Day 1 Coober Pedy
Begin this adventure in alluring Alice Springs. Watch the early morning light colour the dreamy landscape soft shades of pink and red on the journey south. Cross the border into South Australia and stretch your legs in the outback town of Marla before continuing on to Cooper Pedy, the ‘Opal Capital of the World’. Learn about the town’s intriguing history on a visit to the local museum and head underground on an opal mine tour. Tonight, drift off to sleep in an underground bunkhouse.
Day 2 Quorn
Pull out the camera and get creative at a vast Central Australian salt lake before passing by the town of Woomera en route to Port Augusta. Stop for lunch and soak up the ambiance of this seaside town before heading out to Quorn for a true blue Aussie BBQ.
Day 3 Adelaide
Lace up your walking shoes ready for the trek up Dutchman’s Stern. Be entranced by the majestic views from the summit – on a clear day you can see the township of Quorn, Spencer Gulf and the alluring Flinders Ranges. Make the most of another photo opportunity at the Mt Remarkable lookout before heading out to the renowned Clare Valley to discovery it’s celebrated wines. Then it’s on to Adelaide, where this snappy adventure winds up.
Day 1 Darwin/Litchfield/Mary River
Leaving Darwin, head to Litchfield National Park, home to dozens of freshwater waterfalls and swimming holes that make for an enticing dip. Following lunch, it's on to Wulna Country where the Limilngan–Wulna people have some tips on offer for finding bush tucker and playing the didgeridoo. The day comes to an end in the gorgeous Mary River Wetlands – a flat network of waterways brimming with crocs and native bird species – before turning in for the night at our campsite.
Day 3 Mary River
Home to colourful rock art and spectacular scenery, Kakadu National Park is a vast wilderness of rainforest, wetlands, waterfalls and amazing wildlife.
Day 4 Darwin
Depending on the season, opt to set out on a cruise or canoe between the red rock walls of Katherine Gorge. At over 23 million years old, this natural marvel is one of the Top End’s true wonders. Travel northwards through the harsh Aussie outback, stopping for another refreshing dip en route – this time in Edith Falls. Then it's back to Darwin, where your Territory explorer trip comes to an end.
Day 1 Darwin/Litchfield/Mary River
Visit the Litchfield National Park and escape the heat beside cascading tropical waterfalls and in refreshing swimming holes. Head west and meet the Limilngan-Wulna People, traditional owners of the land. This is an immensely sacred area for their people so the welcoming 'Cul Cul' is a humbling greeting. Discover more of the day-to-day culture and traditions by learning about some bush-tucker, mastering your didgeridoo technique or perhaps creating a hand-woven treasure to take home. Wind down the day with a cruise along the spectacular Mary River Wetlands, where the local crocodiles are often kind enough to join us.
Day 2 Mary River and Kakadu
Journey through rugged scenery to the spectacular 200 m Jim Jim Falls before moving on to the equally impressive Twin Falls. Travel on to Pine Creek before spending the night near the Nitmiluk National Park.
Day 3 Mary River/Kakadu
Hike through Ubirr and see ancient Aboriginal rock art that has survived almost 1500 years. Clamber up to a rocky lookout where the Nardab Floodplain, and aptly named East Alligator River, make for an astonishing view. This hike is rewarded with a splash in the plunge pools at Maguk (Barramundi Gorge) before retreating to camp.
Day 4 Katherine Gorge
Explore the extraordinary Katherine Gorge from the water, then take a dip in the irresistible Edith Falls. Return to Darwin and perhaps enjoy a few drinks in the heart of this unique Top End city.
Day 1 Darwin/Kakadu
Kick off this Kakadu adventure with a traditional welcome from the Limilngan–Wulna people. Learn about the culture and ancient history of this Indigenous tribe, then journey to the Mary River Wetlands, where saltwater crocodiles rule the waters. Arrive in Ubirr for a spectacular sunset and the chance to see Aboriginal rock art that’s thousands of years old.
Day 2 Kakadu National Park
Take a boat cruise with a national park ranger through the chasm of a gorge to witness Twin Falls up close – the dwarfing magnitude of this chasm invokes the often startling realisation of just how small we really are. After lunch, hike to the base of Jim Jim Falls, where a swim or laze on the beach is an excellent way to wile away the afternoon.
Day 3 Kakadu/Darwin
Plunge into the refreshing waters of Maguk Gorge before working up a sweat hiking to the top of Gunlom Falls, where a series of swimming holes await your arrival. In the afternoon, head back to lively Darwin.
Day 1 Darwin/Kakadu
Begin this journey with a history lesson in Aboriginal culture from the area’s original owners, the Limilngan–Wulna people. Receive a traditional ‘Cul Cul‘ welcome, then gain an insight into this ancient culture with bush tucker talks, didgeridoo demonstrations, basket weaving and some spear throwing. Later on, head out on a cruise through the Mary River Wetlands and scan the waters and banks for the crocodiles that live here in astonishing numbers. Arrive in Ubirr in time to admire Aboriginal rock paintings, which date back thousands of years, and to catch a classic Top End sunset.
Day 2 Kakadu
Take on the rough terrain of the Aussie Outback in a 4x4 on the drive towards Twin Falls. After a post-lunch laze on a riverbank and a scenic cruise, embark on a challenging hike to the base of Jim Jim Falls. After a hot and sweaty climb, spend the rest of the day indulging in refreshing dips in the pleasantly cool plunge pool.
Day 3 Kakadu/Katherine
Hike to the top of Gunlom Falls for a swim in another pristine waterhole. Soak up the astounding views of the valley from the top of the pools before exploring the old gold-mining town of Pine Creek. Spend the night at our private campsite on the doorstep of Nitmuluk National Park.
Day 4 Nitmiluk National Park/Mt Bundy Station
Admire the rich colours of Katherine Gorge. Choose to further your experience here with a paddle in a canoe or by hopping aboard a boat tour – either way, the dazzling scenery is sure to leave you breathless. Travel on to Edith Falls, a hidden oasis of clear, cool water surrounded by bronze boulders. After a quick swim, set up camp for the night at Mt Bundy Station – a working cattle station that was once the largest in the Territory.
Day 5 Litchfield National Park/Darwin
Awash with dense tropical rainforest and peppered with gorgeous waterholes, Litchfield National Parkis without a doubt one of the highlights of any trip to the Top End. Visit Florence Falls, Wangi Falls and the Buley Rockholes, then enjoy a picnic lunch before returning to edgy and eccentric Darwin.