Our 5 day Kakadu and Hawk Dreaming walk explores the spectacular stone escarpment and dramatic scenery of Kakadu in the Northern Territory of Australia.
This timeless place is the largest national park in Australia, covering almost 20,000 square kilometres and is home to over 2,000 plant species, amazing wildlife, hundreds of bird species and Aboriginal rock art paintings dating to prehistoric times. You’ll gain exclusive access to a restricted area of Kakadu National Park that few visitors get to encounter.
This 5 day walking tour has been designed to explore the best National Parks of Kakadu, Arnhemland, as well as Litchfield in the Top End of Australia. 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 have the complete Kakadu experience as we enjoy the best walks in all four of these special and unique areas. A highlight of the trip will be having exclusive access to a restricted Arnhemland area of Kakadu National Park, which most tourists never get to visit.
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.
A Truly Supported Walk
One of the biggest drawcards 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 Kakadu
Kakadu is a vast area, we chosen the best accommodation in each location to minimise your travelling time to each walk. Our guests will enjoy special stays in lakeside suites at Lake Bennett, Hawk Dreaming Wilderness Lodge and at beautiful Cooinda Lodge in Yellow Waters the gateway to Jim Jim, Twin Falls and Gunlom.
Our group sizes are small and intimate with a maximum of 12 people, we find this delivers a 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 ensures your tour is relaxing, fun and informative.
Fabulous restaurant meals featuring local produce
Meal time is a special time on tour. Not only does it provide the opportunity to get to know your fellow travellers in a relaxed environment, it also allows you to sample regional specialities. On tour we have many highlight dinners. On night 1, we’ll dine overlooking beautiful Lake Bennett, and at Cooinda lodge enjoy outdoor dining under the stars with the choice of regional delicacies such as crocodile and emu.
Our journey begins at the Novotel in Darwin where you will meet your guides at 7.30am. 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, surrounded by monsoon rainforest where you can enjoy a cool swim in the pool.
Tonight we enjoy waterfront accommodation at scenic Lake Bennett, a favourite weekend getaway for local Darwin people. On arrival there is time to take a swim in the lodge’s pool, stroll along the lake’s edge or take a kayak out for a paddle on the lake. In the evening we enjoy a wonderful dinner dinner overlooking the lake, a relaxing way to end our first day
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 wonderful peaceful place to walk.
This afternoon we will stay the night in the Hawk Dreaming Lodge in Arnhemland. This is a restricted area in which only 1000 people on average a year are granted access to. This unique lodge is located to the south-west of the East Alligator River and is part of the land that was owned by the Kakadu Man, the aboriginals who formed Kakadu National Park the way it is nowadays.
When arrived, you will be introduced to the members of the Bunitj Clan. They are the traditional inhabitants of the famous Cannon Hill which is located in the Kakadu National Park. The differences in landscapes and the variety in rock art, are a highlight of the whole tour.
An indigenous guide will provide insight into their culture, traditional uses for plants and animals. At Sunset we take a short walk to Cannon Hill along the way viewing several fascinating Aboriginal Rock Art Sites. The 360 degree views of Arnhemland from the top, are simply majestic and this is arguably one of the best sunset spot in Australia. Afterwards we head to our accommodation at Hawk Dreaming Lodge.
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. The next two nights are spent at 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 and Twin 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 to the river where you will see spectacular 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. From here we head to Twin Falls Gorge. We travel to this region by boat which takes us through the gorge and drops us near the falls. From here you have to walk along the base of the gorge to arrive at the sandy beach and the magnificent Twin Falls. Afterwards enjoy the drive back to Cooinda taking in spectacular vistas of the Arnhemland Escarpment. Tonight enjoy a relaxing outdoor dinner in the lodge restaurant.
Please note: Today’s touring is subject to the opening of Jim Jim and Twin Falls. If for any reason these areas aren’t open alternative locations 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 takes 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 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 falls. 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 Pine Creek for refreshments. From here those finishing the tour will head back to Darwin, arriving at approximately 7.00pm. Guests will be dropped off at the Novotel Hotel, Darwin.
For those who want to extend their walking holiday for 2 nights, continue on from Pine Creek to Katherine for additional 2 days walking and exploring the spectacular walking trails around this region. Click here to see itinerary.
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 are running one special departures for this tour..
20-24 August 2017
2018 SUPER EARLYBIRDS OUT NOW
Save $600 per couple or $300 per person when you book early and pay in full on our 2018 departures. Conditions apply see pricing page.
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Spot Specials save $200 per person.
Spot specials available on specific departures on our 5 Day Kakadu Walk & Beyond are available now. Book and pay at time of booking and save $200 per person on the following dates.
23-27 June 2017.
20-24 August 2017
Spot special Price
$ 2645 /p
|Fully Supported Walk|
|4 night x Deluxe accommodation|
|Indigenous cruise to Arnhemland|
|4WD tour and walk to Jim Jim & Twin Falls*|
|1 x highlight sunset picnic dinner Ubirr Rock|
|3 x restaurant dinners featuring local produce|
|4 x full buffet breakfasts|
|5 x lunches|
|National Parks Fees|
|See all 4 regions of Kakadu|
|Transfers to and from Darwin from Kakadu|
|No credit card fees|
Normal Price $2845
Spot Special Price $2645
Group Price $2645
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