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Arnhem Land Region

Arnhem Land Region

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Darwin: Kakadu National Park Cultural Day Tour with Lunch

Darwin: Kakadu National Park Cultural Day Tour with Lunch

Travel from Darwin to Kakadu on a day trip exploring the best of Kakadu National Park. See ancient rock art, unique plants, and wildlife, and spectacular bush views as you drive, walk and cruise through Kakadu. After pickup from your Darwin hotel, enter Kakadu National Park, and travel to Ubirr Rock, the site of some of the world’s oldest rock art. Join your guide on an interpretative walk through ancient rock galleries, and hear about the history and culture of the traditional custodians. There are plenty of opportunities for bushwalking, but the pace is slow, with plenty of stops to discuss the rock art and the history of those who painted it. Stop at Nadab Lookout for amazing 360-degree views over the wetlands of the Nadab floodplains, before continuing to East Alligator River. A descendant of the traditional owners will join you for a Guluyambi cultural cruise along the East Alligator River. The River which divides Kakadu and Arnhem Land is home to some of the region’s largest saltwater crocodiles. Feel honored to be invited onto Arnhem Land shores to see a cultural demonstration of how the Bininj people work with the waterways to this day. The Guluyambi cultural cruise is a great opportunity to hear about the area, history, and culture directly from the land's traditional custodians. During your Kakadu day trip there is a stop for a picnic lunch and at the end of the day, get dropped off back at your Darwin hotel.

Katherine Gorge & Edith Falls Full-Day Tour from Darwin

Katherine Gorge & Edith Falls Full-Day Tour from Darwin

Discover a network of 13 gorges carved into billion-year-old sandstone rock by the Katherine River of Nitmiluk National Park on this scenic full-day sightseeing tour from Darwin. During the tour you will learn about the Aboriginal culture abundant in the area and see rock art sites dotted throughout the park. With its rugged landscapes, dramatic waterfalls, and lush gorges, the Nitmiluk National Park is a haven for nature lovers, with plentiful flora and fauna. Travel south through tropical country, passing former World War II airstrips en route to the Adelaide River. Make a short stop at the Adelaide River War Cemetery to pay your respects to those killed in the air raids of Darwin in the 1940s. Continue to Edith Falls for a refreshing swim in the paperbark and pandana-lined waterhole (conditions permitting). After an inclusive lunch, enjoy a 2-hour scenic cruise through the Katherine Gorge, looking for freshwater crocodiles sunning themselves on the banks of the river. Keep your eyes open for the many interesting species of birdlife. Enjoy a brief tour of Katherine, hub of the region’s cattle and farming industries. Then, travel via the historic mining town of Pine Creek to an evening stop along the Adelaide River. From May through September lunch can be taken on board your cruise, while dinner is available at your own expense at the evening stop, before your transfer back to Darwin.

From Darwin: Katherine Gorge Cruise and Edith Falls Tour

From Darwin: Katherine Gorge Cruise and Edith Falls Tour

Explore one of Top End's most beautiful natural attractions at Nitmiluk National Park. Relax on a scenic boat cruise through Katherine Gorge, followed by a visit to Edith Falls. Depart Darwin in the early morning and travel south along the Stuart Highway through the townships of Adelaide River and Pine Creek. Take in the views of native flora and fauna, endemic to the Northern Territory region, as your guide provides historical and cultural commentary throughout the trip. Then board the Katherine Gorge (Nitmiluk) boat cruise, where you will journey along the river surrounded by stunning cliffs measuring up to 70m high, with the sun’s natural lighting providing ever-changing colors throughout the landscape and rock formations.  Hear about the culture and stories of the traditional owners of the land, the Jawoyn people of Katherine, as you are guided through this wonderful area before you disembark. Visit the Nitmiluk Visitor Centre to learn more about the history of the local area. Then, head towards the picturesque Edith Falls (Leliyn) area where you can take a refreshing dip in the huge natural plunge pool or relax and take in the beauty of your surroundings, before your relaxing journey back to Darwin city center.

