Australia immediately conjures images of the Sydney Opera House, the Great Barrier Reef, big-wave surfing, miles of Outback and a rather strange, and endearing, assortment of animals. While the country’s main cities offer charm, glamour, unique festivals, a well-preserved historical heritage, fabulous beaches and fun events, it’s also a land of immense contrast and captivating nature. The nation offers something for just about everyone – from water lovers, desert wanderers and canyon climbers, to arts and culture buffs, historians, and foodies. The country’s vast size makes it almost impossible to take it all in during a single visit, but you can pick and choose a perfect holiday according to your personal preferences.
After breakfast we make our way to Nourlangie Rock, an ancient Aboriginal shelter, where we will explore the area and the rock art. Your guide will lead you on an interpretive walk around the site, followed by Nawalandja lookout. The short hike to the lookout is rewarded by a magnificent view over the Arnhemland escarpment. Our next stop is Maguk (Barramundi Gorge and falls). Termite mounds are abundant along the dirt road that takes us to the Maguk car park and from there, we take a walk through a paperbark forest to reach the gorge. Once we reach the gorge and waterfall, we can have a refreshing swim in the plungepool. Finally, late this afternoon, board the sunset Yellow Waters wetlands cruise. Yellow Waters billabong is located at the end of Jim Jim Creek, a tributary of the South Alligator River. This is the largest river system in Kakadu and contains extensive wetlands, including river channels, floodplains and backwater swamps. About one third of Australia's bird species are represented in Kakadu National Park, with at least 60 species found in these wetlands. There are also plenty of crocodiles in their natural habitat, and buffalo on the floodplains.
Our first stop today is the Warradjan Aboriginal Cultural Centre, for an insight into the cultural heritage of the park. Then we travel to Gunlom (Waterfall Creek), in the very south of the park. After a scenic drive in, on an unsealed dirt road, we reach a large plunge pool at the base of the falls. You also have the option to take the walk to the top of the falls where pristine rockpools and a spectacular view await you. Departing Kakadu through the southern entrance, we now head south to Katherine, with a stop en-route in historic Pine Creek. Our destination this afternoon is Nitmiluk Gorge, home to 13 spectacular gorges, carved out of the rock by torrential summer rains, over millions of years. Dinner tonight will be served poolside at Nitmiluk Gorge.
We start today with a hands on cultural experience at the Katherine Art Gallery. Activities on offer include sitting down with resident artist, Manuel who will tell you tales of tribal life, language, the hunting and gathering techniques, ceremony, weapons used and aboriginal contemporary life. Experience your own Rarrk painting with Manuel and you will also have an opportunity to participate in one of the traditional hunting activities (firelighting, spear throwing etc.). After lunch you’ll cruise through Nitmiluk Gorge for 2 hours, viewing the beautiful scenery and discovering the customs of the traditional owners, the Jawoyn people. This evenings accommodation is at Mt Bundy Station. The station has an interesting history and is set in a picturesque bush setting, attracting a multitude of wildlife. There should be time this evening for a walk around the station, a swim in the pool or you can visit the station animals. Overnight accommodation- Mt Bundy Station, Stockmans rooms with shared bathrooms (double or twin share). Family option also available
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.
- Seat in 4WD vehicle, with professional driver guide
- Meals as stated
- 2 nights In jabiru
- 1 night in Nitmiluk/Katherine
- Sunset Yellow Waters Cruise
- 2 hour cruise at Nitmiluk (Katherine) Gorge
- Cultural experience in Katherine
- Kakadu National park entry fee
- Arrival/departure flights
- Pre & Post tour accommodation ( Hotel in Darwin not included)
- Travel Insurance
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