Kakadu’s Ancient Secrets KAMNDD

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From $3,010 Per Person
Departs Darwin
Returns Darwin
Difficulty Easy
Group Size 22

Darwin to Darwin

Be awed by Australia’s magnificent Top End, where you’ll discover untamed waterfalls, vast wetlands, ancient culture and Dreamtime artwork. Explore Kakadu, an ancient landscape of billabongs, gorges and hidden canyons teeming with spectacular wildlife. Admire beautiful rock art and hear stories of the Dreamtime. Embark on an Inspiring Journey to the haunt of the Lightning Man, Aboriginal clans and the mighty crocodiles that roams Kakadu’s floodplains.

Highlights

  • Litchfield National Park
  • Yellow Water Billabong Cruise
  • Kakadu National Park
  • Ubirr Rock Art Site
  • Nourlangie Rock Art Site
  • Aboriginal Cultural Experience
  • Katherine Gorge Cruise
  • Katherine Gorge Sunset Dinner Cruise
  • Swim at Edith Falls
  • Nitmiluk National Park
  • Adelaide River

Inclusions

  • Hand-picked accommodation, selected to immerse you in your destination
  • Most meals, including Local Dining Experiences. See Dining tab below
  • Complimentary refreshments throughout the journey
  • Travel by bespoke 4WD vehicle with reclining seats, WiFi and air-conditioning
  • A maximum of 20 guests to share your journey
  • Expert Driver Guide escorts
  • All entrance and National Park fees
  • Sustainable Travel Kit, including refillable water bottle and backpack
  • Exclusive immersive activities and interaction with local communities
  • Built-in leisure time, to explore destinations as you wish
  • Airport transfers (see Flight Information below)

Tour Pricing

All prices are per person in AUD

Twin ShareSingle
2021-2022 Season$ 10, 595$

Travel insurance is recommended

Prices & Dates

Tour Options  

Itinerary

  • 1 Litchfield National Park - Kakadu

    Welcome to Darwin! This morning meet your Journey Director and board your luxury vehicle to begin your journey of discovery in the Top End. Travel across the Finniss River to Litchfield National Park. You’ll visit tumbling Florence Falls and you’ll also enjoy a swim to cool off at Wangi Falls, surrounded by tropical monsoon rainforest and hear about its importance in Aboriginal custom before stopping for lunch. Get ready for a cross-country journey into the magnificent Kakadu National Park. Keep your eyes open for Crocodiles as you cross the South Alligator River, Brolgas, Magpie Geese and Jabiru as you traverse along the long grasses of the marshes and wetlands. Kakadu really is a diverse UNESCO world heritage site. This afternoon check into the renowned Crocodile Hotel in the town of Jabiru and enjoy the wonderful Aboriginal Art Gallery within the hotel before getting to know your fellow travellers over dinner with wine.

  • 2 Kakadu

    This morning there’s a chance to take to the air an optional scenic flight over Kakadu. One of the best ways to experience the enormity of this wonderful National Park as well as the diversity from waterfalls and billabongs to flood plains and wildlife. Join your Journey Director on a walk at Kakadu’s stunning Ubirr rock art site. You’ll see ancient rock art and take a walk to discover remarkable views over the surrounding wetlands and escarpments from the fantastic vantage point, Nadab lookout. After lunch the famous Yellow Waters Billabong boat cruise will be a highlight of your journey. You will see a myriad of different bird species, spot estuarine crocodiles and simply enjoy the stunning billabong and floodplains system. Returning to your hotel you will have the chance to relax and unwind with a refreshing dip in the hotel’s shaded outdoor pool or even wander through the on-site art gallery before enjoying a delicious dinner with wine.

  • 3 Kakadu – Katherine Gorge

    This morning you’ll visit Nourlangie to see its fascinating Aboriginal rock art for yourself. You’ll also hear first-hand from your Journey Director a detailed interpretation of the art and the rich Aboriginal culture as you explore the various outdoor ‘galleries’ with art that dates back some 20,000 years. You will continue driving through the ancient lands of Kakadu National Park through to the town of Katherine and further on to Nitmiluk National Park. Indulge in five-star luxury at Cicada Lodge, a stunning architect designed eco-lodge surrounded by nature, where each room has a private balcony that opens to the glories of Nitmiluk National Park. Cool off from the heat of the day while enjoy a swim in the pool as the sunsets before a beautiful dinner.

