Top End and Arnhem Land Adventure

10D/9N

Journey to the Northern Territory and uncover the rich history and incredible landscapes of the Top End on this Top End and Arnhem Land Adventure.

The northernmost section of the remote Northern Territory, Australia’s Top End packs an unbelievable punch. This is where the tropics meet the Outback, sandstone escarpments are decorated with ancient First Nations rock art, and the national parks are bursting with plunging waterfalls, monsoon forests and breathtaking waterholes. This five-day Top End and Arnhem Land Adventure spends ample time at Kakadu National Park, Nitmiluk National Park and Litchfield National Park and includes exclusive access to Arnhem Land. Spend time with the Traditional Owners of Wulna Country, take a croc-filled cruise along the East Alligator River, check out the spectacular Jim Jim Falls and swim in the breathtaking locations on this unforgettable adventure through the country’s far north on this Top End and Arnhem Land Adventure.

Itinerary:

Day 1: Darwin – Arnhem Land
Welcome to Darwin, the Northern Territory’s tropical capital. Leave Darwin in the early morning and travel to Wulna Country where you will be greeted by a Cul Cul or ‘Welcome to Country’ from the Traditional Owners of the land, the Limilngan-Wulna people. Learn about their culture as your hosts treat you to bush tucker talks and didgeridoo and basket weaving demonstrations. Then, it’s on to the border of Kakadu and Arnhem Land for a Guluyumbi cruise along the East Alligator River. Both scenic and informative, your Bininj guide will explain the cultural importance of the river to the region’s Traditional Owners as you glide past pristine wilderness – and countless crocodiles! Next, unveil indigenous art at a complex known as Mawurndaddja. This complex has a spectacular series of galleries with rock art spanning from the present time to many thousands of years of age. Your guide will explain the importance of this art, the methods used to perform this expressionism and the anthropological system used to date the art as you are guided through the site. Spend the afternoon exploring this historic ancient site. Following this, head back into Kakadu for an overnight stay.

Total driving time: about six hours (approximately 350 km)
Total walking time: about one and a half hours (including stops for informative talks)

Accommodation – Permanent tented camp (with shared facilities) (1 Night)

Included Activities – Guluyambi Cultural Cruise – Mawurndaddja rock art and occupation complex

Optional Activities

Meals – Lunch – Dinner

Day 2: Kakadu National Park
After fuelling up with an early breakfast, it’s on to Jim Jim Falls, Kakadu’s most iconic natural attraction. It’s a challenging walk through monsoon forest and over boulders. Recharge with a cooling dip in the clear waters beneath the falls upon arrival, or simply soak up the spectacular scenery while relaxing on the beach. After lunch head to Anbangbang and discover ancient rock art. Originally Warramal clan land, who have now passed away, Anbangbang is now looked after by neighbouring Mirarr and Djok clans. Consider taking a scenic flight over Kakadu in the afternoon, or visit Bowli Cultural Centre.

Total driving time: about four hours (approximately 120 km)
Total walking time: about two and a half hou

Accommodation – Camping (with shared facilities) (1 Night)

Included Activities – Jim Jim Falls Walk

Optional Activities

Meals – Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner

Day 3: Kakadu National Park
After breakfast, head to either Gunlom Falls or Maguk (Barramundi Gorge) for a swim in another pristine waterhole. Maguk flows down the steep walls of rugged gorge into a beautiful natural plunge pool. It’s a steep climb to the Gunlom Falls plunge pool, though the reward is sweeping views of Kakadu and the welcome shade of gum trees. Neither option will disappoint. After a relaxing morning, it’s time to hit the road. Stop in the old gold-mining town of Pine Creek for lunch before continuing for another three hours to your private campsite on the doorstep of Nitmiluk National Park. Once comfortable, have dinner with the group before relaxing in your tent for the night.

Total driving time: about five and a half hours (approximately 340 km)
Total walking time: about one and a half hours

Accommodation – Permanent tented camp (with shared facilities) (1 Night)

Included Activities – Maguk (Barramundi Gorge)

Optional Activities

Meals – Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner

Day 4: Nitmiluk National Park
Spend the day exploring the deep Nitmiluk (Katherine) Gorge and ancient sandstone landscape of Nitmiluk National Park. A wonderland of colours, Aboriginal rock art, waterfalls and wildlife, perhaps take a cruise or rental a kayak to get a closer look. Keep in mind that these optional activities are seasonal and at your own expense. In the afternoon, travel on to Edith Falls, a hidden oasis of clear, cool waters surrounded by bronze boulders. After a quick swim in the huge rock pools, continue to tonight’s camp located at the edge of Litchfield National Park, where dinner awaits.

