Top End Highlights

If you haven’t experienced a sunset on Darwin’s beach, you haven’t fully lived. This full Top End tour is your dramatic introduction to a NT journey that takes you through tropical Australia at its most wonderous: thunderous waterfalls, immense gorges, gin-clear swimming holes and wildlife-filled national parks – Kakadu’s beauty will sear into your memory. All this, wrapped in 60,000 years of Indigenous history.


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6 Days from $2,530* per person, twin share

Guided Holidays - Best Buys | Darwin Return

Inclusions:

  • Centrally located premium hotels
  • 5 Breakfasts, 1 Dinner, 1 Farewell Dinner
  • Specialist team of two highly experienced Travel Director and Driver that are accredited with Kakadu National Parks
  • Local Specialists (Guides)
  • 1 UNESCO World Heritage Site - Kakadu National Park
  • Kakadu National Park entrance fees

 

Highlights:

  • From Darwin’s beaches to Katherine’s Indigenous importance, the Top End’s towns offer endless attractions to explore at your own pace.
  • You won’t want to rush around World Heritage-listed Kakadu, the country’s largest national park. And you don’t have to – relax!
  • Water beckons at Litchfield National Park – dive in! Equally legendary are Kakadu’s wildlife-packed wetlands and dramatic Katherine Gorge.
  • The Top End’s ecosystems are fragile and important. You’ll help protect them through contributions to National Parks and Wildlife.

Tour Code:  NDKD



Itinerary

Day 1: Welcome to Darwin

Welcome to Darwin! This afternoon enjoy a tour of the tropical city to see a mixture of old and new building styles including the old Government House and the new Northern Territory Parliament building. You'll also visit East Point Military Reserve and the Darwin Museum before you join Travel Director and fellow travellers at the colourful Mindil Beach Sunset Markets where you'll experience the spectacular over-water sunset under the coconut palms. There's plenty of time to explore the art and crafts, aromas and atmosphere of the marketplace. You may like to try some succulent fresh BBQ seafood, authentic Indian or Chinese cuisine, or even Greek or Japanese. You'll see why the market attracts food lovers from all around, the choice is endless!

Hotel: Travelodge Darwin Resort


Day 2: Darwin – Katherine

Today you’ll depart Darwin and travel to Litchfield National Park, famous for its waterfalls. Your first stop is an amazing stand of Termite Mounds, architectural feats complete with tunnels and nursery chambers. You'll then continue to view the beautiful waterhole at Florence Falls from a high vantage point before venturing on further to tropical Wangi Falls for a relaxing swim in the large crystal-clear pool surrounded by spectacular monsoon rainforest. Later, you’ll journey to Katherine.

 Hotel: Contour Hotel Katherine
 Meals: Dinner, Breakfast


Day 3: Katherine Gorge

This morning, sit back and relax in tranquil surroundings on a Katherine Gorge Cruise. Discover the history and culture of the Jawoyn people, traditional owners of Nitmiluk as you explore two gorges with a backdrop of stunning rock faces around every bend. This afternoon you will learn about indigenous bush tucker, traditional bush medicines and learn about didgeridoo custom when you join a local Aboriginal guide. There is the opportunity to purchase some locally painted indigenous art. 

Hotel: Contour Hotel Katherine
Meals: Breakfast

Day 4: Katherine – Kakadu

This morning stop at Edith Falls with the opportunity for a swim. You’ll then pass through the gold mining town of Pine Creek, with buildings dating back to the heady gold rush days. We recommend trying a delicious mango smoothie while you're there! Travel deep into the World Heritage listed Kakadu National Park. The focal points of Kakadu are the spectacular escarpment, water holes and abundant wildlife. After lunch we take the well-known Yellow Water Billabong Cruise to spot crocodiles and birds. Your local guide will share with you all the secrets of these ancient waterways before taking a guided walk to view ancient Aboriginal artwork at Nourlangie. Just magic.

Hotel: Mercure Kakadu Crocodile Hotel
Meals: Breakfast


Day 5: Kakadu National Park

This morning, you’ll visit Ubirr and view Aboriginal rock art dating back some 20,000 years. Take the short climb to lookout from the top of this rocky outcrop for superb views over the flood plains and escarpment country. This afternoon there is the opportunity for an Optional Experience scenic flight over Kakadu which is something you will remember forever. This evening, celebrate your Top End Highlights holiday at a Farewell Dinner with your Travel Director and new-found friends.

Hotel: Mercure Kakadu Crocodile Hotel
Meals: Breakfast, Farewell Dinner


Day 6: Farewell from Darwin

This morning you’ll leave Kakadu behind and journey back to Darwin. Keep an eye on those river crossings to see if you can spot saltwater crocodiles. The final stop before arriving back in Darwin is Fogg Dam, a bird watchers paradise. Bid farewell to your fellow travellers as your holiday comes to an end when you arrive in Darwin.

Meals: Breakfast


*Terms and Conditions: Price correct as of 11 February 2022. Prices are per person based on twin share accommodation. Dates and itineraries are valid until 30 September 2022. Beyond 30 September 2022 dates and itineraries are indicative only. Prices, itineraries and inclusions are subject to availability and can change at any time without notice. Booking, payment and cancellation conditions apply. Contact your travel agent for more information. SUPPLIER: AAT Kings