3 day Guided Tour of Kakadu (Dry Season)

On this guided tour, you will travel through the cultural, historical and geographical landmark locations of Kakadu National Park.

3 day Guided Tour of Kakadu (Dry Season)

Private tours are subject to a quote

This Top End Experience will immerse you in Australia’s spectacular North. On this guided tour, you will travel through the cultural, historical and geographical landmark locations. We will delve into the stories and the natural wonders of the region. Activities include bushwalking, scenic lookouts, exploring ancient rock art sites, cultural and wildlife cruises, swimming and hearing about the cultural stories and traditions. You will see for miles over Wetlands, Savannah Woodlands, Stone Country and Escarpment. You will witness the uniqueness of our tropical ecosystems and hear how we have worked with the land and elements in the Northern Territory for centuries. Offroad Dreaming share their knowledge of combined decades of experience in the area and we have the opportunity to join specialist activities where specific cultural, geographical and historical information is a valuable addition to your itinerary.


Day One
  • Fogg Dam
  • Old Jim Jim Road
  • Nourlangie Region, Nanguluwur rock art sites, Nawurlandja lookout
  • Freshly prepared picnic lunch on location
  • Yellow Water Billabong Sunset cruise
Camping – Mardukal | Hotel – Cooinda
Day Two
  • Motor car falls
  • Picnic lunch at the Falls
  • Maguk for afternoon waterfall and swimming
Camping – Mardukal | Hotel – Cooinda
Day Three
  • 9am Guluyambi cruise
  • Freshly prepared picnic lunch
  • Guided interpretive your through the Ubirr rock art galleries
Return to Darwin approximately 17:00

Private multi-day tour details

  • National Park entry fees
  • Permits
  • Chilled drinking water and snacks
  • Picnic lunch
  • Pick up from your Darwin accommodation at the start of the tour and return to your accommodation on the last day


