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Holidays to the Top End 2018 - Photo

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DAY 1 – ARRIVE DARWIN (D)

Our tropical top end tour begins today flying into Darwin Airport where we are met by our local coach captain for the start of our Darwin and Kakadu adventure. We arrive and check-in to our hotel. 4 Night Stay: SKYCITY Hotel & Casino, Darwin

DAY 2 – LITCHFIELD NATIONAL PARK, MINDIL BEACH SUNSET MARKETS (B,L)

Today we discover Litchfield National Park taking in the inspiring views of Tabletop Range, a sandstone plateau adorned with a curtain of cascading waterfalls. Marvel at the termite mounds and learn how these astonishing structures are built by armies of tiny insects. We then make our way to Florence Falls look-out before making our way to Litchfield Café for lunch. Our afternoon takes us to nearby Wangi Falls, where year-round currents pour into a large swimming hole. Enjoy a refreshing dip before we make our way back to Darwin. Tonight at 6pm we visit famous Mindil Beach Markets and settle in to our reserved VIP area overlooking 500 meters of golden sand. The beach looks west out onto the waters of the Beagle Gulf, perfectly situated for us to sit back and watch the sun set over the waves. Choose from over 1200 exotic dishes and watch the famous Top End sunset whilst soaking up the tropical night air. **Please note: Dinner own expense at markets. GGP

DAY 3 – DARWIN TOURING (B,L,D)

Today we enjoy some local touring, a relaxing day taking our time to discover the history and culture of Darwin sites such as historic Palmerston Town, Parliament House, Darwin Botanic Gardens and the picturesque Darwin waterfront. The Defence of Darwin Experience is included, with access to the interactive exhibit outlining Darwin’s WWII story, and the Oil Storage Tunnels which were built by the Civil Construction Corps. We then visit the NT Museum and Art Gallery at Fannie Bay taking time here to see Fannie Bay Gaol and see exhibits depicting the destruction of Cyclone Tracy. Next we visit the Darwin Aviation Heritage Centre. See 19 different types of aircraft on display and discover the Qantas Hanger which details how Darwin was an important link between Europe and Australia before the days of modern aircraft. Tonight, we dine out feasting on the freshest of seafood whilst overlooking a harbour sunset at Cullen Bay. GGP

DAY 4 – BATHURST ISLAND (B,MT,L,D)

An early start taking a 2-hour ferry crossing to Bathurst Island. Upon arrival at the Aboriginal community of Nguiu we will meet our local guide who will take us on a journey through the progressive, modern day Aboriginal community of Nguiu (Wurrumiyanga). First, we visit the museum with its interesting displays of traditional art and depictions of the Tiwi ‘dreamtime’ stories. Mixing with the locals, enjoy billy tea and damper with the Tiwi Ladies and watch while they work on their weaving and painting. Your guides and the ladies will also demonstrate their totem dances and perform a smoking ceremony to bless us, their visitors and explain the meanings behind these rituals. See the Early Mission Precinct with its unique Tiwi style Catholic Church and discover the colourful history of the early mission days and learn how the Tiwi people have blended their culture with Christianity. Our afternoon takes us to a lookout and burial site hearing about some of the complex rituals associated with the Pukamani Poles (burial poles). We re-board our ferry vessel departing Bathurst Island for Darwin at 3pm. GGP

DAY 5 – KAKADU NATIONAL PARK (B,L,D)

Today takes us into World Heritage-listed Kakadu National Park. This landscape of contrasts spans over 19,000 sq km and will tantalise the senses with its abundance of flora, fauna, dreamtime connections and stunning vistas. We traverse the Magela floodplains and pass spectacular escarpments to the Aboriginal rock art site of Ubirr where our guide takes us through the natural stone galleries, giving an insight into the culture associated with these intriguing works of art. Discover paintings of spirit characters and the famous x-ray art depicting the internal structure of some of the animals of this country. **Please note: Strict Level 2 active level required today. 2 Night Stay: Mercure Kakadu Crocodile Hotel, Jabiru

DAY 6 – KAKADU NATIONAL PARK (B,L,D)

Taking to the skies we enjoy a 30-minute scenic flight over the Archway, Arnhem Land escarpment, East Alligator valley, Mikinj Valley billabongs and Magela floodplains. In Jabiru, we visit the Warradjan Aboriginal Cultural Centre, then lunch at Cooinda Lodge before embarking on a Yellow Water wetlands cruise, taking in part of the South Alligator River floodplain. Birdlife includes tiny azure kingfishers and white-bellied sea eagles, long-legged brolgas, jabirus and masses of magpie geese which migrate to Kakadu each dry season.

DAY 7 – DEPART DARWIN (B,L)

We depart Kakadu and travel via Arnhem Highway making our way back into Darwin for our respective flights home.

B = Full Breakfast; MT = M/Tea; L = Lunch; AT = A/Tea; D = Two Course Dinner

dates & pricing

Twin Share Sole Use Departs 20187
$3690 $4620 June 2
June 20
July 4
July 13
  • Non-refundable deposit of $1000pp required to secure your reservation.
  • GREEN GUEST OPTION (GGP) Select the GGP option on this tour and help reduce extra pressures on our natural environment. You will be rewarded with a reduced rate on your tour. SAVE: $30PP TWIN SHARE OR $60 SOLE USE
  • NB. This package is subject to a fuel levy without notice for air and coach components.
  • Order of Darwin based tour inclusions will vary based on Mindil Sunset Markets and Tiwi Island excursion schedules.
  • FITNESS LEVEL – A RATING OF 2 (MODERATE) Passengers must be able to:-
    • Walk 10 min without stopping
    • Ascend stairs without stopping
    • Stand for 30 min without sitting
    • Walk over uneven ground
    • Embark/debark transport unaided
    • Manage their own luggage

Highlights & inclusions

  • Return economy class flights to Darwin ex Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne or Adelaide
  • 4 nights Darwin in 5 star accommodation
  • Litchfield National Park day tour visiting the termite mounds, Florence Falls and Wangi Falls
  • Mindil Beach Sunset Markets with RESERVED VIP SEATING
  • Defence of Darwin experience
  • Cyclone Tracy exhibit
  • Darwin Museum & Art Gallery
  • Australian Aviation Heritage Centre and Qantas Hanger
  • Visit Palmerston Town, Parliament House & Botanic Gardens
  • Cullen Bay specialty seafood dinner watching a harbour sunset
  • Tiwi Island day tour with local guides
  • Majela Flood Plains; Ubirr rock art site
  • 2 nights Kakadu
  • 30-minute scenic flight of Kakadu and Arnhem Land
  • Yellow Water wetlands cruise
  • 17 meals

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