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“Territory Expeditions - 3 Day Kakadu Adventure Tour”

Kakadu Gorge and Waterfall Tours
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Reviewed 30 September 2017

Highly recommended.
The tour, accommodation, and meals were all well organised and well provided.
Our tour guide, Anthony was excellent.
Anthony was informative, knowledgeable, and always worth listening to.
This tour gave our group of 16 a comprehensive Kakadu National Park experience.
The hiking was fairly challenging at times, but always rewarding.
As a photographer, I was rewarded with many diverse and great shots from within this beautiful National Park.
I was nearly triple the age of some of the folk on the tour, but we all got along well, and met up for a celebratory dinner after returning to Darwin.
Thank you Territory Expeditions!

2  Thank craigspattison
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Reviewed 15 August 2017 via mobile

A great experience. Narelle our tour guide was great. What a great commentary and very knowledgable. Nareda and Mark

1  Thank Nareda L
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Reviewed 18 July 2017

We have had a wonderful tour! With a really nice guide, Matt, who had a big sense of humor and was a very friendly guy! We loved his timing, because he brought us to JimJim falls, where we were the only ones there! We had a wonderful night in our tent, and even saw the Milky Way for the first time in our life!

I could write a lot more... but to summarize it... this trip was perfect!

1  Thank Lisa K
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Reviewed 5 December 2016


The above sweet philosophy is not a Blackeldo original – it comes from Smokey Yunick, the 50s/60s/70s stock car builder/driver. He was talking about engine power, but it applies to many other parts of life. Including Kakadu Tours. Here’s the thing – a one day tour is okay, but distance from Darwin plus the multitude of attractions within the park make 2 days better, 3 days probably optimum.

I say this because my 2 day trip with TERRITORY EXPEDITIONS, although excellent, did not have time to cover all the MUST SEES years of Kakadu documentaries have suggested are highlights.
For instance these shows have people standing on top of the Arnhem escarpment drinking in the panoramic view –we hiked half way up to an okay viewpoint but lacked the 90 minutes signs suggested were needed to continue to the top.
I reckon another MUST SEE/DO is the YELLOW WATER WILDLIFE CRUISE (or one of the OTHER KAKADU WETLANDS). We called in at COOINDA LODGE near Yellow Water but our itinerary just did not suit the timing or length of the cruise. (Although many would suggest our pre-park ADELAIDE RIVER JUMPING CROC TOUR was a more than adequate substitute)
I also personally reckon a quick tour of the Kakadu’s main (only?) township JAIBIRU, although not a MUST SEE would have been worthwhile, particularly when we passed so close.
But the fact is we were pressed for time all the first day – the tour got off to a delayed start when a traffic accident road jam made for a late departure from Darwin. This also caused us to bypass the WARRADJAN CULTURAL CENTRE mentioned on the itinerary.

But we certainly got in other MUST SEES like the NOURLANGIE ROCK ART SITE; a couple of very nice waterfall-fed swimming holes (GUMLON FALLS AND MOLINE ROCK HOLE); and some short, not too difficult treks (to GUNWHARDEWHARDE LOOKOUT and the GUMLON FALLS swimming hole). We also got extra swimming in at 2 attractive roadhouse swimming pools – probably the best was at COOINDA LODGE where we saw in sunset while tour guide MATT prepared dinner for us at the nearby MARDUGAL SAFARI CAMP.
There were BONUS ATTRACTIONS outside the park. The best was the JUMPING CROCODILE CRUISE on the ALLIGATOR RIVER about an hour out of Darwin. This is a popular day/half day tour in itself and being able to incorporate it into our Kakadu adventure was a great time and money saver – not to mention very entertaining: Katie in the bow sure had those muggers jumping for the meat and Tamara at the controls was a mine of croc and other wild-life information.
The short visit to BARK HUT INN closer to KAKADU’S north west entrance was a pleasant break in the rather long drive to reach the park too.

