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  • Wangi Falls, Litchfield National Park

    Wangi Falls, Litchfield National Park

  • Tropical Darwin

    Tropical Darwin

  • Termite Mounds, Litchfield National Park

    Termite Mounds, Litchfield National Park

  • Katherine Gorge

    Katherine Gorge

  • Edith Falls

    Edith Falls

  • Kakadu National Park

    Kakadu National Park

Tour code: NDKD

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The vibrant Indigenous culture, friendly local characters and magnificent landscapes you’ll encounter on this Top End journey will leave you spellbound. Cruise waterways teeming with wildlife, stay in safari-style accommodation in idyllic locations, and immerse yourself in the culture of the traditional Aboriginal owners of the lands you’re exploring. A myriad of deep gorges, plunging waterfalls and tranquil rock-pools add to the drama of your Top End experience.


1 April 2018 - 30 September 2018 ?
Day 1
Welcome to Darwin

Life in cosmopolitan Darwin, Australia’s only tropical capital, is vibrant but unhurried. A former frontier outpost on the Timor Sea, Darwin rallied heroically after air raids by the Japanese during WWII and the devastation wreaked by tropical Cyclone Tracy on Christmas Eve in 1974. On arrival, you’ll take an afternoon tour of the city with its mix of old and new architectural styles and cultural influences. The city centre is characterised by wide streets, leafy parks, retail outlets and outdoor dining. Tall, modern structures have begun to replace the old colonial-style buildings, but they still retain a tropical flavour with overhanging eaves, corrugated iron and lush vegetation. Some of the best-known landmarks are Christ Church Cathedral; Brown’s Mart, a sandstone building erected in 1883 and now home to the Darwin Theatre Company; and Cavanagh Street – Darwin’s original Chinatown. Join your Travel Director and fellow travellers at the colourful seasonal Mindil Beach Sunset Market and enjoy a cool drink under the coconut palms. There’s time to explore the marketplace before choosing something you like for dinner. You may like to try some fresh seafood, authentic Indian or Chinese cuisine or even Greek or Japanese.

Hotel: Adina Vibe Hotel Darwin Waterfront

Included Meals: Dinner with wine

Day 2
Darwin – Litchfield National Park – Katherine

Travel to Litchfield National Park today, pausing to examine the amazing phenomenon of hundreds of magnetic termite mounds standing up to two metres high in a wide swathe of otherwise empty terrain. Built with a north-south orientation by thousands of termites to control the interior temperature, some of these structures are over a hundred years old. Stop at Florence Falls, a spectacular double-plunge waterfall leading to a popular swimming hole, before venturing on to tropical Wangi Falls for a swim in its large, waterhole. The peaceful and evocative Adelaide River War Cemetery provides a break in your journey to Katherine, a thriving town that was originally established as an outpost on the Australian Overland Telegraph Line.

Hotel: Paraway Motel, Katherine, 2 nights

Included Meals: Breakfast and dinner with wine

Day 3
Katherine & Nitmiluk National Park

Aboriginal cultureBe my guest dining experienceToday, enjoy a Be My Guest experience when you join indigenous guides for a fascinating walk, to follow the ‘Footsteps of our Ancestors’. Learn about local bush tucker and traditional bush medicines, before a barbecue lunch. This evening, relax in tranquil surroundings on a Katherine Gorge (Nitmiluk) dinner cruise. A series of thirteen deep gorges carved through ancient rock by the Katherine River, there are many Aboriginal paintings on the sandstone walls throughout the system, some of which are thousands of years old. Discover the history and culture of the Jawoyn people, the traditional owners of Nitmiluk, as you explore the magnificent gorges with a backdrop of stunning rock-faces that change colour with the setting of the sun. You may catch glimpses of a myriad of bird species including ospreys, red-tailed black cockatoos, great bowerbirds and red-winged parrots. Freshwater crocodiles are to found in most parts of the river as they nest along the banks, but they are harmless to humans.

