Kakadu National Park Walking Tour

A guided walking tour of one of Australia’s great national parks, at the very best time of the year – 8 Days ex Darwin, moderate terrain, approx. 50km

Come on a journey with us as we head deep into the heart of the Top End to the three National Parks this area is famous for, Kakadu, Nitmiluk and Litchfield. We'll explore on foot spectacular gorges, wetlands, and escarpments with plenty of time to relax in secluded swimming holes. You'll also visit remote and restricted rock art galleries including the sacred Ubirr and Nourlangie rock art sites and enjoy a full day tour of Arnhemland, the last frontier of indigenous culture with a local guide.

In Nitmiluk, you will enjoy a full day of walking some of the Jatbula Trail, waterfalls and lounging around a series of rock pools.

After this its on to the Katherine Gorge area of Nitmiluk. Highlights include Butterfly Gorge (a rainforest haven for butterflies) and cruising up the mighty Katherine River.

The tour finishes with a full day spent in Litchfield National Park. Stand in awe as you soak in the beauty of the lush rainforest trails and waterfalls of one of the Northern Territory's most iconic attractions. You'll walk beneath screetching flying foxes and besides the webs of huge orb spiders.

This tour has a strong focus on walking and activity with plenty of time to still swim and relax. You will be accompanied by two Inspiration Outdoors guides and will return each evening to comfortable lodge accommodation and a delicious meal.

Kakadu, Nitmiluk & Litchfield National Park Walking Tour at a Glance;

  • Small group (max 12)
  • 8 days ex-Darwin return
  • Visit the three Top End National Parks, Kakadu, Nitmiluk and Litchfield.
  • 7 nights in comfortable motel style accommodation
  • No camping or heavy hiking packs
  • Full Day Cultural Tour of remote Arnhemland with Indigenous Guide
  • Short Cruise down the Katherine River
  • All meals are included and are a combination of a la carte dinners, home cooked meals, healthy packed lunches and some buffet breakfasts.
  • 2 professional guides

Pricing:
From $3,760.00 AUD per person
(single supplement $590.00)
Tour Length:
8 Days
Distance walked:
Approx 50km
Difficulty:
Moderate due to challenging due to heat and humidity. ; See FAQ
Dates:

26. Jun - 3. Jul 2022
5 - 12. Jul 2022
14 - 21. Jul 2022
23 - 30. Jul 2022
1 - 8. Aug 2022

Highlights of this walk

Experience the magnificent Kakadu National Park, Nitmiluk and Litchfield National Park on this walking tour. Walk through spectacular gorges, swim in pristine waterholes and take in the beauty of the Australian Outback. 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 then head south east to Kakadu, south to Nitmiluk National Park where the picturesque Katherine Gorge presides and then north west to top it all off with Litchfield National Park. 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. 

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

Day 1: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting

Day 1: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting

Travel Day

There are daily flights into Darwin from most major capital cities. Make your way to your accommodation at the Travelodge Resort Darwin (64 Cavenagh St, Darwin).

Meet in the lobby at 6pm where we will do an extensive briefing about the week to come. Afterwards we head to a local restaurant to enjoy a delicious chef prepared a la carte meal and the chance to become familiar with your fellow walkers.

Meals: D

Accommodation: Travelodge Resort, Darwin

Day 2: Darwin to Jabiru

Day 2: Darwin to Jabiru

2 - 3hrs of walking

We depart Darwin early this morning from our centrally located hotel.

Our first destination is Mamukala Wetlands, which is in the World heritage-listed Kakadu National Park. Here we will have the opportunity to stretch our legs for a short walk to the bird hide and a chance to spot some wetland birds in this bountiful refuge.

From Mamukala we then drive to Ubirr, one of Kakadu’s rock art gems. Here we learn more about the local Aboriginal history and stories as we explore the different rock art galleries.

From Ubirr we then head to Jabiru, where we check in to our comfortable rooms, which we will call home for the next few nights.

Meals: B, L, D

Accommodation: Anbinik, Jabiru

Day 3: Full Day Arnhemland Experience

Day 3: Full Day Arnhemland Experience

2-3hrs of walking

Today we embark on a special full day Arnhemland experience operated by Kakadu Cultural Tours.

Journey across Cahill’s Crossing on the East Alligator River into Arnhem Land. Visit the entrance to Mikkinj Valley with its stunning scenery of billabongs, wildlife & towering escarpment. Enjoy either morning tea or lunch beside the Inkiyu Billabong.

Travelling in comfortable 4WD buses, with forward facing seats, you will experience the region’s world-famous landscapes consisting of sandstone escarpment outcrops, rock art sites, forests, floodplains and billabongs alive with abundant birdlife.

