Kakadu’s Ancient Secrets

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 rock art and hear stories of the Dreamtime. Embark on a journey to the haunt of the Lightning Man, Aboriginal clans and the crocodiles that roam Kakadu’s floodplains.

Prices are per person, in USD

  • $3,332.00 Adult Twin

  • $4,242.00 Single

Journey Overview

  • Start
  • End
  • Overnight Stays
  • Sightseeing

Journey Itinerary (Valid: 1 April 2024 - 31 March 2025)

Day Activity
1 Darwin - Litchfield - Kakadu

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 also enjoy a swim to cool off at Wangi Falls, surrounded by tropical monsoon rainforest and hear about its importance in Aboriginal culture. Get ready for a cross-country journey into magnificent Kakadu National Park. Keep your eyes peeled for crocodiles as you cross the South Alligator River, and brolgas, magpie geese and jabiru as you traverse the long grasses of the marshes and wetlands. Kakadu really is a diverse UNESCO world heritage site. This afternoon check into the Crocodile Hotel in Jabiru. Wander through the on-site Aboriginal Art Gallery before getting to know your fellow travellers over a Welcome Reception.

  • MEALS - Dinner with wine
  • HOTEL - Mercure Crocodile Kakadu, Jaibiru
2 Kakadu National Park

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. Admire rock art and hear stories of the Dreamtime. Embark on a journey to the haunt of the Lightning Man, Aboriginal clans and the crocodiles that roam Kakadu’s floodplains 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 discover remarkable views over the surrounding wetlands and escarpments from the fantastic vantage point, Nadab lookout. After lunch, on the Yellow Waters Billabong cruise you will see a myriad of different bird species, spot estuarine crocodiles and enjoy the stunning billabong and floodplains system. Returning to your hotel you will have the chance to relax with a refreshing dip in the hotel’s shaded pool before dinner.

  • MEALS - Breakfast, lunch, dinner with wine
  • HOTEL - Mercure Crocodile Kakadu, Jabiru
3 Kakadu – Nitmiluk National Park

This morning there’s a chance to take to the air on 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. Later, visit Burrungkuy (Nourlangie) to admire the ancient Dreamtime art of the Bininj and Mungguy people. Hear 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 some 20,000 years. Continue driving through the ancient lands of Kakadu National Park to the town of Katherine and further on to Nitmiluk National Park. Indulge in five-star luxury at Cicada Lodge, a stunning eco-lodge surrounded by nature, where each room has a private balcony that opens to the National Park. Cool off in the pool after the heat of the day, and then experience a glorious sunset.

  • MEALS - Breakfast, dinner with wine
  • HOTEL - Cicada Lodge, Nitmiluk National Park, Katherine, 2 nights
4 Nitmiluk (Katherine) Gorge

Today immerse yourself as you meet local Aboriginal Artists at Top Didj Cultural Experience and Art Gallery. Discovery and delve into this rich culture and learn about Aboriginal Art. 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 Nitmiluk (Katherine) Gorge. 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.

  • MEALS - Breakfast, Lunch, Local Dining Experience
5 Farewell from Darwin

Enjoy a leisurely start to your day or get up early to experience the National Park completely immersed in the mystical morning light. Travel north along the Stuart Highway stopping at Edith Falls along the way for a relaxing dip. Continue to Adelaide River War Cemetery. During WWII, Adelaide River was the headquarters to a large military base and a 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.

  • MEALS - Breakfast, lunch

Unique Highlights

Authentic and Engaging Experiences

  • Immerse
    3 Immerse Top Didj Cultural Experience 1300 800

    Immerse

    • Delve into WWII history at Adelaide River War Cemetery
    • Learn about Aboriginal rock art at Ubirr
    • Enjoy an exclusive Aboriginal cultural experience
  • Indulge
    4 Indulge Katherine Gorge Dinner Cruise 1600 1000

    Indulge

    • World Heritage listed Kakadu National Park
    • Litchfield National Park’s many wonderful waterfalls
  • Explore
    5 Explore Yellow Water Billabong 1600 1000

    Explore

    • Climb Ubirr for spectacular views over Kakadu
    • Spot crocodiles and other wildlife on Yellow Water Billabong.
  • Relax
    6 Relax Cicada Lodge NT Tourism Shaana McNaught 1200 800

    Relax

    • Stay in the heart of Nitmiluk National Park at the eco-friendly Cicada Lodge, where you can enjoy sunset drinks and canapés poolside looking out to the native bushland.

Kakadu's Ancient Secrets

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Additional Information

What's Included
  • Mixture of boutique & unique hotels
  • 11 meals included (4 Full Buffet Breakfasts, 3 lunches, 4 Dinners with wine
  • Expert Journey Director & Driver Guide escorts & local specialists
  • All entrance and National Park fees
What to Bring
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Sunglasses, sunscreen and hat
  • Warm layers in cooler months
  • Swimwear and beach towel (if swimming)
  • Camera
  • A sense of adventure
  • A maximum of one piece of luggage per passenger (medium sized), as stowing capacity on the coach has limited spacing
Fitness Requirements
  • Moderate level of fitness
Dining
  • 4 Full buffet breakfasts
  • 4 Lunches
  • 4 Dinners with wine
Flight Information

Flights are not included in holiday price.

  • Day Prior: Flights to arrive anytime into Darwin Airport
  • Day 5: Flights to depart after 8.00pm from Darwin Airport

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