This is on request, booking confirmed within 24 hours
The price quoted on the departure date for ''more than a day'' tours covers all days of the tour.
Duration Three days
Operates Monday to Saturday
(1st Apr - 31st October)
Destinations Adelaide River (cruises), Arnhem Land, Kakadu, Yellow Water Cruise
Departs from Darwin
Departure/Pickup Instructions Pick up from all accommodation in Darwin
Departure Time 9am or by arrangement
Returns/Ends At 8.00PM or by arrangement
Itinerary EXCLUSIVE CHARTER FOR FOUR PEOPLE in LUXURY 4WD.
A GROUP OF FOUR IS REQUIRED TO MAKE THIS BOOKING.
This morning your driver will collect you from your accommodation (9.00) before we begin in making our way south for a short time on the Stuart Highway then turn left on to the Arnhem Highway which leads west to World Heritage Listed Kakadu National Park. Our first stop en route is Fogg Dam Reserve, Fogg Dam has year round water coverage which assures its position as an important feeding and roosting site for a wide variety of both waterbirds and other animals. Next we travel onto the Adelaide River where we have the opportunity to witness the fabulous jumping crocodiles and other wildlife. These Saltwater Crocodiles are a magnificent sight - the crocs are surprisingly powerful as they can project their bodies almost totally out of the water using their tail - you will gain a good understanding of why they have survived for more then two hundred million years! This serves as a great introduction to how wild the Top End still is today.
A short detour off the highway is the beautiful Leaning Tree Lagoon; this Billabong is often covered in water lilies making it a popular quick stop for photographers.
Lunch is at the Bark Hut Inn; this Aussie Roadhouse was built during the buffalo era and is a reminder of earlier, wilder times.
We will leave the main road to enter into Kakadu via the Old Darwin Road. Our last stop for today is at Cooinda - here we will experience one of Kakaduís icons - a Yellow Water Cruise. This 10sq. km pristine environment supports a truly wonderful variety of plants, birds, crocodiles and Top End wildlife. The wildlife on this pristine billabong is too numerous to mention, you may see saltwater crocodiles, a Jacana bird walking on water, the magnificent sea eagle or any one of the many other 280 species that call this billabong home. Here we will witness at close hand the wealth of wildlife in this tranquil habitat and enjoy one of the Top Ends great sunsets.
Overnight: Camping (L, D) (Permanent bush camp)
Today we visit Aboriginal Lands (Arnhem Land) access to this area is restricted to a select group of tour operators.
Visitors to Arnhem Land are able to experience a fascinating mixture of traditional and living culture. Arnhem Land is perhaps the one area in Australia where indigenous culture is still dominant, despite a long history of interaction with other cultures, for example the Macassens who visited the shores of Arnhem Land for more then five hundred years to harvest sea slug. They came by sailing boats from IndonesianIsland of Sulawesi and left their legacy with the Aboriginal people.
Then the Europeans, their impact on Aboriginal people was more far reaching and profound. Arnhem Land today has weathered all the storms and it has managed to stay as a last frontier and homeland of around 20.000 people.
While we are in Arnhem Land a traditional Aboriginal guide will show you excellent examples of rock art on Injalak Hill (Long Tom Dreaming), this area has some of the best rock art examples in Western Arnhem Land and some say Australia. The view from the top of the hill is simply breathtaking, looking out across the floodplains and around the escarpment. When we farewell our Aboriginal guide back at the Injalak Art & Craft Centre there is an opportunity to browse or purchase goods from this non-profit Aboriginal organisation. At the award winning Injalak Arts and Crafts Centre there is time to watch the traditional Aboriginal people painting and to see the women weaving pandanus baskets.
Overnight: Camping (B, L, D) (Permanent bush camp)
(This tour requires a reasonable amount of balance and agility)
Today we shall head to the Southern end of Kakadu, here we find a pristine water fall, Maguk, (Barramundi Gorge). A one Kilometre walk through sub-monsoon rainforest leads to the base of a beautiful plunge pool: Maguk is a scenic and tranquil place to enjoy a refreshing swim in the series of small waterholes. The water is crystal clear.
Return to Darwin. (B, L)
Inclusions Luxury Toyota Air Conditioned GXL for three days with experienced local guide
Jumping Crocodile Cruise
Bark Hut Inn Lunch
Yellow Water Cruise
Arnhem Land entry permits & Aboriginal Guide
All camping fees
Exclusions Personal requirements.
What To Bring Good walking shoes or boots
One Litre Water bottle (Iced water is available)
Light, comfortable clothing
Medications and other personal requirements