Kakadu’s Ancient Secrets

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5 Days

Be awed by Australia’s magnificent Top End, where you’ll discover untamed waterfalls, vast wetlands, ancient culture and Dreamtime artwork.
Explore Kakadu, an ancient landscape of billabongs, gorges and hidden canyons teeming with spectacular wildlife. Admire beautiful rock art and hear stories of the Dreamtime. Embark on an Inspiring Journey to the haunt of the Lightning Man, Aboriginal clans and the mighty crocodiles that roams Kakadu’s floodplains.

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Itinerary, Pricing & Availability

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Day 1

Darwin – Mary River

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Beginning in the tropical northern city of Darwin, meet your local Journey Director and board your bespoke 4WD vehicle. Your brush with Australia’s natural treasures begins in Litchfield National Park. Hear how the local Aboriginal people’s ancestral spirits have shaped the landscape, before embarking on a cross-country journey along the rugged Marrakai Track (seasonally accessible) to the Mary River Wetlands. Tonight, get to know your fellow guests at a Welcome Reception with drinks and canapés followed by dinner.

Meals: Lunch, dinner with wine
Stay: Wildman Wilderness Lodge

Day 2

Mary River – Kakadu

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Wake up with the wildlife of Mary River and head to Corroboree Billabong, where you’ll board an exclusive wildlife cruise in the company of a local guide to explore its floodplains and spot the creatures that find sanctuary in its lotus-covered waters. Journey into the tropical depths of the iconic Kakadu National Park next, stopping at Bowali Visitor Centre. Prime your adventurer legs this afternoon for a sunset walk at the rock art galleries of Ubirr. Perched atop Nadab Lookout, watch the sun dip into the lush Kakadu floodplains.

Meals: Full buffet breakfast, lunch, dinner with wine
Stay: Mercure Kakadu Crocodile Hotel

Day 3

Kakadu – Katherine

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Enjoy a leisurely start to your day or take to the skies on an optional experience early morning scenic flight over Kakadu before venturing to Nourlangie to admire the ancient Dreamtime art of the Bininj and Mungguy people that is said to span 20,000 years. Later, veer off the sealed road and onto a gravel track for a scenic cross-country journey to Gunlom Falls – an exclusive hike to the top of the falls and be rewarded with a refreshing dip in the crystal-clear plunge pool. Enjoy lunch in the shade of rustling gum trees before you continue to Nitmiluk National Park, where you’ll stay tonight in a five-star eco-lodge.

Meals: Full buffet breakfast, lunch, dinner with wine
Stay: Cicada Lodge, 2 nights

Day 4

Katherine Gorge

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The hypnotic rhythms of the didgeridoo take centre stage this morning as you meet Manuel Pamkal and share in his passion for the rich traditional culture into which he was born. Learn about life in the bush and experience first-hand the fine art of rarrk painting using a special reed brush, after which you’ll create your very own masterpiece to take home. Later, board a special dinner cruise and learn about the history and culture of the local Jawoyn people.

Meals: Full buffet breakfast, lunch, Local Dining Experience

Day 5

Katherine – Farewell from Darwin

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A leisurely start to the day could see you relaxing at the lodge or embarking on a walk. Later, leave the wilderness behind and journey north along the Stuart Highway, stopping to cool off in the cascading waters of Edith Falls. Next, continue to Adelaide River War Cemetery and pay homage to the heroes who gave their lives in the service and defence of Australia. Bid farewell to this Inspiring Journey as you return to the tropical Northern Territory capital of Darwin.

Meals: Full buffet breakfast, lunch

2024 DeparturesRates (Per Person)
09-13 May From $4,220
16-20 May From $4,220
23-27 May From $4,220
06-10 June From $4,348
20-24 June From $4,348
04-08 July From $4,348
18-22 July From $4,348
01-05 August From $4,348
15-19 August From $4,348
29 August – 02 September From $4,348
12-16 September From $4,348
26-30 September From $4,348

* All prices are per person & based on Twin share unless otherwise listed