Kakadu's Ancient Secrets

Save up to $300 per couple on selected departures

Explore Kakadu, an ancient landscape of billabongs, gorges and hidden canyons teeming with spectacular wildlife. Admire beautiful rock art and hear stories of the Dreamtime.  Embark on an Inspiring Journey to the haunt of the Lightning Man, Aboriginal clans and the mighty crocodiles that roams Kakadu’s floodplains.

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5 Days from $3,624* per person, twin share


  • Mixture of boutique & unique hotels
  • 11 meals included (4 Full Buffet Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 4 Dinners with wine)
  • Expert Driver Guide escorts & local specialists
  • All entrance and National Park fees
  • Airport transfers 


  • Visit the Adelaide River War Cemetery and learn of its moving history, and discover the ancient rock art gallery of Ubirr.
  • Unwind on an indulgent Katherine Gorge dinner cruise, and dine at the award-winning Cicada Lodge, where the Chef’s menu is crafted daily.
  • Climb Ubirr for spectacular views over Kakadu, spot crocodiles and other wildlife on Yellow Water Billabong.
  • Stay in the heart of Nitmiluk National Park at the eco-friendly Cicada Lodge, where you can enjoy sunset drinks and canapés poolside looking out to the native bushland.

Tour Code: MNDD


Day 1: Litchfield National Park

Welcome to Darwin! This morning meet your Journey Director and board your luxury vehicle to begin your journey of discovery in the Top End. Travel across the Finniss River to Litchfield National Park. You'll visit tumbling Florence Falls and you'll also enjoy a swim to cool off at Wangi Falls, surrounded by tropical monsoon rainforest and hear about its importance in Aboriginal custom before stopping for lunch. After lunch you will travel back to Darwin where you will enjoy a waterfront welcome dinner with wine.

Stay: Hilton Hotel, Darwin

Meals Included: Dinner with wine

Day 2:  Kakadu

Get ready for a cross-country journey into the magnificent Kakadu National Park. Keep your eyes open for Crocodiles as you cross the South Alligator River, Brolgas, Magpie Geese and Jabiru as you traverse along the long grasses of the marshes and wetlands. Kakadu really is a diverse UNESCO world heritage site. After lunch the famous Yellow Waters Billabong boat cruise will be a highlight of your journey. You will see a myriad of different bird species, spot estuarine crocodiles and simply enjoy the stunning billabong and floodplains system. This afternoon check into the renowned Crocodile Hotel in the town of Jabiru and enjoy the wonderful Aboriginal Art Gallery within the hotel before getting to know your fellow travellers over dinner with wine.

Hotel: Mercure Crocodile Kakadu, Jabiru

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner with wine

Day 3: Kakadu – Katherine Gorge

This morning there’s a chance to take to the air an optional scenic flight over Kakadu. One of the best ways to experience the enormity of this wonderful National Park as well as the diversity from waterfalls and billabongs to flood plains and wildlife. Then you’ll visit Nourlangie to see its fascinating Aboriginal rock art for yourself. You’ll also hear first-hand from your Journey Director a detailed interpretation of the art and the rich Aboriginal culture as you explore the various outdoor ‘galleries' with art that dates back some 20,000 years. You will continue driving through the ancient lands of Kakadu National Park through to the town of Katherine and further on to Nitmiluk National Park. Indulge in five-star luxury at Cicada Lodge, a stunning architect designed eco-lodge surrounded by nature, where each room has a private balcony that opens to the glories of Nitmiluk National Park. Cool off from the heat of the day while enjoy a swim in the pool as the sunsets before a beautiful dinner.

Stay: 2 nights Cicada Lodge, Nitmiluk National Park, Katherine

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner with wine

Day 4:  Katherine

Today immerse yourself as you meet Manual Pamkal who will welcome you with a traditional welcoming tune on the didgeridoo. Manual was born and raised immersed in his rich traditional culture. He’ll share with you stories of growing up in the bush and teach you the fine art of rarrk painting using a special brush from a reed called Julk. Call up the inner artist within you and paint your own masterpiece to take home! You will enjoy lunch back on the deck of Cicada Lodge overlooking this natural surrounding before having a free afternoon to relax. This evening indulge on a special sunset dinner cruise along Katherine River. You’ll marvel at the gorges while you spot wildlife and learn about the history and culture of the local Jawoyn people. Enjoy the peaceful ambiance during the candle-lit three course dinner cook on board your boat.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Highlight Dinner

Day 5: Katherine – Farewell from Darwin

Enjoy a lay in or get up early to enjoy the National Park completely immersed in the mystical morning light. Travel north along the Stuart Highway stopping at the gorgeous Edith Falls the way for a relaxing dip and some lunch. Continue to Adelaide River War Cemetery. During WWII, Adelaide River was the headquarters to a large military base and a large cemetery was created especially for those who gave their lives in the service and defence of their country. Your Inspiring Journey concludes on arrival in Darwin.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

*Terms and Conditions: Price correct as of 03 March 2022. Save up to $600 per couple ($300 per person) on selected Inspiring Journeys itineraries. Offer valid for sale between Feb 14, 2022 – May 31, 2022, for select travel departures from Feb 14, 2022 – Mar 31, 2023. Not combinable with any other discount. Discounts are subject to availability, limited seats and offer may be withdrawn at any time without notice. For new bookings only. Excludes group and charter bookings. Other standard booking conditions apply. Please quote NTWILDAWAITS at the time of booking. Updated Feb 14, 2022. Contact your travel agent for more information. SUPPLIER: Inspiring Journeys (AAT Kings)