Total driving time: about four and a half hours (approximately 350 km)
Total walking time: about three and a half hours

Accommodation – Permanent tented camp (with shared facilities) (1 Night)

Included Activities – Edith Falls

Optional Activities – Katherine Gorge Scenic Cruise – AUD95 – Katherine Gorge Canoe from – AUD82

Meals – Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner

Day 5: Litchfield National Park
After breakfast, head to Litchfield National Park. A bit of a local secret, Litchfield is awash with tropical rainforest, gorgeous waterfalls and crystal-clear waterholes. Visit Florence Falls, Wangi Falls or Bluey Rockholes, then tuck into a picnic lunch. Enjoy a stroll through the steamy rainforests and refreshing dip in one of the park’s gorgeous swimming holes. In the afternoon, make the two-hour drive back to Darwin where the trip ends on arrival. If you decide to stay an additional night in Darwin, perhaps enjoy an optional night out with the group to celebrate the end of a fantastic trip.

Total driving time: about three and a half hours (approximately 250 km)
Total walking time: about one hour

Included Activities – Buley Rockholes – Florence Falls – Litchfield National Park – Wangi Falls

Optional Activities

Meals – Breakfast – Lunch


4WD Broome to Darwin Overland

10D/9N

Embark on an epic tour through Western Australia and the Top End

Experience the wild and rugged beauty of Australia’s northwest tip on this 4WD journey through the Kimberleys. A region of breathtaking natural scenery, rich brooding landscapes and plentiful iconic wildlife, this is a taste of Australia at its most untamed. Explore the narrow rock passages winding through the Bungle Bungles, spot crocodiles sunning on the banks of Windjana Gorge and discover the gorgeous swimming holes of El Questro and Katherine. For a trip that brings you face-to-face with Australia’s vast horizons and immense wilderness, you really can’t go past this 4WD Broome to Darwin adventure.

Itinerary:

Day 1: Broome to Windjana Gorge
Welcome to Broome, an easy going town with a pretty striking strip of coastline. We set off into the West Australian wilds pretty early today, so consider arriving a day or two early if you fancy getting to know Broome better. After a bit of highway driving we reach the Fitzroy River, then it’s all off-road to the Napier Range. The main attraction here is a guided walk through Tunnel Creek, a vast cave system that extends 750 metres underground.

Note: Total driving time today is around five hours. Total walking distance is approximately three kilometres including walking through water in Tunnel Creek

Accommodation – Camping (with facilities) (1 Night)

Included Activities – Tunnel Creek exploration walk

Optional Activities

Meals – Lunch – Dinner

Day 2: Bell Gorge
Today we head to Windjana Gorge, once an underwater reef just 350 million years ago. During the wet season a river flows all the way through it, but during the dry it’s really more a series of ponds and billabongs. Set out on a bit of an explore, hopefully spotting a freshwater crocodile or two. The western Kimberley region is full of endless stunning gorges that have to be explored and this afternoon is no exception. Bell Gorge is home to a stunning cascade of water flowing from the previous wet season rains that fall in the King Leoplold Ranges. We enjoy an afternoon swim in the large plunge pool before making our way to camp along the Gibb River Road.

Note: Total driving time today is around 4.5 hours. Total walking distance is approximately 4 -6 kilometres including walking through water in Tunnel Creek

Accommodation – Camping (with facilities) (1 Night)

Included Activities – Bell Gorge – Windjana Gorge

Optional Activities

Meals – Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner

Day 3: Manning Gorge
We spend the morning exploring Manning gorge and enjoy a swim in the pools under Manning Falls. After stretching your legs on the hike in you will be rewarded with a swim in a large rock pool at the base of Manning Falls. Spend the afternoon exploring Adcock or Galvins gorge before heading back to camp to relax around the campfire.

Note: Total driving time today is around one hour. Total walking distance is approximately 6-8 kilometres.

Accommodation – Camping (with facilities) (1 Night)

Included Activities – Galvans Gorge – Adcock Gorge – Manning Gorge

Optional Activities

Meals – Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner

Day 4: Gibb River Road to El Questro
Fording rivers and weaving through gorges, travel by 4WD along the wild Gibb River Road – a 600-kilometre stretch that winds right through the heart of the Kimberley. Pass through remote and extraordinary country as you travel through this historic part of Australia. Cross the Pentecost River to reach the famous El Questro Station, where you’ll spend the night camping under the stars.

Note: Total driving time today is around 6 hours. Total walking distance is approximately 2 kilometres.

Accommodation – Camping (with facilities) (1 Night)

Included Activities – Gibb River Road

Optional Activities

Meals – Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner

Day 5: El Questro Station
Wake up with the knowledge of not having to pack up camp before spending the day exploring the amazing sights of El Questro Station. Enjoy a relaxing swim at Zebedee Springs before tackling the hike into either Emma Gore or El Questro Gorge where you will be rewarded with a stunning waterfall and a swim. Tonight enjoy another night at the El Questro campsite, where you might choose to enjoy a well-earned drink at the station bar with your travel mates.

Note: Total driving time today is only around 45 minutes. Total walking distance is up to 6 kilometres.

Accommodation – Camping (with facilities) (1 Night)

Included Activities – Emma Gorge – Zebedee Springs

Optional Activities

Meals – Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner

Day 6: Purnululu National Park (Bungle Bungle Range)
Say goodbye to El Questro and hello Bungle Bungles. Today we drive through the rugged landscape of Carr Boyd and the Durack Ranges into Purnululu National Park. This park is home-ground of the Bungle Bungles, a UNESCO World Heritage Site dominated by massive sandstone karsts that rear hundreds of metres above the surrounding grasslands. We arrive at our bush camp in time to sit back and watch the sun set over the Osmond Ranges. If you’ve had enough of tent camping by now, you might want to spend tonight sleeping out beneath the stars snuggled up in a swag.
Note: Total driving time today is approximately 5 hours. Total walking distance is approximately 5 kilometres.

Accommodation – Camping (with basic facilities) (1 Night)

Included Activities

Optional Activities

Meals – Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner

Day 7: The Bungle Bungles
After breakfast prepare for a full day of activities. Explore the remarkable rock formations of the Bungle Bungle Range. Hike to the constricted, red gap of Echidna Chasm and the immense Cathedral Gorge. You’ll also have the opportunity to experience another perspective of the Bungles in a helicopter flight (at your own expense). As the sun goes down, head back to your overnight bush camp.

Note: Total driving time today is around an hour. Total walking distance is approximately five kilometres.

Accommodation – Camping (with basic facilities) (1 Night)

Included Activities – Cathedral Gorge Walk (Bungle Bungle) – Echidna Chasm Walk

Optional Activities – Helicopter Flight – Bungle Bungles – from – AUD350

Meals – Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner

Day 8: Bungle Bungles and Lake Argyle
This morning you will once again experience some serious 4WD action as you wind your way out of the Bungle Bungles. Take some time to have a look around the picturesque town of Kununarra. In the late afternoon, travel down beside the Ord River to make camp at Lake Argyle. You have the choice of relaxing in the famous infinity pool overlooking the magnificent Lake Argyle or appreciating it from the water by choosing to do a cruise (own expense). This vast body of water has been forged by the Ord River Dam. The biggest manmade lake in Australia, Lake Argyle is 18 times the size of Sydney Harbour!

Note: Total driving time today is around 5.5 and a half hours. Total walking distance is 1 kilometre.

Note: Total driving time today is around 5 and a half hours. Total walking distance is one kilometer.

Accommodation – Camping (with basic facilities) (1 Night)

Included Activities – Lake Argyle

Optional Activities – Lake Argyle Sunset Cruise – AUD100

Meals – Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner

Day 9: Lake Argyle to the Katherine region
Not long after breakfast say goodbye to WA as from here we cross the state border into the Northern Territory. The day is spent enjoying the last views of the Boabs you have fallen in love with as we make our way towards our last camp for the night just outside of Nitmiluk National Park in the Katherine Region.

Note: Total driving time today is around 7 hours. Total walking distance is around 1 kilometre.

Accommodation – Permanent tented camp (with shared facilities) (1 Night)

Included Activities

Optional Activities

Meals – Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner

Day 10: Darwin
On the final day of the trip, stop at either the secluded gorge of Nitmiluk (Katherine Gorge) or take one last plunge for the trip into the cool waters of Edith Falls. In the afternoon, make your way to Darwin, where your adventure comes to an end. Please book any onward travel the following day.

Note: Total driving today is around four and a half hours. Total walking distance is approximately two kilometres.

Included Activities – Katherine Gorge

Optional Activities

Meals – Breakfast – Lunch