Meals: B, L, D

Accommodation: Anbinik, Jabiru

Day 4: Nourlangie rock art site and Barrk Walk

Day 4: Nourlangie rock art site and Barrk Walk

7 - 9hrs of walking

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 8km of the Barrk walk to the Nanguluwurr rock art site or you may choose to complete the whole circuit.

Meals: B, L, D

Accommodation: Anbinik, Jabiru

 

Day 5: Yurmikmik and Gunlom Falls

Day 5: Yurmikmik and Gunlom Falls

4hrs of walking, swimming opportunities

Ready for an adventure? We head south and journey deep into Kakadu National Park, where we will have the opportunity to explore the Yurmikmik and Gunlom area.

Our walk in the morning will take us to Yurmikmik lookout through open woodland up a stony ridge, where we will be rewarded with views over the very diverse Jawoyn country.

Leaving Kakadu behind us, we will make our way to Pine Creek where we will stay the night.

*Please note, access to Gunlom may be limited due to river crossings. Alternative program will be provided if affected.

Meals: B, L, D

Accommodation: Pine Creek Resort

Day 6: Pine Creek to Katherine via Leliyn (Edith Falls area)

Day 6: Pine Creek to Katherine via Leliyn (Edith Falls area)

6hrs of walking, swimming opportunities

From Pine Creek we are heading to the northern section of Nitmiluk National Park to Leliyn (Edith Falls).

Here we will have the opportunity to spend a full day exploring this beautiful area. Once up top of the escarpment there is a series of pools to discover on our walk today. Our walk takes us along the last section of the Jatbula trail to Sweetwater Pool (9km return). On our way back we will detour to the Upper Pools of Leliyn for another swim, before making our way back to the bus.

Once back at the bottom of Leliyn Falls and the carpark we will head to Katherine, where we will then check in at our motel style accommodation.

Meals: B, L, D

Accommodation: Knotts Crossing, Katherine

Day 7: Katherine Gorge in Nitmiluk NP

Day 7: Katherine Gorge in Nitmiluk NP

6-8hrs of walking, swimming opportunities

A short drive to the southern section of Nitmiluk will take us to Katherine Gorge. Our walk today will start with a short ferry ride up Katherine River to Southern Rockhole. From Southern Rockhole it’s a steep climb up the escarpment where we will be rewarded with the first of many stunning views for the day. Depending on the temperature on the day and the ability of the group the guides will be able to offer a selection of walks varying in difficulty and length (6-12kms). After a full day of exploring what Katherine Gorge has to offer we will make our way back to Katherine for another very comfortable night.

Meals: B, L, D

Accommodation: Knotts Crossing, Katherine

Day 8: Litchfield National Park and return to Darwin

Day 8: Litchfield National Park and return to Darwin

3-4hrs of walking, swimming opportunities

Today we make our way up north to Litchfield National Park. Before we start our first walk and on our way into the park we will stop at the Magnetic Termite Mounds. Depending on the groups ability there are lots of options for various walks to different stunning waterfalls and billabongs within the park. Options depend on seasonal accessibility and quieter spots for busy periods. Your guides will expertly provide the best possible itinerary for the day. Darwin is a short drive from Litchfield National Park where we drop you off at your hotel in Darwin CBD or at a central location*. Note: we can also drop you off 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.

The first night of the tour is in downtown Darwin at the Travelodge. The rooms are standard double/twin share rooms with ensuites.

In Kakadu we will be staying at Anbinik Kakadu Resort for 3 nights. At Anbinik we spread across the 6-pack blocks which  have a central kitchen and communal area for everyone to come together. Bathrooms are shared between multiple rooms. Anbinik has a lovely swimming pool and poolside cafe where you can go for a swim after a day on the trail.

In Pine creek we will stay at the Pinecreek railway resort. The rooms are quite compact but perfectly adequate for one night and each room has an ensuite bathroom. There is also a pool where you can cool off and a lovely poolside area to relax in.

The last 2 nights we will stay in Katherine at Knotts Crossing. The rooms are motel double/twin share rooms with ensuites. 

