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  • Gunlom Falls

    Gunlom Falls

  • Arnhem Land

    Arnhem Land

  • Ubirr, Kakadu National Park

    Ubirr, Kakadu National Park

  • Yellow Water Billabong Birdlife

    Yellow Water Billabong Birdlife

  • Katherine Gorge

    Katherine Gorge


Tour code: MNDD

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Travel in a small group and stay in luxury accommodation in idyllic settings like Cicada Lodge in Nitmiluk National Park and Wildman Wilderness Lodge on the Mary River. Swim in nature's infinity plunge pool at Gunlom Falls and see Aboriginal rock art at Ubirr. Cruise ancient waterways, spot native wildlife, and enjoy first class fare along the way.

Itinerary

1 April 2017 - 18 October 2017 ?
Day 1
Darwin – Mary River

As this Inspiring Journey departs early morning, accommodation will need to be pre-booked for the previous night.

Welcome to Darwin! This morning, meet your local Driver Guide and board your luxury 4WD vehicle to begin a journey of discovery in the Top End. Travel across the Finniss River to Litchfield National Park. You'll enjoy a swim to cool off at tumbling Florence Falls and you'll also visit Wangi Falls, surrounded by tropical monsoon rainforest and hear about its importance in Aboriginal custom. Get ready for a cross-country journey via the unsealed Marrakai Track (seasonally accessible), through cattle stations and back country to the Mary River region. Late-afternoon you'll arrive at Wildman Wilderness Lodge, where you'll stay in private permanent safari tents. Situated in the Mary River Wetlands and renowned for its incredible wildlife, the property seamlessly combines comfort and chic with the beauty of the surrounding landscape. The lodge is the definition of 'outback luxury'. Enjoy a beverage while the sun sets over the floodplains and after dinner maybe sit back with a nightcap by the fire pit.

Hotel: Wildman Wilderness Lodge

Included Meals: Lunch, Dinner with wine

Day 2
Mary River – Kakadu

Wake up to the evocative sounds of the floodplains. Head out to Corroboree Billabong and enjoy a wonderful wildlife cruise. You’ll join a local guide on a safari-style boat to see a myriad of different bird species, spot estuarine crocodiles and simply enjoy the stunning Mary River floodplains system. Next stop is Australia’s largest National Park – Kakadu. World Heritage listed, as both a cultural and natural sanctuary, Kakadu National Park is an Australian icon. Visit park headquarters, Bowali Visitors Centre then check in to your hotel where the buildings are shaped to represent a crocodile – the region’s most famous resident! Relax and unwind with a refreshing dip in the hotel’s shaded outdoor pool or even wander through the on-site art gallery before you join your Driver Guide on a sunset walk at Ubirr rock art site. You’ll see ancient rock art and take a walk to discover remarkable views over the surrounding wetlands and escarpments from the fantastic vantage point, Nadab Lookout. An Ubirr sunset is something that has to be seen to be believed, you will remember it forever. Return to your hotel for a delicious dinner.

Hotel: Mercure Kakadu Crocodile Hotel

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner with wine

Day 3 - 4
Kakadu – Katherine Gorge – Katherine
Day 3: Kakadu – Katherine Gorge

If you're an early riser there's a chance to take an early morning scenic flight over Kakadu and Arnhem Land, or perhaps you might just want to sleep in before your day of activities. This morning you'll visit Nourlangie to see its fascinating Aboriginal rock art for yourself. You'll also hear first-hand from your Driver Guide a detailed interpretation of the art and the rich Aboriginal culture as you explore the various outdoor 'galleries' with art that dates back some 20,000 years. Later you'll veer off the sealed road and on to a gravel track for a scenic cross-country journey to Gunlom Falls. You'll have time to take a hike to the top of the falls for a splash in picturesque natural plunge pool where you're rewarded with spectacular views over the National Park. Take in the natural beauty of the area while you enjoy a picnic lunch. This afternoon you continue through Katherine to Nitmiluk National Park. Indulge in five-star luxury at Cicada Lodge, a stunning architect designed eco-lodge surrounded by nature, where each room has a private balcony that opens to the glories of Nitmiluk National Park.

