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5-Day 4WD Camping Adventure Including Kakadu, Katherine Gorge and Litchfield National Parks

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    From June through October, dip into emerald waterfalls, view ancient Aboriginal rock art and search for wetland wildlife on this 5-day excursion to Kakadu, Katherine Gorge and Litchfield. Travel off-road from Darwin aboard a 4WD vehicle built for the Outback terrain of Australia’s Top End, and soak up the rich cultural and natural history as you visit three national parks with a professional guide. Sleep in a safari tent or your swag under the stars and enjoy provided meals around the campfire on this small-group tour.
    Please see the Itinerary below for details.
    Itinerary
    Day 1: Darwin – Kakadu National Park (L, D)
    We depart from Darwin bright and early for the short journey to Litchfield National Park. Explore the waterfalls, spring-fed streams and rugged sandstone escarpments of Litchfield National Park. Discover intriguing cathedral and magnetic termite mounds and swim, hike and explore Florence and Wangi Falls and enjoy a picnic lunch.

    After lunch we leave the highway behind and hit the dirt travelling along the Marrakai Road before joining the Old Jim Jim Road taking us deep into Kakadu National Park. Travelling past billabongs and traversing water crossings bringing ample opportunity for wildlife spotting. Arrive at our private campsite complete with comfortable permanent tents at Cooinda where we spend the night enjoying dinner and some stargazing.

    Overnight: campsite in Kakadu National Park

    Day 2: Yellow Waters, Nourlangie Aboriginal Site - Bowali Visitor Centre - Ubirr Art Site - Kakadu National Park (B, L, D)
    Awake for breakfast this morning before joining an iconic Yellow Waters Cruise. A must do activity within Kakadu National Park, the award winning Yellow Waters cruise is Aboriginal owned and centres around a spectacular billabong system that is home to some remarkable and diverse wildlife. Spotting crocodiles is only one of the many wildlife viewing opportunities on this unique water system.

    Departing camp we travel to nearby Nourlangie Rock. Here you can see how local Aboriginal people lived in this area through changing times. Environmental and social changes are reflected in the rock art and in the ground, where archaeologists have uncovered over 20,000 years of Aboriginal occupation.

    After lunch visit the Bowali Visitor Centre, a Gun-djeihmi name for the local area and creek on land owned by the Mirarr clan. See the audio-visual presentations and Marrawuddi Gallery showcasing Aboriginal art by artists from within Kakadu and the wider region.

    Later this afternoon we arrive at the culturally significant Aboriginal art site, Ubirr, located within the East Alligator region of the park. Here you will view a wide range of ancient Aboriginal art which will be interpreted by your guide. Learn the story of the Rainbow Serpent and climb the Nadab Lookout for panoramic views over the floodplain and beyond into Arnhem Land. After learning about the area, it’s time to pick out a quiet spot to sit while we watch the sun set over the Kakadu escarpment before making the short journey to our private and permanent campsite for the night.
    Overnight: campsite in Kakadu National Park

    Day 3: Kakadu National Park – Twin and Jim Jim Falls (B, L, D)
    Today the jewels of Kakadu National Park await. Departing early we travel to Twin and Jim Jim Falls*. Explore Twin Falls Gorge which is accessed by 4-wheel drive track, a boat shuttle service and a rocky walking track and boardwalk. Once there relax on the sandy banks and admire the falls. There’s more 4-wheel driving as we make our way to Jim Jim Falls where a walk through monsoon forest and over boulders takes us to the waterfall and plunge pool which are surrounded by 150 metre cliffs.
    Overnight: Kakadu National Park

    Day 4: Kakadu National Park - Gunlom Fall, Edith Falls - Katherine region (B, L, D)
     Today, the pace relaxes as we head into Gunlom Falls for a full morning to enjoy all this spectacular area has to offer. Relax around the lower plunge pool before hiking to the top of the falls where an amazing view is on offer whilst you enjoy the many rock holes. For the energetic you can hike to the rear fall where you will be rewarded with a swim under the waterfall. After a tasty lunch, it's all aboard as we travel on to the Katherine Region. Later today stop at Edith Falls for a refreshing dip in the plunge pool before retiring to our private campsite near Katherine for dinner, good company and a well deserved rest. 

