Jatbula Trail | Trekking | Hiking | Top End Treks | Northern Territory Trekking

Jatbula Trail

This breathtaking Top End adventure is one of the most popular walking trails with our travellers. The Arnhem Land escarpment is an exceptional wilderness area which winds its way along the edge of Katherine Gorge (Nitmiluk) to Edith Falls (Leliyn) creating a truly extraordinary hiking experience. The Jatbula Trail in the Nitmilik National Park features magnificent waterfalls tumbling from high quartzite cliffs where 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.

Brief Itinerary

  • 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 Sweetwater Pool (11km)
  • DAY 6 Walk to Edith Falls (5 km) and drive to Darwin where trip concludes

recommendations (4)

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.

Alexandra & Jon Chapman Hong Kong

Dan and Kate absolutely made our holiday. Thier enthusiasm, hard work and dedication were all outstanding

G Finch Perth, WA, Australia

A fantastic trip! Dan and Kate were great guides and thier knowledge of the area was amazing and very informative. Well done guys!
I reccommended this trip to my friend and would happily travel with World Ex again, Thank you!

L. Gardiner Victoria Australia

Our guides Kate and Nick were so fantastic! They gave generously of themselves personally and they were very supportive, imformative, enthusiastic. They set a great vibe for the walk. They were very knowledgable on the envionment and generally were nice people!

Mignon Booth Pymble



MEALS: *5 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 5 dinners GUIDES: *Professional wilderness guide TRANSPORT: *Transport from Darwin EQUIPMENT: *All group camping equipment including mosquito nets, tarps, sleeping mats, stoves, catering & dining utensils PLUS: *All National Park and camping fees *Emergency communications and group first aid kit


Trip Dates

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  • Duration: 6 days
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  • Next Trip: 28 May 2018
Pricing: AU $1,995.00

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