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Top End Encounter

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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.

Duration Duration:

7 days

Price From From

$3,890pp (AUD)

Departs Departure Dates:

2nd June 2019

Location Departure Location:
Flight to Darwin

Location Return Location:
Flight Home

Pricing

Twin Share
$3890pp
Sole Use
$4820pp
$1,000pp non-refundable

Save $30pp Twin Share or $60 Sole Use

Itinerary (Flight to Darwin - Flight Home)

Day 1    (D) Darwin

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Our tropical Top End tour begins today flying into Darwin Airport where we are met by our local coach captain for the start of our Darwin and Kakadu adventure. We arrive and check-in to our hotel.

4 Night Stay: SKYCITY Hotel & Casino, Darwin

Day 2    (B,L) Litchfield National Park

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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 moving on 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. Tonight at 6pm we

visit the famous Mindil Beach Markets and settle in to our reserved VIP area overlooking 500 metres of golden sand. The beach looks west out onto the waters of the Beagle Gulf, perfectly situated for us to sit back and watch the sun set over the waves. Choose from over 1200 exotic dishes and watch the famous Top End sunset whilst soaking up the tropical night air.

**Dinner is at own expense at markets.

Day 3    (B,L,D) Darwin

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Today we enjoy some local touring, a relaxing day taking our time to discover the history and culture of Darwin. Taking a harbour cruise, we see where WWII bombs fell on Darwin on 19 February Japanese planes targeted Allied ships in Darwin’s waters, causing mass destruction. Our open-sided boat cruises by these and other landmarks as you hear stories of the fateful day and Darwin’s wartime history. See remnants of the raids and underwater shipwreck sites, and sail by historical wharfs, pearling luggers, and other maritime locations. From here we visit the Northern Territory Museum and Art Gallery at Fannie Bay taking time here to visit Fannie Bay Gaol and 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.

Day 4    (B,MT,L,D) Bathurst Island

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An early start taking a two-hour ferry to Bathurst Island. Upon arrival at the Aboriginal community of Nguiu we meet our local guide who will take us on a journey through the progressive, modern day Aboriginal community of Nguiu. First, we visit displays of traditional art and depictions of the Tiwi ‘dreamtime’ stories. We then mix with the locals, watching the Tiwi ladies work on their weaving and painting as well as watching their totem dances and smoking ceremony, where they bless us, their visitors. 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). We reboard our ferry departing Bathurst Island for Darwin at 3pm.

Day 5    (B,L,D) Darwin to Kakadu

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Today 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. 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.

2 Night Stay: Mercure Kakadu Crocodile Hotel, Jabiru

Day 6    (B,L,D) Kakadu National Park

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Discover the dramatic landscapes of Kakadu National Park from the air during a 30-minute scenic flight over ancient escarpments, winding rivers, spectacular 1.8 billion years of continuous erosion, billabong and flood plains. View the Archway, Arnhem Land escarpment’s, East Alligator Valley, Mikinj Valley Billabongs and Magela Floodplains. Afterwards, in Jabiru, we visit the Warradjan Aboriginal Cultural Centre before embarking 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.

Day 7    (B,L) Flight home

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We depart Kakadu making our way back to Darwin for our respective flights home. A memorable short break tour showcasing sensational natural wonders and ancient cultural heritage.

Tour Inclusions

  • Return economy class flights to Darwin ex Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne or Adelaide
  • 4 nights Darwin in 5 star accommodation
  • Litchfield National Park day tour visiting the termite mounds, Florence Falls and Wangi Falls
  • Darwin Harbour WWII bomb sites cruise
  • Cyclone Tracy exhibit
  • Darwin Museum & Art Gallery
  • Visit Palmerston Town, Parliament House and Botanic Gardens
  • Cullen Bay specialty seafood dinner watching a harbour sunset
  • Tiwi Island day tour with local guides
  • Majela Flood Plains; Ubirr rock art site
  • 2 nights Kakadu
  • 30-minute scenic flight of Kakadu and Arnhem Lan
  • Yellow Water wetlands cruise
  • 16 meals
  • Locally operated comfort plus coach travel

Additional Information

DEPOSIT
Non-refundable deposit of $1000pp 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. Order of tour inclusions in Darwin will vary based on Mindil Beach Sunset Markets and Tiwi Island excursion schedules.

Flights are arranged to suit the tour group in advance, therefore we cannot book individual preferences or guarantee direct flights.

GREEN GUEST POLICY
Select the GGP option on this tour and help reduce extra pressures on our natural environment. You will be rewarded with a reduced rate on your tour. SAVE $30pp Twin Share or $60 Sole Use.

INCLUDED MEALS
B = Full Breakfast MT = Morning Tea L = Lunch AT = Afternoon Tea D = Two Course Dinner

Flights Included
Cruise/Boat
Comfort Plus Coaches Using 3rd Party Operators
Scenic Flight
Heritage
Eco Experience
Walking Component
Food & Wine Experience
Indigenous Experience
Advanced Ecotourism Certified
Green Guest Policy

Moderate

Passengers must be able to:

  • Walk 10 min without stopping
  • Ascend stairs without stopping
  • Stand for 30 min without sitting
  • Walk over uneven ground
  • Embark/debark transport unaided
  • Manage their own luggage

See our terms for more details

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