5 Day Top End Explorer Overview
On a round trip from Darwin, travel to Kakadu National Park, Katherine, Nitmiluk National Park and Mt Bundy Station. View native wildlife, better understand the Indigenous culture and admire the beauty of Australia's Top End
- 2014-04-01 - 2015-03-31
Explore the national parks around the Top End of Australia
Delve into the spectacularly diverse ecosystems of Australia's Northern Territory on this 5-day Outback adventure. The Top End is famed for its exceptional national parks, rich representation of Aboriginal culture and hidden corners bursting with native wildlife, tranquil waterholes and tumbling waterfalls. Although the star of the show may be Kakadu National Park, a visit to Katherine Gorge and Nitmiluk National Park proves equally as incredible with a range of active adventures to be had on both land and water.
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Begin this journey with a history lesson in Aboriginal culture from the area’s original owners, the Limilngan–Wulna people. Receive a traditional ‘Cul Cul‘ welcome, then gain an insight into this ancient culture with bush tucker talks, didgeridoo lessons, basket weaving and some spear throwing. Later on, head out on a cruise through the Mary River Wetlands and scan the waters and banks for the crocodiles that live here in astonishing numbers. Arrive in Ubirr in time to admire Aboriginal rock paintings, which date back thousands of years, and to catch a classic Top End sunset.
Take on the rough terrain of the Aussie Outback in a 4x4 on the drive towards Twin Falls. After a post-lunch laze on a riverbank and a scenic cruise, embark on a challenging hike to the base of Jim Jim Falls. After a hot and sweaty climb, spend the rest of the day indulging in refreshing dips in the pleasantly cool plunge pool.
Hike to the top of Gunlom Falls for a swim in another pristine waterhole. Soak up the astounding views of the valley from the top of the pools before exploring the old gold-mining town of Pine Creek. Spend the night at our private campsite on the doorstep of Nitmuluk National Park.
Admire the rich colours of Katherine Gorge. Choose to further your experience here with a paddle in a canoe or by hopping aboard a boat tour – either way, the dazzling scenery is sure to leave you breathless. Travel on to Edith Falls, a hidden oasis of clear, cool water surrounded by bronze boulders. After a quick swim, set up camp for the night at Mt Bundy Station – a working cattle station that was once the largest in the Territory.
Awash with dense tropical rainforest and peppered with gorgeous waterholes, Litchfield National Parkis without a doubt one of the highlights of any trip to the Top End. Visit Florence Falls, Wangi Falls and the Buley Rockholes, then enjoy a picnic lunch before returning to edgy and eccentric Darwin.
5 Day Top End Explorer Reviews
Our 5 Day Top End Explorer trips score an average of 4.75 out of 5 based on 4 reviews in the last year.
5 Day Top End Explorer, April 2014
Our guide Holly really made this trip a complete Northern Territory adventure. Her informative, helpful attitude combined with the natural beauty of the NT was a great combination.
Review submitted 23 Jun 2014
5 Day Top End Explorer, May 2014
Overall very good. Especially the very engaged and helpful tour guide and host Dane :-)
Review submitted 22 May 2014
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