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Inclusions:

  • Sydney to Darwin round trip Internal Australia flights
  • 2 Nights 4* Mantra on the Esplanade
  • 5 Days/4 Nights Small group fully escorted tour of Kakadu & Katherine Gorge including unique accommodations, meals and touring
  • Shuttle airport transfers in Darwin

Itinerary

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Day 1 - Arrive in Darwin
On arrival into Darwin, you will be transferred to your centrally located hotel by shuttle service.

ACCOMMODATION - Mantra on the Esplanade Darwin - With the convenience of a central Darwin location, close proximity to Darwin Harbour, Darwin Entertainment Centre, Government House, Cullen Bay Marina, Wharf, Museum and Art Galleries, the property offers guests premium hotel services and facilities. Mantra on the Esplanade offers guests panoramic views across Darwin harbour, out to the Arafura Sea and presents the ideal vantage point from which to experience a Northern Territory sunset

Day 2 - Commence 5 day 4WD tour: Darwin – Mary River Wetlands
This morning meet your local driver guide and board your luxury 4WD vehicle to begin your journey of discovery in the Top End. Travel across the Finniss River to Litchfield National Park. You'll enjoy a swim to cool off at tumbling Florence Falls and you'll also visit Wangi Falls, surrounded by tropical monsoon rainforest and hear about its importance in Aboriginal custom before stopping for lunch. Get ready for a cross-country journey via the unsealed Marrakai Track (seasonally accessible), through cattle stations and back country to The Mary River region. Late-afternoon you'll arrive at Wildman Wilderness Lodge, where you'll stay in private permanent safari tents. Situated in the Mary River Wetlands and renowned for its incredible wildlife, the property seamlessly combines comfort and chic with the beauty of the surrounding landscape. Enjoy a beverage while the sun sets over the floodplains and after dinner maybe sit back with a nightcap by the fire pit. (Lunch & Dinner included today)

Overnight accommodation at Wildman Wilderness Lodge, Mary River

Day 3 - Kakadu National Park
Wake up to the evocative sounds of the floodplains. Head out to Corroboree Billabong and enjoy a wonderful wildlife cruise. You'll join local, Scotty Mac on his safari style boat to see a myriad of different bird species, spot estuarine crocodiles and simply enjoy the stunning Mary River floodplains system. Next stop is Australia's largest National Park Kakadu. World Heritage listed, as both a cultural and natural sanctuary, Kakadu National Park is an Australian icon. Visit park headquarters, Bowali Visitors Centre then check in to your hotel where the buildings are shaped to represent a crocodile the region's most famous resident! Relax and unwind with a refreshing dip in the hotel's shaded outdoor pool or even wander through the on-site art gallery before you join your Driver Guide on a sun set walk at Ubirr rock art site. You'll see ancient rock art and take a walk to discover remarkable views over the surrounding wetlands and escarpments from the fantastic vantage point, Nadab lookout. An Ubirr sunset is something that has to be seen to be believed, you will remember it forever. Return to your hotel for a delicious dinner. (Breakfast, lunch & dinner included today)

Overnight accommodation at Mercure Crocodile Kakadu, Jabiru

Day 4 - Kakadu National Park to Katherine Gorge
If you're an early riser there's a chance to take an early morning scenic flight over Kakadu and Arnhem Land, or, perhaps you might just want to sleep in before your day of activities. This morning you'll visit Nourlangie to see its fascinating Aboriginal rock art for yourself. You'll also hear first-hand from your Driver Guide a detailed interpretation of the art and the rich Aboriginal culture as you explore the various outdoor galleries' with art that dates back some 20,000 years. Later you'll veer off the sealed road and onto a gravel track for a scenic cross-country journey to Gunlom Falls. You'll have time to take a hike to the top of the falls for a splash in picturesque natural plunge pool where you're awarded with spectacular views over the National Park. Take in the natural beauty of the area while you enjoy a picnic lunch. This afternoon you continue through Katherine to Nitmiluk National Park. Indulge in five-star luxury at Cicada Lodge, a stunning architect designed eco-lodge surrounded by nature, where each room has a private balcony that opens to the glories of Nitmiluk National Park. (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Included today)

Overnight accommodation at Cicada Lodge, Nitmiluk National Park, Katherine.

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Day 5 - Katherine Gorge
Today meet Manual Pamkal who will welcome you with a traditional welcoming tune on the didgeridoo. Manual was born and raised immersed in his rich traditional culture. He'll share with you stories of growing up in the bush and teach you the fine art of rarrk painting using a special brush from a reed called Julk. Call up the inner artist within you and paint your own masterpiece to take home! Journey to Mataranka for a swim in the relaxing natural spring fed thermal pool. The pool is said to have the power to soothe your aches and pains and bubbles up at a fairly constant 34 degrees. Just glorious! This evening, relax on a special dinner cruise along Katherine River. You'll marvel at the gorges while you spot wildlife and learn about the history and culture of the local Jawoyn people. Enjoy the peaceful ambiance during the candle-lit three course dinner cook on board your boat. (Breakfast, lunch & Highlight Dinner Included today)

Overnight accommodation at Cicada Lodge, Nitmiluk National Park, Katherine.

Day 6 - Katherine Gorge to Darwin
This morning, either have a lay in or take the opportunity to grab a canoe for a paddle on the river. It's the most relaxing way to experience the National Park, completely immersed in nature in the mystical morning light. Travel north along the Stuart Highway stopping at Edith Falls along the way for a relaxing dip. Continue to Adelaide River War Cemetery. During WWII, Adelaide River was the headquarters to a large military base and a large cemetery was created especially for those who gave their lives in the service and defence of their country. Your small group tour concludes on arrival in Darwin. (Breakfast & Lunch included today)

Overnight accommodation at Mantra on the Esplanade

Day 7 - Depart Darwin
This morning you will be transferred to Darwin airport by shuttle service for your flight to your next destination

 

Conditions
$2,999 Package from pricing is based on double occupancy (2 people sharing a room) for travel April - October 2019 for purchase by 31 January 2018; Set tour departure dates apply, please ask an Aspire Down Under consultant for details. Seats are limited and may not be available on every flight. Tour & hotels are subject to availability. All prices reflect a discount for purchases made by cash/wire transfer/check, please see terms and conditions for credit card payments. There are no discounts for payment made by credit cards. Cancellation penalties and other restrictions apply.