Kakadu’s Ancient Secrets

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Explore Kakadu, an ancient landscape of billabongs, gorges and hidden canyons teeming with spectacular wildlife. Admire rock art and hear stories of the Dreamtime. Embark on a journey to the haunt of the Lightning Man, Aboriginal clans and the crocodiles that roam Kakadu’s floodplains.

Tour Highlights

  • Litchfield National Park
  • Yellow Water Billabong Cruise
  • Kakadu National Park
  • Ubirr Rock Art Site
  • Nourlangie Rock Art Site
  • Aboriginal Cultural Experience
  • Katherine Gorge Cruise
  • Katherine Gorge Sunset Dinner Cruise
  • Swim at Edith Falls Nitmiluk National Park
  • Adelaide River

Tour Itinerary

(B) Breakfast (L) Lunch (D) Dinner (SD) Specialty Dinner
Tour Code: MNDD

**Please note that due to the tour departure on day 1 you will need to book a night prior to the tour – we can help with this**

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Darwin – Litchfield National Park – Kakadu (D)
Day 1
Darwin – Litchfield National Park – Kakadu (D)
Welcome to Darwin! This morning meet your Journey Director and board your luxury vehicle to begin your journey of discovery in the Top End. Travel across the Finniss River to Litchfield National Park. You'll visit tumbling Florence Falls and you'll also enjoy a swim to cool off at Wangi Falls, surrounded by tropical monsoon rainforest and hear about its importance in Aboriginal custom. Get ready for a cross-country journey into the magnificent Kakadu National Park. Keep your eyes open for Crocodiles as you cross the South Alligator River, Brolgas, Magpie Geese and Jabiru as you traverse along the long grasses of the marshes and wetlands. Kakadu really is a diverse UNESCO world heritage site. This afternoon check into the renowned Crocodile Hotel in the town of Jabiru and enjoy the wonderful Aboriginal Art Gallery within the hotel before getting to know your fellow travellers over dinner with wine.
Mercure Crocodile Kakadu, Jabiru
Mercure Kakadu Crocodile Hotel is an idyllic retreat located in Kakadu National Park.
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Kakadu (B, L, D)
Day 2
Kakadu (B, L, D)
This morning there’s a chance to take to the air an optional scenic flight over Kakadu. One of the best ways to experience the enormity of this wonderful National Park as well as the diversity from waterfalls and billabongs to flood plains and wildlife. Join your Journey Director on a walk at Kakadu’s stunning Ubirr rock art site. You'll see ancient rock art and take a walk to discover remarkable views over the surrounding wetlands and escarpments from the fantastic vantage point, Nadab lookout. After lunch the famous Yellow Waters Billabong boat cruise will be a highlight of your journey. You will see a myriad of different bird species, spot estuarine crocodiles and simply enjoy the stunning billabong and floodplains system. Returning to your hotel you will have the chance to relax and unwind with a refreshing dip in the hotel’s shaded outdoor pool or even wander through the on-site art gallery before enjoying a delicious dinner with wine
Mercure Crocodile Kakadu, Jabiru
Mercure Kakadu Crocodile Hotel is an idyllic retreat located in Kakadu National Park.
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Kakadu – Nourlangie – Katherine (B, L, D)
Day 3
Kakadu – Nourlangie – Katherine (B, L, D)
This morning you’ll visit N ourlangie to see its fascinating Aboriginal rock art for yourself. You’ll also hear first-hand from your Journey Director a detailed interpretation of the art and the rich Aboriginal culture as you explore the various outdoor ‘galleries' with art that date s back some 20,000 years. You will continue driving through the ancient lands of Kakadu National Park through to the town of Katherine and further on to Nitmiluk National Park. Indulge in five-star luxury at Cicada Lodge, a stunning architect designed eco- lodge surrounded by nature, where each room has a private balcony that opens to the glories of Nitmiluk National Park. Cool off from the heat of the day while enjoy a swim in the pool as the sunsets before a beautiful dinner.
Cicada Lodge, Katherine
Cicada Lodge, is a sanctuary from which to embrace the ancient landscapes and indigenous culture within the iconic Nitmiluk National Park. 
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Katherine (B, L, SD)
Day 4
Katherine (B, L, SD)
Today immerse yourself as you meet Manual Pamkal who will welcome you with a traditional welcoming tune on the didgeridoo. Manual was born and raised immersed in his rich traditional culture. He’ll share with you stories of growing up in the bush and teach you the fine art of rarrk painting using a special brush from a reed called Julk. Call up the inner artist within you and paint your own masterpiece to take home! You will enjoy lunch back on the deck of Cicada Lodge overlooking this natural surrounding before having a free afternoon to relax. This evening indulge on a special sunset dinner cruise along Katherine River. You’ll marvel at the gorges while you spot wildlife and learn about the history and culture of the local Jawoyn people. Enjoy the peaceful ambiance during the candle-lit three course dinner cook on board your boat.
Cicada Lodge, Katherine
Cicada Lodge, is a sanctuary from which to embrace the ancient landscapes and indigenous culture within the iconic Nitmiluk National Park. 
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Farewell from Darwin (B, L)
Day 5
Farewell from Darwin (B, L)
Enjoy a lay in or get up early to enjoy the National Park completely immersed in the mystical morning light. Travel north along the Stuart Highway stopping at the gorgeous  Edith Falls the way for a relaxing dip and some lunch. Continue to Adelaide River War Cemetery. During WWII, Adelaide River was the headquarters to a large military base and a large cemetery was created especially for those who gave their lives in the service and defence of their country. Your Inspiring Journey concludes on arrival in Darwin.

