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The Best 5 days of Northern Territory Wilderness
More than just the World Heritage listed Kakadu National Park, this tour will also give you a wonderful exposure to the best of the Northern Territory's natural wilderness. The Cobourg Peninsula is around 2,000 square kilometres of national park, deserted beaches, coves and bays. It is almost uninhabited and a part of the Garig Gulak Bargu National Park. Here you will find aboriginal culture, a large variety of sea life and the world's largest herd of pure-strain wild cattle called banteng.
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Darwin to Jabiru
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, your accommodation for tonight.
Jabiru to Arnhem Land
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 the 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 at Cobourg.
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 at Cobourg.
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 at Cobourg.
Cobourg to Darwin
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.
Tours marked with are special prices.
|Start||End||Max. No. Guests||Accommodation||Price p.p.|
|Oct 15 2020||Oct 19 2020||6||Single rooms||AU$3,790|
|Oct 19 2020||Oct 23 2020||6||Single rooms||AU$3,790|
|Oct 22 2020||Oct 26 2020||6||Single rooms||AU$3,790|
|Oct 26 2020||Oct 30 2020||6||Single rooms||AU$3,790|
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