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About this tour: Escape on an outback safari from Darwin to the three major National Parks in the Top End
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.

Jim Jim Falls seasonal access see details below

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Why we love this trip
• Explore the highlights of Australia's iconic Top End in rugged style on this five-day overland trip
• Enjoy the flexibility of a private vehicle, the local knowledge of a passionate guide and the magic of camping under the great southern sky
• Learn about the ancient culture and traditions of the Limilngan-Wulna people as they invite you into their community with a traditional 'Welcome to Country'
• The Mary River Wetlands feature a wealth of wildlife, including the highest concentration of saltwater crocodiles in the southern hemisphere. Get up close to the snappy beasts on a billabong cruise
• Discover the wonders of Kakadu National Park on a boat trip through the spectacular Twin Falls gorge, and hike to the base of Jim Jim Falls • This trip ticks all the boxes, a proper Aussie Adventure in the Top End that we love

Is this trip right for you?
• You'll spend some nights of the trip sleeping in outback camping grounds. While conditions can be basic and facilities are minimal, this is all part of the adventure. You'll need to pitch in with preparing meals and cleaning.
• This trip requires a moderate level of fitness as it involves a lot of walking, allowing you to truly enjoy the surrounding nature. Some hikes are longer and more challenging than others. Please bring sturdy, comfortable walking shoes and comfortable clothing.
• Temperatures in the Top End be extreme. During the day the weather can be hot (and the Australian sun is strong) so please bring appropriate clothing, use sun protection and drink plenty of water. In the evenings temperatures really drop, so ensure you have base layers and warm clothing.

 

Valid:
01 April 2017 - 31 March 2018

Tour Code:
• PNTK5

Trip Style:
• Basix

Tour Theme:
• Explorer, Short Breaks, Wildlife

Tour Departs From:
• Default pick up: Melaleuca on Mitchell (52 Mitchell St, Darwin)

Tour Finishes:
• Darwin accommodation early evening day 5

Max People:
• 21

Tour Departs:
• 01APR17-30JUN17, 01SEP17-31OCT17: Tue Fri
• Fri01JUL17-31AUG17: Tue Fri Sun

Tour Accommodation:
• Camping (with shared facilities) (1 night), Permanent, furnished tented camp (with shared facilities) (3 nights)

Price:
• AUD $1195 per person

• All prices are in Australian Dollars(includes 10% GST) based on per person
• Levies included: Kakadu National Park park fee.
• Basix Option is not suitable for children
• Additional services - Sleeping bag purchase (Basix) AUS $35

2991 Nitmiluk-National Park Katherine Gorge otpional at own expense scenic cruise of Katherine Gorge

 

ITINERARY

Day 1: Mary River Wetlands & Ubirr
DEFAULT PICK UP: Melaleuca on Mitchell (52 Mitchell St, Darwin)
Welcome to tropical Darwin, where your adventure begins. As this trip spends very little time in the Northern Territory's capital, consider arriving a few days early to explore the city. After meeting your group and leader this morning, leave Darwin and travel into Wulna Country, where you'll receive a Cul Cul ('Welcome to Country') by the traditional owners of the land, the Limilngan-Wulna people. Learn about their ancient culture as you enjoy bush tucker talks, didgeridoo demonstrations and basket weaving. Next stop is the Mary River wetlands system, which has the highest concentration of saltwater crocodiles in the southern hemisphere. Get close to these 'salties' and other wild creatures on a billabong cruise. Late in the afternoon arrive into Ubirr in time for sunset, seeing the vivid Aboriginal rock art that dates back over 20,000 years. In the evening head to your overnight camp in Kakadu where the group will have dinner.

Total driving time today is around six hours. Total walking distance is up to two kilometres. (L/D)


Day 2: Kakadu National Park
Early this morning after breakfast, travel by 4WD to the Twin Falls. Experience this spectacular gorge aboard a boat cruise that's operated by the national park, with a walk along the boardwalk afterwards. Unwind and relax on the sandy banks before heading to explore Jim Jim Falls. After a quick lunch break, take in the views of this natural wonder before taking a challenging walk to the base of the falls. Here you can choose to swim or relax on the beach, enjoying the spectacular scenery, before making the short drive to your overnight bush camp. Total driving time today is just over four hours.

Total walking distance is approximately one-and-a-half kilometres. (B/L/D)


Day 3:Kakadu National Park to Nitmiluk National Park
After breakfast, head to either Maguk (Barramundi Gorge) or Gunlom Falls and cool off with a dip in the plunge pools. Visit the historic gold-mining centre of Pine Creek and head further south after lunch. Journey for around three hours in a private vehicle to your campsite on the doorstep of Nitmiluk National Park. Once comfortable, have dinner with the group before relaxing in your tent for the night.

