Top End Highlights

Situated on the edge of a harbour bigger than Sydney's, Darwin is a beautiful, fascinating tropical city, a true melting pot of people and culture. Locals prides themselves on its unique and friendly laid-back lifestyle while a sophisticated, modern city in its own right. Steeped in history and one that has endured many hardships, Darwin is now a booming gateway to Asia. Explore this wonderful city before tackling the Top End; Kakadu, a World Heritage-listed National Park with striking landscapes of contrast. Beneath waters dotted with lotus flowers, saltwater crocodiles lurk. Jagged peaks of tower over hidden pockets of monsoon rainforest and waterfalls cascade into pools fringed with paperbarks, pandanus and cycads. The ancient canyons also hold secrets and stories of our earliest inhabitants. Galleries of stunning ancient Aboriginal rock art are preserved among the natural wonders of Kakadu. Another Top End Gem that this tour explores is the famous town of Katherine. Named by explorer John McDouall Stuart in the late 1800s after the daughter of one of his expedition sponsors, the surrounding area was renamed 'Nitmiluk' which meaning 'cicada place' in 1989. Nitmiluk's Katherine Gorge are famous for great fishing, hidden natural wonders and a rich indigenous and pioneering history.

Tour Highlights

  • Darwin City Sights Tour
  • Darwin Aviation Museum
  • Museum & Art Gallery of Northern Territory
  • Darwin Botanic Gardens
  • Spirit of Darwin Sunset Dinner Cruise
  • Territory Wildlife Park
  • Litchfield National Park including Wangi and Florence Falls
  • Magnetic Termite Mounds
  • Window on the Wetland Visitor Centre
  • Jumping Croc Cruise, Adelaide River
  • Kakadu National Park Entry
  • Optional Scenic Flight over Kakadu National Park
  • Ubirr & Nourlangie Rock Art Sites
  • Yellow Waters Billabong Sunset Cruise
  • Edith Falls
  • Katherine Gorge Cruise
Departing
08/07/2018
Duration
7 Days
Physical Rating
Moderate Fitness. Some walking, stairs, walking on uneven ground.
Transport
4x4 Coach

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Day 1: Sunday 8 July 2018 - Toowoomba-Darwin

Transfer by coach to Brisbane West Wellcamp Airport for an Air North for a flight to Darwin via Townsville. Arrive in Darwin late afternoon and enjoy an orientation tour of the city en-route to the accommodation. Meals: LD

Day 2: Monday 9 July 2018 - Darwin Sightseeing

Set out for a day of sightseeing in Darwin. Travel along the esplanade, see Stokes Hill Wharf and the re-developed foreshore area, pass the historical WWII Oil storage Tunnels and beautiful Government House. Stop in the city and see the remains of the Darwin Town Hall and Christ Church Cathedral, both destroyed by Cyclone Tracey in 1974. Drive past Cullen Bay Marina, the Darwin Casino and Fannie Bay Gaol on the way to East Point Reserve for great views of Darwin and the Harbour. Next, visit the Darwin Aviation Museum, hear Interesting stories about Darwin’s aviation history and wartime experience with 19 aircraft including a B52 bomber, 21 engines and a rare amateur footage of the first air-raid in Darwin on display. Interestingly, Darwin was bombed by more aircraft and more tonnage of bombs than Pearl Harbour in World War 2. Later, visit the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory and spend a few hours exploring the museum. Visit the Cyclone Tracey Exhibition before a visit to the beautiful Darwin Botanic Gardens. Late this afternoon board the Spirit of Darwin for a fantastic Harbour Sunset Dinner Cruise, which is listed as one of the top ten things to do in Darwin. As the sun goes down, enjoy gourmet canapes made from fresh local produce, the perfect accompaniment to the spectacular view! Relax and enjoy a buffet dinner and the unique experience the Spirit of Darwin has to offer! Meals: BD

Day 3: Tuesday 10 July 2018 - Territory Wildlife Park and Litchfield National Park

Departing Darwin to travel south along the Stuart Highway, the tour arrives at Berry Springs and the Territory Wildlife Park to explore the 3 distinct areas of the Park. The park train travels between the Wetlands, Monsoon Vine Forest and Woodlands and one of the most popular attractions, the Flight Deck. This fantastic display of free-flying birds highlights their natural behaviours. After lunch, depart the Wildlife Park and travel into Litchfield National Park to Wangi Falls, one of Litchfield’s most popular attractions. Take the short walk along the boardwalk to the viewing platform for some photos. Departing for Florence Falls and see the impressive panoramic view from the lookout. The spectacular double waterfall is set amid the monsoon forest and cascades into a deep swimming hole. This afternoon, pause for a while and see the Magnetic Termite Mounds. Many stand 2m high and all of the thin Magnetic Termite Mounds are aligned north-south. The giant 4 meter high Cathedral Termite Mounds are even more impressive, especially when considering that they were built by tiny termites. These impressive architectural feats are complete with arches, tunnels, chimneys and nursery chambers and are aligned north to south to minimise the exposure to the sun. Late afternoon, arrive at the accommodation for the night. Meals: BD

