Kakadu’s Ancient Secrets

5 Day Inspiring Journey | Darwin Return

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Kakadu’s Ancient Secrets

5 Day Inspiring Journey | Darwin Return

Kakadu’s Ancient Secrets

5 Day Inspiring Journey | Darwin Return | Travel Period: 1 Apr 2019 – 31 Oct 2019

Kakadu’s Ancient Secrets

5 Day Inspiring Journey

Darwin Return

Venture to Australia’s Top End, through the untamed wilderness and wetlands of Kakadu – an ancient landscape of billabongs, gorges and hidden canyons teeming with spectacular wildlife. Embark on an Inspiring Journey to the haunt of the Lightning Man, Aboriginal clans and the mighty crocs that roam Kakadu’s floodplains.

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  • World Heritage listed Kakadu National Park
  • Litchfield National Park’s many wonderful waterfalls
  • Uncover the Mary River on a safari cruise
  • Climb Nourlangie for spectacular views over Kakadu National Park
  • Get off road on the Marrakai 4WD track
  • Delve into WWII history at Adelaide River War Cemetery
  • Learn about Aboriginal rock art at Ubirr
  • Enjoy an exclusive Aboriginal cultural experience
  • With a swim at Gunlom Falls overlooking Kakadu
  • Stay in luxury accommodation at Cicada Lodge and Wildman Wilderness Lodge
  • Take a refreshing dip at Wangi Falls

Your epic Top End adventure begins in the tropical northern city of Darwin. Meet your local Journey Director and board your luxury 4WD vehicle. Your brush with Australia’s natural treasures begins in Litchfield National Park. Hear how the local Aboriginal people’s ancestral spirits have shaped the landscape, before embarking on a cross-country journey along the rugged Marrakai Track (seasonally accessible) to the Mary River Wetlands. Tonight, get to know your fellow travellers at a Welcome Reception with drinks and canapés followed by dinner.

Hotel: Wildman Wilderness Lodge

Included Meals: Lunch, dinner with wine

Wake up with the wildlife of Mary River and head to Corroboree Billabong, where you’ll board a wildlife cruise in the company of a local guide to explore its floodplains and spot the creatures that find sanctuary in its lotus-covered waters. Journey into the tropical depths of the iconic Kakadu National Park next, stopping at Bowali Visitor Centre. Prime your adventurer legs this afternoon for a sunset walk at the rock art galleries of Ubirr. Perched atop Nadab Lookout, watch the sun dip into the lush Kakadu floodplains.

Hotel: Mercure Kakadu Crocodile Hotel

Included Meals: Full buffet breakfast, lunch, dinner with wine

Enjoy a leisurely start to your day or take to the skies on an optional experience early morning scenic flight over Kakadu before venturing to Nourlangie to admire the ancient Dreamtime art of the Bininj and Mungguy people that is said to span 20,000 years. Later, veer off the sealed road and onto a gravel track for a scenic cross-country journey to Gunlom Falls – hike to the top of the falls rewarded with a refreshing dip in the crystal-clear plunge pool. Enjoy lunch in the shade of rustling gum trees before you continue to Nitmiluk National Park, where you’ll stay tonight in a five-star eco-lodge.

Hotel: Cicada Lodge, 2 nights

Included Meals: Full buffet breakfast, lunch, dinner with wine

The hypnotic rhythms of the didgeridoo take centre stage this morning as you meet Manuel Pamkal and share in his passion for the rich traditional culture into which he was born. Learn about life in the bush and experience first-hand the fine art of rarrk painting using a special reed brush, after which you’ll create your very own masterpiece to take home. Later, board a special dinner cruise and learn about the history and culture of the local Jawoyn people.

Included Meals: Full buffet breakfast, lunch, Local Dining Experience

A leisurely start to the day could see you relaxing at the lodge or embarking on a walk. Later, leave the wilderness behind and journey north along the Stuart Highway, stopping to cool off in the cascading waters of Edith Falls. Next, continue to Adelaide River War Cemetery and pay homage to the heroes who gave their lives in the service and defence of Australia. Bid farewell to this Inspiring Journey as you return to the tropical Northern Territory capital of Darwin.

Included Meals: Full buffet breakfast, lunch

Your Guided Holiday includes a range of quality accommodation for your comfort.
The accommodation you will enjoy on this tour includes:

 Accommodation Hotel
 Accommodation Hotel

Amidst the lush wilderness of Australia’s breathtaking Top End, Wildman Wilderness Lodge offers an extraordinary wetlands safari experience, situated in the Mary River Wetlands area half way between Darwin and Kakadu National Park. Wildman is a small-scale, high quality safari lodge featuring all the modern comforts of great accommodation.


  • Ensuite
  • Ceiling fan
  • Linen
  • Swimming Pool
  • Outdoor Patio
 Accommodation Hotel
 Accommodation Hotel

The indigenous owned luxury accommodation is uniquely shaped to represent Kakadu's most famous inhabitant, the saltwater crocodile. Relax in the recently refurbished rooms, unwind in your private courtyard, by the shaded outdoor pool or take in the landscaped interior garden view from the balcony.


  • Bathtub and shower
  • Satellite/cable colour TV
  • Broadband Internet access
  • Hair Dryer
  • Air Conditioning
  • Iron / Ironing Board
  • Refrigerator
  • Ensuite
 Accommodation Hotel
 Accommodation Hotel

Cicada Lodge opened in 2013 and delivers the highest standards of non-intrusive, world-class service in a modern architect-designed lodge.

The Lodge is elegantly furnished in a contemporary, sophisticated style fusing international, modern Australian and Indigenous design elements.



  • Room service
  • Free wireless internet access
  • Air-conditioning
  • Refrigerator
  • Mini-bar (surcharge)
  • Tea & Coffee Facilities
  • Bathrobe
  • Satellite TV
  • Private balcony
Need accommodation before or after your tour?

Our special discounted rates make booking accommodation with us during your holiday both easy and affordable at selected AAT Kings hotels and resorts. Find out more

  • Hand-picked accommodation
  • Complimentary refreshments throughout the journey
  • Airport transfers (see Flight Information below)

To ensure your holiday is filled with memorable experiences, we have included a range of quality Optional Excursions for you to choose from and partake in, if you wish, during your holiday. The excursions can be booked on tour through your Travel Director.

Adult Price: AUD 150.00  (30 Minute)
Child Price: AUD 120.00 (30 Minute)

Kakadu Air Scenic Flight

One of the best ways to experience Kakadu is by a scenic fixed wing flight which allows you to see the amazing escarpments, waterways and wetlands.  You will be amazed by the vastness and varied landscape that can be best experienced from the air. 

Optional Experiences indicated are Australian or New Zealand dollars. Please note that occasionally weather or seasonal conditions may not permit their operation. Some also depend on a minimum number of participants and suitable time being available. Please see your Travel Director for a full list of experiences.

What to Bring

  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Sunglasses, sunscreen and hat
  • Water bottle
  • Warm layers in cooler months
  • Swimwear and beach towel (if swimming)

Fitness Requirements

  • Moderate level of fitness.The walk to the top of Gunlom Falls is difficult in nature and may not be suitable for all guests. There is an easier walk with plunge pool access available as an alternative.


  • 4 Full buffet breakfasts
  • 5 Lunches
  • 3 Dinners with wine
  • 1 Local Dining Experience

Flight Information

  • Day Prior: flights to arrive anytime into Darwin Airport
  • Day 5: flights to depart after 8.00pm from Darwin Airport


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