*This Retreat Queen Tent fare price is (Per Person) for Adults or Children. Sleeps 2 people, in an air-conditioned glamping tent, with shared bathroom facilities.
TOUR CODE: KR2-B
OPERATES: Fri, Mon (Nov-Mar)
TOUR DURATION: 2 Days / 1 Nights
MAIN PICKUP LOCATION & TIME: Travelodge Resort Darwin, 64 Cavenagh St, Darwin City NT 0800.
- Visit the World Heritage-Listed Kakadu National Park
- Explore Kakadu Aboriginal Cultural Centres
- Be guided through world-class Aboriginal rock art sites Burrungkuy (Nourlangie) or Ubirr (conditions/seasonality permitting)
- Stay in the heart of Kakadu in Australia’s bushland in a luxury air-conditioned retreat tent or lodge room
- Enjoy an exclusive dinner menu in Kakadu, showcasing the tastes of the Territory
- Immerse in a hands-on cultural experience
- Experience the best of Kakadu’s wildlife on the famous Yellow Water Cruise
- Enjoy expert commentary along the journey from our experienced and passionate guides
*This itinerary is subject to change due to seasonal access permitting us from entering certain areas throughout the tropical summer season. Highlights are a guideline only. Kakadu’s diverse landscape and weather conditions mean a high amount of change and flexibility in the itinerary is expected. Your expert guides will ensure the most amazing adventure is had by all!
Do summer differently and join us on an exclusive tour of a lifetime showcasing the best highlights of the Top End’s during our famous green season. Kakadu offers the opportunity to discover some of the oldest and best-preserved Aboriginal Rock Art in the world, keep a lookout for some of our prehistoric friends (crocodiles) as we cruise the ancient wetlands by boat, and be immersed in the stories and culture of the traditional owners. We’ll be exploring some truly spectacular countryside, amongst pockets of rainforest packed with endemic species of flora and fauna. This fully accommodated tour has you relaxing indoors in comfort each evening after enjoyable days of culture and unmatched vistas. Kakadu’s famous Cooinda Lodge offers luxury in the midst of the Australian bush with air-conditioned retreat tents offering shared bathroom facilities, or you may wish to include a TV and some other creature comforts including an ensuite by staying in a lodge room.
Day 1: Darwin to Kakadu National Park
Start your leisurely journey departing from Darwin and heading out the 300 kms to the UNESCO World Heritage-Listed Kakadu National Park. Our summer is lush and tropical, so we’ll stop at a few places along the way to take in some of the amazing scenery on offer including Fogg Dam Conservation Reserve where we can see a huge array of bird and wildlife species endemic to Australia’s Top End. Passing through the Wetlands Region we’ll of course ensure we have a photo at the welcome sign to Kakadu National Park – an unmissable opportunity. The remainder of the morning will see us wind our way through Kakadu to the north of the park, spending some time in the township of Jabiru. Enjoy a picnic lunch here and browse the art (and great coffee) that Marruwuddi gallery has on offer, before heading south to the hub of Cooinda where we will check in to our accommodation and have a leisurely relaxation. This evening’s sunset will take place on board Kakadu’s famous 2-hour Yellow Water Cruise. This cruise is an absolute must-do for every visitor to the region, with the wet summer season’s rainfall resulting in the billabong stretching much further than it does during the dry winter season. Wildlife abounds and the sky will put on a show as you watch the last of the sun fall beyond the horizon. Your evening will be spent enjoying an amazing 3-course hospitality offering exclusively put together for you by Cooinda’s chef and team to highlight the tastes of the Territory. Meals: Lunch, Dinner (beverages at own expense). Accom: Cooinda Outback Retreat Glamping (shared bathroom) or Lodge Room (private ensuite). Driving Distance: 315km. Hike Distance and Grading: 1km loop Grade 1, flat pathways and/or boardwalks.
