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Home to breathtaking and varied landscapes, indigenous landmarks and the world’s oldest living cultures. Explore the wildlife and wetlands of the Top End, gorgeous landscapes in Nitmiluk National Park, and glamp it up in the red-dune landscape of the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park with sublime views of the sacred Uluru. Extend to ancient Arnhem Land for a deeper immersion into Aboriginal culture.

8 DAYS OFF-THE-BEATEN-PATH

NORTHERN TERRITORY

ITINERARY DAY-TO-DAY

1

DAY

DARWIN / KAKADU NATIONAL PARK

Take a scenic flight and experience the 'Wild Bush Luxury' of your safari lodge set on the edge of the Kakadu National Park. Encounter  wildlife in the outback from wallabies to crocodiles to wild boars  and a great many bird species. Join in the excursions and activities such as open-top game drives and river cruises.

2

DAY

KAKADU NATIONAL PARK

Head out for an exhilarating airboat safari to the home of thousands of Magpie Geese, Egrets, Ibis and a host of other birds. Take a canopy-covered river cruise along the Mary River System which harbours one of the largest crocodile densities in the world.

3

DAY

KAKADU NATIONAL PARK

Discover the stone country of Kakadu National Park and its Aboriginal rock art. Hop on a light aircraft and fly across the river systems that separate Bamurru Plains from Kakadu. Explore the rock overhangs and caves at Ubirr Rock then cruise the meandering waters of East Alligator River, learning about the Aboriginal culture and flora and fauna. Enjoy a bush picnic lunch before stopping by the Bowali Visitor Centre.

Optional Extension: Full Day Arnhem Land

4

DAY

KAKADU NATIONAL PARK / NITMILUK NATIONAL PARK

Drive to Nitmiluk National Park. Explore this spectacular sandstone country, its broad valleys and significant cultural sites. Take a sunset dinner cruise and listen to the stories and ways of the aboriginal Jawoyn people.

5

DAY

NITMILUK NATIONAL PARK

Select your choice of excursions. Go on a self-guided canoe trip. Explore the gorge system, scenery and wildlife. Be drawn into the lush hanging gardens, a fertile section of the gorge with an almost rainforest-like atmosphere. Alternatively, or if time permits, go on an ancient Galarr River safari and learn more about the Jawoyn culture, legacy and geology of the gorge. There may also be opportunities for a refreshing swim in the abundant rock holes.

6

DAY

NITMILUK NATIONAL PARK / DARWIN / ULURU

Drive to Darwin before flying to Uluru. Capture the changing lights reflected over Uluru's many faces on a magical sunset tour. Experience Bruce Munro's Field of Light art installation as darkness descends over Australia's spiritual heartland. Dine at the exclusive Table 131° amongst the dunes.

7

DAY

ULURU

Take a walk in the early dawn through Walpa Gorge and Kata Tjuta.  A visit to the culture centre completes this morning's discovery in the Red Centre. In the afternoon, journey to the base of Uluru to learn about the history of the ancestral Mala people and at dusk, explore Kantju Gorge.

8

DAY

ULURU / DARWIN

Explore the peaceful Mutitjulu waterhole as the sun lights up the ancient monolith. Then delve into the Aboriginal creation story of Kuniya Piti for a deeper connection. Fly back to Darwin.

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Bamurru Plains, Kakadu National Park
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