. 30+
Group Size
7 to 10
Tour Style
Tour Themes
Adventure, Cycling/Trekking, Walking
Physical Rating
Easy to Moderate
Tour departure dates
03 Jun 201908 Jun 2019AvailableAUD $2,095
10 Jun 201915 Jun 2019AvailableAUD $2,095
01 Jul 201906 Jul 2019AvailableAUD $2,095
08 Jul 201913 Jul 2019AvailableAUD $2,095
15 Jul 201920 Jul 2019AvailableAUD $2,095
22 Jul 201927 Jul 2019AvailableAUD $2,095
29 Jul 201903 Aug 2019AvailableAUD $2,095
12 Aug 201917 Aug 2019AvailableAUD $2,095
19 Aug 201924 Aug 2019AvailableAUD $2,095
Day 1
We pick you up from your Darwin accommodation between 6:00 and 6:30am, before heading south on the Stuart Highway to Katherine. The starting point of our walk is at Katherine Gorge. After lunch, we cross the Katherine River and begin our trek into the stone country. The Northern Rockhole offers a fantastic swimming spot. We then trek to our evening campsite beside the clear, flowing stream of Biddlecombe Cascades. Walking distance: 8kms | Driving time: approx 4 hours
Day 2
Today’s trek takes us further into the rugged stone country. We are now deep in the wilderness of the Arnhemland Escarpment and Stone Country which extends almost 1000 kilometres through the heart of the Top End. The trail today includes some interesting Jawoyn Aboriginal rock art sites hidden in the many rocky outcrops and overhangs. The cascades of Crystal Falls are an inviting backdrop to our campsite. Walking distance: 10.5kms
Day 3
A good morning trek brings us to the Amphitheatre, an aptly named natural pocket in the escarpment. The shade of the cliffs encourages a rich monsoonal rain forest and the rock shelters exhibit the art of the Jawoyn Traditional Owners. Trekking along the edge of the escarpment with its stunning views, we reach our camp and the spectacular 17 Mile Falls. The rock pools above the falls offer great swimming in the spring fed clear streams. Walking distance: 10kms
Day 4
A bigger day of trekking takes us to the Edith River Crossing as it flows across the stone country. The permanent waterholes here attract abundant birdlife and are a wonderful place to enjoy another delicious picnic lunch. We will follow the course of the river with its gentle gradients to our evening campsite at Sandy Camp Pool. Walking distance: 16.5kms
Day 5
After a big day on the trail yesterday, we enjoy a more leisurely walk today – with plenty of time to enjoy our last full day out in this magnificent country. We continue along the Edith River with its Paperbark Forests, cascades and water holes arriving at Sweetwater Pool by early afternoon. We have the rest of the day to relax at this beautiful campsite, explore and swim. Our guides will deliver a great meal this evening on the banks of the waterhole. Walking distance: 11kms
Day 6
Our final day on the Jatbula! We pack up camp and follow the trail to Leliyn (Edith Falls). There is the opportunity to swim in some of the best holes of the walk before we reach the trail's end. After enjoying a leisurely lunch at Edith Falls, we board the awaiting bus and transfer back to Darwin. We aim to drop you back at your accommodation between 4-5pm. This evening your group may like to meet at one of Darwin's great eateries for a celebratory dinner! Walking distance: 4.5km | Driving time: approx 4hrs