Hotel: Paraway Motel

Included Meals: Breakfast, Be My Guest lunch and highlight dinner

Day 4
Katherine – Kakadu

This morning stop for a swim at Edith Falls (seasonal), a superb series of cascading waterfalls and pools, before passing through the old gold-mining town of Pine Creek. Then travel deep into Kakadu National Park, an enormous, biodiverse nature reserve extending over nearly twenty thousand square kilometres. The Park is renowned for the richness of its Aboriginal cultural sites: there are more than five thousand recorded art sites illustrating Aboriginal culture over thousands of years. The archaeological sites demonstrate Aboriginal occupation for at least 20,000 and possibly up to 40,000 years. Kakadu’s varied landscapes and the habitats they contain are features that contributed to its listing as a World Heritage Area. Its abundant wildlife, including 280 bird species and ten per cent of all the crocodiles in the Northern Territory, make it a nature-lover’s dream. After lunch, learn about the traditions of the Bininj and Mungguy people of Kakadu before taking a guided walk to view ancient Aboriginal rock paintings at Nourlangie, regarded as one of the premier rock-art sites in the Top End.

Hotel: Mercure Kakadu Crocodile Hotel, Jabiru

Included Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner with wine

Day 5
Kakadu – Mary River

This morning you may choose to take an optional scenic flight over Kakadu, or just relax and enjoy a sleep in. Later visit Ubirr, another of Kakadu’s foremost rock-art galleries. The paintings at Ubirr provide a fascinating record of Aboriginal life over thousands of years: look for naturalistic paintings of animals, traditional x-ray art, and paintings of early contact with European people. Before leaving the site, climb to the top of a nearby rocky outcrop for superb views over the floodplains and escarpment country. Your accommodation tonight is in a private permanent safari tent situated in the Mary River floodplains. The Mary River Wetlands Area, with its billabongs, woodlands, paperbark stands and monsoon forests, is a region of outstanding natural beauty. This evening, enjoy a Farewell Dinner with your Travel Director and travelling companions.

Hotel: Wildman Wilderness Lodge, Mary River National Park

Included Meals: Breakfast and farewell dinner

Day 6
Corroboree Billabong – Farewell from Darwin

Take a safari cruise this morning on the renowned Mary River Wetlands and Corroboree Billabong. Your local guide will share the secrets of these ancient waterways as you enjoy fantastic views across the vast floodplains, perhaps spotting wild buffalo and wallabies at the water’s edge. The Billabong teems with birdlife and also boasts the largest concentration of saltwater crocodiles in the world, but you can relax and view these awesome prehistoric creatures from the safety of your vessel as they swim and bask on the banks. Say farewell to your fellow travellers when your holiday comes to an end this afternoon.

Included Meals: Breakfast

6 Day Guided Vacation

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Tour departs from Darwin and returns to Darwin


  • Darwin city orientation
  • Toast a Top End sunset on Mindil Beach
  • Get lost exploring colourful Mindil Beach Sunset Market
  • Explore amazing Litchfield National Park
  • Gaze in awe at the Top End’s fascinating Termite Mounds
  • Jump in the water for a refreshing dip at Wangi Falls
  • Cruise on Katherine Gorge & see ancient rock art
  • Taste bush tucker & throw a spear with the Jawoyn CommunityAboriginal cultureBe my guest dining experience
  • Swim at glorious Edith Falls
  • Discover the wilderness of Kakadu National Park
  • Climb to Nourlangie Lookout for spectacular views
  • View the rock art galleries of Ubirr in Kakadu
  • Stay in luxury at Wildman Wilderness Lodge
  • Enjoy a spectacular Top End wetland sunset
  • Enjoy a safari cruise on Corroboree Billabong


  • Quality accommodation
  • Travel by luxury coach
  • Experienced Travel Director and Driver Guide
  • Airport transfers (see flight information below)


  • 5 Full buffet breakfasts
  • 1 Be My Guest lunch
  • 1 Lunch
  • 1 Highlight Dinner
  • 3 Dinners with wine
  • 1 Farewell 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 1   Flights to arrive prior to 2.00pm into Darwin Airport
Day 6   Flights to depart after 2.30pm 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 level of fitness required for the climb to the top of Nadab Lookout at Ubirr - guests will not miss out on Rock Art and will view alternate Rock Art to guests climbing to the top.

Ways to Save

Departures before 31 March 2019
Kings Club   5% saving
2nd vacation discount   2.5% saving
Groups (5 people or more)   5% saving
Triple share   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:

  • Adina Vibe Hotel Darwin Waterfront
    7 Kitchener Dr, Darwin, NT 0800

    • Adina Vibe Darwin Waterfront - Queen Room

    Perfectly positioned amongst the entertainment and dining hub of Darwin’s seafront promenade, Vibe Hotel Darwin Waterfront is surrounded by great shopping, a range of pubs and night clubs, as well as some of the most amazing restaurants and cafés in the NT.