Total driving time today is around five-and-a-half hours. Total walking time is approximately an hour-and-a-half. (B/L/D)

Day 4: Nitmiluk National Park
Spend the morning at the magnificent Katherine Gorge in Nitmiluk National Park. Perhaps take a cruise along the gorge or rent a kayak and paddle downstream. These options are seasonal and at your own expense. In the afternoon, head off to Edith Falls where you can cool down with a refreshing swim in the huge rock pools. Settle down for the night in a snug camp and enjoy dinner with your group.

Total driving time today is around four-and-a-half hours. Total walking time is up to three-and-a-half hours (optional walks included). (B/L/D)

 

Day 5:Litchfield National Park to Darwin
>Once you've had breakfast, head to Litchfield National Park. Filled with waterholes, creeks and waterfalls, it's the perfect place to soak up the tranquillity of the tropics. Visit the gateway of Florence Falls, the popular Wangi Falls and the refreshing waters of the Buley Rockholes. Enjoy a picnic lunch, stroll through steamy rainforests and cool off with a dip in one of Litchfield's swimming holes. In the afternoon, take the two-hour drive back to Darwin where your trip ends. Enjoy an optional night out with the group if you decide to stay in Darwin for the night.

The total driving time today is around three-and-a-half hours.

* Should any of the attractions of the standard itinerary not be open as a result of National Park decisions surrounding accessibility and safety, activities will be substituted. Please see 'climate and seasonal information'. (B/L)

What to bring on tour:
Booked and paid E-Ticket, Sturdy walking shoes, hat and sunscreen, toiletries, warm clothing in winter, water bottle (1.5L), torch, insect repellent/net, camera and batteries or charger.

What's Included in tour:
Meals: 4 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 4 dinners
Transport: All-terrain vehicle
Accommodation: Camping (with shared facilities) (1 night), Permanent, furnished tented camp (with shared facilities) (3 nights)
Fees: Kakadu National Park

Activities:
• Mary River cruise • Pudakul Cultural Experience • Jim Jim Falls Walk • Twin Falls Walk • Twin Falls Gorge River Cruise • Maguk (Barramundi Gorge) • Pine Creek Gold-Mining Centre • Buley Rockholes • Florence Falls • Litchfield National Park • Wangi Falls


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Accommodation: Basix - Camping
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Important notes
1. Tour commences in Darwin on day 1 at 6:50am and finishes in Darwin day 5 at approx 6pm.
2. Onward travel from Darwin must be booked for the following day.
3. Strict luggage limit of 10kg applies in Kakadu excess luggage can be stored at Darwin accommodation.
4. This trip requires a sleeping bag during the cooler months of May to October.

Dietary Requirements
Passengers with special meal requirements or food allergies MUST ensure they or their travel agent inform Intrepid/ATA of this at the time of booking. Food for the trip is purchased prior to commencement and special requirements cannot be catered for after departing. If you have not notified us prior to departure, you may be asked to pay for any additional food yourself. Due to the nature of our trips food is basic but plentiful.

We provide the below substitutes, please bring your own staples if you require specific foods not listed below:
• No Pork (Alternative to Ham provided) • No Dairy (soy milk provided) • Vegetarian (additional veg and vegie burgers provided) • Vegan (supply of additional fruit and veg provided) • Gluten Free (cereal, bread, wraps, pasta, snack bars, sweet and savoury biscuits provided) • *Religious dietary requirements and specifically prepared/sourced produce is not able to be catered for.

Itineraries
• ^^Itineraries may vary and/or attractions be substituted for any cause including seasonal conditions, weather extremes, and traditional owner/national park requirements. Note that the opening dates of waterfalls (including Twin and Jim Jim Falls) and attractions vary each year and can change on a daily basis in the wet and shoulder seasons. Visit this website to see live updates on which areas of the park will be open: http://kakaduroadreport.wordpress.com/ or contact our Reservations team. Alternative activities will be substituted at the tour guides' discretion, dependent on local conditions. See terms and conditions of travel for full details.

Children
• Children aged 8-12 are eligible for a 10% off child rate. Must quote promo code 10699 at time of booking.

Travel Insurance
• Travel insurance is compulsory for all international travellers and should be taken out at the time of booking. We recommend Australian citizens take out a domestic travel insurance policy which covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects.

Default Pickup Point
• The default pick up point is where we will meet you for your tour, unless you or your travel agent requests an alternative location (contact our Reservations team for more information). It is your responsibility to contact us with your preferred pick up point well ahead of departure. We do not take responsibility for missed tours if we have not been advised of an alternative in advance and you are not at the default location on time.

