Explore the Top End
Ex Darwin, Australia
Explore and discover why Kakadu, Arnhem Land and Cobourg Peninsula are unique to Australia.
This is more than just a Kakadu tour, here you will discover Arnhem Land and the Cobourg Peninsula, amazing regions of the Northern Territory. This adventure takes six guests and travels remotely in a Toyota Landcruiser Sahara.
Visiting Kakadu, Arnhem Land and Cobourg Peninsula you will see sites and experience activities that are guaranteed to hold lasting memories.
The wetland cruise, Maguk (Barramundi Gorge), Ubirr, Mamukala Wetlands, Nawalandja Lookout, Indigenous guided rock-art tour of Injalak Hill, Cobourg Marine Park, Victoria Settlement, Cobourg Coastal Camp are must sees of the Top End. Then of course there is more!
- Professional guide / driver
- Luxury Toyota Landcruiser 4WD vehicle
- Purpose built 4WD trailer and equipment
- Corroboree Billabong cruise fee
- All Kakadu, Arnhem Land and Cobourg Peninsula permits and entry fees
- Arnhem Land royalties
- 4 Nights accommodation and camp fees
- Snorkelling equipment
- Injalak Aboriginal guide fee
- Cobourg Peninsula boat tour
- Victoria Settlement permit fee
- 4 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 4 Dinners
Depart your Darwin accommodation at 6.45-7am for the World Heritage-listed Kakadu National Park. En route we will join a morning cruise on the picturesque Corroboree Billabong.
On this scenic cruise you have the opportunity to view a large variety of birdlife as well as salt water crocodiles in their natural environment. Learn more about the wildlife on the billabong from your knowledgeable guide who will make the cruise both fascinating and informative.
Continue to Kakadu via the old Jim Jim Road visiting White Lily Billabong before arriving at Maguk (Barramundi Gorge). Enjoy a scenic 1km walk along the edge of Barramundi Creek before arriving at the base of Barramundi Falls. Here you have the opportunity to swim or snorkel in the large plunge pool below the falls and discover an array of aquatic life.
Depart Maguk late afternoon for Nawurlandja Lookout. A short climb takes us up the sloping sandstone to provide views of the sun setting across Anbangbang Billabong, Nourlangie Rock and the Arnhem Land escarpment.
Depart after sunset for Jabiru and Anbinik Kakadu Resort, our accommodation for tonight.
Overnight: Anbinik Kakadu Resort (Bush Bungalow)
After breakfast we travel from Jabiru to the northern region of Kakadu National Park to Cahill’s Crossing on the East Alligator River and enter Arnhem Land. A 15 km scenic drive to Gunbalanya Aboriginal community provides some of the best driving views in the Top End with floodplains covered in bird life and water lilies running up alongside the Arnhem Land escarpment.
Upon arrival at Gunbalanya we will visit the Injalak Arts and Craft Centre. Here you have the opportunity to meet and watch traditional local artists in action before departing with our Aboriginal guide to be shown around the Injalak Hill art sites. Spend the morning experiencing some of the best Aboriginal rock art in Australia before returning to the Injalak Art Centre where we leave our hosts and journey on to the Cobourg Peninsula. The drive takes approximately 3-4 hrs with stops and creek crossings along the way.
Upon arrival at Venture North’s camp you will be greeted by the resident camp caretakers and served nibbles on the cliff top. Relax as the sun sets over Port Essington.
Overnight: Cobourg Coastal Camp
Awake to the sound of birds and enjoy a special ‘Cobourg-style’ cooked breakfast.
This morning will be spent exploring the Northern Territory’s largest Marine Park by boat. Cobourg is abundant in some amazing marine life including six species of marine turtle, dolphins, sharks, crocodiles, stingrays, mud crabs and plenty of fish.
As we cruise the Marine Park we will stop and visit the Victoria Settlement ruins. Established prior to Darwin as a military outpost by the British, this site represents the third failed attempt at settlement in Northern Australia. After surviving for 11 years between 1838 and 1849 it was abandoned. Stone ruins still stand on the shoreline of Port Essington and serve as a reminder of the hardships faced by the early colonists.
Depart the settlement and enjoy a slow journey back to camp stopping along the way to spot marine life and also have fish.
Return to camp this afternoon where you can explore the nearby beaches and creek systems, try your luck at fishing or simply enjoy the solitude while reading a book from a hammock overlooking the ocean.
Tonight enjoy a freshly caught seafood dinner.
Overnight: Cobourg Coastal Camp
Today we explore the eastern side of the Park this time by 4WD.
Cobourg is home to the first RAMSAR wetland (wetlands of international importance) in world with freshwater paperbark swamps and billabongs 100m from the coastline.
Continue on via the northern beaches, commonly used as turtle nesting areas and covered in a wide range of shells. Low tide provides opportunities to explore exposed coral reefs and rock pools which are home to a variety of marine life.
After lunch you will have an opportunity to go hunting for mud crabs using traditional Aboriginal methods. Learn how to hunt and gather these local delicacies before having a go yourself.
Later in the afternoon we will also visit the Park’s Cultural and Information Centre before making our way back towards camp.
Overnight: Cobourg Coastal Camp
This morning we depart Cobourg early. Sit back and enjoy the bush scenery of Arnhem Land as we make our way back to Kakadu National Park. After numerous stops along the way we will enjoy lunch next to the banks of the mighty East Alligator River.
After lunch visit Ubirr Rock where we spend time viewing some of Kakadu’s best Aboriginal rock art. A short walk to the top of Ubirr offers spectacular views of the surrounding wetlands and stone country.
Depart Ubirr to Darwin via the Arnhem highway. En route to Darwin we will stop and visit the Mamukala wetlands, which at times is a haven for thousands of Magpie Geese as well as many other species of native birds and reptiles.
Arrive in Darwin approximately 7:00pm.
- Corroboree billabong cruise
- Crocodile and bird watching
- Kakadu National Park
- White Lily Billabong
- Maguk (Barramundi Gorge)
- Nawurlandja Lookout
- Arnhem Land
- Gunbalanya Aboriginal community
- Indigenous guided rock art tour
- Escarpments and Stone country
- Injalak Aboriginal Arts and Crafts Centre
- Cobourg Peninsula
- Marine park cruise
- Victoria Settlement ruines
- Paperbark swamps
- Turtle nesting grounds
- Marine life
- Cobourg Culture & Information Centre
- Mud crab hunting
- East Alligator River lunch
- Ubirr scenic walk
- Mamukala Wetlands
Alcohol – BYO – purchase in Darwin
Accommodation pre and post
Personal items: sunscreen, insect repellent, laundry, telephone or items of the like
- 4 Nights / 5 Days
- $3,790 per person twin share
- 6 guests per tour
- Departures – May to October
- Ex Darwin
Price is based on twin share. Single supplement $200. Valid for travel between May – October 2022. Venture Northis is not responsible for itinerary, highlights or other alterations due to flooding or acts of nature, cultural reasons, missed flight connections, medical evacuations, damage to personal belongings or loss of property. North Venture conditions apply. Booking form and a 20% deposit is required and final payment due 30 days prior to departure. Travel With A Difference booking and conditions apply. Travel insurance is highly recommended.