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10 Day Northern Territory Nature's Way

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Trip Summary

Discover the Nature’s Way through the eyes of one of Australia's best-known photographers, Sean Scott. From Darwin driving through to the World Heritage-listed Kakadu National Park and Nitmiluk National Park before returning via Litchfield National Park.

Start your journey in Darwin and take the Arnhem Highway to reach the wonders inside Kakadu National Park. Cruise wetlands filled with lily pads and bird life; spot sun baking crocodiles along the banks of the rivers and explore ancient Aboriginal rock art galleries at Ubirr and Burrungkuy (Nourlangie).

Take in the natural wonders of the Top End at every turn on this epic journey travelling from Kakadu to Nitmiluk (Katherine) Gorge. Those who love adventure will revel in this road trip to natural swimming waterholes and bush walks for all fitness levels. On your way back to Darwin, spend some time exploring the plunge pools and waterfalls of Litchfield National Park.

PACKAGE INCLUSIONS:

• Vibe Hotel Darwin - Queen Room (2 Nights)
• Anbinik Kakadu Resort - Resort Suite (3 Nights)
• Nitmiluk Caravan Park - Safari Tent (2 Nights)
• Litchfield Tourist Park (2 Nights)
• Saltwater Cultural Tour
• Compact SUV - Automatic (10 Days)
• Sail Darwin ‘Champagne Sunset Sail’
• Spectacular Jumping Crocodile Cruise
• Sunset Scenic Flight over Kakadu
• Yellow Water Cruise Kakadu

PLUS:

• An exclusive travel guide by Sean Scott

Price per person (twin-share).

From: $3,260 AUD
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Storyteller

Sean Scott

An internationally recognised photographer, Sean Scott is known for his talent when it comes to capturing Australia. A born storyteller, Sean is an ambassador for Tourism Australia, with a sound track-record for exploring Down Under on epic road trips. His passion for photography fused with an appetite to unearth Australia makes him the perfect travel expert to create Airguides trips. Sean’s highly accredited work showcases the very best of Australia and is displayed in the homes (and hearts) of many Australians. His outstanding career is a credit to a collection of unbelievable adventures, each holding a timeless story, eager to be heard.
What's included

Included

• Vibe Hotel Darwin - Queen Room (2 Nights)
• Anbinik Kakadu Resort - Resort Suite (3 Nights)
• Nitmiluk Caravan Park - Safari Tent (2 Nights)
• Litchfield Tourist Park (2 Nights)
• Saltwater Cultural Tour
• Compact SUV - Automatic (10 Days)
• Sail Darwin ‘Champagne Sunset Sail’
• Spectacular Jumping Crocodile Cruise
• Sunset Scenic Flight over Kakadu
• Yellow Water Cruise Kakadu

PLUS:

• An exclusive travel guide by Sean Scott

Excluded

Package Excludes:

• Flights (unless otherwise included)
• Travel insurance
• Alcohol (unless otherwise mentioned)
• Visas

itinerary

DAY 1

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Day 1 - Darwin

Welcome to Darwin! Get ready to experience the incredible 'Natures Way' itinerary in the incredible Northern Territory. Check in to your luxurious accommodation and enjoy everything the famous Vibe hotel has to offer. After picking up your SUV it's time to experience a 'welcome to country' with Trent from Saltwater tours.

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Pick-up Compact SUV

Pick-up compact SUV Nissan Qashqai or similar. Automatic transmission.

Saltwater Cultural Tour

Start your Darwin adventure with a 3-hour cultural tour. Learn about the land from a traditional owner from the Larrakia Peoples. Starting with a welcome to country, you will then learn traditional language, spear throwing, fire making and sting making techniques that have been used for tens of thousands of years.

- Overnight

Vibe Hotel Darwin - Queen Room

Perfectly positioned amongst the entertainment and dining hub of Darwin’s seafront promenade, Vibe Hotel Darwin Waterfront is surrounded by great shopping, a range of Territorian pubs, as well as some of the most amazing restaurants and cafés in the NT. Whether you're tasting craft beers at The Precinct Tavern, enjoying hand crafted menus at Il Lido or Wharf One, or trying NT favourites at the Oyster Bar or Hot Tamale, you'll feel right at home at this picturesque location.

