Kakadu National Park (left), and Darwin coastline (right)
Kakadu National Park (left), and Darwin coastline (right)
Katherine Gorge (left), and Litchfield National Park (right)
Katherine Gorge (left), and Litchfield National Park (right)

Tropical Top End

3 nights from £699 per person

Overview

With highlights including cruises in search of saltwater crocodiles, seeking out ancient Aboriginal rock art and exploring some of Australia’s most awe-inspiring natural wonders, such as Litchfield National Park and the Katherine Gorge, this four-day escorted tour is a wonderful addition to your holiday or tour, giving you the chance to explore some more of Australia’s native culture and beautiful scenery. (AA - DG45-55)

Whats included?
  • Internal travel
  • Tour guide throughout
  • 1 breakfast, and 3 or 4 lunches
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(May-Oct)

Day 1

Darwin/Kakadu National Park

Join the famous Jumping Crocodile Cruise and travel into the Kakadu National Park for lunch and a visit to the Bowali Visitor Centre. You’ll have the opportunity to view the ancient Aboriginal rock art and take a guided walk to the top of Ubirr where you’ll be treated to phenomenal views of the surrounding scenery.

Overnight: Mercure Kakadu Crocodile Hotel (Lunch included)

Day 2

Kakadu National Park

Today you’ll take a guided walk at Nourlangie to see the ancient rock art, before continuing on to the Warradjan Cultural Centre. Afterwards, take a cruise on the famous Yellow Water Billabong to see the amazing wildlife and saltwater crocodiles. In the afternoon, travel to Katherine via Pine Creek.

Overnight: Ibis Styles Katherine (Lunch included)

Day 3

Katherine Gorge Cruise

Take an early morning cruise through Katherine Gorge and watch the crocodiles basking in the sun as you journey through the scenery. Proceed to the informative Nitmiluk Visitor Centre for breakfast where there will be time to have a look around before heading onwards to Edith Falls. Take a dip in the natural pools then stop at the Adelaide River War Cemetery, en-route to Darwin.

Overnight: Doubletree by Hilton Hotel Esplanade Darwin (Breakfast included)

Day 4

Litchfield National Park

Travel south to Litchfield National Park and view the Florence and Tolmer Falls from the Tabletop Range. Continue on to Wangi Falls where you’ll have some leisure time to relax and swim. Return to Darwin later on to arrive early evening.

(Lunch included)

As this Short Break concludes at 6.00pm, you may like to pre-book accommodation for tonight.

 

(Nov-Apr)

Day 1

Darwin/Kakadu National Park

Travel via Adelaide River and the Marrakai Plains to head into the Kakadu National Park for a guided walk to see the Aboriginal rock art at Nourlangie Rock. After lunch, you’ll join the Yellow Water Billabong Cruise to see the birdlife and saltwater crocodiles before visiting the Warradjan Aboriginal Cultural Centre.

Overnight: Mercure Kakadu Crocodile Hotel (Lunch included)

Day 2

Kakadu National Park

In the morning, stop off at Ubirr for a short walk to the Aboriginal rock art then join the Guluyambi Cruise along the East Alligator River to see the saltwater crocodiles. You’ll be accompanied by an Aboriginal guide and, with special permission from the local people, you’ll have the opportunity to go ashore in Arnhem Land. Visit the Bowali Visitor Centre then return to Darwin in the evening.

Overnight: Doubletree by Hilton Hotel Esplanade Darwin (Lunch included)

Day 3

Litchfield National Park

Leave Darwin and follow the Stuart Highway via the township of Batchelor to visit Litchfield National Park. Visiting the main falls of the park, you’ll be able to embark on scenic and interpretive bush and monsoon vine forest walks, before viewing the Florence Falls for yourself – there will also be chance to take a dip in the plunge pools. Visit Tolmer Falls for amazing views of the water cascading below then head on to Wangi Falls for another opportunity to swim in the crystal clear pools. There will be a picnic lunch served during the day, as well as the chance to take countless great photos of the landscape, including the amazing stand of Termite Mounds.

Overnight: Doubletree by Hilton Hotel Esplanade Darwin (Lunch included)

Day 4

Katherine

Travel south today through the tropical landscapes, passing the former WWII airstrips. There will be a brief stop at the Adelaide River War Cemetery before continuing on to Edith Falls. Enjoy lunch then embark on a two-hour scenic cruise through Katherine Gorge in Nitmiluk National Park. There will be a guided tour of Katherine then an evening stop at Adelaide River where you may wish to purchase dinner (own expense) – you may like to sample the famous ‘barra and chips’ before returning to Darwin.

(Lunch included)

As this Short Break concludes at 8:30pm, you may like to pre-book accommodation for tonight.

  • Internal travel: Cruise
  • Hotels (3 nights)
  • 1 breakfast and 3 lunches (May-Oct) or 4 lunches (Nov-Apr) included
  • Tour guide throughout, including local guides

Local Departure Dates:

Departures available Monday & Thursday from December to April

Departures available Monday, Thursday and Saturday in November

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