Your Itinerary

kakadu & arnhem land

from $1,770 per person

This epic adventure takes you through Kakadu National Park and Arnhem Land across stunning floodplains and escarpments in search of the saltwater Crocodile. Aside from the wilderness offerings, you will visit Injalak Art Centre and Mikinj Valley to observe the breathtaking rock art galleries.

Inclusions

  • 3 nights luxury camping
  • Luxury air conditioned vehicle
  • Experienced local guides
  • Maguk Falls
  • Yellow Water Cruise
  • Jim Jim Falls
  • Twin Falls
  • Arnhem Land entry permits
  • Gunbalanya
  • Local Aboriginal guide for Injalak Hill Walk
  • All Kakadu and Arnhem land fees
  • Water bottles
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • 2 breakfasts
  • 3 lunches
  • 2 dinners

Travel Dates

on request

Blackout Dates

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itinerary

Day 1

Get ready for one of the best 3-day outback safari tours in Australia, as we make our way toward UNESCO World Heritage-listed Kakadu National Park.

Our first stop is Fogg Dam Reserve which has year-round water coverage, which assures its position as an important feeding and roosting site for a wide variety of water birds, as well as other animals. Little, Intermediate and Great egrets, Pied herons, Glossy ibis, Royal spoonbill, Little Black and Little Pied cormorants, Comb-crested jacanas, Australian darters and Jabiru storks are just some of the birds that can be seen feeding, fighting and breeding at Fogg Dam.

We journey on to the Mary River Wetlands, where you enjoy a 45-minute Airboat Safari adventure. This is a truly unique experience that takes you where no one else can go, floating above a blanket of lilies and reeds in the vast floodplains of the Mary River. The wetlands system is teeming with wildlife, and you’ll have close encounters with crocodiles and countless birds.

We leave the main road to enter Kakadu National Park via the Old Darwin Road. Our last stop for the day is at Cooinda. Here we experience one of Kakadu’s icons – a Yellow Water Cruise. The 10-square-kilometre pristine environment of the Yellow Water Billabong supports a truly incredible variety of plants and Top End wildlife. You may see Saltwater crocodiles, a Jacana bird walking on water, the magnificent sea eagle, buffalo on the floodplains or any of the 280 species that call this billabong home.

We’ll enjoy one of the Top End’s famous sunsets, before settling in for a relaxing night at our exclusive permanent bush camp.

Accommodation:         Lords Private Tented Camp

Day 2

Today we head to the southern end of Kakadu National Park. Our first stop is a pristine and famous waterfall, Gunlom, located on Waterfall Creek. This area was immortalised in the first Crocodile Dundee movie, and no wonder – its white sandy beach and 120-metre cascading waterfall are an incredible photo opportunity. A more challenging walk to the top of the waterfall is rewarded with a swim in a natural infinity pool, and the best view for miles overlooking the beautiful South Alligator Valley.

Our next stop is the magical Maguk (Barramundi) Gorge. A one-kilometre walk through sub-monsoon rain forest leads to the base of a beautiful plunge pool. Maguk Gorge is a natural wonder of crystal-clear water surrounded by towering rock walls, the ideal place to enjoy a refreshing swim in paradise.

Later we return to our exclusive permanent bush camp for a night of relaxation in the beauty and tranquility of Kakadu National Park.

Accommodation:         Lords Private Tented Camp

Day 3

Today we are privileged to visit Arnhem Land, the home of Aboriginal people for tens of thousands of years. Access to this area is restricted to a select group of tour operators, and we are allowed to visit this area only by invitation of the traditional owners, who may deny access at any time. Lords Safaris has a proud history of more than 25 years working with the indigenous people of Arnhem Land and Kakadu to ensure the best experience for both the local communities and our clients.

Departing the northern region of Kakadu National Park, we cross the infamous Cahill’s Crossing on the East Alligator River and enter Arnhem Land.

A 15-kilometre scenic drive to the Gunbalanya Indigenous Community provides some of the best driving views in the Top End, taking in floodplains, billabongs and the Arnhem Land escarpment. Gunbalanya is the Aboriginal name for the Oenpelli settlement (which was originally a mission). The area includes the floodplains of the East Alligator River that are covered by water from December to April and a rocky sandstone plateau rising up to 200 metres above the plains.

Upon arrival at Gunbalanya you will visit the Injalak Arts and Crafts Centre. Visitors to Injalak will experience the traditional culture of the Kunwinjku people. Here you have the opportunity to experience traditional art in an intimate setting where you can get to know the artist and see firsthand how artworks are created.

Opened in 1989, Injalak Arts is a nonprofit Aboriginal-owned social enterprise whose members are the artists and community. Injalak artists produce traditional art inspired by ancient Dreamtime stories, the nearby rock art galleries and an unbroken link between the present generation of Kunwinjku people and their ancestors.

At the Injalak Arts and Crafts Centre there is an opportunity to browse and purchase a range of affordable art in different mediums and styles reflective of the ingenuity of the Kunwinjku people. Injalak caters to both the affordable and fine art markets. Artworks available include paintings on paper and bark, carvings, artefacts such as clap sticks, didgeridoos mimi poles and lorrkons, fibre works such as baskets and grass pandanus floor mats, and special edition prints.

The journey ends with your return to Darwin after three magical days amidst the natural beauty, incredible wildlife and rich cultural traditions of the Northern Territory.