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Tropical Top End

4 Day Guided Holiday

(Tour Code FTAATTTE)

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Itinerary May – Oct

As this Short Break departs at 7.15am, accommodation will need to be pre-booked for the previous night.

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Day 1: Darwin - Kakadu National Park

Join the famous Jumping Crocodile Cruise. Travel into Kakadu National Park for lunch and visit Bowali Visitor Centre. View ancient Aboriginal rock art and take a guided walk to the top of Ubirr for magnificent views.

Hotel: Mercure Kakadu Crocodile Hotel (Superior), Kakadu.
Included Meals: Lunch

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Day 2: Kakadu National Park – Katherine

Take a guided walk at Nourlangie to view Aboriginal rock art. Continue to Warradjan Cultural Centre, before a cruise on the famous Yellow Water Billabong to observe saltwater crocodiles and prolific wildlife. This afternoon travel via Pine Creek to Katherine.

Hotel: Ibis Styles Katherine (Superior), Katherine.
Included Meals: Lunch

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Day 3: Katherine Gorge Cruise – Darwin

Enjoy a morning cruise through Katherine Gorge and watch for crocodiles basking in the sun. Then proceed to the informative Nitmiluk Visitor Centre for an opportunity to look around, before continuing to Edith Falls. The paperbark and pandanus fringed natural pool at the base of the falls is safe for swimming throughout most of the year (conditions permitting). Stop at Adelaide River War Cemetery, en route to Darwin.

Hotel: DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Esplanade Darwin (Superior), Darwin.
Included Meals: Breakfast

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Day 4: Darwin – Litchfield National Park – Depart Darwin

Follow the Stuart Highway to Litchfield National Park. Your first stop is Florence Falls, where you can take a scenic and interpretive bush and monsoon vine forest walk. There is also the chance for a swim by making your way down the stairs to the plunge pool. Travel on to Tolmer Falls for a magnificent view of the water cascading down to the deep waterhole at the base of the falls. Finally you’ll visit Wangi Falls, with its large crystal clear pool, another relaxing spot for a swim. Later, you’ll call in at Howard Springs Nature Park, for the chance to feed the barramundi & turtles. A great day for taking many fascinating photos, including the amazing stand of termite mounds. Return to Darwin early evening, where your short break concludes.

Included Meals: Lunch

As this Short Break concludes at 6.00pm, you may like to pre-book accommodation for tonight.

Itinerary Nov – Apr

As this Short Break departs at 6.30am, accommodation will need to be pre-booked for the previous night.

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Day 1: Darwin - Kakadu National Park

Travel via Adelaide River and the Marrakai Plains deep into Kakadu National Park. Take a guided walk at Nourlangie Rock where your Driver Guide will lead you on a walk to view the rock art galleries. After lunch, join your local guide on a cruise of Yellow Water Billabong. Search for saltwater crocodiles and the colourful range of birdlife for which this region is renowned. Visit the Warradjan Cultural Centre to view the informative displays depicting the traditions of the Aboriginal people in Kakadu.

Hotel: Mercure Kakadu Crocodile Hotel (Superior), Kakadu.
Included Meals: Lunch

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Day 2: Kakadu National Park - Darwin

This morning join your Driver Guide to explore the World Heritage Area of Ubirr, where you’ll climb up through the ancient Aboriginal rock art galleries, believed to be 20,000 years old, to the lookout for the view over the surrounding wetlands. Join the Guluyambi Cruise along the East Alligator River. An Aboriginal guide will provide an insight into their culture, including local mythology, the river’s abundant food chain, as well as bush survival skills. With special permission of the local people, you are able to go ashore in Arnhem Land. Visit the Bowali Visitor Centre before returning to Darwin.

Hotel: DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Esplanade Darwin (Superior), Darwin, 2 nights.
Included Meals: Lunch

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Day 3: Katherine

Katherine Gorge is a network of thirteen gorges carved from billion-year-old sandstone country by the Katherine River in Nitmiluk National Park. Aboriginal culture is strong in the area and there are many Aboriginal rock art sites dotted throughout the park. It is a haven for nature lovers, with its rugged landscapes, dramatic waterfalls and lush gorges providing an abundance of flora and fauna.

Leaving Darwin we travel south through tropical country, passing former WWII airstrips en route to Adelaide River. We make a short stop at the Adelaide River War Cemetery, a site dedicated to those killed in the air raids in Darwin in the 1940s. Continue to Edith Falls, where there is time for a refreshing swim in the paperbark and pandanas fringed waterhole beneath the falls (conditions permitting).

