Family Australia safari from Darwin: camping, crocs and cascades

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Duration (in days): 7

From: Darwin, Australia

To: Darwin, Australia



Exc. International flights (per person, based on 2 sharing) 
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Take the whole family into the outback with this 7-day Australia safari visiting Darwin and its national parks. Spend 3 nights in tropical Darwin, and then get up close to saltwater crocodiles on a jumping crocs cruise along the Adelaide River. Brave kids can even hold croc babies in Crocosaurus Cove! Swim in the cascading waterfalls of Litchfield National Park and learn some Aboriginal history in Kakadu National Park, an area known for its natural beauty and rich heritage.

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  • Spot saltwater crocodiles as you cruise down Adelaide River
  • Splash about on the waterfront in Darwin’s amazing wave pool
  • Swim in the cascading waterfalls of Litchfield National Park
  • Learn about Aboriginal culture in Kakadu National Park.



Itinerary in brief:

  • 3 nights Darwin
  • 2 nights Kakadu National Park tour
  • 1 night Darwin Airport


Day 1: Arrive Darwin

On arrival into Darwin Airport, you will be collected and taken by shared transfer to your hotel in Darwin City. Your apartment hotel offers plenty of space for the whole family and located only a 10-minute walk from Darwin waterfront.

Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure in Darwin.

Day 2: Darwin

You have a whole day today to explore the city, we have included admission into Crocosaurus Cove, home to Darwin's most iconic residents, Saltwater Crocodiles. Learn more about these fascinating creatures and experience them up close, there is even the opportunity to hold the baby crocs in a safe environment. A must do family activity!

Head down to the waterfront and cool off in the wave pool before heading to one of Darwin's many family-friendly restaurants for dinner.

Day 3: Darwin

We have included an afternoon tour today out to the Adelaide River, home to 1600 crocodiles and the location of the famous Jumping Crocodiles! Cruising along you will get to witness these pre-historic creatures up close as you learn more about their history and habitat. Learn more about the wetland ecosystem at the visitor centre and see it for yourself at the Fogg Dam Nature Reserve before heading back to Darwin for the evening.

Day 4: Darwin to Kakadu National Park

It's an early start today as you head out on your 3-day small group adventure into Kakadu National Park. First stop is Litchfield National Park, known for its cascading waterfalls and natural beauty. Spend the morning hiking and swimming in the falls, learn about cathedral and magnetic termite mounds with their intricate construction and enjoy a picnic lunch before heading off-road into Kakadu National Park.

Your journey takes you past billabongs and across waterways, spot crocodiles, reptiles and the amazing birdlife as you travel. On arrival at the private campsite, dinner will be served and stories shared. Accommodation for tonight is permanent tents. An optional upgrade to lodge rooms is also available.

Day 5: Kakadu National Park

After breakfast at the site, embark on a wildlife cruise on the famous Yellow Waters Billabong. This Aboriginal-owned award-winning cruise offers a chance to spot the indigenous residents of the area including the saltwater crocodile.

The rest of the day is spent learning more about Aboriginal culture through local rock art and archaeological discoveries some dating as far back as 20,000 years. At the visitor centre gain insight into rock art from local artists before heading to Ubirr Rock where a local guide will share Aboriginal legends with the group.

Finally, head to the Nadab Lookout for exceptional views out over Arnhem Land and the surrounding floodplains as the sun sets on the horizon. Tonight will be spent back at the campsite.

Day 6: Return to Darwin

Your final day in Kakadu will be spent enjoying two of the most popular sites of the region, the big waterfalls of Jim Jim and Twin, only accessible by 4 wheel drive. A boat shuttle followed by a rocky walking track becomes a worthwhile adventure as you explore this remote and spectacular area of Kakadu National Park.

Bidding Kakadu goodbye you will head back to Darwin, arriving early evening. Your hotel is located near the airport tonight, after a busy few days, an early night will be well needed!

Days 7: Depart Darwin 

Depart any time today, making your own way to the airport.



October to April is considered the ‘wet season’ so Darwin and Kakadu National Park will experience heavy rains, flash flooding, and many roads will be closed at some point. The included tour may operate a different programme at this time depending on the roads in the national parks. We recommend that you visit during May-September when roads are open and the sun is shining in Kakadu and Darwin, the town is buzzing with visitors during these months so booking ahead is worthwhile.

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What's included: 

  • Shared arrival transfer
  • 4 nights accommodation in Darwin
  • Entry to Crocosaurus Cove
  • Half day Jumping Crocs tour
  • 3 day/2 night small group touring
  • All meals on tour
  • All activities on tour
  • Permanent tented accommodation on tour (lodge upgrade at additional cost)

Not included: 

  • Any flights
  • Any meals other than on tour
  • Departure transfer
  • Personal Expenses
  • Tips & gratuities


4 nights in 4* standard accommodation.

2 nights in permanent tented accommodation.

Hotels in this category include:

  • Oaks Elan Darwin

  • Novotel Darwin Airport


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