Inclusions

Attractions Included

  • Litchfield National Park
  • Yellow Water Billabong Cruise
  • Kakadu National Park
  • Ubirr Rock Art Site
  • Nourlangie Rock Art Site
  • Aboriginal Cultural Experience
  • Katherine Gorge Cruise
  • Katherine Gorge Sunset Dinner Cruise
  • Swim at Edith Falls Nitmiluk National Park
  • Adelaide River

Coach Features

  • 22 Seat coach
  • Restroom
  • Air conditioned

Experiences Included

  • Specialist Driver Guide
  • Local specialist guides
  • Centrally located premium 4-star hotels

Meals Included

  • 4 Full Breakfasts
  • 3 Lunches
  • 4 Dinners

Fitness Requirements

  • Moderate level of fitness

Visited Locations

  • Katherine
    Katherine is a town in the Northern Territory of Australia. It is situated on the Katherine River, after which it is named, 320 kilometres southeast of Darwin.
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  • Darwin
    Darwin is the capital of Australia's Northern Territory Darwin and is a coastal city, situated along the western shoreline of the Northern Territory.
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  • Kakadu National Park
    Covering nearly 20,000 square kilometres, Kakadu National Park is a World Heritage listing renowned for both its cultural and natural values where you can find ancient landscapes with thundering waterfalls, lush rainforests, wandering wetlands, exotic wildlife and ancient rock art.
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  • Litchfield National Park
    Litchfield National Park is possibly the Northern Territory’s best kept secret.  The park is filled with stunning waterfalls and waterholes that are surrounded by monsoonal vine forests.
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Attractions

  • Ubirr Rock Art Site
  • Nourlangie Rock Art Site
  • Aboriginal Cultural Experience
  • Yellow Water Billabong
    A cruise on the famous Yellow Water Billabong should give you the opportunity to see a stunning variety of birdlife such as sea eagles, brolgas and with any luck, fascinating little kingfishers.
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  • Katherine Gorge Cruise
    Trawl along Katherine River through Nitmuluk National Park and take in the dramatic scenery as you move deeper into the stunning Katherine Gorge
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Available Dates

Dates Price per person
On Request
04 Jul 2024 - 08 Jul 2024 $5,371$6,836
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01 Aug 2024 - 05 Aug 2024 $4,348$5,534
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12 Sep 2024 - 16 Sep 2024 $4,348$5,534
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15 May 2025 - 19 May 2025 $5,215$6,635
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05 Jun 2025 - 09 Jun 2025 $5,365$6,825
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17 Jul 2025 - 21 Jul 2025 $5,365$6,825
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31 Jul 2025 - 04 Aug 2025 $5,365$6,825
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28 Aug 2025 - 01 Sep 2025 $5,365$6,825
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11 Sep 2025 - 15 Sep 2025 $5,365$6,825
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25 Sep 2025 - 29 Sep 2025 $5,365$6,825
Kakadu’s Ancient Secrets
Days
5
Price from
AUD $4,348