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The City Tour – Darwin

The City Tour – Darwin
Darwin – a unique tropical Australian city magnificently situated on the Arafura Sea is rich in our past heritage of settlement. The ravages of bombings and disastrous cyclones could not break the determination of Australia’s most multicultural city. Vibrant, a relaxed lifestyle, friendliness and uniqueness make this small city a must to experience, to discover, to explore.

  • Smith Street Mall
  • Mitchell Street – restaurants and cafes
  • St Mary’s Cathedral
  • Cavanagh Street – old China Town
  • Chinese Temple
  • Stokes Hill and Fort Hill Wharf
  • Trendy Darwin Wharf precinct on the harbour
  • World War II oil storage tunnel
  • Christ Church Cathedral
  • Supreme Court of the Northern Territory – Government House and Parliament House
  • Bicentennial Park
  • The Esplanade
  • Casino
  • Mindil Beach – location for Darwin’s famous market
  • Visit the Museum & Art Gallery
  • Learn of Cyclone Tracy – a force that changed this city
  • Exclusive Fannie Bay
  • Look for wallabies in the grasslands
  • Darwin Botanical Gardens.
Operates: Daily
Departs & Returns: 14:00:00 – 18:00:00
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Litchfield National Park – Darwin

Litchfield National Park – Darwin
Litchfield National Park is an Aboriginal Dreamtime region that retains its mysterious spirituality in the silence of still forest valleys and rock face escarpments. With rugged sandstone, monsoon forests, spectacular waterfalls into cool abyss plunge pools, fascinating termite mounds, time for swimming in warm tropical waters, walking and exploring; this area… so remote… so totally Australian, will leave you with a lasting impression.

  • Skirt Francis Bay on Darwin Harbour
  • Head south out of Darwin on the Stuart Highway
  • Take a short break at the town of Batchelor
  • Stop at the Meridean Termite Mounds – an opportunity to learn about Cathedral and Magnetic Termite Mounds
  • Florence Falls – take in stunning views of the falls or perhaps walk down to the plunge pool for a swim in this beautiful oasis
  • Take a walk to Tolmer Falls – a breathtaking valley with a waterfall and distant views toward the coast over cattle stations – Monsoon forests and woodland areas
  • Enjoy a homestyle buffet lunch with cold meats, salad and tea or coffee
  • Visit Wangi Falls and plunge pool – stunning waterfalls and a delightful pool boarded by river pandanas palms
  • There’s time for a swim in these superb surrounds
  • Perhaps take a walk through lush tropical forest or relax and just take it in
  • Look for bats
  • Visit Buley Rockhole – cascades and many rockpools offer an opportunity for a refreshing swim.*
Operates: Daily
Departs & Returns: 07:30:00 – 18:00:00
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Katherine Gorge – Darwin

Katherine Gorge – Darwin
Katherine Gorge set deep within the stone country of Nitmiluk National Park is a dramatic setting. The towering rock wall ramparts above the Katherine River, ancient Aboriginal Dreamtime stories, prolific birdlife and a boat journey into the ‘never never’ land highlight the grandeur of this spectacular gorge. Edith Falls cascading down the sheer rock wall face into a paperbark encompassed plunge pool, Pine Creek historic town and the Adelaide River War Cemetery offer amazing contrasts in a powerful outback land.

  • Head south out of Darwin on the Stuart Highway
  • Endless outback scrub and WWII air strips
  • Take a break at Adelaide River – perhaps a light or cooked country breakfast (own expense)
  • Visit Adelaide River War Cemetery – a memorial of the Darwin air raids in the 1940’s
  • Wallabies can usually be seen in this area
  • Look for kytes soaring overhead, cockatoos, brolgas and jabirus
  • Look for massive roadtrains
  • Historic Pine Creek Railway Station and town
  • Visit superb Edith Falls – there’s time for a swim in the waterhole below the falls (conditions permitting)
  • Enjoy a delicious buffet lunch at the Katherine Gorge Visitors Centre in Nitmiluk National Park
  • Take a guided 2 hour scenic cruise through Katherine Gorge
  • Look for freshwater crocodiles on the banks
  • After the first gorge there is a short walk along the side to the second gorge
  • Marvel at the stark, sheer, richly coloured escarpments of the Katherine Gorge canyon
  • Look for birdlife and plants along the gorge escarpment
  • Tour the outback township of Katherine – the third largest in the Territory
  • Stop at Adelaide River for dinner (own expense) – perhaps try the local delicacy ‘ Barra and chips’.
Operates: – Mon. – Wed. Thur. Fri. Sat. May 1 to Oct 31, – – Tue. – Thur. – Sat. Nov 1 to April 30
Departs & Returns: 06:45:00 – 20:30:00
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Kakadu Adventure – Darwin

Kakadu Adventure – Darwin
It is the tapestry of great ecosystems that creates the beauty of Kakadu. Sandstone escarpments shaped by an incomprehensible time span; monsoon forests and flood plains; great rivers journey serpentine to the sea; stunningly beautiful billabongs and lagoons are richly clad in a profusion of colour by glorious water lilies and edged by pandanas and paper bark trees; birds of every size, every hue and every song; fearsome crocodiles on the mudslides of billabongs; Aboriginal artwork painted on rock cave walls. This place is creation in its wonderful diversity… This place is Kakadu.

  • Skirt Francis Bay on Darwin Harbour and head out on Tiger Brennan Drive
  • Berrimah Naval Defence base
  • Palmerston on Darwin’s outskirts
  • Look for massive roadtrains
  • Head east on the Arnhem Highway passing through Humpty Doo
  • Cross the Marrakai Wetlands and over the Adelaide River – home to native birdlife and crocodiles
  • Top end outback bush – eucalypts, palms and termite mounds
  • Kakadu National Park on the South Alligator River – a vast pristine wetland and bushland habitat with significant Aboriginal culture
  • Take a short guided walk to Nourlangie Rock and see ancient Aboriginal rock art
  • Enjoy a tropical buffet lunch with cold meats, salad and fruit
  • Take a 1.5 hour guided cruise on Yellow Water Billabong
  • Look for crocodiles, brolgas, magpie geese and kytes
  • Take in the serenity and beauty that nature offers in the Kakadu wetlands
  • Visit Warradjan Aboriginal Cultural Centre and learn of the traditional ways of Aboriginal people in Kakadu.
Operates: Daily
Departs & Returns: 06:45:00 – 19:30:00
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Jumping Crocodiles – Darwin

Jumping Crocodiles – Darwin
An excellent opportunity to observe these primeval creatures as you cruise along the Adelaide River. Face saltwater crocodiles close up as they leap out of the water to snatch their food!

  • Cruise the Adelaide River in crocodile infested waters
  • Watch as your guide entices saltwater crocodiles to jump and snatch their food
  • Witness crocodiles in a somewhat close situation!
  • Visit Window on the Wetlands Visitor Centre – see birds of prey scavenge for leftovers
  • An educational display with sweeping views over the wetlands
  • Fogg Dam Nature Reserve – a Top End wetlands eco system with an abundance of birds and reptiles.
Operates: Daily
Departs & Returns: 12:45:00 – 18:30:00
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