Short Breaks

Kakadu & Litchfield National Parks

3 days | Darwin Return

Kakadu National Park • Aboriginal Rock Art • Yellow Water Billabong Cruise • Cultural Cruise with Aboriginal Guide • Litchfield National Park Waterfalls


Departs

Daily (May-Nov) 6.30am


Returns

6.00pm approximately

Prices From Code: DK48

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Itinerary

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As this Short Break departs at 6.30am, accommodation will need to be pre-booked for the previous night.

 Depart Darwin and travel along the Arnhem Highway, their major river systems and wetlands, into Kakadu National Park. Located 257 kilometres east of Darwin, this national park covers 20,000 square kilometres of landscape from rocky escarpment home to historic Aboriginal rock art dating back thousands of years, to floodplains abundant with wildlife. Visit the Warradjan Cultural Centre to view the informative displays depicting the traditions of the Aboriginal people in Kakadu. Join your local guide on a cruise of Yellow Water Billabong. Search for saltwater crocodiles and the colourful range of birdlife for which this region is renowned. After lunch, stop at Nourlangie, where your Driver Guide will lead you on a walk to view the rock art galleries. There is the opportunity for an optional 50-minute scenic flight (own expense). 

 

  Hotel: Mercure Kakadu Crocodile Hotel, Kakadu.

  Included Meals: Lunch

This morning join your Driver Guide to explore the World Heritage Area of Ubirr, where you’ll climb up through the ancient Aboriginal rock art galleries, believed to be 20,000 years old, to the lookout for a view over the surrounding wetlands. Join the Guluyambi Cruise on the East Alligator River. An Aboriginal guide will provide an insight into their culture, including local mythology, the river’s abundant food chain, as well as bush survival skills. With special permission of the local people, you can go ashore in Arnhem Land. Visit the Marrawuddi Art Gallery before returning to Darwin.

  Hotel: Travelodge Darwin Resort

  Included Meals: Lunch

Litchfield National Park contains several types of typical Top End habitats including lush monsoon forests, termite mounds, unusual rock formations, waterfalls and cascades. The park encloses much of the spectacular Tabletop Range, which is a wide sandstone plateau mostly surrounded by cliffs. During the green season four major waterfalls thunder from the cliffs to tropical rock pools many metres below. During the dry season, the waterfalls flow more gently, making the waterholes the perfect spot for a cool dip. The Park’s traditional owners are the Wagait Aboriginal people, many of whom live in the area.

We follow the Stuart Highway via the township of Batchelor to Litchfield National Park where we will visit the main falls. First stop is Florence Falls, where you have the opportunity for a scenic and interpretive bush and monsoon vine forest walk. There is also the chance for a swim by making your way down the stairs to the plunge pool below. Travel on to Tolmer Falls for a magnificent view of the water cascading down to the deep waterhole at the base of the falls. Finally we visit Wangi Falls, with its large clear pool, another relaxing spot for a swim. On the way back to Darwin we make a stop in at Howard Spring Nature Park, where you will have the chance to feed the Barramundi & Turtles. A wonderful day for taking many fascinating photos, including the amazing stand of termite mounds. Lunch is included today. 

  Included Meals: Lunch



As this Short Break concludes at 6.00pm, you may like to pre-book accommodation for tonight.

Please note: This itinerary may be subject to change.

Please Note: This itinerary is valid for travel from 1 April 2020. Due to seasonal conditions this itinerary may change without notice. Prices above may vary according to your departure date.


Accommodation

Choose from a range of accommodation standards below. AAT Kings has hand-picked a range of hotels in key destinations to suit all kinds of budgets and we’ve pre-negotiated amazing prices for you.

Day 1 - Mercure Kakadu Crocodile Hotel, Kakadu.

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.

Mercure Kakadu Crocodile Hotel
Day 2 - Travelodge Darwin Resort

Located in the heart of the CBD, Travelodge Mirambeena Resort Darwin is an inner city oasis, close to everything in town while providing privacy in a lush setting.

Travelodge Darwin Resort
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. Ask our friendly reservations at the time of booking.

Trip Details

What's included

  • • Kakadu National Park Ticket
  • • Accommodation
  • • Experienced Driver Guide
  • • Comprehensive commentary
  • • Travel in an air-conditioned coach

What to Bring

  • • Enclosed walking shoes
  • • Sunglasses, hat, sunscreen, insect repellent
  • • Water bottle to hold 1 litre
  • • Warm layers in cooler months
  • • Swimmers & towel (if swimming)

Fitness Requirements

  • • Low to moderate level of fitness required
  • • Nourlangie Rock: 1.5km walk around the base. The walk has built in steps along the path
  • • Ubir: Walk is slightly uneven around the base but quite steep on the way to lookout
  • • Florence Falls: 160 step staircase down to swimming area, or there is a viewing platform at top of the falls if you do not wish to swim
  • • Tolmer Falls: is a flat walk of 15mins each way
  • • Wangi Falls: is an easy walk from the carpark

Dining

  • • Lunch (3)

Flight Information

  • • Day Prior: Flights to arrive anytime into Darwin Airport
  • • Day 3: We recommend guests to fly out the day after the tour finishes in Darwin

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