  • 4 Katherine

    Today immerse yourself as you meet Manual Pamkal who will welcome you with a traditional welcoming tune on the didgeridoo. Manual was born and raised immersed in his rich traditional culture. He’ll share with you stories of growing up in the bush and teach you the fine art of rarrk painting using a special brush from a reed called Julk. Call up the inner artist within you and paint your own masterpiece to take home! You will enjoy lunch back on the deck of Cicada Lodge overlooking this natural surrounding before having a free afternoon to relax. This evening indulge on a special sunset dinner cruise along Katherine River. You’ll marvel at the gorges while you spot wildlife and learn about the history and culture of the local Jawoyn people. Enjoy the peaceful ambiance during the candle-lit three course dinner cook on board your boat.

  • 5 Farewell from Darwin

    Enjoy a lay in or get up early to enjoy the National Park completely immersed in the mystical morning light. Travel north along the Stuart Highway stopping at the gorgeous Edith Falls the way for a relaxing dip and some lunch. Continue to Adelaide River War Cemetery. During WWII, Adelaide River was the headquarters to a large military base and a large cemetery was created especially for those who gave their lives in the service and defence of their country. Your Inspiring Journey concludes on arrival in Darwin.

Flight Information:

  • Day prior – flights to arrive anytime into Darwin Airport
  • Day 5 – flights to depart after 8.00pm from Darwin Airport

** Flights are not included in holiday price. Itinerary subject to change.

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Additional Information

COVID Requirements The health and safety of our guests and our team members is our highest priority. From December 1 2021, Australia and New Zealand will require all eligible travellers to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19.

Guests travelling in Australia and New Zealand will need to provide proof of the following to their Travel Director upon arrival, and before joining their tour:

  • Authentic COVID-19 vaccination certificate* (electronic or paper showing date and time of vaccination(s) with final dose given at least 15 days before departing for this trip

Climate Winter in the tropical north is the dry season and temperatures will be mild with low humidity. Through the months of September and October, the temperatures become increasingly warmer.

Fitness to Travel A good level of fitness and health is required to participate on holiday packages. In some destinations there are extensive sightseeing excursions by foot which includes the climbing of stairs and walking on uneven surfaces. Mobility is needed boarding or alighting coaches and trains.

Single Travellers Single supplements apply.

Children under 12 years are not recommended for these tours. Children under 18 years must be accompanied by an adult.

Seat Rotation To enable everyone the opportunity of enjoying window and front seats, clients change seats daily during the course of the tour.

Extras Airfares (unless stated), airport taxes, laundry, food not on the regular menu, drinks may or may not be included as indicated in your itinerary, excess baggage, Wi-Fi (unless stated), fuel surcharges and optional excursions not specified in the itinerary. Extra overnight accommodation is not included at the start or end of the tour if not specified in the itinerary. Airport Transfers Airport transfers are included on the first and last day of the tour as indicated by the itinerary or when booking pre or post tour accommodation with your tour.

Luggage Limits One medium size suitcase (not exceeding 76x46x25 cm) per person plus one piece of hand luggage which may be carried on-board the coach. Please note luggage with adjustable handle and wheels will not fit in the overhead luggage compartments and cannot be accepted as hand luggage. Maximum weight of the suitcase not to exceed 23kg (50lbs). If your luggage exceeds this limit, we ask that you make alternative arrangements for the excess to be forwarded to the termination point of your tour. We suggest that you have wheels on your suitcase, as there are certain places where assistance is not available (e.g. railway stations and cruise terminals).

Clothing and What to Bring Clothing and footwear should be casual, comfortable and suited to tropical conditions.
• Clothing – shorts, trousers, shirts, swimwear, hat, sunglasses, a jacket and a change of warm clothes in case of inclement weather are advisable.
• Footwear – some form of fast-drying wet-shoe would prove useful.
• Personal – sun protection, insect repellent, medications, toiletries, (overseas travellers should bring a suitable adapter). Don’t forget to bring your video or camera along with plenty of film & spare batteries (recharge facilities are available).
• Money and/or credit card for personal expenses such as drinks, souvenirs and optional extras.

Smoking Government regulations prohibit smoking, including e-cigarettes, inside tourist coaches. Please restrict smoking to the ample stops en-route.

Travel Insurance Clients are strongly advised to take out travel insurance to cover any unforeseen circumstances (e.g. cancellation or curtailment expenses, loss of luggage etc). Disruption to Itinerary Arrangements Itineraries are intended as a guide only and are subject to alteration without notice. Alterations may be necessary for various reasons including, without limitation, road or weather conditions, strikes or other reasons beyond reasonable control. Occasionally airlines and tour operators are forced to reschedule departure dates. Guided Holidays will not be rescheduled within 45 days of the published departure date.

