Our 7 day walk the Top End experience explores 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.
This 7-day walking tour has been designed for those that want a complete walking experience of the best National Parks of the Top End of Australia. Walk the dramatic sandstone country of Kakadu National Park, see the remarkable waterfalls and river of Jim Jim Falls. Explore the best walking trails of Nitmiluk National Park home of Katherine Gorge and Edith Falls. 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.
No need to carry heavy overnight packs or cook your own food, this walk has been designed for those looking for an affordable multi-day walking experience with all the creature comforts.
Pack Free Walk
One of the biggest draw-cards of this tour is that our guests won’t be asked to carry their clothes or overnight bags for the entire tour, these will be transported for you each day. With Life’s An Adventure, you will carry as little as your water bottle, camera and lunch each day!
Deluxe Accommodation across the Top End
We’ve chosen the best accommodation in each location to minimise your travelling time to each walk. Our guests will enjoy highlight stays in the very special restricted area of Hawk Dreaming Lodge, as well as 2 nights at beautiful Cooinda Lodge in Yellow Waters the gateway to Jim Jim Falls and Gunlom.
Extra ‘Wow’ Factor – Scenic Escarpment Flight
There is no better way to get an idea of the grandeur and beauty of Kakadu than from the air. This amazing journey includes a spectacular flight over the escarpment for magnificent views.
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.
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.
Fabulous restaurant meals featuring local produce
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.
Our journey begins at the Mantra Esplanade Hotel in Darwin where you will meet your guides at 6.30am. 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 circuit walk, surrounded by monsoon rainforest where you can enjoy a cool swim in the pool. Afterwards, we head to our accommodation at Ringer Cabins, Litchfield Park set amongst the trees. In the evening we enjoy a hearty dinner served with wine and chat about the day’s adventures.
Enjoy a hearty breakfast before we farewell Lake Bennett. 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 enjoy a fantastic walk in the East Alligator region. Our walk today explores this area with its stunning geology, walking through the rock formations makes you feel like you are in medieval castle ruins. This walks also takes you past cool caves, rock art and through pretty paperbark woodlands. The birdlife in this area is just magic and this walk has to be one of Kakadu’s great secrets. Most days you are unlikely to see any other people on the track, making it a wonderfully peaceful place to walk.
This afternoon we experience Kakadu through the eyes of the traditional owners on a cruise taking in the local bird and wildlife as well as the breathtaking river and escarpment scenery. An indigenous guide will provide insight into their culture, traditional uses for plants and animals. Our guests will have the unique opportunity to disembark in Arnhemland for a display of traditional hunting before returning to Kakadu.
Hawk dreaming is Kakadu’s best-kept secret. Situated in a remote and restricted area of Kakadu, in the sacred aboriginal territory, Hawk Dreaming Lodge offers a magical intimate stay in the beauty of stunning Kakadu wilderness an area abundant with wildlife. The accommodation offers “glamping” style tents, with ensuites and deck. Your stay includes a personal tour of ancient rock art sites (not accessible to the general public) dating back many thousands of years, a memorable sunset over a beautiful billabong, all without the crowds and relaxed authentic dinner with local produce. Hawk Dreaming wilderness lodge is a very special place and perfect for those who wish to experience the real Kakadu that lies beneath the tourist trail.
After an early breakfast, we head off early to the Nourlangie Region for a dramatic walk in Kakadu’s Stone Country. Burrunggui or Nourlangie is a large sandstone island standing above the surrounding woodland. This 12km walk starts with a short walk to view spectacular Aboriginal Rock Art Sites dating back to pre-historic times including the Namarrgon lighting man. From here we head through sandstone country experiencing a variety of habitats and magnificent contrasts between lowlands and escarpment. Marvel at the great lookout points across the Arnhem Land Escarpment and look out for the native black wallaroos and chestnut quilled rock pigeon. Pass through heathland, layered sandstone pillars, and open woodland. Lavender-flanked wrens flit around the shrubs while peregrine falcons hunt from the thermals created by hot air rising from the rocks. Afterwards, we enjoy a scenic flight over the Kakadu Escarpment an amazing way to appreciate the grandeur and beauty of Kakadu. Afterwards, we enjoy a scenic flight over the Kakadu Escarpment an amazing way to appreciate the grandeur and beauty of Kakadu. 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. For the bird lovers, there is an optional sunset Yellow Waters Billabong Cruise available (own expense). Tonight we enjoy true outdoor Australian alfresco dining experience. Enjoy a wonderful menu featuring wonderful local produce such as barramundi and crocodile.
Enjoy an early breakfast then we head out by 4WD to experience the remote and spectacular Jim Jim Falls regions, the crown of Kakadu National Park. Our first walk is to the spectacular Jim Jim Falls gorge and plunge pools. Enjoy a leisurely walk through monsoon rainforest to the short but impressive Jim Jim Falls gorge. 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. Afterwards, enjoy the drive back to Cooinda taking in spectacular vistas of the Arnhem Land Escarpment. Tonight enjoy a relaxing outdoor dinner in the lodge restaurant.
Note: Jim Jim & Twin Falls are subject to these areas being opened. If for any reason they are closed an alternative area in Kakadu will be substituted.
After breakfast, we set off to explore the Mary River region in the southern part of Kakadu National Park. 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 as well as paperbark groves. 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 Gunlom, a short walk will take you to the base of the falls, however, we follow a steep track which takes us on a short walk to the top of the 80-metre high waterfall. The views from the top over southern Kakadu are simply spectacular. When you reach the top you will be in need of a refreshing dip and what a spot for a swim. Natural infinity pools are found at the top of the falls providing the perfect place to relax – in fact you may never want to leave this amazing oasis. Afterwards, we head to Katherine. For the next 2 nights, we stay at Knotts Crossing Resort in poolside hotel suites. Tonight enjoy dinner in the Savannah Restaurant featuring modern cuisine with Territory highlights such as delicious barramundi fillets.
After a buffet 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 cruise up the river through dramatic sandstone cliffs. We alight the boat then start our walk following 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. Tonight we return to Knotts Crossing Resort for a relaxing dinner outdoors at the Savannah Restaurant.
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 arriving at approximately 6.30pm – the end of a wonderful journey.
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.
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. To check real time availability on all our Northern Territory walking tours please see information below. Please feel free to contact us if you are after a special group departure date or we will also consider opening up a new departure date if we have enough demand. Email us at email@example.com
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