Can Too Kakadu Challenge

Classic challenge walk of Kakadu National Park’s best secret spots and help raise much needed funds for Cancer Research.

Challenge Highlights

  • Join Can Too ambassador, on a top end challenge
  • Challenge yourself with treks to the iconic Twin and Jim Jim falls
  • Welcome to country Wulna Aboriginal elders
  • Sunset cruise on the Yellow Water billabong, home to a variety of wildlife
  • Trek the diverse habitat of the escarpment, from cool Monsoon Vine Forest to the rugged stone country on top
  • Stay in exclusive semi-permanent campsites away from the crowds
  • View some of the most beautiful indigenous rock art galleries

Overview

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, walking based itinerary, which includes a cruise on the Yellow Waters (a favourite haunt of saltwater crocodiles). It's when you go for a walk beyond the main tourist sites that Kakadu will reveal its true magic.

Our collection of full-day bushwalks venture in to remote gorges and sparkling waterfalls, as well as visit ancient rock-art seen by very few visitors. The upgraded semi-permanent campsites encourage travellers to relax in idyllic tropical surrounds. The itinerary varies to make the most of the season, choosing the best walks and waterfalls as the wet season floodwaters recede and access opens up. You will return to Darwin having enjoyed a complete adventure across the full range of tropical wilderness of Australia's Top End.

Challenge Grade

This trip is for almost anyone with a reasonable level of fitness and competent swimming ability. This adventure is 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 traveling 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 trim yourself up ready for the Territory!

Itinerary

Our journey begins with a Darwin airport pick-up at 1pm and travel south-east to Kakadu National Park. On the way we meet with Wulna Aboriginal elders for a traditional welcome to country, followed by afternoon tea, damper 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. Also has a shop for last minute items before hitting old Jim Jim Road. In the evening we arrive at our comfortable semi-permanent camp, located at Djarradjin Billabong, in the heart of Kakadu National Park.

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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 walks 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. NB: Jim Jim and Twin Falls usually available after mid-July. Prior to this we may visit alternative waterfalls such as Gubara. Keep in mind the thundering torrent usually depicted in the postcards is a phenomenon that only occurs during the wet season and this flow declines gradually through the dry season until it is a gentle, but still magnificent, trickle! 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: 7km

Meals:  B,L,D

An early start this morning in order to take in all the highlights of this adventurous walking day. After a scrumptious, nourishing breakfast we drive a short distance to Nourlangie massif and begin our stunning walk – 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 to relax around the campfire and enjoy another delicious evening meal. Walking distance: 8-12km

Meals:  B,L,D

Heading south we will explore some of the other stunning waterfalls and gorges of Kakadu. Maguk (Barramundi) Falls is reached via a stunning walk 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 perfect spot to relax. The sunset views from the swimming pool on top of the Gunlom Waterfall are some of the most iconic images of the Northern Territory – and it's all just a short stroll from our comfortable camp! Walking distance: 4km

Meals:  B,L,D

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

Meals:  B,L,D

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!

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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.

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What's Included

  • Can Too Ambassador
  • 5 nights safari camps including tents, stretcher beds and swags for sleeping
  • 1 night Darwin Hotel
  • 6 breakfasts, 5 lunches and 5 dinners
  • Professional wilderness guides
  • Wildlife cruise
  • All National Park and camping fees
  • Emergency communications and group first aid kit
  • 4WD transport from Darwin
  • All dining and catering equipment
  • Huma training manual and gear list
  • facebook group page to chat with your fellow supporters
  • 10% discount on all Can Too supporters travel insurance
  • Fundraising support from setting up your online page to tips to reach your target

What's Not Included

  • Airfares
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Backpacks
  • Sleeping Bag hire
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Travel insurance

What You Carry

  • Kakadu Walking Adventure 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.

Fundraising Impact

• Our Vision - Transforming lives through improving health and well being in the community and supporting the research, prevention, care and control of cancer.

• Our Mission - Engaging and inspiring individuals and the community to achieve personal health, well being and altruistic goals. Enabling and assisting fundraising to support innovation in the prevention, care and control of cancer.

• Our Values - We are about fun, fitness, friends and fundraising! Out goals are to inspire, motivate, support, empower, and include others.

Travel Dates

Other Challenge Costs

Optional Single Supplement - Darwin Hotel Only:USD$120 
Minimum Charity Donation/fundraising:USD$2000 

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Fast Facts

Trip Dates: DepartReturn
 21 Jul 201927 Jul 2019
Duration:7 Days
Activities:Charity Challenge
Grade:Moderate  Click for more information
Trip Code:HH8
Registration Fee:USD$160
Travel Cost:USD$120

• Our Vision - Transforming lives through improving health and well being in the community and supporting the research, prevention, care and control of cancer. • Our Mission - Engaging and inspiring individuals and the community to achieve personal health, well being and altruistic goals. Enabling and assisting fundraising to support innovation in the prevention, care and control of cancer. • Our Values - We are about fun, fitness, friends and fundraising! Out goals are to inspire, motivate, support, empower, and include others.