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Top End Highlights

  Avg. Trip Rating 4.8 Based on 9 Reviews. No Booking FeesDedicated Consultant
Fully Guided Coach Group Short Break Scenic / Sightseeing
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 Trip Length
6 Days
 Trip Starts
Darwin
 Trip Finishes
Darwin
6 Day Top End Highlights Itinerary (AAT Kings)
Countries Explored: Australia
Accommodation
3 - 4 Star
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Overview

Read 9 reviews and enjoy exclusive savings on AAT Kings 6 Day Top End Highlights. This Northern Territory tour doesn’t shy away from dazzling wilderness areas. And many are on your itinerary this week. Get set for a parade of gorges, national parks, dreamy waterfalls and cool waterholes, all enveloped by ancient (and humbling) First Nations history.

Itinerary

Darwin is the kind of place that excites all your senses. It's always steamy, which means you have a constant glow. The aroma of tropical fruits wafts from markets. The horizons are wide and sunsets blazing. And the locals… Well, they're as colourful as your outlook. You'll meet some of them on a Darwin city tour taking in sights and attractions that tell stories of the NT capital's unexpected history.

As the day begins to disappear, follow the lead of locals to the Mindil Beach Sunset Market. Your Travel Director will give you the lowdown, highlighting the eclectic range of cuisine on offer - expect everything from Greek to Japanese. What a tasty start to your getaway. Stay: Travelodge Darwin Resort

The ancient landscapes of Litchfield National Park are shaped by water, as you'll fast discover when exploring this immense protected wilderness on a Litchfield tour. There are lakes and rivers, waterfalls and waterholes. Get set to visit Florence Falls, then take a dip in the gin-clear pool of Wangi Falls, this dreamy setting enveloped by monsoon forest. The landscape is also shaped by termites. The national park is pocked with enormous termite mounds, which are architectural feats complete with tunnels and nursery chambers. Small creatures with a big vision. (B/D) Stay: Contour Hotel Katherine (2 Nights)

Katherine is a little bit tropical, a little bit outback, and a whole lot gorgeous. The region's main attraction is its gaping Nitmiluk (Katherine) Gorge, which carves the countryside in spectacular form. Sit back on your boat and enjoy a cruise through this ancient landscape, home to the Jawoyn people for millennia. You'll learn about First Nations culture with an Jawoyn guide, and will tempt your tastebuds with some bush tucker. Support the community by picking up paintings by Jawoyn artists. (B)

Today is your chance to reset your body's natural rhythms with a morning dip in Edith Falls - because days are better when you begin them with your head under water. This series of cascades in Nitmiluk National Park will set your pulse racing. Before venturing deep into Kakadu, you're poised for refreshments - we recommend a mango smoothie - in the film-set-like town of Pine Creek, where buildings date back to the heady gold rush days. In Kakadu, you'll take a guided walk to view ancient Aboriginal rock art at Nourlangie. (B) Stay: Mercure Kakadu Crocodile Hotel (2 Nights)

If you want a different perspective, sign up for an optional scenic flight over the national park, revealing just how wide, wild and wonderful this part of the world really is. Australia is home to some of the oldest art in the world, and much of it decorates rock walls at Ubirr - this jaw-dropping site protects Aboriginal rock paintings and carvings dating back more than 20,000 years. If you thought that was impressive, wait till you see the view over Kakadu from the top of the escarpment.

This afternoon, there's nothing between you and nature, the dramatic escarpments, waterholes and abundant wildlife of Kakadu looming large. Speaking of large, there are saltwater crocs to spot while you drift away on a Yellow Water Billabong cruise. Your local guide will share the secrets of these ancient waterways. Top off your holiday sharing a Farewell Dinner with your Travel Director and travel mates. (B/D)

Following your Kakadu tour, this is your last chance to spot enormous ‘salties' lurking in river crossings you pass by. You won't see them at Fogg Dam, but what you will witness is a cacophony of birds. This really is a twitchers paradise. A fitting (and slightly noisy) end to this epic wilderness journey. (B)

Trip Inclusions

  • You'll want to linger in Katherine and Darwin, the steamy capital of the Top End. It's a good thing you've got free time to explore at your leisure.
  • Find your own adventure amid the mesmerizing landscapes of Kakadu, a World Heritage listed national park with more wildlife than your camera can capture.
  • If you love the great outdoors, you've come to the right place. Discover the wilds of Kakadu and Litchfield National Parks, as well as Nitmiluk (Katherine) Gorge.
  • With every visit to a Top End national park, you're helping to protect some of Australia's most fragile wilderness areas.

