Day 1 – Welcome to Darwin, Australia
A driver will meet you in the baggage claim area to transfer you from the Darwin Domestic Airport to your first accommodation.
Darwin is a modern gateway to Australia's Top End - enjoy a relaxed, tropical lifestyle in this ideal base for visits to the spectacular World Heritage Site of Kakadu National Park. The Territory Wildlife Park in Berry Springs is located just outside of Darwin and displays wildlife of the Northern Territory in natural surroundings. You can also soak up local colors and flavor at one of the markets such as Mindil Beach Sunset Market.
Capturing the vibrant and multicultural character of the colorful Northern Territory capital, Hilton Darwin is one of the city's premier hotels. Located in Darwin's central business district, the Hilton Darwin Hotel can be found in the heart of town with views of the Timor Sea. All major shops and cultural attractions are within walking distance and you have easy access to the sights and attractions in the surrounding areas. Starting Accommodation:
Hilton Darwin Hotel
Day 2 – Indigenous Litchfield National Park Tour
Get an early start, taking the back roads to the Finniss River and beyond, into Tess's family country. Stop at the shady riverside stop and discover the resources available from this river country. One of today's highlights will include a visit to the iconic Wangi Falls. Its plunge pool is a popular 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. There may be an opportunity for a more challenging walk around the falls.
You will discover seasonal bush foods and medicines used by local Aboriginal people for thousands of years. Your guide will show how string is handmade from local plants and describes the relationship of Litchfield's landscape features to local indigenous culture. See and learn about the termites, and the huge housing complexes they build - termite mounds. Guests will be amazed at how high the termite mounds loom above.
As exclusive visitors to beautiful Woolaning Spring, enjoy a freshly cooked lunch of wild caught barramundi, crocodile and kangaroo in a natural rainforest dining room. Take a therapeutic dip in the warm spring waters or explore the remains of Tess's family sawmill camp.
Next, you'll travel 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. Easier walks allow swimming in the fresh waters above Florence Falls. Then, settle back for the return to Darwin.Starting Accommodation:
Hilton Darwin Hotel (B, L)
Day 3 – Transfer to Wildman Wilderness Lodge
Located halfway between Darwin and Kakadu National Park, Wildman Wilderness Lodge is a little over 100 miles by road from Darwin. The transfer will take approximately 2 hours, and the last 5 miles is by unsealed road.
Wildman Wilderness Lodge rests in the Mary River wetlands on the edge of Kakadu National Park. The emerald trees and vast plains are the perfect setting for safaris and nature walks. Sunset tours bring you closer to native birds and plants under a painted sky, and Aboriginal rock art is waiting to be explored in the many ranges. The lodge is completely eco-friendly -- whether it be the tours, activities, or accommodations, everything about the Wildman Wilderness Lodge is environmentally safe and recycled. Comprised of a central lodge, 10 cabins, and 15 safari tents, each offers a high level of comfort and access to the natural habitat. The central lodge was designed to embody Top End architecture, allowing cool air to flow freely throughout the building. It holds a lounge bar, pool and restaurant featuring Australian fare made with seasonal produce.Starting Accommodation:
Day 4 – Kakadu Day Tour
Join a full day, small group tour that visits Nourlangie Rock, an amazing Arnhem Land escarpment. Lunch is at Anbangbang billabong, with an afternoon visit to Barramundi Gorge. This tour does NOT include National Park Entry fee ($25 pp November - April/$40 pp May - October) and final itinerary is subject to change dependent on weather conditions and accessibility within the National Park.Starting Accommodation:
(B, L, D)
Day 5 – Billabong Cruise
Enjoy a one hour, small group cruise along the Wildman Home Billabong, observing the wildlife found on a floodplain billabong. Allow 2 hours including travel time.Starting Accommodation:
Day 6 – Private Transfer to Darwin
You will be privately transferred back to the Hilton Darwin 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 Harbour, the playground of dolphins, 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.Starting Accommodation:
Day 7 – Day at Leisure
Today is at your leisure to explore the tropical capital city of the Northern Territory.
Darwin is a cosmopolitan blend of culture, creativity and coveted countryside. Although popular as a base for trips to neighboring areas such as the untamed fishing haven of Cape Don, Darwin's city center is a destination in itself. Why not fish for the elusive and tasty barramundi in Darwin's huge harbor. Explore the region's diversity while dining on local cuisine and shopping at local markets. Soak up the scent of frangipanis while watching the sun set over Darwin's divine Mindil Beach.Starting Accommodation:
Hilton Darwin Hotel (B)
Day 8 – Darwin Hotel to Domestic Airport
Your driver will meet you in the lobby of the hotel for your transfer to the airport.
You will begin your journey back to the USA.Starting Accommodation:
Hilton Darwin Hotel (B)