Kakadu National Park Walking Tour - Inspiration Outdoors

Kakadu National Park Walking Tour

A guided walking tour of one of Australia’s great national parks. Hop on our 4wd bus to get to places the other tourists can’t! $3,390pp – 8 Days ex Darwin, moderate terrain, approx. 65km

Experience Kakadu National Park, Litchfield and Nitmiluk on this active, yet relaxed 9 day tour with Inspiration Outdoors. We will have you soaking up the beauty of the Northern Territory’s most iconic attraction with like minded people and no roughing it.

Who is this tour for?

Does the thought of sitting on a bus for 8 days give you the cold shivers? Do you have a love of nature but perhaps your days of roughing it are behind you? Do you want to go further than the average tourist?

This tour has been designed for + 50’s who want to visit Kakadu National Park, Litchfield National Park and Katherine Gorge with a focus on walking, swimming and nature. Stay in comfortable accommodation without carrying a heavy pack or camping.

Visit some of the more remote gorges, swimming holes, waterfalls and lookouts, that most tourists never get to experience. Travel in air-conditioned comfort, in a custom-built 4WD bus, and enjoy fantastic guided walks along the way. Take your time to walk, swim, relax and soak up the surrounding beauty each day – while still seeing so much and enjoying a comfortable bed every night

Kakadu National Park & Litchfield National Park Tour Guided Walk tour at a Glance;

  • Small group (max 15)
  • 8 days ex-Darwin rtn
  • Kakadu National Park, Litchfield National Park and Nitmiluk
  • 7 nights in excellent motel style accommodation
  • no camping or heavy hiking packs
  • 2 professional guides
  • 4wd bus with forward facing seats.

Tour Length:
8 Days
Distance walked:
Approx 65km
Difficulty:
Moderate; See FAQ
Dates:
2 – 9. Jul 2018
14 – 21. Jul 2018

Highlights of this walk

Experience the magnificent Kakadu National Park, Nitmiluk and Litchfield National Park on this 4WD tour. Walk through spectacular gorges and swim in pristine waterholes, just beyond where most other tour groups can go. Enjoy social and relaxed evenings as your guides will provide nibbles and cook a 2-course meal on most evenings.

Walking Tour Itinerary

We start our Kakadu walking tour in Darwin and head south east to Kakadu, south to Katherine Gorge and then north west to top it all off with Litchfield. Along the way we explore stunning and remote gorges, pristine waterholes, wetlands full of birds and all at a leisurely pace to take it all in. We have 3 full days to explore all Kakadu has to offer and really soak up this amazing place.

N/B The itinerary may vary depending on river crossings, heat and other conditions, your guides will provide an appropriate alternative.

Day One: Darwin to Jabiru

Day One: Darwin to Jabiru

3km

We depart Darwin after picking you up at your accommodation early this morning and head to the Window on the Wetlands Visitor Centre for our first little introduction to the wetlands in the Kakadu region. We then make our way to Mamukala Wetlands in the World heritage-listed Kakadu National Park. Here we will have the opportunity to stretch our legs for a short (1.5hrs) walk and spot some wetland birds in this refuge. From Mamukala we then drive to Jabiru, where we check in to our comfortable cabins, which we will call home for the next few nights. This evening you will have the choice to head to Ubirr to one of the most iconic lookouts in Kakadu for sunset or just relax at the hotel. While you unpack your guides will prepare a 2-course dinner.

Meals: L, D

Day Two: Bardedjilidji Walk, Ubirr rock art site, Guluyambi Cutural Cruise

Day Two: Bardedjilidji Walk, Ubirr rock art site, Guluyambi Cutural Cruise

9km+ 1km
Journey in to the northern part of Kakadu National Park and enjoy a walk on the Arnhem Land escarpment, wonder through paperbark swamps and riverbanks and enjoy the spectacular vistas. Enjoy a late morning Guluyambi Cultural Cruise and then its on to Ubirr, a rich rock art site with paintings from the last 1500 years to finish off the day.

Meals: B, L, D

Day Three: Nourlangie rock art site and Barrk Walk

Day Three: Nourlangie rock art site and Barrk Walk

6km + 6km + 2km

Today we drive out to the Nourlangie rock art site, where we will have the opportunity to explore some of the most breathtaking and diverse Aboriginal rock art paintings in the area. After discovering the site we will embark on the Barrk Walk (12km) that takes us around the Nourlangie escarpment. You will have the option to walk only the first 6km of the Barrk walk to the Nanguluwurr rock art site or you may choose to complete the whole circuit.

Meals: B, L, D

Day Four: Jim Jim and Twin Falls

Day Four: Jim Jim and Twin Falls

2km + 1km

Ready for an adventure? We head south and journey deep in to Kakadu National Park, where we will have the opportunity to explore the trickling leftovers of the wet season.

