Centered at the crossroads of culture, cuisine, and crocodiles, Darwin has staked its claim on Australia’s tourist circuit in a big way. Located at the tip of the Northern Territory, along the Timor Sea in a region commonly referred to as the ‘Top End’, Darwin is Australia’s northernmost city and only tropical capital. Steeped in ancient Aboriginal culture, wartime history, untouched national parks, and once-in-a-lifetime tourist destinations, this major Australian metropolis belongs on everyone's bucket list.
Day 1: Welcome to Darwin
Darwin is the kind of place that excites all your senses. It’s always steamy, which means you have a constant glow. The aroma of tropical fruits wafts from markets. The horizons are wide and sunsets blazing. And the locals… Well, they’re as colourful as your outlook. You’ll meet some of them on a Darwin city tour taking in sights and attractions that tell stories of the NT capital’s unexpected history. As the day begins to disappear, follow the lead of locals to the Mindil Beach Sunset Market. Your Travel Director will give you the lowdown, highlighting the eclectic range of cuisine on offer – expect everything from Greek to Japanese. What a tasty start to your getaway.
Day 2: Darwin - Katherine (Breakfast / Dinner) The ancient landscapes of Litchfield National Park are shaped by water, as you’ll fast discover when exploring this immense protected wilderness on a Litchfield tour. There are lakes and rivers, waterfalls and waterholes. Get set to visit Florence Falls, then take a dip in the gin-clear pool of Wangi Falls, this dreamy setting enveloped by monsoon forest. The landscape is also shaped by termites. The national park is pocked with enormous termite mounds, which are architectural feats complete with tunnels and nursery chambers. Small creatures with a big vision.
Day 3: Nitmuluk (Katherine) Gorge (Breakfast)
Katherine is a little bit tropical, a little bit outback, and a whole lot gorgeous. The region’s main attraction is its gaping Nitmiluk (Katherine) Gorge, which carves the countryside in spectacular form. Sit back on your boat and enjoy a cruise through this ancient landscape, home to the Jawoyn people for millennia. You’ll learn about First Nations culture with an Jawoyn guide, and will tempt your tastebuds with some bush tucker. Support the community by picking up paintings by Jawoyn artists.
Day 4: Katherine – Kakadu (Breakfast)
When the first thing you see is 1,545-metre Cradle Mountain, you know you’re in for a good day. This is your backdrop as you wander to Dove Lake on your Cradle Mountain tour, the bucolic landscape here a natural magnet for Bennetts wallabies, echidnas, and pademelons. Just when you thought the west coast couldn’t get any more dramatic, ‘The Nut’ appears on the horizon. This 152-metre bluff created by the remains of an ancient volcanic plug guards over Stanley, an atmospheric fishing village with remarkably well-preserved heritage buildings. Browse boutiques at your leisure, or lace up your walking shoes – The Nut summit awaits.
Day 5: Kakadu National Park (Breakfast/Farewell Dinner)
If you want a different perspective, sign up for an optional scenic flight over the national park, revealing just how wide, wild and wonderful this part of the world really is. Australia is home to some of the oldest art in the world, and much of it decorates rock walls at Ubirr – this jaw-dropping site protects Aboriginal rock paintings and carvings dating back more than 20,000 years. If you thought that was impressive, wait till you see the view over Kakadu from the top of the escarpment. This afternoon, there’s nothing between you and nature, the dramatic escarpments, waterholes and abundant wildlife of Kakadu looming large. Speaking of large, there are saltwater crocs to spot while you drift away on a Yellow Water Billabong cruise. Your local guide will share the secrets of these ancient waterways. Top off your holiday sharing a Farewell Dinner with your Travel Director and travel mates.
Day 6: Depart Darwin (Breakfast) After breakfast, free at own leisure and make your own arrangement to the airport for your flight back home.
5 nights' accommodation
Specialist team of two highly experienced Travel Director and Driver Guide
Local Specialists (Guides)
1 UNESCO World Heritage Site - Kakadu National Park
Centrally located premium hotels
Kakadu National Park entrance fees
Return international flight ticket
Australian ETA Visa
- Day 1: Flights to arrive by 1:30pm into Darwin Airport - Day 6: Flights to depart after 1:30pm from Darwin Airport
Booking Period : Now - 30 SEPTEMBER 2022 (minimum 2 adults to go)
Travel Period : 01 MAY 2022 - 30 SEPTEMBER 2023 01 MAY 2023 - 30 SEPTEMBER 2023
DEPARTURE DATE PLEASE CHECK WITH OUR TRAVEL CONSULTANT