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Kakadu & Katherine Gorge

Duration
3 Days
Prices From:
US$ 852

Australia’s Northern Territory offers an outback experience like no other.


There’s plenty of Australian history to discover in Darwin, but this 3 day visit to the surrounding wilderness takes you to see the real Northern Territory.

Hop the famous Jumping Crocodile Cruise to see one of the world’s most fearsome and ancient predators in flight. Visit the Bowali Visitor Centre and perhaps take a flight over Kakadu National Park. Kakadu is a true natural and cultural wonder, where you’ll see Aboriginal rock art and a wealth of bird species. In the afternoon, you’ll reach Katherine, a historic town ‘where the outback meets the tropics.’ Cruise through Katherine Gorge to Edith Falls, a breathtaking (and crocodile-free) swimming spot before returning to Darwin.


 

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Duration
3 Days
Prices From:
US$ 852

Itinerary

Day 1

Darwin to Kakadu

Cruise on the Adelaide River, home to over 1,600 crocodiles, on the Jumping Crocodile cruise. See these prehistoric creatures up-close as your local guide entices the crocodiles to leap out of the water. Then you'll travel into Kakadu National Park. Covering more than 20,000 square kilometres, World Heritage listed Kakadu. The combination of mangrove fringed coastal areas, expansive flood plains, lowland hills, and open woodland and forest habitats, make Kakadu one of the most diverse landscapes you'll ever experience. It's home to a myriad of animals, hundreds of bird species and thousands of different insects and plants. Enjoy lunch in Kakadu National Park before a stop at the Bowali Visitor Centre. Continue to Ubirr, where you'll climb up through the ancient Aboriginal rock art galleries, believed to be 20,000 years old, to the lookout for a spectacular view over the surrounding wetlands.

Meal Plan Lunch
Duration1 Night
Accommodation

Mercure Kakadu Crocodile Hotel

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    Mercure Kakadu Crocodile Hotel



    From the marble foyer to the uniquely shaped exterior, Mercure Kakadu Crocodile Hotel is a cool retreat in the midst of Kakadu National Park's wilderness. Just a two and a half hour drive from Darwin, Mercure Kakadu Crocodile Hotel is the only full service hotel ...

    From the marble foyer to the uniquely shaped exterior, Mercure Kakadu Crocodile Hotel is a cool retreat in the midst of Kakadu National Park's wilderness. Just a two and a half hour drive from Darwin, Mercure Kakadu Crocodile Hotel is the only full service hotel for Kakadu accommodation and is the ideal base to explore the Ubirr, Nourlangie and Jim Jim areas of Kakadu.

    Facilities

    • Bar(s)
    • Barbeques (BBQ)
    • Bellman/Porters
    • Business Centre
    • Concierge
    • Conference Facilities
    • Gift Shop
    • Laundry facilities
    • Newsstand
    • Parking
    • Pool (s)
    • Reception (24 hrs)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Room Service
    • Wheelchair Accessible Rooms

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Day 2

Kakadu to Katherine

You'll be mesmerized as you wander around the Nourlangie Rock art site. It has provided shelter to the indigenous people for many thousands of years, and while taking shelter, the rock evolved into a canvas that illustrates the traditional owners very deep spiritual culture. With your Driver Guide, you'll have the opportunity to see many different forms of Aboriginal rock art paintings. The Bininj people are the traditional custodians of Kakadu and now you'll visit the Warradjan Cultural Centre where you will be introduced to their way of life. Later, join your local guide for a cruise on Yellow Water Billabong, Kakadu's most famous wetland. The picturesque yellow waters are home to thousands of saltwater crocodiles and up to 60 species of colourful birdlife. This afternoon travel to Katherine, the third largest town in the Northern Territory.

Meal Plan Lunch
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Ibis Styles Katherine

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    Ibis Styles Katherine



    With 10 acres of lush tropical gardens, the Ibis Styles Katherine makes the perfect base for a busy day of activities. The hotel is in close proximity to all of the main attractions in the area. The property offers 100 comfortable and welcoming rooms.

    With 10 acres of lush tropical gardens, the Ibis Styles Katherine makes the perfect base for a busy day of activities. The hotel is in close proximity to all of the main attractions in the area. The property offers 100 comfortable and welcoming rooms.

    Facilities

    • Bar(s)
    • Games Room
    • Internet Access
    • Pool (s)
    • Restaurant(s)
    • Tennis

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Day 3

Katherine to Darwin

Enjoy an early morning cruise through Katherine Gorge. One of the most visited sites in Australia's Top End, it is a stunning network of thirteen gorges carved from billion year old sandstone that are home to many rapids and falls, flowing from the Katherine River. The cruise will put you at the heart of Katherine Gorge among freshwater crocodiles, wonderful birdlife and some of the most amazing scenery the Northern Territory has to offer. Afterwards proceed to the Nitmiluk Visitor Centre for breakfast. The Display Centre and Heritage Museum features large scale models illustrating the flora, fauna and rock formations of the park. If you would like to purchase your own memory of Nitmiluk, the centre has a range of souvenirs and artefacts handmade by the Jawoyn people. Next stop is Leliyn (Edith Falls). The paperbark and pandanus fringed natural pool at the base of the falls is suitable for swimming throughout most of the year (conditions permitting). Return to Darwin via Pine Creek, an historic gold mining town and stop at the Adelaide River War Cemetery, the resting place for many of those killed in the World War II air raids on Darwin.

Meal Plan Breakfast

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DEPARTURES:

From May – October:Departs Tuesday and Saturday.Similar tours are available from November to April, please enquire for details

PRICE INCLUDES:

Sightseeing as indicated, meals as indicated by BLD, accommodation for 2 nights

TB AATKINGDAR14CO: DG42S
28 Oct 2017
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