Tour De Kakadu

Tour De Kakadu

Northern Territory Cycling Adventure

5 Nights / 6 Days Price  – $3,995 Per Person

When was the last time you rode through Australia’s glorious Top End…?

Well now you have the opportunity to test your body, mind and spirit as we ride through the vastness and beauty of the Northern Territories Top End.

 The spectacular Kakadu, Jatbula and Litchfield National Parks await on this monumental and awe-inspiring ride.

The scenery is spectacular, the culture is part of our heritage and the challenge is inspiring…with truly magnificent waterfalls and refreshing swimming holes.

 Well now you have the opportunity to test your body, mind and spirit as we ride through the beauty of Kakadu, Jatbula trail and Litchfield National Parks.

The Top End Ultimate Adventure Challenge For Corporates, Groups and Charities

THE TOP END TOUR de KAKADU

CORPORATES, GROUPS, SCHOOLS AND CHARITIES.

Fully catered and escorted.

We are specialists in the adventure business, and we can customise and design cycling tours to suit your groups requirements.

We are a member of Top End Tourism and live and breath the Top End Lifestyle.

Price Includes

Tour guide, ground support crew and all transportation. Camping equipment and bedding including swags, pillows, sleeping bags and blankets. Meals and snacks as indicated on below. Hot and cold drinks excluding alcoholic beverages (note that the purchase of alcohol can be arranged with your guide at the pre-trek meeting. Cold storage will be provided), fresh drinking water.

  • 5 nights 6 days. Price $3995.00

    Price Includes: 

    • 4WD vehicle transport bus
    • 1 x lead car
    • 1 x van/truck for bikes support
    • Support drivers
    • Professionally trained and accredited tour guides
    • Mountain bike hire
    • National Park Fees
    • Meals as listed above (Groups assistance to prep & wash up)
    • Breakfast = continental, lunch = sandwiches, wraps, BBQ, dinner = BBQ’s, hot pots, pasta
    • 6.30am Yellow Water Cruise
    • All camping fees, linen, pillows, sleeping bags and permanent safari tents
    • Cold drinking water, soft drink and snacks such as fresh fruit, muesli bars and biscuits during the day.
Dates

8th to the 13th June 2024

Exclusions

Flights, airport departure taxes, arrival and departure transfers, visa, travel insurance, optional tours and activities during free time, tips or gratuities and items of a personal nature. It is recommended that any additional alcohol/refreshments be purchased prior to tour departure** in Alice Springs. Storage will be provided

Day 1

Darwin to Jabiru.

Kakadu Entry sign to Maguk Waterfall 103km ride 6 hours Kakadu Highway

Today we depart at 6.30am and begin our challenge.

We drive from Darwin for 3 hours to the Kakadu Highway at the entrance to the World Famous and twice World Heritage listed Kakadu National Park.

We begin our journey at the entrance to the Kakadu National Park in the heart of Kakadu .

Bike ride from Kakadu entrance to Maguk waterfall.

Visit Maguk for a swim and lunch.

Drive back to Jabiru Campsite.

Tonight, we are into our camp, with tents and a campfire to sit around and chat about the days ride. Dinner is provided by our camp cooks.

Overnight Jabiru camp site. 

Day 2

90km ride 4km hike. 6 hours

Today after an early morning hearty breakfast we commence our ride out to the Arnhem Land escarpment at the Aboriginal Rock Art site of Ubirr around 7am.

Today’s ride is both challenging and spectacular. We will stop along the way for fluid and snacks.

At Ubirr we climb up the escarpment to view the magnificent rock art and spectacular views over Arnhem Land.

We return on our bikes to camp via Cahills crossing with the real possibility of getting up close and personal with the big Crocs of the East Alligator River. Tonight, we are into our camp, with tents and campfire to sit around and chat about the days ride. Dinner is provided by our camp cooks.

This afternoon the group has an opportunity for those that pre booked to take the Sunset flight over the Kakadu landscape and waterfalls.

Overnight Jabiru camp site.

Day 3

83km ride 8 hours

 5am early start sees us ride 37km and a 4km trek to Nourlangie Rock and the Arnhem Land escarpment. 3.5 hours.

