Plan an adventure for the whole family with this 2-week family trip to Australia' Top End region with Balinese beaches added on. Spend three nights in Darwin visiting baby crocs and relaxing by the waterfront, before joining a small group tour to explore the surrounding national parks, Litchfield and Kakadu. You’ll be able to swim in waterfalls, cruise along billabongs and share stories around the campfire every night as you experience the authentic Australian bush.
To round off your trip, take a short (2.5 hour) flight over to Bali! Spend a week in Bali visiting the cultural city of Ubud with its arty vibe and strong Balinese flavour. Then hit the beaches of Nusa Dua and enjoy being spoilt in your 4* resort.
This trip involves staying in apartments, permanent tents (with real beds), villas and resorts. We have included a small group tour in Australia to ensure you get the most out of your stay in the ‘Top End’, a region rich in culture, wildlife and spectacular scenery.
This itinerary can be tailored to suit your requirements please contact one of our consultants to start planning your dream trip.
Depart the UK from your chosen airport.
On arrival into Darwin Airport, you will be collected and taken by shared transfer to your hotel in Darwin City. Your apartment hotel offers plenty of space for the whole family and located only a 10-minute walk from Darwin waterfront.
Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure in Darwin.
You have a whole day today to explore the city. Head down to the waterfront and cool off in the wave pool before heading to one of Darwin's many family-friendly restaurants for dinner.
We have included an afternoon tour today out to the Adelaide River, home to 1600 crocodiles and the location of the famous Jumping Crocodiles! Cruising along you will get to witness these pre-historic creatures up close as you learn more about their history and habitat. Learn more about the wetland ecosystem at the visitor centre and see it for yourself at the Fogg Dam Nature Reserve before heading back to Darwin for the evening.
Start your adventure by departing from Darwin and head out to the Wetlands Region for a Crocodile & Wildlife Cruise on the Mary River Wetlands, a great opportunity to spot a huge range of Top End birdlife, not to mention some fresh and salty apex predators… crocodiles!
You'll journey on to Kakadu National Park visiting the Bowali Visitor Centre which offers a beautiful introduction to the Park’s landscape and wildlife. After some relaxation at camp, we journey north to *Cahills Crossing on the border of Kakadu and Arnhem Land. We will visit one of the best-preserved collections of Aboriginal Rock Art in the world at Ubirr rock upon sunset. This incredibly significant site showcases many styles of Rock Art and allows us to climb up high for a sunset that will blow you away looking out over the Nadab Floodplain. After a big day, we head back to our cozy camp and prepare dinner together, enjoying an evening with our fellow travellers.
We rise and make our way South to Kakadu National Park.
Today we’ll spend the day soaking up the spectacular natural beauty of the area, hiking through lush monsoon rainforests, swimming in pristine plunge pools and waterfalls surrounded by steep escarpments and rocky cliffs.
We generally visit Twin Falls or Jim Jim Falls when seasonally accessible, alternatively, we will stop in at Barramundi Gorge (Maguk) or other waterfalls such as Yurmikmik (Motor Car Falls). There are many factors affecting accessibility although your guide will ensure you get the best experience possible.
Time permitting, we stop at Nourlangie Rock, another indigenous rock art site where archaeologists have uncovered works dating back over 20,000 years old. We explore the evolving social, cultural and environmental changes to the area over time before making our way back to camp for a hearty dinner and a well-earned rest.
Travelling south through Pine Creek, a small pioneering town in the Katherine region outside of Kakadu National Park, famous for its discovery of gold in the 1970’s. We stop for a quick refreshment break at the Adelaide River before our journey leads us to Litchfield National Park.
We spend the afternoon immersed in Litchfield’s natural oasis of waterfalls, spring-fed streams and rugged sandstone escarpments. We’ll spend time in any combination of Buley Rockholes, Wangi Falls or Florence Falls for a refreshing soak in picturesque rock holes and waterfalls.
Discover the uniquely impressive Magnetic and Cathedral Termite Mounds before making our way back to Darwin, arriving back to your accommodation at approximately 7:00pm. Your hotel is located near the airport tonight, after a busy few days, an early night will be well needed!
Depart any time today, making your own way to the airport to connect with your flight to Bali.
Only a short 2.5 hour hop away you will find yourself in Indonesia in beautiful Bali! You will be greeted on arrival and taken to your hotel in Ubud where you will check in for a three-night stay.
You have 2 full days now to relax and explore the region. Stroll through the streets of Ubud enjoying lunch at one of the many local cafes and restaurants, or check out the work of the local artisans. Ubud is known for its creative influence and this is reflected in the quirky shops and art galleries located throughout the town.
If you head out of the city, you’ll find fewer crowds and you can enjoy views across the rice paddies synonymous with the region. If you choose to stay where you are, simply relax at your villa enjoying excellent service and your private swimming pool.
You will be collected at any time today and taken to your hotel in Nusa Dua. Located on the southern tip of Bali Nusa Dua is an escape from the chaos and noise of the main cities and is home to over 20 resorts.
Spend the rest of the day relaxing by the hotel pool or take a walk along Nusa Dua beach.
You have 2 full days now to relax into coastal living. Perhaps you could try your hand at some water sports or shop around the many local boutiques. There’s plenty of time to lay back and relax, enjoy a soothing Balinese spa treatment or make the most of the facilities at the hotel.
After breakfast, you will be collected and taken to the airport by private transfer to connect with your international flight back to the UK.
October to April is considered the ‘wet season’ so Darwin and Kakadu National Park will experience heavy rains, flash flooding, and many roads will be closed at some point. The included tour may operate a different programme at this time depending on the roads in the national parks. We recommend that you visit during May-September when roads are open and the sun is shining in Kakadu and Darwin, the town is buzzing with visitors during these months so booking ahead is worthwhile.
The dry season in Bali runs from April to September, although occasional rainfall can still be expected, and the resorts are busiest during this time. During the rainy season, Bali becomes quieter although the sun still shines and temperatures remain relatively stable year round, meaning Bali can be a great destination at any time of the year.
We’re experts in planning tailor-made holidays, so whether you’re looking for a luxury Australia holiday, ideas for a road trip, or multi-stop flights to Australia with stopovers – let us help you with the planning. Our experts can tailor-make precisely the trip you’re looking for – this itinerary is purely a suggestion, so please contact us with your dates and requests, and we’ll put together a bespoke quotation for you.
11 nights in 4* standard accommodation plus 2 nights in permanent tents
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