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duration: 18 DAYS

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 DARWIN — FOG DAM—NATIONAL PARK KAKADU—MAMUKALA—UBIRR—NOURLANGIE ROCK—MAGUK— YELLOW WATERS— KATHERINE—  NITMILUK—LAKE ARGYLE— NATIONAL PARK PURNULULU—  EL QUESTRO— ZEBEDEE— GIBB RIVER— MITCHELL WATERFALLS—COAST KIMBERLEY— GALVANS—TUNNEL CREEK— DERBY— BROOM—PERTH

 

 

 

 

 

 

TOP END & KIMBERLEY SAFARI

DAY 1 Welcome to Australia
Arrive in Darwin, the capital of northern Australia located on the Clarence Strait. There is a large population of Aboriginal people around Darwin, and the city itself is derived from the famous scientist Charles Darwin, the creator of the theory of evolution. Welcome at the airport and transfer to the city center. On the way, if time permits, we will see the spectacular sunrise. Break for an early breakfast or coffee / tea (on your own) followed by the City Tour of Darwin.
We will visit The Chinese Temple, the lush Botanical Gardens, the East Point Military Precinct, the Stokes Hill and the Mooring Basin and the Museum and Art Gallery of Northern Territory. Then there is a lunch on a catamaran sailing on Darwin Harbor. Afternoon accommodation in the hotel 4 *, relaxation and leisure, overnight.
 

 


 

DAY 2
Day out, the possibility of taking advantage of interesting optional programs.
Optional:

EASTER OCEANIC FISHING ($ 265, min 6 people)
For fishing lovers, this is an opportunity not to be missed. Darwin is one of Australia's two best fishing destinations, and Australia itself is a favorite destination for fishing lovers from all over the world. So jump on board the magnificent, 15-meter Island Selina boat, for a fantastic all-day fishing on the unspoiled tropical waters. The destination is located 50 nautical miles from the shore. We affect abundant fisheries such as Lorna Shoals, The Pinnacles, Bass Reaef, to name just a few. Depending on waves and seasons, we will be fishing like mackerel, coral trout, cod, dorada and many other coral fish. With a fully shaded rear deck, air-conditioned rooms and a barbecue, you can be sure that this trip will be great. We have the latest fishing technology as well as knowledge about local fisheries. Experienced boat crew is at your disposal all the time, even helping to clean and prepare caught fish to take with you. The price of the cruise is breakfast, lunch, afternoon herbalife and BBQ dinner with fish from their own catch.

NIGHT FISH ($ 165, at least 6 people)

Darwin is famous not only for fishing, but also for the beautiful sunsets. You will have the opportunity to taste both of these attractions during the 5 hour, night fishing. Start around 16:30, cruise 14 nautical miles from Darwin Bay to Charles Point Fenton Patches. We will be fishing there such as Black Jewfish, Gold Snapper and Cod and other exotic fish living in coral reef. We leave the hustle and bustle of the city, savoring the glow of the setting sun and fishing at the headlights on the boat. It will be possible to prepare caught fish on the grill. Experienced crew of the boat is at your disposal throughout the cruise serving good advice and assistance. Your whole catch will be cleaned and ready to be taken with you.

CROCASAURUS COVE ($ 32)
The group that will stay on land will have the opportunity to go to the original restaurant, where you can dive into the "cage of death" in the crocodile pool or just to see them. You will also be able to sample local crocodile delicacies with alcoholic drinks (crocodile likes to swim). Next to the restaurant is the best disco of the city. Return to hotel, overnight.


DAY 3
After breakfast we start a great Australian outback safari - a private 13 day Top End & Kimberley Safari. Initially, we follow the Stuart Highway to the Fog Dam. These wetlands are of international importance because of their beauty and natural ecosystems. We will find here a large variety of fauna, including many bird specimens, which can be observed here throughout the year. Then we will go to the Kakadu National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Kakadu is the largest national park in Australia, has some of the world's best examples of Aboriginal rock and a wide variety of natural habitats, both floodplain and savanna. Our first stop will be the beautiful Mamukala Wetlands, where we can observe the life of birds from the viewing platform. After lunch we continue our journey north to Ubirr, where we will have a chance to get acquainted with the ancient Aboriginal rock art that the guide tells us. We will learn also. We have the healing properties of the local shrubs before reaching the top of the plateau, where you will be able to relax and enjoy spectacular views of the floodplains facing the edge of the Arnhem slope. In between lunch break. At the end of the day we will look at the Tourist Information Center in Bowala. Accommodation in bungalows, dinner, overnight accommodation.

