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7 Day Walk the Top End – Kakadu, Nitmiluk & Litchfield

Guided 7 day Walk the Top End

Explore the best walking trails of the Top End of Australia. Explore Kakadu – the largest National Park in Australia covering almost 20,000 square kilometres and home to over 2,000 plant species, hundreds of bird species and pre-historic Aboriginal rock art paintings. Swim in the waterfall holes of Litchfield National Park and experience 2 regions in dramatic Nitmiluk National Park home of the dramatic Katherine Gorge.

Winter is the best time to explore this region, from June to August is the dry season in the Territory, with warm sunny days and clear skies the norm. Our itinerary has been designed to offer a choice of walking options to suit both the temperatures on the day and the abilities of our walkers with most walks designed to enjoy a refreshing swim in a cool waterhole or natural plunge pool during your walk.

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Pack-Free Walking Experience

Carry only your water and lunch

No need to carry heavy overnight packs with your clothes and gear, this walk has been designed for those looking for an affordable multi-day walking experience with all the creature comforts. Your overnight bags will be transported each day so all you need is a small day pack for your lunch and water.

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De Lago Resort

1 night stay in Lake Bennett

We’ve chosen the best accommodation in each location to minimise your travelling time to each walk. Our accommodation is on the banks of Lake Bennett and has the most amazing views in a beautiful, tranquil setting. The Lakeview Rooms have been extensively refurbished, and each has a beautiful private deck overlooking the lake.

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Mercure Crocodile Hotel

The best hotel in Jabiru

Stay one night at the renowned Mercure Crocodile Hotel, indisputably the finest lodging option in Jabiru town. This picturesque sanctuary is truly delightful, indulge in the comfort of the expansive rooms featuring cosy beds and well-appointed en-suite facilities. Our evening meals will be savored at the enchanting Escarpment restaurant. This culinary haven has delectable dishes that showcase the authentic flavours of Kakadu, each thoughtfully accompanied by a selection of exquisite Australian wines.

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Cooinda Lodge

2 night stay Cooinda

We’ve chosen 2 nights at Cooinda Lodge for its close proximity to the amazing walks of southern Kakadu. This beautiful outback Lodge beside Yellow Water Billabong features a swimming pool to cool off after a day’s walk and modern air-conditioned rooms with ensuite. Dinners at the lodge are a true outdoor Australian alfresco dining experience. With a wonderful menu featuring an array of local produce such as barramundi and crocodile.

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Nitmiluk Cabins

2 nights stay Katherine

Nestled within the breathtaking Nitmiluk National Park, Nitmiluk Cabins are a short stroll to Nitmiluk (Katherine Gorge) and provide a unique opportunity to immerse yourself in the rugged landscapes, as you wake up to the serene sights and sounds of the park’s lush surroundings. With a range of cosy and well-furnished accommodations they cabins are perfect base for exploring the stunning Nitmiluk Gorge.

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Yellow Waters cruise

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At Cooinda we experience the iconic Yellow Waters cruise to see the amazing billabong and its stunning area of over 60 species of birdlife including the distinctive jabiru. You may even spot a crocodile.

Nitmuluk Sunset River Cruise

Sunset River Cruise

with 3 course dinner and sparkling wine in Nitmuluk

Sit back and relax on a Sunset Dinner Cruise in Nitmuluk, Katherine Gorge and enjoy the tranquil surroundings. Discover the stories and ways of the Jawoyn people against the magnificent backdrop of the Nitmiluk Gorge which will be changing colour with the setting sun. Tour includes a three course candle light dinner, featuring fresh, local Australian produce cooked on board, and a complimentary glass of sparkling wine.

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Local produce and Australian wines included

Mealtime is a special time on tour. Not only does it provide the opportunity to get to know your fellow travellers in a relaxed environment, but it also allows you to sample regional specialities. On tour, we have many highlight dinners. Enjoy a special campfire dinner at Hawk Dreaming Lodge and at Cooinda lodge enjoy outdoor dining under the stars with the choice of enjoying regional delicacies such as crocodile and emu. On our last evening at Katherine, we will celebrate with outdoor dining and entertainment poolside.

