Australia’s Top End and the Kimberley await with adventures to be had, Dreamtime culture to enlighten and glorious nature to explore. Take in a sumptuous seafood buffet whilst admiring the sunset over Darwin Harbour, discover Ubirr rock art in Kakadu, soar above the Bungle Bungles, unearth the Argyle Diamond Mine, cruise Geikie Gorge then finish with a sunset camel ride on stunning Cable Beach.
12th May 2019
8th June 2019
31st July 2019
Flights arrive into Darwin Airport where we are met by our local coach captain for the start of a twelve-day adventure of Australia’s Kakadu and Kimberley regions. Our afternoon takes us on a guided cruise of the Darwin shoreline finishing with a visit to the RFDS Museum. We then check-in to our hotel.
2 Night Stay: SKYCITY Hotel & CasinoOR Adina Vibe Apartment Hotel , Darwin
**Bonus!! Free upgrade to Ocean View Rooms at SKYCITY for the first 11 bookings. Selected dates only.
Today we discover Litchfield National Park taking in the inspiring views of Tabletop Range, a sandstone plateau adorned with a curtain of cascading waterfalls. Marvel at the termite mounds and learn how these astonishing structures are built by armies of tiny insects. We then make our way to Florence Falls lookout before making our way to Litchfield Café for lunch. Our afternoon takes us to nearby Wangi Falls, where year-round currents pour into a large swimming hole. Enjoy a refreshing dip before we make our way back to Darwin. This evening we dine out, enjoying a sumptuous seafood buffet whilst admiring the sunset over Darwin Harbour.
Today takes us into World Heritage listed Kakadu National Park. This landscape of contrasts spans over 19,000sq km and will tantalise the senses with its abundance of flora, fauna, dreamtime connections and stunning vistas. We traverse the Magela floodplains and pass spectacular escarpments to the Aboriginal rock art site of Ubirr, where our guide takes us through the natural stone galleries giving an insight into the culture associated with these intriguing works of art. Discover paintings of spirit characters and the famous x-ray art depicting the internal structure of some of the animals of this country.
**Please note: Strict Level 3 active fitness level required today.
2 Night Stay: Mercure Kakadu Crocodile Hotel, Jabiru
Taking to the skies we enjoy a 30-minute scenic flight over the Archway, Arnhem land escarpments, East Alligator Valley, Mikinj Valley billabongs and Magela floodplains. In Jabiru we visit the Bowali Visitor Centre and the Warradjan Aboriginal Cultural Centre, then lunch at Cooinda Lodge before embarking on a Yellow Water wetlands cruise, taking in part of the South Alligator River floodplain. Birdlife includes tiny azure kingfishers and white-bellied sea eagles, long-legged brolgas, jabirus and masses of magpie geese which migrate to Kakadu each dry season. Buffalo and brumbies roam the area and it’s Crocodylus central with an estimated four crocodiles per 100sqm.
We leave the mighty Kakadu and travel to Pine Creek for lunch at the unique Lazy Lizard Tavern which is constructed from termite mound mud bricks. There’s time to discover this quirky Northern Territory icon before we make our way to the picturesque and refreshing Edith Falls then travel on to Katherine.
1 Night Stay: Ibis Styles, Katherine
Enjoy a guided gorge cruise on the tranquil calm green waters of the Katherine River taking in some of the park’s 13 gorges. We then venture west along the Victoria Highway, stopping for lunch at Victoria River Crossing, before moving into the East Kimberley region. From here we continue on, breaking at Timber Creek then cross the WA border into Kununurra.
2 Night Stay: Kimberley Grande Resort, Kununurra
A relaxed and awe-inspiring day today as we cruise the famous Ord River with its majestic appeal, rugged landscapes and plentiful wildlife. After lunch we return through Durack country to Kununurra for a free afternoon.
Today we take to the skies on a breathtaking scenic flight over Lake Argyle, the Bungle Bungle Rangeand the Argyle Diamond Mine. Next we parallel the Durack Range to Halls Creek on the northern edge of the Great Sandy Desert and Tanami Desert, and the site of Western Australia’s first gold discovery.
1 Night Stay: Halls Creek Motel, Halls Creek
This morning we travel through the open grasslands of the cattle stations to Fitzroy Crossing. We take time for lunch at the Fitzroy River Lodge, stretch our legs and then continue on to Danggu Geikie Gorge to take a cruise on the Fitzroy River. Witness the spectacular geography of the area, freshwater crocodiles and abundant birdlife, and gain insight into the Kimberley region’s rich indigenous history and culture.
1 Night Stay: Fitzroy River Lodge, Fitzroy Crossing
Heading west we arrive at the township of Derby, the first town settled in the Kimberley, and home of the Boab Tree. We break for lunch here before continuing on to Broome, affectionally known as the ‘pearl of the north’.
2 Night Stay: Oaks Resort, Broome
We visit Willie Creek Pearl Farm to discover how the Australian South Sea Cultured Pearl is produced, followed by a visit to the Pearl Luggers Museum and Broome Cemetery. This afternoon we take a camel safari ride along famous Cable Beach.
**Please note: 95kg weight restrictions apply to camel ride.
Enjoy breakfast at your leisure before being transferred to the airport where we say our goodbyes and take our respective flights home
**Pre-Darwin and Post-Broome extensions can be arranged and must be confirmed in writing at time of booking**
Non-refundable deposit of $1200pp required within 14 days of making booking to secure your reservation. N.B. This package is subject to a fuel levy without notice for air and coach components.
Horizontal Waterfalls Extender includes:
Plus $1248pp Twin Share, Plus $1404 Sole Use
**120kg max weight restriction per person – dates available on request**
B = Full Breakfast MT = Morning Tea L = Lunch AT = Afternoon Tea D = Two Course Dinner
Passengers must be able to: