Late Apr - Oct
Kakadu’s Ancient Secrets
Tour departs SUNDAYS ONLY & operates from the 28th April 2019 – 6 October 2019
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 $3250 / Adult Single $4205 / Adult Concession $3225 Twin Share / Adult single Concession $4180 (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
Hotel: Wildman Wilderness Lodge, Mary River.
Wake up to the evocative sounds of the floodplains before we continue our Kakadu’s Ancient Secrets tour and head out to Corroboree Billabong to enjoy a wonderful wildlife cruise. You’ll join a local guide on a safari style boat to see a myriad of different bird species, spot estuarine crocodiles and simply enjoy the stunning Mary River floodplains system. 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. Visit park headquarters, Bowali Visitors Centre then 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 you join your Driver Guide on a sun set walk at 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. An Ubirr sunset is something that has to be seen to be believed, you will remember it forever.Return to your hotel for a delicious dinner. Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
Hotel: Mercure Kakadu Crocodile Hotel, Jabiru.
If you’re an early riser there’s a chance to take an early morning scenic flight over Kakadu and Arnhem Land, or perhaps you might just want to sleep in before your day of activities. This morning you’ll visit Nourlangie to see its fascinating Aboriginal rock art for yourself. You’ll also hear first-hand from your Driver Guide 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. Later you’ll veer off the sealed road and on to a gravel track for a scenic cross-country journey to Gunlom Falls. You’ll have time to take a hike to the top of the falls for a splash in picturesque natural plunge pool where you’re rewarded with spectacular views over the National Park. Take in the natural beauty of the area while you enjoy a picnic lunch. This afternoon you continue through Katherine 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.
Today meet Manual Pamkal who will welcome you with a traditional 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! Journey to Mataranka for a swim in the relaxing natural spring fed thermal pool. The pool is said to have the power to soothe your aches and pains and bubbles up at a fairly constant 34 degrees. Just glorious! This evening, relax on a special 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: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner both days.
Hotel: Cicada Lodge, Nitmiluk National Park, Katherine, 2 nights.
This morning, either have a lay in or take the opportunity to grab a canoe for a paddle on the river (seasonal). It’s the most relaxing way to experience the National Park, completely immersed in nature in the mystical morning light. Travel north along the Stuart Highway stopping at Edith Falls along the way for a relaxing dip. 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 Kakadu’s Ancient Secrets Tour 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. The walk to the top of Gunlom Falls is difficult in nature and may not be suitable for all guests. There is an easier walk with plunge pool access available as an alternative.