Take in the top end with AAT Kings 6 day Top End Highlights tour. Visit Darwin, Litchfield and Kakadu National Park, Katherine Gorge plus learn about Aboriginal life.
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SAMPLE ITINERARY - Itineraries are subject to change
Day 1: Arrive Darwin
On arrival in Darwin you will be transferred to your hotel. Spend time at leisure. Perhaps visit one of the open- air markets held across the city every weekend. Or explore the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, which houses stunning permanent collections of Aboriginal art. It is also home to a Cyclone Tracy exhibition, which details the tragic events of the 1974 Christmas Eve cyclone that devastated Darwin. Tonight enjoy a welcome drink and dinner with your Tour Director.
Hotel: Vibe Hotel, Darwin, 1 night. D
Day 2: Darwin – Katherine
Today we journey to Katherine via the historic Adelaide River Inn and Adelaide River War Cemetery. There is time to explore Katherine before we join an afternoon cruise through Katherine Gorge as it winds its way through Nitmiluk National Park. The towering gorge walls provide shelter to many species of birds and animals as they nest amongst the vines and creepers clinging to the damp crevices in the sandstone walls.
Hotel: Ibis Styles, Katherine, 2 nights. B D
Day 3: Katherine Sights
Enjoy breakfast while cruising through Katherine Gorge, as it winds its way through Nitmiluk National Park. The towering gorge walls provide shelter to many species of birds and animals as they nest amongst the vines and creepers clinging to the damp crevices in the sandstone walls. You may even spot a crocodile! Afterwards, join Aboriginal Guides for a walk through ‘the Footsteps of our Ancestors’. Learn about bush tucker and traditional bush medicines. See damper being prepared and when cooked, enjoy it with a barbecue lunch. Join in the activities including traditional painting, fire lighting, spear throwing. Learn about didgeridoo custom and the craft of basket weaving. B L D
Day 4: Katherine – Kakadu
This morning stop at Edith Falls. We then pass through the gold mining town of Pine Creek, whose original buildings date back to the heady gold days, and deep into the World Heritage listed Kakadu National Park. The focal points of Kakadu are the spectacular escarpment and the wetlands and their abundance of wildlife, including over 280 species of birds. Visit the Warradjan Cultural Centre to view informative displays and exhibits depicting the traditions of the Aboriginal people in Kakadu before joining a wildlife cruise on Yellow Water Billabong. Our local guide will keep us well informed about the vegetation and birdlife of the region including the prolific whistling duck and magpie geese. It is also home to wild horses and buffalo. Hopefully we will see the saltwater crocodiles that inhabit many of Kakadu’s river systems.
Hotel: Gagudju Crocodile Holiday Inn, Jabiru.B L D
Day 5: Kakadu National Park
This morning there is the opportunity for an optional scenic flight over Kakadu. You’ll visit Ubirr and view Aboriginal rock art dating back some 20,000 years. A climb to the top of this rocky outcrop is rewarded with superb views over the flood plains and escarpment country. Later visit the Bowali Visitor Centre, which contains a wealth of information on Kakadu National Park. The fantastic displays here will take you on a journey through the varied landscapes and habitats of Kakadu. This evening celebrate your Top End adventure at a Farewell dinner with your Expedition Leader and new-found friends.
Hotel: Wildman Wilderness Lodge, Mary River.B D
Day 6: Mary River - Darwin
This morning you’ll take a safari cruise on the renowned Mary River Wetlands and Corroboree Billabong. Take in the fantastic views across the vast floodplains and see the prolific wetland birds. This region is home to the largest concentration of saltwater crocodiles in the world and you may also spot wild buffalo and wallabies at the water’s edge. Your tour concludes this afternoon in Darwin. You will be transferred to Darwin Airport for your onward flight. B
Why not add a journey aboard The Ghan from Darwin to Alice Springs or Adelaide at end of this tour? Sit back and relax as The Ghan transports you on an epic journey from the tropical Top End to the Red Centre in the heart of Australia or on to elegant Adelaide. Ask for details.