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Best of the Top End Featuring Kakadu & Litchfield National Parks


While staying at the contemporary DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Darwin, located on the city’s picturesque Esplanade, you’ll be perfectly placed to explore the many attractions of the NT’s capital city including close locations like the CBD’s vibrant streets, local art galleries and Stokes Hill Wharf. While also experiencing the unique city via the sightseeing bus and enjoying the fresh local food at popular eateries, tours of Litchfield and Kakadu National Parks will give you a taste of Top End nature.

6 nights from:
$2,638

Valued up to:
$3,802

Offer ends:
28 February 2019

For travel until 30 April 2019 & 1 October – 31 December 2019.

Inclusions

  • 5 night stay in Darwin at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Darwin a guest room
    • Daily buffet breakfast
    • DoubleTree cookie per person
    • Bottle of wine on arrival
    • 15% off Food & Beverage at Poolside Restaurant, DoubleTree by Hilton Darwin
    • Free WiFi
    • Free parking
    • Late checkout to 1pm
  • Entry into Royal Flying Doctor Service Darwin Tourist Facility
  • Dinner at the iconic Hotel Darwin with a glass of beer, wine or soft drink
  • Pizza at il lido BARpizza (1 pizza per person, excluding the metre long pizzas)
  • 48 hour Hop on Hop off Bus sightseeing pass with detailed commentary
  • Litchfield National Park Waterfalls sightseeing tour including lunch, experienced driver guide and comprehensive commentary
  • Overnight Kakadu and East Alligator River tour including accommodation, lunches, an experienced driver guide and comprehensive commentary in an air-conditioned coach

**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. 


Itinerary


Accommodation:


The DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Darwin will provide a relaxing base for your stay in the Top End in a central, yet quiet location on the city’s stunning Esplanade. You’ll find yourself within walking distance of many popular tourist spots including Smith Street Mall, Crocosaurus Cove and vibrant downtown Darwin. After being greeted with a freshly baked cookie upon arrival you’ll find all the necessary amenities in your room as well as floor-to-ceiling windows and a Juliette balcony. Take an afternoon dip in the sparkling waters of the outdoor pool which is surrounded by a lush tropical garden before relaxing on the outdoor deck with a cocktail from the Poolside Restaurant.


While on your two-day Kakadu adventure you’ll stay in superior accommodation at the Mercure Kakadu Crocodile Hotel which is 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:


You’ll find yourself dining at the iconic Hotel Darwin which dates back to 1940 and has been a long-running watering-hole for the locals. This is the place to try a variety of local produce including fresh barramundi, thick rump steak and even kangaroo pie.


You’ll have a lovely dining experience while situated on the Darwin Waterfront at family-owned, il lido BARpizza. Dine on mouth-watering pizzas made with fresh ingredients, as well as juicy burgers, nightly specials and an extensive beverage list. While enjoying your meals and drinks in the relaxed atmosphere, the waterfront view puts you in the best spot for a sunny afternoon or warm evening in one of Darwin’s most vibrant areas.


While on your overnight Kakadu tour and Litchfield day tour you will receive lunches on both days.


What to do:


The Royal Flying Doctors Service Darwin Tourist Facility details two key elements within the Northern Territory’s extensive history. Founded in 1939 by Reverend John Flynn, the RFDS has a rich history of heroic tales from the pilots, doctors and nurses, and patients that can experienced through life-size holograms, interactive storytelling, touch screen portals and even a decommissioned RFDS Pilatus PC 12 aircraft that you can venture into. Relive the iconic wartime experience through the immersive Virtual Reality of the Bombing of Darwin Harbour 1942 – a movie production whose magnitude has never been seen before in VR.


Sightseeing in the NT’s capital city is easy with the Hop on Hop off Bus which will allow you to customise your Darwin experience while also learning interesting facts via the entertaining audio commentary provided on the bus. The popular drop-off spots include the beautiful George Brown Darwin Botanic Gardens, Crocosaurus Cove, Stokes Hill Wharf and the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory.


While on the Litchfield National Park Waterfalls sightseeing tour, you’ll experience the stunning tropical nature of the famed National Park while also provided with lunch, an experienced driver guide and comprehensive commentary. Your first stop will be at the town of Batchelor (the gateway to Litchfield) and here it’s time for morning tea (at own expense) before heading on to the magnificent Termite Mounds. It’s then on to view the double waterfalls of Florence Falls from a high vantage point before making your way down to the plunge pool below. Next, you'll enjoy an interpretive walk through the scenic bush and monsoon vine forest surroundings, before continuing on to the spectacular Tolmer Falls which are home to colonies of rare ghost and orange horseshow bats. Time for lunch at Litchfield Café before finishing the day at the popular Wangi Falls which is the perfect place to end your adventurous Litchfield tour.


Your Kakadu National Park and East Alligator sightseeing tour will see your exploring the largest National Park in Australia! With one of the most diverse landscapes you’ll find yourself enthralled by the varying flora and fauna found in the air, on the land and in the water. From Darwin you’ll travel through the pristine wetland regions to Kakadu before you arrive at the Warradjan Cultural Centre. Here you’ll be introduced to the way of life of the Bininj people who are the traditional owners of the land. It’s then on to an exciting cruise along the Yellow Water Billabong which is home to thousands of crocodiles just waiting to be spotted along with over 60 species of colourful birdlife including brolgas and kingfishers. That night you will stay at the luxurious Mercure Kakadu Crocodile Hotel where you can relax after a day full of exciting exploration.


You’ll start day two by exploring the World Heritage area of Ubirr where Aboriginal rock art galleries believed to be over 20,000 years old will take your breath away. Climb your way to the lookout for stunning views over the impressive landscape which includes the floodplains, lush woodlands and dark ribbons of forest that make up the Nadab wetlands. It’s then on to a Guluyambi Cultural Cruise along East Alligator River where an Aboriginal guide will provide insights into the local culture and mythology as well as the rivers food chain and some bush survival skills. With special permission from the local people, you are even allowed to go ashore in Arnhem Land. Next, it’s on to a visit of the Bowali Visitor Centre for a wealth of information on the Park’s ecology and Aboriginal culture before finally returning to Darwin.


Location & how to get there


Darwin International Airport (darwinairport.com.au) is serviced by many Domestic and Regional airline carriers including Qantas, Virgin AustraliaJetstar 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.


Package terms


On sale until 28 February 2019. For travel until 30 April 2019 & 1 October – 31 December 2019. Some inclusions may be closed over public holidays. Prices and inclusions are correct as at 29 January 2019 and may be subject to change due to availability, surcharges, fees or taxes without notice. Seasonal surcharges & blackout dates may apply. Offer may be withdrawn at any time without notice. Prices are based on 2 adults. Please contact us on 1800 854 897 or deals@ntnow.com.au 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.