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From Darwin: 2-Day Kakadu Tour with Hotel, Cruise & Rock Art

1. From Darwin: 2-Day Kakadu Tour with Hotel, Cruise & Rock Art

Shared experiences are richer. This small group (max 8) 2 Day Kakadu Tour is all about experiencing, understanding and expanding. Experience the unique wildlife and environments of the Top End. Understand the cycle of life that has played out here for aeons. Expand your awareness of indigenous people, culture and history as it has played out across this rugged, remote landscape. DAY 1 - FOGG DAM / KAKADU NATIONAL PARK TOUR An early morning start gets us out to greet the sunrise on the dynamic Adelaide River floodplains. Nearby is the enigmatic Fogg Dam Conservation Reserve. On display here is a massive variety of birdlife, reptiles, mammals and more across wetlands, floodplains, woodlands and monsoonal forest. Enjoy breakfast with the birds and coffee with the critters! Moving on, our destiny takes us to the edge of Kakadu and Arnhem Land and the award winning Guluyambi Culture Cruise for 90 minutes of wildlife spotting, indigenous culture instructions and anecdotes from a local aboriginal guide. Bare in mind to keep your hands in the boat as this river has one of the highest populations of estuarine crocodiles in the world. Surviving this enjoy lunch overlooking infamous Cahills Crossing before venturing to our accommodation for the evening and a short break. Freshen up, go for a swim in the pool or take a short nap … your time to relax. Late in the afternoon we meander down to Nawurlanja for a visual treat as the setting sun explodes off the ancient Arnhem escarpment in shades of ochre. Returning to Jabiru for dinner at the inhouse restaurant (Thai). DAY 2 - KAKADU NATIONAL PARK TOUR Up before the birds, we are off to Cooinda where we join the world-renowned sunrise Yellow Waters cruise. This is the perfect cruise to witness the wakening of wildlife on the wetlands backed up by expert local commentary. Enjoy the full buffet breakfast at Cooinda resort after the cruise before spending some quality time in the comprehensive aboriginal culture centre, Warradjan. Featuring stories, images, crafts, art and much more Warradjan is a place to go quietly and slowly. Absorb the knowledge and then sit down with female elders and learn the craft of string making and weaving afterwards (not guaranteed). Following this we journey towards Anbangbang Billabong and Nourlangie. Both Anbangbang and Nourlangie are rich in natural values and are significant areas of past and present areas of environmental interaction for the local indigenous people. A wealth of rock art adorning the sandstone massifs of Nourlangie provide the perfect depiction of life through the ages for Australia’s first peoples. Take your time and ask those questions of your guide. Following the walk enjoy lunch by Anbangbang Billabong before getting back to Jabiru and your 30 minute scenic flight over the region. No better way to put it all in perspective than from 2000 ft ! Departing Jabiru around 330 pm expect to be back in Darwin around 7 pm.

Darwin: VIP Crocosaurus Cove Experience

2. Darwin: VIP Crocosaurus Cove Experience

Meet your experienced handlers at the start of your 1.5-hour tour. From there, be led through the park whilst hearing the animals’ stories and being supervised throughout your encounters with these unique reptiles. At your first stop, learn how to feed a 5-meter-long crocodile, feeling the true power of its bite. Then, feed the feisty juvenile crocs from the "Fishing for Crocs" platform, followed by some one-on-one time with a baby crocodile. Later, finish the tour with an intimate walk through the reptile house, safely interacting with the park's snakes and lizards.

Darwin: Premium Litchfield Regional Small Group Day Tour

3. Darwin: Premium Litchfield Regional Small Group Day Tour

Your Top End adventure begins with pickups in the city at your accommodation doorstep before heading out for an early morning dip and morning tea in the crystal clear thermal waters of Berry Springs. Paddle around and watch the many fish, look for turtles, or sit casually under the waterfall - it's your decision to make. Having set the tone for the day it is then off to Litchfield National Park. Visit those that shine for you on the day and suit the guests on board the most. You guided will tweak the schedule to bring you the best that is on offer on the day. Some of the gems include the iconic Cathedral and Magnetic Termite mounds, Wangi Falls, Tolmer Falls, Florence Falls, Buley Rockhole, Cascades, Green, Ant, and Tabletop Wetland. There is also ample opportunity to go for short strolls or just sit and relax. If bush survival is of interest to you, you can be shown some of the native plants and their uses by knowledgeable guides.

