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5 Day Litchfield, Katherine, Kakadu & Arnhem Land Tour

This 5 day tour from Darwin is for people looking to experience the most famous parts of the Top End while travelling in a small, intimate group (maximum of 6 guests). Highlights include; hiking into waterfalls and swimming in picturesque water holes, exploring ancient rock art sites with an Indigenous guide, a scenic flight over Kakadu, wildlife cruises full of birdlife and crocodiles, quality accommodation + much more!

  • Per adult: $4,190.00 (twin-share)
  • 6 people per tour
  • Available May & September
  • Departs: Select Dates

Day 1

Depart your Darwin accommodation at 06.45 - 07:00am for the World Heritage-listed Kakadu National Park. En route we will join a morning cruise on the picturesque Corroboree Billabong.

On this scenic cruise you have the opportunity to view a large variety of birdlife as well as salt water crocodiles in their natural environment. Learn more about the wildlife on the billabong from your knowledgeable guide who will make the cruise both fascinating and informative.

Continue on to Kakadu via the old Jim Jim Road. Covering almost 20,000 square km of exceptional natural beauty and unique biodiversity, Kakadu is one of very few places World Heritage listed for both its cultural and its natural values. Kakadu is home to the Bininj and Mungguy Aboriginal people who have inhabited this area for thousands of years.


  • Corroboree Billabong Cruise
  • Crocodile & bird watching
  • Kakadu National Park
  • White Lily Billabong
  • Maguk (Barramundi Gorge)
  • Nawurlandja Lookout
  • Snorkling

After exploring White Lily Billabong we’ll travel into Maguk (Barramundi Gorge). Enjoy a scenic 1km walk along the edge of Barramundi Creek before arriving at the base of Barramundi Falls. Here you have the opportunity to swim or snorkel in the large plunge pool below the falls and discover an array of aquatic life.

Depart Maguk late-afternoon for Nawurlandja Lookout. A short climb takes us up the sloping sandstone to provide views of the sun setting across Anbangbang Billabong, Nourlangie Rock and the Arnhem Land escarpment.

Depart after sunset for our accommodation for the next 2 nights in Jabiru.

Overnight: Mercure Kakadu Crocodile Hotel (queen room)

About day 1

  • Leave Darwin 6:45am
  • Lunch & Dinner
  • Crocodile Hotel
Carmel Robertson
Carmel Robertson says…
An absolutely amazing Kakadu tour! Lots of diversity in the activities, food was healthy, fresh and well catered. The guides were knowledgeable and helpful. Hugh was attentive to the needs of everyone in a quiet and professional manner.
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Day 2

After breakfast we travel from Cooinda to the northern region of Kakadu National Park to Cahill’s Crossing on the East Alligator River where we’ll enter Arnhem Land. Arnhem Land comprises of vast amounts of Aboriginal owned land (approximately 100,000 square km) where many local people still practice their traditional ways. Access is strictly regulated through a permit system.

After crossing the river into Arnhem Land a 15 km scenic drive to Gunbalanya (also known as Oenpelli) Aboriginal community provides some of the best driving views in the Top End with floodplains covered in bird life and water lilies running up alongside the Arnhem Land escarpment.

Once reaching Gunbalanya our first stop is the Injalak Arts and Crafts Centre where you have the opportunity to meet and see traditional local artists in action. This art centre has a reputation for producing fine quality Aboriginal works with many displayed in galleries around Australia and overseas. 


  • Arnhem Land
  • Gunbalanya Aboriginal community
  • Indigenous guided rock-art tour
  • Escarpments and Stone Country
  • Injalak Aboriginal Arts and Craft Centre
  • Ubirr rock art site
  • 1hr scenic flight over Kakadu 

Next, we will be joined by a local Aboriginal guide for a hike around the Injalak Hill rock art sites. A moderate climb takes us up into one of the most spectacular Aboriginal rock art sites in Australia. It’s here where we spend several hours exploring the many rock shelters which are covered in Aboriginal x-ray art dating back over 20,000 years. Relax under the shelters as your Indigenous guide shares and interprets the stories of their ancestors and helps you to understand the meaning behind this ancient tradition.

Mid-afternoon we’ll travel back into Kakadu and visit Ubirr Rock, one of Kakadu’s best-known rock-art sites and featured in the movie Crocodile Dundee. A walk to the top of Ubirr offers great views across the Nadab floodplain into Arnhem Land.

Finally today we’ll travel to Jabiru Airstrip. One of the best ways to see Kakadu at this time of year is by light plane! Upon boarding your 1hr flight you will travel over many different and spectacular landscapes along the Arnhem Land escarpment and see various river systems, billabongs and wetlands.

Overnight: Mercure Kakadu Crocodile Hotel (queen room)

About day 2

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Crocodile Hotel
Sally & Andrew Simson
Sally & Andrew Simson says…
The tour was fantastic – exceeded all expectations. Your tour guides exceptionally attentive at all times ensuring everyone was catered for.
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Day 3

Today we’ll explore some more of Kakadu’s waterfalls and swimming holes en route to Katherine Gorge.

Our first stop this morning will be at Moline Rockhole, a special permit area in which only a few select operators are permitted to access; guaranteeing minimal crowds. The small waterfall and waterhole below the falls is a great place to cool down and relax. Here your guide will give you a pair of snorkels so you can explore the underwater world, home to a variety of species such as fish and turtle. 


  • Moline Rockhole
  • Gunlom
  • Katherine Hot Springs
  • Nitmiluk National Park 
  • Cicada Lodge

After departing Moline we’ll travel into Gunlom Falls, another great swimming hole. A 15 minute climb to the rock pools above the falls takes us up to a naturally occurring ‘infinity pool’ with sweeping views across the bushland of Kakadu.

Mid-afternoon we’ll continue on to Katherine where we’ll take a dip at the Katherine Hot Springs.

Finally, today we’ll travel into the Nitmiluk National Park, home to Katherine Gorge and our luxury accommodation for the next 2 nights at Cicada Lodge.

Overnight: Cicada Lodge (king room)

About day 3

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Cicada Lodge
Marena Manzoufas
Marena Manzoufas says…
Enjoyed the whole tour. Hugh and Ryan were very good guides and friends on the trip. Their consideration for the group and for individuals were really noted by all of us. The food was great. The cultural aspects of the trip were terrific. It was terrific and will definitely recommend VN to friends.
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Day 4

Enjoy a relaxing start to the day at Cicada Lodge, then at 9am we will join a 2hr Gorge Cruise on the spectacular Katherine Gorge. Sit back and relax as the tranquil surroundings transport you into a spiritual world of the Jawoyn culture and history. Discover the stories and ways of the Jawoyn people against the magnificent backdrop of the Nitmiluk Gorge.

Next, we’ll travel into Katherine and visit Godinymayin Yijard Rivers Arts & Culture Centre where you can learn more about the art and culture of the region.


  • Katherine Gorge cruise
  • Godinymayin Yijard Rivers Arts & Culture Centre
  • Edith Falls
  • Swimming and hiking 

Then this afternoon we’ll explore more of Nitmiluk National Park, heading to Edith Falls. The sandstone and riverine communities of Edith Falls provide a habitat for a diverse range of flora and fauna. Here we’ll embark on the 2.7km loop walk to the top of the falls which offers great swimming with spectacular views.

Arrive back at your luxury accommodation late-afternoon.

Overnight: Cicada Lodge (king room)

About day 4

  • Cicada Lodge
Sally Farquhar
Sally Farquhar says… something culturally unique and camp in the Top End, I highly recommend this tour – it was a fantastic adventure.
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Day 5

Today our final destination is Litchfield National Park, about 1.5hrs south of Katherine, en route to Darwin.

Litchfield comprises of a central sandstone plateau which supports rich woodland flora communities. Patches of monsoon rainforest thrive in the deep, narrow gorges and wildlife such as wallabies and birds flourish in the Park.

This morning we will enter Litchfield via Batchelor and firstly explore Tolmer Falls. The caves near Tolmer Falls are home to the rare Orange Horseshoe and Ghost Bats.

After a picnic lunch we will visit the Magnetic Termite Mounds. These gigantic termite mounds stand up to 2m tall, having been erected in a north-south orientation which acts as a built in temperature control. These ‘tombstone’ like structures make the area look eerily like a giant cemetery.


  • Litchfield national Park
  • Tolmer Falls
  • Magnetic Termite Mounds
  • Buley Rockhole 
  • Florence Falls
  • Wangi Falls

We’ll next visit two of Litchfield’s most famous waterholes, Buley Rockhole and Florence Falls. Here you will have the opportunity to swim and also snorkel in the crystal clear pool below Florence Falls and relax in the cascading pools at Buleys.

This afternoon we’ll make one last stop in Litchfield at Wangi Falls before departing for Darwin via the Finniss River dirt track.

Arrive into your Darwin accommodation at approximately 07.00pm.

This ends your Venture North journey. 

About day 5

  • Breakfast & Lunch
  • Arrive in Darwin 7:00pm
Josh says…
Venture North's trip was top-notch! Could not fault the experience from start to finish, highly recommend!

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Your expert Venture North tour guide/driver will show you all the popular (and lesser known) spots and give you the insiders guide to the history and culture of the region. You'll see plenty of wildlife and spectacular scenery, culminating with a touch of luxury at Katherine Gorge.

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Tour Price (AUD)

Per adult: AUD $4,190.00 (twin share)*

Per child: AUD $3,790.00 (6-14yrs)

*Single supplement AUD $910.00

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