Darwin: Kakadu & Nourlangie Day Trip Plus Billabong Cruise

Darwin: Kakadu & Nourlangie Day Trip Plus Billabong Cruise

Explore the landscape of Kakadu National Park on a day trip. Discover mangrove-fringed coastal areas that blend into expansive flood plains, lowland hills flanked to the east by sandstone escarpments, all interwoven between various open woodland and forest habitats. Visit the Warradjan Cultural Centre to view the informative displays depicting the traditions of the Aboriginal people, before your return to Darwin. There is also the opportunity for an optional 50-minute scenic flight (own expense) for a different perspective of this vibrant landscape. Next, join a local guide for a cruise on the famous Yellow Water Billabong. Search for saltwater crocodiles and the colorful range of birdlife for which this region is renowned. Teeming with wildlife in the water, land, and air, the many species that provide a diversity and concentration seen nowhere else add to the natural spectacle. See how the land takes on different forms and colors with the passing of each season. After lunch, travel across the Adelaide River and Marrakai Plains, and stop at Nourlangie Rock, where your guide will lead a walk to view the ancient Aboriginal rock art.

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

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

Day 1: Darwin - Kakadu National Park Begin your adventure in Darwin by heading out to the Wetlands Region, where the stunning scenery of the top end awaits you. On the way, we'll see plenty of Top End birdlife and apex predators... crocodiles! The next two nights will be spent in Kakadu National Park. At Bowali Visitor Centre, we enjoy the landscape and wildlife. Across the border from Arnhem Land to Kakadu, we reach Cahills Crossing. At sunset, we'll visit Ubirr Rock, a rare collection of Aboriginal rock art. Sunset over the Nadab Floodplain will take your breath away. We enjoy an evening at our cozy private camp with our fellow travellers. Drive Distance: 420km. Hike & Grading: 1km loop Grade 2-3. Day 2: Jim Jim Falls - Plunge Pools - Jabiru Return On day 2, we head south into Kakadu National Park. We will explore lush monsoon rainforests, hike through pristine plunge pools and waterfalls surrounded by steep escarpments and rocky cliffs today. Depending on the group's physical ability, we will visit one or more waterfalls. Motor Car Falls, Jim Jim Falls, Twin Falls or Moline Rockhole can be included. We explore the stories of the artefacts at Warradjan Cultural Centre and Gallery, if time permits. We return to camp for dinner and a well-earned rest. Drive Distance: Minimum 150km depending on waterfall access. Note that each journey includes 40km offroad. Hike & Grading: 1.5km - 4km Grade 5/6. Day 3: Kakadu - Katherine Today, we found Burrungkuy (Nourlangie) rock art, Kunwarddewardde Lookout, and Nawurlandja Lookout. Burrungkuy (Nourlangie) Rock has incredible Aboriginal rock art. Barramundi Gorge (Maguk) Waterfall, another 4WD track, is one of Kakadu's most picturesque and pristine waterfalls. Fitness and agility are required to trek through the monsoon forest to the plunge pool. Following our 2km walk, swim, and lunch, we can relax under the stars at our private safari campsite in Katherine. Drive Distance: 420km. Hike & Grading: 1.5km Grade 3. Day 4: Katherine - Nitmiluk National Park It's an early start to reach Nitmiluk National Park and board the two-hour NitNit Katherine Gorge boat cruise. You will marvel at your surroundings and the relaxed cruise atmosphere in this area rich in creation stories. After the cruise, you can take a scenic helicopter flight (optional) to see Nitmiluk and Katherine Gorge. Take a dip beneath a cascading waterfall and enjoy a picnic lunch at Edith Falls! After a day of culture, walks and swimming, our private campsite awaits. Drive Distance: 470km. Hike & Grading: 2km Grade 2-4 depending on the walk embarked on. Day 5: Katherine - Litchfield - Darwin On our fifth day, we travel back to Darwin via Litchfield National Park. Visit Buley Rockholes and Wangi Falls after viewing the monolithic Magnetic Termite Mounds in Litchfield. Enjoy Florence Falls or Tolmer Falls among the rocky escarpment. Take a relaxing ride back to Darwin after exploring the Top End. Drive Distance: 470 km. Walking: 1km - 2km.

