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4 Day 4WD Kakadu, Katherine, and Litchfield Adventure

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About this tour: Escape on an outback safari from Darwin to the three major National Parks in the Top End.
Hike through swathes of monsoon rainforest and woodland in Litchfield, cooling off with dips in rock holes and waterfalls; search for crocs by boat in the Mary River Wetlands; learn about the ways of Kakadu's original inhabitants during a cultural interpretive walk; visit the historic gold-mining town of Pine Creek and drift through the Katherine River by boat or canoe.

2991 Nitmiluk-National Park Katherine Gorge otpional at own expense scenic cruise of Katherine Gorge

Tour Name: 4 Day 4WD Kakadu, Katherine, and Litchfield Adventure

Why we love this trip
• Explore the highlights of Australia's iconic Top End on this family-friendly adventure
• Enjoy the flexibility of a private vehicle, the local knowledge of a passionate guide and the magic of camping under the great southern sky in comfortable permanent tents
• Learn about the ancient culture and traditions of indigenous Australians during an interactive experience in Katherine.
• The Mary River Wetlands feature a wealth of wildlife, including the highest concentration of saltwater crocodiles in the southern hemisphere. Get up close to the snappy beasts on a river cruise
• Discover the wonders of Kakadu National Park, see ancient indigenous rock art and take an optional flight over astounding landscapes

Is this trip right for you?
• The conditions on this trip are of a higher standard than on most of our core trips. Because of this, the trip is particularly suitable for couples, families and those who are less agile.
• While you'll be spending the nights at outback camping grounds on this trip, you'll be sleeping in permanent tents with furnishings, so you should be comfortable.
• Evening meals are catered at local bistro's
• While there will be lots of opportunities to get out among nature along walking trails, these are not particularly strenuous, and you'll often have various options to chose from .

Valid:
01 April 2017 - 31 March 2018

Tour Code:
• PNTY4C

Trip Style:
• Original

Tour Theme
• Overland, Short Breaks, Wildlife

Tour Departs From:
• Default pick up: Melaleuca on Mitchell (52 Mitchell St, Darwin), 06:50am

Tour Finishes:
• Darwin accommodation early evening day 4

Max People:
• 21

Tour Departs:
• 01APR17-30JUN17, 1-31OCT17: Tue Sat
• 01JUL17-30SEP17: Tue Thu Sat

Tour Accommodation:
• Permanent, furnished tented camp (with shared facilities) (3 nights)

Price:
• AUD $1265 per person

• All prices are in Australian Dollars(includes 10% GST) based on per person
• Levies included: National Park park fee.

 

 

ITINERARY

Day 1: Darwin to Mary River, via Litchfield National Park
DEFAULT PICK UP: Melaleuca on Mitchell (52 Mitchell St, Darwin), 06:50am

Flush with waterfalls, swimming holes and some pretty gigantic termite mounds, Litchfield National Park encapsulates all that's wonderful about the Top End. We'll start off here checking out Florence Falls and the Buley Rockholes, then break for a picnic before travelling on to Wangi Falls for a final swim and leisurely stroll through monsoon forest. Leaving Litchfield, it's on and into Mary River National Park. The species of saltwater crocodile found in Australia are the biggest in the world, and the Mary River wetlands are absolutely full of them. See how many you can spot on an afternoon river cruise. All tents are twin-share and come with a proper bed.

Total driving time today is around five-and-a-half hours. There are also a few short, easy walks. (L/D)

 

Day 2: Kakadu National Park: Ubirr & Barramundi Gorge
In giving Kakadu National Park World Heritage-listing, UNESCO described it as a 'living cultural landscape with exceptional natural and cultural values'. Indigenous people have lived here for more than 50,000 years, to which the ancient rock paintings of Ubirr can attest. Your guide will explain the significance of these artworks during an interpretative cultural walk that finishes on a rocky escarpment overlooking the Nardab floodplain. In the afternoon we head to Maguk (Barramundi Gorge) or Gunlom Falls (seasonal choice). Swiimming spots don't get a whole lot more inviting than either of these spectacular sites. Total driving time today is around five hours.

