An appreciation of the life of this land before foreigners arrived and claimed it as our own. These Blokes Rode The Simpson Desert Unsupported - On Fat Bikes! With a limited amount of hikers allowed at once, you get to deeply immerse yourself in the Australian outback and ancient landscapes as you walk this traditional Indigenous songline. The Jatbula Trail is a full pack 6 day hike through Nitmiluk National Park in the Northern Territory. The trail is well sign-posted and perfect for self-guided hikers. Each campsite is uniquely beautiful, with gorgeous views, waterfalls, and crystal-clear swimming holes to wait out the heat of the day. The Jatbula Trail in the Nitmiluk 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. But here I am, with my partner (far more experienced in hiking that I am) gearing up and heading off into the tall grass and rocky climbs that will define the next week for us. The campsites are ideally spread about 10 kilometres apart, each beside a picturesque waterfall, creek or rockhole. The nearby campground is nice and flat, toilets are provided. I don’t know if I’m a full convert yet, but what I do know is that hiking offers a connection to country that you can’t get from the car. Some opt to camp here, but with only a 4km to the end it doesn’t seem like a real stop. I remember walking through the streets of London and being dumbstruck by the sense of history of the place. The Jatbula Trail starts from the Katherine River in the Nitmiluk (Katherine Gorge) National Park, 30 kilometres east of Katherine, in the Northern Territory. We’re hiking light this trip, our two packs carry a respectable 10kg each. The Twins who Flew to the Australian Red Pole, Stunning waterholes to camp at every night, There’s a great burger & milkshake joint at the end, Headtorch – both for the campsites and early morning starts, Broad Brimmed hat and sunscreen – it is HOT, Hiking in the dry season, we didn’t take a tent – opting just for sleeping mats and mosquito nets, EPIRB/ELB – There are emergency contact devices at each campground, but you should carry one throughout the day. The path never diverts too far from the stunning Indian Ocean where you can enjoy white sandy beaches and fabulous swimming. Day 2 – 11km – Crossing the cascades in the morning, passing some rock art continue on to Crystal Falls. Day 3 – 10km – Leave Crystal Falls on the way to the Amphitheatre, a beautiful break from the desert sun and some great rock cart. I’ve always loved my adventures, but I’ve spent years not understanding how walking a really long way is somehow desirable, and cynical that the ground covered by foot could really change enough to keep me interested. Intimidated by the distance and worried about the sun, we rose extra early and were on the trail well before sunrise. You will encounter river crossings, mud, burnt areas (up to a third of the park is burnt each year), rocks, softer sandy paths, and riverine stretches with paw potholes from water buffalo. Stepping out of the air-conditioning to walk the 4kms to Sweetwater doesn’t do the place justice. You'll experience unique flora and fauna, geology, history and culture. The Jatbula Trail is a 62 kilometre one way walk, departing from Nitmiluk Gorge, traversing the western edge of the Arnhem Land escarpment and finishing at Leliyn (Edith Falls). Operated by Darwin Horse and Carriage. I was keen to experience the Jatbula Trail before it became too well known; too well trodden. Day three also dropped us into the amphitheatre, a little desert oasis with beautiful geology and ancient rock art – it’s one of the only locations on the that’s trail signposted and teaches walkers about the sacredness of the site and its importance on this songline. One of the key benefits of a guided tour is having the 24-hour back up and support in case anything goes wrong. Rock art at various sites along the trail bears testimony to long heritage of this walking trail. The hike follows the western edge of the Arnhem Land escarpment over sandstone plateau and through woodlands, open forest, monsoon forest and riverine landscapes. Not to mention the walk falls within the world-renowned Margaret River premium wine growing region. Since then the trail has grown rapidly in popularity. Few places in Australia have inspired that same feeling in me. The land, scarred by fire, speaks of a recently burned savanna with just the upper reaches of the gums remaining. The Jatbula Trail is a Medium to Hard Walk. You should have a reasonable level of fitness for this hike. Jatbula Trail: Jatbula Hammock Hiking!! Happening upon these signs of life in such a remote place, and not just signs of life but deeply spiritual records of the people who walked here, speaks to the culturally rich history of Australia that is so rarely taught. The Jatbula Trail is a full pack bushwalking adventure, taking us far away from city life and immersing us into this ancient wonderland. We would love to hear about your experiences on the JT (Comment here). Quickly the magic of being so remote gives way to the excitement of indulging in a burger and milkshake at the campsite tuckshop. The Jatbula Trail takes you from Nitmiluk (Katherine Gorge) Visitor Centre to Edith Falls, a 65km track that is marked for self-guided walking during the dry season. You need to book a ferry to take you across the gorge to the beginning of the hike. Guided trips give you a wonderful opportunity to create lasting friendships with other travellers on the trip, where you often find a great combination of active people with similar interests in travel, fitness and experiences. The ulitmate 11 day Pack-Free walking showcasing the best walks of Central Australia including Trephina Gorge in the East MacDonnell ranges, the Larapinta trail, Giles Track and Kings Canyon Rim walk in Watarrka National Park, as well 'The Valley of the Winds' walk in Kata Tjuta (The Olgas) and around Uluru in the Red Centre. It’s not the same as driving up to a protected patch of historical landmarks. This has got to be one of the most gorgeous campsites of the trail, set on the banks of a large permanent waterhole. The trail was named after Peter Jatbula a traditional owner of the land and a member of the Jawoyn people. During the Wet, walking in the area is not permitted due to flooding and strong currents waters in the many rivers that need crossing. Trekking across the top of the escarpment and looking out into the valley below, the vastness that is Central Australia somehow feels different with the knowledge that it’s a three day walk back to any human infrastructure. These beautiful birds, whose lazy flight can be identified a long way off, to me are the calling card of Central Australia. Since we pioneered the first commercial trek on the Larapinta in 1995 we have always prided ourselves on our ability to lead the way in creating unique trekking and walking opportunities for our travellers. To add to its uniqueness, we opt to get up and start walking before sunrise each morning (covering anywhere between 8 and 17kms), and so we arrive at our destinations each day in the mid-morning (or on one of our more our zealous days, before breakfast). Operated by Sacred Earth Safaris - Tours from Darwin. We spent time with our newly found friends, swapping stories and delaying the inevitable end. This gives the walk an interesting community feel, where you spend all day walking alone only to find the same familiar faces at the campsite each night – each of whom we will enjoy getting to know progressively over the week. The trail is an ancient Song Line used by the Jawoyn people. And now the kids were older. As you can see by the map, there are designated camp sites marking the end of each day. The Jatbula Trail is a medium to hard walk for reasonably fit and active people with some bushwalking experience – (Capable of walking over rough ground with up to 15kg backpack). We ditched the tent, opting for a shared mosquito net, went for as much dehydrated food as we could stomach, one book between us, and what will become some well-walked in clothes. Under a chorus of fruit bats, the boat ferries our small group of strangers across the river to a hidden patch of sand. The biggest day is 17km which can be finished in 4 to 6 walking hours. 5 day self drive tour of Kakadu, Katherine and Litchfield np Oct 27, 2020 9 day itinerary June 2021 Oct 25, 2020 Helicopter Scenic Flights from Litchfield Oct 23, 2020 Heading out of camp on day two begins through the boggy upper reaches of the cascades, with our eyes peeled for buffalo, the landscape soon enough changes again into dry, rocky outcrops and our first sighting of the ancient rock art that defines the region. It’s not just the human history of this place that’s striking, the geology is incomprehensible. The hike begins at Nimiluk Gorge just west of Katherine by the Nitmiluk Visitor Centre and campground. Operated by Wilderness Experiential Learning. The Jatbula Trail takes a horseshoe route of approx 60km along the escarpment from Nitmiluk to Leliyn. The trail has some challenging ascents and descents but in