From Darwin: 4-Day Kakadu Katherine Gorge Small Group Trip

From Darwin: 4-Day Kakadu Katherine Gorge Small Group Trip

We'll explore monsoon forests, spectacular escarpment country, and the amazing biodiversity of Kakadu's landscapes, home to many endemic species of flora and fauna. Day 1: Darwin - Kakadu National Park We drive from Darwin to the wetlands region of WakWak, an hour outside of Darwin, where top-end scenery is on display. Continuing our journey, we arrive in Kakadu National Park, 300 km east of Darwin, and check into our local accommodation. We tour the Bowali Visitor Center before heading to the East Alligator region, the most north-eastern point of Kakadu, for a cultural tour. Guests will join the Guluyambi Cultural Cruise on the East Alligator River bordering Kakadu and Arnhem Land to learn about the creation stories of the area, observe magnificent birdlife, and, of course, see crocodiles. Visit Ubirr Rock, home to some of the best-preserved Aboriginal rock art in the world, and climb high for a spectacular sunset. Meals: L, D. Drive Distance: 420km. Hike & Grading: 1km loop Grade 2-3. Day 2: Kakadu National Park The day is spent exploring art galleries and cultural centers that tell the stories of former and present clan groups of Kakadu and Arnhem Land. We will journey on a guided walk through the Burrungkuy (Nourlangie) art site areas, visiting Kunwarddewardde Lookout, Anbangbang Billabong, Nawurlandja, and Naguluwurr. Enjoy the impressive views of escarpments, savannah woodlands, lowlands, and floodplains, and listen to stories and artwork from local traditional owners. After a spectacular sunset on day two of your adventure, we head back to our accommodation for our evening meal and restful sleep. Meals: B, L, D. Drive Distance: 150km. Hike & Grading: 1km grade 2. Day 3: Kakadu - Katherine After a leisurely morning, we head south toward Katherine and Nitmiluk. Showcasing the earthy colours of typical Northern Australian bushland. Look out for the Red Tailed Black Cockatoo, Agile Wallabies, wild horses, and buffalo. Through Pine Creek, we stop for some refreshments. We check into our Katherine accommodation and then head to Nitmiluk National Park for a 2-hour NitNit Dreaming Katherine Cruise, a leisurely glimpse at this magnificent region. A 70m sheer rock wall cruise with wildlife hiding around every corner. As we head back to Katherine, we can settle into our comfortable accommodations and enjoy local hospitality before our fourth and final day of exploration. Meals: B, L, D. Drive Distance: 310km. Hike & Grading: none. Day 4: Katherine - Darwin We see more of Katherine today with a dip in the Hot Springs, followed by a visit to the Top Didj Gallery where we have the opportunity to view local art and experience bush tucker and bush medicine gardens. After enjoying a picnic lunch and a plunge pool beneath a cascading waterfall at the beautiful Edith Falls. You'll be back in Darwin this evening, reflecting on all the adventures and new friends you've made. Meals: B, L. Drive Distance: 350km. Hike & Grading: 1km Grade 1.

