Footsteps through Escarpment Country

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Best time to go: April to October

6 Nights | from £2,790pp

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HIGHLIGHTS

  • Explore cosmopolitan Darwin, the city sandwiched between Outback and ocean
  • Cocoon yourself in the tropical wetlands of the Top End in a luxurious wilderness lodge
  • Watch crocodiles, wallabies and diverse birdlife among billabongs and wetlands
  • Discover traditional Aboriginal Dreamtime creation myths and ancient rock art in Kakadu National Park
  • Gain special access to rarely visited gorges and waterholes

Day 1 Darwin
There isn't another town quite like the capital of the Northern Territory. Almost impossibly isolated, sandwiched between Outback and ocean, it's closer to Bali than to Sydney, a haven of urban life with a culture all of its own. Just over 40 years ago, Darwin was flattened by Cyclone Tracy –yet today it couldn't be more alive: a cosmopolitan city whose population includes more than 50 nationalities, with the culture, food and nightlife to match. Take a stroll along the Esplanade and delve into the old oil storage tunnels that now display wartime photos of Darwin, then enjoy an alfresco dinner in the warm night air as the sun sets into the tropical Timor Sea.
Adina Apartment Hotel Darwin Waterfront | Meals: Breakfast

Day 2 Darwin / Mary River

The Northern Territory experiences two basic seasons, the Wet and the Dry –and a lot of the 'Top End' is definitely wet, encompassing floodplains, billabongs and lush monsoon forests. Discover its verdant tropical heart at Davidsons Safari Camp in the Arnhemland east of Darwin, nestling beneath vast skies among abundant wildflowers and birdlife. Explore the area on a cruise, watching for crocodiles, stately brolga cranes and sea eagles, or take a thrilling airboat tour across the shimmering wetlands.
Davidsons Safari Camp | Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3 Mary River
Float among the waterlilies of a billabong –the Aussie name for an oxbow lake –and glean a fascinating insight into the diverse eco-systems, from apex predators such as crocodiles to the birds, insects and plants that call the Top End home. Choose from a host of activities this afternoon: take a quad-bike or 4WD, watch for wallabies as you hike the various walking trails, or cool off with a refreshing dip in the pool.
Davidsons Safari Camp | Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4 Mary River / Kakadu National Park
Delve deep into the traditions of the territory's Aboriginal custodians with an expert guide on a three-day private camping adventure through the southern end of Kakadu National Park. Covering nearly 20,000 square kilometres, Kakadu is Australia's largest national park –and arguably its most elemental, a land of waterfalls and creeks, billabongs and ancient rock-art galleries adorning sandstone that's thousands of millions of years old. Discover its cultural and natural wonders, spotting crocodiles, buffalo, wild horses, shy black wallaroos and more than 200 bird species, camping each night under the brilliant canopy of stars.
Lord Safari Camp | Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5 Kakadu National Park / Arnhem Land

Spend an action-packed day in Arnhem Land, sparsely populated Aboriginal territory butting up against Kakadu, and one of the last great unspoilt wilderness areas. Here, traditional lifestyles and heritage are cherished –this is the place to cool off in remote billabongs, venture to towering escarpments and waterfalls, view superb rock art, learn to throw a boomerang and forage for bush tucker –honey ant, anyone? You'll also enjoy privileged access to areas of Kakadu that are usually off limits, including the chance to cool off with a dip in the pools of spectacular Jarrangbarnmi (Koolpin Gorge).
Lord Safari Camp | Meal: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6 Kakadu National Park / Darwin
Explore the concept of Dreamtime, of Aboriginal creation myths, with a visit to Warradjan Aboriginal Cultural Centre, developed by the traditional custodians of Kakadu to share stories of ancestral beings. There's time for a splash in one of the region's crystal-clear waterholes before returning to Darwin for a night reminding yourself how to enjoy city life.
Adina Apartment Hotel Darwin Waterfront | Meals: Breakfast

Day 7 Depart Darwin
Head to Darwin Airport for your onward flight –perhaps to explore more of this captivating island continent.
Meals: Breakfast

Pricing
At A&K all of our journeys are individually tailored to suit your needs and timescale. As a guide, this 7 day suggested holiday will cost from £2,790 per person, based on two sharing, excluding flights.

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Best time to be there

All year round; many parts of the country are perfect, even in the middle of the year. The climate ranges from tropical (Darwin) to semi-desert (Alice Springs), humid temperate (Brisbane and Sydney), cool temperate (Melbourne and Hobart) and Mediterranean (Perth and Adelaide).

Fly to

Sydney/Melbourne/Perth/Darwin (British Airways/Qantas/Emirates/Etihad Airways)

flying time

17-21 hours 30 minutes, one refuelling stop

time difference

GMT +8 - +10 hours

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Visa required for UK passport holders

Health Requirements

Yellow Fever certificate if arriving from an endemic area

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