Departure/Pickup Instructions Pick-up from your Darwin hotel
Departure Time 07:30 or by arrangement
Returns/Ends At 17:30 or by arrangement
Suitable for Spirited travellers and experience seekers
Itinerary Learn the real story. Let your local indigenous guide bring the spectacular landscape of Litchfield National Park to life on this intimate, micro-group day tour.
Finniss River Crossing
Take the back roads from your Darwin hotel to the Finniss River and beyond. Stretch your legs and learn about indigenous river life in this shady riverside stop.
Across the Finniss River youíll enter owner and head guide, Tess Atie's, family's country. You'll visit heritage places associated with Tessís family. Youíll be exclusive visitors to beautiful Woolaning Spring and the remains of the sawmill camp her grandfather built there 60 years ago. In nature's forest dining room, by crystal clear spring waters, youíll enjoy a sumptuous lunch of local game meats.
After lunch you'll visit spectacular Wangi Falls, a popular dry season swimming spot and a special place for Aboriginal women. Cool off with a swim or explore the nearby forest, a seasonal home to a restless colony of flying foxes.
Blyth Homestead on the Reynolds River Track
The Reynolds River Track and two creek crossings will lead you to heritage-listed Blyth Homestead. Tess's uncle Max Sargent and Aunty Esther grew up here in this tiny, rough-hewn homestead built about 1928. Youíll get a taste of life in the days of working tin mines and cattle, carving out a living in this rugged environment.
No visit to Litchfield is complete without seeing Florence Falls from the plateau-top lookout. For the keen there is another opportunity for a refreshing dip in the clean, cool water of Florence Creek.
Stop for an ice cream in the pretty town of Batchelor, established in the 1950s to serve the nearby Rum Jungle mine and now home to the Batchelor Institute, focussing on the educational needs of indigenous youth.
Back to Darwin
Settle into the comfort of an air-conditioned Landcruiser as you return to your hotel in time to catch the sunset over Darwin Harbour, markets or nightlife.
Inclusions Up to 8 adults in an air-conditioned tour vehicle; reliable, specialised environmental interpretation from an Aboriginal viewpoint; hotel pick-ups; delicious lunch of freshly cooked wild-caught barramundi, crocodile and kangaroo, fun and laughter.
Exclusions personal items
Fitness Level low
What To Bring Personal items, hat, sunscreen, camera, swimming costume and towel (optional)