Kakadu National Park, 4WD, 4-6 guests only, Day Trip w/lunch

Kakadu National Park, 4WD, 4-6 guests only, Day Trip w/lunch

Discover the wonders of Kakadu National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site renowned for its cultural significance and breathtaking landscapes. Join our intimate group of 4–6 travelers for a personalized tour that allows ample time to explore this expansive natural sanctuary. Our dedicated guide prioritizes your preferences and ensures a unique experience away from the crowds of large tour buses. Embark on a journey led by our experienced and accredited tour guide, delving into the diverse wildlife, stunning vistas, and rich indigenous heritage of the region. Enjoy a 1-hour walk at Nourlangie (Burrungkuy) to admire ancient Rock Art sites suitable for all fitness levels, while learning about the fascinating tales of Narmagon, the Lightning Man. For those seeking adventure, a lookout point overlooking the Arnhem Land escarpment promises a breathtaking panorama. Before joining the cruise we will have a 30-minute stop at the Warradjan Culture Center and you have time to visualize your experience, with a big display of artifacts and pictures. Following a nice picnic lunch, we embarked on a 1.5-hour cruise along the famous Yellow Water Billabong, where you can spot saltwater crocodiles, brolgas, black neck storks, and jacanas amidst the vibrant birdlife. After a day of excitement, you can just sit back and enjoy your scenic drive back to Darwin, after a full day of unforgettable Kakadu experiences.

Jabiru: Guided Flight over Kakadu National Park

Jabiru: Guided Flight over Kakadu National Park

Witness the natural formations in Kakadu on this guided flight over Kakadu National Park. Kakadu enjoys two major climatic seasons, the wet and the dry. The flight takes two different paths depending on the time of the year that you choose to fly. During the wet season, head south, passing the Ranger Uranium Mine, Mt. Brockman, and the escarpment to “Lightning Dreaming". Cross Deaf Adder Gorge and take in the magnificent Double Falls. Fly across the Arnhem Plateau until it reveals the breathtaking Jim Jim and Twin Falls. For tours during the dry season, start by passing the Ranger Uranium Mine across to Dinosaur Valley. Go through Upper East Alligator Valley, and follow the twists and turns of the stunning river. Then, fly over the Magela floodplains to see the famous Crocodile Hotel.

Katherine Gorge & Edith Falls, 4WD, 4-6 Guests from Darwin

Katherine Gorge & Edith Falls, 4WD, 4-6 Guests from Darwin

Discover the wonders of Kathrine Gorge at Nitmiluk National Park in an exclusive group of 4–6 guests only. Our commitment to exceptional service ensures a personalized experience tailored to your preferences. This day trip from Darwin to Nitmiluk National Park showcases the beauty of Katherine Gorge and Edith Falls. The name Nitmiluk, meaning "Cicada Place" in the language of the local Aboriginal Jawoyn people, reflects the cultural significance of this land. As the custodians of the Park, these indigenous communities protect the diverse flora and fauna that call it home. Nitmiluk National Park is a sanctuary for rare and endangered species, making it a paradise for nature lovers and adventure enthusiasts alike. Embark on a journey through breathtaking landscapes, delve into the park's rich history. Our first stop along Stuart Highway is Adelaide River, where we pay our respects at the second-largest war cemetery in Australia. Here, you can enjoy a refreshing morning tea in a serene setting. Explore the wonders of Katherine Gorge within Nitmiluk National Park, where cascading waterfalls and rugged terrain captivate your senses. Experience a 2-hour boat cruise through the Gorge system, complete with a short walk to view ancient Aboriginal Rock Art. Marvel at the 70-meter-high walls that surround you as you peacefully glide through the stunning Gorge system. Keep an eye out for sun-bathing Freshwater Crocodiles, kingfishers hunting for food, and wallabies quenching their thirst along the water's edge. Our journey also includes a visit to Edith Falls (Leliyn), where you can take a stroll or a refreshing swim in the all-year-round waterfall. Discover archer fish and other aquatic species in the natural pool fringed by paperbark and Pandanus trees. After a day filled with excitement and exploration, relax and enjoy the scenic drive back to Darwin.