 

 


DAY 4
After breakfast we will go to Nourlangie Rock, an ancient Aboriginal shelter, where we will go for a reconnaissance of the area rich in rock art. The guide will guide you through the educational path, completed by the viewpoint of Nawaland. A short climb to the lookout will be rewarded with an amazing view of the escarpment. Then we will go to Maguk (Barramundi Gorge and Waterfalls). There are countless termite mounds on the ground that we reach the parking lot. From here we go through the paperbark eucalyptus forest to finally reach the gorge. Here, at the foot of the waterfall, we can enjoy a refreshing swim in the pond. If time allows, we will look at the Aboriginal Culture Center of the Warradian tribe to explore the secrets of the people living in this park. In the meantime, lunch break. Finally, late afternoon, we board the boat to admire the sunset over the wetlands of Yellow Waters. Yellow Waters are located at the end of Jim Jim River, the tributary of the South Alligator River. It is the largest river system in the Kakadu, consisting of extensive wetlands, river channels, floodplains and floodplains. In the Kakadu National Park there are 30% of Australian bird species, of which at least 60 are found in these wetlands. There are also many crocodiles in their natural habitat, and buffaloes are on the plains. Accommodation and dinner at Lakeview Park, in bungalows.

 


 


DAY 5
After breakfast, we will head south, leaving Kakadu and head towards Katherine. On the way we stop for lunch and swim in Leilyn (Edith Waterfalls). Leilyn is part of the National Park of Nitmiluk and is well known for its picturesque waterfalls and ponds, and in particular great for swimming with large eyes at the base of the slope. Upon arriving at Katherine, we will go to the Nimitluk Gorge (Katherine), where there are as many as 13 scenic gorges, over millions of years carved into the rocks by heavy rains. We will take a 2 hour cruise to admire the beautiful surroundings and discover the habits of the original owners of this area - Jawoyn people. Accommodation and dinner in the camp (fixed tents) in the Nitmiluk Gorge.
* An accommodation option can be available at Maud Creek Lodge or Ntmiluk Chalets.

DAY 6
Breakfast. Today we are heading west, stopping on the Victoria River, one of the largest rivers in the Northern Territory, where the water level depends on sea tides, with a lot of saltwater crocodiles. We cross the border to Western Australia and we will pass over Lake Argyle. In between lunch break. This afternoon we will take a cruise on the lake, where there are over 90 islands and coves, enjoying the wonderful scenery of the Carr Boyd Mountains. With the sun rising over the jagged red cliffs and the azure water, we will have a glass of champagne and a little bit of a bite. Camping in the camp - Lake Argyle Resort, in solid tents with real beds and shared bathrooms.

DAY 7
After breakfast, we will go to Kununurra for fresh supplies (due to the tightness of transportation between the states) and then head south to the Bungle Bungles. Purnululu National Park (Bungle Bungles) is famous for its over 350 million years of unusual rock domes in the shape of hives, gorges and abyss. Lunch break. This afternoon we will have time for optional helicopter flights (additional cost). Accommodation and dinner at camp - Bungle Bungles camping, fixed tents with real beds and shared bathrooms.

DAY 8
Breakfast. We will spend the whole day at the Bungle Bungles. The section of the road leading to the park is quite demanding and will show us what a true off-road ride is! Then we go to the Cathedral Gorge, a large natural amphitheater with fantastic acoustics. We will take a walk through the "dome" and lunch will take you to the view of the Bungle Bungles. This afternoon we will go to the Echidna Upheaval, which is a narrow gorge built of conglomerates. During the hike we will find a beautiful trail. Endemic Palms of Livistona. Accommodation and dinner at camp - Bungle Bungles camping, fixed tents with real beds and shared bathrooms.

DAY 9
After breakfast we will leave the Bungle Bungles and we will head north to the El Questro Reserve, which has about 400,000 inhabitants. hectares of space. On the way we stop at the Aboriginal art site, which consists of East Kimberley "clip" figurines, Wandjan figurines and contemporary styles. In between lunch break. After breaking the camp, you will be able to swim in the rocky marshes - parts of the Pentecost River. Accommodation and dinner in the campsite - El Questro camping, with toilets and showers.
* There is an option to book accommodation in bungalows.

