Journey to Australia’s Northern Territory & uncover the rich history & incredible landscapes of the Top End on this 5 day adventure
5 Day Top End & Arnhem Land Adventure | Darwin to Darwin Highlights
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A 5-day Top End & Arnhem Land adventure
See crocs up close with a Corrobboree Billabong Cruise
Visit Arnhem Land rock art & ceremonial sites
Explore Kakadu National Park, chasing waterfalls & swimming in waterholes
Venture into Nitmiluk (Katherine) Gorge & the greater Nitmiluk National Park
Travel to Edith Falls, a hidden oasis of clear, cool waters
Spend time in Litchfield National Park, visit Florence & Wangi fallls
All accommodation: Permanent, powered tents (with shared facilities)
Meals: 4 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 4 dinners
Transport: All Terrain vehicle, walking
What to Expect
Frequently Asked Questions about 5 Day Top End & Arnhem Land Adventure | Darwin to Darwin
You’ll spend some nights of the trip sleeping in outback camping grounds. While conditions can be basic and facilities are minimal, this is all part of the adventure. You’ll need to pitch in with preparing meals and cleaning.
This trip requires a moderate level of fitness as it involves a lot of walking, allowing you to truly enjoy the surrounding nature. Some hikes are longer and more challenging than others. Please bring sturdy, comfortable walking shoes and comfortable clothing.
Temperatures in the Top End can be extreme. During the day the weather can be hot (and the Australian sun is strong) so please bring appropriate clothing, use sun protection and drink plenty of water. In the evenings temperatures really drop, so ensure you have base layers and warm clothing.
This trip has a strict luggage limit of 10kg. Excess luggage can not be carried however, it can be stored at Darwin accommodation.
On most days, breakfast, lunch and dinner will be included. The tours are activity and participation based. During your travels, you will have the opportunity to assist with daily activities such as setting up camp, helping prepare meals and clearing dishes. None of this is difficult. However, many hands make light work, and any assistance provided to the crew is always much appreciated. Most people agree that this type of activity helps you feel like less of a tourist and more of an explorer.
All food for this trip is purchased and packed before your group leaving on day one. After the tour has left town, it can be very difficult to source special dietary requests.
Travellers with special dietary requirements or food allergies are required to advise The Operator at the time of booking. You may be asked to pay for any additional food if you have not advised them of any special dietary requirements. Due to the often remote nature of our trips, food is basic but plentiful and delicious.
The below dietary needs can be easily catered for.
- Gluten Free
- Dairy Free (soy available )
- Pork Free
Please bring your own staples (nuts, bars, snacks) if you require a diet differing from the above.
* Religious and more specific dietary requirements are generally unable to be catered for on these trips.
NOTE: For those passengers commencing their trip in Yulara, lunch will not be provided on day one.
Generally speaking, it's recommended you pack as lightly as possible and make sure that you are able to carry and lift your own luggage and walk with it for short distances. Most travellers carry their luggage in a backpack, although an overnight bag with a shoulder strap would suffice if you travel lightly. Smaller bags or backpacks with wheels are convenient, although it's recommended your bag has carry straps. You'll also need a day pack/bag to carry water, a camera, a jacket, etc., when exploring during the day.
Please keep your luggage to a minimum. Due to limited space and strictly enforced road laws regarding weight limits, travellers can carry a maximum of 10 kg. One small soft-sided bag plus a day pack is essential. The Operator recommends against bringing hard/externally framed suitcases as they are difficult to store and can damage equipment and other travellers' belongings.
Consider bringing your own water bottle to refill along the way. The sale of bottled water contributes to an enormous environmental problem around the world. In addition to the water in bottles, the production of a 1-litre plastic bottle takes 2 litres of water and 200ml of oil. A large proportion ends up in limited landfill or discarded in waterways and natural environments.
SLEEPING BAG & MAT:
Comfortable sleeping mats are provided when camping. Please also bring a travel pillow and a sleeping bag.
