Family Australia safari from Darwin: camping, crocs and cascades

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    Spot kangaroos at sundown as you camp in the Northern Territory | Travel Nation
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    Swimming at Gunlom, Kakadu National Park NT | Photo credit Adam Taylor and Tourism NT

    Splash around in the pools and waterfalls of Kakadu National Park | Photo credit: Tourism NT & Adam Taylor

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     Sit around the campfire swapping stories for a true outback experience! | Family holiday to Australia

    Sit around the campfire swapping stories for a true outback experience! | Image: Tourism NT

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    Learn about the indigenous Australian culture at Uluru | Travel Nation

    Learn about the indigenous culture in the Northern Territory

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    See jumping crocs on the Adelaide River

    See jumping crocs on the Adelaide River | Photo credit: Tourism NT & Shaana McNaught

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    Visit Jim Jim Falls in Kakadu National Park | Travel Nation

    Visit Jim Jim Falls in Kakadu National Park

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    Discover the termite mounds in Litchfield National Park | Photo credit: Tourism NT/Shaana McNaught

    Discover the termite mounds in Litchfield National Park | Photo credit: Tourism NT/Shaana McNaught

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    Enjoy amazing sunsets over Darwin, Australia | Travel Nation

    Watch the sunset at Mindil Beach

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Duration(in days): 7

From: Darwin, Australia

To: Darwin, Australia



Exc. International flights (per person based on 2 adults, 2 children)

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    Take the whole family into the outback with this 7-day Australia safari visiting Darwin and its national parks. Spend 3 nights in tropical Darwin, and then get up close to saltwater crocodiles on a jumping crocs cruise along the Adelaide River. Swim in the cascading waterfalls of Litchfield National Park and learn some Aboriginal history in Kakadu National Park, an area known for its natural beauty and rich heritage.

    This itinerary can be tailored to suit your requirements please contact one of our consultants to start planning your dream trip.


    • Spot saltwater crocodiles as you cruise down Adelaide River
    • Splash about on the waterfront in Darwin’s amazing wave pool
    • Swim in the cascading waterfalls of Litchfield National Park
    • Learn about Aboriginal culture in Kakadu National Park.


    Itinerary in brief:

    • 3 nights Darwin
    • 2 nights Kakadu National Park tour
    • 1 night Darwin Airport


    Day 1: Arrive Darwin

    On arrival into Darwin Airport, you will be collected and taken by private transfer to your hotel in Darwin City. Your apartment hotel offers plenty of space for the whole family and located only a 10-minute walk from Darwin waterfront.

    Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure in Darwin.

    Day 2: Darwin

    You have a whole day today to explore the city. Head down to the waterfront and cool off in the wave pool before heading to one of Darwin's many family-friendly restaurants for dinner.

    Day 3: Darwin

    We have included an afternoon tour today out to the Adelaide River, home to 1600 crocodiles and the location of the famous Jumping Crocodiles! Cruising along you will get to witness these pre-historic creatures up close as you learn more about their history and habitat. Learn more about the wetland ecosystem at the visitor centre and see it for yourself at the Fogg Dam Nature Reserve before heading back to Darwin for the evening.

    Day 4: Darwin to Kakadu National Park

    Start your adventure by departing from Darwin and head out to the Wetlands Region for a Crocodile & Wildlife Cruise on the Mary River Wetlands, a great opportunity to spot a huge range of Top End birdlife, not to mention some fresh and salty apex predators… crocodiles!

    You'll journey on to Kakadu National Park visiting the Bowali Visitor Centre which offers a beautiful introduction to the Park’s landscape and wildlife. After some relaxation at camp, we journey north to *Cahills Crossing on the border of Kakadu and Arnhem Land. We will visit one of the best-preserved collections of Aboriginal Rock Art in the world at Ubirr rock upon sunset. This incredibly significant site showcases many styles of Rock Art and allows us to climb up high for a sunset that will blow you away looking out over the Nadab Floodplain. After a big day, we head back to our cozy camp and prepare dinner together, enjoying an evening with our fellow travellers.

    Day 5: Kakadu National Park

    We rise and make our way South to Kakadu National Park.

    Today we’ll spend the day soaking up the spectacular natural beauty of the area, hiking through lush monsoon rainforests, swimming in pristine plunge pools and waterfalls surrounded by steep escarpments and rocky cliffs.

    We generally visit Twin Falls or Jim Jim Falls when seasonally accessible, alternatively, we will stop in at Barramundi Gorge (Maguk) or other waterfalls such as Yurmikmik (Motor Car Falls). There are many factors affecting accessibility although your guide will ensure you get the best experience possible.

    Time permitting, we stop at Nourlangie Rock, another indigenous rock art site where archaeologists have uncovered works dating back over 20,000 years old. We explore the evolving social, cultural and environmental changes to the area over time before making our way back to camp for a hearty dinner and a well-earned rest.

    Day 6: Return to Darwin

    Travelling south through Pine Creek, a small pioneering town in the Katherine region outside of Kakadu National Park, famous for its discovery of gold in the 1970’s. We stop for a quick refreshment break at the Adelaide River before our journey leads us to Litchfield National Park.

    We spend the afternoon immersed in Litchfield’s natural oasis of waterfalls, spring-fed streams and rugged sandstone escarpments. We’ll spend time in any combination of Buley Rockholes, Wangi Falls or Florence Falls for a refreshing soak in picturesque rock holes and waterfalls.

    Discover the uniquely impressive Magnetic and Cathedral Termite Mounds before making our way back to Darwin, arriving back to your accommodation at approximately 7:00pm. Your hotel is located near the airport tonight, after a busy few days, an early night will be well needed!

    Days 7: Depart Darwin 

    Depart any time today, making your own way to the airport.


    October to April is considered the ‘wet season’ so Darwin and Kakadu National Park will experience heavy rains, flash flooding, and many roads will be closed at some point. The included tour may operate a different programme at this time depending on the roads in the national parks. We recommend that you visit during May-September when roads are open and the sun is shining in Kakadu and Darwin, the town is buzzing with visitors during these months so booking ahead is worthwhile.

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    What's included
    • Shared arrival transfer
    • 4 nights accommodation in Darwin
    • Entry to Crocosaurus Cove
    • Half day Jumping Crocs tour
    • 3 day/2 night small group touring
    • All meals on tour
    • All activities on tour
    • Permanent tented accommodation on tour (lodge upgrade at additional cost)
    Not included
    • Any flights
    • Any meals other than on tour
    • Departure transfer
    • Personal Expenses
    • Tips & gratuities

    4 nights in 4* standard accommodation.

    2 nights in permanent tented accommodation.

    Hotels in this category include:

    • Oaks Elan Darwin

    • Novotel Darwin Airport