Day 1: Darwin - Kakadu National Park - Nourlangie Rock - Yellow Water Wildlife Cruise (L)
Depart Darwin and enter Kakadu National Park, stopping at the Bark Hut for some morning tea (at own expense). Next, travel to Nourlangie Rock Aboriginal art site. Here your guide will talk about the escrapments and the ancient rock art that is found here. You will then enjoy a cold buffet lunch.
After lunch, join a local guide for a 1.5-hour cruise on the Yellow Water billabong. Look for saltwater crocodiles basking in the sun and a colourful range of birdlife for which the region is renowned.
Next, visit the Warradjan Aboriginal Cultural Centre to better understand the park's culture and history.
Overnight: Your choice of accommodation, Kakadu
Day 2: 4-Wheel Drive into Arnhem Land - Oenpelli Aboriginal Settlement - Mikinj Valley (L)
Travel by 4WD vehicle into Arnhem Land and the Mikinj Valley. Your guide will make stops along the way, showing you different rock artin Arnhem Land, explain about the history of the people in Arnhem Land, how they lived and fed off the land. Hear of traditional land ownership and bush skills from your Aboriginal guide. Visit special ancient Aboriginal art sites, the Oenpelli Aboriginal settlement and the Injalak Arts and crafts centre. Enjoy lunch in Mikinj Valley.
Day 3: Ubirr Art Site - East Alligator River Cruise - Bowali Visitor Centre - Darwin (L)
Travel to Ubirr to explore Aboriginal artwork with your guide. Venture up onto the rock formations for a fantastic view across Kakadu National Park.
Next, join an Aboriginal guide on the Guluyambi Cruise along the East Alligator River, which takes you between Kakadu and Arnhem Land. Learn about the history of the area while spotting crocodiles and birdlife. Your guide will also show you traditional spear-throwing techniques.
After a cold buffet lunch, drive through the town of Janiru before arriving at Bowali Visitor Centre. Depart Kakadu National Park and head back to the city of Darwin.
You have a choice of accommodation on this tour at Kakadu National Park. Select between budget, standard or superior accommodation categories.
Nestled amid 10 hectares of natural bushland is the Aurora Kakadu Resort. Enjoy relaxed atmosphere and encounter some of the Territory's spectacular wildlife that roams the hotel's tropical gardens and manicured lawns.
Highly recommended! AAT Kings drivers were amazing. Full of knowledge and knew how to keep the trips interesting with fun facts and lighthearted humor. 3rd party contractors - indigenous and non-indigenous - were also very knowledgable and kept the long days interesting and entertaining. I would recommend choosing the Crocodile hotel, if budget allows, as the Aurora Kakadu left a lot to be desired.
Overall - I'd highly recommend this package deal!
Great trip, great destinations and looked after well
Excellent tour, well organised and on time. Crocodile hotel was very good but the restaurant was expensive and the food was of poor quality. All guides on the tour were very good and gave good information. Response to our request for gluten free food was patchy.
We enjoyed the 3 day tour 7 found it very interesting. The 3 guides were all very knowedgeable and good company.
Valerie M. G Canada
Julia B United Kingdom
A fascinating trip, fantastic scenery, and bird life. I saw enough enormous salt water crocodiles to last a good while. The second day traveling into Arnhem land with an indigenous guide was a great opportunity . I chose the middle accommodation option the Aurora Kakadu and this was a great place to stay, large comfortably furnished bungalow with a lovely pool and very good meals served in the restaurant.
If you stay at Kakadu Hotel be aware apart from the 3 course buffet meal at A$45.90 there are only a few snacks in shop. The Bar/Bistro which normally serves hot dishes strangely enough doesn and #39;t when the 2night stopovers are there. We purchased hot snacks in shop but not allowed to eat them in Bar!
It's a bit of a slog out of or back to Darwin but the AAT Kings coaches are comfy, have wifi and drivers are really nice guys. The Aurora was a good place to stay with attractive room, porch, pool to cool off in and friendly bar/bistro. Quiet too. All the subcontractors used were great: knowledgeable and keen to please. You get both Kakadu highlights and Arnhem Land by 4WD plus a river trip with a fun couple of local Aboriginal guys. Really packed it in and so glad I did it. Downside: left me wanting more.
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