May - Sep
Departs on request subject to availability.
$2440 per person (Double/Twin Share)
$2750 Adult (single)
$1950 Per Child (8 to 17 yo)
Departing Darwin around 8am we journey to Pine Creek where we will stop for brunch and a bit of historical reflection at the railway museum and a chance also to take in some of the vibe of this frontier town. From Pine Creek it is a 60 minute drive to Katherine where we grab lunch at a local café before spending some quality time at the Katherine Museum. This is a great way to get an overview of many of the key aspects of the region before deep diving into some of them. From there we check into our rooms at Nitmiluk (Nitmiluk Chalets).
There is an option to upgrade at time of booking at extra cost to the Cicada Lodge subject to availability however the Chalets are functional, clean and convenient. There is a good pool and restaurant found within the grounds as well as a few nice short walks in the area.
Later in the afternoon (1610 pm) we join the Sunset Dinner Cruise on Nitmiluk Gorge. What a way to finish the day ! The Sunset Cruise on the Katherine Gorge provides some alcohol and there is a toilet on board. It will finish after dark around 8 pm. Or this cruise it is recommended that you wear warm clothes as temperatures during ‘winter’ can get as low as 7 degrees in Katherine. Check the weather. As part of the cruise there is some getting on and off the boat which is not overly difficult however sturdy CLOSED shoes are required. After the cruise you will be taken back to your accommodation by your guide.
Includes Morning Tea & Dinner.
Leaving Nitmiluk around 7:15 am we are off for an early morning soak in healing waters of Katherine Hot Springs. These crystal clear waters are best visited in the morning when few people are around and the day is new. From there we go to a local café for a scrumptious and plentiful breaky (at own expense) before venturing out of town to Cutta Cutta caves. These enigmatic marvels of limestone tell a curios story of prehistoric life in Top End. Home to many bats and elusive creatures of the dark this is a great way to start the day. The walk through the caves last 1 hour and is guided by a dedicated ranger for the site. Any equipment needed is provided by the guides however you MUST wear completely closed in shoes. NO toes showing at all.
After the caves we head back to Katherine for lunch at a local café before joining Top Dijd cultural experience. Led by a local indigenous man, Manual. Manual will tell stories of his life and times as well as lead you through the skills of fire lighting and spear throwing. This is an interactive fun afternoon. There is also a comprehensive art and artifact gallery onsite from which you will be able to peruse and perhaps purchase authentic pieces for your collection. Casual comfortable clothing is recommended for this activity. After Top Didj we head back to our accommodation to freshen up before going to a choice local restaurant to try the local flavours.
Includes Afternoon Tea & Dinner.
Enjoy breakfast at another local café before heading off to find some cowboys. We are seeking out Tom and Annabel Curtains Outback Show. Typically a session of cowboy entertainment with a musical twist ! Casual comfortable clothing for this event with closed shoes. Following on from our cowboy adventures we strike out for Edith Falls where we expect to have a late lunch by the water and a possible dip. Mid afternoon we continue on to Adelaide River. Here we visit the Adelaide River War Cemetery which brings in to focus the tumultuous period that few in Australia know much about. With over 435 military souls buried there it is significant testament to war time Top End.
Includes Afternoon Tea.
Finally it is time for home …. expect to be get back to Darwin around 6pm.