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Our CEO Guides

Chief Experience Officers

Our guides are truly exceptional at what they do. We call them our CEOs – Chief Experience Officers and it’s their job to ensure your tour exceeds your expectations. Our guide’s caring attitude and wonderful outgoing nature ensure your tour is relaxing, fun and informative. They will take into account the weather each day and plan the day’s adventure to suit you and the conditions.

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Personalised Tours

Small and intimate groups

Our group sizes are small and intimate with a maximum of 12 people, we find this delivers more personalised service, a great social environment and has less impact on the environment.

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Genuinely all-inclusive

Our tours are genuinely all-inclusive. From cruises to wine with dinner there are no hidden extras.

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Tour Itinerary

Tour Inclusions
7 Day Walk the Top End – Kakadu, Nitmiluk & Litchfield

This is an all-inclusive tour with no hidden extras:

  • 2 nights Deluxe Accommodation at beautiful Cooinda Lodge, Yellow Waters
  • 1 night in Mercure Crocodile Hotel – best hotel in Jabiru
  • 2 nights at Nitmiluk Cabins ideally located at Nitmiluk (Katherine Gorge)
  • 1 night in De Lago Resort at Lake Bennett
  • Eco Cruise Yellow Waters in Southern Kakadu
  • Sunset cruise with 3-course dinner and sparkling wine in Nitmiluk National Park
  • Fresh fruit and trail mix to enjoy during your walk
  • Walk all 4 regions of Kakadu national Park
  • Walk 2 regions of Nitmiluk National Park
  • Walk Litchfield National Park
  • 6 x delicious restaurant dinners featuring beautiful local produce
  • 6 x breakfasts
  • 7 x lunches
  • Professionally guided – Our CEO’s – Chief Experience Officers are passionate, well trained and enthusiastic with the ability to bring to life a depth of information
Day 1: Litchfield National Park Walk
7 Day Walk the Top End – Kakadu, Nitmiluk & Litchfield

SUGGESTED PRE-TOUR ACCOMMODATION: We suggest the Novotel Darwin CBD next door ideally located on the esplanade overlooking Darwin Harbour.

MEET TIME: 6.45am meet in the foyer of the Novotel Atrium Darwin

TRAIL NOTES: Total walking: 7kms. Grade moderate.

TERRAIN: A combination of formal paved path and natural trail that can be rocky underfoot. Short, steep ascent and descent at Tolmer Falls.

WALK ITINERARY: Our journey begins at the Novotel Atrium Darwin where you will meet your guides. From here we travel to Litchfield National Park for the first of our walking adventures. This beautiful National Park is renowned for its stunning waterfalls which cascade from a sandstone plateau called the Tabletop Range.  Today’s walk takes us from Florence Falls to beautiful Buley Rockhole. Along the track, you will experience plenty of birdlife, including honeyeaters, kingfishers and pigeons. Besides birdlife, you might spot other wildlife as well including northern quolls and black flying foxes. Arriving at Buley Rockhole we stop for a refreshing dip in the crystal clear waters and watch the streams cascading over the rocks in this beautiful oasis. After lunch, we continue walking to the lookout at Tolmer Falls, where you can view water cascading into a stunning pool below and linger in the rock pools above the falls. Afterwards, we make a brief stop at spectacular Wangi Falls, surrounded by monsoon rainforest where you can enjoy a cool swim in the pool. Afterwards, we head to our accommodation at De Lago Resort, nestled on the shores of Lake Bennett. In the evening we enjoy a hearty dinner served with wine and chat about the day’s adventures.

Day 2: Kakadu Ubirr Walk - Jabiru
7 Day Walk the Top End – Kakadu, Nitmiluk & Litchfield

TRAIL NOTES: Total walking: 3kms. Medium walk includes 250m climb

TERRAIN: A combination of formal paved path and natural trail that can be rocky underfoot. There is a short climb, over uneven rock, at Ubirr.

