Reviews Average rating 5.00 (maximum 5) from 1 reviews
Duration One day
Destinations Darwin, Litchfield National Park
Departs from Darwin
Departure/Pickup Instructions Pick-up from your Darwin hotel
Departure Time 07:30
Returns/Ends At 16:30
Suitable for Spirited travellers and experience seekers
Indigenous tourism identity Tess Atie invites you to experience inspiration, education and adventure on her family’s beautiful country. Tess’s guides bring the world-class natural landscapes of Litchfield National Park to life on this interactive, small-group day tour. Available all year round.
Pick up and return
We’ll pick you up in a comfortable, air-conditioned tour vehicle from your Darwin accommodation between 7:15 and 7:30 am (a bit later for outlying accommodation). We’ll return to Darwin about 4:30 pm. This tour is also available as a private charter for cruise ship passengers and others who may not be available between these times.
Finniss River Crossing
Back roads from Darwin take us to the Finniss River and beyond, into Tess's family's country. We’ll stretch our legs at this shady riverside stop and learn about resources available from this riverine environment.
* During our tropical summer, from about December to May, road authorities often close the back road into Litchfield due to flooding at this crossing. When this occurs we will enter and leave Litchfield by the main road through the pretty town of Batchelor.
Bamboo Creek Tin Mine
We know the Bamboo Creek* area as Maganbar, an important place for our people. You'll find out why and learn about the pioneering efforts of our ancestors at this former tin mine.
* During our tropical summer, from about December to May, road authorities close the road into Bamboo Creek Tin Mine due to flooding. When this occurs we will instead visit Tolmer Falls, which is spectacular at this time of year.
You'll be exclusive visitors to Tess's family's private land at beautiful Woolaning Spring*. We'll enjoy a morning tea stop here in our little patch of rainforest by a crystal clear stream. You can take a therapeutic dip in the warm spring waters or explore the remains of Tess's family's sawmill camp.
* During our tropical summer, from about December to May, the track into Woolaning Spring is often too boggy to use. When this occurs we will have morning tea at a more accessible spot.
At various places we’ll demonstrate seasonal bush resources used by local Aboriginal people for thousands of years, and describe the relationship of Litchfield’s landscape features to local indigenous culture.
You’ll learn about the many termites, primary herbivores of the Northern Territory, and the huge housing complexes they build. You’ll be amazed at how indigenous people use these industrious creatures and their homes.
We’ll visit iconic Wangi Falls, its plunge pool a popular dry season swimming spot and a special place for indigenous women. Cool off with a swim* or explore the nearby lush rainforest, home to a variety of birds and restless fruit bats. For the keen there may be an opportunity for a more strenuous loop walk over the falls.
* During our tropical summer, from about December to May, when water levels reach a pre-determined point, park authorities close the Wangi Falls plunge pool to swimming due to strong currents and the potential for saltwater crocodiles to enter the plunge pool. Viewing the falls, however, and doing the walk around and over them, is safe and especially spectacular at this time of year.
We'll serve you a freshly cooked lunch of wildcaught barramundi, crocodile and kangaroo in beautiful surroundings.
During our tropical summer we'll take a short walk through Litchfield’s stone country to Tolmer Falls. The stone country comes alive at this time of year with a profusion of life and a gushing of water into Tolmer’s deep chasms.
* During the dry season the stone country around Tolmer Falls is very dry and hot. At this time of year we'll instead visit the heritage-listed Bamboo Creek Tine Mine.
We’ll see spectacular Florence Falls from the plateau-top lookout, a short walk from the car park. The keen can tackle the 135 stairs that lead down to the clear, refreshing water of Florence’s stone-walled gorge and plunge pool. Easier walks allow swimming too, in the warmer water above Florence Falls.
We’ll pass through the pretty town of Batchelor. Although its airstrip was strategically important during World War II, Batchelor became established in the 1950s to support the nearby Rum Jungle uranium mine. After the mine’s closure in 1971, Batchelor became a centre for indigenous education. It now houses the Batchelor Institute, a campus of Charles Darwin University dedicated to furthering Indigenous education.
Back to Darwin
We’ll settle into the comfort of our air-conditioned tour vehicle to return to Darwin in time to relax and catch the sunset over Darwin Harbour, dinner, markets and nightlife.
Inclusions Reliable, specialised environmental interpretation from an Aboriginal viewpoint; hotel pick-ups in a comfortable, air-conditioned tour vehicle; delicious lunch of freshly cooked wild-caught barramundi, crocodile and kangaroo.
Exclusions personal items
Fitness Level Low
What To Bring Personal items, hat, sunscreen, footwear suitable for short walks on formed tracks in hot weather, swimming costume and towel (optional)
Disabled Access Yes, with prior notification.
Child Policies 0 -12 years
Childrens Rate $124.00
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This tour I would recommend to anyone who is wishing to vist Litchfield. I came away with a different outlook on what to experience in the NT>
Reviewed by: Margaret, October 2012
Aboriginal guided Litchfield Spectacular micro-group luxury tour
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