Top End Plus Deluxe - from Darwin

This is the ultimate Top End Adventure and is a must do for those seeking an Indigenous experience. Explore Kakadu National Park by small group 4 x 4, Swim in the clear rock holes and waterfalls of Litchfield National Park, get up close and personal to a crocodile on a Yellow Waters Cruise, spend a day in remote Arnhem Land where you will see Ancient Rock art with an Indigenous guide, see towering escarpments and billabongs full of wildlife. Travel to Nitmiluk National Park (Katherine Gorge) where you can paddle, cruise or walk the gorge and take part in an Indigenous Cultural experience that makes the Top End so unique. Spend your nights in private campsites, cooking over the campfire and marvelling at the clear Southern skies where stars are plenty and stories flow free.

Highlights

  • Saltwater crocodile spotting on a wildlife cruise
  • World Heritage Listed Kakadu National Park
  • Spend a full day in remote Arnhem Land 


Day 1 - Darwin to Kakadu National Park via Litchfield

At an early start from Darwin at approximately 7am we make our way to the first stop of our trip, Litchfield National Park. Known for its great swimming waterfalls, you will get to hike and explore areas such as Florence and Wangi Falls*, where you will also enjoy a picnic lunch. Learn about the intriguing cathedral and magnetic termite mounds, which are abundant in the park, and view the beautiful spring-fed streams and sandstone escarpments.

After lunch it's time to bid the sealed road goodbye, as our true four-wheel-drive adventure begins along Old Jim Jim Road taking us deep into Kakadu National Park. As we pass billabongs and cross several waterways, you have the opportunity to spot some of the great wildlife of the park including amazing birdlife, crocodiles and various reptiles.

In the evening we spend time at our private campsite in Cooinda, enjoying dinner and stories from the day before retiring to your permanent tent. (Lunch & Dinner)


Day 2 - Kakadu National Park

It's a beautiful start to the morning as we embark on a wildlife cruise on the famous Yellow Waters billabong. The Aboriginal-owned award-winning cruise gives us the opportunity to spot some remarkable and diverse wildlife including the iconic crocodile.

We then head to Nourlangie Rock nearby where you can see how the local indigenous people lived in the area through the generations. The environmental and social changes of the area are evident in the rock art and surrounding areas where archaeologists have uncovered over 20,000 years of Aboriginal occupation.

It's then onto the Bowali Visitor Centre which is named after the land owned by the Mirarr clan. The audio-visual presentations will give you in an insight into the Aboriginal art from artists within Kakadu and surrounding areas.

Our final site for the day is Ubirr Rock, a significant cultural site within Kakadu National Park. Here you can view a wide range of Aboriginal rock art which will be explained and interpreted by your guide, including a famous story about the Rainbow Serpent. We climb the Nadab Lookout for excellent views over the surrounding floodplain and into Arnhem Land as the sun sets.

In the evening we spend time at our private campsite enjoying dinner and stories from the day before retiring to your permanent tent. (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)


Day 3

We spend today exploring two of the most popular jewels of Kakadu National Park, the big waterfalls of Twin & Jim Jim, only accessible by four-wheel-drive. To reach Twin Falls we travel over 4WD track and then take a boat shuttle (extra cost as part of your compulsory local payments) followed by a rocky walking track and boardwalk - but it's all worth the effort as we explore this remote waterfall of Kakadu. We then travel through monsoon forests and over boulders to get to Jim Jim Falls, surrounded by 150-metre cliffs. After an awe-inspiring day, we spend one more night in Kakadu at one of our private campsites. (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)

Day 4 - Arnhem Land to Darwin

Today is about insight and intrigue into one of the world's oldest cultures, the Aboriginal people of Australia. Travel into remote Western Arnhem Land with your indigenous guide where you will witness ancient Aboriginal art brought to life at Injalak Hill. The views of the surrounding escarpments will take your breath away, with many listing Arnhem Land as their scenic highlight in the Top End. See indigenous artists showing off their skills at the Injalak Art Centre before you return to Kakadu National Park. Your guide will then return you to cosmopolitan Darwin in the early evening - a big contrast to the areas you have witnessed today, despite Darwin's small-town-feel - while reflecting on the profound effect this magical place has on people. (Breakfast & Lunch)

4 day Camping Adventure - from £659

All prices are per person, and include meals where shown - (B)reakfast, (L)unch (D)inner. Tour departs Mondays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays June to October only. A $52.50 park fee is payable locally. Accommodation is based on permanent tents with twin bedding, linen, towel and pillow. Luggage should be restricted to 10kg in a soft bag or backpack plus a day pack. Seasonal variations may apply - call 0333 234 2889 or enquire now for more details**

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