Darwin: Kakadu National Park Day Trip

4. Darwin: Kakadu National Park Day Trip

Enjoy 1.5 hours of spectacular scenic flying, cruise on the Yellow Water Billabong, and visit the Warradjan Cultural Center. Take part in an experience which varies between wet and dry seasons: 8:30 AM: Check-in at Kakadu Air Terminal 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM: Kick start the day with a 60-minute scenic flight paired with informative commentary delivered by your expert pilot. This extended flight tracks over Adelaide River, Mary River National Park, and Kakadu’s winding South and East Alligator rivers. 11:30 AM: Visit the Yellow Water Billabong, rich with flora, wildlife and changing landscapes. Sit back and relax on a 90-minute cruise through Kakadu’s wetlands. 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM: Enjoy lunch at Barra Bar and Bistro. 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM: Transfer to the Warradjan Cultural Center. Take in personal histories, videos and artifacts in a place developed by Aboriginal traditional owners. Browse the gallery gift shop offering traditional didgeridoos, local artwork, and much more. 3:00 PM: Depart Kakadu on a 45-minute ferry flight back to Darwin. 4:00 PM: Farewell in Darwin. DECEMBER – APRIL ITINERARY (WET SEASON) 8:30 AM: Check-in at Kakadu Air Terminal, Darwin 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM: Kakadu comes to life in the Wet season. Start your morning with 1.5 hours of scenic flying paired with informative commentary delivered by your expert pilot. This extended flight tracks over Adelaide River, Mary River National Park, and Kakadu’s winding South and East Alligator Rivers. Finish off your aerial sightseeing with views over the mighty Jim Jim and Twin Waterfalls. 11:30 AM: Visit the Yellow Water Billabong ,which comes alive in the wet season. Enjoy a place rich with flora, wildlife and changing landscapes. Sit back and relax on a 90-minute cruise through Kakadu’s wetlands as you keep an eye out for crocodiles sunbathing. 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM: Lunch at Barra Bar and Bistro. 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM: Transfer to the Warradjan Cultural Center. Take in personal histories, videos and artifacts in a place developed by Aboriginal traditional owners. Browse the gallery gift shop offering traditional didgeridoos, local artwork, and much more. 3:00 PM: Depart Kakadu on a 45-minute ferry flight back to Darwin. 4:00 PM: Farewell in Darwin.

Darwin: Kakadu & Ubirr Cultural Experience

5. Darwin: Kakadu & Ubirr Cultural Experience

Enjoy an experience which includes scenic flights to and from Kakadu and a tour and cruise of Guluyambi. You'll also enjoy a packed lunch showcasing indigenous bush food, and visit the culturally significant Ubirr site. Kick start the day with a 60-minute scenic flight paired with informative commentary delivered by your expert pilot. This extended flight tracks over Adelaide River, Mary River National Park, and Kakadu’s winding South and East Alligator rivers. After landing, meet the team at Guluyambi Cultural Cruises. Soak up the wilderness on your leisurely cruise, narrated by a local guide. Listen as they provide an authentic insight into Aboriginal culture, local folklore, and stories. Discover the workings of the region's unique environment, and maybe even learn some bush survival skills. Next, immerse yourself in this timeless culture with a visit to nearby Ubirr. Admire the rock art sites and enjoy the spectacular views of the floodplains to the west. Enjoy a custom-made packed lunch of bush food while overlooking the rich, verdant vista, teeming with wildlife. Bid farewell to your pilot in Darwin, and leave with wonderful memories of this unique part of Australia.

