We took a 4 day Intrepid “Kakadu, Katherine & Litchfield Adventure” tour from Darwin. With our experienced, knowledgeable and passionate guide Paul leading the way we really enjoyed experiencing the waterfalls, waterholes, gorges, wildlife and rock art.
He kept us entertained on the long drives between the National Parks. 1800km in 4 days, I was glad someone else was driving.
Litchfield National Park
Litchfield National Park, covering approximately 1500 km², is about an hour’s drive south of Darwin. The park is filled with waterfalls and waterholes surrounded by monsoonal forests.
Mary River National Park
The Mary River is 225km long but in the dry season it becomes a series of billabongs. It is the most crocodile infested water in the world, definitely not a swimming place.
Ubirr is a rock formation within the East Alligator region of Kakadu National Park. Traditionally, people camped beneath Ubirr’s cool rocky shelters and rock art depicts their food, medicine and stories over thousands of years. It is among the best rock art in the world. For us, It was the highlight of our trip.
Maguk is accessed from a 14km four-wheel drive track off the Kakadu Highway, followed by a one kilometre walk through monsoon forests, crossing Barramundi Creek along a rocky path. Described as a “delightfully secluded sensation”, there was a lot of people when we were there.
The Nitmiluk Gorge (Katherine Gorge) is made up of 13 separate gorges. This maze of waterways has been sculpted from the sandstone over the millennium. We took a two hour cruise through the first two gorges. In the wet season, water races through here at 40kph – 45 minutes one way, 5 minutes back.
Leliyn (Edith Falls)
On the way back to Darwin we stopped at Edith Falls for a swim.