Day 1 - Darwin to Kakadu National Park
Departing Darwin at approximately 6:00am, we travel towards Kakadu National Park. Covering just under 20,000 square kilometres, Kakadu National Park is Australia’s largest National Park and home to Aboriginal people for over 65,000 years.
First stop today is Ubirr, situated in the north of Kakadu National Park. The walks here feature several impressive art sites that lead to a lookout over the Nadab Floodplain. Traditionally people camped beneath Ubirr’s rocky shelters and used the plants and animals nearby for food, tools and medicine. With much of the art featuring fish, turtles, goanna and other important animals, it is considered among the best in the world, with great examples of X-ray art and contact art from the time when Aboriginal people first encountered Europeans.
After enjoying a picnic lunch, embark on the cultural experience that is Gulyumbi Cultural Cruises. Explore upstream of the East Alligator River with your Aboriginal guide and gain an insight into the culture, local mythology, the rivers abundant food chain as well as bush survival skills.
Later, we check into Hawk Dreaming Wilderness Lodge which will be our accommodation for this evening located in a remote and restricted area of Kakadu National Park. With significant cultural importance to the local Aboriginal people living nearby, the area in which the lodge is located is a registered sacred site. The sandstone outliers host significant rock art dating back many thousands of years.
Tonight, enjoy dinner at the lodge with your fellow travellers before retiring to your comfortable tented cabins complete with bathroom facilities.
MEALS INCLUDED - DAY ONE Lunch - Dinner
Day 2 - Kakadu to Arnhem Land
Following a tasty breakfast at the lodge this morning, today is set aside to visit Arnhem Land. Travelling over Cahills Crossing, meet Aboriginal artists at Injalak Arts and Crafts centre in Oenpelli. This is time to watch Aboriginal artists at work and to see the women weaving pandanus baskets.
We will then travel into the Mikkinj valley with its stunning scenery of billabongs, wildlife and towering escarpment and enjoy lunch beside the Inkiyu Billabong.
Later this afternoon we travel to Anbinik Kakadu Resort, close by to the township of Jabiru. Enjoy your comfortable accommodation tonight and dinner at the Resort with your fellow guests.
MEALS INCLUDED - DAY TWO Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner
Day 3 - Arnhem Land to the Katherine Region
This morning we have breakfast at the resort before continuing on our journey through Kakadu National Park en-route to Katherine and Nitmiluk Gorge.
Stopping in at the Warradjan Cultural Centre at Cooinda, see artefacts that illustrate the stories that the traditional owners wish to share with visitors. Developed by the Aboriginal traditional owners of Kakadu, the centre mixes contemporary techniques to cover various subjects, ranging from personal histories to bush tucker.
Afterwards, visit Gunlom Falls, made famous by the movie Crocodile Dundee. With its cascading waters, pristine plunge pools and a natural infinity pool, Gunlom offers a short, steep walk to the top of the falls where you will be rewarded with incredible sweeping views of the southern hills and ridges of Kakadu and the Arnhem Land Escarpment. For those wanting a less strenuous walk, enjoy the main pool at the base of the falls before enjoying a BBQ lunch prepared by your guide.
Continuing on to the Katherine region, check into the gorgeous Cicada Lodge for the evening where we will enjoy sunset drinks and canapes before dinner at the lodge. Cicada Lodge is designed for the sophisticated traveller looking for an authentic Indigenous and natural Australian experience.
MEALS INCLUDED - DAY THREE Breakfast - Lunch - Dinner
Day 4 - Katherine Gorge and Return to Darwin
Enjoy breakfast this morning at Cicada Lodge before we check out and make the short journey to Nitmiluk (Katherine Gorge).
On arrival we depart on a two hour Nit Nit Dreaming cruise exploring the first two gorges. Spend some time exploring the spiritual home of the Jawoyn Aboriginal people before a tasty lunch within Katherine Gorge.
This afternoon we begin the journey back towards Darwin. We stop along the way to visit Edith Falls and the Adelaide River War Cemetery, a sobering reminder of the impact World War II had on this part of Australia, before arriving at Darwin in the early evening.
MEALS INCLUDED - DAY FOUR Breakfast - Lunch