Venture off the beaten path to explore highlights of Australia’s northernmost section, known as the Top End. On this diverse, 3-day tour from Darwin, begin by exploring Kakadu National Park, honored by UNESCO as a World Heritage site thanks to its remarkable cultural significance and biodiversity. See saltwater crocodiles and a variety of birdlife on a cruise through the Yellow Water billabong, and marvel at ancient Aboriginal cave paintings in a ‘desert museum.’
In isolated Arnhem Land, learn about the original inhabitants’ strong connection to the land as you visit sacred sites and settlements with an Aboriginal guide, learn bush hunting techniques and encounter native wildlife on an East Alligator River cruise.
Travel by luxury air-conditioned coach and a 4WD vehicle (in Arnhem Land), and choose from three different overnight accommodation options to suit your budget and style. The tour includes all park fees, hotel pickup and drop-off in Darwin and a delicious lunch each day. Please see the Itinerary for details on each day of the tour and accommodation options.Day 1: Darwin - Kakadu National Park - Nourlangie Rock - Yellow Water Wildlife Cruise (L)
Depart Darwin and enter Kakadu National Park, stopping at the Bark Hut for some morning tea (at own expense). Next, travel to Nourlangie Rock Aboriginal art site. Here your guide will talk about the escrapments and the ancient rock art that is found here. You will then enjoy a cold buffet lunch.
After lunch, join a local guide for a 1.5-hour cruise on the Yellow Water billabong. Look for saltwater crocodiles basking in the sun and a colourful range of birdlife for which the region is renowned.
Next, visit the Warradjan Aboriginal Cultural Centre to better understand the park's culture and history.
2 Nights Accommodation: Mercure Crocodile Holiday Inn, Kakadu
Day 2: 4-Wheel Drive into Arnhem Land - Oenpelli Aboriginal Settlement - Mikinj Valley (L)
Travel by 4WD vehicle into Arnhem Land and the Mikinj Valley. Your guide will make stops along the way, showing you different rock artin Arnhem Land, explain about the history of the people in Arnhem Land, how they lived and fed off the land. Hear of traditional land ownership and bush skills from your Aboriginal guide. Visit special ancient Aboriginal art sites, the Oenpelli Aboriginal settlement and the Injalak Arts and crafts centre. Enjoy lunch in Mikinj Valley.
Day 3: Ubirr Art Site - East Alligator River Cruise - Bowali Visitor Centre - Darwin (L)
Travel to Ubirr to explore Aboriginal artwork with your guide. Venture up onto the rock formations for a fantastic view across Kakadu National Park.
Next, join an Aboriginal guide on the Guluyambi Cruise along the East Alligator River, which takes you between Kakadu and Arnhem Land. Learn about the history of the area while spotting crocodiles and birdlife. Your guide will also show you traditional spear-throwing techniques.
After a cold buffet lunch, drive through the town of Janiru before arriving at Bowali Visitor Centre. Depart Kakadu National Park and head back to the city of Darwin.
Hotel Pickup List:
06.05 - Alatai Apartments
06.05 - Argus Apartments
06.10 - Argus Hotel
07.05 - Boomerang Caravan Park
06.05 - Cavanagh Hotel
06.10 - City Garden Apartments
07.10 - Coolalinga Caravan Park
06.00 - Cullen Bay Apartments
06.15 - Darwin Central Hotel
06.05 - Darwin City Edge Motel & Suites
06.50 - Discovery Holiday Park
06.15 - DoubleTree Hilton Darwin
06.15 - DoubleTree Hilton Esplanade Darwin
07.00 - Free Spirit Resort
06.10 - H Hotel
06.50 - Hidden Valley Caravan Park
06.15 - Hilton Darwin
07.05 - Howard Springs Caravan Park (Hwy)
06.05 - Mantra Pandanas
06.15 - Marrakai Apartments
06.15 - Mediterranean
06.15 - Novotel Atrium
07.10 - Oasis Caravan Park
06.15 - Palms City Resort
06.40 - Quest Berrimah
06.50 - Rydges Palmerston
06.00 - SkyCity
06.20 - Transit Centre
06.10 - Travelodge Mirambeena Resort
06.00 - Vibe Waterfront
06.15 - YHA Darwin