Tour ID: 10063535
Arrival day into Darwin (D)
Upon arrival into Darwin, please make your way to our accommodation at Lee Point. Taxis are available or the hotel may be able to collect you if you arrange this in advance.
Our accommodation is close to Lee Point and beach and the rest of the day is at your leisure, before, in the early evening, we take a drive to Lee Point for some sunset photography and you’ll get the opportunity to meet your fellow travellers.
This evening at dinner, your driver guide and tour escort will run through the itinerary and answer any questions you may have.
Overnight accommodation- Club Tropical Resort at Lee Point, Motel room with en- suite, TV,air-con, tea / coffee facilities, fridge and outdoor seating.
Touring Day 1 (B,L,D) - Sunday 23rd Sept
A 6.30am start today, as we drive to Fogg Dam Conservation Reserve for some early morning photography and to view the bird life (as well as breakfast !). Beautiful Fogg Dam is home to a large variety of animals and birds, which makes it internationally significant. 230 bird species have been listed in this area by The Australian Bird Atlas including Brolga, Jabiru, Comb Crested Jacana, Sacred Kingfishers, Royal Spoonbills, Crimson finches, Double Barred Finches, Rainbow Bee-Eaters and the Rainbow Pitta.
We can view the wetland birds as we drive across the dam wall, stopping at the various lookouts and there are also a couple of woodland walk options to choose from - either the 2.7k Monsoon Forest Walk or the 2.2km Woodlands to Waterlily Walk.
We now make our way to our accommodation at the Mary River Wilderness Retreat and after lunch, you’ll have some free time. The park is located on the banks of the Mary River and is home to both woodland and wetland birds. There are several walks you can take here or you can just relax in your room or on your deck.
We finish today on a PRIVATE 2 hour sunset cruise (just our group !) on Corroboree Billabong, which is part of the Mary River. This pretty billabong offers heaps of crocodiles, lillies and a great variety of wetland birds.
Overnight accommodation- Mary River Wilderness Retreat- Bush Bungalow with en-suite, air-con, tea / coffee facilities, fridge and outdoor seating.
Touring Day 2 (B,L,D) - Monday 24th Sept
Surrounded by nature, this morning is an ideal opportunity to take a wander around the retreat grounds, when the birds and wildlife are most active.
This morning we drive to World Heritage listed Kakadu National park, 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 today are the beautiful Mamukala Wetlands, in the South Alligator Region. Home to an array of wetland birds including thousands of Magpie Geese, Wandering and Whistling Ducks, Green- Pygmy Geese and Australian Pelicans, the wetlands can be viewed from an observation platform.
We need to stop briefly at the Bowali Visitor Centre (a permit condition for Photography groups), and then continue to the very north of the park and Ubirr. Your guide will interpret the rock art for you as we wander around the various galleries and at the end of the walk, you’ll get a spectacular view over the Nadab floodplain and the Arnhemland escarpment.
We have a special experience this evening for you- we are guests of the Bunitj Clan who are the traditional custodians of the Cannon Hill region. Our accommodation tonight is an exclusive, indigenous owned safari camp called Hawk Dreaming, located in a restricted and culturally significant area of Kakadu.
While dinner is being prepared, you’ll experience an exclusive tour to nearby rock art sites and the red lily billabong. Enjoy drink and nibbles while you soak up a spectacular sunset on the escarpment and over the wetlands.
Overnight camp- Hawk Dreaming safari camp in safari tents with en-suites on Dinner, Bed and Breakfast (DBB) basis
There is no air-con here but tents are fly screened allowing the cool air into the tents and they also have ceiling fans.
Touring Day 3 (B,L,D) - Tuesday 25th Sept
We continue our journey through Kakadu today and travel to Nourlangie Rock.
Your guide will lead you on an interpretive walk around this ancient Aboriginal shelter to view the rock art sites and hear the stories and meanings behind them.
To escape the heat of the day, we’ll now make our way to our accommodation at Cooinda, in the centre of the park. You have some free time here to take a wander around the garden grounds, take an optional scenic flight (extra cost), or simply relax in your room.
We finish the day at Angbangbang Billabong and Nawalandja lookout. You’ll see a variety of birds at Angbangbang Billabong and a loop walk around the billabong is available. Nawalandja lookout offers a magnificent view over the billabong and Nourlangie Rock.
Overnight accommodation in Kakadu- Kakadu Lodge Cooinda, motel rooms with en-suites, TV, air-con, tea / coffee facilities, fridge and outdoor seating. The rooms are set in garden surrounds.
Touring Day 4 (B,L,D) - Wednesday 26th Sept
Another early start today (but well worth it !) for our PRIVATE sunrise Yellow Waters Billabong cruise. The billabong is home to saltwater crocodiles and at least 60 bird species, as well as other wildlife.
