Twenty years ago the tried and tested Toyota Landcruiser Troop carrier was the mainstay of budget orientated touring. Originally designed for the military (hence the name ‘troopy’) it is part of the reliable Toyota brand.
Over the years though, there has been development of other variations of vehicles designed to carry tourist in different locations. The driving force behind these designs has been to make them a bit more comfortable and ‘classy’ and improve the quality of touring.
With the current range of vehicles available, the only way of achieving this is to modify existing vehicles. The most popular way is to build pod style passenger modules that can be mounted onto a new range of 4WD trucks.
These modified vehicles are much larger and carry around 16 passengers. The purchase price is up around $170,000! (I can get three troopy’s for that price!)
As opposed to the Troopy that is manufactured as standard by Toyota, costs around $60,000, is smaller and the only vehicle to carry 9 passengers!
Ok, so the main discerning aspect of the Troopy is that it has side facing seats in the back, meaning there is not as much legroom and you have to look at your travelling partners! Whilst many say that may be uncomfortable, many argue that it creates a much more sociable group than those that are just staring at the back of seats!
As we know, there are a number of factors that determine the ‘quality’ of a tour.
I mean, you can have a brand new comfortable vehicle, but if you end up with a dud group, an inexperienced guide, a crap itinerary and have paid an arm & a leg for the tour, not much quality there!
On the other hand, if you have a great guide, a fun group, an itinerary that isn’t just ticking boxes that was an affordable price but the vehicle was a bit uncomfortable, then I would suggest the ‘quality’ of the tour would be more than comparable.
As such, for the time being anyway, for most of our tours we will continue to use the trusty old troopy!
Kakadu is greening up and the waterfalls are roaring!
The wet season has well and truly kicked in, with recent heavy rainfalls in the region.
Our recent 2 Day Kakadu tour last week was the first group in to see Motorcar falls flowing for the season and enjoyed a refreshing swim.
Motorcar Falls is located in the southern hills and basins region of Kakadu. Access is via a 3 km walk from the Yurmikmik walking trails car-park on the Gimbat (Gunlom) road.
Looking out over the southern region basins.
A short detour in the walk takes you to a lookout where you have views of the Sth Alligator river valley and main escarpment plateau in the distance.
When visiting this area, we usually stay overnight close by, so are usually the first group in to the falls in the morning and have it to ourselves for a while!
With the Kakadu park fees increasing in 2016, we are moving towards longer duration tours to ensure you get the best value possible!
As the ‘Kakadu & Litchfield’ or ‘Top End’ combination tours have proven popular, we have put together our ultimate Top End Expedition that entails 6 full days of exploring our fantastic region!
As we have in other years, We are also running some speciality tours to some important Indigenous events such as Barunga Festival and Freedom Day.
Koolpin Gorge (Jarrangbarnmi) is located in a remote section of Kakadu National Park.
Experience the spectacular beauty and pristine remoteness of Jarrangbarnmi in Kakadu’s southern rock country. Rare flora and fauna abound amongst the waterholes, cascades and rocky cliffs. This culturally significant region is one of Kakadu’s hidden gems!
The name Jarrangbarnmi comes from the Jawoyn words jarrang meaning flood, or big water flow, and barn meaning rift or gap. On exploring the area, it will become evident of the appropriate naming of the landscape.
Jarrangbarnmi is a culturally sensitive area and of significant importance to the Jawoyn people (local Bininj). Their creation ancestor, Bula, formed the impressive landscape. Visitors are asked to respect the important sites within Buladjang (“Sickness”) country.
Jarrangbarnmi (Koolpin Gorge) is a restricted access area with a limit of 40 people a day allowed to visit the area at any one time.
Independent travellers and tour operators have the opportunity to access the region on a Permit basis. As such, access is granted on a ‘first in’ request based upon already previously allocated dates and visitor numbers.
Kakadu 4WD Safaris hold a special licence for Casual access to Koolpin Gorge.
This photo of Koolpin Gorge is courtesy of TripAdvisor
This means we can take you there on a private charter tour that has been planned and booked well in advance.
So if you want to really escape the crowds and enjoy a remote 4WD, walking and swimming experience, then contact us as soon as possible to organise your private tour!
We have a range of charter options available from, 1 Day within the Park to 7 Days complete touring from Darwin.
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