An exhilarating four wheel drive will take us to Twin Falls. A short ferry ride will take us up the gorge where the walk (500m) will take us to the bottom of the cascading Twin Falls.

In the afternoon we will make our way to Jim Jim Falls, with only a short (1km) walk and some large boulders to navigate towards the end, the path will lead us to the beach and plunge pool with the stunning 200m high escarpment right in front of us. Here you will have the opportunity to go for a swim.

Meals: B, L, D

Day Five: Maguk (Barramundi Gorge), Nitmiluk NP (Edith Falls area) to Katherine

Day Five: Maguk (Barramundi Gorge), Nitmiluk NP (Edith Falls area) to Katherine

2km + approx. 4km

Today we leave Kakadu behind us and make our way south towards Nitmiluk National Park.

Before leaving Kakadu we will do a short walk (1km) through monsoonal rainforest and head upstream close to Maguk Falls. We will be rewarded with a leisurely swim before heading back to the bus and driving further south to Nitmiluk NP, in the Edith Falls area.

After discovering Edith Falls area we make our way to Katherine, where we will check in at our apartment style accommodation.

Meals: B, L, D

Day Six: Katherine Gorge and Butterfly Gorge walk in Nitmiluk

Day Six: Katherine Gorge and Butterfly Gorge walk in Nitmiluk

12km

A short drive to the southern section of Nitmiluk will take us to Katherine Gorge.

Our walk today will start with a climb up the escarpment where we will be rewarded with the first of many stunning views for the day. The walk will take us as far as Butterfly Gorge, a little haven for the local butterflies in amongst a pocket of rainforest. From Butterfly Gorge we will make our way along the escarpment towards the Southern Rockhole. We end a wonderful day with a short boat ride up the Katherine River.

Meals: B, L, D

Day 7: Katherine to Litchfield NP

Day 7: Katherine to Litchfield NP

4km

Today we make our way up north to Litchfield National Park.

We will leave the crowds behind as we make our way to Tjaynera Falls in the Sandy Creek area. A scenic walk will take us through savannah woodland to a usually un-crowded plunge pool surrounded by paperbark trees. Here we will have time to enjoy a leisurely swim before we head to  the iconic Magnetic Termite Mounds. After this we will settle in at our cabin style accommodation in Batchelor for our last night.

Meals: B, L, D

Day 8: Litchfield National Park and return to Darwin

Day 8: Litchfield National Park and return to Darwin

9km approx

Today we have lots of options for various short walks to different waterfalls and billabongs around Litchfield National Park. One of these will be Wangi Falls. Our walks will be amongst pockets of monsoonal rainforest, cycads, paper bark trees, savannah woodlands and rocky outcrops. 

Darwin is a short drive from Litchfield National Park where we anticipate dropping you back at your hotel around 6/6:30pm (we can also drop you at the airport along the way if you wish).

Meals: B, L

Details about accommodation, what to bring, transportation, food, etc.
Details about accommodation, what to bring, transportation, food, etc.

Accommodation

Accommodation:

We will be staying at a variety of different accommodations on our Kakadu, Nitmiluk and Litchfield walking tour.

In Kakadu we will be staying at Anbinik Kakadu Resort for 4 nights. At Anbinik we will have 6-pack blocks with a central kitchen and communal area for everyone to come together. Anbinik most importantly also boasts a swimming pool where you can go for a swim after a day on the trail.

Around Nitmiluk we will be staying in Katherine in 2 bedroom apartments. We will come together in one of the apartments for our meals and nibbles.

In Litchfield we will stay in Batchelor for 1 night at the Batchelor Tourist Park. Here we will have either 1- or 2-bedroom cabins and will come together in one of the larger cabins for our meals.

Accommodation is allocated on a double or twin share basis. If you are a solo traveller we will room you with another solo traveller of the same sex. Limited single supplements are available at an additional charge. Please ask for details and availability if interested.

What to bring

Luggage:

Due to health and safety requirements, please limit your luggage to one medium sized, soft sided bag per person. Length + width + height should not exceed 140 cm. The maximum weight of the bag shouldn’t exceed 15 kg. If you’re travelling as a couple, please pack two smaller bags rather than one large one. Your day pack is in addition to your main luggage bag.

