Top End Explorer - Kakadu, Arnhem Land, Nitmiluk & Litchfield
Darwin Northern Territory - Fri 26th July 2024

Max Participants:
14
Location:
Darwin Northern Territory
Date:
Fri 26th July 2024
Start Time:
2:00pm
End Time:
5:00pm approx
Duration:
7 Days
Meals:
6 Dinners 6 Lunches 5 Breakfasts
Non-Member Cost:
$3095.00 per person
Member Cost:
$2995.00 per person
Deposit Required:
$500.00
Tagged:
outback red dirt
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Remote, Raw, Rugged and Real - There's nowhere in the world like Australia's Top End!  Join Adventurous Women on this ultimate expedition in the NT - where the tropics meet the outback.

We start with cosmopolitan Darwin, where we get straight into the holiday spirit as we enjoy a welcome meal at one of the most popular hotels in Darwin. The next day, we venture into Kakadu, one of Australia's best kept secrets, brimming with native wildlife, breathtaking waterholes, and plunging waterfalls. 

Following on, we travel to mysterious and beautiful Arnhem Land, a vast area of Aboriginal owned land that we are privileged to be able to access.  A couple of days further in, we make our way further south and travel to the sandstone country of Nitmiluk National Park and explore the stunning gorge system. 

Our last couple of days, we spend time hiking, swimming, exploring and relaxing in magical Litchfield National Park, nature's very own water theme park.

 


Gallery

Magic
Sunset Ubirr
Litchfield
Chill out time
Waterfalls & Waterholes
Camp Dinners
Nitmiluk - Photo by JL on Unsplash
Cheeky Beer ... as you do in the NT
Our walk to Jim Jim Falls
Now we're in 4WD Territory
Setting up Camp
Katherine Gorge
Kakadu

Location

Please note map locations and route are approximate only

Highlights

● Explore the beauty & ruggedness of the Top End's national parks - Kakadu, Nitmiluk and Litchfield.

● Gain a deeper understanding of the history, traditions & culture of the land's Traditional Owners.

● Flexibility of a private tour with small group numbers and a passionate local guide - Some hidden gems will unfold!

● Exclusive access to Arnhem Land

● Nadab lookout at Ubirr for sunset

● Visit to the Warradjan Cultural Centre, an Aboriginal run museum with an amazing insight into their culture.

● Guluyambi Cultural Cruise on the East Alligator River with a local Bininj guide.

● Scenic Cruise through stunning Katherine Gorge.

● Buley Rockholes and other sites within Litchfield as time permits

● Tjanera Falls (Sandy Creek)

● Maguk (Barramundi) Gorge

● Jim Jim & Edith Falls

Itinerary

Arrive any time today and check into your accommodation at 2pm. Our Adventurous Women Host will meet with the group at 5.30pm in or near the hotel pool area and conduct introductions, before heading off to welcome dinner - great way to kick off a tropical holiday in the top end!

Meals: Dinner

Accommodation: Twin Share - Comfortable Hotel.

Departure this morning will be around 7:00am as we head into Kakadu National Park stopping off for morning tea along the way. We'll arrive at East Alligator River where we'll have lunch before boarding our Guluyambi cultural cruise (traditionally Guluyambi was a paperbark raft) and when you see the size of some of the prehistoric dinosaurs in the river, you will be glad it's made of metal!! Our Aboriginal guides will be describing the old ways and giving a true insight into their current ways of living. Our cruise will finish at 3pm, where we will drive across the famous Cahill's Crossing into Arnhem Land.

Our Aboriginal guide will take us into one of the most incredible art sites, sacred to his community, sharing his stories and knowledge with us; a very special experience. We'll finish the day with only a short drive back to camp at East Alligator River to our private base camp (BASIC DONGA'S) - some air-conditioned comfort for the next two nights.

Meals: Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Air conditioned BASIC style donga rooms (3-4 ladies per room)

We'll kick off today at a reasonable hour to head to Maguk (Barramundi Gorge) for a beautiful hike through old paperbark trees, following the creek along for a rewarding swim at the end in one of the most stunning spots in Kakadu.

After enjoying our morning exploring,we'll take a short drive to Warradjan Cultural Centre. This is an Aboriginal run museum with an amazing insight into their culture. On our way back to camp, we'll check out the township of Jabiru and if time permits, the Ranger uranium mine. Short rest in the afternoon back at camp, then just 5 minutes up the road to the world famous Nadab lookout at Ubirr for sunset.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Air conditioned BASIC donga style rooms (3 - 4 ladies per room)

We depart early for Jim Jim falls. Today's hike can be one of the most difficult, not steep, just all about balance. Scrambling over some boulders is well worth the beautiful gorge and water hole we get to spend time in relaxing. After enjoying a rewarding swim and some lunch, we walk back down to the vehicle and hit the road again on another adventure, later setting up our bush camp, relaxing and enjoying the surroundings while dinner is cooking.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Camping (in your own 4 person tent in king deluxe swag) shared bathroom facilities

