BARRAMUNDI BLISS

TOP END TEMPTATION

KAKADU, ARNHEM LAND & COBOURG

5 day Barramundi Bonanza!

If the word ‘Barramundi’ makes you smile then this Top End Temptation will make your heart sing!

Not only will you visit Barramundi Gorge (Maguk), you’ll undertake a scenic walk along the edge of Barramundi Creek before arriving at the base of Barramundi Falls and ultimately you will have the opportunity to fish for Barramundi in Cobourg Marine Park – the perfect habitat of this elusive, prized catch.

You will travel from Jabiru through Kakadu National Park to Cahill’s Crossing and into Arnhem Land enjoying a cruise on Corroboree Billabong, climbing to Nawurlandja Lookout, visiting the Gunbalanya Aboriginal Community, being guided around the Injalak Hill art sites and will spend days Barramundi fishing, mud crabbing, walking, boating and 4WD exploring in and around the Northern Territory’s largest Marine Park.

You will love

  • Barramundi Fishing
  • Insights into indigenous culture
  • Cruising Corroboree Billabong
  • Snorkelling, swimming & mud crab hunting
  • Cobourg Peninsula – far, far from the crowds
  • Wetlands, freshwater swamps & stunning Top End vistas

5 TEMPTING DAYS IN THE TOP END

DAY 1 | DARWIN - KAKADU | 1 NIGHT

Depart your Darwin accommodation at 6.45-7am for the World Heritage-listed Kakadu National Park. En route we will join a morning cruise on the picturesque Corroboree Billabong.

On this scenic cruise you have the opportunity to view a large variety of birdlife as well as salt water crocodiles in their natural environment. Learn more about the wildlife on the billabong from your knowledgeable guide who will make the cruise both fascinating and informative.

Continue to Kakadu via the old Jim Jim Road visiting White Lily Billabong before arriving at Maguk (Barramundi Gorge). Enjoy a scenic 1km walk along the edge of Barramundi Creek before arriving at the base of Barramundi Falls. Here you have the opportunity to swim or snorkel in the large plunge pool below the falls and discover an array of aquatic life.

Depart Maguk late afternoon for Nawurlandja Lookout. A short climb takes us up the sloping sandstone to provide views of the sun setting across Anbangbang Billabong, Nourlangie Rock and the Arnhem Land escarpment.

Depart after sunset for Jabiru and Anbinik Kakadu Resort, our accommodation for tonight.

Overnight: Anbinik Kakadu Resort (Bush Bungalow)

DAY 2 | DARWIN - COBOURG PENINSULA | 3 NIGHTS

After breakfast we travel from Jabiru to the northern region of Kakadu National Park to Cahill’s Crossing on the East Alligator River and enter Arnhem Land. A 15 km scenic drive to Gunbalanya Aboriginal community provides some of the best driving views in the Top End with floodplains covered in bird life and water lilies running up alongside the Arnhem Land escarpment.

Upon arrival at Gunbalanya we will visit the Injalak Arts and Craft Centre. Here you have the opportunity to meet and watch traditional local artists in action before departing with our Aboriginal guide to be shown around the Injalak Hill art sites. Spend the morning experiencing some of the best Aboriginal rock art in Australia before returning to the Injalak Art Centre where we leave our hosts and journey on to the Cobourg Peninsula. The drive takes approximately 3-4 hrs with stops and creek crossings along the way.

Upon arrival at Venture North’s camp you will be greeted by the resident camp caretakers and served nibbles on the cliff top. Relax as the sun sets over Port Essington.

Overnight: Cobourg Coastal Camp

DAY 3 | COBOURG PENINSULA

Awake to the sound of birds and enjoy a special ‘Cobourg-style’ cooked breakfast.

This morning will be spent exploring the Northern Territory’s largest Marine Park by boat. Cobourg is abundant in some amazing marine life including six species of marine turtle, dolphins, sharks, crocodiles, stingrays, mud crabs and plenty of fish.

As we cruise the Marine Park we will stop and visit the Victoria Settlement ruins. Established prior to Darwin as a military outpost by the British, this site represents the third failed attempt at settlement in Northern Australia. After surviving for 11 years between 1838 and 1849 it was abandoned. Stone ruins still stand on the shoreline of Port Essington and serve as a reminder of the hardships faced by the early colonists.

Depart the settlement and enjoy a slow journey back to camp stopping along the way to spot marine life and also have fish.

Return to camp this afternoon where you can explore the nearby beaches and creek systems, try your luck at fishing or simply enjoy the solitude while reading a book from a hammock overlooking the ocean.

Tonight enjoy a freshly caught seafood dinner.

Overnight: Cobourg Coastal Camp

DAY 4 | COBOURG PENINSULA

Today we explore the eastern side of the Park this time by 4WD.

Cobourg is home to the first RAMSAR wetland (wetlands of international importance) in world with freshwater paperbark swamps and billabongs 100m from the coastline.

