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ITINERARY

5 Day Kakadu’s Ancient Secrets

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Itinerary

Venture to Australia’s Top End, through the untamed wilderness and wetlands of Kakadu — an ancient landscape of billabongs, gorges and hidden canyons teeming with spectacular wildlife. Embark on an Inspiring Journey to the haunt of the Lightning Man, Aboriginal clans and the mighty crocs that roam Kakadu’s floodplains.

Day 1 Darwin – Mary River

Your epic Top End adventure begins in the tropical northern city of Darwin. Meet your local Journey Director and board your luxury 4WD vehicle. Your brush with Australia’s natural treasures begins in Litchfield National Park. Hear how the local Aboriginal people’s ancestral spirits have shaped the landscape, before embarking on a cross-country journey along the rugged Marrakai Track (seasonally accessible) to the Mary River Wetlands. Tonight, get to know your fellow travellers at a Welcome Reception with drinks and canapés followed by dinner.

Hotel: Wildman Wilderness Lodge

Included Meals: Lunch, dinner with wine

Day 2 Mary River – Kakadu

Wake up with the wildlife of Mary River and head to Corroboree Billabong, where you’ll board a wildlife cruise in the company of a local guide to explore its floodplains and spot the creatures that find sanctuary in its lotus-covered waters. Journey into the tropical depths of the iconic Kakadu National Park next, stopping at Bowali Visitor Centre. Prime your adventurer legs this afternoon for a sunset walk at the rock art galleries of Ubirr. Perched atop Nadab Lookout, watch the sun dip into the lush Kakadu floodplains.

Hotel: Mercure Kakadu Crocodile Hotel

Included Meals: Full buffet breakfast, lunch, dinner with wine

Day 3 Kakadu – Katherine

Enjoy a leisurely start to your day or take to the skies on an optional experience early morning scenic flight over Kakadu before venturing to Nourlangie to admire the ancient Dreamtime art of the Bininj and Mungguy people that is said to span 20,000 years. Later, veer off the sealed road and onto a gravel track for a scenic cross-country journey to Gunlom Falls – hike to the top of the falls rewarded with a refreshing dip in the crystal-clear plunge pool. Enjoy lunch in the shade of rustling gum trees before you continue to Nitmiluk National Park, where you’ll stay tonight in a five-star eco-lodge.

Hotel: Cicada Lodge, 2 nights

Included Meals: Full buffet breakfast, lunch, dinner with wine

Day 4 Katherine Gorge

The hypnotic rhythms of the didgeridoo take centre stage this morning as you meet Manuel Pamkal and share in his passion for the rich traditional culture into which he was born. Learn about life in the bush and experience first-hand the fine art of rarrk painting using a special reed brush, after which you’ll create your very own masterpiece to take home. Later, board a special dinner cruise and learn about the history and culture of the local Jawoyn people.

Included Meals: Full buffet breakfast, lunch, Local Dining Experience

Day 5 Katherine – Farewell from Darwin

A leisurely start to the day could see you relaxing at the lodge or embarking on a walk. Later, leave the wilderness behind and journey north along the Stuart Highway, stopping to cool off in the cascading waters of Edith Falls. Next, continue to Adelaide River War Cemetery and pay homage to the heroes who gave their lives in the service and defence of Australia. Bid farewell to this Inspiring Journey as you return to the tropical Northern Territory capital of Darwin.

Included Meals: Full buffet breakfast, lunch

What to Bring

  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Sunglasses, sunscreen and hat
  • Water bottle
  • Warm layers in cooler months
  • Swimwear and beach towel (if swimming)

Fitness Requirements

 Moderate level of fitness.The walk to the top of Gunlom Falls is difficult in nature and may not be suitable for all guests. There is an easier walk with plunge pool access available as an alternative.

Dining

  • 4 Full buffet breakfasts
  • 5 Lunches
  • 3 Dinners with wine
  • 1 Local Dining Experience