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Visit Mindil Beach Sunset Market

One of the most iconic outdoor markets in Australia. The Mindil markets sees over 200 unique stalls, ranging from food stalls offering incredible local and international cuisine to an array of arts, crafts and services stalls. The Market also supports and provides opportunity to Darwin and regional NT artists from all genres of creative and performing arts to showcase their talent. The combination of amazing food, arts and culture, set to the backdrop of the spectacular sunset, creates an electric atmosphere.

DAY 2

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Day 2 - Darwin

For your first full day in Darwin, you will have the choice of exploring the culturally rich city or climb aboard Matt Wright's Helicopter Fishing tour (optional). To finish the day we've organised a sunset sail complete with champagne and food.

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Sail Darwin ‘Champagne Sunset Sail’

Feel the wind and revel in the silence as you set sail for an unforgettable 3-hour tropical sunset cruise on the magnificent Darwin Harbour. Authentic sailing aboard Sundancer, a 50ft ocean-going luxury catamaran designed for ultimate enjoyment and safety in tropical waters. Includes Sparkling Wine & delicious tapas/BBQ.

- Overnight

Vibe Hotel Darwin - Queen Room

Perfectly positioned amongst the entertainment and dining hub of Darwin’s seafront promenade, Vibe Hotel Darwin Waterfront is surrounded by great shopping, a range of Territorian pubs, as well as some of the most amazing restaurants and cafés in the NT. Whether you're tasting craft beers at The Precinct Tavern, enjoying hand crafted menus at Il Lido or Wharf One, or trying NT favourites at the Oyster Bar or Hot Tamale, you'll feel right at home at this picturesque location.

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Matt Wright Helifishing Adventure

Start this once in a lifetime fishing experience with sweeping aerial views over the different landscapes of the Top End. Fly over stunning turquoise coastlines, sandy beaches with crimson cliffs, bountiful wetlands and floodplains alive with wildlife, birdlife and spectacular pristine natural beauty. Arrive at exclusive locations to make this a fishing experience you will never forget. With high-quality fishing equipment and an experienced local guide/pilot the odds are in your favour for an action-packed half day on the water.

DAY 3

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Day 3 - Darwin to Kakadu National Park

It's time to depart Darwin and head to the famous Kakadu National Park. On the road, you'll stop at Spectacular Jumping Crocodile Cruise to experience an Aboriginal owned and operated cruise on the Adelaide River. Next it's off to see the gallery of Ubirr Rock Art, before checking in to your accommodation in Kakadu.

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Spectacular Jumping Crocodile Cruise

Spectacular Jumping Crocodile Cruises is the only aboriginal owned cruise on the Adelaide River. This means you are not just getting a croc cruise, you are introduced to the floodplains ecosystem, it’s history, wildlife and a peek in to over 40,000 years of human interaction with this stunning environment.

Ubirr Rock Art

Explore Ubirr which hosts some of the world’s most outstanding rock art and is one of the reasons for Kakadu’s dual World Heritage status. The paintings document ancient human interaction with the environment. A few galleries have an extra element of intrigue with some of the first interactions with non-Aboriginal people recorded.

- Overnight

Anbinik Kakadu Resort - Resort Suite

Check in to your incredible suite complete with indoor and outdoor bathrooms. Anbinik suites are without question the nicest rooms in Kakadu National Park.

DAY 4

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Day 4 - Kakadu National Park

For your first day in Kakadu National Park we recommend exploring one of Kakadu's lesser-known attractions, and one of Sean's favourites! Maguk Gorge is a pristine natural waterfall and plunge pool at the base of steep gorge walls. In the afternoon you'll get to experience Kakadu from the air. Take a 60-min sunset scenic flight `where you'll enjoy aerial views over the World Heritage Listed Kakadu National Park as the sun heads towards the horizon.

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Sunset Scenic Flight

Sunsets are such an integral part of the Darwin culture, with entire events based around watching it. This Sunset Spectacular air tour is no exception to this. Enjoy aerial views over the World Heritage Listed Kakadu National Park as the sun heads towards the horizon on a 60-minute scenic flight departing from Jabiru.