Suggested items to pack for your Kakadu walking tour:

• Day-pack – one with a waist strap is best to help take some weight off your shoulders;

• Shorts or trousers and shirts for walking – lightweight and quick-dry material are best;

• Casual clothing for evenings and rest days;

• Wind and waterproof jacket;

• Socks – whichever thickness you’re comfortable in (thick explorer socks can get quite hot);

• Comfortable, sturdy walking shoes or boots (ankle support and sturdy boots are highly recommended as many surfaces are rocky and uneven);

• Gaiters (not sweaty plastic ones) for keeping grass seeds out of socks and shoes;

• Sun protection – hat, sunglasses, sunscreen (and consider your clothing);

• Bathers and swimming towel (lightweight so you can easily carry them);

• Toiletries, hand sanitiser and personal medication;

• Reliable headlamp with spare batteries (can be quite dark going in between the cabins and useful when sharing a room);

• Any preferred first aid supplies such as blister treatment (Your guides will also carry a first-aid kit);

• Water bottle/s – 4 litre capacity at least;

• Fly net;

• Insect Repellent;

• Robust sandals for wading in and out of waterholes

• Camera and charger/batteries (You can use your battery charger on the bus while we are driving);

• Walking pole/s (optional but good for using on some rocky sections if your balance is not good).

• At this time of year (June-August) the days are typically quite clear and warm (average max 32°C) and the nights are mild but can be quite cool (average min 19°C).

Food

Three meals each day plus morning tea and snacks are included in the price of your tour (unless otherwise specified – see tour itinerary for details).

If you have any special dietary requirements please let us know when you book, we are happy to adapt our tasty, nutritious meals to suit a variety of dietary needs.

Transport

Transport:

Transport is by an air-conditioned custom built four wheel drive (4WD) tour coach, designed for comfort in outback conditions. Vehicles are modern, comfortable and regularly serviced to ensure their safety and reliability. They are also fitted with long-range high frequency radios and recovery gear in case of emergency.

In the case of breakdown or other unforeseen circumstances affecting the vehicle or guide, the operator reserves the right to substitute vehicles and guides other than those specified, to ensure the operation of a tour.

Seat Allocation: Seats on tour vehicle are not pre allocated. To ensure all participants get to enjoy window seats we encourage a daily seat rotation system.

This walk includes

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All meals, including morning tea and snacks

We pride ourselves on providing you with fresh, wholesome food. Enjoy healthy breakfasts, delicious morning teas, fresh picnic and packed lunches, fruit and hearty two-course dinners each day.

Emergency support

Wilderness first aid trained guides carry radios, satellite phones and a full first aid kit so you can walk without worry.

Excellent itinerary and planning

Drawn from 14 years experience.

National Park entrance fees

Transport built for outback conditions

Transport is by an air-conditioned custom built 4WD tour coach, designed for comfort in outback conditions. Regularly serviced to ensure safety and reliability. Fitted with communication and recovery gear in case of emergency.

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Two fun and professional Inspiration Outdoors guides

We’ll feed you, tell you stories, help you achieve the walks safely and make sure everything goes to plan so that you don’t have to worry about a thing

Kakadu National Park Tour FAQs

How hard are the walks on the Kakadu tour?

The walks on the Kakadu, Nitmiluk and Litchfield walking tour are not particularly difficult. Most of  the walks are quite rocky underfoot however, and the itinerary is built in way so we can take our time and don’t have to rush. Quite a few of the walks include an opportunity to swim in a beautiful water hole.

Most of the longer and more strenuous walks include an option to shorten the walk and you may choose how far you would like to go.

The more training on rocky and uneven surfaces you do the more fun the tour will be.

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What will the weather be like in June/July/August?

June, July and August is the best time in the Top End. River crossings and some trails all depend on the wet season and how much rain the area received. Usually by mid June, most roads and tracks should be open again. The chance of getting rain in this period is very small, but still always come prepared.

The days will generally be around 30-32C, humidity is generally quite low, but there is always a chance it can be humid. Drinking enough water is paramount to feeling well and you will need to ensure you bring enough water bottles with at least 3l capacity. Drinking 3-5l of water a day is absolutely normal in the Top End.

At this time of the year the nights generally cool down and can be anywhere between 18-22C.

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Can I buy snacks and alcohol once we leave Darwin?

Yes, there will be shops along the way, however Jabiru and Batchelor are very small towns and may have quite a limited selection. Jabiru is a dry community and hence there will be no opportunity to buy any alcohol while we are there. In Katherine we are in a central location and close to shops with more selection if needed. It is recommended to stock up in Darwin before the trip and planning to re-stock in Katherine.

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Do I have to share a room with other people?

No, there are single supplements available at an extra cost and there is a limited amount of single supplements. If you decide to share it is on a twin-share basis and we will team you up with somebody of the same gender. If you are interested in a single supplement give us a call or send us an email for further information.

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Do I need to bring walking boots or will sneakers be alright?

Due to the rocky and quite uneven terrain of the walks, we would recommend to wear sturdy boots. There are also some steep sections where sturdy boots will give you more grip and protect your ankles. Sturdy water shoes may be a great addition, for walking in and out of the waterholes.

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Do I need hiking poles?