Day 4: Katherine

Today meet Manual Pamkal who will welcome you with a traditional song on the didgeridoo. Manual was born and raised immersed in his rich traditional culture. He'll share with you stories of growing up in the bush and teach you the fine art of rarrk painting using a special brush from a reed called Julk. Call up the inner artist within you and paint your own masterpiece to take home! Journey to Mataranka for a swim in the relaxing natural spring-fed thermal pool. The pool is said to have the power to soothe your aches and pains and bubbles up at a fairly constant 34 degrees. Just glorious! This evening, relax on a special dinner cruise along Katherine River. You'll marvel at the gorges while you spot wildlife and learn about the history and culture of the local Jawoyn people. Enjoy the peaceful ambiance during the candle-lit three course dinner prepared on board your boat.

Hotel: Cicada Lodge, 2 nights

Included Meals: Day 3: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner with wine. Day 4: Breakfast, Lunch, Highlight Dinner

Day 5
Katherine – Farewell from Darwin

This morning, either have a lie in or take the opportunity to grab a canoe for a paddle on the river (seasonal). It's the most relaxing way to experience the National Park, completely immersed in nature in the mystical morning light. Travel north along the Stuart Highway stopping at Edith Falls along the way for a relaxing dip. Continue to Adelaide River War Cemetery. During WWII, Adelaide River was headquarters to a large military base, and a large cemetery was created especially for those who gave their lives in the service and defence of their country. Your Inspiring Journey concludes on arrival in Darwin.

Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

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5 Day Inspiring Journey

Tour departs from Darwin and returns to Darwin

Highlights

  • Swim at Gunlom Falls overlooking Kakadu
  • Indulge in a three course meal on Katherine Gorge
  • Immerse yourself in WWII history at Adelaide River War Cemetery
  • Stay in luxury accommodation at Cicada Lodge
  • Climb Nourlangie for spectacular views over the National Park
  • Learn about Aboriginal rock art at Ubirr
  • Relax in luxury at Wildman Wilderness Lodge
  • Cruise the Mary River on a safari cruise
  • Get off road on the Marrakai 4WD track
  • Cool off with a refreshing dip at Wangi Falls
  • Enjoy picnic lunches in secluded locations off the beaten track
  • Enjoy an exclusive Aboriginal cultural experience
  • Canoe on the Katherine River
  • Luxury small group experience
  • Small vehicle with no more than 20 guests
  • Experienced Driver Guide

Inclusions

  • Hand-picked accommodation
  • Complimentary refreshments throughout the journey
  • Airport transfers (see flight information below)

Dining

  • Full buffet breakfasts (4)
  • Lunches (5)
  • Dinners with wine (4)

Flight Information

Any flights referred to in the itinerary are at the client’s expense and are not included in the land content price.

Day Prior   Flights to arrive anytime
into Darwin Airport
Day 5   Flights to depart after 8.00pm
from Darwin Airport

What to bring

  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Sunglasses, sunscreen and hat
  • Water bottle
  • Camera
  • Jacket in cooler months
  • Swimwear and beach towel

Fitness Level

Moderate: The walk to the top of Gunlom Falls is difficult in nature and may not be suitable for all guests. There is an easier walk with plunge pool access available as an alternative.

Ways to Save

Departures from 1 April 2017
Early payment discount
Pay by 14 April 2017    Save up to $260
Pay by 02 June 2017    Save up to $195
Pay by 31 July 2017    Save up to $130
 
Kings Club early payment discount
Pay by 14 April 2017    Save up to $390
Pay by 02 June 2017    Save up to $325
Pay by 31 July 2017    Save up to $260
 
Kings Club    Save up to $130

All savings are per person.

