May - Oct
Kakadu’s Ancient Secrets
Tour departs THURSDAYS ONLY & operates from the 6th May 2021 – 6 October 2021
Departs Darwin 7.30 am from Mantra on the Esplanade
Returns Darwin day 5 at approximately 6.30 pm
Operates mid to late April to early October
Adult Twin Share $3010 / Adult Single $3995 / Adult Concession $2985 Twin Share / Adult single Concession $3970 (Australian /NZ Senior or Pension card)
Welcome to Darwin! This morning, meet your local Driver Guide and board your luxury 4WD vehicle to begin your 5 Day Kakadu’s Ancient Secrets Tour. Travel across the Finnis 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 rain forest and hear about its importance in Aboriginal custom. 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. The lodge is the definition of ‘outback luxury’. Enjoy a beverage while the sun sets over the floodplains and after dinner maybe sit back with a nightcap by the fire pit.
Included Meals: Lunch and Dinner Accommodation: Wildman Wilderness Lodge
Hotel: Wildman Wilderness Lodge, Mary River.
Wake up to the evocative sounds of the floodplains. 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. Join your Journey Director on a walk at Kakadu’s stunning 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. After lunch there’s a chance to take to the air an optional scenic flight over Kakadu. One of the best ways to experience the enormity of this wonderful National Park. The famous Yellow Waters Billabong boat cruise will be a highlight of your journey. You will see a myriad of different bird species, spot estuarine crocodiles and simply enjoy the stunning billabong and floodplains system. Later you will 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 enjoying a delicious dinner with wine
Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. Hotel: Mercure Kakadu Crocodile Hotel, Jabiru.
This morning you’ll visit Nourlangie to see its fascinating Aboriginal rock art for yourself. You’ll also hear first-hand from your Journey Director 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. You will continue driving through the ancient lands of Kakadu National Park through to the town of Katherine and further on 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. Cool off from the heat of the day while enjoy a swim in the pool as the sunsets before a beautiful dinner.
Today immerse yourself as you 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! You will enjoy lunch back on the deck of Cicada Lodge overlooking this natural surrounding before having a free afternoon to relax. This evening indulge on a special sunset 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.Included Meals: Full buffet breakfast, lunch, Local Dining Experience
Hotel: Cicada Lodge, Nitmiluk National Park, Katherine, 2 nights.
Enjoy a lay in or get up early to enjoy the National Park completely immersed in the mystical morning light. Travel north along the Stuart Highway stopping at the gorgeous Edith Falls the way for a relaxing dip and some lunch. 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 defence of their country. Your Inspiring Journey concludes on arrival in Darwin.
Included Meals: Breakfast and Lunch
|Day prior||Flights to arrive anytime into Darwin Airport|
|Day 5||Flights to depart after 8.00 pm from Darwin Airport|
Kakadu’s Ancient Secrets Tour requires a moderate level of fitness.
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