THE TOUR ROUTE was roughly heart shape – entering at the ARNEHEM HWY’s north west entrance to the park, heading east to almost JAIBARU, and then turning south west on the KAKADU HIGHWAY. We exited 60km north-east of PINE CREEK at the MARY RIVER ROADHOUSE. Reaching PINE CREEK, the group split up – those doing a third day at LITCHFIELD NATIONAL PARK went with Matt in another vehicle while we cruised north-west back to Darwin on HWY ONE (about 3.5 hours including a rest stop at ADELAIDE RIVER township).
MATT our guide was excellent. He was a safe driver, had good knowledge of attractions, flora and fauna, a great sense of humour, fine organisational skills and was a pretty good cook. He gave didgeridoo lessons at the after-dinner campfire.
FOOD – breakfast was the usual camp-like milk+cereal, bread/toast and condiments plus coffee/tea; lunch both days consisted of build your own sandwiches and wraps. Dinner at MARDIGAL SAFARI CAMP (in a big insect/animal proof tent-like enclosure) was BBQ in style – if you are vegetarian, mention this early; the yummy vegetarian burgers disappeared quickly. Apart from the above, there was always enough food and this non-gourmet thought quality was fine.
MARDIGAL SAFARI CAMP is in a bush area near COINDA (find MARDUGAL CAMPGROUND #1 on GOOGLE MAPS) – various trip companies have their own area (although we were the only outfit on our early low season visit). Accommodation was in permanent tent like structures – I found my camp bed comfortable but if you have a small camping pillow you can slip into your pack bring it: space restrictions on the bus meant TERRITORY EXPEDITIONS didn’t supply any. There was one quite big, modern amenities block shared by the various outfits – clean, great hot water etc. However such is the spread-out nature of the various outfits’ zones that it was a good 500m from our area.
SELECTING THE RIGHT TOUR – once again the longer the better. If you only have time for a one day visit it is not a waste of time but distance and lack of time will necessarily eliminate/rush some attractions and make for a long day.
I reckon 3 days would be best but I went for the 2 day because of personal time and budgetary constraints.
I chose TERRITORY EXPEDITIONS because it had good user-reviews and seemed best value of the 2 day offerings. Plus unlike most the price includes PARK ENTRANCE FEES. I wasn’t put off by EXPEDITION’S camping as against backpacker or better accommodation offered by others – I kinda like the idea of bush camping in the KAKADU. Although if wet season had been raging fully I may have thought differently.
EARLY WET SEASON – pre December seems the time to go. Both days of my visit featured 80% sunshine and no rain. As a matter of fact my 3 November weeks in the Top End saw rain (short sharp showers) on only 3 days. About 10 nights saw some showers and storms.
MATT told us this was pretty normal for early wet season – he emphasised the advantage of uncrowded sites: eg lovely GUMLON FALLS swimming hole had about 20 people: high season would see 200+ and it would be hard to find a place in the car park.
-some tracks were already closed eg into the magnificent JIM JIM FALLS,
-quite a few of the attractive looking tours do not run in the wet season or have heavily modified itineraries.
And it sure was HOT and HUMID.

Enjoy your visit gang – this is a nice one.

7  Thank blackeldo
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Reviewed 31 July 2016

Ubirr is easy to drive to off the Arnhem Highway. We came from Cooinda Camping Resort up the sealed Kakadu Highway. We turned left when we got to the Arnhem Highway then right up to Ubirr. A half an hour drive North is Ubirr. On a July Morning between 10 am and midday was a great time to go. It wasn't too hot and we climbed easily with strong sandles on. We did think that this trip would be difficult with babies and for those with mobility problems. However, those same people could see rock art sites each end of the track close to the car park. We're in our 60s and fit so it was a good bit of exercise! It is a very interesting climb to the top because of the beautiful rock drawings. At this time of day at the top the view was fabulous and there were not too many tourists. Information about the rock paintings was on signboards. We came down and drove 3. 1/2 hours back to Darwin along the Arnhem highway that then linked up with the Darwin Stuart Highway. Of course we stopped at the Humpty Doo for a snack. This is an easy self drive, but take a tour if you haven't a car.

3  Thank Margaret S
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