Day 4: Wednesday 11 July 2018 - Kakadu National Park

Turn off the Stuart Highway at Humpty Doo and travel the Arnhem Highway to The Window on the Wetlands Visitor Centre. The centre has 270 degree views of the wetlands and Interactive displays explaining the seasonal changes and ecological processes of the wetlands. There is also detailed information about the wildlife and local Aboriginal and European history. Later, join the Adelaide River Queen to cruise on the murky waters of the Adelaide River. Keep your arms in the boat because lurking beneath, lives the most dangerous reptile in Northern Australia, the huge Saltwater Crocodile. These ancient reptiles are the stars of this fascinating cruise, but these crocs are the famous Jumping Crocodiles. See them push two thirds of their bodies out of the water with their powerful tails in a unique and impressive display. After the cruise, enjoy lunch in the Pavilion Café before departing for Kakadu National Park. This huge park covers more than 19,000 square kilometres and is home to over 1,000 plant species, a quarter of all Australian freshwater fish species, and over one third of Australian bird species. Travel through the park, over the South Alligator River and on to Jabiru, and the Mercure Crocodile Hotel. This afternoon, take an optional scenic flights over Kakadu.  Meals: BLD

Day 5: Thursday 12 July 2018 - Kakadu National Park

Kakadu’s rock art is world class and one the main reasons the park is World Heritage listed. These paintings provide a fascinating record of Aboriginal life over thousands of years, with some up to 20,000 years old. These paintings are the oldest historical records of any group of people in the world. Two of the main rock art galleries are at Ubirr and Nourlangie and the tour will visit both today. See naturalistic paintings of animals, traditional x-ray art and paintings of early contact with European people! Later, check in to the accommodation at Cooinda Lodge, before a Yellow Waters Billabong sunset cruise, a must-do in kakadu. Experience the sights of this billabong and the plentiful wildlife with at least 60 of birds to be found in the wetlands. Look for Whistling Ducks, Magpie Geese, Eagles, Jabirus, Brolgas, crocodiles and even buffalo on the floodplains. Meals: BLD

Day 6: Friday 13 July 2018 - Katherine Gorge

This morning after breakfast travel south west along the Kakadu Highway to the old gold mine town of Pine Creek. Enjoy morning tea here then head to Katherine and Edith Falls. Spend a few hours at the picturesque falls for a swim or a walk on the Leliyn Trail to see waterfalls and Edith River. After a picnic lunch at Edith Falls, head to the heart of Nitmiluk National Park to Katherine Gorge. Take the Nit Nit Dreaming cruise to discover the cultural significance of these gorges to the traditional landowners; the Jawoyn. Meals: BLD 

Day 7: Saturday 14 July 2018 - Katherine-Darwin-Brisbane-Toowoomba

Head north back to Darwin, stopping at Adelaide River along the way. At Darwin Airport, check in for the flight back to Brisbane. Lunch is included on the flight home. Arrive in Brisbane where a Stonestreets coach and driver will collect you for the transfer back to Toowoomba. Meals: BL

Linked Tour: Looking to extend your holiday? You may be interested in our Classic Kimberley tours where you can travel from Darwin to Broome and see all the sights along the way, including, Lake Argyle, Ord River irrigation area, Bungle Bungles, Argyle Diamond Mine and Geikie Gorge. If that’s not enough you could stay on this tour and return to Kununurra via the very scenic Gibb River Road and Mitchell Plateau. Ask us for a package price on these tours.

*Air North flights are subject to confirmation of schedule. If Air North flight schedule does not fit with itinerary flights from Brisbane may be used.

Meals: 6 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 6 Dinners

Transport: 4x4 Coach

Flights:

  • Brisbane West Wellcamp / Townsville
  • Townsville / Darwin
  • Darwin / Brisbane

Accommodation: 6 Nights in Motel Accommodation

Activities:

  • Darwin City Sights Tour
  • Darwin Aviation Museum
  • Museum & Art Gallery of Northern Territory
  • Darwin Botanic Gardens
  • Spirit of Darwin Sunset Dinner Cruise
  • Territory Wildlife Park
  • Litchfield National Park including Wangi and Florence Falls
  • Magnetic Termite Mounds
  • Window on the Wetland Visitor Centre
  • Jumping Croc Cruise, Adelaide River
  • Kakadu National Park Entry
  • Optional Scenic Flight over Kakadu National Park
  • Ubirr & Nourlangie Rock Art Sites
  • Yellow Waters Billabong Sunset Cruise
  • Edith Falls
  • Katherine Gorge Cruise

Other Inclusions:

  • Tour escorted from Toowoomba
Departing
08/07/2018
Duration
7 Days
Physical Rating
Moderate Fitness. Some walking, stairs, walking on uneven ground.
Transport
4x4 Coach
Price
AUD $3,495
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