After your included lunch, we join a 2 hour scenic cruise through Katherine Gorge in Nitmiluk National Park, with a chance to see freshwater crocodiles sunning themselves on the banks of the river and many interesting species of birdlife. Our cruise of the first two gorges takes us past sheer rock walls and requires a short walk to reach the second gorge. Enjoy a drive back through the township of Katherine, the hub of the region’s cattle and farming industries. Travel via Pine Creek, an historic gold mining town, to our evening stop where you may purchase dinner at Emerald Springs (own expense) before returning to Darwin.

Included Meals: Lunch

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Day 4: Litchfield National Park

Leaving Darwin, we follow the Stuart Highway via the township of Batchelor to Litchfield National Park. Visiting the main falls of the Park, you have the opportunity for scenic and interpretive bush and monsoon vine forest walks. View Florence Falls before making your way down the stairs to the plunge pool below with an opportunity to swim.

We then visit Tolmer Falls for a magnificent view of the water cascading down to the deep waterhole below. Venture to Wangi Falls for another opportunity for a swim in the large crystal clear pool and an optional steady climb through the rainforest to the top of the falls. During the day we stop for a picnic lunch. It is a great day also for taking many interesting photos, including the amazing stand of Termite Mounds. Return to Darwin early evening, where your Short Break concludes.

Included Meals: Lunch

As this Short Break concludes at 8:30pm, you may like to pre-book accommodation for tonight.

Please Note: - In April & November-March, if weather conditions preclude access to the East Alligator region, alternative touring will be arranged on Day 2.

Inclusions May - Oct

  • Accommodation
  • Kakadu National Park Ticket
  • Breakfast (1)
  • Lunch (3)
  • Jumping Crocs Cruise
  • Yellow Water Billabong Cruise
  • Katherine Gorge Breakfast Cruise
  • Experienced Driver Guides
  • Detailed and informative commentary
  • Travel in an air-conditioned coach
  • Return airport transfers- flight details to be provided 45 days prior to travel

Inclusions Nov - Apr

  • Accommodation
  • National Park Ticket
  • Lunch (4)
  • Experienced Driver Guides
  • Detailed and informative commentary
  • Travel in an air-conditioned coach
  • Return airport transfers- flight details to be provided 45 days prior to travel

Fitness requirement

Low to moderate level of fitness required:

  • Kakadu: Small amount of walking including a 10-15 minute walk on uneven ground with a gradual climb to the viewing point. There is wheelchair access, however, this is on uneven ground and is accessible for only a small part of the walk and must have a carer to assist.
  • Katherine:  Small amount of walking.
  • Litchfield: Florence Falls – Climb 100 steel steps to top or walk at steady pace on the uneven base walk to viewing platform. 
    Tolmer Falls – steady 10 minute walk on established path.
    Wangi Falls – 5 minute walk through rainforest.

 

What to bring

  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Sunglasses, hat and sunscreen
  • Water bottle to hold 1 litre
  • Camera
  • Jacket in the cooler months
  • Swimmers & towel

Dates & Rates 2019

Departures between 01 May 2018 – 31 October 2019

Adult Twin Superior From$1440.00
Adult Single Superior From$1765.00

Departures between 01 Nov 2018 – 31 Mar 2019

Adult Twin Superior From$1160.00
Adult Single Superior From$1340.00

National Park entry fee is included.

Call 1300 197 351 for up to date availability.

Map

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November – April (Map)

Accommodation

May - October

Superior - Mercure Kakadu Crocodile Hotel

The indigenous owned luxury accommodation is uniquely shaped to represent Kakadu's most famous inhabitant, the saltwater crocodile. Relax in the recently refurbished rooms, unwind in your private courtyard, by the shaded outdoor pool or take in the landscaped interior garden view from the balcony.
 

Superior - Ibis Styles Katherine

Ibis Styles Katherine is situated near Katharine town centre, and offers affordable, comfortable accommodation for intrepid travellers.

Superior - DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Esplanade Darwin

Set next to Darwin Entertainment Centre and overlooking the stunning Esplanade, the welcoming DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Esplanade Darwin is only a 15 minute drive from Darwin International Airport and is the perfect place to relax after a full day of exploring the Top End. The hotel is within walking distance of the city centre and historic attractions like the War Memorial and Parliament House. 

November - April

Superior - Mercure Kakadu Crocodile Hotel

The indigenous owned luxury accommodation is uniquely shaped to represent Kakadu's most famous inhabitant, the saltwater crocodile. Relax in the recently refurbished rooms, unwind in your private courtyard, by the shaded outdoor pool or take in the landscaped interior garden view from the balcony.
 

Superior - DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Esplanade Darwin

Set next to Darwin Entertainment Centre and overlooking the stunning Esplanade, the welcoming DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Esplanade Darwin is only a 15 minute drive from Darwin International Airport and is the perfect place to relax after a full day of exploring the Top End. The hotel is within walking distance of the city centre and historic attractions like the War Memorial and Parliament House.