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Kakadu Walking Adventure

Kakadu National Park is a World Heritage Area covering some 20,000 square kms. Waterfalls tumble from the red cliffs off the Arnhem Land escarpment into shady pools; tranquil wetlands teem with animal and bird life, while 40,000 years of Aboriginal cultural heritage is on display in the numerous hidden rock art galleries. Get away from the crowds on our active, walking based itinerary, which includes a cruise on the Yellow Waters (a favourite haunt of saltwater crocodiles). It's when you go for a walk beyond the main tourist sites that Kakadu will reveal its true magic. Our collection of full-day bushwalks venture in to remote gorges and sparkling waterfalls, as well as visit ancient rock-art seen by very few visitors. The upgraded semi-permanent campsites encourage travellers to relax in idyllic tropical surrounds. The itinerary varies to make the most of the season, choosing the best walks and waterfalls as the wet season floodwaters recede and access opens up. You will return to Darwin having enjoyed a complete adventure across the full range of tropical wilderness of Australia's Top End.


5 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 5 dinners
2 professional wilderness guides
Wildlife cruise
Safari camps including tents, stretcher beds and swags for sleeping
All National Park and camping fees
Emergency communications and group first aid kit
4WD transport from Darwin
All dining and catering equipment
Sunset cruise on the Yellow Water billabong, home to a variety of wildlife
Trek the diverse habitat of the escarpment, from cool Monsoon Vine Forest to the rugged stone country on top
Stay in exclusive semi-permanent campsites away from the crowds
View some of the most beautiful indigenous rock art galleries
Learn about the area with your expert guides
Experience the iconic Twin and Jim Jim falls
Tour Provider World Expeditions
Number of Days
Price From
AUD $2,595
Start Location
Darwin, Australia
End Location
Age Range
Avg. 30+
Group Size
6 to 16
Tour Style
Tour Themes
Physical Rating
Easy to Moderate
Tour departure dates
10 May 202015 May 2020AvailableAUD $2,595
17 May 202022 May 2020AvailableAUD $2,595
24 May 202029 May 2020AvailableAUD $2,595
31 May 202005 Jun 2020AvailableAUD $2,595
28 Jun 202003 Jul 2020AvailableAUD $2,695
12 Jul 202017 Jul 2020AvailableAUD $2,695
19 Jul 202024 Jul 2020AvailableAUD $2,695
26 Jul 202031 Jul 2020AvailableAUD $2,695
02 Aug 202007 Aug 2020AvailableAUD $2,695
06 Sep 202011 Sep 2020AvailableAUD $2,595
Day 1
Our journey begins with a Darwin accommodation pick-up between 7-7:30am and travel south-east to Kakadu National Park. On the way we meet with Wulna Aboriginal elders for a traditional welcome to country, followed by morning tea, damper and a chance to discuss culture, or take a walk by the billabong. We then get off the sealed roads and transfer by 4WD along the old Jim Jim Road, passing some of the area's great wetlands such as Red Lily Billabong. In the late afternoon we take a cruise on the Yellow Water Billabong, home to an astounding variety of wildlife. We may encounter Brumbies, wallabies and goannas drinking from the waterside, salt-water crocodile and thousands of birds including Magpie Geese, Brolga, Cormorants, Pelicans and one of Australia's largest flying birds – the Black-necked stork (Jabiru). The flat-bottomed boat is guided by an expert wildlife guide. We spend the evening at our comfortable semi-permanent camp, located at Djarradjin Billabong, in the heart of Kakadu National Park.
Day 2
Wake up to the dawn chorus of the multitude of birds of the Savannah and wetlands. We drive to Jim Jim and Twin Falls along a bumpy old track, to Kakadu’s most famous waterfalls. Our day is focussed on stunning walks within the World Heritage listed National Park. Our visits to Jim Jim and Twin falls aim for an active experience, walking beyond the reach regular tourist groups. NB: Jim Jim and Twin Falls usually available after mid-July. Prior to this we may visit alternative waterfalls such as Gubara. Keep in mind the thundering torrent usually depicted in the postcards is a phenomenon that only occurs during the wet season and this flow declines gradually through the dry season until it is a gentle, but still magnificent, trickle! We return to our semi-permanent camp near Djarradjin Billabong. Walking distance: 7km
Day 3
An early start this morning in order to take in all the highlights of this adventurous walking day. After a scrumptious, nourishing breakfast we drive a short distance to Nourlangie massif and begin our stunning walk – the Barrk and Nourlangie circuit – traversing the crest of this quartzite plateau. Barrk is the indigenous name for the male black wallaroo, a member of the kangaroo family which lives in this area. The walk reveals the extraordinary diversity of habitats of the escarpment, from cool Monsoon Vine Forest to the rugged stone country on top. We have the opportunity to visit the Warradjin information centre – a place full of fascinating traditional owner information and stories. In the late afternoon we return to Dajarradjin Billabong camp to relax around the campfire and enjoy another delicious evening meal. Walking distance: 8-12km
Day 4
Heading south we will explore some of the other stunning waterfalls and gorges of Kakadu. Maguk (Barramundi) Falls is reached via a stunning walk through the monsoon forest, opening out to a deep plunge pool lined with blonde quartzite cliffs. Keep your eye out for birds such as Rainbow pitas, Emerald doves and Spangled drongos as well as the endemic Anbinik tree – the biggest trees in Stone Country. In the far south of the National Park we arrive at our semi-permanent camp near Gunlom. Gunlom is a magnificent waterfall and plunge pool ringed by sandy beaches and pandanus palms, the perfect spot to relax. The sunset views from the swimming pool on top of the Gunlom Waterfall are some of the most iconic images of the Northern Territory – and it's all just a short stroll from our comfortable camp! Walking distance: 4km
Day 5
Over the day we will undertake our expedition by foot, deep in to Southern Kakadu Buladjang Country. We aim to visit Motor Car Creek Falls areas and undertake a decent walk (up to 11 km), taking most of the day. The highlight is arriving at an unspoilt, stunning crystal clear waterhole and some outstanding views of the surrounding hills and woodland. We have the freedom to set the pace of the walk depending on the group and weather of the day. Our walk takes us through open woodland past some remarkable Salmon Gums, glowing pink in the morning sun, before entering an area of pristine monsoon rainforest. Tonight we can take in our last Kakadu sunset while enjoying pre-dinner nibbles from the top of Gunlom Falls. Walking distance: up to 11km
Day 6
After our final night in the semi-permanent camp at Gunlom, we pack up and make our way to Litchfield National Park. This smaller National Park is home to iconic magnetic termite mounds and mysterious clusters of weathered sandstone pillars known as The Lost City. On our way we may enjoy a relaxing swim and our last scrumptious picnic lunch at at one of the many waterfalls and gorges, before continuing north to Darwin. We expect to arrive back into Darwin and drop you at your accommodation at around 5pm. We hope you've enjoyed your journey into the unique and unforgettable country of the Top End! Walking distance: 1km