Day 1: Darwin to Cooinda
(Lunch / Dinner) You will be collected from your Darwin accommodation at approximately 6.30am where our Top End adventure begins as we travel to the Mary River Wetlands for our cruise. This region is home to over 250 bird species and has the highest concentration of saltwater crocodiles in the Southern Hemisphere. Search for the mighty crocs who rule this waterway, buffalo, birds and other wildlife. Our entrance to Kakadu National Park is at the South Alligator River, a picturesque location for a picnic lunch. There?s the opportunity to purchase Aboriginal arts and crafts at the Bowali Visitor Centre before our late afternoon arrival at Ubirr. Here you will view a wide range of ancient Aboriginal art which will be interpreted by your guide. Learn the story of the Rainbow Serpent and climb the Nadab Lookout for panoramic views over the floodplain and beyond into Arnhem Land. As the day draws to a close we head to our private campsite at Cooinda for dinner and our overnight stay. Tonight choose to sleep under the stars or sleep in our basic permanent tents.
- Mary River Wetlands
- Kakadu National Park
- Private Crocodile and Wildlife cruise
- Bowali Visitor Centre
Day 2: Cooinda to Litchfield National park
(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) Our journey is towards the southern end of Kakadu where we spend the whole morning at Gunlom Falls*. There?s a large plunge pool at the base of the waterfall to enjoy, however the climb to the top of the falls is a must! Relax in a natural infinity pool with a postcard backdrop of the Arnhem Land escarpment, take a dip in the sandy middle pool and swim under a waterfall in the rear pool. So many choices. Crocodile Dundee loved this magical place and you will too! After lunch and a final swim in the lower plunge pool we exit the national park and travel via Batchelor to our private campsite near Litchfield National Park complete with basic permanent tents.
- Gunlom Falls
- Plunge pools and waterfalls
Day 3: Litchfield National Park to Darwin
(Breakfast / Lunch) Today is spent exploring the waterfalls, spring-fed streams and rugged sandstone escarpments of Litchfield National Park. Marvel at the intriguing magnetic and cathedral termite mounds and swim, hike and explore Florence and Wangi Falls*. Discover the many rock holes and cascading waterfalls of Buley Rockhole before our early evening arrival back in Darwin. (Overnight dorm or Budget Ensuite (Twin/Single) accommodation is included).
- Litchfield National Park
- Termite mounds
- Florence Falls
- Wangi Falls
- Buley Rockhole
Day 4: Darwin to Katherine Gorge National Park
(Lunch /Dinner) You will be collected from your Darwin accommodation at approximately 6.00 am when our adventure through the ?Territory? to Alice Springs begins. The afternoon is spent at Nitmiluk (Katherine Gorge) National Park which is owned by the Jawoyn Aboriginal people. Ancient sandstone has been carved away by the Katherine River to create a deep and picturesque gorge. You may like to take a boat cruise or paddle a canoe (seasonal) through the peaceful water (both optional and additional cost) before retiring at our nearby campsite.
- Nitmiluk (Katherine Gorge) National Park
Day 5: Katherine Gorge to Banka Banka Cattle Station
(Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner) A great start to the day, is a soak in the Mataranka Thermal Pools, a lush oasis fringed by paperbark trees. No trip to the ?Territory? is complete without a visit to the Daly Waters Pub, an important watering hole for explorers and drovers in days gone by and now a great spot for a cold beer, a bit of history and a ?fair dinkum outback experience?! Our day winds to a close at historic Banka Banka Cattle Station where we camp for the night.
- Mataranka Thermal Pools
- Daly Waters Pub
- Banka Banka Cattle Station
Banka Banka Cattle Station to Alice Springs
(Breakfast / Lunch) We pass through Tennant Creek and then further along the track are the Devils Marbles (Karlu Karlu) which are a collection of gigantic granite boulders magically balanced on top of one another. Later in the day we cross the Tropic of Capricorn (only 20% of the Northern Territory lies south of this point) then a short time later we arrive into Alice Springs where art galleries and pioneering history abounds.
- Devils Marbles (Karlu Karlu)
- Tropic of Capricorn