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Kakadu's Ancient Secrets

Duration
5 Days
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US$ 2,643

Learn about ancient traditions and explore lush national parks on this journey through Australia’s Top End. Cruise alongside crocodiles and exotic birds along the Corroboree Billabong, gaze upon millennia-old rock paintings at Nourlangie in Kakadu National Park, and try your hand at traditional painting in Katherine while enjoying luxury accommodations in idyllic settings.


This 5-day small group escorted vacation takes you around the national parks and ancient sites of Australia’s Top End, with a maximum of 20 guests and staying in boutique luxury accommodation.

Your Australian vacation begins in Darwin, the tropical city where the Outback meets civilization. Soak in the city’s atmospheric blend of Southeast Asian, Indigenous, and Australian cultures before heading south to Litchfield National Park to swim beneath Florence Falls and learn about the ancient Indigenous traditions of the area at Wangi Falls. Continue on to Mary River, passing through cattle country and rugged Outback, where you’ll take a wildlife cruise along the Corroboree Billabong, spotting exotic birds and crocodiles across the impressive floodplains. Head east to enter Kakadu National Park, the country’s largest national park.

Kakadu National Park catapulted to fame after the release of Crocodile Dundee in the 1980s and has continued to amaze Globetrotters ever since with its diverse wildlife and landscapes. The park is home to over 70 mammal species and 280 bird species, accounting for about a third of Australia’s entire bird population. Marvel at the wallabies and saltwater crocodiles that wander the park before watching the sunset at Ubirr. At Nourlangie, marvel at the ancient rock paintings of extinct Tasmanian tigers and the Creation myths, which are some of the oldest artworks on the planet. Dip south to Katherine to cruise down the Katherine River, swim in the pools beneath Edith Falls, and try your hand at traditional Indigenous arts like brushing with a reed brush called a julk. Then return to Darwin to close out your exploration of the Top End.


 

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Duration
5 Days
Prices From:
US$ 2,643

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Day 1

Litchfield National Park to Mary River

Welcome to Darwin! This morning, meet your local Driver Guide and board your luxury 4WD vehicle to begin your journey of discovery in the Top End. Travel across the Finniss River to Litchfield National Park. You'll enjoy a swim to cool off at tumbling Florence Falls and you'll also visit Wangi Falls, surrounded by tropical monsoon rainforest and hear about its importance in Aboriginal custom before stopping for lunch. Get ready for a cross-country journey via the unsealed Marrakai Track (seasonally accessible), through cattle stations and back country to The Mary River region. Late-afternoon you'll arrive at Wildman Wilderness Lodge, where you'll stay in private permanent safari tents. Situated in the Mary River Wetlands and renowned for its incredible wildlife, the property seamlessly combines comfort and chic with the beauty of the surrounding landscape. Enjoy a beverage while the sun sets over the floodplains and after dinner maybe sit back with a nightcap by the fire pit.

Meal Plan Lunch and Dinner
Duration1 Night
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Wildman Wilderness Lodge

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    Wildman Wilderness Lodge



    Amidst the lush wilderness of Australia's breathtaking Top End, Wildman Wilderness Lodge offers an extraordinary wetlands safari experience, situated in the Mary River Wetlands area half way between Darwin and Kakadu National Park. Wildman is a small-scale, high quality safari lodge featuring a variety of ...

    Amidst the lush wilderness of Australia's breathtaking Top End, Wildman Wilderness Lodge offers an extraordinary wetlands safari experience, situated in the Mary River Wetlands area half way between Darwin and Kakadu National Park. Wildman is a small-scale, high quality safari lodge featuring a variety of boutique and environmentally sensitive touring options, including tours of Kakadu National Park and cruising on the Mary River. Its teeming wildlife and unique tours a world far removed from your own, yet with all the modern comforts of great accommodation, delicious meals and wine to enjoy at the end of each day.

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    • Conference Facilities
    • Lounge(s)
    • Pool (s)
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Day 2

Mary River to Kakadu

Wake up to the evocative sounds of the floodplains. Head out to Corroboree Billabong and enjoy a wonderful wildlife cruise. You'll join local, Scotty Mac on his safari style boat to see a myriad of different bird species, spot estuarine crocodiles and simply enjoy the stunning Mary River floodplains system. Next stop is Australia's largest National Park -- Kakadu. World Heritage listed, as both a cultural and natural sanctuary, Kakadu National Park is an Australian icon. Visit park headquarters, Bowali Visitors Centre then check in to your hotel where the buildings are shaped to represent a crocodile -- the region's most famous resident! Relax and unwind with a refreshing dip in the hotel's shaded outdoor pool or even wander through the on-site art gallery before you join your Driver Guide on a sun set walk at Ubirr rock art site. You'll see ancient rock art and take a walk to discover remarkable views over the surrounding wetlands and escarpments from the fantastic vantage point, Nadab lookout. An Ubirr sunset is something that has to be seen to be believed, you will remember it forever. Return to your hotel for a delicious dinner.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Duration1 Night
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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.

