Australia's largest national park, covering a whopping 19,000 square kilometres, Kakadu is the jewel in the Top End's crown, just three hours' drive from Darwin. It holds a rare Dual World Heritage Listing for both its natural assets and its Aboriginal cultural, dating back over 40,000 years.
Kakadu is a statistician's (and naturalist's) dream. Over one-third of Australian bird species can be found in the Park along with around one thousand different plant species and a quarter of all Australian freshwater fish species. Oh, and the odd croc or two residing in the vast billabongs.
And, there's great news for trekkers this Spring who want to get out and about and explore the Kakadu wilderness on foot on a new six-day walking adventure introduced by World Expeditions. The new itinerary, launching this April, has been carefully crafted to include many of the 'must do' experiences, such as the Yellow Waters Billabong cruise, spectacular Jim Jim Falls and a trip to see the impressive, ancient Aboriginal rock art at Nourlangie Rock. But the trip will also take trekkers beyond the regular tourist sites venturing to remote gorges and ancient rock art seen by very few visitors. The trip also takes in Litchfield National Park, just 90-minutes' drive from the Territory's laid-back capital, Darwin.
Expect to walk up to 15km on most days, carrying just light day packs, returning each afternoon to the comfortable, semi-permanent camps.
After six days return to Darwin having enjoyed a complete adventure with your fill of rugged escarpments, lush wetlands and tumbling waterfalls across the wilderness of Australia's Top End. Mick Dundee eat your heart out.
Trips depart Darwin weekly on Sundays between April and October and cost from £1,230 per person excluding international flights. The package includes: 5 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 5 dinners as well as all group camping equipment and touring. For more information and to book visit www.worldexpeditions.co.ukor call 0800 0744135. Alternatively opt for a full pack carrying bushwalking expedition from Koolpin to Twin Falls in South West Kakadu. This is trackless terrain so solitude and tranquillity are guaranteed. Read more about the trek here.
Other enticing Top End Trails
The NT offers countless opportunities for those wishing to explore on two feet. Bushwalks in the NT range from 30-minute nature trails to epic week-long hikes. There are 25 bushwalking trails in World Heritage-listed Kakadu, walk the Jatbula Trail to Edith Falls, or discover the waterholes of Litchfield National Park. Here's our top picks:
Jatbula Trail: If you want to learn more about Aboriginal Culture, then the Jatbula Trail is a five-day guided (or independent) walk in Nitmiluk National Park, home to one of the world's largest collections of Aboriginal rock art. Best experienced between May and September. Find out more here. World Expeditions offers a 6-day Jatbula Trail trip from £1,050 per person.
Tabletop Track: Litchfield National Park is another great option. Better known for longer hikes such as the 39km Tabletop Track which will take you past waterfalls, tropical monsoon rainforest and enticing swimming holes. The hike takes from three to five days, and while it's only 1.5 hours' drive from Darwin, it'll feel like you're a million miles from civilisation. There's also some fantastic day walks in Litchfield including the track to Wangi Falls for a dip in its cool waters.
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