We have recently returned from our NT tour and just felt compelled to rave about how sensational it was! Rick was such an experienced, fun and knowledgeable guide and as one of our fellow companions said on the trip, Rick was a highlight himself, which is so true!…alongside all the beautiful places we visited, he made everything go so smoothly! With over 20 years experience, Rick is incredible and his 4x4 driving skills are awe inspiring. We were lucky enough to have such a super group too, and as you contribute to prepare meals together, this creates the ability to bond and we hope to continue the friendship with our new found amazing friends!
We took a boat on the wetlands tour with Danni and she was a hoot with loads of information on all he incredible wildlife we saw, including crocs, the jabiru and brolga.
Make sure you take the option to fly over Kakadu. We chose the 30 min flight and the colours of the wetlands, the rivers and stone lands were a thrill to see from birdseye and gives you a glimpse of the vastness of the area.
Rick took us through Arnhem Land viewing the rock art of First Nation people and we learnt about the Mimih spirits. The unique escarpment and rock formations of the land was incredible.
I never knew how many beautiful waterfalls NT had!! Rick made sure we had plenty of time for all of them. We visited Barramundi Gorge, Edith Falls, Buley Rock pools, Florence Falls and Wangi Falls. Jim Jim Falls was a favourite and the 4x4 drive and hike to get to it is so worth it.
We did a boat cruise through Katherine Gorge and had time for a hike to the lookouts in Nitmuluk National Park. It was 40degrees so I fully recommend to put hydrolyte in your water to keep hydrated.
The Katherine hot springs were a real delight! The clarity of the water and the temperature was very therapeutic after the hike. There were fruit bats above the last pool but they don’t hurt you.
Make sure you stop at the two waterfalls between Buleys Rockpools and Florence Falls…they are secluded and a lovely spot.
Rick took us to see the Cathedral and Magnetic Termite Mounds. He explained how the termites work together and that the Magnetic variety are only found in NT.
It wasn’t part of our itinerary but because Rick is amazing, he included a stop at Adelaide River for us to see the well kept war memorial of the Darwin bombings. They actually hit as far south as Katherine and around 250 people and soldiers died. Very solemn and an important part of our history to see.
Accomodation is a great tent with beds and comfy mattresses, and bedding. Very clean and you have a lamp and fan! The Accomodation owners at Carneys Creek really make you feel welcome and they have a fabulous deck a short walk away to view an incredible sunset!
As Rick always said, “You’ll never go hungry”! And you don’t! Breakfast is cereals, toast and fruit and there’s snacks of fruit and biscuits, dips and crackers. Lunch was cold meats and salad with bread and wraps. Dinners were BBQ, chicken and veggie stir fry with rice, spaghetti bolognaise and tacos! Always catering for coeliac and vegetarian requirements too. There’s opportunities to buy alcohol along the way and at Katherine too.
We cannot speak highly enough of Ricks tour. It was such a life changing experience, jam packed with so much fun and incredible experiences. Memories to last a lifetime! Thankyou Rick! Thankyou Kakadu Tour group! Thankyou NT!