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Immerse yourself in the cultural heritage and diverse landscapes of Australia’s ‘Top End’ on this 3-day tour from Darwin. In World Heritage-listed Kakadu National Park, go croc spotting on a Yellow Water billabong cruise and admire ancient Aboriginal rock art. Delve deeper into indigenous history with a 4WD tour to Arnhem Land, where you can try your hand at bush survival techniques and glide down the East Alligator River with an Aboriginal guide.


  • 3-day luxury coach tour exploring the highlights of the Top End including Kakadu National Park
  • Travel to the isolated and pristine Arnhem Land by 4WD
  • Enjoy a 1.5-hour Yellow Waters cruise
  • Cruise along the East Alligator River
  • Lunch is included on all three days
  • Plenty of photo opportunities
  • 2 nights accommodation in your choice of budget, standard and superior hotels
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • English-speaking guide

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What You Can Expect

3-Day Kakadu National Park and Arnhem Land Explorer Tour from Darwin

Aboriginal rock art, Kakadu National Park, Northern Territory

Venture off the beaten path to explore highlights of Australia’s northernmost section, known as the Top End. On this diverse, 3-day tour from Darwin, begin by exploring Kakadu National Park, honored by UNESCO as a World Heritage site thanks to its remarkable cultural significance and biodiversity. See saltwater crocodiles and a variety of birdlife on a cruise through the Yellow Water billabong, and marvel at ancient Aboriginal cave paintings in a ‘desert museum.’
In isolated Arnhem Land, learn about the original inhabitants’ strong connection to the land as you visit sacred sites and settlements with an Aboriginal guide, learn bush hunting techniques and encounter native wildlife on an East Alligator River cruise.
Travel by luxury air-conditioned coach and a 4WD vehicle (in Arnhem Land), and choose from three different overnight accommodation options to suit your budget and style. The tour includes all park fees, hotel pickup and drop-off in Darwin and a delicious lunch each day. Please see the Itinerary for details on each day of the tour and accommodation options.


Day 1: Darwin - Kakadu National Park - Nourlangie Rock - Yellow Water Wildlife Cruise (L)
Depart Darwin and enter Kakadu National Park, stopping at the Bark Hut for some morning tea (at own expense). Next, travel to Nourlangie Rock Aboriginal art site. Here your guide will talk about the escrapments and the ancient rock art that is found here. You will then enjoy a cold buffet lunch.

After lunch, join a local guide for a 1.5-hour cruise on the Yellow Water billabong. Look for saltwater crocodiles basking in the sun and a colourful range of birdlife for which the region is renowned.

Next, visit the Warradjan Aboriginal Cultural Centre to better understand the park's culture and history.

Overnight: Your choice of accommodation, Kakadu

Day 2: 4-Wheel Drive into Arnhem Land - Oenpelli Aboriginal Settlement - Mikinj Valley (L)
Travel by 4WD vehicle into Arnhem Land and the Mikinj Valley. Your guide will make stops along the way, showing you different rock artin Arnhem Land, explain about the history of the people in Arnhem Land, how they lived and fed off the land. Hear of traditional land ownership and bush skills from your Aboriginal guide. Visit special ancient Aboriginal art sites, the Oenpelli Aboriginal settlement and the Injalak Arts and crafts centre. Enjoy lunch in Mikinj Valley.

Day 3: Ubirr Art Site - East Alligator River Cruise - Bowali Visitor Centre - Darwin (L)
Travel to Ubirr to explore Aboriginal artwork with your guide. Venture up onto the rock formations for a fantastic view across Kakadu National Park.

Next, join an Aboriginal guide on the Guluyambi Cruise along the East Alligator River, which takes you between Kakadu and Arnhem Land. Learn about the history of the area while spotting crocodiles and birdlife. Your guide will also show you traditional spear-throwing techniques.

After a cold buffet lunch, drive through the town of Janiru before arriving at Bowali Visitor Centre. Depart Kakadu National Park and head back to the city of Darwin.

Accommodation Options

You have a choice of accommodation on this tour at Kakadu National Park. Select between budget, standard or superior accommodation categories.

  • Budget: Aurara Kakaku Resort (shared facilities standard hotel room)
  • Standard: Aurora Kakadu Resort (superior hotel room)

Nestled amid 10 hectares of natural bushland is the Aurora Kakadu Resort. Enjoy relaxed atmosphere and encounter some of the Territory's spectacular wildlife that roams the hotel's tropical gardens and manicured lawns.

