Ancient Secrets of Kakadu

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7 days | Departs Apr to Sep –
Darwin » Mary River » Kakadu » Katherine

Venture to Australia’s Top End, through the untamed wilderness of Kakadu – an ancient landscape of billabongs, gorges and hidden canyons teeming with spectacular wildlife.

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  • Immerse yourself in WWII history at Adelaide River War Cemetery
  • Learn about Aboriginal rock art at Ubirr
  • Climb Nourlangie for spectacular views over Kakadu National Park
  • Swim at Gunlom Falls overlooking Kakadu
  • Enjoy an exclusive Aboriginal cultural experience
  • Get off road on the Marrakai 4WD track
  • Stay in luxury accommodation at Cicada Lodge for 2 nights
  • Relax in luxury at Wildman Wilderness Lodge
  • Take a refreshing dip at Wangi Falls
  • Return flights to & from Darwin
  • Hand-picked accommodation
  • Complimentary refreshments throughout your journey
  • 4 breakfasts (B), 5 lunches (L) & 4 dinners (D)

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Day 1 – Homeport to Darwin

Your Northern Territory adventure begins with a flight to Darwin. On arrival, you will be met and taken to your hotel. The rest of your day is at leisure to explore the city.

❱ Hotel stay: Mantra on the Esplanade (1 night)

Day 2 – Darwin to Mary River (BLD)

Your epic Top End adventure begins in the tropical northern city of Darwin. Join your Journey Director and board your luxury 4WD vehicle to experience stunning Litchfield National Park before embarking on a crosscountry journey along the rugged Marrakai Track (seasonally accessible) to the Mary River Wetlands. Tonight, stay in private, permanent safari tents. Join your Journey Director for a Welcome Reception with drinks and canapés, followed by dinner.

❱ Hotel stay: Wildman Wilderness Lodge (1 night)

Day 3 – Mary River to Kakadu (BLD)

Wake up with the wildlife and head to Corroboree Billabong, where you’ll take a cruise in the company of a local guide to explore its floodplains and spot the creatures that find sanctuary in its lotus-covered waters. Next, journey into the tropical depths of iconic Kakadu National Park, enjoying a sunset walk at the rock-art galleries of Ubirr. Perched atop Nadab Lookout, watch the sun set over the lush Kakadu floodplains.

❱ Hotel stay: Mercure Kakadu Crocodile Hotel, Jabiru (1 night)

Day 4 – Kakadu to Katherine Gorge (BLD)

Enjoy a leisurely start to your day, or take to the skies on an optional experience early morning flight over Kakadu before venturing to Nourlangie to admire the ancient Dreamtime art of the Bininj and Mungguy people. Continue cross-country to Gunlom Falls, where a hike to the summit is rewarded with a refreshing dip in the crystal-clear plunge pool. Enjoy lunch in the shade of rustling gum trees before driving on to tonight’s five-star eco-lodge accommodation.

❱ Hotel stay: Cicada Lodge, Nitmiluk National Park (2 nights)

Day 5 – Katherine (BLD)

This morning meet didgeridoo expert Manuel Pamkal and share in his passion for the rich traditional culture into which he was born. Hear about life in the bush and experience first-hand the fine art of rarrk (cross-hatch) painting. Later, board a special dinner cruise on Katherine Gorge and learn about the history and culture of the local Jawoyn people.

Day 6 – Katherine to Darwin (BL)

Emerge from the wilderness to journey north along the Stuart Highway on your return to Darwin, stopping to cool off in the cascading waters of Edith Falls and visit the poignant Adelaide River War Cemetery.

❱ Hotel stay: Mantra on the Esplanade (1 night)

Day 7 – Darwin to Homeport (B)

Sadly, today marks the end of your Northern Territory adventure. You will be transferred to Darwin Airport in time for your flight home.

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Adelaide, Brisbane, Hobart, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney


25 Apr 2020, 16 May 2020, 30 May 2020, 13 Jun 2020, 27 Jun 2020, 11 Jul 2020, 25 Jul 2020, 08 Aug 2020, 22 Aug 2020, 05 Sep 2020, 19 Sep 2020


The following terms & conditions apply to your booking in addition to our General Booking Terms & Conditions:

  • Flights are included from all departure cities shown as required. These are based on Economy Class group airfares, and are subject to availability at the time of your booking confirmation.
  • The following fees apply for cancellations made once your booking is confirmed:
    After deposit is received – loss of deposit;
    31 to 70 days before departure – 50% of total booking value plus deposit;
    Within 30 days of departure – 100% of total booking value.
    We recommend purchasing travel insurance for your holiday.
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