  • Transport in a private, fully licensed, and permitted tour vehicle
  • Private and public activities as per itinerary
  • Guided tour of each location on your itinerary
  • Breakfast except for Day One
  • Dinners around the fire, except last day
  • Tent
  • Camping chair
  • Bath towel
  • Hand torch
  • Purpose built off-road camping trailer
  • Swag (Australian sleeping canvas covering with mattress included)
  • Sleeping bag
  • Pillow
  • Pillow case
  • Sleep sheet
  • Cooking equipment
  • Serveware for meals
  • More spacious tents
  • Stretcher to raise the swag mattress off the ground
  • Dual layer swag mattress
  • Eco sleeping bag
  • Eco luxury bed linens
  • Eco pillow
  • Eco cooking equipment
  • Ergonomic camping chair
  • Functional and decorative lighting
  • Room and breakfast is included
  • Restaurant evening meal is at your own expense
  • Swimwear
  • Swim towel
  • Walking shoes
  • Refillable water bottle
  • Sun hat and Sunscreen 30+
  • Insect repellent
  • Day pack for walks
  • A light warm jumper for cool nights
  • Lightweight waterproof clothing during the Shoulder Wet Season months (typically March, April, September and October)
  • Luggage approximately 15kg, preferably soft bag
  • Transport in well-maintained air-conditioned vehicle, with tinted windows for comfort and UV protection
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Breakfast Day One
  • Dinner last day
  • Restaurant evening meals (unless otherwise stated)Incidentals eg fresh coffee at comfort stops
  • Flights to and from Darwin
  • Pre and post-tour overnight accommodation
  • Travel insurance
Day One
This first morning of your three-day Kakadu National Park expedition, your Offroad Dreaming Guide will meet you at Darwin Accommodation for a 07:30 departure. We will leave Darwin behind, as we travel East along the Arnhem Highway into the Adelaide River floodplains and wetlands region.  A drive off the highway leads us to Fogg Dam, part of the old rice-growing industry established back in the 1950s. Today Fogg Dam is a wildlife conservation reserve. The dam wall is raised just a few metres across the floodplain, to retain the Monsoonal rainfall. The positioning of the wall allowed the rainwater to feed into the lower rice fields on the northern side of the wall in the earlier days. Today this makes the perfect habitat for an array of wildlife, in particular for our wetlands bird species.
We travel into Kakadu, via the Old Jim Jim Road. An unsealed road that leads us into the heart of the Park.
Upon arrival at the park, we explore Burrungkoy (Nourlangie). The rock formations here have provided shelter for the traditional owners for many thousands of years and today tell an interesting story, with evidence of long occupation and changing times captured and protected in the large rock shelters. Here, your guide leads you on an interpretive walk through the shelters and up to the Gunwardewarde lookout. The views from this lookout are quite spectacular. You’ll be in the heart of Kakadu, surrounded by the Cultural living landscapes of this vast World Heritage site. We then take a short drive to Nawurlandja Lookout which offers amazing views across Anbangbang Billabong and towards the Arnhemland Escarpment.
After exploring the Nourlangie Area, your guide will transfer you to the Yellow Water Billabong for the sunset cruise.  The colours from the sky, reflecting off the water, as the night sky changes over time are beautiful at any time of the year.  The Billabong is a natural habitat for abundant bird and plantlife species and you might even spot a croc or two.
Camping only - While you are enjoying the tranquil guided cruise through the waterway, your guide is preparing dinner for your return. Tonight you will have a wholesome campsite dinner and spend your first-night camping under the stars.
Hotel only - Your Guide will meet you upon the cruise return, to transfer you to the hotel restaurant, for dinner.  The hotel restaurant provides a selection from the buffet and A’la Carte menu choices (the evening meal is at your own expense)
Overnight camping: Mardukal Campground Meals Included: Lunch, Dinner & morning and afternoon snacks
Overnight Hotel: Depending on availability at the time of booking Meals Included: Lunch & Morning and afternoon snacks
Day Two
This morning, after breakfast, we head into the Mary River region of the Park. Driving further South, along the Kakadu Highway we’ll meet an unsealed road that leads us to the Yurmikmik walking trails. The walk into the gorge is strewn with rocky boulders that fell into place during times past. A little scrambling is required before arriving at an Oasis, that is Motor Car Falls. The seven-and-a-half kilometre return walk from the Car park (approx one hour each way), takes us through a valley in the southern hills and basins of open savannah woodlands and into a vibrant, picturesque rock pool, with dense monsoonal vegetation and deep swimming pools. Motor car Falls is one of Kakadu’s spectacular spots, with its crystal clear cooling waters, which are naturally set in amongst the vast rock face which towers above.
We will enjoy a freshly prepared picnic lunch by the falls, loading up on renewed energy, before we make our way back along the clambering track to the vehicle.
This afternoon we head to the tranquil waters of Maguk (Barramundi Gorge). Travelling south, we follow the Kakadu Highway before turning onto an unsealed road that will lead us to Maguk, one of Kakadu’s most magnificent swimming holes. The road takes us through a tall stand of eucalypt woodlands before the terrain opens up to a landscape dotted with the spectacular Cathedral Termite Mounds. The road winds through the surrounding landscape stopping only when we get to the parking area of Maguk. This active walk through to the waterfall and plunge pools, a two-kilometre return walking trail, leads us through the paperbark and monsoonal forest and out along the rocky creek bed. Finally, we reach the stunning, pristine waterhole, which is perfect for swimming. We’ll have plenty of time here to swim, relax and explore the beautiful surroundings.
Camping only - Tonight you will have a wholesome campsite dinner and spend another night camping under the stars. Hotel only - The hotel restaurant provides a selection of buffet and A’la Carte menu choices (the evening meal is at your own expense)
Overnight camping: Mardukal Campground Meals Included: Lunch, Dinner & morning and afternoon snacks
Overnight Hotel: Depending on availability at the time of booking Meals Included: Lunch & Morning and afternoon snacks
Day Three
After enjoying our breakfast, we will pack up and get the vehicle ready for our evening return to Darwin.  We begin our Drive heading North through Kakadu, turning into the East Alligator River region.  Here you’ll meet your Bininj Guide who will share a cultural perspective of this impressive river system. We join the 09:00 Guluyambi cruise, along the East Alligator River, which divides Kakadu and Arnhem Land.  You will hear the stories of how generations have worked with the waterways and still do up to this day.  You will be shown cultural skills, some of which are still relevant to those living in the Region today.  And after pulling the boat up on the banks of Arnhem Land, your Bininj Guide will invite you to walk onto the land in Arnhem Land and will put on a cultural demonstration for your group when you get there.  Arriving back at the boat ramp, we will take the short 10-minute drive to the picnic benches at Ubirr Rock for a freshly prepared buffet lunch.
This afternoon we have time to explore the multi-level collection of rock art shelters, scattered throughout Ubirr Rock.  Your Offroad Dreaming Guide will share their creation stories and share the historical knowledge, we have collectively learned about the works.  As we climb through the varying levels of rock, we head to the very top, where 360’ views over the Wetlands are available to us.  The climb can be tricky for some, but definitely worth the effort, when you feel the vastness of the terrain and can visualise the different seasons and elements playing their part in creating this living platform that again hosts an abundance of life, unique to the Northern Territory Wetlands Region.  For those in your group, who prefer to stay on level one, there is still plenty of art to see and your Guide can point out the best shady spots, for you to relax and enjoy the views.
Mid-afternoon we begin our journey back to Darwin, relaxing and sharing our own stories of the last three days.  An early evening return to your Darwin accommodation finishes our time together.

