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- Join Can Too board director & life member Edith Hurt, on a Top End challenge
- Challenge yourself with treks to the iconic Twin and Jim Jim falls
- Trek the diverse habitat of the escarpment, from cool Monsoon Vine Forest to the rugged stone country on top
- Welcome to country performed by Wulna Aboriginal elders
- Sunset cruise on the Yellow Water billabong, home to a variety of wildlife
- Stay in fully equipped safari style tents
- Trek to some of the most beautiful indigenous rock art galleries
This adventure challenge is fully supported. You will need to carry just a day-pack with your water bottles, lunch, camera and other personal items. You should plan on carrying at least 3 litres of water each and every day.
Can Too Kakadu challenge treks into remote gorges, ascend rugged escarpments, to hidden ancient rock-art platforms and dry river beds - this is wilderness trekking.
Kakadu National Park is a World Heritage Area covering some 20,000 square kms. Waterfalls tumble from the red cliffs off the Arnhem Land escarpment into shady pools; tranquil wetlands teem with animal and bird life, while 40,000 years of Aboriginal cultural heritage is on display in the numerous hidden rock art galleries.
Get away from the crowds on our active, trekking challenge, it's when you go for a trek beyond the main tourist sites that Kakadu will reveal its true magic.
This trip is for almost anyone with a reasonable level of fitness and competent swimming ability, designed for the enthusiastic and adventurous in search of something different!
This trip has been graded at an introductory to moderate level. However, some days will be quite active involving steep walks for most of the day.
These adventures are best prepared for with some regular moderate exercise. As always with adventure travel, you should enjoy a healthy lifestyle before undertaking this trip.
Please bear in mind that because you will be travelling into a remote wilderness, creature comforts are limited. Your level of fitness can also help you acclimatise to the warm temperatures and humidity, so we suggest a bit of swimming, walking, jogging or cycling to prepare yourself for the Territory!
Your Trekking Companions
Edith Hurt, Team Captain
As a Board director and life member of the Can Too Foundation, having completed 22 run and ocean swim programs, I’m really looking forward to leading the Trek Kakadu trip on behalf of Can Too and taking other people through that Can Too experience.
There’s a philosophy and culture beyond what you would do if you did just a normal tour: there’s something special about Can Too and what it brings to making these group experiences unique.
I visited Arnhem Land and the Kimberley as a teenager and worked at Royal Far West, which supports children in rural and remote areas who don’t have access to the medical help and support that they need.
I’ve worked as a research program manager for Cure Cancer and am now operations manager for a $50 million project ‘ProCan’ Children’s Medical Research Institute.
I hope you’ll join me and Trek Kakadu for cancer research.
Trek Kakadu Itinerary
Day 1: To Kakadu National Park via Wulna Country
The challenge begins with a Darwin airport pick-up at 1pm and we travel south-east to Kakadu National Park. On the way we meet with Wulna Aboriginal elders for a traditional welcome to country, and a chance to discuss culture, or take a walk by the billabong. We head further west and stop for a BBQ dinner at the popular Bark Hut inside the National Park. We arrive in the evening to our comfortable semi-permanent camp, located at Djarradjin Billabong, in the heart of Kakadu National Park.
Day 2: Jim Jim and Twin Falls, Yellow water cruise
After breakfast we drive to Jim Jim and Twin Falls along a bumpy old track, to Kakadu’s most famous waterfalls. Our day is focussed on stunning treks within the World Heritage listed National Park. Our visits to Jim Jim and Twin falls aim for an active experience, walking beyond the reach regular tourist groups. We trek to the top of the escarpment, across exposed sandstone to top of Jim Jim Falls and out across the landscape. Afternoon sunset cruise on the Yellow Water Billabong, home to an astounding variety of wildlife. We may encounter Brumbies, wallabies and goannas drinking from the waterside, salt-water crocodile and thousands of birds including Magpie Geese, Brolga, Cormorants, Pelicans and one of Australia's largest flying birds – the Black-necked stork (Jabiru). The flat-bottomed boat is guided by an expert wildlife guide. We return to our semi-permanent camp near Djarradjin Billabong. Walking distance: 10km - 7 hours
Day 3: Nourlangie Massif and the Barrk Walk
An early start this morning in order to take in all the highlights of this adventurous trekking challenge. After a nourishing breakfast we drive a short distance to Nourlangie massif and begin our trek – the Barrk and Nourlangie circuit – traversing the crest of this quartzite plateau. Barrk is the indigenous name for the male black wallaroo, a member of the kangaroo family which lives in this area. The walk reveals the extraordinary diversity of habitats of the escarpment, from cool Monsoon Vine Forest to the rugged stone country on top. We have the opportunity to visit the Warradjin information centre – a place full of fascinating traditional owner information and stories. In the late afternoon we return to Dajarradjin Billabong camp and enjoy another delicious evening meal. Walking distance: 12km
Day 4: Barramundi (Maguk) Falls and Gunlom Plunge Pool
Heading south we will explore some of the other stunning waterfalls and gorges of Kakadu. Maguk (Barramundi) Falls is reached via a stunning trek through the monsoon forest, opening out to a deep plunge pool lined with blonde quartzite cliffs. Keep your eye out for birds such as Rainbow pitas, Emerald doves and Spangled drongos as well as the endemic Anbinik tree – the biggest trees in Stone Country. In the far south of the National Park we arrive at our semi-permanent camp near Gunlom. Gunlom is a magnificent waterfall and plunge pool ringed by sandy beaches and pandanus palms. The sunset views from the top of the Gunlom Waterfall are some of the most iconic images of the Northern Territory. Walking distance: 10km
Day 5: Southern Kakadu Wilderness Walk
Over the day we will undertake our expedition by foot, deep in to Southern Kakadu Buladjang Country. We aim to visit Motor Car Creek Falls areas and undertake a decent walk (up to 11 km), taking most of the day. The highlight is arriving at an unspoilt, stunning crystal clear waterhole and some outstanding views of the surrounding hills and woodland. We have the freedom to set the pace of the walk depending on the group and weather of the day. Our walk takes us through open woodland past some remarkable Salmon Gums, glowing pink in the morning sun, before entering an area of pristine monsoon rainforest. Tonight we can take in our last Kakadu sunset while enjoying pre-dinner nibbles from the top of Gunlom Falls. Walking distance: up to 11km
Day 6: Return to Darwin
After our final night in the semi-permanent camp at Gunlom, we pack up and make our way to Darwin. Stopping on route for one last swimming hole in the Kakadu we expect to arrive back into Darwin by 5pm with drop off at hotel. We hope you've enjoyed your journey into the unique and unforgettable country of the Top End!
Day 7: Depart Darwin
After breakfast please make own arrangement to Darwin Airport for your flight home. Recommend taxi or shuttle bus that can be book with the hotel.