17 Mile Creek
Your walking tour begins at approximately 7 am from your Katherine accommodation, where you will be transferred to Nitmiluk National Park. We will then catch a boat across to the mouth of the 17 Mile Creek where your 5 day hiking trail begins.
Today we hike into Northern Rock hole and take a rest in the shade, before continuing onto camp at Biddlecombe Cascades. This afternoon there will be time for a relaxing soak in some of the scenic and shaded rock pools.
Today we rise early and make our way to Edith Falls. Here, we will see the first of our Rock Art paintings, sheltered by an amazing rock formation. Crystal Falls is our next stop, where we will spend the night close to a huge waterhole right next to our campsite. Crystal Falls is approximately 20kms along from the start of the Jatbula Trail and is a great place to go for a swim.
Our wake up call is an early one again this morning as we head to the Crystal Falls Lookout to witness a beautiful sunrise. We stop for morning tea at the Amphitheatre and then leave our packs behind as we descend into the cool monsoon forest to explore for more Rock Art. Camp tonight is at the top of 17 Mile Falls where you have the chance to relax at the top of the falls in one of the pools.
It will take us a while to get to the Edith River Crossing, so we pack up camp and head to our new destination in time for an early lunch. Take the time to relax and enjoy the beauty of the Nitmiluk National Park. After our break we arrive at Sandy Billabong. Here you can swim or spa as you enjoy the amazing reflections of the afternoon sky on the water. It is also a great place for bird watching.
Sweetwater Pools & Edith Falls
On our last day or hiking we cross some long grass, a couple of creeks and through a bog all in time to have lunch at Sweetwater Pool. After a rest at this amazing spot, it is but a mere 5km's more to Edith Falls where we can take the scenic lookout walk back to the kiosk where a cold drink and an ice cream will be waiting for us. We will be picked up at 3:00PM and head back to up to your accommodation in Katherine or north to Darwin, arriving at around 7:30 pm