Katherine Gorge - Mataranka - Edith Falls - Adelaide River

Katherine Gorge - Mataranka - Edith Falls - Adelaide River

Very Important: Send a confirmation email to bookings@nttopadventures.com.au BEFORE booking. Embark on an unforgettable journey through the heart of the Northern Territory with our exclusive day tour to Katherine, meticulously crafted to offer an immersive and enriching experience. As the sun peeks over the horizon, your adventure begins with a prompt 5:30 AM pick-up, ensuring a full day of exploration ahead (please confirm with Mattia). Our first stop is the Adelaide River War Cemetery, a poignant reminder of the region's wartime history. Here, amidst the serene surroundings, we pay homage to the brave souls who made the ultimate sacrifice, while enjoying a hearty breakfast and witnessing a breathtaking sunrise. From there, we journey onwards to Edith Falls, a pristine natural oasis nestled within Nitmiluk National Park. As you dip into the refreshing waters for a morning swim, take a moment to marvel at the rugged beauty of the surrounding landscape, sculpted over millions of years by the forces of nature. Next on our itinerary is the majestic Katherine Gorge, a geological marvel carved over millennia by the mighty Katherine River. With two hours allocated for exploration, you'll have ample time to cruise along the tranquil waters, admiring towering sandstone cliffs and lush greenery that flank the gorge. Enjoy a picnic lunch provided by Mattia onboard the boat, allowing you to savor the scenery without missing a beat. Afterward, we head to Mataranka, home to the famous Thermal Pool, where you can luxuriate in the warm, crystal-clear waters of the natural hot spring. Let the soothing embrace of the pool rejuvenate your senses as you soak up the serenity of this unique landscape. Our journey continues with a brief stop at Pine Creek, a historic town steeped in the legacy of the Northern Territory's mining past. Explore the remnants of the old railway station and soak in panoramic views from the lookout, offering glimpses into the region's rich cultural and industrial heritage. As the day draws to a close, we conclude our adventure with a visit to the Adelaide River Pub, an iconic Outback watering hole where you can indulge in a hearty dinner amidst the rustic charm of the Australian bush. Reflect on the day's experiences and forge lasting memories with newfound friends before we make our way back to Darwin. This comprehensive day tour to Katherine offers the perfect blend of history, culture, and natural beauty, providing a deeper understanding and appreciation of the Northern Territory's diverse landscapes and heritage. For more information and booking details, please visit our website. (Please note that conditions may vary during the wet season from October to April.) More information on: www.nttopadventures.com.au or email: bookings@nttopadventures.com We are happy to find the best solution for you. More info on: www.nttopadventures.com.au Email: bookings@nttopadventures.com.au PLEASE EMAIL ME BEFORE BOOKING THE TOUR!

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What a day of wonders in the Northern Territory with our fantastic guide, Becs. We marveled at the ancient art gallery of Ubirr and gazed out from the lookout upon a breathtaking landscape. Then, we embarked on a Guluyambi cultural cruise along the East Alligator River, which glides between Kakadu and Arnhem Land. We disembarked on Arnhem Land while our local guide from Arnhem Land demonstrated spear hunting techniques. We witnessed an abundance of crocodiles along the river, so no swimming for us today 😊. Truly an amazing experience. The tour company also offered collection and drop off at Coolalinga, on the Stuart Highway, which we really appreciated as it saved us having to drive into Darwin. Thank you!

Enjoyed this trip a lot! Comfy buses with USB chargers, water, cooler for storing food. Cruise was simply awesome - gorgeous landscape and everything very well organized. Our guide Ethan arrived on time at pick up point, and was very informative. Professional team.

The day is a long one but worth it. They made a really good effort with my gluten free meal. My only point would be to drop the graveyard bit and have slightly longer at the falls as it felt rushed and I was there for the falls rather than graves.

Although the trip on the bus was long, the experiences you have and the things you see make it worthwhile

Excellent! We had such a wonderful, cherry guide. Great day tour for anyone wanting to explore Kakadu.