Walk Kakadu National Park

Trip Code: PJXK

Why we love it

Explore the many wonders of Kakadu, Nitmiluk and Litchfield National Parks on foot, from beautiful walking trails to amazing lookouts., Go further and visit remote and restricted rock art sites including Ubirr and Nourlangie with a local guide., Cool off in some of the Northern Territory’s most beautiful waterholes, rivers and natural pools as you go swimming in the National Parks., Enjoy several included picnic lunches in the best secret spots, known only to a handful of people including our experienced tour leaders., Embark on a spectacular journey through Cahill’s Crossing on the East Alligator River into Arnhem Land. With an experienced First Nations guide, you’ll learn about the aboriginal culture and heritage of this area.

Is this trip right for me?

This trip involves plenty of walking over varied terrain and is best suited to travellers with a good level of mobility. Good footwear, plus perhaps walking poles are recommended. Details on physical activities can be found in the itinerary.

This trip is operated and run by Inspiration Outdoors, an Intrepid Company. You will be travelling with a mixture of both Inspiration Outdoors customers and Intrepid customers. Intrepid works closely with Inspiration Outdoors to ensure that all of our customers enjoy their time away.

Throughout the year the exact order and nature of inclusions may vary depending on factors such as weather, driving times, group fitness, road conditions, so be prepared to be flexible. We will still show you the very best of what the region has to offer!

Important information

The trip begins in Darwin with a group meeting at 6pm, and finishes upon arrival back into Darwin on the last day in the late afternoon.

A Single Supplement is bookable on this trip, subject to availability at the time of booking. Due to the types of accommodation used on this tour a single supplement will not always mean a king/queen bed and own bathroom.

This trip is operated and run by Inspiration Outdoors, an Intrepid Company. You will be travelling with a mixture of both Inspiration Outdoors customers and Intrepid customers. Intrepid works closely with Inspiration Outdoors to ensure that all of our customers enjoy their time away.

What to bring/pack

• Day-pack - with a thick waist strap to help take some weight off your shoulders. In wet weather, a waterproof cover or a bin bag to wrap your belongings in can be handy
• Shorts/long pants and shirts for walking - as many sets as you wish! Quick-dry material is best,
especially for trousers. Don't wear jeans walking.
• Socks - whichever thickness you're comfortable walking in and as many pairs as you like (thick explorer socks can get quite hot)
• Boots/shoes for walking (make sure you wear them in well - see note on footwear below)
• Windcheater or lightweight jumper for walking
• Waterproof jacket*
• Sun protection - hat (secure fitting and/or with chin strap), sun cream, sunglasses
• Casual clothes for evenings and rest days
• Bathers and swimming towel (lightweight so you can easily carry them)
• Torch/headlamp (can be handy when twin sharing for getting up at night)
• Any preferred first aid supplies - such as your favourite blister treatment! (Your guide will carry a full first-aid kit)
• Water bottle/s or camelback - minimum 4 litre capacity (may need to bring extra bottles to
supplement water bladder)
• A lunch container and Beeswax wrap (with ice brick to keep lunch cool, useful in preventing your roll
from getting squished in your backpack). Otherwise gladwrap and foil will be provided.
*At this time of year (july) the days are tyipcally not too humid and warm (average 33 degrees) and the nights are mild. You may want a jumper for nighttime, as it can cool down a little after sunset).

• Fly net (especially for walks in warmer weather)
• Cooling towel (they work a treat to keep you cool on really hot days)
• Camera and charger/batteries
• Gaiters for snake bite protection are recommended unless you are wearing long pants and long socks. They're also good for keeping sand out of your shoes.
• Snacks and alcohol - there will be time to purchase more during the week if you need to. Some people like to have some muesli bars, nuts, lollies etc
• Walking poles (good for using on some rocky sections if your balance is not good)

Physical rating


There is no such thing as an 'easy day'. There are a lot of ups and downs, quite a few times on uneven rocky and hard surfaces. There are also some sections that include rock hopping, creek crossings and navigating large boulders. However, the walk has been designed to make it achievable to those with a reasonable amount of fitness by the fact that you only carry a daypack; and have the support of your guides.

