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Top End Encounter

Northern Territory

Coach
Coach
Eco
Eco
Indigenous experience
Cultural

Tour summary

You'll encounter more of the Top End than expected with 4 nights in Darwin and included touring of the Tiwi Islands and Litchfield National Park plus visits to Mindil Beach Sunset Markets and Cullen Bay, and many amazing Darwin museums and exhibitions. In Kakadu take to the air on a scenic flight, discover Aboriginal rock art and cruise the Yellow Water wetlands to complete your Top End Encounter.

Departure location:
Darwin Airport
Return location:
Darwin Airport
Tour duration:
7
days
Physical rating:
2 - Moderate
Departure dates:

16 June 2022 7 July 2022 14 July 2022 11 August 2022

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Tour pricing

Adult Twin Share
$
4750
pp
Adult Sole Use
$
5880
pp
Deposit:
$1200 per person
Sole Use:
Plus $1130 on Twin Share Price
Green Guest Policy:
Save $30 per person Twin Share or $60 Sole Use
All prices are in AUD. If Covid restricts travel, deposit is refundable or money held in credit (terms and conditions apply).

Additional information

DEPOSIT

  • $1200pp required within 14 days of making booking to secure your reservation.

N.B. Full payment is required 60 days prior to departure.

  • Order of Darwin based tour inclusions will vary based on Mindil Beach Sunset Markets and Tiwi Island excursion schedules.
  • N.B. This package is subject to an additional levy for coach/air/rail component that may be imposed and is out of Fun Over Fifty’s control. Flights are arranged to suit the tour as a group in advance, therefore we cannot book individual preferences or guarantee direct flights.
  • Flights are arranged to suit the tour as a group in advance, therefore we cannot book individual preferences or guarantee direct flights. Gold Class coach may be substituted for local coach operator due to servicing requirements.

Tour inclusions

  • Return economy class flights to Darwin ex Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne or Adelaide
  • Locally operated comfort plus coach travel
  • 4 nights Darwin in 5 star accommodation
  • Mindil Beach Sunset Markets with reserved VIP seating
  • Tiwi Island day tour with local guides visiting Bathurst Island
  • Darwin Military Museum
  • Fannie Bay Gaol
  • Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory with Cyclone Tracy exhibit
  • Cullen Bay specialty seafood buffet dinner watching an iconic Darwin Harbour sunset
  • Litchfield National Park day tour visiting the termite mounds, Florence Falls and Wangi Falls
  • Kakadu National Park
  • Adelaide River; Pine Creek
  • Magela Flood Plains; Nourlangie rock art site
  • 2 nights Kakadu
  • Warradjan Aboriginal Cultural Centre
  • Yellow Water wetlands cruise
  • 30-minute scenic flight of Kakadu and Arnhem Land
  • Bowali Information Centre
  • 16 meals

Additional information

Flights are arranged to suit the tour as a group in advance, therefore we cannot book individual preferences or guarantee direct flights. Gold Class coach may be substituted for local coach operator due to servicing requirements.

This package is subject to an additional levy for coach/air/rail component that may be imposed and is out of Fun Over Fifty’s control. Flights are arranged to suit the tour as a group in advance, therefore we cannot book individual preferences or guarantee direct flights.

Physical rating

2 - Moderate
Passengers must be able to:
  • Participate in walking tours with time to rest at least every 10 minutes
  • Walk confidently on bush tracks and soft sand – mostly level ground
  • Stand for 15 minutes without needing to sit down
  • Tackle a flight of stairs or incline
  • Get on and off transportation multiple times unaided
  • Manage your own luggage
Learn more about our fitness levels

Physical rating

2 - Moderate
Passengers must be able to:
  • Participate in walking tours with time to rest at least every 10 minutes
  • Walk confidently on bush tracks and soft sand – mostly level ground
  • Stand for 15 minutes without needing to sit down
  • Tackle a flight of stairs or incline
  • Get on and off transportation multiple times unaided
  • Manage your own luggage
Learn more about our fitness levels
Flight included
Flight included
Cruise
Cruise
Coach
Coach
Boat
Boat
Scenic flight
Scenic flight
Heritage
Heritage
Eco
Eco
Walking component
Walking component
Local guide
Local guide
Indigenous experience
Indigenous experience
Food & Wine experience
Food & Wine experience
Swimming
Swimming

Itinerary

Departs
Darwin Airport
Returns
Darwin Airport

Day

1

Flights to Darwin

Flight included
Flight included
Walking component
Walking component

Fly into Darwin Airport, where we are met by our local coach captain for the start of our Darwin and Kakadu adventure. Tonight we take a short stroll along the beach to visit the famous Mindil Beach Markets and settle in to our reserved VIP area overlooking 500 metres of golden sand. Choose from over 1200 exotic dishes from the markets, and watch the famous top end sunset whilst soaking up the tropical night air.