Below are some other ideas and helpful tips on what you specifically need for this trip.
- Lightweight clothing. You will need to bring a mixture of lightweight clothing and layers. Long shirts and pants are useful to protect against the harsh Australian sun. Clothes should be easy to wash and dry.
- Comfortable closed-in shoes will help to protect your feet from cuts and scratches when walking through bush/grass-lands, and will also act as a barrier protection in rare cases against bites or stings.
- Sun protection – hat, sunscreen, sunglasses
- Personal medical kit. A larger kit will be on hand with your guide, but we recommend you carry items such as mild painkillers, electrolytes, Band-Aids and insect repellent.
- Water bottle. We recommend at least a 1.5-litre capacity.
- A headlamp or torch is recommended for around your accommodation at night.
- Camera with spare batteries.
- Beach/swimming towel.
Sleep sheet. If you are travelling during the hot season, you may wish to pack a sleep sheet so you will be comfortable no matter what the weather.
A good book, a journal and a music player
Binoculars for spotting wildlife
Please try to avoid bringing unnecessary valuables. The Operator strongly recommends that you photocopy all important documents, e.g. air tickets, passport, vaccination certificate, etc. and keep the copies separate from the originals. While not valid, a photocopy makes it very much easier to obtain replacements if necessary.
Most of the trips have access to power to recharge batteries for phones and cameras every couple of days. The Operator always recommends that you carry an extra battery for your camera just in case. Your vehicle will be equipped with a 12-volt "cigarette lighter" socket which may be used at the crew's discretion. However, do bear in mind that only one piece of equipment can be charged at a time, and it will not be allowed if there is a risk of running the vehicle's batteries low.
Given the unpredictable nature of weather and travel in the tropics, The Operator is sometimes forced to make late itinerary changes due to unexpected heavy rain and/or storms and road closures. In the event of this occurring, itinerary changes may need to be implemented after the commencement of your trip. In this event, your Tour Leader/Driver has full authority to change the itinerary and/or order of activities and substitute alternative destinations and activities as necessary. No refunds are available due to itinerary changes and missed activities caused by extreme weather conditions and/or road closures.
Note: Should any of the attractions on days 1-3 of the standard itinerary not be open as a result of National Park decisions surrounding accessibility and safety, the activities listed below will be substituted. The standard attractions will be visited immediately as they begin to reopen. The opening and closing of ‘dry season’ activities vary from year to year.
SHOULDER SEASON ITINERARY (May apply in the months of April/May and September/October)
Day 1 – Mamakala Wetlands | Ubirr |Overnight camp at Jabiru (LD)
Day 2 – Gubara | Nawalundja lookout | Bowali Culture centre | Waradjan Culture centre | Camp at Cooinda (BLD)
Day 3 – Motorcar Falls and Boulder Creek Falls | Overnight camp at Katherine (BLD)
Day 4 – Katherine Gorge | Edith Falls | Overnight Camp at Litchfield (BLD)
Day 5 –Florence Falls | Wangi Falls | Bluey Rockholes | Return to Darwin (BL)
During Apr–May & Sept–Oct, it is likely that you will experience temperatures of over 35 degrees Celsius with high humidity. Be prepared to endure extra physical stress due to the heat at these times, especially while on walks. These extreme temperatures can also place stress on the air-conditioning units within the vehicles, which can make travelling uncomfortable. Your tour guide will assist with regular breaks and information to assist in keeping hydrated. Please come prepared for all extremes.
Access to Arnhem Land can be restricted by conditions and the water level at Cahills Crossing, especially early in the season. (Apr-May) Please note that this trip may occasionally be rerouted if the crossing is impassable
At the end of your trip, if you’re happy with the service you received, providing a tip for the leader – though not compulsory – is appropriate. While it may not be customary to you, it’s of great significance to the people who will take care of you during your travels, inspires excellent service, and is an entrenched feature of the tourism industry.
Outside of your tour, tipping isn’t generally a part of Australian culture but is more common in expensive restaurants in larger cities.
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