Booking Terms and Conditions

Be aware that some confirmed bookings are not refundable if cancelled, and also may not be transferable to another date or otherwise changed. Alternatively, a change may only be permissible subject to payment of an additional fee or charge. Your entitlement to a refund for cancelled bookings is subject to the relevant Supplier’s terms and conditions. Please note that if we are entitled to a service fee for placing a booking, we will remain entitled to this fee if you cancel the booking or the Supplier fails to provide you with the Product for any reason (other than our default), including in an event of Force Majeure. We will be entitled to deduct our service fee from any refund we receive on your behalf before remitting the balance to you. Suppliers’ fees are outlined in their relevant terms and conditions.

Please review the full Terms and Conditions and Schedule of Fees prior to making a booking.

Supplier Terms and Conditions Summary Guided Holidays:

  • 60 days or more prior to departure will incur a loss of deposit.
  • 16-59 days prior to departure will incur a fee of 30% of holiday package price.
  • 15-8 days prior to departure will incur a fee of 50% of holiday package price.
  • 7-1 days prior to departure will incur a fee of 50% of holiday package price.
  • Day or departure will incur a fee of 100% holiday package price.

Supplier Terms and Conditions Summary The Ghan & Indian Pacific:

  • 46 days or more prior to departure will incur a fee of loss of deposit.
  • 45-0 days or less prior to departure will incur a fee of 100% holiday package price.

Promotional sales may incur stricter cancellation fees, these will be in terms and conditions of sale price purchases.

Changes to the Itinerary Not all attractions, excursions and/or optional tours are provided by the tour operator. Accordingly, tour operators may, where it is required to do so, suspend or cancel any tour inclusion where that tour inclusion is not available or in the opinion of tour operators, unadvisable, unsafe or unsuitable. During local or national holidays, certain facilities such as museums and restaurants, sightseeing tours and shopping may be limited or not available. Tour operators reserves the right to alter or change the accommodation, carriers or vessels at any time for any reason; and cancel or alter the itinerary and/or tour at any time without notice as Outback Aussie Tours considers necessary for any reason whatsoever including road, weather or traffic conditions, non-performance of suppliers, industrial action, operational conditions and requirements.

FAQs

  • Are there concession discounts?
    Pensioners (Australia or New Zealand) and Seniors Card holders (Australia) save with our concession discounts on selected tours. Ask our friendly team which tours you can get a discount on.
  • Are your tours suitable for pensioners aged 76 and 84 ?

    Yes, Kimberley Tours have a wide range of passengers from children to adult who are 90 years of age. You need to read the itinerary and review the fitness levels required prior to deciding if the tours is suitable. Each tour is different.

  • Do you have any tours on offer during November, December, January or February?

    The Kimberley region offer tours from May through to September generally, but there are always unique offerings outside of these dates. However you can visit different locations such as Perth, Central Australia or the Wildflowers and Margaret River at different times of the year. As one of our help Travel Advisors to help you find something that suits your interests, budget and the dates you would like to travel.

  • Is accommodation the night after the tour ends included in the price ?

    No, this accommodation will be an cost extra, but we can assist you to book this at great rates and we will ensure you are staying at either the same accommodation of somewhere near by.

  • Is accommodation the night prior to the tour departure included in the price ?
    No, accommodation at the start of end of your tour is an additional costs unless specifically listed in the itinerary.
  • Where is the meeting point for the start of tours ?
    Generally, tours will start at the hotel listed as the pre tour accommodation options. This will be listed in yore final travel documents.
  • Do I need to arrive before Day 1 of my tour ?

    Please refer to your specific tour, in most cases you will need to arrive the night before your tour departs. Please check flight details listed for each individual tour. If this is the case we can arrange pre tour accommodation on your behalf, this will be an extra cost.

    Day tours or Short Breaks may start later in the day on Day 1 so you can arrive that morning which will avoid the extra nights accommodation cost. We can help you plan some extra activities pre or post tour to extend you holiday and make the most of your trip.

  • How do you calculate the number of days for Kimberley tours ?
    If you are doing a 4 day tour commencing on April 8th, the first day of the tour is and includes the 8th, plus 9th, plus 10th plus 11th and the tour ends on April 11. This would be 3 nights and 4 days on tour.
  • Do your tours operate over Christmas and New Year?
    There are generally not as many extended tours in the Top End or Broome Region. There may be day trips or short breaks for the holiday season. Explore Perth or Central Australia.
  • Are airfares from my home town included in the cost of the tours ?
    Airfares to and from Northern Territory or Western Australia at the start and finish of your tours are extra.
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  • Should I buy travel insurance?
    Travel Insurance

     It is HIGHLY recommended that passengers take out travel insurance. As a valued customer we are pleased to offer you the opportunity to purchase discounted travel insurance.  Travel Insurance Quote with CoverMore.