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Moderate to Challenging
Activities
  • Cycling
Accommodation
  • 2 nights exclusive semi-permanent campsites, 2 nights motel/lodge

Price

5 daysfrom

$2890AUD

 
 
Trip Code: TEK

Trip highlights


  • Cycling backroads in the Kakadu and Litchfield National Parks
  • Discover the vast landscapes, rich wildlife and the present and past indigenous history of the Top End
  • Plunge into swim holes fed by dramatic waterfalls
  • Experience the night chorus at dusk ambling on a guided cruise on Ngurrungurrudjba (Yellow Water) Billabong
  • Learn the stories and cultural connections to land on an Indigenous guided trip along the East Alligator River
  • enjoy comfortable campsites and share a yarn by the campfire and reflect on your cycle day with a group of like-minded travellers
  • Pedal along sections of the Darwin Adelaide River Rail Trail

The Top End fills people’s imagination with crocodiles, buffalo and barramundi and images of sweeping landscapes and flood plains. It is a location that excites the senses from the moment you arrive but it is also a place of amazing history. Kakadu is truly an ancient land with an environment surviving largely untouched and a culture that has endured and maintained cultural connections to country passed down through generations. It is this connection between both an ancient environment and a surviving and celebrated ancient culture that make this region truly worthy of dual World Heritage listing. Over 5 days we’ll ‘hike and bike’ to some of the best locations in the region, enjoying two nights at our private semi-permanent campsite in Kakadu with a million-star view and the crackle of a campfire. We’ll swim in remote rockpools, meet Indigenous guides who will share their connection to land then create some dust as we cycle down back roads and along some selected scenic roads. This is an amazing round trip of over one thousand kilometres travelling a round circuit south from Darwin then east to Kakadu before circling back west from the southern reaches of Kakadu to Litchfield National Park before returning to Darwin.

Itinerary

Today begins with a short trip across Darwin Harbour from Cullen Bay to Mandorah. The passenger ferry arrives at a fairly isolated region, despite being so close to Darwin. On arrival we'll have a briefing before you begin your first day of cycling. We head directly south along the Cox’s Peninsular Road stopping for lunch along the way. In the afternoon we’ll transfer to Kakadu but there’ll be time to stop off for a refreshing dip at Berry Springs before heading out across the flood plains of the Mary River and the South Alligator River. With the East Arnhem Escarpments in the distance, we head south to our camp for two nights. In the late afternoon we take a cruise on Ngurrungurrudjba (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 spend the evening at our comfortable semi-permanent camp, located at Djarradjin Billabong, in the heart of Kakadu National Park. Approx. drive time: 4 hours spread over the day

Meals:  D

After breakfast at the camp, we cycle to Burrungkuy (Nourlangie). We’ll take a walk around the base of the escarpment and view some amazingly well preserved rock art and hear the stories and significance of this work before taking a short hike to Gunwarrdehwarrde lookout. From this vantage point looking across what was once an ancient ocean some 140 million years ago with glacial till at your feet the term ‘an ancient landscape’ is truly understood. From here we’ll head back north, stopping at the Bowali Visitors Centre which has some great interpretive displays outlining the cultural, physical and political history of the park. After lunch we are off to the northern boundary of Kakadu crossing the Murella Floodplains. This is classic Kakadu with amazing escarpments on one side and floodplains on the other with a road that reaches out and vanishes to the horizon. After our morning cycle to Burrungkuy it’s time to get back on your bike for an afternoon cycle to the East Alligator River, the border between Kakadu and Arnhem land and our departure point for a leisurely cruise along the river. Here Indigenous guides navigate the river and journey to upper reaches explaining their cultural attachment to the area, pointing out a number of features in the landscape and their significance to culture and identity as well as discussing food and plant types viewed along the way. Back on shore we head a short distance to Ubirr where we’ll take a walk around the Indigenous rock art and get a glimpse of an ancient culture expressed though this art. A short hike takes you to Nabib lookout overlooking the East Alligator River flood plain. Some will recognise this view from the film ‘Crocodile Dundee’ or the numerous tourism promotion shoots. Approx. drive time: 2 hours spread over the day

Meals:  B,L,D

After breakfast at our camp, we head over to Cooinda stopping at the Warradjan Aboriginal Cultural Centre spending some time looking at a range of interpretive displays detailing the Indigenous connection between culture and country. We then head south on our way out of Kakadu but not before a detour out to Maguk Falls and a 20km cycle. At Maguk it is time to freshen up with a walk and swim passing through the monsoon forest with birdcalls carrying through the trees. Arriving at the base of the falls, the large waterhole is perfect for a dip. In the afternoon we drive 180km with a stop enroute at the historic town of Pine Creek, a small town with a big history. Continue our drive to Adelaide River another historic territory town serving as a crucial military base during World War 2 and today hosting a sombre WW2 War Memorial. We’ll stop briefly here before heading off on the second cycling opportunity of the day along the Adelaide River to Batchelor section of the Darwin Adelaide River Rail Trail. This is part of what was known as the North Australian Railway built as far as Pine Creek in 1889 and later extended to Katherine but closed in 1976. It became a crucial element of the war effort during WW2 transferring injured and maimed soldiers fighting the Japanese in the north, mainly in Papua New Guinea. Overnight Batchelor. Approx. drive time: 4 hours spread over the day

