Wanderlust Australia Darwin and the Top End 8 days coach tour
What makes the top End tops? Well we’ll show you like how a local sees it.
Let’s start with Darwin. Its balmy evenings are perfect for sundowners and Top End sunsets of burning yellows, deep oranges and wild pinks. We’ll also introduce you to its international foodie flavours, night markets and WW2 history too.
But the Top End’s crown jewels you’ll experience are of course Kakadu, Katherine Gorge and Litchfield National Park. Each one is unique, spiritually different and with their own stories to share.
You won’t only be looking but immersing yourself into Top End culture and actually having chats with the locals, like you will on Tiwi Island.
Pack your bags because Wanderlust Australia is inviting you along for the ride. It’s going to be a fun trip!
Departure point: Darwin, NT
End destination: Darwin, NT
Tour duration: 8 days
Dept date: 21 June 2021
Trip style: Escorted & free time
Accommodation type: Quality hotels & motels
Meals: Most included + freedom to choose lunches & dinners
Free time : Yes for shopping, meals & exploring like a local
EARLY BIRD SPECIAL
Save $300.00 if paid in full by 21st April 2021 !
$4,990.00 per person based on twin/double share room
$1,000.00 single supplement for a guaranteed single room
BONUS TWO FREE HOTEL NIGHTS !
* The night before departure & night of end of tour.
What you’ll experience like a local on your Wanderlust Australia 8 day tour
After our flight, we find ourselves arriving in Darwin during the best time of the year – warm days and low humidity.
Using our taxi voucher, we head to our accommodation and have the rest of the day to settle in.
Darwin is known for its diverse multicultural cuisine so tonight we are free to explore the many restaurants and bars just outside the hotel. A local favourite is Hanuman – where we are taken on a culinary journey through South East Asia.
3 nights | DoubleTree by Hilton Darwin
Darwin was bombed by more than 50 air raids during WW2 and 230 people were killed. This morning we discover the role Darwin played during WW2 and visit some of the buildings that remain from that time.
Afterwards you’ll have time to soak up the balmy weather and purchase lunch before visiting the Royal Flying Doctor Service and Bombing of Darwin tourist facility at Stokes Hill Wharf. See, experience and learn through the wonders of immersive technology before returning to our hotel to refresh.
We then finish the day with a local saying: “If you don’t like sunsets and markets, you won’t like Darwin.” So tonight, we embrace the first part of this saying with a surreal sunset harbour cruise.
With a view only gained from the waters of the harbour, we sit back and relax with a wonderful dinner while the Top End sky puts on a brilliant display of burning yellows, deep oranges and wild pinks. Just magical!
Meals: Breakfast and dinner
This morning we have planned a very unique experience for breakfast at Crocosaurus Cove. They say we should never smile at a crocodile but here we do just that! Meet the NT’s most famous locals and discover many other Australian reptiles.
With many new happy snaps taken, we make our way to Aquascene for the chance to feed the fish as they come close to shore on the turn of the tide (timing is tide dependent).
Following some free time to purchase lunch, we take a drive through Fannie Bay to East Point where we visit the Darwin Military Museum. It is a unique combination of Australian military heritage with modern tropical gardens and it is here we find a powerful, immersive and interactive experience.
Afterwards we’ll return to our hotel to relax before dinner.
Meals: Breakfast and dinner
Today we set off to experience the magic of Kakadu National Park, the Top End’s most important asset. Aborigines have inhabited the land for more than 50,000 years, leaving behind incredible galleries of rock art and more than 5,000 historical or cultural sites, though only a few are open to visitors. Add Kakadu’s magnificent scenery, unique flora and fauna, and you have one of the world’s greatest natural wonders.
Our first stop on our way to Kakadu is the banks of the Adelaide River for a thrilling experience aboard the Jumping Croc Cruise. With our knowledgeable guides leading the way, we learn more about these magnificent creatures while watching them propel themselves high out of the water to snatch their food from the safety of our boat.
Back on dry land, head into the national park and discover Ubirr Rock, the site of one of the best and most accessible rock art galleries in the park with the Main Gallery an easy walk from the car park.
We now make our way to Cooinda where we board the enchanting Yellow Water Sunset Cruise. Peacefully glide along the tranquil waters of the billabong, keeping an eye out for the native wildlife and hopefully a crocodile or two as they become more active in the afternoon’s cooler temperatures.
