Winding its way along the edge of the escarpment from Katherine Gorge (Nitmiluk) to Edith Falls (Leliyn), the Jatbula Trail is a truly extraordinary experience and one of the most popular Top End trips with our travellers. The stone country, or Arnhem Land escarpment, is one of the most exceptional wilderness areas in Australia. The Jatbula Trail in the Nitmilik National Park features magnificent waterfalls tumbling from high quartzite cliffs, shady monsoon forests line the creeks and stunning Jawoyn Aboriginal rock art adorns the caves and overhangs. The tropical equivalent of Tasmania's Overland Track, this full pack carrying bushwalk traverses the heart of this amazing part of Australia. You will trek during the cooler months to ensure the best experience of the tropical environment. With crystal-clear creeks throughout, there are abundant opportunities for swimming and just relaxing in the warm croc-free waters. Combine this trek with a Katherine River Canoe Expedition for the complete Top End wilderness experience.
|DAY 1||Depart Darwin, drive to Katherine Gorge, trek to Biddlecomb Cascades (11km)|
|DAY 2||Trek to Crystal Falls (12km)|
|DAY 3||Trek to the Amphitheater and on to 17 Mile Falls (11km)|
|DAY 4||Trek to Sandy Camp Pool (16km)|
|DAY 5||Trek to to Edith Falls (15km) and drive to Darwin where trip concludes|
A note to say what an amazing time we had on our Jatbula Trail with Steph and Josh as our guides. What a great team they were.
Steph was so well organised and really had an art for gauging how our group of friends were at all times. She led us along the trail with leadership skills not seen in all people, always keeping us as a team. The terrain was ever changing and the water holes were always a welcome sight after the hours of hiking. The clinic was open every morning for those who needed a little treatment on the feet, which Steph did so graciously, even when dealing with blisters!
The food prepared by Steph and Josh was always a treat and enjoyed by all. From the lentil curry to the (renamed) 'Steph Waldorf Special' and then the lovely fresh rice paper roles with all fresh ingredients on the last night topped off with mini pavlovas with fruit and cream. What a great culinary delight with very limited facilities.
The Trail was magical and it was so special to have the camp sites so limited to 15 persons maximum, making the experience of each of the water holes even more special.
Thank you to the Jawoyn People for sharing this part of Australia with all people.