Total walking time is up to three-and-a-half hours, depending on the trails taken. (B/L/D)

 

Day 3: Kakadu to Katherine
Given that Kakadu covers approximately the same amount of land as Slovenia, the sky's a pretty good place to see it all from. This morning you'll have the option of taking a scenic flight over the billabongs, bushlands and floodplains that make up this ruggedly beautiful region. Next stop is the major indigenous rock art sites of Nourlangie (Burrungi), where you'll gain further insight into one of the world's oldest surviving cultures. After a stop in at the Bowali visitors centre we head for the historic gold-mining town of Pine Creek which offers a very different side to Australian history. Back on the road again, there's time for a dip in Edith Falls before pulling into our private campsite near Nitmuluk National Park. Total driving time today is around five-and-a-half hours. Total walking time is up to an hour (B/L/D)

 

Day 4: Katherine Gorge to Darwin
Back in the day (ok, it was 23 million years ago), the Katherine River flowed all the way from Arnhem Land to the Timor Sea. These days, the waters have subsided significantly: the Katherine River now flows along hemmed in on both sides by cliffs 70 metres high. It's the highlight attraction of Nitmiluk National Park though, and you'll have the opportunity to cruise through it by canoe or boat. Following lunch, we visit a private property next to an indigenous art gallery for some coaching in the ancient arts of boomerang throwing, fire making and traditional painting. Then it's back to Darwin where the adventure winds up.

Total driving time today is around four-and-a-half hours. Total walking time is up to three-and-a-half hours, depending on the group's choice of optional activities. (B/L)

 

TROPICAL SUMMER ITINERARY (April/May and Sep-Mar)*
Day 1 - Florence Falls | Wangi Falls | Bluey Rockholes | Wildlife Cruise |Overnight camp in Mary River Region. (LD)
Day 2 - Ubirr or Nouralangie |Gubara pools| Nawurlandja lookout | Bowali Visitors Centre | Camp in Jabiru (BLD)
Day 3 -Optional Kakadu Scenic Flight | Edith Falls | Overnight camp at Katherine (BLD)
Day 4 - Katherine Gorge (optional activities subject to seasonal conditions) | Return to Darwin (BL)
* Should any of the attractions on days 1-3 of the standard itinerary not be open as a result of National Park decisions surrounding accessibility and safety, the above listed activities will be substituted. The standard attractions will be visited immediately as they begin to open. The opening and closing of 'dry season' activities varies from year to year.

 

What to bring on tour:
Booked and paid E-Ticket, Sturdy walking shoes, hat and sunscreen, toiletries, warm clothing in winter, water bottle (1.5L), torch, insect repellent/net, camera and batteries or charger.

What's Included in tour:
Meals: 3 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 3 dinners
Transport: All-terrain vehicle
Accommodation: Permanent, furnished tented camp (with shared facilities) (3 nights)
Fees: Kakadu National Park Fee

Activities:
• Litchfield National Park, • Mary River cruise • Kakadu National Park • Maguk (Barramundi Gorge) • Ubirr Rock • Top Didj Indigenous Experience


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Accommodation: Permanent, furnished tented camp (with shared facilities) (3 nights)
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Important notes
1. Tour commences in Darwin on day 1 at 6:50am and finishes in Darwin day 4 at approximately 6pm. Onward travel must be booked for the following day.
2. Strict luggage limit of 10kg applies in Kakadu excess luggage can be stored at Darwin accommodation.
3. The opening and closing of attractions is dependent on National parks

Dietary Requirements
Passengers with special meal requirements or food allergies MUST ensure they or their travel agent inform Intrepid/ATA of this at the time of booking. Food for the trip is purchased prior to commencement and special requirements cannot be catered for after departing. If you have not notified us prior to departure, you may be asked to pay for any additional food yourself. Due to the nature of our trips food is basic but plentiful.

We provide the below substitutes, please bring your own staples if you require specific foods not listed below:
• No Pork (Alternative to Ham provided) • No Dairy (soy milk provided) • Vegetarian (additional veg and vegie burgers provided) • Vegan (supply of additional fruit and veg provided) • Gluten Free (cereal, bread, wraps, pasta, snack bars, sweet and savoury biscuits provided) • *Religious dietary requirements and specifically prepared/sourced produce is not able to be catered for.

