On arrival at the Darwin Airport you will be transferred to the hotel of your choice. Check in and rest of the day is at leisure. Overnight.
Breakfast. We shall begin early in the morning and your first stop is in the town of Batchelor, your Driver Guide will keep you entertained with stories surrounding the history of Australia's longest highway, the Stuart Batchelor is the gateway to Litchfield National Park and you'll stop here for a morning tea break at one of the local cafés (own expense). Stop for a photo at the Termite Mounds, the work of local termites, standing upright like magnetic compasses. View the double waterfalls of Florence Falls from a high vantage point before making your way down to take a dip in the plunge pool below and there's time for an interpretive walk through the scenic bush and monsoon vine forest. Continue to spectacular Tolmer Falls, home to several colonies of rare ghost and orange horseshoe bats. We shall break for lunch at Litchfield Café.
Wangi Falls is the most accessible of rock pools and is the perfect place for you to take a final dip today also Visit Howard Springs Nature Park, a great place to see wildlife including turtles, barramundi and freshwater fish. Return back to Darwin and rest of the evening is at leisure. Overnight.
Breakfast. You will be collected from your Darwin accommodation at 7.30am for your 4 day Kakadu and Katherine 4WD Tour. We head south along the Stuart highway and along the Arnhem highway into the wetlands region. Our destination is Fogg Dam Conservation Reserve. We shall make our way into World Heritage listed Kakadu National park. Kakadu is the largest national park in Australia, has some of the world's finest rock art and a variety of habitats, including floodplains and savannah woodlands.
After lunch, we then travel to the very north of the park to Ubirr, where we walk through galleries of ancient aboriginal rock art, which your guide will interpret. Also learn about bush tuckers and bush medicines before reaching the top of the plateau, where you can relax and enjoy the spectacular view over the floodplains and the Arnhemland escarpment. We finish the day with a look around the Bowali visitors information centre. Dinner tonight is at your own arrangement and expense. Overnight.
Breakfast. We shall make our way to Nourlangie Rock, an ancient Aboriginal shelter, where we will explore the area and the rock art. Your guide will lead you on an interpretive walk around the site, followed by Nawalandja lookout. The short hike to the lookout is rewarded by a magnificent view over the Arnhemland escarpment.
Our next stop is Maguk (Barramundi Gorge and falls). Termite mounds are abundant along the dirt road that takes us to the Maguk car park and from there, we take a walk through a paperbark forest to reach the gorge. Once we reach the gorge and waterfall, we can have a refreshing swim in the plunge pool.
Finally, late this afternoon, board the sunset Yellow Waters wetlands cruise. Yellow Waters billabong is located at the end of Jim Jim Creek, a tributary of the South Alligator River. This is the largest river system in Kakadu and contains extensive wetlands, including river channels, floodplains and backwater swamps. About one third of Australia's bird species are represented in Kakadu National Park, with at least 60 species found in these wetlands. There are also plenty of crocodiles in their natural habitat, and buffalo on the floodplains. Overnight.
Breakfast. Our first stop today is the Warradjan Aboriginal Cultural Centre, for an insight into the cultural heritage of the park. Then we travel to Gunlom (Waterfall Creek), in the very south of the park. After a scenic drive in, on an unsealed dirt road, we reach a large plunge pool at the base of the falls. You also have the option to take the walk to the top of the falls where pristine rockpools and a spectacular view await you.
Departing Kakadu through the southern entrance, we now head south to Katherine, with a stop en-route in historic Pine Creek. Our destination this afternoon is Nitmiluk Gorge, home to 13 spectacular gorges, carved out of the rock by torrential summer rains, over millions of years. Dinner tonight will be served poolside at Nitmiluk Gorge. Overnight at Nitmiluk Gorge.
Breakfast. We start today with a hands on cultural experience at the Katherine Art Gallery. Activities on offer include sitting down with resident artist, Manuel who will tell you tales of tribal life, language, the hunting and gathering techniques, ceremony, weapons used and aboriginal contemporary life. Experience your own Rarrk painting with Manuel and you will also have an opportunity to participate in one of the traditional hunting activities (fire lighting, spear throwing etc.).
After lunch you'll cruise through Nitmiluk Gorge for 2 hours, viewing the beautiful scenery and discovering the customs of the traditional owners, the Jawoyn people. We shall now travel back to Darwin, arriving at approximately 7pm. You will be either dropped off at your accommodation in Darwin or for your onward flight back home or destination.
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