After breakfast we drive south to Maguk (Barramundi Gorge and waterfall), reached by an unsealed dirt road littered with termite mounds ! A lovely walk through a paperbark forest and then along the pandanus lined creek, leads us to the gorge and waterfall, which is perfect for a swim.
This evenings accommodation is in the historic town of Pine Creek, located just outside the boundry of Kakadu. The township is one of the best places in Australia to see the rare Hooded Parrot and other birds that frequent the area are Rainbow Lorikeets, Blue Faced Honey Eaters and species of finch including the Blood Finch, Gouldian Finch, Masked Finch and Zebra Finch. Close to our hotel, the water gardens and park grounds are a great place for bird watching, especially in the early evening before the sun sets. The railway museum is also only a short walk from our hotel.
Overnight accommodation - Pine Creek Hotel, motel rooms with en-suites, TV, air-con, tea / coffee facilities and fridge.
Touring Day 5 (B,L,D) - Thursday 27th Sept
Today we make our way to Nitmiluk Gorge, just outside the township of Katherine.
En-route we visit Umbrawarra Gorge, just south of Pine Creek, accessed by 4WD only. The morning is a great time for bird watching and photography, as birds congregate in certain areas to drink from the waterhole.
We reach Katherine and then continue out to Nitmiluk Gorge, home to 13 spectacular gorges, carved out of the rock by torrential summer rains, over millions of years. Once we’ve checked in, you have some free time – perhaps take a walk to the gorge lookout, , have a swim at the resort pool, relax in your room or enjoy the nature that surrounds the resort, which is home to a variety of birds and heaps of wallabies !
We have a special way to finish the day today- on a sunset dinner cruise through Nitmiluk Gorge. As you cruise through this magnificent gorge with the sun setting, discover the customs and stories of the traditional land owners, the Jawoyn people.
Overnight accommodation at Nitmiluk Gorge- Cicada Lodge, with en-suite, air-con, TV, tea / coffee, fridge and full length louvered doors to private balconies- a great place to spot birds and enjoy the view.
Touring Day 6 (B,L,D) - Friday 28th Sept
You’ll have the chance for an optional (extra cost) helicopter flight this morning.
We now head north again towards our accommodation for this evening, Mt Bundy Station.
En- route we visit Leilyn (Edith Falls), where you can have a swim in the large plungepool or take a walk over the falls to the rockpools above. For non- swimmers, you may like to take a walk around the garden surrounds , where you may spot Hooded Parrot, Gouldian, Long-Tailed and Masked Finches, Black-tailed Treecreeper and Golden-headed Cisticola.
We reach Mt Bundy Station mid- afternoon and you have plenty of time to look around before dinner. Termite mounds, horses, cattle, water buffalo, wallabies, peacocks and more- this working cattle station is great for photography and has an interesting history with many original buildings still being used today.
Dinner tonight will be served at the Cheeky Bull Bar at Mt Bundy !
Overnight accommodation at Mt Bundy- rooms with air-con. There is a mix of double, twin and single rooms and bathrooms are shared (2 bathrooms per building- suggest 1 male and 1 female)
Touring Day 7 (B,L,D) - Saturday 29th Sept
Our last park of the Top End to explore, is the beautiful Litchfield National Park.
We can swim at Wangi Falls, Florence Falls and Buley Rockholes as well as having the option to take the short and pretty walk along the riverbank from Florence Falls to Buley Rockholes.
We’ll also view the amazing magnetic and cathedral termite mounds.
Departing Litchfield mid- afternoon, we’ll arrive back into Darwin at approximately 6pm and this evening we have our final dinner together.
Overnight accommodation in Darwin- Double Tree by Hilton Darwin- hotel room with en-suite, TV, air-con, tea / coffee and fridge.
Departure day from Darwin (B)
At your leisure, please make your way to Darwin Airport for your departure flight- taxis and an airport shuttle are available.
Alternatively, you may like to stay an additional night or 2 in Darwin and extra nights at the hotel can be booked on a B & B basis, through us for $155 per person twin share and $260 single.
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B= Breakfast L= Lunch D= Dinner
Seat in 4WD vehicle, with professional driver guide and photgraphy tour escort, All meals as stated, snacks, fruit and iced water in the vehicle at all times, 8 nights accommodation, as stated, PRIVATE Mary River Wetlands sunset cruise, PRIVATE (our group only) sunrise Yellow Waters Cruise, Kakadu National park entry fee, Nitmiluk (Katherine) Gorge dinner cruise
Single room is an additional $810. Single travelers must have single room and pay single supplement if a person of the same sex, willing to twin share, cannot be found.
4:30 PM Sat
Holiday includes 1 night pre-tour accommodation at Club Tropical Resort at Lee Point Darwin so tour starts from there
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,
This tour is not suitable for children
Please advise us of any dietry requirements at time of booking
Darwin, Kakadu National Park, Katherine Gorge, Litchfield National Park, Mary River Wetlands and Ubirr
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