WALKING ITINERARY: Enjoy a hearty breakfast before we farewell Litchfield National Park. Our aim today, is to get you straight to Kakadu National Park so you can maximise your time in this special region with its spectacular sandstone escarpments and dramatic scenery. Kakadu National Park is made up of several regions including the East Alligator Region, Nourlangie Region, Jim Jim and Twin Falls region and Mary River region. Our journey will ensure you experience the best walks in each of these special and unique areas. Upon arrival in Kakadu, we will visit the Border Store which is run by Injalak Arts that have beautiful painting on bark, handprinted fabrics and weavings before enjoying lunch at Cahills Crossing with viewing platforms over the river.  From here we make our way to Ubirr to see the fascinating rock art. Our walk takes us through a series of natural rock galleries with paintings documenting ancient human interaction with the environment. A few galleries have an extra element of intrigue with some of the first interactions with non-Aboriginal people recorded, once we reach the top of the escarpment enjoy stunning views over Kakadu. Afterwards we return to Jabiru to our accommodation for the evening at the Mercure Crocodile Hotel, the best hotel in Jabiru. Tonight enjoy a dinner served with wine in the charming Escaprment restaurant featuring local Kakadu flavours.

Day 3: Nourlangie Region Walk
7 Day Walk the Top End – Kakadu, Nitmiluk & Litchfield

TRAIL NOTES: Walk 1: 4.2km, 1.5 hours of walking. Easy grade.
Walk 2: 1.5km, 2 hours of walking. Moderate Grade

TERRAIN: The first walk of the day begins with an easy, flat trail along the billabong’s edge, followed by a ladder climb and a brief scramble over rocky terrain to reach the lookout point. The second walk begins with a wide, paved track before encountering steep and rugged sections, involving scrambling over broken slabs of rock.

WALK ITINERARY: After an early breakfast, we head off early to the Nourlangie Region for a dramatic walk in Kakadu’s Stone Country. Begin your adventure with the Anbangbang Billabong and Nawurlandja Lookout track, circling the picturesque billabong where birdlife thrives and wallabies seek refuge under paperbarks. Marvel at the views of Nourlangie Rock as you navigate through shaded areas and scramble to the Nawurlandja Lookout for breathtaking vistas. Spot jabirus along the shore before concluding your journey. Then, embark on the Nourlangie Art Site track, traversing steep and rugged terrain to discover ancient Aboriginal artwork at Anbangbang Rock Shelter. Delve into stories of Nabulwinjbulwinj and Namarrgon depicted in the captivating art. Continue to Gunnwarrdehwarrdde Lookout for panoramic views before descending stone steps and concluding your exploration.

The next two nights are spent at the beautiful outback resort of Cooinda Lodge beside Yellow Water Billabong. This wonderful lodge features a swimming pool and modern air-conditioned rooms with ensuite. Tonight we enjoy true outdoor Australian alfresco dining experience. Enjoy a wonderful menu featuring wonderful local produce such as barramundi and crocodile.

Day 4: Jim Jim Falls walking and 4WD experience. Yellow Waters cruise
7 Day Walk the Top End – Kakadu, Nitmiluk & Litchfield

TRAIL NOTES: Total walking 3 kms. Medium grade – Boulder hopping. Easier option available.

TERRAIN: This natural walking trail can be rocky and sandy underfoot. There is some scrambling over large boulders.

WALK ITINERARY: Enjoy an early breakfast then we head out by 4WD to experience the remote and spectacular Jim Jim Falls, the crown of Kakadu National Park. Our walk is to the spectacular Jim Jim Falls gorge and plunge pools. Enjoy a leisurely walk to the river where you will see views of the Jim Jim Falls gorge, you can relax here taking in the amazing views down the gorge or continue on. For those that wish to swim in the plunge pools at the base of the falls, the second half of the walk requires scrambling and rock hopping and requires a good amount of agility. The closer you get to the end of the gorge the more impressive it becomes and worth the effort to get there. Sit down and relax on the sandy white beach, take in your amazing surroundings and the pretty plunge pool surrounded by enormous vertical cliffs and after all that rock scrambling definitely go for a swim. We also have the option to walk to the top of the escarpment overlooking Jim Jim Falls for magnificent views. Afterwards, enjoy the drive back to Cooinda taking in spectacular vistas of the Arnhemland Escarpment.  In the afternoon we enjoy a billabong cruise on Yellow Waters to see the amazing array of birdlife. Tonight enjoy a relaxing outdoor dinner in the lodge restaurant.