Continue on via the northern beaches, commonly used as turtle nesting areas and covered in a wide range of shells. Low tide provides opportunities to explore exposed coral reefs and rock pools which are home to a variety of marine life.

After lunch you will have an opportunity to go hunting for mud crabs using traditional Aboriginal methods. Learn how to hunt and gather these local delicacies before having a go yourself.

Later in the afternoon we will also visit the Park’s Cultural and Information Centre before making our way back towards camp.

Overnight: Cobourg Coastal Camp

DAY 5 | COBOURG - DARWIN | END ITINERARY

This morning we depart Cobourg early. Sit back and enjoy the bush scenery of Arnhem Land as we make our way back to Kakadu National Park. After numerous stops along the way we will enjoy lunch next to the banks of the mighty East Alligator River.

After lunch visit Ubirr Rock where we spend time viewing some of Kakadu’s best Aboriginal rock art. A short walk to the top of Ubirr offers spectacular views of the surrounding wetlands and stone country.

Depart Ubirr to Darwin via the Arnhem highway. En route to Darwin we will stop and visit the Mamukala wetlands, which at times is a haven for thousands of Magpie Geese as well as many other species of native birds and reptiles.

Arrive in Darwin approximately 7:00pm. Delivered to the airport for your outbound flight, or your accommodation should you wish to spend another night in Darwin.

PLEASE NOTE :

This 5 Day Top End Temptation Tour departs on a Monday and Thursday between May and the end of October. Private tours can be booked on any day of the week – please contact us to tailor this itinerary to suit your specific needs.

WHERE YOU’LL STAY

An exclusive Top End camp

Cobourg Coastal Camp – Cobourg Peninsula, Northern Territory

Nestled amongst savannah bushland Cobourg Coastal Camp offers a unique ‘glamping’ and wilderness experience within one of the most untouched regions of the Northern Territory; the Cobourg Peninsula. Renowned as a world class blue water fishing destination, Cobourg is abundant in some truly amazing marine life. Read More

NEED TO KNOW

5 Days

5 Days

AUD $ 3,590 PER PERSON SHARING | SINGLE SUPPLEMENT AUD $200

AUD $ 3,590 PER PERSON SHARING | SINGLE SUPPLEMENT AUD $200

START: DARWIN, NORTHERN TERRITORY     |     Finish: DARWIN, NORTHERN TERRITORY

Destinations: Darwin | Kakadu | Arnhem Land | Cobourg Peninsula

Inclusions

  • Arrival & departure transfers from/to Darwin Airport
  • Professional guide/driver to / from Darwin
  • Luxury Toyota
  • Landcruiser 4WD vehicle (max 6 passengers)
  • Purpose built 4WD trailer and equipment
  • Corroboree Billabong cruise fee
  • All Kakadu, Arnhem
  • Land and Cobourg
  • Peninsula permits and entry fees
  • Arnhem Land royalties
  • Accommodation and camp fees (twin share)
  • Snorkelling equipment
  • Injalak Aboriginal guide fee
  • Cobourg Peninsula boat tour
  • Victoria Settlement permit fee
  • Meals as stated in the itinerary

Exclusions

  • All flights & all applicable departure taxes
  • Meals other than those specified
  • All alcoholic beverages – BYO
  • Kakadu Park Pass
  • Any additional or optional excursions and/or transfers other than specified
  • Accommodation upgrades
  • Comprehensive Travel Insurance
  • Items and/or purchases of a personal nature
  • Any item not specified

Minimum – 6 travellers

Maximum – 8 travellers


Flights to / from Darwin & Travel Insurance – on request

COVID19 : A FULL REFUND WILL BE PROVIDED IF THE TRIP IS UNABLE TO PROCEED DUE TO COVID19 GOVERNMENT IMPOSED TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS

HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDED IN YOUR ITINERARY :

Corroboree Billabong Cruise | White Lily Billabong & Maguk visit | Walk along Barramundi Creek & swim and snorkel in Barramundi Falls | Sunset views from Nawurlandja Lookout over Anbangbang Billabong, Nourlangie Rock & the Arnhem Land Escarpment | Visit Gunbalanya Aboriginal Community & view bird life and water lilies on the surrounding floodplains | Watch traditional local artists in action at the Injala Arts & Crafts Centre & be guided around the Injalak Hill rock art sites | Learn about Aboriginal indigenous culture & listen to Dreamtime stories | Explore the Garig Gunak Barlu National Park | Boat cruise in Cobourg Marine Park to see marine turtles, manta rays, dolphins, sharks, crocodiles, mud crabs & fish | Visit the Victoria Settlement ruins | Fishing for Barramundi | View turtle nesting sites | Hunt for mud crabs | Lunch next to the banks of the mighty East Alligator River | Visit Ubirr Rock to view some of Kakadu’s best Aboriginal rock art and the Mamukala wetlands

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