  • Specialist team of two highly experienced Travel Director and Driver that are accredited with Kakadu National Parks
  • Local Specialists (Guides)
  • 1 UNESCO World Heritage Site - Kakadu National Park
  • Centrally located premium hotels
  • Kakadu National Park entrance fees

  • 5 Full Breakfasts
  • 1 Dinner
  • 1 Farewell Dinner

  • Water bottle
  • Camera
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Sunglasses, sunscreen and hat
  • Warm layers in cooler months

  • Day 1: Flights to arrive by 1:30pm into Darwin Airport
  • Day 6: Flights to depart after 1:30pm from Darwin Airport

  • Kakadu – Nadab Lookout - Medium Level of Fitness Required. The climb to the top of Nadab Lookout at Ubirr in Kakadu National Park will not be suitable for all guests. To get to the lookout guests are required to scale up uneven rocky paths and steps to get to the lookout. There is an alternate route on a fairly flat gravel path for those unable climb to the top so they will not miss out on Rock Art.

  • Accommodation, itinerary and inclusions subject to change.
  • Prices are for land/cruise and internal flights as specified only. Flights not specified are not included.

Trip Reviews (9) View All Most Recent 'Top End Highlights' Reviews

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Top End fantastic holiday 0 , NSW, Australia, Sep 2022
The Top End Highlights tour was fantastic, guides knowledge and humour added to the experience. Was hoping to see Aboriginal art and see landscapes but came away with far more knowledge regarding history and the artwork and landscape was mind blowing. Really appreciated the work Hannah from Global Journeys put in to make our experience so memorable ...read more.
Excellent Top End tour 2 , NSW, Australia, May 2022
We really enjoyed the tour covering Litchfield and Kakadu National Parks. We had an excellent tour guide, Liz, who was always cheerful and nothing was too much trouble for her. She had challenges finding places for us to have lunch due to staff shortages but always managed to sort things out. Liz was also very knowledgeable about the NT. We really ...read more enjoyed the flight over Kakadu which was an excellent overview of the area. We were happy with the accommodation provided which was always clean and comfortable. We were very happy with the help we had from Georgie Walpole at Global Journeys with this booking.
Great Introduction to the Top End 2 , QLD, Australia, May 2021
First time touring with AAT Kings but we'd travelled previously with associated companies Trafalgar and Insight Vacations. The top end scenery was great and we saw and did what we expected: swimming in waterfalls, Katherine Gorge cruise, Kakadu cruise, saw fresh and saltwater crocodiles, lots of birdlife and Aboriginal art on sandstone cliffs. The colours ...read more in this area are so vibrant! Accommodation was good, everything worked but don't expect anything flash. Included food was ok. The Tour Director told us at the tour meeting at the start that there were limited food options available due to lack of hospitality staff, we had to buy sandwiches for lunch every day as that was all that was available. There was only 1 optional and we didn't do that. A full bus of Aussies - all states except Tassie represented and all travellers were on time. Excellent Tour Director - Liz, she shared her extensive knowledge of flora and fauna as well as the local history. Thoroughly enjoyable tour.
Top End Highlights of NT 1 , VIC, Australia, May 2021
A great tour organised by AAT Kings of the Top End Highlights. The tour director Liz and Driver Mark were exceptional and were always available and nothing was a problem. They made sure everyone had plenty of water as it was quite hot. We ended up seeing what we wanted to see, and when we had to isolate we were not forgotten. This is the third ...read more time we have organised trips with Global Journeys and would not hesitate to book again.
Wonderful trip through The Top End 0 , QLD, Australia, Jul 2017
Excellent tour guide Tony! Very knowledgeable - overall it was a great trip for me and my wife. Good organisation by Global Journey too. Highlight was the stay in Wilderness Lodge although it was too short - an additional day would have been better. Kakadu Air scenic flight was also very good. The Katherine gorges dinner cruise and dinner was very good. ...read more "Be my guest" experience at Katherine was too long. A nice relaxing tour of Darwin, Katherine and Kakadu.
Great Road Trip in the Top End of Australia 1 , NSW, Australia, Jul 2017
To start with we had a great Tour Director Cam and a very careful and friendly Driver Narelle. We were are friendly group of 26 people that got along well and helped each other when required and I would highly recommend this trip to others.
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