Meals:  B,L

Today is a huge day in Litchfield National Park. We head straight into the NP rising onto the Tablelands Plateau. Commanding about eighty percent of the park this plateau provides the life blood for the park and surrounding rivers and wetlands. Rainfall captured during the wet season in the swamps and rockpools of the tableland is slowly released and filters through the sandstone to produce a number of truly remarkable waterfalls and crystal-clear swimming holes. Our first stop is Florence Falls where you’ll know we have arrived somewhere special when you hear the roar of the waterfall from the car park then walk down to one of the jewels of the NT. We do a circuit walk here stopping off for a swim in the forest under the falls. It is a short distance from here to a string of cascading rockpools known as the Buley Rock Holes, another swim opportunity before heading further west stopping at Tolmer Falls lookout before heading off on a short (12 km) cycle arriving for lunch at another Litchfield jewel, Wangi Falls. Keeping the best cycling of the day for the afternoon we head back to the edge of the Tableland Plateau cycling from here with a great descent, a stop to marvel at the magnetic and cathedral termite mounds, an ice cream stop at the Banyan Tree Café before continuing on to Batchelor (31 km). From here we are back on board for the final leg of the day heading to Lake Bennett and our destination for the night. You can choose to stay on the bus or if you still have legs for cycling you can cycle the last section (8 km) from the highway to Lake Bennett. Approx. drive time: 2.5 hours spread over the day

Meals:  B

Today is our final day of touring so we’ll enjoy a fairly leisurely start to the day. Our accommodation is on the shores of Lake Bennett and there is opportunity to hire a kayak, canoe or paddle board to explore the lake. After breakfast we head north arriving back in the township of Berry Springs and head out to Crazy Acres farm for a lunch stop and a great opportunity to sample local produce and perhaps grab some great NT products to take home. The afternoon brings the final cycle section of our cycle tour heading off along another section of the Darwin to Adelaide River Rail Trail from Berry Springs to Darwin the perfect bookend to our cycle journey beginning on the western side of the Darwin harbour and concluding with a cycle right into the Darwin CBD on the eastern side of the harbor. Our cycle journey concludes here but over the past 5 days we've learnt about elements of war and conflict to the north, the ambitions of an early colonial railway, of explorers and navigators, gold prospectors and Afghan camel handlers and significantly we come back with a better understanding of the timeless history of the Indigenous culture of the region expressed in ancient art and tradition as well as the strength and depth of contemporary and enduring Indigenous identity. Approx. drive time: 1.5 hours spread over the day

Meals:  B


Map

Elevation

The map and elevation chart are for illustrative purposes only and meant to provide general guidelines.


Inclusions

  • 4 breakfasts, 2 lunches and 2 dinners
  • 2 professional wilderness guides
  • 2 Wildlife cruises
  • 2 nights Safari camps including tents, stretcher beds and swags for sleeping, All dining and catering equipment while camping
  • 2 nights motel / lodge twinshare in private ensuite rooms
  • All National Park and camping fees
  • Emergency communications and group first aid kit
  • Vehicle support while cycling
  • Transfers between cycle stages

  • Airfares
  • Accommodation in Darwin before and after the trip
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Sleeping Bag
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Travel insurance
  • Face masks and hand sanitiser
  • Bike rental - bikes are available for rent for an additional cost

Accommodation


Grading

Moderate to Challenging  
4

This trip is for almost anyone with a reasonable level of fitness and competent cycling and swimming ability. This adventure is designed for the enthusiastic and adventurous in search of something different. This trip has been graded at moderate to challenging level. However, some days will be quite active involving sustained cycling in hot weather on a mixture of tar and dirt roads. As a support vehicle accompanies us on the journey, the option to have a rest from cycling and ride in the vehicle is available. 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 which can be up to high 30s, so we suggest a bit of cycling, swimming, walking, and jogging to get yourself ready for the Territory! The best preparation for your cycle is day long trips involving some ascents and descents and in variable weather conditions.


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Total Priceper person from

$2890AUD

Options & Supplements*
  • Sleeping Bag HireAUD$30
  • Standard Bike RentalAUD$280
  • Single SupplimentAUD$310
  • E-bike RentalAUD$470
*Prices listed are per person and also from

Essential Information

Ready to book? Make sure you download and read the detailed Top End Kakadu Supported Cycle trip notes which contains all the essential information you need to know before booking. Once you’ve booked, we will supply you with a Pre-Departure document which contains a detailed gear list and other important information to help you prepare for your adventure ahead.


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About Your Leader

Shawn Flannery, passionate cyclist!&#160;-&#160;<i>Photo:&#160;Shawn Flannery</i>

Shawn is a passionate cyclist who calls Kandos in NSW, home. Shawn has previously spent time as a tour guide in the Northern Territory and thrives on ensuring travellers have an unforgettable experience on our fully-supported tours, such as the Top End Kakadu Supported Cycle tour.


Why cycle with us

SELF GUIDED EXPERTS

As the pioneers of self guided active travel in Australia you can expect a seamless experience. Our quality tour notes and logistical expertise sets us apart and ensures a quality experience for you.

TRUSTED LOCAL ADVICE

Our team is passionate about cycling and their extensive knowledge and experience means you get the very best advice - every time. We will help you tailor the right cycling itinerary for you.

Quality services

Expect first-class and flexible support both on and off the trail. We've sourced the highest quality bikes and most authentic accommodations so you can enjoy a stress free cycling trip.


Positive Impact Travel

By joining this trip you are directly supporting positive impact projects in line with the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

We’ve offset the carbon emitted by this trip by purchasing credits that support important projects that address the UN’s seventeen SDGs, like reducing poverty, affordable and clean energy, reducing hunger, clean water and climate action.

Proceeds from this adventure purchase carbon credits through the world’s largest and most awarded carbon project developer, South Pole, which are invested into projects accelerating the transition to renewable energy sources in developing countries.

Supported projects are based on internationally recognised standards and are third-party audited. They entail a series of positive impacts on the ground, which benefit local communities and ecosystems, that are aligned with the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

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