Darwin: Kakadu National Park Small-Group Day Trip w/ Dinner

6. Darwin: Kakadu National Park Small-Group Day Trip w/ Dinner

Travel to Kakadu National Park, a World Heritage-listed park, a protected area because of its cultural value and landscape. Our small group of only 4–6 guests, will let you experience your tour, more personalized, exquisite, and with plenty of time to explore this vast nature reserve. We pride ourselves to look after your wishes and interest, and we try our best to avoid the big buses. See Kakadu with our long time experienced, accredited tour guide. Immerse into wildlife, various landscapes, and ancient but still living culture. Take a short walk at Nourlangie (Burrungkuy), suitable for all levels of fitness, to reach the indigenous Rock Art sites. Hear about the stories of Narmagon, the Lightning Man. If you are up to a bit of exercise, a lookout over the Arnhem Land escarpment invites you to a spectacular view. Take a short break before going on a 1.5-hour cruise on the Yellow Water Billabong. Keep your eyes pierced to spot saltwater crocodiles, brolgas, black neck storks, and jacanas—just some of the plentiful birdlife in the area. Finish the day with a delicious dinner in a traditional outback pub on your way back to Darwin. Return to your hotel after a complete day of Kakadu highlights.

Darwin: 5-Day 4WD Kakadu Litchfield Tour & Billabong Cruise

7. Darwin: 5-Day 4WD Kakadu Litchfield Tour & Billabong Cruise

Discover the wonders of the Northern Territory Top End and Kakadu National Park as you embark on an adventurous 5-day 4WD expedition. See the best-kept collection of Aboriginal rock art, traverse across wetlands, admire waterfalls, cool off in a natural plunge pool, and uncover magnificent lookout views. Day 1: Darwin - Kakadu Travel to the floodplains of the Mary River. Continue to Kakadu National Park in Jabiru, where you'll be spending the next two nights. Go to Cahills Crossing on the border of Kakadu and Arnhem Land. Visit Ubirr Sunset to see the best-preserved collection of Aboriginal Rock Art in the world and be blown away by the lookout views over the Nadab Floodplains. Day 2: Jabiru Return Visit either the Jim Jim or Twin Falls Waterfall (seasonal access permitting) situated at the bottom of an adventurous 4WD road. Partake in an Aboriginal cultural experience. Stop at the Warradjan Aboriginal Cultural Center and explore the culture of Kakadu. Day 3: Jabiru - Pine Creek Start at one of the best sunrise spots in the park, the Nawurlandja Lookout, before breakfast at Anabangbang Billabong. Discover Burrungkuy (Nourlangie) Rock which houses fantastic Aboriginal Rock Art of the Bininj at the Anabangbang Gallery. Head up to Kunwarddewardde Lookout for incredible views of Kakadu’s Escarpment. A 4WD track awaits, as you travel south to the plunge pool of Maguk one of the most pristine waterfalls in Kakadu. After a 2km walk, head towards Pine Creek to relax and enjoy the local hospitality. Day 4: Pine Creek - Darwin Visit either Edith Falls or Butterfly Gorge for exploration and swimming (seasonal access permitting). Stop at Adelaide River on your way back to Darwin. Go to the Heritage-Listed Adelaide River War Cemetery and explore the impact WWII had on the area. Afterward, the vibrant Mindil Markets await, where you can grab some local food and watch the sunset. Day 5: Darwin - Litchfield Return Explore Litchfield National Park and experience thick pockets of tropical rainforest. Hop on the iconic Jumping Crocodile Cruise (optional extra) along the Adelaide River. Alternatively, visit Fogg Dam Conservation Reserve. See the incredible monolithic Magnetic Termite Mounds, before cooling off in one of the natural plunge pools such as Buley Rockholes or Wangi Falls. Visit the thundering Florence Falls or Tolmer Falls and marvel at the sheer beauty carved out amongst the rocky escarpment.

Darwin: Small Group 2-Hour Heritage Walk

8. Darwin: Small Group 2-Hour Heritage Walk

Departing from the meeting point in Raintree Park, begin the 2-hour guided tour as you walk the paths of pioneers. Your guide will cheerfully share their passion for the town they call home as they share its history including World War II bombings, Cyclone Tracy, and toady's multicultural atmosphere.  Discover many of the remaining buildings such as the old courthouse and police station, Brown's Mart theater, and the Palmerston Town Hall ruins, all of which have been painstakingly reconstructed. View Government House, Parliament House, and the Supreme Court of the Northern Territory on a journey through the streets of this modern tropical city.  There are many hidden treasures to see on foot and plenty of opportunities to capture photographs of the public artworks, architecture, historic buildings, tropical plants, and wildlife.