DAY 10
Breakfast. The day begins with a relaxing jump to the pools of thermal pools surrounded by Zebedee. Then we will take a hike to the El Questro Gorge. The trail leads through a deep narrow jar to a viewpoint surrounded by high cliffs. This route is characterized by clear waterways and lush tropical vegetation. For most of the walk, crowns of rainforest trees of diverse ecosystems will hide us in the cool shade. On the way there are several places where you can bathe - there is a possibility to choose a longer or shorter route. When you return to the camp for lunch you will be able to use free time for swimming, bird watching, hiking or relaxing on the spot. This afternoon you can also choose for longer hikes. Accommodation and dinner in the campsite - El Questro camping, with toilets and showers.
* There is an option to book accommodation in bungalows.

DAY 11
Breakfast. We leave El Questro by the Gibb River. We will pass through the Pentecost River to the scenic spot, which offers fantastic views of the river and the mighty Cockburn Mountains. We will also see a place of art with Vandana figurines and petroglyphs (arch paintings). In this place the ancient Aborigines sought refuge and sharpened their spears. We turn to Kalumburu Road and go to Drysdale River Farm. In between lunch break. Accommodation and dinner at the campsite - campsite Drysdale River, with toilets and showers.
* An optional motel may be available.

DAY 12
Breakfast. Today's day begins with a spectacular 2-hour flight over the Mitchell Falls and the Kimberley Coast! The route leads over Mt Hann, the Deep Gorge and the Rift, then to the magnificent nature reserve of Prince Regent. We will take you along the Prince Regent River, over a few waterfalls like the King Cascades, St George Basin, Mt Trafalgar, Prince Frederick Harbor, Hunter River, Donkins Hill Falls and the scenic Mitchell Falls. If we are lucky we will see crocodiles, dugongs and whales. The vast, beautiful, unspoiled human existence of the coastline of this wilderness area is simply stunning. You can only see and appreciate it from the air. This will be one of the biggest attractions of your Kimberley stay. After landing we head south again, stopping on the banks of the Gibb River to see another place of rock art. We'll get to the Gibb River, which will lead us to the Mt. Barnett and Manning Gorge, where we will break camp. In the meantime, lunch break. We spend the rest of the afternoon in the ravine, bathing and relaxing. There is also a longer hike to the Upper Manning Waterfalls. Accommodation and dinner at the campsite - Camping in the Manning Gorge, with toilets and showers.

 


DAY 13
Breakfast. Our first stop on this day will be the Galvans Gorge, a small picturesque jar surrounded by baobabs. There are some interesting rock paintings, and it is also a great place for a relaxing bath. We continue west to the Bell Gorge, which is said to be the most picturesque gorge in the Kimberley. Here we will have lunch and spend the rest of the afternoon swimming and relaxing by the waterfalls. Accommodation and dinner at the campsite - Silent Grove Camping in Bell's Bell, with toilets and showers.

DAY 14
Breakfast. Today we cross the King Leopold Mountains and Napier to reach the Windjana Gorge, which forms part of the Tunnel Creek National Park. It is an ancient system of Devonian coral reefs, a place where the Lennard River broke through the Napier Mountains. On our way we will stop at the lookout point in the King Leopold Mountains. This will be a great opportunity to make great pictures. Lunch break. Then we'll break camp and we'll go to Tunnel Creek, which is a 750 meter long tunnel crushed by thousands of years in Napier. We will see stalactites and stalagmites, and listen to the story of Jandamarra, who used this tunnel as a hiding place at the end of the 19th century. We will enjoy the sunset in the Windjana Gorge. Accommodation in a campsite - Camping in the Windjana Gorge, with toilets and showers.

DAY 15
After breakfast we will take a stroll to the Windjana Gorge to see the fossilized coral reef system. In this place you can often encounter freshwater crocodiles basking on the banks of the river. There is also the possibility of a longer trail to the end of the ravine. The last stretch of our expedition along the Gibb River will lead us towards the town of Derby, where we will stop at the prison built in the trunk of the great baobab. In between lunch break. Then we will go to Broome. We will get there in the late afternoon, where we will be escorted to the hotel. Overnight in a 4 * hotel in Broome.

DAY 16
Breakfast. A leisure day in the comfort of a 4 * hotel. Opportunity to walk and bathe on the local beaches. Accommodation.

DAY 17
After breakfast transfer to airport and departure to Perth. Landing in Perth. Visiting the main attractions in the center of Perth. Overnight in a 4 * hotel.

DAY 18
Breakfast. Transfer to the airport and departure back home.