  • Superior: Mercure Crocodile Holiday Inn (superior hotel room)
Hotel Pickup List:
06.05 - Alatai Apartments
06.05 - Argus Apartments
06.05 - Banyan View Motel
06.05 - Barramundi Lodge
07.05 - Boomerang Caravan Park
07.10 - Coolalinga Caravan Park
06.10 - City Garden Apartments
06.00 - Cullen Bay Apartments
06.15 - Darwin Central Hotel
06.50 - Discovery Holiday Park
06.15 - DoubleTree Hilton Darwin
06.15 - DoubleTree Hilton Esplanade Darwin
07.00 - Free Spirit Resort
06.10 - H Hotel
06.50 - Hidden Valley Caravan Park
06.15 - Hilton Darwin
07.05 - Howard Springs Caravan Park (Hwy)
06.05 - Mantra Pandanas
06.15 - Marrakai Apartments
06.15 - Mediterranean
06.15 - Novotel Atrium
06.15 - Palms City Resort
06.00 - SkyCity
06.20 - Transit Centre
06.10 - Travelodge Mirambeena Resort
06.05 - Vitina Studio Motel
06.00 - Vibe Adina Waterfront
06.15 - YHA Globetrotters

Customer Reviews

Ki S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Highly recommended! AAT Kings drivers were amazing. Full of knowledge and knew how to keep the trips interesting with fun facts and lighthearted humor. 3rd party contractors - indigenous and non-indigenous - were also very knowledgable and kept the long days interesting and entertaining. I would recommend choosing the Crocodile hotel, if budget allows, as the Aurora Kakadu left a lot to be desired.

Overall - I'd highly recommend this package deal!

Kierra Australia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2014

A great way to see a range of different places and sites within Kakadu National Park and Arnhem Land. It was an excellent tour - well organised and it ran very smoothly. Arnhem Land & Kakadu lived up to my expectations. The guides were both knowledgeable and professional. I was able to see both Kakadu and Arnhem Land, the countryside was stunning, so green, lots of bird life and crocodiles. It is a fabulous part of the country and I would highly recommend the trip.

Sheree D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2014

Great trip, great destinations and looked after well

Barry Thomas J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2011

Excellent tour, well organised and on time. Crocodile hotel was very good but the restaurant was expensive and the food was of poor quality. All guides on the tour were very good and gave good information. Response to our request for gluten free food was patchy.

Michael B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2011

We enjoyed the 3 day tour 7 found it very interesting. The 3 guides were all very knowedgeable and good company.

Valerie M. G Canada

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2010

An excellent trip!

Julia B United Kingdom

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2010

It was an excellent tour - well organised and it ran very smoothly. Arnhem Land & Kakadu lived up to my expectations. The guides were both knowledgeable and professional. We were able to see Kakadu and Arnhem Land in a relatively short time. It is a fabulous part of the country and I would recommend the trip. The Aurora Kakadu was a great place to stay

Jennifer S

4 star rating: Recommended July 2016

A fascinating trip, fantastic scenery, and bird life. I saw enough enormous salt water crocodiles to last a good while. The second day traveling into Arnhem land with an indigenous guide was a great opportunity . I chose the middle accommodation option the Aurora Kakadu and this was a great place to stay, large comfortably furnished bungalow with a lovely pool and very good meals served in the restaurant.


4 star rating: Recommended July 2016

If you stay at Kakadu Hotel be aware apart from the 3 course buffet meal at A$45.90 there are only a few snacks in shop. The Bar/Bistro which normally serves hot dishes strangely enough doesn and #39;t when the 2night stopovers are there. We purchased hot snacks in shop but not allowed to eat them in Bar!


4 star rating: Recommended October 2014

It's a bit of a slog out of or back to Darwin but the AAT Kings coaches are comfy, have wifi and drivers are really nice guys. The Aurora was a good place to stay with attractive room, porch, pool to cool off in and friendly bar/bistro. Quiet too. All the subcontractors used were great: knowledgeable and keen to please. You get both Kakadu highlights and Arnhem Land by 4WD plus a river trip with a fun couple of local Aboriginal guys. Really packed it in and so glad I did it. Downside: left me wanting more.

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