21 February 2017
When visiting Australia it's good to get off the well worn tourist trail for a while and this Top End Escape tour does just that. Situated on the edge of a harbour bigger than Sydney's, Darwin is a beautiful, fascinating tropical city – a melting pot of people and cultures that prides itself in its unique and friendly laid-back lifestyle. While a sophisticated, modern city in its own right, it is also one steeped in history that has endured many hardships on its way to establishing itself as the gateway to Asia. It has world-class natural and cultural attractions and is also a thriving hub with great shopping and a lively nightlife.
On arrival at Darwin you will be met by one of our tour representatives and taken to your hotel in the city. The rest of the day is free to relax after the journey then go out and explore on your own. There is so much to see and do in Darwin and the only problem is packing it all in. Tonight try one of the city's many fine restaurants and sample the buzzing nightlife.
Today you travel on the Arnhem Highway across the Adelaide River and Marrakai Plains. Stop at Nourlangie Rock, where your guide will lead you to view ancient Aboriginal rock art. After lunch join a local guide for a cruise on the famous Yellow Water Billabong. Search for saltwater crocodiles and see the colourful range of birdlife for which this region is renowned. Visit the Warradjan Cultural Centre and view the displays depicting the traditions of the Aboriginal people in Kakadu. You can also take an optional spectacular 50 minute scenic flight over the area.
This morning stop at Ubirr for a short walk to see rock art. Located on the Arnhem Land escarpment, Ubirr is a World Heritage site because of its anthropological and archaeological value. Then join the Guluyambi Cruise on the East Alligator River with an Aboriginal guide. This wonderfully scenic cruise is a great introduction to Aboriginal culture in the Territory. Watch for a variety of wildlife, including crocodiles and learn about the ancient culture and legends of the region. Then take a short walk into Arnhem Land and stop at the Bowali Visitor Centre before returning to Darwin
Travel south today through tropical country, passing WW II airstrips en route to Adelaide River. Stop at the Adelaide River War Cemetery, a site dedicated to those killed in the Darwin air raids in the 1940s. Continue to Edith Falls for a swim in the waterhole and enjoy a cruise through Katherine Gorge. You may see fresh water crocodiles sunning themselves on the banks as your guided tour takes you past sheer rock walls. After the cruise, travel by coach to Katherine, the third largest town in the Northern Territory and hub of the regions farming industries. Later return to Darwin stopping for dinner on the route.
Today you follow the Stuart Highway via Batchelor to Litchfield National Park. At the main falls of the park you have the opportunity for scenic and interpretive bush and monsoon vine-forest walks. View Florence Falls before making your way down the stairs to the plunge pool for a swim. Then visit Tolmer Falls for a magnificent view of the water cascading down to the deep waterhole below. Then visit Wangi Falls for another opportunity for a swim in the large crystal clear pool. During the day you'll stop for a picnic lunch. This is a great day for taking photos, including the amazing stand of Termite Mounds.
Your six day Top End tour comes to an end today in Darwin. Travel to the airport to catch an onward flight or begin your journey back home or stay on and see more of this fascinating and less explored part of Australia. This tour makes a great add on to any lonnger holiday Down Under
Standard fr £763pp
Superior fr £814pp
Rates based on twinshare
International flights not included unless otherwise stated