Darwin to Nitmiluk National Park
In the morning you will meet with your journey leader, navigator and fellow travelers, before setting off along the Stuart Highway to Katherine, where our first stop is Nitmiluk National Park. We'll take a break to learn a bit of war history at Adelaide River township, before stopping at Leliyn (Edith Falls) to view its picturesque water holes and beautiful waterfalls. You will have time to enjoy a refreshing swim in the lower and upper pools, before heading on to Katherine. For an evening treat, we will relax on a Highlight Dinner Cruise on the Katherine River, where you'll marvel at the giants gorges, spot wildlife and chatter amongst yourselves in the peaceful ambience of a candle light, three course dinner.
One Nights Accommodation: Nitmiluk Chalets
Kakadu National Park
Today we will visit Kakadu National Park, the largest in Australia and a world heritage listed site for its cultural and natural significance. From here, we will diverge from the sealed roads and onto gravel tracks, for a scenic cross-country ride to Gunlom Falls. Get ready for a fun splash in the falls (weather and season permitting). We’ll have a superb picnic lunch in amongst the wild surroundings, then head to Nourlangie Rock to view ancient Aboriginal rock art. Your journey leader will begin an interesting interpretation of the local Aboriginal culture and its significance to this ancient form of art. We’ll explore the various outdoor galleries, before retiring to our accommodation at Gagudju Crocodile Holiday Inn.
One Nights Accommodation: Gagudju Crocodile Holiday Inn
Kakadu National Park to Mary River
For those early risers there will be an optional early morning scenic flight over Kakadu and Arnhem Land.
Today, you will be treated to a touch of luxury at the beautiful Wildman Wilderness Lodge, where you will have your own private safari quarters in the stunning Mary River Wetlands. For the day, you will have the option to join a tour to Ubirr rock art site and visit a variety of over looks that offer spectacular wildlife scenery. You will also visit the Bowali Visitor Center, before moving into the Mary River floodplain system.
Alternatively, you may prefer an exciting excursion into the Aboriginal area of Arnhem Land, where you will experience the unique way of life in one of the few areas where indigenous culture is still dominant in Australia. A local Aboriginal guide will show you examples of rock art on Injalak Hill (Long Tom Dreaming). We’ll have the chance to visit the Injalak Arts and Crafts Center to watch fascinating weavings and paintings done by the traditional Aboriginal people.
Two Nights Accommodation: Wildman Wilderness Lodge
This morning you may relax and enjoy a well deserved sleep-in, before we head to the nearby rock hole Billabong. Today, we will embark on a educational wildlife cruise on the Rock hold and Corroboree Billabongs, where you will have plenty of chances to see a myriad of different bird species, crocodiles and ever-changing river scenery. Optional activities for today include, a quad bike ride through the Wildman Estate to Leichhardt Point, drive through forests to Leichhardt Point, or an interpretive Aboriginal guided walk to the edge of the wetlands.
Litchfield National park and Darwin
For our last day we head towards the Mary River system and journey cross-country to Marrakai Track, through cattle stations and wild country to our destination- Litchfield National Park. For lunch, we’ll have a packed picnic lunch in the park, with a refreshing afternoon swim at Florence Falls. We’ll also visit Wangi Falls to hear about its Aboriginal significance, before traveling to Finniss River and back into Darwin. The journey ends here, in which you can choose to extend your trip with a rail journey on the Ghan to Alice Springs or Adelaide.