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Your journey begins in the tropical Top End of the Northern Territory, in Darwin. Here you will check in to your overnight accommodation to prepare for the adventure that awaits.
OVERNIGHT: 2 nights Mindil Beach Casino & Resort
This morning is all about exploring the fascinating city of Darwin at your leisure. Visit the many museums, art galleries and attractions of this tropical city, or simply sit back and soak in the facilities at your accommodation.
You are about to be immersed in an experience to remember. In the late afternoon, you will begin your Romantic Sunset Getaway – an exclusive luxury flight taking you over Darwin’s coastline. There’s no better vantage point to take in the stunning scenery, and it only gets better from there. The helicopter will transport you to your own private tropical island beach, where you can bathe in the sunshine while sipping ice cold champagne and enjoying a delicious tapas platter. When it’s time to leave, the helicopter will return to pick you up, and fly you into the peaceful magic of twilight, and back to Darwin. (B,D)
As you leave Darwin, you’ll feel the excitement rise. You’re headed to the majestic, legendary Kakadu, where you’ll enjoy immersive and unique experiences in this World-Heritage list national park.
Along the way, you will join a morning cruise on the picturesque Corroboree Billabong, a place of amazing biodiversity. You will view the region’s myriad of birdlife, and saltwater crocodiles in their natural environment as your expert guide provides insightful commentary along the way.
From there, you will continue onwards to the historical Bark Hut Inn for a refreshment stop, before entering spectacular Kakadu. Travel along the old Jim Jim Road visiting White Lily Billabong before arriving at Maguk (Barramundi Gorge). It’s here you will enjoy a scenic 1km walk along the edge of Barramundi Creek, before arriving at the base of Barramundi Falls. Here you can swim or snorkel in the large plunge pool below the falls.
In the late afternoon, it’s onwards to Nawurlandja Lookout: a short climb takes you up sloping sandstone to reveal spectacular views of the sunset across Anbangbang Billabong, Nourlangie Rock and the Arnhem Land escarpment.
Once the sun has sunk, you will head to Jabiru and Anbinik Kakadu Resort, your accommodation for the night.
OVERNIGHT: Anbinik Kakadu Resort (B,L,D)
On day four, your epic journey takes you from Jabiru to the northern region of Kakadu National Park, on to Cahill’s Crossing on the East Alligator River and deeper into Arnhem Land. A 15km scenic drive to Gunbalanya Aboriginal community provides some of the best driving views in the Top End, with floodplains covered in bird life and water lilies running up alongside the escarpment.
In this magical place, you will have the opportunity to visit the Injalak Arts and Craft Centre, where you will meet and watch traditional local artists in action. Your Aboriginal guide will then take you around the Injalak Hill art sites. Spend the morning experiencing some of the best Aboriginal rock art in Australia, before returning to the Injalak Art Centre where you leave your hosts and journey onward to the Cobourg Peninsula. The drive takes 3-4 hours with stops and creek crossings along the way.
Upon arrival at the campsite you will be greeted by the resident caretakers and enjoy nibbles on the cliff top. As a memorable day ends, relax as the sun sets over Port Essington.
OVERNIGHT: 3 nights Cobourg Coastal Camp (B,L,D)
Awake to the sound of birds and enjoy a special ‘Cobourg-style’ cooked breakfast.
Cobourg is abundant with amazing aquatic life, including six species of turtle, dolphins, sharks, crocodiles, stingrays, mud crabs and plenty of fish – and there’s no better way to explore the Northern Territory’s largest Marine Park than by boat.
As you cruise the Marine Park you will stop and visit the Victoria Settlement ruins. Established prior to Darwin as a military outpost by the British, this site represents the third failed attempt at settlement in Northern Australia. After surviving for 11 years between 1838 and 1849 it was abandoned. Today, the stone ruins still stand on the shoreline of Port Essington serving as a reminder of the hardships faced by the early colonists.
After departing the settlement, you will enjoy a slow journey back to camp, stopping along the way to spot marine life and enjoy a spot of fishing. After returning to camp, get the sand between your toes and explore nearby beaches and creeks, try your luck at fishing, or simply enjoy the solitude while reading a book from a hammock overlooking the ocean. Finish the day with one of the freshest seafood dinners you’re likely to have.
Today you will explore the eastern side of the park – this time by 4WD. Cobourg is home to internationally-significant wetlands, with freshwater paperbark swamps and billabongs just 100 metres from the coastline.
Then it’s off for more exploring at the region’s northern beaches, which are commonly used as turtle nesting areas. Low tide gives you the opportunity to explore exposed coral reefs and rock pools, and the variety of marine life that call them home. After lunch, it’s time to go hunting for mud crabs using traditional Aboriginal methods – learn how to hunt and gather these local delicacies before having a go yourself. Then, it’s time to visit the Cultural and Information Centre where you can learn more about the fascinating region, before making your way back to camp as the day comes to a close.
It’s an early start at Cobourg, sit back and watch the bush scenery of Arnhem Land roll by as you make your way back to Kakadu National Park. With numerous stops along the way, you’ll enjoy lunch on the banks of the mighty East Alligator River.
With breathtaking views and some of Kakadu’s best Aboriginal rock art, Ubirr Rock is a very special place. View the ancient rock art, then take the short walk to the top of Ubirr where you’ll see spectacular views of the surrounding wetlands and stone country – sights which will stay with you for years to come.
Then it’s time to make your way back to Darwin via the Arnhem highway. Along the way, you will stop and visit the Mamukala wetlands, which at times is a wild haven for thousands of Magpie Geese as well as many other species of native birds and reptiles. End your day back in Darwin.
OVERNIGHT: 2 nights SKYCITY Resort Darwin (B,L)
After a memorable adventure, spend a day at your leisure. Enjoy some time poolside, or perhaps get a massage in the day spa at your accommodation, as you reflect on the adventures of the last week. (B)
Board The Ghan today and get ready for your first Off Train Experience, choosing from a range of options in beautiful Katherine. OVERNIGHT: 3 nights The Ghan (B,L,D)
Your arrival into Alice Springs gives you a full day to explore the iconic town in the red heart of Australia. In the evening, enjoy an Aussie barbeque dinner under a canopy of stars. (B,L,D)
Pull into the middle-of-nowhere stop at Manguri. Here you will discover the sun-scorched opal mining capital of the world, Coober Pedy. (B,L,D)
Your arrival into Adelaide completes one of the great travel experiences of the Northern Territory. (B)