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Kakadu's Ancient Secrets

Discover Australia’s wild and untamed Northern Territory state on our five day tour. We’ll navigate thundering waterfalls, sprawling wetlands, lush forests, and ancient Aboriginal culture and artwork.

With a focus on both the Northern Territory’s sublime natural beauty and the fascinating history of the native people, we’ll embark on a trip of a lifetime that’s both action packed and insightful.

Explore Kakadu National Park, a verdant jewel of Australia’s top end. The landscape is packed with glistening billabongs, dramatic canyons and rocky canyons. You’ll discover the vast landscapes in several different ways. This includes by driving a bespoke 4WD, cruising along the wildlife rich waters and hiking a range of terrains.

We’ll spot a diverse variety of fauna, including the beastly crocodiles that cruise slowly beneath the murky waters of Kakadu National Park.

Meet local Aboriginal people and discover the importance of their culture and their connections to the landscape. You’ll observe mesmerising Aboriginal rock art and listen to the rhythmic sounds of the traditional didgeridoo instrument. Hear mystical and magical stories of the Dreamtime that represent Aboriginal people’s spiritual beliefs and pastimes.

There’s time for some relaxing too. Spend evenings watching beautiful sunsets in serene surroundings and take the time to relax in the glimmering natural infinity pool that sits above Gunlom Falls in Kakadu.

Stay overnight in a luxury five star eco lodge to connect with the unique landscapes that surround you. Don’t forget to peek at the shimmering blanket of stars that sparkle above you before you turn in for the evening.

Duration
5 days
Options
Private basis, Escorted
Start your journey
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Trip highlights

  • Discover the dramatic gorges, cascading waterfalls and lush forests of Litchfield and Kakadu National Parks
  • Stay overnight in a five star eco lodge in the Australian bush
  • Learn about Aboriginal culture and art as you explore the native landscapes
  • Spot native animals on a wildlife cruise at Corroboree Billabong
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Begin your Australian adventure in the tropical and humid city of Darwin in the Northern Territory. You’ll greet your local Journey Director before hopping onto your bespoke 4WD drive, ready to explore.

We’ll head to the wetland wonderland of Litchfield National Park. Here you’ll discover how the local Aboriginal people’s ancestral spirits have sculpted the landscapes of the lush national park. Then, it’s time for a cross country ride along the wild and rugged Marrakai Track to reach the Mary River Wetlands.

In the evening, mingle with your fellow travellers at the Welcome Reception, enjoying drinks and canapés followed by dinner. 

 

Suggested Accommodation

  • Wildman Wilderness Lodge
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From the eerie waters of Mary River, we’ll head to Corroboree Billabong, where we’ll embark on a wildlife cruise. With the help of a local and knowledgeable guide, you’ll travel along the floodplains seeking fauna that hide below the lotus covered waters.

Then, it’s time to venture into the depths of the tropical Kakadu National Park, stopping at the Bowali Visitor Centre first. Stretch your legs before hiking to the unique rock art galleries of Ubirr. We’ll reach Nadab Lookout just in time to admire the sun melting into the famous Kakadu floodplains.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Mercure Kakadu Crocodile Hotel
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Kakadu, Northern Territory

The morning is yours to spend at your leisure. Take the time to relax, or alternatively, soar across the skies on an optional scenic flight for panoramic views of the verdant Kakadu National Park below. Then, you’ll reach Nourlangie to observe the fascinating ancient Dreamtime art of the Binij and Mungguy people. The rock art dates back 20,000 years.

Later, steer onto a gravel track for a cross country adventure to the frothy and cascading Gunlom Falls. A trek to the top of the falls will treat you to a dip in the tranquil and natural infinity pool. The water is so clear you can see straight through it.

Tuck into lunch shaded by the towering gum trees. Then, travel onto Nitmiluk National Park where you’ll retreat for the evening in a five star eco lodge.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Cicada Lodge
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This morning, you’ll meet Manuel Pamkal to learn about his passion for the native and traditional culture of playing the didgeridoo. Sit back and enjoy the hypnotic rhythms of the instrument as you allow yourself to connect with the surrounding landscapes.

Discover all about life in the wild bush and try your hand at the fine art of rarrk painting. You’ll paint using a reed brush, crafting your own work of art to take home to serve as a special memento of your time in the bush.

In the evening, embark onto a dinner cruise and discover the rich history and culture of the native Jawoyn people.

Suggested Accommodation

  • Cicada Lodge
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Spend the morning at your leisure, either unwinding at the lodge or taking a short hike in the local area. 

Later, we’ll bid farewell to the dramatic landscapes of Katherine, travelling north along Australia’s renowned Stuart Highway. Stop off to take a dip in the cascading waters of Edith Falls, before reaching the Adelaide River War Cemetery. Here you can pay your respects to the heroes who fought for Australia. 

You’ll soon return to the Northern Territory capital of Darwin, taking with you precious memories of Northern Australia’s spectacular landscapes, wildlife and people.

Included

  • Cost of accommodation (double room based on two people sharing) for a total of 4 nights (alternative but similar accommodation may be used at certain times of the year)
  • 1 bottle of mineral water per person per day
  • Private/small group (air-conditioned) transport / transfers
  • Assistance and porterage: meeting and assistance on arrival/departure at airports and hotels
  • English-speaking local guides for all guided excursions as illustrated in the itinerary
  • Entrance fees (excluding video camera fee) for monuments and palaces and entertainment, and park fees for all guided excursions as illustrated in the itinerary
  • Taxes

Not included

  • International flights and airfare taxes
  • Visa arrangements and fees
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal expenses, such as alcoholic beverages, telephone calls, laundry, camera fees, spa and business facilities in the hotel
  • Video and professional still camera fees during excursions
  • Gratuities for drivers, tour directors, local guides, naturalists and hotel staff
  • Meals (unless specified)
  • Optional attractions and excursions (unless specified)
  • Car hire and insurance