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6 Day Guided Vacation | Darwin Return

This Northern Territory tour doesn’t shy away from dazzling wilderness areas. And many are on your itinerary this week. Get set for a parade of gorges, national parks, dreamy waterfalls and cool waterholes, all enveloped by ancient (and humbling) First Nations history.  

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Adult Twin i A person 16 years and over (note a person 16–17 years must be accompanied by a person 18 years and over). All prices are per person, land only unless otherwise indicated.

$3170

Single i A person, who must be 18 years and over, travelling alone, must pay the single room price. All prices are per person, land only unless otherwise indicated.
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Top End Highlights

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6 Day Guided Vacation

Darwin Return

This Northern Territory tour doesn’t shy away from dazzling wilderness areas. And many are on your itinerary this week. Get set for a parade of gorges, national parks, dreamy waterfalls and cool waterholes, all enveloped by ancient (and humbling) First Nations history.  

Highlights

Flexible Vacations

You’ll want to linger in Katherine and Darwin, the steamy capital of the Top End. It’s a good thing you’ve got free time to explore at your leisure.

Time For You

Find your own adventure amid the mesmerizing landscapes of Kakadu, a World Heritage listed national park with more wildlife than your camera can capture.

Iconic Sites

If you love the great outdoors, you’ve come to the right place. Discover the wilds of Kakadu and Litchfield National Parks, as well as Nitmiluk (Katherine) Gorge.

Sustainable Travel

With every visit to a Top End national park, you’re helping to protect some of Australia’s most fragile wilderness areas.

Natural Wonders

Litchfield National Park is shaped by water, from its lakes and rivers to its waterfalls and waterholes. And there’s nothing quite as invigorating as taking a dip.

Itinerary

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Darwin is the kind of place that excites all your senses. It’s always steamy, which means you have a constant glow. The aroma of tropical fruits wafts from markets. The horizons are wide and sunsets blazing. And the locals… Well, they’re as colourful as your outlook. You’ll meet some of them on a Darwin city tour taking in sights and attractions that tell stories of the NT capital’s unexpected history. As the day begins to disappear, follow the lead of locals to the Mindil Beach Sunset Market. Your Travel Director will give you the lowdown, highlighting the eclectic range of cuisine on offer – expect everything from Greek to Japanese. What a tasty start to your getaway.

  Hotel: Travelodge Darwin Resort

The ancient landscapes of Litchfield National Park are shaped by water, as you’ll fast discover when exploring this immense protected wilderness on a Litchfield tour. There are lakes and rivers, waterfalls and waterholes. Get set to visit Florence Falls, then take a dip in the gin-clear pool of Wangi Falls, this dreamy setting enveloped by monsoon forest. The landscape is also shaped by termites. The national park is pocked with enormous termite mounds, which are architectural feats complete with tunnels and nursery chambers. Small creatures with a big vision.  

  Hotel: Contour Hotel Katherine, 2 Nights

  Included Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Katherine is a little bit tropical, a little bit outback, and a whole lot gorgeous. The region’s main attraction is its gaping Nitmiluk (Katherine) Gorge, which carves the countryside in spectacular form. Sit back on your boat and enjoy a cruise through this ancient landscape, home to the Jawoyn people for millennia. You’ll learn about First Nations culture with an Jawoyn guide, and will tempt your tastebuds with some bush tucker. Support the community by picking up paintings by Jawoyn artists.

    

  Included Meals: Breakfast

Today is your chance to reset your body’s natural rhythms with a morning dip in Edith Falls – because days are better when you begin them with your head under water. This series of cascades in Nitmiluk National Park will set your pulse racing. Before venturing deep into Kakadu, you’re poised for refreshments – we recommend a mango smoothie – in the film-set-like town of Pine Creek, where buildings date back to the heady gold rush days. In Kakadu, you’ll take a guided walk to view ancient Aboriginal rock art at Nourlangie.

  Hotel: Mercure Kakadu Crocodile Hotel, 2 Nights

  Included Meals: Breakfast

If you want a different perspective, sign up for an optional scenic flight over the national park, revealing just how wide, wild and wonderful this part of the world really is. Australia is home to some of the oldest art in the world, and much of it decorates rock walls at Ubirr – this jaw-dropping site protects Aboriginal rock paintings and carvings dating back more than 20,000 years. If you thought that was impressive, wait till you see the view over Kakadu from the top of the escarpment. This afternoon, there’s nothing between you and nature, the dramatic escarpments, waterholes and abundant wildlife of Kakadu looming large. Speaking of large, there are saltwater crocs to spot while you drift away on a Yellow Water Billabong cruise. Your local guide will share the secrets of these ancient waterways. Top off your holiday sharing a Farewell Dinner with your Travel Director and travel mates.  

  Included Meals: Breakfast, Farewell Dinner

Following your Kakadu tour, this is your last chance to spot enormous ‘salties’ lurking in river crossings you pass by. You won’t see them at Fogg Dam, but what you will witness is a cacophony of birds. This really is a twitchers paradise. A fitting (and slightly noisy) end to this epic wilderness journey.  

  Included Meals: Breakfast

Please note: This itinerary may be subject to change.


Accommodation

Your Guided Holiday includes a range of quality accommodation for your comfort.
The accommodation you will enjoy on this tour includes:

 Accommodation Hotel
 Accommodation Hotel

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.

    Features

  • Air Conditioning
  • LCD TV
  • In-house movies
  • Coffee/tea making facilities
  • Dining table and chairs
  • Iron / Ironing Board
  • Hair Dryer
  • Refrigerator
  • Radio
  • In-room safe
 Accommodation Hotel
 Accommodation Hotel

Contour Hotel Katherine is situated near Katharine town centre, and offers affordable, comfortable accommodation for intrepid travellers.

    Features

  • Air Conditioning
  • Satellite/cable colour TV
  • Swimming Pool
  • Barbecue facilities
  • Wi-Fi (additional cost)
  • Gym facilities
  • Coffee/tea making facilities
  • Iron / Ironing Board
  • Hair Dryer
 Accommodation Hotel
 Accommodation 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.

    Features

  • Bathtub and shower
  • Satellite/cable colour TV
  • Broadband Internet access
  • Hair Dryer
  • Air Conditioning
  • Iron / Ironing Board
  • Refrigerator
  • Ensuite
Need accommodation before or after your tour?

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.

Trip Details

What's included

  • • Specialist team of two highly experienced Travel Director and Driver that are accredited with Kakadu National Parks
  • • Local Specialists (Guides)
  • • 1 UNESCO World Heritage Site - Kakadu National Park
  • • Centrally located premium hotels
  • • Kakadu National Park entrance fees

What to Bring

  • • Water bottle
  • • Camera
  • • Comfortable walking shoes
  • • Sunglasses, sunscreen and hat
  • • Warm layers in cooler months

Fitness Requirements

  • • Kakadu – Nadab Lookout - Medium Level of Fitness Required
    The climb to the top of Nadab Lookout at Ubirr in Kakadu National Park will not be suitable for all guests. To get to the lookout guests are required to scale up uneven rocky paths and steps to get to the lookout. There is an alternate route on a fairly flat gravel path for those unable climb to the top so they will not miss out on Rock Art.

Dining

  • • 5 Full Breakfasts
  • • 1 Dinner
  • • 1 Farewell Dinner

Flight Information

  • • Airline schedules may change at short notice. Please consider possible flight disruption when booking your flights.​
  • • Day 1: Flights to arrive by 1:30pm into Darwin Airport
  • • Day 6: Flights to depart after 1:30pm from Darwin Airport

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