Get acquainted with this historic city on an orientation tour, beginning with a visit to the Museum & Art Gallery of Northern Territory. The museum exhibits an impressive collection of old and new art pieces, a maritime gallery and don't miss their resident saltwater crocodile, Sweetheart, believed to have been over 50 years old when he passed.
We'll continue to Darwin's scenic waterfront area, where we visit the WWII Oil Storage Tunnels. Construction of the tunnel network commenced in 1942 following Japanese air-raids, however upon completion, they were never used for their original purpose of protecting oil. Eventually the tunnels were later utilised to store jet fuel for a short period in the 1950s during conflict with Indonesia. Our last stop is the Royal Flying Doctor Service facility located on Darwin's Stokes Hill Wharf, which houses interactive displays bringing the RFDS's history of aero medical operations to life. Our afternoon is at leisure to further explore Darwin's sights at our own pace, or head back to the hotel for a relax by the pool. (B)
The expansive and rugged Kakadu National Park is our destination today. Home to the oldest civilisation and breathtaking natural beauty, we'll immerse ourselves in the cultural history overflowing in this region. On our way, we'll stop at the Fogg Dam Conservation Reserve, a wetland haven for an incredibly rich diversity of birdlife. Originally constructed during the 1950's to provide irrigation for the Humpty Doo Rice Project, the Fogg Dam was converted to a protected area soon after completion, to provide refuge for local wildlife during the dry season.
As we arrive in the national park, we'll gain an understanding of Aboriginal life through the years, as we explore the Burrungkuy (Nourlangie) region. Take the trails and uncover the World Heritage-listed Rock Art of the Anbangbang gallery and shelter, portraying various painting styles and imagery from European sailing ships to Namarrkon, the famous ‘lightning man'. As we continue our walk through the Nanguluwurr art site, keep your eyes out for the elusive ‘barrk', or black wallaroo. Reaching the Nawurlandja Lookout, we'll be presented with panoramic views over the Arnhem Land escarpment, Burrungkuy (Nourlangie) rock and the Anbangbang Billabong. (B/L)
We'll enjoy a relaxing morning at leisure. In the afternoon, we'll visit the nearby Warradjan Cultural Centre. This facility provides a fascinating insight into Bininj culture and history, through its impressive exhibition of Aboriginal artwork and interpretive displays. A special evening awaits, as we cruise Ngurrungurrudjba (Yellow Water) Billabong. As the sun slowly sets, we can sit back and take in the abundance of birdlife that frequent the wetlands. Be on the look out for the saltwater crocodile and possibly a buffalo or two, who call this region home.
Optional Excursion: Enjoy extraordinary aerial views of Kakadu National Park on an incredible scenic flight. To avoid disappointment, it is strongly recommended to pre-book this optional prior to travel. Passenger's weight must be advised at time of booking. (60 minutes - $250pp) (B)
Make sure your camera batteries are charged up for today, as we give our legs a rest for this tranquil, special experience! Special Experience: Cruise the breathtaking three gorges of Nitmiluk (Katherine) Gorge, as we learn from expert guides the history and meaning behind the ancient Aboriginal Rock Art, dating back 8-10 thousand years. Take the opportunity to swim, an experience we will never forget!We have an exciting and interactive afternoon ahead as we witness Tom Curtain's fantastic Katherine Outback Experience.
Watch in awe as Tom and his team attempt to train and ride young, sometimes wild horses, along with providing an insight into how they condition their working dogs to muster sheep and cattle. Life on the farm should always end with some live Australian country music and who better to perform it than two-time Golden Guitar winner and our new favourite horseman, Tom Curtain. (B/D)
More natural wonders await us today in Litchfield National Park, as we combine an interpretive guided walk, some of the best photo spots on earth and a refreshing dip in one of the natural plunge pools. Special Experience: Enjoy a short hike to the towering Tolmer Falls, before continuing to view the pristine waters of the iconic Karrimurra (Florence Falls). As we farewell Litchfield, we make our way back to Darwin, stopping enroute to visit the Berry Springs Nature Park.
We'll have some free time to explore this little-known gem, which once formed part of a rest and recreation camp for armed forces during WWII. Enjoy one last swimming opportunity in the park's pristine waterhole, or take one of the walking trails through the surrounding monsoon rainforest and woodlands. Tonight, we'll meet for a delicious farewell dinner. (B/L/D)
National Park Pass