general, it is all quite manageable. Guide Book & Map. In addition to the ‘In Comfort’ series of Larapinta walks, Australian Walking Holidays also offers a range of self-guided, wilderness camping options, up to the full 223km Larapinta traverse. The Jatbula Trail in the Nitmiluk 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. This trail follows the traditional route (used by the Jawoyn) along the western edge of the Arnhem Land Escarpment. The track is well marked and the distances not too significant, but the heat can have a significant impact on those not used to it. It was this day that we really got to spend time learning about the other hikers, building some sketchy launch pads with hikers Zan and Pearce for the local rope swing, trading adventure tales, and dreaming up the next big plans after the trail comes to an end the next day. Answering demand, the limit of daily permits issued has been increased from 10 to 15 and Gecko has been joined by World Expeditions in offering guided tours. World Expeditions will resume its domestic operations in the Northern Territory from 1 August, 2020, with a range of guided and self-guided walks on the Larapinta Trail in the Red Centre, and a guided experience along the Jatbula Trail in the Top End.. The Jatbula Trail in the Nitmiluk 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. Biddlecomb itself offers a number of beautiful swimming holes, rock climbs, and stunning views out across the valley below. - See 64 traveller reviews, 96 candid photos, and great deals for Katherine, Australia, at Tripadvisor. But the walk also offers a spirit that I’ve never experienced anywhere else on this continent. Continue on to 17 Mile Falls for the night. Self Guided Tour. The Jatbula Trail - Katherine Gorge. This fully guided 5 Day, 58 kilometre (36 Mile) Jatbula Trail features stunning scenery, waterfalls, and ancient Aboriginal rock art. It’s a moderately challenging hike with a full pack, doable by any able adult but best enjoyed if you have a good level of fitness, even better if you’ve practiced carrying a full pack. Operated by Parliament House Tours. The hiking itself seems almost incidental. The final day takes you out of the dense tropical forest and into open grasslands, across dry mud plains (which must be hell to hike at the beginning of the season), and along river banks to Sweetwater. Jatbula Trail with Gecko Canoeing and trekking This five day hike is a must do. In the Top End, the Jatbula Trail is a wilderness camping, full-pack carrying trek along the Jatbula Trail on the Arnhem Land escarpment. Jatbula Trail All campsites along the Jatbula trail are near permanent water. Length 37.4 mi Elevation gain 3,090 ft Route type Point to Point The Jatbula Trail is a 62km one way walk departing from Nitmiluk Gorge and finishing at Leliyn, also known as Edith Falls. Sweetwater is a popular day-hike from Leliyn (Edith) Falls, which attracts thousands of visitors every year. The Jatbula Trail winds along the edge of the escarpment from Katherine Gorge (Nitmiluk) to Edith Falls (Leliyn), where you will be totally immersed in this stunning wilderness. The camping…. The Jatbula is an exclusive destination opening only during the dry season from June to September, with a limit of 15 people per day permitted on the trail. It’s a great place to swim and explore upstream. Definitely worth a dip though! Crystal Creek above Crystal Falls is wide and deep. The Jatbula Trail is a 5-day hike through everchanging ecosystems in Nitmiluk National Park. We climbed through greener landscapes than anywhere else on the trail, across muddy flood plains, tropical savanna, and then descending to Sandy Pool. The group unloads their packs, and the first group sets off. From here, walk the final stage (you will start to see people) down to Leliyn (Edith) Falls, burgers and milkshakes! The Jatbula Trail is a 5-day hike through everchanging ecosystems in Nitmiluk National Park. Shot by @1andre, Millaa Millaa Falls is an 18 metre high heritage-l, Hiking attire has changed a lot over the last cent, How Feral Horses Damage Australia’s Precious Alpine Environments, El Questro is an Outback Oasis Along The Gibb River Run, Bikepacking The Central West Cycling Trail in 6 Days, Nitmiluk Gorge Southern Walks – Secluded 4 Day Solo Hike, Conquer The Canberra Centenary Trail as 12 Day Hikes, Capturing The Landscapes Of The Larapinta. The tumbling waters of Biddlecombe Cascades reward walkers with soothing pools to sit in and cool off. 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