The best way to prepare physically for the trip is to walk, walk and walk some more - preferably on rocky and uneven surfaces and lots of stair walking. Try to walk frequently. Even walking around your suburb will get you walk-fit. By the start of our tour you should be able to comfortably walk 12km, and try and do a few 20km walks on rough tracks.

We know that this type of preparation is difficult to fit into a busy schedule. If you don't have the time to do long walks, we recommend doing regular stair walking sessions. Walking small distances frequently helps a lot as well. For instance, walking 3 - 5km four times a week, and 8km once a week, is a great help. If you're doing short training sessions, make sure you get yourself puffed and sweaty. Otherwise you won't benefit from your efforts. And start walking in the shoes you will wear on the walk now and come prepared for hot weather!

Joining your group

Travelodge Resort Darwin, 64 Cavenagh St, Darwin, AUSTRALIA

Alternate Joining Point

Joining instructions

Finishing your trip

Darwin, , Darwin, AUSTRALIA

Alternate Finish Point

Meals & dietary information

Breakfasts included: 7

Lunches included: 7

Dinners included: 7

All meals are included and are a combination of a la carte dinners, home cooked meals, healthy packed lunches and some buffet breakfasts. You will be provided with three meals each day plus morning tea and snacks are included in the price of your tour (unless otherwise specified - see tour itinerary for details). If you have any special dietary requirements please let us know when you book, we are happy to adapt our tasty, nutritious meals to suit a variety of dietary needs.

There will be shops along the way to purchase alcohol, however the towns are small and may have quite a limited selection. Jabiru is a dry community and hence there will be no opportunity to buy any alcohol at a liquor store while we are there. It is recommended to stock up in Darwin before the trip for the 3 nights in Jabiru. However, the restaurants in Jabiru are licensed, so there is the opportunity to have a drink on the nights we eat out (2 out of 3). In Katherine we can plan to stop at the shops if needed, but the restaurant at Knotts Crossing is also fully licensed.

Please let us know if you have any dietary requirements. We will do our best to cater for these whilst you are on tour.

Climate & seasonal information

June, July and August is the best time in the Top End. River crossings and some trails all depend on the wet season and how much rain the area received. Usually by mid June, most roads and tracks should be open again. The chance of getting rain in this period is very small, but still always come prepared. The days will generally be around 30-32C, humidity is generally quite low, but there is always a chance it can be humid. Drinking enough water is paramount to feeling well and you will need to ensure you bring enough water bottles with at least 4l capacity. Drinking 3-5l of water a day is absolutely normal in the Top End. On some of the longer walking days and when we walk in peak heat in the afternoon as well as up on the plateaus in the stone country, temperatures of around 36-38 is to be expected. Come well prepared for hot weather. At this time of the year the nights generally cool down and can be anywhere between 18-22C.

In case of emergency

While we always endeavour to provide the best possible holiday experience, due to the nature of travel and the areas we visit sometimes things can and do go wrong. Should any issue occur while you are on your trip, it is imperative that you discuss this with your group leader or local representative straight away so that they can do their best to rectify the problem and save any potential negative impact on the rest of your trip.

We recognise that there may be times when your group leader or local representative may not be able to resolve a situation to your satisfaction - if this is the case, please ask the group leader or local representative to speak to their direct manager.

You may also choose to provide details in your online feedback, which we ask you to complete within 30 days of the end of your trip. Please do be aware that it is very difficult for us to provide any practical help after the trip is completed, so informing us while still travelling will give us the opportunity to resolve the issue in real-time.

For general contact details please use the following page: http://www.intrepidtravel.com/ourtrips/contact/

In case of a genuine crisis or emergency, you can reach our local office on the numbers below:

Intrepid local operator : Available for phone call on +30 697 800 6335 

1300 544 882 or +61 8 6219 5164