After packing up camp this morning, we'll hit the road towards Katherine via Edith Falls. We'll enjoy an afternoon swim at these absolutely stunning falls and a BBQ lunch before heading to our camp for the night ... with a quick supplies stop in Katherine township en route.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Camping (in your own 4 person tent in king deluxe swag) shared bathroom facilities

Today we have magnificent start to the day with a dawn cruise of the world famous Katherine Gorge. As the sun rises, the gorge lights up in rich natural beauty with perfect still water reflections and the sounds of birds awakening. After the cruise, we'll enjoy some morning tea in the park before starting our drive towards Litchfield National Park, arriving for lunch after a couple of short stops on the way. That afternoon we'll head into the park to check out some of the largest termite mounds in the Top End and a swim at Buley Rockholes and Florence Falls, just as the crowds are starting to leave for the day and head back to Darwin.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Camping at a Caravan Park just outside Litchfield National Park (in your own 4 person tent in king deluxe swag) shared bathroom facilities

It's an early start today to ensure we make the most of our time in Litchfield National Park. After we pack up, we head into Buley Rockholes where we indulge in a relaxing morning dip while there are few people visiting this popular site. After our dip we enjoy breakfast, then head further into the park to explore Tjanera Falls (Sandy Creek), one of the best falls in the park, only accessible via a 4WD track, deterring most of the crowds. After our adventurous 4WD, we'll hike to this pretty pool and enjoy a swim, cooling off for the return hike. Once back at the car-park, we'll have lunch and get changed into dry clothes before heading back to Darwin, visiting another popular site in the park along the way. We should arrive in Darwin at around 5pm.

As our arrival in Darwin coincides with the famous Mindil Beach Sunset Markets (held only on Thursday and Sunday nights), you may wish to head down to the markets, grab a bite to eat and watch the sun go down .....great way to finish out your time in the Top End.

***Please arrange flights for later in the evening after 7pm or alternatively the following day.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Includes

Local Knowledgeable Tour Guide/Driver

Adventurous Women Tour Manager/Host

Welcome Dinner

Comfortable All Terrain Vehicle

6 Nights Accommodation - 1 Night Comfortable Hotel, 2 nights air-con donga style rooms, 3 nights camping

All Meals as stated in the itinerary

All activities stated as included on the itinerary

National Park Entry & Camping Fees

NT Commercial Operator's Licence

6 Dinners

6 Lunches

5 Breakfasts

Excludes

Flights To/From Darwin

Post tour accommodation in Darwin

Travel Insurance

Items of a personal nature

Accommodation

1 Night - Comfortable Hotel Accommodation - Darwin (Twin Share)

2 Nights - Air Conditioned Basic Donga Style Rooms - East Alligator River (Triple or Quad Share)

3 Nights - Camping in good sized tent & king deluxe swag (Single - 1 per person per tent)

 

**Campgrounds & Bush Camps utilised for camping all have flushing toilets, hot showers and communal kitchen facilities.

 

What To Bring/Wear

- Your Sense of Adventure

- Gear List will be supplied well in advance - prior to our departure

More Information

Single Accommodation is not available for our 2 nights in East Alligator River.

During the camping component of this tour each lady will have her own tent/swag.

 

Most of our travellers come along solo and are happy to share with other ladies from the group.  We have rotating rooming roster whereby at each of the two accommodated places we stay (not tents), you get to share with someone different from the group - Great for group bonding, while alleviating any potential annoyances that may come about if sharing with the same person the whole time.  

 

If you are travelling with a friend or family and wish to share with them the whole time, please let us know 

 

If you would like your own room at the hotel, we have 3 available.  These will be allocated on request and will be charged at an additional $50.00

 


  

No Princess Policy

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This tour by it's very nature is not designed for the 5 Star Traveller. It is for the girl who has an 'adventurous spirit' and is looking for a unique and rewarding 'experience'!  You should be able to adopt a "Go With The Flow" attitude, after-all we are travelling in the Outback, we're camping and need to pitch in and help with some camp duties, our driving distances can be lengthy on some of the days and things may not always go to plan (ie: road closures, park closures, route changes) ...This will help you chill out and therefore get the best out of your holiday.

You will also need to be mobile without assistance - some of the sights require you to be on your feet for a reasonable amount of time, navigating rocky steps and uneven surfaces at times, particularly in the gorge areas. We also have a couple of hikes as part of this tour - these hikes can be achieved by anyone with a good general level of fitness, but again mobility is the key, as with all of our tours.  

Cancellation & Refunds

Notice of cancellation must be in writing, with an email as an acceptable form of communication, directly to Adventurous Women with the following conditions:

  • 60 days plus prior to trip departure - Administration Fee of $100.00 
  • 59 - 30 days prior to trip departure - Loss of Deposit
  • 29 - 15 days prior to trip departure - 50% Of The Tour Cost
  • Within 14 days of the trip departure - 100% Of The Tour Cost

No refund is available after departure of a tour has commenced.