Itinerary in brief:
- 2 nights Darwin
- 2 nights 'Top end' group tour
- 2 nights Darwin
Day 1: Arrive Darwin
On arrival in Darwin, you’ll be greeted and taken by private transfer to your hotel in central Darwin where you will check in for a 2-night stay.
The remainder of the day is at leisure to explore the city, why not head to Smith Street Mall and check out the shops, there are several Aboriginal art galleries to explore here as well as plenty of pearl stores, pearling takes place off the coast of Darwin and in the nearby regions, so this will be a perfect souvenir of your trip to the 'Top End'.
Day 2: Darwin
Today is a free day for you to enjoy Darwin, why not head to the lagoon or wave pool for some relaxation or visit the local crocodiles at Crocosaurus Cove, if you’re feeling brave you can even enter the ‘Cage of Death’ for an up-close encounter! Scenic flights and boat cruises offer a chance to see more of the remote wilderness surrounding Darwin or why not take a trip to the nearby Tiwi Islands and learn more about Aboriginal culture in an authentic environment.
On Sundays and Thursdays during dry season be sure to head to Mindil Beach Sunset Market near the Marina, with quirky stalls and tons of street food on offer, watching the sun set on the beach with a beer in hand is a Darwin tradition!
Day 3: Darwin to Litchfield National Park
You will be collected from your hotel early and taken on the short journey to Litchfield National Park. The morning will be spent swimming in waterfalls, exploring sandstone escarpments and examining giant termite mounds.
After lunch, you'll head to your private campsite in the Mary River region where you will be greeted by the local wallabies! A cruise follows, with a chance to see saltwater crocodiles, birds and buffalo up close as you float down the river, before heading back to camp for the evening.
Day 4: Litchfield National Park to Kakadu National Park
It’s an early rise this morning and a journey into Kakadu National Park. A 4wd track, boat ride and short hike later you will arrive at Twin Falls Gorge. Find your perfect spot to relax and take in the magnificent views of the falls.
Next stop is Jim Jim Falls. A walk through monsoon forest and a scramble over boulders take you to the waterfall and plunge pool, surrounded by 150m cliffs. You'll be able to spend the rest of the afternoon swimming, relaxing and enjoying these unique surroundings. Sleep overnight in a private campsite in Cooinda.
Day 5: Kakadu National Park to Darwin
After breakfast at the camp, you will head to Ubirr, located within the East Alligator Region of the park, where you will have ancient Aboriginal art interpreted for you by a local guide. Lookouts provide panoramic views across the floodplain and beyond to Arnhem Land.
Barramundi Gorge is next and a dip in the clear plunge pool is a great way to cool off after a hike through monsoon forest before putting your feet up and relaxing on the journey back to Darwin.
Day 6: Darwin
Spend today at leisure in Darwin.
Book a scenic flight or boat cruise for a chance to see more of the remote wilderness surrounding Darwin or why not take a trip to the nearby Tiwi Islands and learn more about Aboriginal culture in an authentic environment.
Head down to the beach and check out the Mindil sunset markets (running on Thursdays and Sundays in the dry season) browse boutique craft stalls, dine on delicious street food and watch the sun go down with a cold beer in hand, a perfect end to your trip to the ‘top end’.
Day 7: Depart Darwin
A driver will collect you this morning and take you to the airport by private transfer for your onward travels.
Why not combine this trip with a visit to Indonesia? Bali is a short 2.5-hour flight from Darwin, so you could add on some beach time with our 8-day Bali trip?