A lot of the walks on this tour are on quite uneven and rocky terrain, where it can be beneficial to walk with walking poles. The poles can help in getting across creeks, walking on uneven surfaces, up steep sections and will also reduce the pressure on the knees on steep downhill sections. If, however you feel like your knees and legs are fit enough, and your balance is pretty good, you do not need to bring hiking poles.

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Are there crocs in Kakadu? Can I swim?

Kakadu national park has crocodile management zones. These waterholes are surveyed at various points in season to establish whether crocs are present. Whilst the likelihood of a croc attack in a croc management zone is very low, it is however possible as the animals can move.

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About Walking Tours In General

How hard are the walks?

The difficulty of the walks ranges from tour to tour, from easy to challenging. We design all of our walking tours to be achievable for those with a moderate level of fitness. We do recommend doing some training before most tours, because physical activity is always more enjoyable if you are physically prepared. We will send you information about how to train when you book.

When on tour we find that a positive mental attitude is most important and that if you focus on the scenery, the company and the moment, and not on the kilometres, then you find yourself reaching your destination with little problem. You can always have a day or sometimes an afternoon off to relax if you feel like it. If you have any concerns about your fitness or ability to complete a walk, give us a call on (08) 6219 5164 and we can talk you through it.

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Do I have to twin-share accommodation?

Our tour prices are based on rooms being twin share (two single beds in one room) or double (one double/queen bed in a room, shared by a couple). If you are travelling alone, we will give you a room with someone of the same sex. Sometimes, depending on the accommodation, it is possible to pay a single supplement to ensure that you have a room to yourself – please ask us if this option is available when you book.

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Will I hold up the group if I’m a slow walker?

We find a lot of people who haven’t been on a walking tour before worry about this, but it’s rarely an issue. We keep a comfortable steady pace with plenty of opportunities to rest and take in the scenery along the way. Usually the group will spread out over a couple of hundred metres as we walk.

Normal walking pace on a formed surface like a road or footpath is around 4.5 – 6 km per hour and we tend to average just over 3 km per hour on bush tracks. It’s not a stroll but it’s not a brisk walk either. If you feel you may be slower than this, try some longer training walks to increase your walking fitness.

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What is the average age of Inspiration Outdoors’ guests?

About 80% of our walkers are aged between 45 – 75. Our youngest guest has been about 35 and our oldest was 82. We get a roughly 60/40 female to male split.

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What’s the food like? Can you cater for my dietary needs?

We serve simple, nutritious and delicious food on tour, using fresh and local ingredients as much as possible. Of course, if you like, you can indulge in some less nutritious treats as well – you’re on holiday after all and Emily bakes a mean cake. Breakfast, home-made morning tea, lunch, fresh fruit, pre-dinner nibbles and a two course evening meal are all included. We are happy to adapt our menu to suit many dietary needs including gluten free, vegetarian and vegan diets – please ask when you book.

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Are your walking tours just for “bushwalkers”?

Our walks are for anyone who enjoys walking and nature – bushwalkers or not. Our walks are conducted in safe, supportive and fun environments and you don’t need specialised equipment or experience to undertake them. We give you information about what you will need to bring and how you should prepare for each tour and we’re always here to answer any questions or concerns.

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Do I have to walk every day on tour?

Of course not – it’s your holiday and you should do what you feel! Relax at the accommodation, come for a drive, get dropped off in town or go for a stroll of your own. On some days there is also the opportunity to walk for part of the day. This last option depends on whether there is vehicle access to the track.

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What do I have to carry when I walk?

Very little. A water bladder or bottles, a rain jacket, some personal first aid supplies and, on some days, lunch. You will probably want a camera as well. We return to accommodation each evening so there is no need to carry a large backpack.

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Beautiful walks in the daytime, relax with fellow walkers each evening

As much as this walk is a fantastic outdoor experience, it’s also a social experience, giving you a chance to enjoy the companionship and support of like-minded people.

Enjoy a cuppa with a slice of home-made cake for morning tea and a fresh healthy lunch, surrounded by nature. Every day is finished off by a delicious and nutritious dinner together with the group.

What people have said

The Kimberley is an amazing & beautiful part of Australia and this trip not only took us to some of the iconic locations but also to some gorgeous little hidden gems that many people might just drive straight past. The trip is so well organised, and the guides are really knowledgeable and fun. The food is gourmet camp cooking with flare… who would have thought that the best best roast lamb and vegies you’ve ever eaten would be cooked in camp oven?! Thanks everyone.

Dayle, Kimberley 2016

Thank you once again for the great care your team take, making us feel so safe and able to go beyond what we could manage ourselves. I hope to travel with you again…

Jeannie, Pilbara & Karijini 2015

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AUD $3,390 per person (single supplement $605)

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