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Kakadu’s Ancient Secrets

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  • Kakadu National Park

    Kakadu National Park

  • Nourlangie Rock Art

    Nourlangie Rock Art

  • Indigenous spear throwing

    Indigenous spear throwing

  • Katherine Gorge Dinner Cruise

    Katherine Gorge Dinner Cruise

  • Indigenous Rarrk Painting

    Indigenous Rarrk Painting

  • Ubirr Pools

    Ubirr Pools

Tour code: MNDD

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Venture to Australia’s Top End, through the untamed wilderness and wetlands of Kakadu – an ancient landscape of billabongs, gorges and hidden canyons teeming with spectacular wildlife. Embark on an Inspiring Journey to the haunt of the Lightning Man, Aboriginal clans and the mighty crocs that roam Kakadu’s floodplains.


1 April 2018 - 31 October 2018 ?
Day 1
Darwin – Mary River

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

Begin your epic Top End adventure in the sleepy city of Darwin, where you’ll meet your local Travel Director and Driver Guide and board the luxury 4WD vehicle. Your brush with Australia’s natural treasures begins in Litchfield National Park. Hear how the local Aboriginal people’s ancestral spirits have shaped the landscape, before embarking on a cross-country journey along the rugged Marrakai Track (seasonally accessible) to the Mary River Wetlands. Tonight stay in private, permanent safari tents.

Hotel: Wildman Wilderness Lodge, Mary River

Included Meals: Lunch and dinner with wine

Day 2
Mary River – Kakadu

Wake up with the wildlife of Mary River and head to Corroboree Billabong, where you’ll board a wildlife cruise in the company of a local guide to explore its floodplains and spot the creatures that find sanctuary in its lotus-covered waters. Journey into the tropical depths of the iconic Kakadu National Park next, stopping at Bowali Visitor Centre. Prime your adventurer legs this afternoon for a sunset walk at the rock art galleries of Ubirr. Perched atop Nadab Lookout, watch the sun dip into the lush Kakadu floodplains.

Hotel: Mercure Kakadu Crocodile Hotel, Jabiru

Included Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner with wine

Day 3
Kakadu – Katherine Gorge

Enjoy a leisurely start to your day or take to the skies on an early morning scenic flight over Kakadu and Arnhem Land (own expense) before venturing to Nourlangie to admire the ancient Dreamtime art of the Bininj and Mungguy people that is said to span 20,000 years. Continue cross-country to Gunlom Falls – hike to the top of the falls rewarded with a refreshing dip in the crystal-clear plunge pool. Enjoy lunch in the shade of rustling gum trees before you continue to Nitmiluk National Park , where you’ll stay tonight in a five-star eco-lodge.

Hotel: Cicada Lodge, Nitmiluk National Park, Katherine, 2 nights

Included Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner with wine

Day 4

The hypnotic rhythms of the didgeridoo take centre stage this morning as you meet Manuel Pamkal and share in his passion for the rich traditional culture into which he was born. Learn about life in the bush and experience first-hand the fine art of rarrk painting using a special reed brush, after which you’ll create your very own masterpiece to take home. Later, board a special Highlight Dinner cruise and learn about the history and culture of the local Jawoyn people.

Hotel: Cicada Lodge

Included Meals: Breakfast, lunch and highlight dinner

Day 5
Katherine – Farewell from Darwin

A leisurely start to the day could see you relaxing at the lodge or embarking on a walk. Later, leave the wilderness behind and journey north along the Stuart Highway, stopping to cool off in the cascading waters of Edith Falls. Next, continue to Adelaide River War Cemetery and pay homage to the heroes who gave their lives in the service and defence of Australia. Bid farewell to this Inspiring Journey as you return to the tropical Northern Territory capital of Darwin.

You may like to pre-book accommodation for tonight in Darwin. 

Included Meals: Breakfast and lunch

5 Day Inspiring Journey

Tour departs from Darwin and returns to Darwin


  • World Heritage listed Kakadu National Park
  • Litchfield National Park’s many wonderful waterfalls
  • Uncover the Mary River on a safari cruise
  • Climb Nourlangie for spectacular views over Kakadu National Park
  • Get off road on the Marrakai 4WD track
  • Immerse yourself in WWII history at Adelaide River War Cemetery
  • Learn about Aboriginal rock art at Ubirr
  • Enjoy an exclusive Aboriginal cultural experience
  • Swim at Gunlom Falls overlooking Kakadu
  • Stay in luxury accommodation at Cicada Lodge for 2 nights
  • Relax in luxury at Wildman Wilderness Lodge
  • Take a refreshing dip at Wangi Falls


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


  • 4 Full buffet breakfasts
  • 5 lunches
  • 3 Dinners with wine
  • 1 Highlight Dinner

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: You’ll travel in 4WD vehicles. 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.

Minimum child age is 12 years old.

Ways to Save

Departures from 1 April 2018
Early Payment Discount – 5% saving

when you pay in full by 29 June 2018

Pay by 29 Jun 2018   5% saving
Kings Club   5% saving
2nd vacation discount   2.5% saving
Groups (5 people or more)   5% saving

* All savings are per person, apply only to the land component. Conditions apply.


Find your applicable discounts as many discounts are combinable. More Information

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

    Mary River

    • 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

    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

    Nitmiluk National Park, Katherine, 2 nights

    • 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
  • Cicada Lodge
    Gorge Rd, Katherine, NT 0850

    • 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