    No matter how you spend your day, Vibe Hotel Darwin Waterfront is the perfect place to retreat to. Dive into the refreshing waters of the pool, enjoy some delicious cuisine or a refreshing drink in Curve Restaurant + Bar, or withdraw to your private, comfortable hotel room.

    • Features
    • Broadband and wireless internet access available (at additional cost)
    • Telephone - Voice Mail
    • In-room safe
    • Security peephole
    • Hairdryer
    • Ensuite
    • Shower
    • Iron / Ironing Board
    • Manual temperature control
    • Work desk with lamp
    • Tea & Coffee Facilities
    • Flat Screen TV
    • In-room Movies (fee applies)
    • Mini-bar (surcharge)
  • Paraway Motel
    9-9 O'Shea Terrace, Katherine NT

    Katherine, 2 nights

    • Paraway Motel, Katherine - Pool Area

    The Paraway Motel is within walking distance to the town centre. Set in tropical gardens with a shaded pool, Paraway Motel is a great place to relax while on holiday or traveling for work.

    • Features
    • Air-conditioning
    • Internet Access
    • Refrigerator
    • Phone
    • TV
    • Guest Laundry
  • Paraway Motel
    9-9 O'Shea Terrace, Katherine NT

    • Paraway Motel, Katherine - Pool Area

    The Paraway Motel is within walking distance to the town centre. Set in tropical gardens with a shaded pool, Paraway Motel is a great place to relax while on holiday or traveling for work.

    • Features
    • Air-conditioning
    • Internet Access
    • Refrigerator
    • Phone
    • TV
    • Guest Laundry
  • 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
  • Wildman Wilderness Lodge
    Point Stuart Rd, Arnhem, NT 0801

    Mary River National Park

    • 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

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 2018 - 30 September 2018

Tiwi Islands Aboriginal Cultural Experience (Darwin)FIND OUT MORE

Adult Price:  From AUD 295.00

Tiwi Islands Aboriginal Cultural Experience

Enjoy an enriching Aboriginal cultural experience on the Tiwi Islands. Travel by ferry or air and learn about the Tiwi people’s unique and rich culture as they introduce you to their traditional art displays and ceremonies. Enjoy morning tea and lunch as you discover their interesting rituals.

Take a 30 minute scenic flight to Bathurst Island for more time on the island, or the 2 hour ferry to Bathurst Island provides a more economical way to experience Tiwi culture.

* If your tour ends in Darwin, you must have post tour accommodation or a late departing flight. Ask us for details

Crocosaurus Cove (Darwin)

Adult Price: From AUD 35.00 (Entry Only)

Crocosaurus Cove

Enter the world of the awesome Northern Territory Saltwater Crocodile, with some of the largest in captivity on display. Located right in the heart of Darwin.

* If your tour ends in Darwin, you must have post tour accommodation or a late departing flight. Ask us for details

Charles Darwin Sunset Cruise (Darwin)

Adult Price: From AUD 58.00

Charles Darwin Sunset Cruise

Our Sunset Cruise aboard the ‘Charles Darwin’ takes place on our Bridge deck (second level) in full air-conditioned comfort. Guests also have access to the Sun Deck (third, top deck) where the best views of Darwin’s famous Sunset are experienced. This two hour cruise includes a great commentary on the harbour and Darwin’s’ great history. There is a licensed bar on-board with great priced drinks to enjoy. Return transfers can be organised at extra cost.

* If your tour ends in Darwin, you must have post tour accommodation or a late departing flight. Ask us for details

Charles Darwin Sunset Buffet Dinner Cruise (Darwin)

Adult Price: From AUD 102.00

Charles Darwin Sunset Buffet Dinner Cruise

The Dinner Cruise aboard the ‘Charles Darwin’ is a great way to get a bird’s eye view of the famous Darwin Sunset whilst enjoying a delicious Territory Style Buffet with Australian seafood and local produce all in air conditioned comfort. This two hour cruise on the ‘Charles Darwin’s’ Captains Deck (main deck) also includes great commentary and offers the best value for money dinner cruise on Darwin harbour. This Sunset cruise is the perfect way to feed the family and enjoy the scenery. Return transfers can be organised at extra cost.

* If your tour ends in Darwin, you must have post tour accommodation or a late departing flight. Ask us for details


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 indicated are Australian or New Zealand dollars

Prices are valid from 1 April 2018. 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.