Maguk Gorge

One of Kakadu's lesser-known attractions, Maguk is a pristine natural waterfall and plunge pool at the base of steep gorge walls. Swim with the black bream in the plunge pool and marvel at the majestic endemic Anbinik trees along the rocky slopes.

- Overnight

Glamping Cooinda Lodge

Enjoy 2 nights glamping in these brand-new deluxe safari tents. All bedding feature high quality mattresses, toppers and linen. Interiors have been designed to reflect the Kakadu bush scape and incorporate many Australian designed and hand built elements, including locally produced indigenous weaving and artwork. Outback Retreats have its own dedicated share bathroom and amenities centre.

Day 5

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Day 5 - Kakadu National Park

For your second full day exploring Kakadu you'll hike Nawurlandja Lookout Walk, before visiting Burrungkuy (Nourlangie) rock art site. To finish the day you'll experience the wonders of Yellow Water Billabong on a 90 minute sunset cruise. About one third of Australia's bird species are represented in Kakadu National Park, with at least 60 species found in the wetlands. You'll also have the opportunity to see crocodiles and buffalo roaming the floodplains.

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Yellow Water Cruise

Experience the wonders of Yellow Water Billabong on this 90 minute sunset cruise. About one third of Australia's bird species are represented in Kakadu National Park, with at least 60 species found in the wetlands. You'll also have the opportunity to see crocodiles and buffalo roaming the floodplains.

Burrungkuy (Nourlangie) rock art site

The walls of the Burrungkuy (Nourlangie) rock art site, have served as a shelter and canvas for thousands of years. The paintings are a window to a rich spiritual tradition and can be reached by the circular 1.5 kilometre Burrungkuy (Nourlangie) rock art walk.

Nawurlandja Lookout Walk

Nawurlandja Lookout walk for sunrise is a spectacular short walk that finishes at a lookout with views over Anbangbang Billabong to Burrungkuy (Nourlangie Rock) and the Arnhem Land escarpment.

- Overnight

Glamping Cooinda Lodge

Enjoy 2 nights glamping in these brand-new deluxe safari tents. All bedding feature high quality mattresses, toppers and linen. Interiors have been designed to reflect the Kakadu bush scape and incorporate many Australian designed and hand built elements, including locally produced indigenous weaving and artwork. Outback Retreats have its own dedicated share bathroom and amenities centre.

DAY 6

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Day 6 - Kakadu to Katherine via Pine Creek

From Yellow Water, drive 2.5 hours south along the Kakadu Highway towards Katherine, a bustling township situated on the banks of the Katherine River. On the drive to Katherine stop and enjoy the picturesque waterfalls and great swimming that Leliyn (Edith Falls) has to offer. The area offers some great shorter hikes, so you can look forward to a rewarding swim to finish.

- Optional

Explore Edith Falls

Explore the picturesque waterfalls and great swimming that Leliyn (Edith Falls) has to offer. The area offers some great shorter hikes, so you can look forward to a rewarding swim to finish.

- Overnight

Nitmiluk Caravan Park

Stay 2 nights at Nitmiluk Caravan Park in one of their 1 bedroom cabins. The Jawoyn people invite you to experience the beauty of one of Australia’s most spectacular destinations. These 1 or 2 bedroom cabins feature kitchen, bathroom and a queen bed. Sit back and relax on your generous balcony, where wallabies and other wildlife can be observed wandering freely by, or take pleasure in a cool drink and snack around the resort style pool, the perfect place to unwind after a day's exploring.

DAY 6

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Day 6 - Kakadu to Katherine via Pine Creek

From Yellow Water, drive 2.5 hours south along the Kakadu Highway towards Katherine, a bustling township situated on the banks of the Katherine River. On the drive to Katherine stop and enjoy the picturesque waterfalls and great swimming that Leliyn (Edith Falls) has to offer. The area offers some great shorter hikes, so you can look forward to a rewarding swim to finish.

- Optional

Explore Edith Falls

Explore the picturesque waterfalls and great swimming that Leliyn (Edith Falls) has to offer. The area offers some great shorter hikes, so you can look forward to a rewarding swim to finish.

