Kakadu’s Ancient Secrets

5 days,

4 nights |

from $3246 per person*


Embark on an Inspiring Journey to the haunt of the Lightning Man, Aboriginal clans and the mighty crocs that roam Kakadu’s floodplains. 

Experience the Top End of Australia and discover untamed waterfalls, ancient cultures, and vast wetlands.

Explore Litchfield National Park with tumbling waterfalls surround by a tropical monsoon rainforest. Travel through the magnificent Kakadu National Park and explore the ancient rocks art sites, billabongs teaming with wildlife and escarpments.

Discover the rich traditional culture of Katherine as you are welcomed by the sound of a traditional didgeridoo. Marvel at the size and colors of Katherine Gorge as you enjoy a special sunset dinner cruise along the river.

In Darwin, visit the Adelaide River War Cemetery and learn about Darwin was the first line of defense during WWII.

  • Hand-picked accommodation
  • Most meals, including Local Dining Experiences
  • Complimentary refreshments throughout the journey
  • Airport transfers (see Flight Information below)

Tour Highlights

  • World Heritage listed Kakadu National Park
  • Litchfield National Park’s many wonderful waterfalls
  • Uncover the Mary River on a safari cruise
  • Climb Nourlangie for spectacular views over Kakadu National Park
  • Get off road on the Marrakai 4WD track
  • Delve into WWII history at Adelaide River War Cemetery
  • Learn about Aboriginal rock art at Ubirr
  • Enjoy an exclusive Aboriginal cultural experience
  • Relax with a swim at Gunlom Falls overlooking Kakadu
  • Stay in luxury accommodation at Cicada Lodge and Wildman Wilderness Lodge
  • Take a refreshing dip at Wangi Falls

Flight Information

Flights are not included in the tour price; please call our team for the current flight prices. Any flights referred to in the itinerary are an additional expense; these are the suggested group flights:

  • Day Prior: Flights to arrive anytime into Darwin Airport
  • Day 5 Flights to depart after 8.00pm from Darwin Airport

Departure Dates

2022 MAY: 5, 19, 26. JUN 2, 9, 16, 23, 30. JUL 7, 14, 21, 28. AUG 4, 11, 25. SEP 1, 8, 15, 22, 29. OCT 6.

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All trips include 24-hour emergency travel assistance.

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December 31, 2021

Valid for travel between:

7/7/2022- 10/06/2022

Additional dates, gateway cities and airlines may be available.

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Day 1 Darwin – Litchfield National Park – Kakadu

Visit tumbling Florence Falls and enjoy a swim at the relaxing Wangi Falls and hear about its importance in Aboriginal custom before stopping for lunch. Travel through the magnificent Kakadu National Park to Jabiru, keeping your eyes open for Crocodiles as you cross the South Alligator River, brolgas, magpie geese. 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 travelers over dinner with wine. Hotel: Mercure Kakadu Crocodile Hotel, Jabiru, 2 nights. Lunch, dinner with wine.

Day 2 Kakadu

This morning there’s an opportunity to take an optional scenic flight over Kakadu. Join your Journey Director on a walk at Kakadu’s stunning Ubirr rock art site to view ancient rock art. Take a walk to discover remarkable views over the surrounding wetlands and escarpments from the fantastic vantage point, Nadab lookout. After lunch, enjoy a cruise on the famous Yellow Waters Billabong where you will see a myriad of different bird species, spot estuarine crocodiles and simply enjoy the stunning billabong and floodplains system.  Breakfast, lunch, dinner with wine.

Day 3 Kakadu – Katherine

Visit Nourlangie to see the fascinating Aboriginal rock art for yourself and 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 dates back some 20,000 years. Continue 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.  Hotel: Cicada Lodge, Nitmiluk National Park, Katherine, 2 nights. Breakfast, lunch, dinner with wine.

Day 4 Katherine Gorge

Meet Manual Pamkal who will welcome you with a traditional welcoming tune on the didgeridoo. Born and raised immersed in his rich traditional culture, you will hear the stories of growing up in the bush and learn the fine art of rarrk painting using a special brush from a reed called Julk. 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. Breakfast, lunch, Local Dining Experience

Day 5 Katherine – Farewell from Darwin

Free time to relax and appreciate the atmosphere of the lodge before traveling north along the Stuart Highway to Edith Falls 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 defense of their country. Your Inspiring Journey concludes on arrival in Darwin.  Breakfast, lunch

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*Terms & Conditions: Pricing is per person based on double occupancy. All prices are in US dollars and correct at time of posting for travel during specified travel dates. Single supplements, black-out dates and seasonal supplements may apply. Airfare is not included unless indicated. Prices may differ when you book your travel and are not guaranteed until full payment is received. Airline and hotels frequently change their prices as a result of fare increases and/or fuel surcharges. Prices may increase before full payment for those and other reasons. Package is not combinable with any other offer or discounted vacation package. After full payment, prices are guaranteed except only due to an increase in government-imposed taxes or fees. By paying your deposit, you affirmatively agree to the possibility of such increases. Package is strictly subject to availability, not retroactive and not combinable with any other special or vacation package offer. Minimum night stays or required room types may apply. All prices, itineraries and routings are subject to change without notice. Please call for our current prices. CST#2001136-20

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