Tour ID: 10063118
Tour departs Darwin on saturdays between May- October 2018
Day 1 (L)
We’ll pick you up at 7.30am from your Darwin accommodation for your 5 day 4WD tour to Kakadu, Katherine and Litchfield- the 3 main parks of the Top End.
Travelling along the Stuart and Arnhem highways, we enter the wetlands region and make our way to Fogg Dam Conservation Reserve. Beautiful Fogg Dam is home to a large variety of animals and birds, which makes it internationally significant.
We now drive to World Heritage listed Kakadu National park, which is Australia’s largest national park and home to some of the world’s finest rock art, around one third of Australia’s bird species and a variety of animals that live in the diverse range of habitats, including floodplains and savannah woodlands.
Our first stop in Kakadu is Ubirr, in the very north of the park. As well as the fantastic galleries of aboriginal rock art, which your guide will interpret, it also offers a spectacular view over the Nadab floodplain and the Arnhemland escarpment, from the lookout at the end of the walk.
After a look around the Bowali visitors centre, we make our way to our accommodation for the next 2 nights. Dinner can be purchased at one of the nearby restaurants.
Overnight accommodation – Anbinik Resort, fan- cooled Bush Bungalows with louvres, fridge, tea / coffee and private external en-suite- a few steps from your bungalow.
Upgrade to an Anbinuk Suite (motel room style) with air-con, TV, fridge, tea / coffee, private outdoor deck and private en-suite (please note the shower is outdoor in your private courtyard), for an extra $70 per person twin share and $140 single, per night. Please enquire upon booking to avoid disappointment.
OR upgrade to a hotel room with en-suite at the Mercure Crocodile Hotel for an extra $125 per person twin share and $215 single, per night. Please enquire upon booking to avoid disappointment. Buffet breakfast is included with this option.
(2 night stay)
Day 2 (B,L)
We spend this morning in the Nourlangie Area and firstly at Nourlangie Rock, an Aboriginal shelter home to a variety of rock which you’ll explore on an interpretive walk with your guide. Then onto Nawalandja lookout, where a short walk leads to a magnificent view over the Nourlangie Rock and Anbangbang Billabong.
After lunch we make our way to Maguk (Barramundi Gorge and falls). The dirt road in is littered with hundreds of termite mounds and after a pleasant walk through a paperbark forest, we reach Maguk waterfall. Here we can have a swim in the plungepool- the perfect way to cool off !
Our final activity today is a 2 hour sunset cruise on Yellow Waters billabong, which is home to a huge variety of birds and the impressive estuarine crocodile.
Overnight accommodation – Anbinik Resort, fan- cooled Bush Bungalows or upgrade choice
Day 3 (B,L)
We start today with an insight into the Aboriginal culture of Kakadu at the Warradjan Aboriginal Cultural Centre.
Our final destination in the park is in the very south of Kakadu and we drive to Gunlom (Waterfall Creek), on an unsealed dirt road. Gunlom has a huge plunge pool which is great for a swim or you can walk to the top of the falls for a swim in the rockpools and a fantastic view over the surrounding country.
We’ll leave Kakadu via the southern entry and travel south to Katherine, with a stop en-route in historic Pine Creek.
We reach Katherine township and continue to Nitmiluk Gorge, where 13 spectacular gorges have been carved out of the rock by monsoonal rains, over millennia.
Dinner tonight will be a poolside dinner.
Overnight permanent camp – Nitmiluk Gorge, in fixed safari tents with proper beds and shared bathrooms
OR Upgrade to a 1 or 2 bedroom cabin with en-suite for an additional cost (varies depending which cabin you choose).Please enquire when booking, to avoid disappointment.
Day 4 (B,L)
You’ve seen some Aboriginal rock art on this tour and this morning it’s time to produce your own, on a hands on cultural experience. A local Aboriginal artist will start with an introduction on his life and Aboriginal life in general, before you make your own painting under his supervision. This painting is yours to keep as an souvenir of your holiday. You’ll also be able to have a go at lighting a fire the traditional way as well as spear throwing.
After lunch you’ll cruise for 2 hours through Nitmiluk Gorge, where you will learn of Jawoyn people culture and their connection to the gorge, while you relax and enjoy some beautiful scenery.
We head north again to the township of Adelaide and Mt Bundy Station, which is our accommodation tonight. Set amongst termite mounds and next to the river, Mt Bundy is home to an array of animals including wallabies, cattle, horses and water buffalo and also has an interesting history.
Overnight accommodation- Mt Bundy Station, Stockmans rooms with shared bathrooms (double or twin share). Family option also available
Day 5 (B,L)
Today is spent swimming and exploring beautiful Litchfield National Park.
We view the amazing magnetic and cathedral termite mounds and can have a swim at Wangi Falls, Florence Falls and Buley Rockholes which are a series of small waterfalls that are a great place to simply sit and relax. There is also a lovely hike along the riverbank from Florence Falls to Buley Rockholes,
Mid- afternoon, we depart Litchfield and begin our drive back to Darwin, arriving at approximately 5.30pm. You will be dropped off at your accommodation.
END OF TOUR
Seat in 4WD vehicle, 4 nights accommodation, meals as indicated, Kakadu park entry fee, Sunset Yellow Waters cruise, 2 hour Nitmiluk (Katherine) Gorge cruise, hand- on cultural experience in Katherine.
Single room is an additional $350 in 2018. Single travelers must have single safari tent / room and pay single supplement.
7:30 AM Sat
Tours depart Darwin and pick up will be from your city hotel at approx 7.30am- please advise your hotel upon booking.
1L water bottle, per person,
Clothes and personnal items,
Medication- please notify guide on pick up if you need any medication to be refrigerated.,
Camera and spare batteries or charger,
Insect repellant - we recommend ‘Bushmans’ in a spray can,
Wide Brimmed hat,
Good walking boots/ shoes/sandals,
warm clothing for the evenings such as fleece or thermals
This tour is not suitable for children under the age of 6. Child fare is valid for children between 6-15 years
Please advise us of any dietry requirements at time of booking
Darwin, Adelaide River, Kakadu National Park, Katherine Gorge, Litchfield National Park and Ubirr
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