Inspiration Itinerary | Northern Territory

Kakadu & Arnhem Land

Under Canvas

Kakadu & Arnhem Land Under Canvas

This impressive journey takes in the best the Territory has to offer as you explore Kakadu and Arnhem Land with your guide who has unique access to areas of the Northern Territory that are restricted to others. Your guide has a deep knowledge of the local Aboriginal culture, terrain and wildlife, acquired over a lifetime.

This three day Kakadu and Arnhem Land adventure begins in Darwin and takes you on one of the best outback safaris tours in Australia as you head to Fogg Dam Reserve, a year-round important feeding and roosting site for a wide variety of birds, as well as other animals. Surround yourself in this haven of birdlife before taking an Airboat adventure across the Mary River Wetlands experiencing close encounters with crocodiles and countless birds. Continue to Kakadu National Park for a cruise though the pristine environment of the Yellow Water Billabong.

Explore the southern end of Kakadu National Park with its famous waterfall and white sandy beach, swim in a natural infinity pool with spectacular views. Walk through sub-monsoonal rain forest and spend the night under canvas in the beauty and tranquility of Kakadu National Park.

Your journey takes you to Arnhem Land, the home of Aboriginal people for tens of thousands of years. A scenic drive to the Gunbalanya Indigenous Community takes in some of the best driving views in the Top End, taking in floodplains, billabongs and the Arnhem Land escarpment. You will experience the traditional culture of the Kunwinjku people and learn about their artworks firsthand. Returning to Darwin after three magical days amidst the natural beauty, incredible wildlife and rich cultural traditions of the Northern Territory.

 

 

You will love

  • The best the Territory has to offer
  • Access to culturally historic sites
  • Wetlands teeming with wildlife
  • Highly experienced guides
  • Stunning scenery

3 UNFORGETTABLE DAYS

DAY 1 | KAKADU | 1 NIGHT

Our first stop is Fogg Dam Reserve. Fogg Dam has year-round water coverage, which assures its position as an important feeding and roosting site for a wide variety of water birds, as well as other animals. Little, Intermediate and Great egrets, Pied herons, Glossy ibis, Royal spoonbill, Little Black and Little Pied cormorants, Comb-crested jacanas, Australian darters and Jabiru storks are just some of the birds that can be seen feeding, fighting and breeding at Fogg Dam. You’ll journey on to the Mary River Wetlands to enjoy a 45-minute Airboat Safari adventure. This is a truly unique experience that takes you where no one else can go. The wetlands system is teeming with wildlife, and you’ll have close encounters with crocodiles and countless birds.

Continue to Kakadu National Park and your last stop Cooinda. Here you experience one of Kakadu’s icons – a cruise through a 10-square-kilometre pristine environment of the Yellow Water Billabong which supports a truly incredible variety of plants and Top End wildlife. You’ll spend the night at your exclusive bush camp.

DAY 2 | KAKADU | 1 NIGHT

Today we head to the southern end of Kakadu National Park. Our first stop is a pristine and famous waterfall, Gunlom, located on Waterfall Creek, and its white sandy beach and 120-metre cascading waterfall are incredible. A more challenging walk to the top of the waterfall is rewarded with a swim in a natural infinity pool, and the best view for miles overlooking the beautiful South Alligator Valley. Your next stop is the magical Maguk (Barramundi) Gorge. A one-kilometer walk through sub-monsoonal rain forest leads to the base of a beautiful plunge pool. Maguk Gorge is a natural wonder of crystal-clear water surrounded by towering rock walls, the ideal place to enjoy a refreshing swim in paradise. Later you return to your exclusive permanent bush camp for a night of relaxation in the beauty and tranquility of Kakadu National Park.

DAY 3 | END OF ITINERARY

Today you are privileged to visit Arnhem Land, the home of Aboriginal people for tens of thousands of years. Access is restricted and by invitation of the traditional owners, who may deny access at any time. Departing the northern region of Kakadu National Park, you cross the infamous Cahill’s Crossing on the East Alligator River and enter Arnhem Land. A 15-kilometre scenic drive to the Gunbalanya Indigenous Community provides some of the best driving views in the Top End, taking in floodplains, billabongs and the Arnhem Land escarpment. The area includes the floodplains of the East Alligator River that are covered by water from December to April and a rocky sandstone plateau rising up to 200 metres above the plains. On arrival, you visit the Injalak Arts and Crafts Centre. Visitors to Injalak will experience the traditional culture of the Kunwinjku people where you can get to know the artist and see firsthand how artworks are created. There is an opportunity to browse and purchase a range of affordable art in different mediums and styles reflective of the ingenuity of the Kunwinjku people, before returning to Darwin.

NEED TO KNOW

2 nights / 3 days

2 nights / 3 days

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START: Darwin, Australia     |     Finish: Darwin, Australia

This itinerary provides the perfect framework for a spectacular journey through Australia’s Northern Territory but it is an example only. All journeys will be individually designed and quoted on a case by case basis.

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