From the escarpment we continue our ride across hot, humid and undulating terrain to Cooinda for 46km which is about 4.5hours.  Our reward this afternoon is a couple of icy cold beers and swim in the resorts pool.

Tonight, we are into our camp, with tents and campfire to sit around and chat about the days ride. Dinner is provided by our camp cooks. Presentation/team challenge and guest speakers.

Overnight Jabiru camp site.

Day 4

Early morning Yellow River cruise.

Hike 50km ride

5am early start today as we cruise Yellow Water wetlands for around 2 hours to get up close with the big Crocs before returning to camp for breakfast.

Today is flexible ride day depending on what is open could be Motor Car Falls or Makuk or Gunlom…

10am late breakfast we commence our ride out towards Motor Car falls.

Dinner is provided by our camp cooks. Presentation and guest speakers.

Overnight Jabiru camp site. 

Day 5

Katherine Gorge Edith Falls, Ride and hike.

Ride 20kms Hike 12kms

Today we leave camp early around 6am and drive towards Edith falls where we will ride 20km before trekking the 12km Leliyn and Sweetwater trails.

From Edith Falls we drive to Katherine arriving around 12midday, we will have lunch, then we will cruise through the majestic Katherine Gorge. The cruise through the Gorge is mesmerising with its beauty.

Dinner is provided by our camp cooks.

Overnight Katherine Camping grounds.

Day 6

Day 6 Today we depart Katherine at 8am and commence our Journey back to Darwin by vehicle.

On the way we will pay our respects at the Commonwealth War Graves at Adelaide River before visiting Litchfield National Park for lunch around 11.30am to hike and swim at Florence Falls. Drive back to Darwin returning to Darwin around 4pm.

Preparation, training and gear list for our Tour de Kakadu Northern Territory adventure.

It’s very important for all participants to prepare properly for all of our Northern Territory adventures including our Larapinta Trail, Kakadu, Litchfield and Tour de Kakadu.

The correct equipment and bike and hiking gear and preparation is critical for a safe and successful trip.

Training

The Northern Territory’s weather can vary from minus 2 in the morning to plus 40 degrees and 90% humidity in the afternoon, so it is best to prepare for all conditions.

It’s important that you undertake a training program that encompasses lots of time and kms on your bike with hills and stair walks. If you can add some swimming and paddling, then that’s a bonus. The roads in the NT are hot and gravelly and the ground in the Northern Territory is generally rocky, hard and dusty.

We will be riding in excess of 90km a day on hot exposed roads and walking on rocky uneven ground so it’s important that you up your training schedule to suit the conditions. The more you train the more you will enjoy the adventure.

You will also be required to carry a hydration pack which could weigh up to 3kgs, so it’s important to train with a pack.

It is essential that you have a good pair of walking shoes that are worn in, comfortable and have a good grip.

Foot care is important so make sure you have good socks and take adequate precautions to prevent blisters. I find using a small amount of Vaseline helps to minimise blisters. Saddle sore and chafing is also an issue so a friction reducing cream like Aussie Butt Cream http://aussiebuttcream.com or something similar.

It is important that you get use to the heat as dehydration can be an issue on this adventure and our Northern Territory adventures. It’s important to use a recommended hydrolyte like Trek Fuel. http://www.kokodaspirit.com.au/product-category/online-gear-shops/

Why Train?

Kokoda Spirit and Wild Spirit Adventures has an excellent reputation when it comes to developing the fitness and preparation of our clients. We are proud of the success rate of our trekkers! You do not have to be super fit or an Olympic athlete to complete the Larapinta trail, Overland Track, Kokoda, Everest Base Camp, or indeed any of our tours but you do need to have excellent endurance and stamina along with a strong cardiovascular system and a desire to complete one of the world’s great adventures.

The advantage of having a suitable fitness level lies in your ability to complete the adventure, safely and enjoyably and interact with locals, go for a swim or take a side trip to a waterfall after the day’s activities are completed. Training also provides enormous health benefits and improves your general well-being.

