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!
Parks Australia have notified there will be increases in fees for Kakadu in 2016.
Hence, our Kakadu tour prices will have to rise as well, so maybe come and visit before April 1st to beat the price hike!
Visitors to Kakadu are subject to an entry fee, the Park Pass contributes directly to maintaining Kakadu’s fantastic environment and tourism facilities.
These fees are included in the advertised price of all Kakadu 4WD Safaris tours. However these fee’s may be required to be paid separately in CASH on the morning of departure. This is referred to as a ‘Pay On Board’ fee.
Currently the Kakadu park pass costs $25 per Adult and lets you explore the park for 14 consecutive days. Children under 16 and Northern Territory residents are free.
Additional fees for camping ($10/per night) and the Twin Falls Boat shuttle ($12.50) are also part of our tour price.
Fees will be increasing from the 1st of April 2016 so we will be revising our tour prices to ensure a minimal as possible increase.
What will change from 1 April 2016?
NT residents – Kakadu will remain free for Territorians, all year round.
Adults – An adult park pass will be cheaper in the wet season and the cost will be higher in the dry season when more attractions are open.
- In the wet season (November to March), an adult pass will cost $25.
- In the dry season (April to October), an adult pass will cost $40.
Pensioner discount – A pensioner pass will cost $19 in the wet season (November to March) and $30 in the dry season (April to October).
Children – Children 5-15 years will pay half the adult entry fee. This will bring Kakadu into line with most other attractions around Australia. Children four years old and younger will remain free.
- In the wet season (November to March), a child pass will cost $12.50
- In the dry season (April to October), a child pass will cost $20.
Family pass – A new family pass will be introduced, which provides a discount for larger families. A family pass will cost $65 in the wet season (November to March) and $100 in the dry season (April to October). It will cover two adults and two or more children.
Length of stay – Passes will be valid for 7 days (rather than the current 14 days), but can be extended for another 7 days at no charge if required. This better reflects the usual length of stay.
Camping – Camping fees for adults will increase (per night) from $5 to $6 at unmanaged campgrounds (with drop toilets) and from $10 to $15 at managed campgrounds (hot showers and toilets).
Children (5-15 years) will pay half the adult price – $3 per night for unmanaged campgrounds and $7.50 per night for managed campgrounds. Children four and under remain free.
A new family camping rate will be introduced, at $15 for unmanaged campgrounds and $38 for managed campgrounds (per night). This covers two adults and two or more children, offering around a 15 per cent discount.
Remote campgrounds remain free (no toilet facilities).
For more information, click here.
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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