Guidelines for your travel with us here in Australia’s Top End:

Offroad Dreaming will host your visit through the Northern Territory.  Offroad Dreaming Guides will use their knowledge, training and experience, along with our exceptional customer service standards, to share some of the quality experiences and activities the Top End offers.  Our Guides are fully licensed and accredited, and first-aid qualified. They hold knowledge certification and Ochre cards where required.  All our Guides are hand selected, with appropriate experience and references.  We will work with you to find the right Guide for your group.

You will not need to bring any food with you.

We provide fresh snacks and meals based on whole food ingredients, which can be amended to cater for special dietaries when required. Chilled, filtered drinking water is provided. Please bring a refillable water bottle.

Itinerary Changes

Throughout the day, if you would like to amend the itinerary or spend more or less time at each location, please consult with your Guide, who can restructure the day as you go.


Please be aware of the walking distance of each trek and take a full water bottle with you each time. You will walk on bush tracks with loose dirt, sticks and stones. Suitable supportive footwear is recommended.

Travel Distances

Distances between locations in the Northern Territory can be vast. Itineraries are designed to minimise driving times as much as possible. Your drive will be broken up with regular comfort stops, and you are welcome to discuss additional stops with the Guide at any time. Some of our larger vehicles also have onboard toilet facilities.

The Vehicle

Offroad Dreaming has a variety of their own 2 Wheel Drive and 4 Wheel drive vehicles available for your transport. We will allocate you the most suitable vehicle depending on your group size and itinerary. We also work with other local vehicle providers when additional or extra sizes of vehicles are required. All vehicles are fully accredited, licensed, and insured to carry passengers and fitted with specific tour vehicle plates and are maintained to a high standard. Our vehicles are not wheelchair accessible.  Small walking aids can be stored in the back of the vehicle or trailer, depending on group size or vehicle.


Wildlife, such as wallabies, birds, snakes, frogs and lizards can be spotted and observed throughout the region, which is made up of Savannah Woodlands, Monsoon Forest and sandstone formations.  We do not approach wildlife but will have the opportunity to observe them in their natural habitat.  Most of our wildlife is not aggressive by nature and generally does not approach humans unless provoked.  Many species of snakes and spiders inhabit the Top End of Australia. Not all are venomous. Your Guide is trained to manage any health and safety requirements. Estuarine crocodiles do inhabit our waterways. Regular water surveys are carried out in designated swimming spots. Please observe swim safety signs at all times. Your Guide can also share safety updates.

Subject to change

Your itinerary may be subject to change due to cultural, seasonal and/ or environmental conditions. We aim to replace unavailable activities and locations with suitable alternatives.


  Our Dry Season runs from May to October, the weather is typically dry with light winds. Daytime temperatures are on average mid-30s and the humidity is low, with mild nights ranging from 15-25°C. The temperatures make this time of year ideal for camping, bushwalking and enjoying dinner around the campfire. Overnight camping is only available from May to September. November to April is the Wet Season in the Top End, tropical storms bring long-awaited rain and the bush comes alive. Days can be sunny and dry and not adversely affected, however, it is monsoon season and the rains can cause localised flooding, resulting in temporary road closures.  We are given advance notice of upcoming weather events and will make appropriate amendments to your itinerary.  In extreme cases, we may have to cancel.  Temperatures can range from 20-30°C overnight and up to the high 30’s, and 40s during the day.  Humidity levels often reach 80% or more, causing the temperature to feel hotter than it is.  During the Wet Season, we spend our nights on tour in air-conditioned accommodations. Location can dictate overnight accommodation selections.  We have campsites that are managed with Western-style facilities, managed campsites with designated sites and limited facilities and bush camping. 3-5* hotel accommodation is available with some tropical resort-style properties.


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