Kakadu & Tiwi Islands Explorer
3 days | Darwin/Gulumerrdgen Return
Kakadu National Park • Yellow Water Billabong Cruise • Aboriginal Rock Art & Culture • Warradjan Cultural Centre • Cultural Cruise with Aboriginal Guide • Day Trip to Tiwi Islands
Wed (May & Sep-Nov) Wed (Jun-Aug) 6.30am
Prices From Code: DK40T
As this Short Break departs at 6.30am, accommodations will need to be pre-booked for the previous night.
Depart Darwin and travel along the Arnhem Highway, their major river systems and wetlands, into Kakadu National Park. Located 257 kilometres east of Darwin, this national park covers 20,000 square kilometres of landscape from rocky escarpment home to historic Aboriginal rock art dating back thousands of years, to floodplains abundant with wildlife. Visit the Warradjan Cultural Centre to view the informative displays depicting the traditions of the Aboriginal people in Kakadu. 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. After lunch, stop at Nourlangie, where your Driver Guide will lead you on a walk to view the rock art galleries. There is the opportunity for an optional 50-minute scenic flight (own expense).
Hotel: Mercure Kakadu Crocodile Hotel
Included Meals: Lunch
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 a view over the surrounding wetlands. Join the Guluyambi Cruise on 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 Marrawuddi Art Gallery before returning to Darwin.
Hotel: Travelodge Darwin Resort
Included Meals: Lunch
After making your own way to the Cullen Bay Ferry Terminal, a five-minute drive from the CBD. Take the 2 ½ hour cruise aboard the Tiwi Mantawi over to Bathurst Island. Here you are met by your local Guide to be taken on a journey through the progressive, modern day Aboriginal community of Wurrumiyanga. Visit the Museum with its interesting displays of traditional art and depictions of the Tiwi ‘dreamtime’ stories and Early Mission Precinct with its unique Tiwi style Catholic Church. Hear about the colourful history of the early mission days and learn how the Tiwi people have blended their culture with Christianity. Spend time with some Tiwi Ladies while they work on their weaving and painting. Your guides and the ladies also demonstrate their totem dances and perform a smoking ceremony to bless the visitors and explain the meanings behind them. You will then get the chance to sample local billy tea and damper with your morning tea. Be taken through the successful Arts & Crafts Centres and see where the artist’s work. You also have the opportunity to purchase Tiwi arts and crafts and screen-printed fabric at Island prices. Learn some of the complex rituals associated with the Pukamani (burial ceremony) before being taken back to the ferry landing to re-board your vessel, departing Bathurst Island for Darwin at 3.15 pm.
Please note: This itinerary may be subject to change.
Please Note: Due to seasonal conditions this itinerary may change without notice. Prices above may vary according to your departure date.
Choose from a range of accommodation standards below. AAT Kings has hand-picked a range of hotels in key destinations to suit all kinds of budgets and we’ve pre-negotiated amazing prices for you.
Day 2 - Travelodge Darwin Resort
Located in the heart of the CBD, Travelodge Mirambeena Resort Darwin is an inner city oasis, close to everything in town while providing privacy in a lush setting.
Day 1 - 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.
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Our special discounted rates make booking accommodation with us during your holiday both easy and affordable at selected AAT Kings hotels and resorts. Ask our friendly reservations at the time of booking.
- • Accommodation
- • Kakadu National Park Ticket
- • Experienced Driver Guides
- • Comprehensive commentary
- • Travel in an air-conditioned coach
What to Bring
- • Enclosed walking shoes
- • Sunglasses, sunscreen and hat
- • Insect repellent
- • Water bottle
- • Warm layers in cooler months
• Ubirr - Low to moderate level of fitness required
Walk is slightly uneven around the base but quite steep on the way to lookout
• Nourlangie Rock - Low level of fitness required
The 1.5km walk around the base has built in steps along the path
- • Lunch (3)
- • Day Prior: Flights to arrive anytime into Darwin Airport
- • Day 3: We recommend guests to fly out the day after the tour finishes in Darwin