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5 Day Inspiring Journeys Kakadu's Ancient Secrets

5 days 4 nights
Darwin to Darwin
from NZD$5,420pp
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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 roam Kakado's floodplains.

This Tour Also Features

  • Ubirr rock art site
  • Yellow Water Cruise
  • An exclusive Aboriginal cultural experience
  • Sunset Dinner Cruise on the Katherine River
  • Meals included: 4 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners, 1 special dinner
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Day One - Welcome to Darwin and head to Kakadu
Tour day 1
5 Day Inspiring Journeys Kakadu's Ancient Secrets - Day 1
Litchfield National Park

Welcome to Darwin! This morning meet your Journey Director and board your luxury vehicle to begin your journey of discovery in the Top End. Travel across the Finniss River to Litchfield National Park. You'll visit tumbling Florence Falls and you'll also enjoy a swim to cool off at Wangi Falls, surrounded by tropical monsoon rainforest, and hear about its importance in Aboriginal custom before stopping for lunch. After lunch, you will travel back to Darwin where you will enjoy a waterfront welcome dinner with wine.

Accommodation: Hilton Darwin (or similar)
Accommodation type: Hotel 4 star
Meals included: Dinner
Located in downtown Darwin, overlooking the harbour with Bicentennial Park, Darwin Convention Centre, and the beach at Darwin Waterfront Precinct all within three kilometers.

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Day Two - Appreciate ancient rock art, local wildlife and the stunning billabong and floodplains of Kakadu
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5 Day Inspiring Journeys Kakadu's Ancient Secrets - Day 2
Kakadu

Get ready for a cross-country journey into the magnificent Kakadu National Park. Keep your eyes open for Crocodiles as you cross the South Alligator River, Brolgas, Magpie Geese, and Jabiru as you traverse along the long grasses of the marshes and wetlands. Kakadu really is a diverse UNESCO world heritage site.
After lunch, the famous Yellow Waters Billabong boat cruise will be a highlight of your journey. You will see a
myriad of different bird species, spot estuarine crocodiles, and simply enjoy the stunning billabong and floodplains system.
This afternoon, check into the renowned Crocodile Hotel in the town of Jabiru and enjoy the wonderful Aboriginal Art Gallery within the hotel before getting
to know your fellow travellers over dinner with wine.

Accommodation: Mercure Kakadu Crocodile Hotel (or similar)
Accommodation type: Hotel 4 star
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
The indigenous owned luxury accommodation is uniquely shaped to represent Kakadu's most famous inhabitant, the saltwater crocodile. Relax in the recently refurbished rooms, unwind in your private courtyard, by the shaded outdoor pool or take in the landscaped interior garden view from the balcony.

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Day Three - Explore the ancient lands of Kakadu as you head to Katherine Gorge
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5 Day Inspiring Journeys Kakadu's Ancient Secrets - Day 3
Kakadu to Katherine Gorge

This morning there’s a chance to take to the air an optional scenic flight over Kakadu. One of the best ways to experience the enormity of this wonderful National Park as well as the diversity from waterfalls and billabongs to flood plains and wildlife. Then you’ll visit Nourlangie to see its fascinating Aboriginal rock art for yourself. You’ll also hear first-hand from your Journey Director a detailed interpretation of the art and the rich Aboriginal culture as you explore the various outdoor ‘galleries' with art that dates back some 20,000 years.
You will continue driving through the ancient lands of Kakadu National Park through to the town of Katherine and further on to Nitmiluk National Park. Indulge in five-star luxury at Cicada Lodge, a stunning architect designed eco-lodge surrounded by nature, where each room has a private balcony that opens to the glories of Nitmiluk National Park. Cool off from the heat of the day while enjoying a swim in the pool as the sunsets before a beautiful dinner.

Accommodation: Cicada Lodge, Nitmiluk National Park
Accommodation type: Hotel 4 star
Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
The lodge has 18 rooms, which are all air conditioned and feature full length doors to the private balconies. Each room features Indigenous artwork from local artists – the rich colours blending with and complimenting the more modern design and fittings. The ancient stories within the paintings weave the modern with the traditional to create a unique blend that is Cicada Lodge.

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Day Four - Learn about traditional Culture in Katherine
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5 Day Inspiring Journeys Kakadu's Ancient Secrets - Day 4
Katherine

Today immerse yourself as you meet Manual Pamkal who will welcome you with a traditional welcoming tune on the didgeridoo. Manual was born and raised immersed in his rich traditional culture. He’ll share with you stories of growing up in the bush and teach you the fine art of rarrk painting using a special brush from a reed called Julk. Call up the inner artist within you and paint your own masterpiece to take home! You will enjoy lunch back on the deck of Cicada Lodge overlooking this natural surrounding before having a free afternoon to relax. This evening, indulge in a special sunset dinner cruise along Katherine River. You'll marvel at the gorges while you spot wildlife and learn about the history and culture of the local Jawoyn people. Enjoy the peaceful ambience during the candle-lit three-course dinner cook onboard your boat.

Accommodation: Cicada Lodge, Nitmiluk National Park
Accommodation type: Hotel 4 star
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Speciality Dinner
The lodge has 18 rooms, which are all air conditioned and feature full length doors to the private balconies. Each room features Indigenous artwork from local artists – the rich colours blending with and complimenting the more modern design and fittings. The ancient stories within the paintings weave the modern with the traditional to create a unique blend that is Cicada Lodge.

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Day Five - Farewell from Darwin
Tour day 5
5 Day Inspiring Journeys Kakadu's Ancient Secrets - Day 5
Katherine to Darwin and time to say farewell

Enjoy a lay in or get up early to enjoy the National Park completely immersed in the mystical morning light. Travel north along the Stuart Highway stopping at the gorgeous Edith Falls on the way for a relaxing dip and some lunch. Continue to Adelaide River War Cemetery. During WWII, Adelaide River was the headquarters of a large military base and a large cemetery was created especially for those who gave their lives in the service and defence of their country. Your Inspiring Journey concludes on arrival in Darwin.

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