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    • 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 3

Kakadu to Katherine Gorge

If you're an early riser there's a chance to take an early morning scenic flight over Kakadu and Arnhem Land, or, perhaps you might just want to sleep in before your day of activities. This morning you'll visit Nourlangie to see its fascinating Aboriginal rock art for yourself. You'll also hear first-hand from your Driver Guide a detailed interpretation of the art and the rich Aboriginal culture as you explore the various outdoor 'galleries' with art that dates back some 20,000 years. Later you'll veer off the sealed road and onto a gravel track for a scenic cross-country journey to Gunlom Falls. You'll have time to take a hike to the top of the falls for a splash in picturesque natural plunge pool where you're awarded with spectacular views over the National Park. Take in the natural beauty of the area while you enjoy a picnic lunch. This afternoon you continue through Katherine to Nitmiluk National Park. Indulge in five-star luxury at Cicada Lodge, a stunning architect designed eco-lodge surrounded by nature, where each room has a private balcony that opens to the glories of Nitmiluk National Park.

Meal Plan Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Duration2 Nights
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Cicada Lodge

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    Cicada Lodge, a luxury lodge perfectly positioned as your base from which to explore Nitmiluk Gorge and its ancient landscape. 300km south of Darwin along the Stuart Highway and 32km from Katherine town centre, the Lodge is nestled in natural bush, high above the ancient ...

    Cicada Lodge, a luxury lodge perfectly positioned as your base from which to explore Nitmiluk Gorge and its ancient landscape.

    300km south of Darwin along the Stuart Highway and 32km from Katherine town centre, the Lodge is nestled in natural bush, high above the ancient waterways of the Katherine River system.

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Day 4

Katherine

Today meet Manual Pamkal who will welcome you with a traditional welcoming tune on the didgeridoo. Manual was born and raised immersed in his rich traditional culture. He'll share with you stories of growing up in the bush and teach you the fine art of rarrk painting using a special brush from a reed called Julk. Call up the inner artist within you and paint your own masterpiece to take home! Journey to Mataranka for a swim in the relaxing natural spring fed thermal pool. The pool is said to have the power to soothe your aches and pains and bubbles up at a fairly constant 34 degrees. Just glorious! This evening, relax on a special dinner cruise along Katherine River. You'll marvel at the gorges while you spot wildlife and learn about the history and culture of the local Jawoyn people. Enjoy the peaceful ambiance during the candle-lit three course dinner cook on board your boat.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Dinner
Day 5

Katherine to Darwin

This morning, either have a lay in or take the opportunity to grab a canoe for a paddle on the river. It's the most relaxing way to experience the National Park, completely immersed in nature in the mystical morning light. Travel north along the Stuart Highway stopping at Edith Falls along the way for a relaxing dip. Continue to Adelaide River War Cemetery. During WWII, Adelaide River was the headquarters to a large military base and a large cemetery was created especially for those who gave their lives in the service and defense of their country. Your Inspiring Journey concludes on arrival in Darwin.

Meal Plan Breakfast and Lunch

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DEPARTURES:

2017: Apr 23; May 7, 21; Jun 4, 11, 18, 25; Jul 2, 9, 16, 23, 30; Aug 6, 13, 20, 27; Sep 10, 17, 24; Oct 8, 15.

2018: Apr 22; May 6, 20; Jun 3, 10, 17, 24; Jul 1, 8, 15, 22, 29; Aug 5, 12, 19, 26; Sep 9, 16, 23, 30; Oct 7, 14.

PRICE INCLUDES:

  • 4 nights' accommodation
  • Transport in luxury coach or 4WD vehicles
  • Services of Tour Driver Guide
  • Meals as indicated
  • Touring listed in itinerary
  • Airport transfers
  • Complimentary select refreshments throughout the journey

PRICE EXCLUDES:

  • Travel insurance
  • International and domestic airfare & airfare taxes
  • Visa fees if applicable
  • Meals and beverages not mentioned
  • Gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:

Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please inquire.

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14 Oct 2018
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