Safaris must be reconfirmed 48 hours prior to departure
• Safaris must be reconfirmed 48 hours prior to departure to confirm pick-up location and time by phone direct with the tour operator - (Details of the tour operator is on your E-Ticket).

Meal Abbreviations
• B = Breakfast, • L = Lunch, • D = Dinner.

Tour Operator
• The relationship between ATA and Intrepid Australia For over 25 years, Intrepid Travel and Adventure Tours Australia have been leading brands in the adventure travel business. With Intrepid's global product range and Adventure Tours' local knowledge, the two brands joined force in 2011 to provide the ultimate range of Australian product with Intrepid running all of it's local trips under the Adventure Tours Australia name. Today we're proud to bring Aussie-made trips to the world, both here with Adventure Tours and overseas through the Intrepid brand, so no matter which brand you have booked through, you're travelling with the best.

Vehicle:


All Terrain Vehicles
They are fully air conditioned with reclining seats, footrests, luggage storage area and with a removal water barrel often near the front door. There are no toilets on board but ample stops and breaks along the road.
Red Centre
• Rosa • Isuzu 600 • Mitsubishi Canter o Isuzu NPS300 • BCI Cruiser • Isuzu FRD500 • Mitsubishi Fuso Bus
Top End/West Coast
• Isuzu 600 (West Coast) • Isuzu 800 (Top End) • Isuzu 750 (Top End) • Isuzu 550 (Top End) • Isuzu 500 (Top End).
All NT trips are scheduled to run in the all-terrain vehicles. The only times in the Red Centre we would us a Rosa is as a backup option or for private charters if requested.

Tour All Terrain Vehicles




Fitness Level:
Maximum Walks: Fairly basic camping on most nights, limited amenities and some long (and challenging) walks. A high level of fitness required.

 

Accommodation:
• Camping (with shared facilities) (1 night), Permanent, furnished tented camp (with shared facilities) (3 nights)

Depending on the region you’re travelling in, Basix trips stay in either shared permanent tents at established campsites –some powered, some not – or in dorm-share accommodation. Sleeping bags are required on Basix trips – bring your own or purchase from us in advance – and some regions also feature the option of sleeping under the stars in a swag (a waterproof canvas bedroll, with a built in mattress).

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The Tour Difference

• Scheduled tours operate.
• As one of Northern Territory's leading small group safari company, the operator run tours to some of Australia's most famous landmarks including Uluru (Ayers Rock) and Kakadu National Park.
• From the tropical Top End to the spiritual heart of the Red Centre, from Aboriginal Culture to abundant wildlife - our experienced guides will help you discover the best of this unique and special state.
• The tour operator is an award winning company specialising in active, small group safaris for the adventurous traveller.
• We offer an extensive range of tours exploring the highlights and hidden delights of the Northern Territory, South Australia, Tasmania, Western Australia and Tropical North Queensland.
• Their tours are nature-based with the emphasis on the unique scenery, wildlife and Aboriginal culture of each area and they cater for everyone from the fit and adventurous who want to get off the beaten track to those who prefer the sound of ‘soft adventure’ and more comfortable facilities!

Fitness Ratings:
Alongside every ATA trip we have included physical ratings. These are designed to give you an idea of how demanding (or not) each trip is.
1 out of 5: Leisurely paced day trips. Minimal physical exertion required.
2 out of 5: Two and three day trips that include easy walking.
3 out of 5: Short participatory-level camping trips, walks that’ll get your heart rate up and extended periods in the elements.
4 out of 5: Fairly basic camping on most nights, limited amenities and some long (and challenging) walks. A high level of fitness required.
5 out of 5: The hardest of the hardcore. Long trips to remote destinations with limited facilities. Excellent health and fitness is essential.

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Our very experienced Northern Territory staff - our travel boss has been here when the industry basically started living in Alice Springs for 6 years in the 90's and in Darwin since the 80's. We will help you discover the best of these unique and special tours offers across Australia with camping safaris to one day sightseeing coach trips, eco tours Australia adventure camping safaris in Kakadu National Park and Uluru (Ayers Rock) from Alice Springs and Ayers Rock Resort (Uluru) in Northern Territory. We seek out tours from only reputable experienced tour companies to some of Australia's most famous landmarks including Uluru Kata Tjuta National Park (Ayers Rock) and Kakadu National Park. From the tropical Top End to the spiritual heart of the Red Centre, from our ancient Aboriginal Culture to our rather unique Australia outback wildlife - then onto Adelaide and now Cairns we have sourced an excellent range of tours for your next vacation in Australia. Our experienced staff have collectively over 30 years in the travel industry will help you discover the best of these unique and special adventure and sightseeing guided tours.

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