Please note: Today’s touring is subject to the opening of Jim Jim Falls. If for any reason these areas aren’t open alternative locations will be substituted.

Day 5: Maguk Walk and Motor Car Falls Walk - Katherine
7 Day Walk the Top End – Kakadu, Nitmiluk & Litchfield

TRAIL NOTES: Total walking 8.5kms.

TERRAIN: This natural walking trail can be rocky and sandy underfoot. There is a steep climb, which is rocky and uneven.

WALK ITINERARY: After breakfast, we set off to explore the Mary River region in the southern part of Kakadu National Park to walk. Today we enjoy a series of short walks with a refreshing waterhole swim the reward for each walk. The first of our walks take us to Maguk previously known as Barramundi Gorge an awesome gorge with a big plunge pool. The walk follows Barramundi Creek through monsoon forests with lush thick vegetation and interesting plants, birds and lizards to admire. Here we will walk to the head of the falls for magnificent views, the pool at the top of the falls is flanked by tall vertical cliffs then head on down to the plunge pools for a relaxing swim to cool off. Afterwards we head to Motor Car Falls. Surrounded by forest this small waterfall remains one of Kakadu’s hidden gems and is a favourite in the tropical summer when Kakadu’s larger falls tend to be inaccessible. Although it’s a bit of a trek at 7.5 kms return, it’s well worth the effort. Especially if you want to sit under the spray of the waterfall by swimming across the pristine pool. We may even see wallaroos along the way! Afterwards, we head to Katherine. For the next 2 nights, we stay at Nitmiluk Cabins situated a short stroll to Nitmiluk (Katherine Gorge). Tonight enjoy dinner in a local restaurant served with wine.

Day 6: Nitmiluk National Park Walk - Sunset Dinner Cruise
7 Day Walk the Top End – Kakadu, Nitmiluk & Litchfield

TRAIL NOTES: Total walking 12kms – moderate. Easier walking options available of 4.8km

TERRAIN: This natural walking trail can be rocky and sandy underfoot and there are short, steep ascents and descents, in and out of the gorges.

WALK ITINERARY: After breakfast, we head to Nitmiluk National Park. Nitmiluk to the south of Kakadu National Park has its own appeal and beauty and is endowed with features not found in its larger and more renowned neighbour. The major attraction in this area is Katherine Gorge which has been cut over centuries into the sandstone of the Arnhem Land escarpment by the Katherine River. We start our day with a walk to Butterfly Gorge and follow the gorge rim which showcases stunning views of rocky escarpments and shady valleys with rainforest and refreshing swimming holes. We visit pretty Butterfly Gorge a shaded side gorge frequented by black and white butterflies before returning. Later we return to Nimiluk Cabins with the remainder of the day at leisure before we enjoy a celebratory sunset cruise up the spectacular Nitmiluk (Katherine) gorge with a three -course dinner featuring fresh, local Australian produce cooked by one of the chefs on board, accompanied by a glass of sparkling wine.

Day 7: Edith Falls (Leilyn) Walk - Darwin
7 Day Walk the Top End – Kakadu, Nitmiluk & Litchfield

TRAIL NOTES: 9kms return. Grade Moderate. Easier Option available 2.6kms. Grade Moderate

TERRAIN: Well formed trail, with a good compact surface, some rocky sections and sand.