Day 2: Kakadu National Park to Darwin
You have the potential to rise and shine early on day two and make your way to view the magic of sunrise at Burrungkuy’s Nawurlandja lookout. After admiring the ever-changing colours of this majestic area at this time of day, we will enjoy breakfast close by and then head into Burrungkuy’s main rock art viewing galleries to enjoy some of the best and most notable rock art in Australia. Around mid-morning we will return to check out of our accommodation in Cooinda, and enjoy a cultural art experience in the grounds of Warradjan Cultural Centre which focuses on the central and southern regions of the park. This hands-on art experience will be delivered by local community members including traditional owners. Have the opportunity to explore the cultural centre which also showcases a large gallery and gift shop, and feed your taste buds as we enjoy a picnic lunch in tropical surroundings. After lunch, it’s now time to begin the journey back to Darwin. Winding our way back through around 300 kms of lush Australian bush, allow Kakadu to farewell you as we pass through its amazing biodiverse environment, a notable reason that this wonderful region is UNESCO World Heritage Listed for both natural and cultural values. Returning to Darwin by 6pm, enjoy the remainder of your evening reflecting on the time you’ve spent exploring and the new friends you’ve gained. If hiking, waterfalls and pristine rock pools are next on your list, we look forward to welcoming you back next time during the region’s dry season for further exploration! Meals: Breakfast, Lunch. Driving Distance: 315 kms. Hike Distance and Grading: 1km Grade 3 with steep areas. Good general agility and sturdy footwork required.
*Autopia Tours reserves the right to alter the route or itinerary schedule during seasonal weather fluctuations and/or during park closures due to traditional landowner ceremonies.
- 1 Nights’ Accommodation (Kakadu)
- Includes: 1 x Breakfast, 2 x Lunches, 1 x Dinner
- Aboriginal culture and rock art viewing
- 2 hour Yellow Water Billabong Cruise entry
- Guided rock art viewing
- Kakadu Park pass entry fees
- Guided bush walks (up to 1km, grade 3)
- Hosted by an accredited outback driver-guide
- Air-conditioned mini coach travel
- Comprehensive local tour commentary
- Selected Darwin pick-up/drop-off points
- Any meals not indicated within the itinerary. For those with special dietary requirements, we recommend you bring snacks as options can be very limited in the areas we visit
- Hotel transfers pre/post tour itinerary to a location other than listed on our pickup/dropoff locations
- Personal travel insurance is highly recommended
- Personal expenses
WHAT TO BRING:
2L Refillable water bottle, a wide-brimmed hat, sunglasses & sunscreen, beach towel & toiletries, bathers or swimwear, comfortable sturdy hiking shoes (closed shoes), all-weather clothing (extreme conditions day/night), raincoat, flashlight, headlamp or torch, tropical strength insect repellent, 15kg overnight bag & small day pack, camera, and money for snack and meals.
Children aged between 8 to 17 years old must be accompanied by an adult or legal guardian at all times and must stay in private twin rooms. Not suitable for infants or children 7 years and under. Not suitable for infants or children 7 years and under, due to safety requirements and the level of fitness required to complete the walks.
The weather in the Top End of the Northern Territory can fluctuate and be extreme. It is not unheard of for temperatures to reach over 40+ degrees Celsius with high humidity in the dry season and temperatures can drop dramatically in the evening. Please ensure you have checked the average temperatures for the time of year you are travelling and have packed adequate clothing. In the event of rain or inclement weather, your experience will still go ahead, unless contacted by the provider.
THINGS TO KNOW:
- Mandatory passenger details are required at the time of booking: date of birth, food allergies and contact phone number.
- While we endeavour to cater to most dietary needs, passengers MUST advise their booking agent at the time of booking.
- The tour operator must also be notified of any known medical conditions that have the potential to affect the tour at the time of booking.
- A minimum of moderate to low level of fitness is required to complete the walks. The length of walks will be approximately 1km or less each day, often over steep rocky sections and in direct sunlight and high humidity. The length of walks will be approximately 1km or less each day, often over steep rocky sections and in direct sunlight and high humidity. Embarking on walks will be at the guide’s discretion to ensure the safety of guests. Therefore a medium/high level of fitness is required and a doctor’s certificate is required for people over 70 years (30 days prior to travel).
- Children aged between 8 to 17 years old must be accompanied by an adult or legal guardian at all times.
- Limited storage space on our vehicle, baggage kept to 1 x 7kg travel bag, 1 x 5kg day bag. Not suitable for mobility-impaired travellers, wheelchairs, walkers or strollers.
- Itineraries may vary to adapt to seasonal changes and occasionally sites in the parks close for cultural reasons. As safety is our top priority we plan accordingly to ensure our guests have the most fun and best experience possible while on tour.
- Guests are welcome to participate in the preparation of breakfast and lunch meals, clean up and vehicle unpacking/loading. This is also a great way to get to know and connect with your fellow travellers.
- Please re-confirm your tour details within 7 days prior to departure on 03 9393 1333.