    Overnight: campsite in Katherine

    Day 5: Katherine Gorge – Nitmiluk National Park - Darwin (B, L)
    It's up early this morning to get into Nitmiluk National Park (Katherine Gorge) before the masses for a boat cruise, canoe (seasonal), a scenic breathtaking flight over the Gorge System (all optional and own expense) or walk along the sheer rock walls that make this place so spectacular.  Spend some time exploring the spiritual home of the Jawoyn Aboriginal people before enjoying lunch. Afterwards, we visit the awards winning *Top Didj Cultural Experience. Interact with Top End Aboriginal artist Manuel Pamkal and ask questions about aboriginal culture whilst being educated on the significance of his painting style, weapons used and how he lived off the land. Later on, it’s time to sit back and relax for your journey back to Darwin.
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    Reviewed 4 days ago

    I have booked the Jabiru Tour for 5 days and our guide Rick made this tour to an unforgettable trip and to a wonderful experience. We have seen breathtaking sunsets on amazing places, enjoyed swimming in fantastic natural pools, were able to marvel at many...More

    Date of experience: August 2019
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    StaceyH_Feedback, . at Wayoutback Australian Safaris, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

    Dear Evaaa, Thank you for your fantastic and detailed review, this makes me want to jump on a tour with Rick!!! But seriously the Jabiru Dreaming Safari is designed to really cover the best parts of the top end and it's always a pleasure to...More

    Reviewed 6 days ago

    We had a dreamlike 5 day 4WD outback tour through Kakadu National Park, Lichfield and Katherine. Our guide Jack showed us with his enthusiasm the most beautiful places at the topend. Waterfalls, crocodiles, swimming in wonderful lakes and Aboriginal culture were a wonderful experience. I...More

    Date of experience: June 2019
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    StaceyH_Feedback, . at Wayoutback Australian Safaris, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

    Dear Martin, Thank you for sharing this fantastic review, it's always a pleasure to hear about our passengers experiences. The 5 day Jabiru Dreaming Safari is a great way to really take in all the sights of the Top End and I'm so glad to...More

    Reviewed 3 weeks ago

    Our guide Annie was unreal. She took us to some of the most beautiful places I have ever seen. Her knowledge and flexibility was amazing and made the experience even better. Camp sites were in amazing places. Food was great and the company of the...More

    Date of experience: July 2019
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    StaceyH_Feedback, . at Wayoutback Australian Safaris, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

    Dear Jeff, Thank you for your fantastic review. The Jabiru Dreaming tour is such a great way to see the Top End and I'm so glad to see that you enjoyed every part of it. Annie was a new guide with us this season but...More

    Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

    With Duff-man as our awesome guide (& an excellent group of travellers too), we had a fantastic time - a great way to see & experience these parts of the Top End. Enough said

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    StaceyH_Feedback, . at Wayoutback Australian Safaris, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

    Any tour that ends with you comfortably referring to your guide as Duff-Man sounds like a success to me! Thanks for your review and enjoy the rest of your travels

    Reviewed July 11, 2019

    Loved the entire trip! We were large family (7) including 2 seniors (60 yo), 11 yo, 10yo and 7 yo. Duffy was fabulous and managed to make everyone feel included and welcomed. He also went out of his way to ensure that my husband and...More

    Date of experience: July 2019
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    StaceyH_Feedback, . at Wayoutback Australian Safaris, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

    Dear Kelly, Thank you for your fantastic review. We really enjoy creating great experiences for families and it's wonderful to hear that you were so well looked after. As you said our guides do work very hard to create memorable tours and I know Duffy...More

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    Yes, our tour had a very large (maybe 50 liters) esky water cooler in the vehicle which was filled with water and ice each morning. We all filled our water bottles from this throughout the day. Once at the campsites tap... More
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    Yes there are shower and toilet blocks.
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    It depends the time of year you travel. We went 3rd week in June & Parks had not long opened them. You don’t want to risk swimming in the wet season or when the National park workers don’t deem it safe as there is big risk... More
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