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6
Moderate to Challenging
Activities
  • Day walks
Accommodation
  • 3 nights exclusive semi-permanent campsites, 2 nights wilderness camping
Meals
  • 5 Dinners
  • 6 Lunches
  • 5 Breakfasts

6 Days$2390USD

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Remote adventures
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Small groups only
Guided group sizes are strictly limited to maximum 16 people, average of 8-10


 
 
Trip Code: KAC

Kakadu Challenger Trip highlights


  • Sunset cruise on the Yellow Water billabong, home to a variety of wildlife
  • Enjoy challenging day walks taking in the gorges, waterfalls and escarpments of the Kakadu National Park
  • Experience the iconic Jim Jim Falls (subject to seasonal access)
  • Stay in exclusive semi-permanent campsites away from the crowds
  • View some of the most beautiful indigenous rock art galleries
  • Learn about the area with your expert guides

Kakadu National Park is a World Heritage Area covering some 20,000 square kms. Waterfalls tumble from the red cliffs off the Arnhem Land escarpment into shady pools; tranquil wetlands teem with animal and bird life, while 40,000 years of Aboriginal cultural heritage is on display in the numerous hidden rock art galleries. On this challenging trip we have picked the toughest walks in the National Park. Our walking based itinerary, which includes a cruise on the Yellow Waters (a favourite haunt of saltwater crocodiles), takes in the picturesque waterfalls that Kakadu is renowned for.

Our collection of day walks venture in to remote gorges and sparkling waterfalls, as well as visit ancient rock-art seen by very few visitors. The upgraded semi-permanent campsites encourage travellers to relax in idyllic tropical surrounds. All luggage and camping gear is transported by our professional support crew, freeing you to enjoy the diverse scenery, revel in the camaraderie of like-minded travellers and focus on achieving your goal.


Our journey begins with a Darwin accommodation pick-up between 6:30-7:00am and travels south-east to Kakadu National Park. With a quick stop on the way, we head straight for the stunning Ubirr rock formation, where we enjoy a short walk and are introduced to Aboriginal cultural connection to country. We enjoy a packed lunch at the historic Cahills crossing before getting settled into our comfortable semi-permanent camp, located at Djarradjin Billabong, in the heart of Kakadu National Park. In the late afternoon we take a cruise on the Yellow Water Billabong, home to an astounding variety of wildlife. We may encounter Brumbies, wallabies and goannas drinking from the waterside, salt-water crocodiles and thousands of birds, including Magpie Geese, Brolga, Cormorants, Pelicans and one of Australia’s largest flying birds – the Black-necked stork (Jabiru). The flat-bottomed boat is guided by an expert wildlife guide. Walking distance: 1.5 km

Meals:  L,D

After an early nourishing breakfast we drive a short distance to Nourlangie massif and begin our walk. We will take on one of Kakadu’s most challenging walks the Barrk Sandstone Walk. Barrk is the indigenous name for the male black wallaroo, a member of the kangaroo family which lives in this area. After a steep climb we are rewarded with stunning views and Kakadu’s unique plants and animals. This walk will take most of the day, we may have time for a quick swim on our return to our campsite. In the late afternoon we return to Dajarradjin Billabong camp to relax around the campfire and enjoy another delicious evening meal. Walking distance: 12km

Meals:  B,L,D

Wake up to the dawn chorus of the multitude of birds of the Savannah and wetlands. Our day is focussed on stunning walks within the World Heritage listed National Park. We drive to Jim Jim Falls along a bumpy old track, to Kakadu’s most famous waterfalls. Our visits to Jim Jim Falls aim for an active experience, walking beyond the reach of regular tourist groups. Today we will enjoy the Jim Jim plunge pool and the challenging Barrk Marlam Walk. This steep and difficult walk is over rocky stone country and only for experienced bushwalkers. Do not let the distance fool you into thinking this will be easy. We allow most of the day to accomplish this 6km walk. We then return to our close by wilderness campsite for a delicious meal and a restful evening. Walking distance: 6-8km

Meals:  B,L,D

After a fuelling breakfast we drive the short distance to another of Kakadu’s most challenging walks – The Twin falls Plateau Walk. This walk takes us through rarely walked unspoilt wilderness. Our effort is rewarded with jaw dropping views of this impressive gorge on the edge of the Arnhem Land escarpment. This walk will take us most of the day and we will spend the remainder of our time taking in the twin falls area. We then return to our nearby wilderness camp for another delicious meal and peaceful evening around the campfire. Walking distance: 6-8km

Meals:  B,L,D

This morning we wake early to pack down our wilderness camp and head south to the stunning Yurmikmik walks. Here we take in a walk including the Yurmikmik lookout and Motor Car Falls. We then drive the short distance to our final semi-permanent campsite at the beautiful Gunlom. Walking distance: 7.5-11km

Meals:  B,L,D

Today we enjoy one of the most picturesque waterfalls in Kakadu - Gunlom Falls. A short walk to the top of the falls takes to a beautiful plunge pool for a dip or time to relax and take in the beautiful view. We have a relaxing morning today taking in all that Gunlom falls has to offer before departing to Darwin. We arrive in Darwin at approximately 5-6pm for the conclusion of this epic adventure. Walking distance: 2-3 km

Meals:  B,L


Inclusions

  • 5 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 5 dinners
  • 2 professional wilderness guides
  • Wildlife cruise
  • Safari camps including tents, stretcher beds and swags for sleeping
  • All National Park and camping fees
  • Emergency communications and group first aid kit
  • Transport from Darwin
  • All dining and catering equipment

  • Airfares
  • Accommodation in Darwin before and after the trip
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Backpacks
  • Sleeping Bag
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Travel insurance
  • Face masks and hand sanitiser

Accommodation


Departure dates

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Notes

H
High Season
Note:
High season supplement applies from 1 June to 15 August, and for any trips that overlap with a public holiday.

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Total Priceper person from

$2390USD

Options & Supplements*
  • Sleeping Bag HireUSD$24
  • Single SupplementUSD$320
*Prices listed are per person

Essential Information

Ready to book? Make sure you download and read the detailed Kakadu Challenger trip notes which contains all the essential information you need to know before booking. Once you’ve booked, we will supply you with a Pre-Departure document which contains a detailed gear list and other important information to help you prepare for your adventure ahead.


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By joining this trip you are directly supporting positive impact projects in line with the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

We’ve offset the carbon emitted by this trip by purchasing credits that support important projects that address the UN’s seventeen SDGs, like reducing poverty, affordable and clean energy, reducing hunger, clean water and climate action.

Proceeds from this adventure purchase carbon credits through the world’s largest and most awarded carbon project developer, South Pole, which are invested into projects accelerating the transition to renewable energy sources in developing countries.

Supported projects are based on internationally recognised standards and are third-party audited. They entail a series of positive impacts on the ground, which benefit local communities and ecosystems, that are aligned with the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

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