Principles Of Training

Specificity

The type of training you undergo should reflect the activity that you will participate in. In this case a bike ride involving several hours daily riding in extreme conditions. There is also steep trekking climbs and a long kayak paddle. An all-round fitness and strength training are important.

INTENSITy

The intensity that you expect during the challenge should be reflected in the training program. That is, several hours of riding each day, steep trekking climbs and a tough paddle for several days on end.

HEART RATE

Is a good indicator of intensity. You should not exceed your maximum heart rate. To obtain your max H/R; Subtract your age from 220; For example. If you are 40 years old, then your max H/R is 220 – 40 = 180

RECOVERY

It is important to allow your body to recover from the stress that hard physical training places on it. Vary the intensity of your training by alternating hard sessions with slightly easier ones.      This will help prevent over-use injuries.

PRE-TEST AND POST-TEST

For a training program to be successful, you need to know where your starting point is. A training program for a trained athlete will be different than that for someone who has never undergone any training. The principles however remain the same.

To analyse if your training is successful, a pre- and post-test is required. (Using the same equipment and tester during each test is important to reduce error).

WHERE TO PRE-TEST AND POST-TEST?

Local gyms have the equipment and expertise to determine your level of fitness. A small cost is normally involved. It will probably require a stationary bike test or similar.

THE TEAM

On this challenge we will have plenty of team members and logistics to ensure a successful adventure.

Kokoda Spirit Wild Spirit Adventures founder Wayne Wetherall has personally visited all the sites and destinations on the itinerary and has covered the course and has hand crafted the itinerary based on his experiences in working and travelling in the area and to ensure the challenge is fitting enough to be called a Mark Hughes Foundation challenge.

We will have two Local National Park Guides a Camp Chef and three Kokoda Spirit Trek Leaders and 5 support vehicles. We will have a lead vehicle and two vans during the ride sections. We also have two airconditioned 4WD buses to transport the participants when needed.

We will ensure that there will be plenty of stops along the way for water and food stops.

SUGGESTED TO BRING LIST.

Hydration pack 3 litre.  http://www.anacondastores.com/camping-hiking/hydration/hydration-packs/denali-dash-3l-hydration-pack/BP90154238

Water drink bottles.

Head Torch (and spare batteries)

Camp torch

Power pack 10000 minimum. There are limited places to recharge

Camera, watches etc.

Solar charger (Suggested)

Electrolytes Essential Dehydration is a potential problem on the adventure. Trek Fuel

Zip lock bags for snacks etc.

Antibacterial Hand Gel

Personal Medical kit (Suggested)

Aussie Butt Cream http://aussiebuttcream.com

Medications as Prescribed by your Doctor

Headache Tablets

Strong Pain Relief

Travel Calm Tablets

Anti-Inflammatory medications

Blister Pads (optional)

Roll of strapping tape

Vaseline (blisters)

Large size band-aids (cloth type)

Antiseptic lotion/cream

Papaw ointment

Stop Itch/Stingoes cream (for bites)

Sunscreen

Bushmans

Food

Any extra food requirements

Munchies (muesli bars, lollies, beef jerky, protein bars etc salted peanuts, trail mix etc)

Clothing

Riding shirt

Riding shorts

Riding shoes. Note bikes are pedal only, non-cleats

Sunglasses

Riding Cap

Wide Brim Hat

Walking boots/Good Runners. Could be same as bike riding shoes

Sandals/or casual runners and thongs for camp

Long cotton pants or equivalent and long shirt / thermal (for night-time)

1 x shirt for trekking/sleeping

1 x walking shorts or walking pants and sleeping

Swimwear/boardshorts

3 x Pairs of woolen hiking style socks

1 x Jacket fleece/wind break Polar fleece etc.

1 x pair gaiters essential

2 x Microfiber Towels

Toothbrush

Toothpaste

Roll on deodorant

3 x Rolls of toilet paper

Wet ones

Moisturiser

Small soaps

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08/06/2024
13/06/2024
6 Days
Tour De Kakadu – Northern Territory Cycling Adventure
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$3,995

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Pay Only Deposit: $500.00 Per Person

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