Day 1: Wildlife and cultural centre
The first stop of this tour is Fogg Dam Conservation Reserve, a vast, open wetland area that is home to large numbers of colourful birds during our Top End dry season (May – September). After crossing the Marrakai plains and Adelaide River, you will join a small group scenic cruise around the picturesque Corroboree billabong, viewing a large variety of wetland birds and, of course, the mighty saltwater crocodile. After the cruise, the tour will lead into Kakadu National Park, where you will have ample opportunity to view bird and wildlife at numerous waterholes along the way and visit the Warradjan Aboriginal Cultural Centre.
Day 1 (M,L)
Day 2: Rock art and cultural cruise
On day two, the tour starts at Nanguluwur rock art and Aboriginal occupation sites. The Nanguluwur site is a hidden gem away from tourist crowds and has some excellent examples of rock art, including the rare and ancient ‘dynamic figures’, ‘x-ray’ style art and the so-called ‘contact period’ art which came to be when Aboriginal people had first contact with white man. The tour will then head further north, following the escarpment to join an 11am Aboriginal guided cultural cruise on East Alligator River where you will enjoy fantastic views of the Arnhem Escarpment and learn many aspects of local Aboriginal culture. After the cruise, the tour passes onto Arnhem Land (with special permission of the traditional owners) and visit a small Aboriginal community called Gunbalanya, where you will meet Aboriginal artists and weavers and watch them at work. This is an excellent opportunity to purchase genuine Aboriginal art and craft at wholesale prices (although please note, you are under no pressure to buy).
Day 2 (B,M,L)
Day 3: Gold mining and didgeridoos
After breakfast, the tour heads south through Kakadu with a stop at the historic gold mining town of Pine Creek. Following from there the tour goes on to Edith Falls, a series of superb cascading waterfalls and pools on the Edith River in the Nitmiluk National Park. Moving on, the tour will head into Katherine to look at the low crossing and the Top Didj centre. Here, you will experience a truly authentic indigenous cultural experience lead by indigenous artists from the Katherine and Red Centre Regions.
Day 3 (B,M,L)
Day 4: Nitmiluk Gorge and WWII history
In the morning, you will join a morning cruise through the majestic Katherine Gorge (Nitmiluk). It is truly a spectacular sight with its sheer ochre walls, Aboriginal rock paintings and Johnston River crocodiles. After the cruise, the tour will stop at the Adelaide River township for lunch at the historic Adelaide River Inn. You will also have the opportunity to look through the Adelaide River war cemetery, where many of the people killed in the bombings of Darwin are buried, before the tour will slowly journey back to Darwin.
DAy 4 (B,M,L)
Your guide collects you from your Darwin accommodation at 8AM, in our luxury, fully-equipped, air conditioned 4WD. Arrival back in Darwin is around 5.30PM where all guests will be dropped off at their accommodation.