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Civilized Outback Adventures

Areas We Visit

Kakadu National Park Tours - Wetlands & Aboriginal Rock Art

Kakadu National Park is World Heritage listed and the largest national park in Australia, covering almost 20,000 sq km. It contains one of the highest concentrated areas of Aboriginal Rock Art sites and wetlands in the world. Some of the art sites date back 50,000 years. The most famous sites are Burrunggui (Nourlangie Rock) and Ubirr, which most of our Kakadu tours visit. The landscape provides all the ingredients for an Aussie outback adventure holiday, from rugged gorges and escarpments to pristine wetlands. This habitat is home to a staggering 1600 plant species and over 200 species of birdlife.

Kakadu also boasts a number of picturesque waterholes perfect for swimming in and cooling down on a warm day in the outback. Maguk, in the southern region of Kakadu, is a magical combination of a waterfall and serene plunge pool shaded by native gums and paperbark trees.

Enjoy wetland cruises, such as the Yellow Waters Billabong Cruise, with beautiful paperbark forests and the odd resident crocodile, or for those wanting to get away from the crowds, we offer lunchtime cruises on the Corroboree Billabong just outside the boundary of Kakadu National Park.

Arnhem Land – Ancient Rock Art & Untouched Landscapes

Brookes Australia Tours is one of the very few selected professional tour operators to be granted commercial permits to conduct Arnhem Land tours via 4WD vehicles. Arnhem Land is located in the north-eastern corner of Australia’s Northern Territory and bounded by Kakadu National Park, the Arafura Sea and the Gulf of Carpentaria. This Aboriginal-owned expanse is made up of wild coastlines, rivers teeming with fish, lush rainforests, soaring escarpments and savannah woodland. Being such a large expanse of land, we only concentrate on the Western side of Arnhem Land as other remote destinations must be reached by light aircraft, which we can also arrange for you.

On all of our 4WD Arnhem Land tours we depart Kakadu driving beneath the towering escarpment to the East Alligator River, the natural border to Arnhem Land. We engage 4WD, for the crocodile infested river and with special permission from the traditional owners we visit a small Aboriginal community in West Arnhem Land known as Oenpelli.

At Oenpelli we meet Aboriginal artists and weavers, watch them at work and you can purchase some genuine Aboriginal art. Later we join an Aboriginal guided tour to a nearby ancient rock art site, dated in excess of 20,000 years.

This land is one of the very few remaining unspoiled areas of the world where you find an untouched landscape. Its small population is predominantly indigenous and traditional Aboriginal culture remains largely intact. The didgeridoo originated in Arnhem Land, and the area is also world-renowned for its distinctive, authentic Aboriginal art.

Arnhem Land is one of the best fishing destinations in the world, largely due to its seldom-fished waters. Cruise inland on a tidal estuary in search of the massive barramundi or if you want to extend the Arnhem Land experience, talk to us about combining it with the world-famous Mt Borradaile Safari lodge. We can drop you off at the Lodge via 4WD or light aircraft and give you the opportunity to explore 50,000-year-old rock art interpreted by knowledgeable guides at Mt Borradaile. This is a true nature experience that won’t disappoint.

Whilst at Mt Borradaile you will enjoy fine meals and accommodation in deluxe permanent cabins with ensuite. You will experience untouched waterways, native woodlands, and amazing displays of birdlife and Aboriginal culture right outside your door.

Litchfield National Park Tours – Waterfalls & 4WD Tracks

Litchfield National Park encloses much of the spectacular Tabletop Range, which is a wide sandstone plateau mostly surrounded by cliffs and is located just south of Darwin. It features numerous monsoon rainforests, intriguing magnetic termite mounds, historical sites and billabongs. The Park’s traditional owners are the Wagait Aboriginal people, many of who live in the area today. The region also has a colourful pioneering and pastoral history to offer. We include visits to sites such as the ruins of the old Blyth Homestead, built in 1929.

During the monsoon season, from October to May, four major waterfalls thunder from the cliffs to tropical rock pools many metres below. Throughout the rest of the year the waterfalls flow more gently, making them a perfect spot for swimming. Brookes Australia Tours strongly recommends Litchfield National Park tours to our clients that are travelling in family groups. Kids and adults alike will love the crocodile free waterfalls feeding the natural rock swimming holes. On our Litchfield National Park tour, parents can relax whilst the kids enjoy without doubt one of the highlights of their Top End holiday experience.

Katherine Tours – Nitmiluk (Katherine Gorge) National Park

Situated 320 kilometres south-east of Darwin, Katherine is set on the banks of the Katherine River. This unique outback town of around 8,000 people is the region’s major service centre. One of Katherine area’s main attractions is the famous Nitmiluk National Park covering an impressive 3,000 sq km of the magnificent sandstone escarpment. The Katherine River system flows through 13 separate gorges that carve their way through the Arnhem Plateau.

If you choose to take the 2-hour gorge cruise you will travel between sheer cliffs to the sandy freshwater beaches of the main gorges and view ancient Aboriginal rock paintings high on the rock faces above. Other attractions we can take you to within easy reach of Katherine include the Cutta Cutta Caves Nature Park, the Katherine Hot Springs and Leliyn (Edith Falls), a fantastic place that we can take you swimming in a natural rock pool or just a great place to sit and get some memorable pictures of this fantastic landscape.

Brookes Australia Tours guides will go out of their way to show you this ancient land away from the larger tour bus operators. We are proud to deliver unique Australian outback adventures and perfectly tailor our tours your interests.