Quality accommodation

Your Guided Holiday includes a range of quality accommodation for your comfort.

The accommodation you will enjoy on this tour includes:

  • Wildman Wilderness Lodge
    Point Stuart Rd, Arnhem, NT 0801

    • Wildman Wilderness Lodge - Safari tents
    • Wildman Wilderness Lodge
    • Wildman Wilderness Lodge - varandah
    • Wildman Wilderness Lodge - pool
    • Wildman Wilderness Lodge - Safari tents

    Amidst the lush wilderness of Australia’s breathtaking Top End, Wildman Wilderness Lodge offers an extraordinary wetlands safari experience, situated in the Mary River Wetlands area half way between Darwin and Kakadu National Park. Wildman is a small-scale, high quality safari lodge featuring all the modern comforts of great accommodation.

    • Features
    • Ensuite
    • Ceiling fan
    • Linen
    • Swimming Pool
    • Outdoor Patio
  • Mercure Kakadu Crocodile Hotel
    1 Flinders St, Jabiru, NT 0886

    • Mercure Kakadu Crocodile Hotel Superior Room
    • Mercure Kakadu Crocodile Hotel Aerial View
    • Mercure Kakadu Crocodile Hotel Reception
    • Mercure Kakadu Crocodile Hotel Gallery Area

    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.

    • Features
    • Bathtub and shower
    • Satellite/cable colour TV
    • Broadband Internet access
    • Hair Dryer
    • Air Conditioning
    • Iron / Ironing Board
    • Refrigerator
    • Ensuite
  • Cicada Lodge
    Gorge Rd, Katherine, NT 0850

    2 nights

    • Cicada Lodge - Pool Area
    • Cicada Lodge - Bathrooms
    • Cicada Lodge - Bar
    • Cicada Lodge - Room
    • Cicada Lodge - Pool Area

    Cicada Lodge opened in 2013 and delivers the highest standards of non-intrusive, world-class service in a modern architect-designed lodge.

    The Lodge is elegantly furnished in a contemporary, sophisticated style fusing international, modern Australian and Indigenous design elements.

     

    • Features
    • Room service
    • Free wireless internet access
    • Air-conditioning
    • Refrigerator
    • Mini-bar (surcharge)
    • Tea & Coffee Facilities
    • Bathrobe
    • Satellite TV
    • Private balcony

Experience more on your holiday

To ensure your holiday is filled with memorable experiences, we have included a range of quality Optional Excursions for you to choose from and partake in, if you wish, during your holiday. We understand that everyone is an individual, and have therefore allowed some free time for you to experience different types of touring. These have not been included in the tour fare as we realise they may not appeal to all people. Our selection of optional excursions include scenic flights, helicopter rides, cruises, dinners, ballooning, fishing trips, four wheel drive tours, cultural experiences, and even camel riding.


Experiences available between 1 April 2017 - 18 October 2017

Kakadu Air Scenic Flight (Kakadu)

Adult Price: AUD 150.00  (30 Minute)

Kakadu Air Scenic Flight

Experiencing Kakadu from the air gives you a true sense of the vastness of this amazing landscape. This fabulous scenic flight hugs the Mt. Brockman escarpment, crosses Deaf Adder Gorge and then takes in the beautiful Double Falls (seasonal), a spectacular introduction to the waterfalls of Kakadu. 

Bookings

The excursions can be booked through your Travel Director. You will be asked during the early part of your tour to name those that you may wish to join, as advance reservations are often necessary. Please note that occasionally weather or seasonal conditions may not permit their operation. Some also depend on a minimum number of participants and suitable time being available.

Prices

Prices indicated are Australian or New Zealand dollars

Prices are valid from 1 April 2017. Optional experience pricing is indicated in Australian dollars or New Zealand dollars depending on the country of operation and may be subject to change. Please note that reduced rates for pensioners or children may apply on some tours. Prices are inclusive of GST.