- 6 day/5 night Top End Highlights tour including:
- 1 night stay in Darwin at the H Hotel in a H queen room
- 2 nights stay in Katherine at the Paraway Motel in a double room
- 2 nights stay in Kakadu at the Mercure Kakadu Crocodile Hotel in a standard room
- Sightseeing tour of Darwin
- Toast a Top End sunset at Mindil Beach and explore the markets
- Explore Litchfield National Park with a swim at Wangi Falls
- Aboriginal cultural experience with Manuel Pamkal
- Nitmiluk (Katherine) Gorge Cruise
- Taste bush tucker with the Jawoyn Community
- Swim at glorious Edith Falls
- Discover the beauty of Kakadu National Park including Nourlangie for spectacular views, the rock art at Ubirr and spot crocodiles on a Yellow Water Billabong Cruise
- 5 Full buffet breakfasts
- 1 Farewell Dinner
- 1 Dinner
- Experienced Travel Director and Driver Guide
- Return Airport Transfers
**Please be aware flights are not included in the package price and should not be booked until your package has been confirmed. However please speak to one of our NT Now Travel Specialists for the best available fares at the time of booking.
Note: Day 1 - Flights to arrive prior to 2pm. Day 6 - Flights to depart after 2:30pm
The beginning of your trip will see you staying at the H on Smith Hotel, centrally located in the heart of Darwin’s CBD on the popular Smith Street, making exploring the fabulous city of Darwin all the easier. You’ll be in close walking distance to popular attractions and locations such as the Esplanade, Crocosaurus Cove and the dining and night-life hub known as Mitchell Street. H on Smith Hotel provides the perfect base from which to enjoy while you stay in Darwin with its relaxing D Bar & Restaurant, rooftop gym, crisp linens and pillow top beds, deluxe bathroom amenities, modern interiors and deluxe resort style pool. Most rooms also provide spectacular views over Cullen Bay and the cityscape of Darwin.
Your Darwin stay is followed by two nights in Katherine at the Paraway Motel which is walking distance to the town centre. You’ll set amongst a lush, tropical garden and provided with an outdoor pool where you can cool off. You’ll also have internet access, air-conditioning, a refrigerator, TV and guest laundry. The area is quiet, creating a serene spot for you to relax in after your days of adventure.
Next, you’ll spend two nights located in the magical Kakadu National Park in the uniquely shaped Mercure Kakadu Crocodile Hotel - a true retreat within the NT wilderness. This indigenous owned accommodation is uniquely shaped to represent one of the area’s common inhabitants – a crocodile. Relax in the recently refurbished rooms and unwind in your private courtyard by the outdoor pool or take in the garden landscaped interior garden view from your balcony. The hotel also provides a refreshing outdoor swimming pool and the Escarpment Restaurant and Bar where you can enjoy international dining as well as Kakadu bush tucker. The on-site art gallery showcases a collection of indigenous art including paintings and didgeridoos with a selection available to purchase.
Where to eat:
Your meals throughout the trip include five full buffet breakfasts to get your mornings started as well as one dinner and a friendly farewell dinner on the last night. You’ll also have the option of experiencing a Stockman’s Bush dinner under the stars on your third day.
What to do:
Your first day will consist of an explorative tour of tropical Darwin before heading to Mindil Beach Sunset Market where you’ll experience the stunning Top End sunsets underneath the tall coconut palms. The markets provide a range of cultural food options for you to purchase; from succulent fresh BBQ seafood to authentic Indian or flavoursome Chinese. There are also plenty of artwork, photography, clothes and hand-made goods to purchase throughout the bustling markets.
Day two means it’s time to head off on your Top End exploration with the first stop in Litchfield National Park. On the way there you’ll get to explore the structurally impressive, two-metre tall termite mounds which will leave you in awe of these natural wonders. Once you arrive in Litchfield waterfalls will delight you including the stunning Florence Falls, whose power you can view from a high vantage point. It’s then on to popular Wangi Falls for a swim in the refreshing natural pool surrounded by lush, monsoon rainforest. You’ll end your day within the quaint country town of Katherine.
Your third day begins with meeting Manuel Pamkal whose passion for the rich traditional culture into which he was born will inspire you. You’ll also have an opportunity to purchase local Indigenous art as well. It’s then time to sit back and relax as you cruise through Nitmiluk (Katherine) Gorge and its tranquil surroundings including giant rock faces which tower above and local wildlife going about their day. You’ll also learn about the history and culture of the Jawoyn people, the traditional owners of Nitmiluk. That night you’ll have the optional experience of enjoying a Stockman’s Bush Dinner under the stars.
Day four begins with a morning visit to Leliyn (Edith) Falls where you’ll have the opportunity for a dip before passing through the mining town of Pine Creek where buildings date back to the gold-rush days. You’ll then journey deep into the World Heritage listed Kakadu National Park where serene waterholes, lively billabongs, ancient rock art and teeming wildlife will impress. A guided Yellow River Billabong Cruise gives you the opportunity to spot sneaky crocodiles as well as water buffalo and abundant birdlife before you witness spectacular Aboriginal rock art at Nourlangie.
On your second to last day you’ll find yourself astounded by the historic beauty of the Aboriginal rock art that dates back some 20,000 years. A short climb will also take you to a rocky outcrop where a jaw-dropping view awaits. Here you can stare out across the never-ending floodplains and endless escarpment country. The afternoon brings the optional experience of a spectacular scenic flight over Kakadu before a farewell dinner with your friendly travel director and newfound friends.
Your final day means it’s time to head back to Darwin, but before that there is one last stop at Fogg Dam, a birdwatches paradise. Along the drive back you will find yourself mesmerised by the unique landscape as it rushes by you.
Location & how to get there
Darwin International Airport (darwinairport.com.au) is serviced by many Domestic and Regional airline carriers including Qantas, Virgin Australia, Jetstar and Air North. Flights mainly operate out of Australia’s capital cities and generally take between 3 – 4 hours.
The airport is about a 15-minute drive from the centre of town. The Darwin Airport Shuttle meets all domestic and international flights and departs from the front of the terminal. Car hire is available from the counters close to the baggage carousels. There are also plenty of taxis available at the airport cab rank and private transfers can be pre-booked.
Darwin can also be reached by The Ghan, from Adelaide or Alice Springs, with trains arriving weekly on Tuesdays. While the rail station is situated a short drive from the city centre, free transfers are offered to all passengers.
For those driving there are a number of entry ways to access Darwin. Most roads are sealed however some are for the more adventurous 4 wheel drivers. If you are coming from Queensland the best route to take is the Overlander’s Way / Barkly Highway from Mt Isa. If you are leaving from Cairns you can take the Savannah Way which is a rugged, unsealed road which crosses the top of Australia from Cairns to Broome. You can also use the Savannah Way as an access from Western Australia. Other roads leading from WA to Darwin include the Tanami Road that runs across the Tanami Desert and to the north the Butine Highway. The drive from South Australia is especially scenic as you follow the Explorer’s Way through Coober Pedy and past the major centres of Alice Springs, Tennant Creek and Katherine before arriving in Darwin.
On sale until 15 March 2019. For travel on the following departures: 12 May, 16 June, 7 July, 21 July & 8 September 2019. Prices and inclusions are correct as at 15 January 2019 and may be subject to change due to availability, surcharges, fees or taxes without notice. Offer may be withdrawn at any time without notice. Prices are based on 2 adults. Please contact us on 1800 854 897 or firstname.lastname@example.org to enquire. Airfares and transfers are additional unless otherwise specified. For full terms and conditions and details on our refund policy, view our booking conditions. E&OE.