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:

Suggested items to pack for your Kakadu walking tour:

  • Day-pack – with a thick waist strap to help take some weight off your shoulders. In wet weather, a waterproof cover or a bin bag to wrap your belongings in can be handy
  • Shorts/long pants and shirts for walking – as many sets as you wish! Quick-dry material is best, especially for trousers. Don’t wear jeans walking.
  • Socks – whichever thickness you’re comfortable walking in and as many pairs as you like (thick explorer socks can get quite hot)
  • Boots/shoes for walking (make sure you wear them in well – see note on footwear below)
  • Windcheater or lightweight jumper for walking
  • Waterproof jacket*
  • Sun protection – hat (secure fitting and/or with chin strap), sun cream, sunglasses
  • Casual clothes for evenings and rest days
  • Bathers and swimming towel (lightweight so you can easily carry them)
  • Torch/headlamp (can be handy when twin sharing for getting up at night)
  • Any preferred first aid supplies – such as your favourite blister treatment! (Your guide will carry a full first-aid kit)
  • Water bottle/s or camelback – minimum 4 litre capacity (may need to bring extra bottles to supplement water bladder)
  • A lunch container and Beeswax wrap (with ice brick to keep lunch cool, useful in preventing your roll from getting squished in your backpack). Otherwise gladwrap and foil will be provided.

*At this time of year (july) the days are tyipcally not too humid and warm (average 33 degrees) and the nights are mild. You may want a jumper for nighttime, as it can cool down a little after sunset).

Optional items

  • Fly net (especially for walks in warmer weather)
  • Cooling towel (they work a treat to keep you cool on really hot days)
  • Camera and charger/batteries
  • Gaiters for snake bite protection are recommended unless you are wearing long pants and long socks. They’re also good for keeping sand out of your shoes.
  • Snacks and alcohol – there will be time to purchase more during the week if you need to. Some people like to have some muesli bars, nuts, lollies etc
  • Walking poles (good for using on some rocky sections if your balance is not good)

Food

All meals are included and are a combination of a la carte dinners, home cooked meals, healthy packed lunches and some buffet breakfasts.

You will be provided with 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:

You will explore Kakadu in a comfortable bus. Our vehicles are modern, comfortable and regularly serviced to ensure their safety and reliability. They are also fitted with 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 breakfast, delicious morning teas, fresh picnic and packed lunches, fruit and 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 22 years experience.

National Park entrance fees

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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, it can just get really hot and exposed in the middle of the day and afternoon. A 12km hike in Kakadu feels very different to a 12km walk on a coastal track.

Most of  the walks are also quite rocky underfoot but 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.

On 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 4l capacity. Drinking 3-5l of water a day is absolutely normal in the Top End.

On some of the longer walking days and when we walk in peak heat in the afternoon as well as up on the plateaus in the stone country, temperatures of around 36-38 is to be expected. Come well prepared for hot weather.

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?

There will be shops along the way to purchase alcohol and supplies, however most of the towns are very small and may have quite a limited selection.

In terms of alcohol, Jabiru is a dry community and hence there will be no opportunity to buy any alcohol while we are there. It is recommended to stock up in Darwin before the trip for the 3 nights in Jabiru.

At Pine Creek we are eating out at a licensed restaurant.

In Katherine we can plan to stop at the shops if needed, but the restaurant at Knotts Crossing is also fully licensed.

 

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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?

While there are swimming opportunities on this tour, crocodiles do reside in Kakadu National Park. All guests swim at their own risk. We mitigate the risk by only conducting tours in the dry season and by only swimming in the park's crocodile management zones.  If you would like to know more about the crocodiles and the crocodile management zones click here.

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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? Can I have my own room?

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 place you in a room with someone of the same gender. If you have opted for a single supplement, this means you will have your own room but we won't always be able to guarantee your own bathroom and king/queen bed due to the types of accommodation we use for group bookings. Often we stay at 2 or 3 bedroom chalets so that we can cook and have a common area for the group to relax and mingle at the end of your days walk. If having your own bathroom is important, give us a ring and we will see if it is possible.

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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, but we welcome all adults on our tours. 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 the team bake some mean cakes. 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

Another wonderful IO 8-day tour with professional, fun, knowledgable and passionate guides. A great way to explore Kakadu, Nitmiluk and Litchfield National Parks. Swim the waterholes, walk the beautiful gorges, learn about the ancient rock art and indigenous culture and enjoy the wildlife and scenery with delicious meals and comfortable accommodation. Highly recommended!

Judy, Kakadu 2018

This 8 day tour was a wonderful opportunity to experience the best the Northern Territory Top End has to offer. Our walks each day were varied as we experienced the rich indigenous culture, stunning landscape, gorges and waterfalls, interspersed with many swims in beautiful waterholes and plunge pools. Rachelle and Campbell, our very capable and caring guides were wonderful and the whole trip was expertly planned. The food and accommodation was excellent as always with Inspiration Outdoor trips. Thank you once again for enabling me to experience this very special place in Australia.

Jenny, Kakadu 2018

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  • 85 days or more, you will be refunded all monies paid, less a $50 administration fee.
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