- Overnight

Nitmiluk Caravan Park

Stay 2 nights at Nitmiluk Caravan Park in one of their 1 bedroom cabins. The Jawoyn people invite you to experience the beauty of one of Australia’s most spectacular destinations. These 1 or 2 bedroom cabins feature kitchen, bathroom and a queen bed. Sit back and relax on your generous balcony, where wallabies and other wildlife can be observed wandering freely by, or take pleasure in a cool drink and snack around the resort style pool, the perfect place to unwind after a day's exploring.

DAY 7

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Day 7 - Nitmiluk National Park

Just 30 minutes from Katherine is the Nitmiluk National Park. Explore the Nitmiluk (Katherine) Gorge via canoe (optional) or take a short drive to Bitter Springs at Elsey National Park, these spring-fed thermal pools are an ideal place to relax and unwind after a long drive, or while exploring the national park.

- Optional

Visit Bitter Springs

Set amongst palms and tropical woodlands in Elsey National Park, these spring-fed thermal pools are an ideal place to relax and unwind after a long drive, or while exploring the national park.

- Overnight

Nitmiluk Caravan Park

Stay 2 nights at Nitmiluk Caravan Park in one of their 1 bedroom cabins. The Jawoyn people invite you to experience the beauty of one of Australia’s most spectacular destinations. These 1 or 2 bedroom cabins feature kitchen, bathroom and a queen bed. Sit back and relax on your generous balcony, where wallabies and other wildlife can be observed wandering freely by, or take pleasure in a cool drink and snack around the resort style pool, the perfect place to unwind after a day's exploring.

DAY 8

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Day 8 - Katherine to Litchfield National Park

Explore Wangi Falls on your way to your accommodation in Litchfield National Park. Wangi Falls is one of the best-known and most popular attraction in Litchfield National Park. Enjoy one of many walking track options, before taking a dip in the pool, which is surrounded by lush monsoon rainforest. Check-in to your accommodation in Litchfield Park.

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Wangi Falls

Wangi Falls is the best-known and most popular attraction in Litchfield National Park. Enjoy one of many walking track options, before taking a dip in the pool, which is surrounded by lush monsoon rainforest.

Tolmer Falls Look Out

Tolmer Falls is one of the most spectacular falls in the magnificent Litchfield National Park. It cascades over two high escarpments into one deep plunge pool. A short walk takes you to 2 viewing platforms at the top of the gorge, opposite the most spectacular waterfalls in the park.

- Overnight

Litchfield Tourist Park

Stay 2 nights at Litchfield Tourist Park which is the perfect location to explore Litchfield National Park. Located in the heart of cattle country, the Upper Finniss River meanders through the property, cattle and horses roam freely over the back fence and native birds and wildlife make themselves at home. You'll enjoy a Stockman's or Drover's cabin for your stay.

DAY 9

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Day 9 - Litchfield National Park

Unlike Kakadu, with its sizeable distances between sites, Litchfield National Park has waterholes and waterfalls that are easily accessible. You can fit many of the park's sites into a day trip. Once inside the park's lush borders, make your first stop at the magnetic termite mounds – eerie, tombstone-like wonders of nature. We recommend exploring Florence Falls, and both the Upper & Lower Cascades.

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Visit Florence Falls

Take a dip in Florence Falls. Located in Litchfield National Park, the spectacular Florence Falls cascade into a plunge pool, set in a pocket of monsoon forest.

Explore Upper & Lower Cascades

About a 6km hike in total, both the upper and lower cascades are worth the effort. The Cascades have several small pools for swimming in, most of which are around half a metre deep.

Visit Buley Rockhole

Next to Florence Falls you'll find this popular swimming spot. Wade through the pools, absorb the scenic bush surrounds or sit and relax, as the cool water rolls over your shoulders.

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Litchfield Tourist Park

Litchfield Tourist Park which is the perfect location to explore Litchfield National Park. Located in the heart of cattle country, the Upper Finniss River meanders through the property, cattle and horses roam freely over the back fence and native birds and wildlife make themselves at home. You'll enjoy a Stockman's or Drover's cabin for your stay.

DAY 10

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Day 10 - Litchfield to Darwin

All good things must come to an end. It's time to make your way back to Darwin to drop off the SUV and finish your trip.

DAY 11

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