Darwin: WWII Reflections

9. Darwin: WWII Reflections

The day is Thursday the 19th of February, 1942. World War II has reached mainland Australia, and as a result, the Northern City of Darwin is bombed.  Move forward to present day Darwin, where you can embark on a tour that will allow you to relive that fateful and mournful day. Your friendly and informative guide will take you back to that WWII era on a 2-hour walk through the historic quarter of the city. Listen as your guide shares stories of that fateful day whilst you meander past the historic buildings of the time which have been re-built to provide lasting memories of life in the North during the War. This tour departs on a Thursday only, in memory of that fateful day in 1942.

Darwin: 3-Day Wet Season Tour of Kakadu & Litchfield Parks

10. Darwin: 3-Day Wet Season Tour of Kakadu & Litchfield Parks

Get ready for 3 full days of doing. Treking rainforest pathways, swimming in tropical creeks, floating amongst crocodiles, tasting bushfood and favours, staring at the sky and feeling the earth shudder under the dramatic shows of thunder and lightening and plenty of surprises as well. There is not much left to do after you have done the BEST IN THE WET ! Day 1 Darwin to Litchfield Today we are exploring the unique gem which is Litchfield National Park. Home to an array of waterfalls, viewpoints, walking tracks and interesting plants and animals it is the playground of the Top End. We are going to sample those things which make it such a great place but focus on the lesser known gems which truly come alive in the Wet Season. Finishing the day off with an outback BBQ at Mt Bundy station. Sun going down and refreshments coming up ! What a way to cap of our first day. Day 2 Litchfield to Kakadu Enjoy a continental break and a bit of sleep in before we visit the Adelaide River War Cemetery. A sombre start to the day but one which brings renewed respect and appreciation for many things. From there it is down the track (Stuart Highway) to Pine Creek for a short visit to the local museum and cafe for morning tea. Pine Creek is the home of the first NT Gold Rush and has many interesting stories to tell. Following on we drive into the heart of Kakadu to Cooinda Lodge. We will be staying in the lodge rooms tonight and having dinner at the in house restaurant./ Before then however we are on the Sunset Yellow Waters Wildlife Cruise. Floating amongst the crocodiles and other iconic creatures of the north is yet another way to savour our dramatic sunsets. After the cruise you are on your own time for dinner. Day 3 After the relaxing nights sleep you can immerse yourself in the full buffet breaky to be had at Mimis Restaurant. Following breakfast we will be visiting Warradjan Culture Centre. Here you can begin your journey into understanding some of the unique cultural heritage of the local binning people. Stories, images and artefacts a plenty in Warradjan make this a rewarding and enlightening experience. Next on our list is Nourlangie Rock. An outlier of sandstone which going back 100's of millions of years was part of the escarpment now stands alone. Full of a diverse range of indigenous art works through its many galleries it is where we are going to get up close and personal with the story of indigenous Australians of the region. Note some of this art goes back 1000's of years. Next we move on to the small village found in Kakadu, Jabiru. here you have the chance to sign up for a light wing scenic flight or spend the time in the local art gallery (Murrawadi) before we head for Darwin. Expect to be dropped back at your accommodation in Darwin around 7 pm.

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It’s hard to go wrong with the magnificent locations chosen for this tour, but it was our guide that made the trip so memorable. Ben’s passion for this country and its people was contagious. Rather than feeling like tourists, we felt like we were part of it all. My 12 year old daughter and I have seen many beautiful places around the world, but Ben made this the best holiday we’ve ever had.

VIP experience at Crocosaurus Cove - fed a huge croc (Burt), held a snake (Neville), blue-tongue lizard (Brian) and a baby croc (Fluffy). Fed juvenile crocs. The guide was informative and experienced. Convenient location in the middle of the City. Reasonably priced. Definitely recommend.

John we excellent and very informative on our walking tour. Would highly recommend this walking tour to all who are interested in Australian history during WWll. Easy pace and most enjoyable. Ian & Suzanne

We loved this trip. Lots of physical activity, a very knowledgeable guide, 4 days packed with interesting information and activities

Great tour definitely well worth it. Guides were fantastic. 4wd vehicle was also very comfortable.