Day 1 – USA to Brisbane
Today you will begin your Swain Destinations customized itinerary. Please note, international air has not been included in this package price.
Day 2 – Cross the International Date Line
Cross the International Date Line, an imaginary line on the surface of the Earth that runs from the North to the South Pole - and defines one calendar day from the next. Crossing the International Date Line adds one day (24 hours) traveling west, and subtracts one day (24 hours) traveling east.
Day 3 – Welcome to Darwin, Australia
On arrival into Brisbane you will need to clear customs and transfer to your domestic flight into Darwin. Once you arrive you will be transferred to your hotel for the night.
Darwin - a modern gateway to Australia's 'Top End' - enjoys a relaxed, tropical lifestyle and is an ideal base for visits to such spectacular World Heritage areas as Kakadu National Park. Just outside of Darwin is the Territory Wildlife Park, Berry Springs, displays wildlife of the Northern Territory in natural surroundings. Alternatively soak up the local color at one of the markets such as Mindil Beach Markets held every Thursday and Sunday night from March until October.Starting Accommodation:
Day 4 – Darwin to Top End
Today you will board you air transfer from Darwin to Bamurru Plains, located in the Northern Territory's Top End.
Bamurru Plains is located just to the west of Kakadu National Park on the Mary River floodplains. A profusion of bird and wildlife are on the doorstep of a unique bush lodge that exudes ‘Wild Bush Luxury’ and brings a touch of style to the discovery of a remote and beautiful wilderness.
At Bamurru your fishing adventure is one that is sure to rival all others. The lodge provides the perfect opportunity to combine the personalized service and experience of local guide combined with a luxury lodge experience. With some of the most famous Barramundi fishing in all of Australia, Bamurru is the ultimate place for all anglers. Starting Accommodation:
Day 5 – Fishing at Bamurru
The Barramundi is argueably Australia’s most prized sports fish and the Northern Territory’s Top End is by far the best place to target them. In the wet, the Mary River floodplains are full of water and Barra, as are the creeks of the Mary River System which adjoin Bamurru Plains. The highlight for any fisherman at Bamurru however, is fishing out on the floodplains by airboat. Your daily fishing included guided fishing trips, equipment and tackle.
During the wet season almost 100 square kilometres of the station is covered in water providing the ideal habitat for baitfish to breed in the warm shallow waters of the floodplain. Guests of Bamurru Plains have exclusive access to these floodplains. Our airboat fleet are fitted with casting decks to maximise the experience of fishing the floodplain in spots that are only accessible to camp guests. The plains do not drain fully with the tide so the floodplain is fishable all day long! Experience Barramundi fishing like never before with this exhilarating airboat fishing adventure.Starting Accommodation:
(B, L, D)
Day 6 – Fishing at Bamurru
Another way to experience the fishing opportunities at Bamurru Plains is river fishing. The rivers, creeks and estuaries of the Top End offer world famous Barramundi fishing and guests of Bamurru Plains will fish with licensed and experienced local guides. Bamurru Plains is uniquely located on the lower reaches of the Sampan Creek with private access to the river.
You will have access to Sampan and Tommycut Creeks along with numerous other creeks along the coast targeting the holy grail of Barramundi fishing, the METERY! During this runoff period, Barra up to 140cms long and over 50 pounds in weight congregate in these areas. With our own private jetty on the water, travelling times to these areas are reduced significantly allowing you more time to fish.Starting Accommodation:
(B, L, D)
Day 7 – Fishing at Bamurru
Spend your last day fishing either by river fishing or out on the airboat. Reeling in the big catch in the region's diverse setting will be the perfect culmination to your time spent in the Top End. Starting Accommodation:
(B, L, D)
Day 8 – Top End to Darwin
Transfer by air back to Darwin where you will be met at the airport and taken to your hotel.
Darwin is the bustling tropical capital of the Northern Territory. The city clusters around the beaches of one of Australia's finest harbors - Darwin Harbor, the playground of dolphins, sea snakes, turtles and cruising yachts. Visitors to Darwin enjoy a relaxed, tropical lifestyle, with wonderful sunsets, city streets shaded by palms, bamboo, mango trees and masses of flowering tropical shrubs. With its beautiful buildings and close proximity to Kakadu National Park, Darwin is a great starting point for a Top End adventure.
Spend the rest of your day at leisure enjoying all the city has to offer. Starting Accommodation:
SKYCITY Darwin (B)
Day 9 – Indigenous Litchfield Tour
An early start from your Darwin accommodation, taking the back roads to the Finniss River and beyond, into Tess's family's country. Stop at the shady riverside stop and discover the resources available from this river country. One of todays' highlights will include a visit to the iconic Wangi Falls, its plunge pool a popular dry season swimming spot and a special place for indigenous women. Cool off with a swim or explore the nearby lush rainforest, home to a variety of birds and restless fruit bats.
You will discover seasonal bush foods and medicines used by local Aboriginal people for thousands of years. The guide shows how string is handmade from local plants and describe the relationship of Litchfield's landscape features to local indigenous culture. As exclusive visitors to beautiful Woolaning Spring, enjoy a freshly cooked lunch of wild caught barramundi, crocodile and kangaroo in nature's rainforest dining room.
Next, we head to the stunning Florence Falls, with views from the plateau-top lookout, a short walk from the car park. Keen swimmers can tackle the 135 stairs that lead down to the clear, refreshing waters of Florence's stonewalled gorge and plunge pool.Starting Accommodation:
SKYCITY Darwin (L)
Day 10 – Darwin to USA
Today ends your journey in Australia's Top End. This morning you will be transferred to the airport for your departure flight to the USA, via Brisbane.