What a spectacular way to end the day before settling in to the hotel nearby.
Gagudju Cooinda Lodge
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
The Aboriginal traditional land owners of Kakadu National Park have wanted to tell the story of their culture for a long time. Unearth more to their story at the Warradjan Aboriginal Cultural Centre as we pore over the displays and exhibitions, gaining an understanding of the Bininj and their country.
Returning to the present day we now leave this ancient land and head to Katherine, where the Outback meets the tropics. The surrounding region is not only full of stunning gorges and ancient cultures it also provides a unique window into life on the land.
This afternoon we are in for a real treat as Golden Guitar winner and horseman extraordinaire, Tom Curtain, delights and entertains us with his Katherine Outback Experience. Celebrate life in the outback through real horse-starting and working dog demonstrations, entwined with live music, humorous bush tales and dinner.
Knotts Crossing Resort Katherine
Of course, a visit to Katherine would not be complete without a cruise through Katherine Gorge. Sitting back and relaxing, we soak up the tranquillity as our local expert transports us into a spiritual world of Jawoyn people.
Discovering their music, stories and ways of life we behold the magnificent backdrop of cliff faces changing colour with the rising morning sun. Heading back to Darwin we veer off slightly to explore Litchfield National Park.
A jewel of the Northern Territory’s crown with its untouched rainforests, magnificent waterfalls and stunning scenery along with its towering magnetic termite mounds.
Later this afternoon we’ll return to Darwin and the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel.
2 nights | DoubleTree by Hilton Darwin
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
We head to the Tiwi Islands for a full day of touring today.
The island is thriving with indigenous culture, vibrant art and locals passionate about Australian Rules football. The ferry ride takes about 2 hours, so sit back, relax and enjoy the scenery as we arrive on Bathurst Island. Here we meet our local Aboriginal guide for a journey through the progressive Aboriginal community, Wurrumiyanga.
We wander the interesting displays and traditional art of the Tiwi ‘dreamtime’ stories at the Tiwi Museum before a visit to the Mission Precinct and unique Catholic Church.
We’ll spend time with some Tiwi ladies as they perform a smoking ceremony to bless us. We get the chance to sample local billy tea and damper and learn some of the complex rituals associated with the Pukamani (burial ceremony), before departing on the ferry back to Darwin.
The day is not over though, as this evening we experience Darwin’s lively atmosphere at the multicultural melting pot of the Mindil Beach Sunset Markets. Be tempted by the delicious smells of food stalls and find the perfect gift among the art and craft stalls, be entertained by the fire twirlers, musicians and street performers.
Pete visits The Bangladesh Curry Kitchen stall every time he is in Darwin, so if you are looking for something spicy, give it a try. Watch the sun’s everchanging colours as it sets across the water before returning to our hotel. This has been a brilliant day.
Meals: Breakfast and lunch
Days spent exploring ancient lands and inspiring cultures, meeting welcoming locals and massive crocodiles, makes this a holiday to remember.
After breakfast, we use the taxi voucher in our Holiday Pack for the transfer to Darwin Airport for the flight home.
Bon voyage! We hope to see you on another Wanderlust Australia Tour soon!
All itineraries are subject to change due to occasional restrictions in opening times or days. We cannot be held responsible for any changes due to closures or inclement weather.
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EARLY BIRD SPECIAL: Save $300.00 if paid in full by 21st April 2021 ! BONUS TWO FREE HOTEL NIGHTS !
OPTIONAL HOLIDAY EXTENSION - TRAVEL SOUTH BY THE GHAN
Turn an amazing holiday into an incredible one. After your Wanderlust Australia Top End tour, travel south on the Legendary Ghan either to Alice Springs or onto Adelaide. Contact us for more details and to book!
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Showing off the ‘Crown Jewels’ of the Top End is a priceless experience. And a highlight is the interaction with local Aborignal residents from different nations and their stories.
Continue your holiday from Darwin to the Kimberley & Broome
Many Wanderlust Australia tours connect. Carry on exploring like a local by joining our Darwin, Kimberly to Broome tour!
Dept date: 30 June 2021
What’s always included in your Wanderlust Australia tour experience
LUXURY COACH TRAVEL
STAY IN QUALITY ACCOMMODATION
FLEXIBLE BREAKFAST TIMES
MORE FREE TIME ALONG THE WAY
OPTIONAL DINNER CHOICES
TWO FREE HOTEL NIGHTS*
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