Family trip to Australia: Top End and Bali

Tailor-made holidays
Duration (in days): 14

From: UK - Darwin

To: Bali - UK

From

£3,670

Inc. International flights (per person - based on 2 adults, 2 children) 
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Overview

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.

This holiday includes

  • International flights
  • Transport as specified
  • All accommodation
  • Excursions
  • Meals as specified

Highlights

  • Hold a baby crocodile at Crocosaurus Cove
  • Take a Jumping Crocs cruise and see these creatures in their natural habitat
  • Swim in the waterfalls of Litchfield National Park
  • Share stories round the campfire with your fellow travellers
  • Learn about the rich Aboriginal culture still existing today
  • Go off-road into the Australian outback in Kakadu National park
  • Visit the spectacular Twin Falls and Jim Jim Falls
  • Stroll through the streets of Ubud, known for its arty culture
  • Relax with a coffee in one of the many local cafes and restaurants
  • Spend 4 nights relaxing on the beaches of Nusa Dua
Itinerary

 

Itinerary in brief:

  • 3 nights Darwin
  • 2 nights small group tour
  • 1 night Darwin Airport
  • 3 nights Ubud
  • 4 nights Nusa Dua

 

Day 1: Depart UK

Depart the UK from your chosen airport.

Included: International flight

Day 2: Arrive Darwin

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. 

Included: Shared arrival transfer, hotel

Day 3: Darwin

You have a whole day today to explore the city, we have included admission into Crocosaurus Cove, home to Darwin's most iconic residents, Saltwater Crocodiles. Learn more about these fascinating creatures and experience them up close, there is even the opportunity to hold the baby crocs in a safe environment. A must do family activity!

Head down to the waterfront and cool off in the wave pool before heading to one of Darwins many family-friendly restaurants for dinner.

Included: Hotel

Day 4: Darwin

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.

Included: Afternoon tour, hotel

Day 5: Darwin to Kakadu National Park

It's an early start today as you head out on your 3-day small group adventure into Kakadu National Park. First stop is Litchfield National Park known for its cascading waterfalls and natural beauty. Spend the morning hiking and swimming in the falls, learn about cathedral and magnetic termite mounds with their intricate construction, and enjoy a picnic lunch before heading off road into Kakadu National Park.

Your journey takes you past billabongs and across waterways, spot crocodiles, reptiles and the amazing birdlife as you travel. On arrival at the private campsite, dinner will be served and stories shared. Accommodation for tonight is permanent tents. An optional upgrade to lodge rooms is also available.

Included: Lunch, dinner, touring, transport, tented accommodation

Day 6: Kakadu National Park

After breakfast at the site, embark on a wildlife cruise on the famous Yellow Waters Billabong. This Aboriginal-owned award-winning cruise offers a chance to spot the indigenous residents of the area including the saltwater crocodile.

The rest of the day is spent learning more about Aboriginal culture through local rock art and archaeological discoveries some dating as far back as 20,000 years. At the visitor centre gain insight into rock art from local artists before heading to Ubirr Rock where a local guide will share Aboriginal legends with the group.

Finally, head to the Nadab Lookout for exceptional views out over Arnhem Land and the surrounding floodplains as the sun sets on the horizon. Tonight will be spent back at the campsite.

Included: All meals, touring, transport, tented accommodation

Day 7: Return to Darwin

Your final day in Kakadu will be spent enjoying two of the most popular sites of the region, the big waterfalls of Jim Jim and Twin, only accessible by 4 wheel drive. A boat shuttle followed by a rocky walking track becomes a worthwhile adventure as you explore this remote and spectacular area of Kakadu National Park.

Bidding Kakadu goodbye you will head back to Darwin, arriving early evening. Your hotel is located near the airport tonight, after a busy few days, an early night will be well needed!

Included: Breakfast, lunch, touring, transport, hotel

Day 8: Darwin to Bali

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.

Included: International flight, private arrival transfer, hotel

Days 9 & 10: Ubud

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.

Included: Hotel

Day 11: Ubud to Nusa Dua

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.

Included: Private transfer, hotel

Days 12-14: Nusa Dua

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.

Included: Breakfast, hotel

Day 15: Depart Bali

After breakfast, you will be collected and taken to the airport by private transfer to connect with your international flight back to the UK.

Included: Private transfer, international flight

Day 16: Arrive in the UK


 

Info

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.

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What's included: 

  • International flights
  • Accommodation throughout
  • Arrival transfer in Darwin
  • Half day Jumping Crocs tour
  • All transport as part of the group tour
  • All meals as part of the group tour
  • All transfers in Bali
  • Breakfast in Nusa Dua

Not included: 

  • Departure transfer in Darwin
  • Any additional excursions
  • Any meals not mentioned
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips & gratuities
Accommodation

11 nights in 4* standard accommodation plus 2 nights in permanent tents

Hotels in this category include:

  • Oaks Elan Darwin

  • Novotel Darwin Airport

  • Ubud Heaven Penestanan

  • Courtyard Bali Nusa Dua by Marriott

 

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