**Bonus!! Free upgrade to Ocean View Rooms for the first 11 bookings.

**The walk to Mindil Beach Markets is approximately 500m along the beach front. Dinner is at own expense at markets.

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Morning Tea
Lunch
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Morning Tea
Lunch
Afternoon Tea
Dinner

Day

2

Bathurst Island

Boat
Boat
GGP
GGP
Heritage
Heritage
Indigenous experience
Indigenous experience
Walking component
Walking component

Depart on the ferry from Cullen Bay to Bathurst Island. Upon arrival we meet our local guide who will take us on a journey through the Aboriginal community of Nguiu. Wander through displays of traditional art and see depictions of the Tiwi ‘dreamtime’ stories. Mix with the locals, watching the Tiwi ladies work on their weaving and painting as well as watching their totem dances and smoking ceremony. See the Early Mission Precinct with its unique Tiwi style Catholic Church and discover the history of the early mission days and learn how the Tiwi people have blended their culture with Christianity. Our afternoon takes us to a burial site, hearing about some of the rituals associated with the Pukamani Poles (burial poles).

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Day

3

Darwin

Heritage
Heritage
Local guide
Local guide
Food & Wine experience
Food & Wine experience
GGP
GGP

Today we enjoy some local touring, a relaxing day taking our time to discover the history and culture of Darwin. Our first stop is the Darwin Military Museum, a powerful, immersive, interactive experience telling of the contribution made in northern Australia to our defence during World War II. At Fanny Bay Goal we take a self guided tour and encounter tales of some of the Top End’s most notorious criminals. From here we visit the Northern Territory Museum and Art Gallery to see exhibits depicting the destruction of Cyclone Tracy. Tonight, we dine out feasting on the freshest of seafood whilst overlooking a harbour sunset at Cullen Bay.

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Day

4

Litchfield National Park

Eco
Eco
Walking component
Walking component
Swimming
Swimming
GGP
GGP

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 and Wangi Falls (perfect for a dip), then we make our way back to Darwin. 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.

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Day

5

Kakadu National Park

Eco
Eco
Walking component
Walking component
Indigenous experience
Indigenous experience
Local guide
Local guide
Heritage
Heritage

Travelling south today we visit the historic township of Adelaide River and its’ War Cemetery, established in 1942 after the bombing of Darwin. Then we visit Pine Creek, where gold was discovered in 1871 during the construction of the Overland Telegragh line. Next, our day takes us into World Heritage listed Kakadu National Park. This landscape of contrasts spans over 19,000 sq km and will tantalise the senses with its abundance of flora, fauna, dreamtime connections and stunning vistas. This afternoon we join a local Aboriginal guide for a tour of spectacular rock art sites.

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Mercure Kakadu Crocodile Hotel, Jabiru
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Day

6

Jabiru

Boat
Boat
Eco experience
Eco experience
Indigenous experience
Indigenous experience
Scenic flight
Scenic flight

An adventure packed day awaits today, as we embark on a Yellow Water wetlands cruise, taking in part of the South Alligator River floodplain. Birdlife is prolific with brolgas, jabirus and masses of magpie geese, just to name a few. Next we visit the Warradjan Aboriginal Cultual Centre. Then we take to the skies to discover the dramatic landscapes of Kakadu National Park on a 30-minute scenic flight over ancient escarpments, winding rivers, spectacular 1.8 billion years of continuous erosion, billabongs and flood plains. We end our day at Bowali Information Centre.

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Return Flights Home from Darwin

Flight included
Flight included

We depart Kakadu, make a comfort stop en-route, and then arrive at Darwin Airport for our flights home.

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