• Wangi, Florence & Tolmer falls in Litchfield National Park
• Magnetic Termite Mounds
• Buley Rockhole
• Katherine Gorge 2 Hour Cruise
• Hands on cultural experience
• Gunlom (Waterfall Creek)
• Maguk (Barramundi Falls)
• 2 Hour Sunset Yellow Waters Cruise
• Nourlangie Rock
• Warradjan Cultural Centre
Day 1 (L,D)
You will be collected from your Darwin accommodation at 7.30am for your 5 day Top End Parks 4WD Safari.
We head south along the Stuart highway and into Fog Dam Conservation Reserve. These wetlands have international significance because of their beauty and natural ecosystems. A great variety of fauna can be found here throughout the year as well as a large variety of birdlife.
After a comfort stop at the Bark Hut, we make our way into World Heritage listed Kakadu National park. Kakadu is the largest national park in Australia, has some of the world’s finest rock art and a variety of habitats, including floodplains and savannah woodlands.
Once within the park, our first stop is Ubirr where we walk through galleries of ancient aboriginal rock art, which your guide will interpret. Also learn about bushtuckers and bush medicines before reaching the top of the plateau, where you can relax and enjoy the spectacular view over the floodplains and the Arnhemland escarpment.
A picnic lunch will be served on the banks of the East Alligator River.
Then we head to the centre of the park and to the Warradjan Aboriginal Cultural Centre for an insight into the cultural heritage of the park.
Late this afternoon, board the sunset Yellow Waters wetlands cruise, with it’s prolific birdlife and wonderful variety of plants. Saltwater crocodiles are often spotted here.
After the cruise, we make our way to our accommodation.
Overnight accommodation - Lakeview Park, Bush Bungalows (2 night stay)
Day 2 (B,L,D)
After breakfast we make our way to Maguk (Barramundi Gorge and falls), where we take a walk through the paperbark forest to reach the gorge, where we can have a refreshing swim in the plungepool.
Then to the Nourlangie area and we view the birdlife at Anbangbang billabong before continuing to Nourlangie Rock, an ancient Aboriginal shelter, where we will explore the area and the rock art. Your guide will lead you on an interpretive walk around the site.
Finally, enjoy a look around the Bowali visitors information centre
Overnight accommodation - Lakeview Park, Bush Bungalows
Day 3 (B,L,D)
We spend this morning enjoying Gunlom (waterfall Creek), where we have a swim in the large plungepool at the base of the falls, followed by a hot lunch. There is an optional hike to the top of Gunlom, where pristine rockpools and a fantastic view await you.
This afternoon, we head south to Katherine, calling in to Leilyn (Edith Falls), en-route. Leilyn is part of Nitmiluk National Park and is well known for it’s picturesque waterfalls and pools, particularly the large pool at the base of the escarpment which is great for a swim. We have a swim here with the option of taking the Leliyn Trail - a walk that takes us across the top of the waterfall, where we can have a swim in the upper rockpools and will get views of the waterfalls and Edith River from a couple of lookouts.
Once we reach Katherine Township, we make our way to camp.
Overnight permanent camp (in fixed tents) – Maud Creek
Day 4 (B,L,D)
We start today with a cultural experience at the Katherine Art Gallery. Activities on offer include sitting down with resident artist, Manuel who will tell you tales of tribal life, language, the hunting and gathering techniques, ceremony, weapons used and aboriginal contemporary life. Experience your own Rarrk painting with Manuel or Dot painting with Adrianna from the desert community of Yuendumu. You will also have an opportunity to participate in one of the traditional hunting activities (firelighting, spear throwing etc.).
Then we make our way to Nitmiluk Gorge, home to 13 spectacular gorges, carved out of the rock by torrential summer rains, over millions of years. Here, we cruise for 2 hours viewing the beautiful scenery and discovering the customs of the traditional owners, the Jawoyn people.
We drive to the Katherine Hot Spring, where we have lunch and we can enjoy a soothing dip in the thermal pools or sit and relax under the small waterfall.
Mid afternoon, we leave Katherine to head north again to this evenings camp at
at Mt Bundy Station. The station has an interesting history and is set in a picturesque bush setting, attracting a multitude of wildlife.
There may be time this evening for a walk around the station, take a sunset horse ride (subject to time and availability) or you can visit the station animals.
Overnight permanent riverside camp (fixed tents) - Mt Bundy Station
Day 5 (B,L)
Today is spent swimming and exploring beautiful Litchfield National Park.
Enjoy swimming at Florence Falls and then take a hike along the riverbank to Buley Rockholes, which are a series of small waterfalls that are a great place to simply sit and relax. .
View Tolmer Falls, which has several colonies of the rare Ghost and Orange Horseshoe Bats and visit the amazing magnetic termite mounds.
At Wangi Falls we can have a swim and your guide will lead a walk through the monsoon vineforest to the top of the falls.
Late this afternoon, we depart Litchfield on the unsealed dirt road and begin our drive back to Darwin, arriving at approximately 5.30pm. You will be dropped off at your accommodation.
END OF TOUR
B= Breakfast L= Lunch D= Dinner
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