Itineraries
• ^^Itineraries may vary and/or attractions be substituted for any cause including seasonal conditions, weather extremes, and traditional owner/national park requirements. Note that the opening dates of waterfalls (including Twin and Jim Jim Falls) and attractions vary each year and can change on a daily basis in the wet and shoulder seasons. Visit this website to see live updates on which areas of the park will be open: http://kakaduroadreport.wordpress.com/ or contact our Reservations team. Alternative activities will be substituted at the tour guides' discretion, dependent on local conditions. See terms and conditions of travel for full details.

Children
• Children aged 8-12 are eligible for a 10% off child rate. Must quote promo code 10699 at time of booking.

Travel Insurance
• Travel insurance is compulsory for all international travellers and should be taken out at the time of booking. We recommend Australian citizens take out a domestic travel insurance policy which covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects.

Default Pickup Point
• The default pick up point is where we will meet you for your tour, unless you or your travel agent requests an alternative location (contact our Reservations team for more information). It is your responsibility to contact us with your preferred pick up point well ahead of departure. We do not take responsibility for missed tours if we have not been advised of an alternative in advance and you are not at the default location on time.

Safaris must be reconfirmed 48 hours prior to departure
• Safaris must be reconfirmed 48 hours prior to departure to confirm pick-up location and time by phone direct with the tour operator - (Details of the tour operator is on your E-Ticket).

Meal Abbreviations
• B = Breakfast, • L = Lunch, • D = Dinner.

Tour Operator
• The relationship between ATA and Intrepid Australia For over 25 years, Intrepid Travel and Adventure Tours Australia have been leading brands in the adventure travel business. With Intrepid's global product range and Adventure Tours' local knowledge, the two brands joined force in 2011 to provide the ultimate range of Australian product with Intrepid running all of it's local trips under the Adventure Tours Australia name. Today we're proud to bring Aussie-made trips to the world, both here with Adventure Tours and overseas through the Intrepid brand, so no matter which brand you have booked through, you're travelling with the best.

Vehicle:


All Terrain Vehicles
They are fully air conditioned with reclining seats, footrests, luggage storage area and with a removal water barrel often near the front door. There are no toilets on board but ample stops and breaks along the road.
Red Centre
• Rosa • Isuzu 600 • Mitsubishi Canter o Isuzu NPS300 • BCI Cruiser • Isuzu FRD500 • Mitsubishi Fuso Bus
Top End/West Coast
• Isuzu 600 (West Coast) • Isuzu 800 (Top End) • Isuzu 750 (Top End) • Isuzu 550 (Top End) • Isuzu 500 (Top End).
All NT trips are scheduled to run in the all-terrain vehicles. The only times in the Red Centre we would us a Rosa is as a backup option or for private charters if requested.

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Fitness Level:
Maximum Walks: Two and three day trips that include easy walking. Hikes up to 6-8kms per day. A reasonable level of fitness is required as there will be some walking to view places of interest. Suitable for soft adventures with a passion for bushwalking and exploring. Passengers must be fit and active.

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The Tour Difference

• Scheduled tours operate.
• As one of Northern Territory's leading small group safari company, the operator run tours to some of Australia's most famous landmarks including Uluru (Ayers Rock) and Kakadu National Park.
• From the tropical Top End to the spiritual heart of the Red Centre, from Aboriginal Culture to abundant wildlife - our experienced guides will help you discover the best of this unique and special state.
• The tour operator is an award winning company specialising in active, small group safaris for the adventurous traveller.
• We offer an extensive range of tours exploring the highlights and hidden delights of the Northern Territory, South Australia, Tasmania, Western Australia and Tropical North Queensland.
• Their tours are nature-based with the emphasis on the unique scenery, wildlife and Aboriginal culture of each area and they cater for everyone from the fit and adventurous who want to get off the beaten track to those who prefer the sound of ‘soft adventure’ and more comfortable facilities!

Fitness Ratings:
Alongside every ATA trip we have included physical ratings. These are designed to give you an idea of how demanding (or not) each trip is.
1 out of 5: Leisurely paced day trips. Minimal physical exertion required.
2 out of 5: Two and three day trips that include easy walking.
3 out of 5: Short participatory-level camping trips, walks that’ll get your heart rate up and extended periods in the elements.
4 out of 5: Fairly basic camping on most nights, limited amenities and some long (and challenging) walks. A high level of fitness required.
5 out of 5: The hardest of the hardcore. Long trips to remote destinations with limited facilities. Excellent health and fitness is essential.

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