WALK ITINERARY: On our final day, we enjoy breakfast and head towards the northwestern part of Nitmiluk National Park to explore beautiful Edith Falls (Leilyn)  a series of cascading waterfalls and plunge pools where the Edith River descends the Arnhem Land escarpment. Our walk begins with a climb into escarpment country through bushlands of spinifex and grevillea listening out for the calls of the local birds. Once at the top dramatic views can be seen of the spectacular Upper Pool. This is a wonderful place has a stunning waterfall and swimming hole and is the perfect place to cool off after a walk. We will spend time here sitting under the waterfall and soaking up the dramatic scenery. Afterwards, we return to Darwin the end of a wonderful journey.

FINISH TIME: Arrive into Darwin at approximately 8.30pm

Note: due to warmer weather in the Territory our guides will determine the best walking experiences for the day. Early morning starts will mean we will walk in the cooler part of the day. Some days include several short walks. Most walks include a swim to cool off during the walks. Floating devices are available for our guests to use when cooling off.

Tour Availability

WINTER ESCAPE SPECIALS:
Choose from one of the dates listed below and save up to an amazing $400 per person when you book and pay in full at time of booking. Limited spots available!

  • 18 – 24 July 2024

DEPARTURE DATES:
We run regularly scheduled tours from June to August every year. This is the best time to travel as all Kakadu regions have generally been opened by this time. We will also consider opening up a new departure date if we have enough demand. Email us at walks@lifesanadventure.com.au

PRIVATE GROUPS:
Date of your choice is available for groups of 10 -12 people. Subject to availability.
Please contact us for more details on (02) 9975 4553 or email: groups@lifesanadventure.com.au

 


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HURRY OFFER EXTENDED TILL 30 APRIL 2024 - LAST CHANCE!
Winter Escape savings of up to $800 per couple or $400 per person are available on 2024 departures when you pay in full at time of booking by 30 April 2024.
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If you are a solo traveller willing to share a room, we will attempt to match you with another solo traveller of the same gender. If we can’t find you a match of the same gender by around 8 weeks prior to the tour, you will be charged the single supplement cost.

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For those wanting to guarantee their own room, a single supplement cost will be charged at the time of booking. Subject to availability.

SINGLE SUPPLEMENT: $1120
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Departure date of your choice is subjective to availability. A minimum group size of 10 required. Prices are equal to Past Travellers’ discounted rates. Additional Past Traveller’s’ discount not available for groups. Based on twin share – see details about Single Supplement and upgrade extras.

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PAST PASSENGER DISCOUNT: Those who have travelled with Life’s An Adventure previously, receive a past passenger discount of $100. This discount will automatically be deducted from future bookings when you book online using the same email address used for past bookings.

EARLYBIRD CANCELLATIONS: Cancellations are not permitted for Earlybird Deals or Spot Specials, however, transfers to another date are permitted 8 weeks or more prior to departure. We advise taking out travel insurance, in case unexpected circumstances prior to the trip, prevent you from joining this tour. Early bird or Spot Special discounts cannot be used in conjunction with another offer. To receive these special discounts, full payment must be made at the time of the initial booking.

Exclusive Private Group Departures

Exclusive departure dates can be organised for groups of 10 or more subject to availability. For private groups we also offer discounted rates and FREE walking shirts – click here for details

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We strongly advise our clients travelling within Australia to take out Travel Insurance. We have partnered with Cover-More to provide travel insurance to our guests. To get a quote or purchase travel insurance directly with them CLICK HERE

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  • Prices are per person in Australian dollars and include GST.
  • A deposit of $300 per person is required to secure your booking. (unless taking advantage of Earlybird or Spot Specials in which full payment is required at time of booking).
  • Note: If you are booking within 90 days of your departure date – we will require full payment at the time of booking
  • Prices are based on twin share of rooms. If you are travelling solo you may be required to share with someone of the same gender. If this is not suitable you can request to pay a single supplement, however, limited single rooms are available per trip so are on a request basis.
  • No Credit Cards fees.
  • Payments must be made online via our NAB (National Australia Bank) secure payment page via credit card (Visa or Mastercard) or over the phone.
  • We advise taking our Travel Insurance to cover items such as cancellation of tour due to minimum numbers not met, or adverse weather conditions, injury, evacuation, delayed flights, illness, etc.

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