(Darwin, Kakadu, Katherine)
Fly into the city of Darwin; known as "the only capital city in Australia where you can cross the main street blindfolded at any time of day". Darwin is a fascinating mixture of cosmopolitan city and Australian Outback. It's also the perfect starting point for any travel to the Northern Territory and the Australian Outback. Enjoy a city tour on arrival, and make your way into Kakadu National Park and the spectacular Katherine Gorge. Enjoy the famous Jumping Crocodile Cruise, watch for wildlife, learn about the ancient Aboriginal rock art sites at Ubirr, and join a guided cruise on Katherine Gorge. You will also have the opportunity to take a swim in the crystal clear waters of Edith Falls. Transfer back to Darwin for your onward journey throughout Australia, New Zealand or back home. This is a great add-on to any of our Australia, New Zealand or Pacific Island programs.
With 24/7 local support and personal service from start to finish, you can relax in the knowledge that you will be well taken care of.
You will be transferred between Darwin airport and your hotel by private car.
Upon check in at your hotel you will be provided with your welcome package. In the package you shall receive a welcome letter, detailed itinerary, vouchers for each service (if applicable), supplier contact list as well as various brochures of some of the destinations you will be visiting.
This outing is considered the best and most comprehensive Darwin City tour available. Darwin Day Tours will give you the perfect introduction to Darwin with your experienced and knowledgeable guide providing an informative and interesting commentary. Join this tour in the afternoon and see the Chinese Temple and the lush Botanical Gardens. Tour the historic sites of the city including the East Point Military Precinct. See the Stokes Hill Wharf area and the Mooring Basin. There is also time available to explore the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory. After the tour you will be dropped back at your hotel. After the city sights tour, you will be dropped off at Cullen Bay Marina for a cruise on magnificent Darwin Harbour where you can relax and enjoy a beautiful sunset in paradise. As well as an outstanding sunset you will be welcomed by a Traditional Owner who will provide an interactive cultural experience. Cruise on to a sand bar or beach then try your hand at spear throwing, playing a didgeridoo and creating traditional aboriginal craft items. Please speak to your Sales Advisor if you would like a private transfer arranged to bring you back to your hotel.
The Mantra Pandanas combines sophisticated city chic with Darwin’s famous laid back, tropical culture, making this property an ideal base for a Darwin business trip or accommodation choice for the perfect holiday escape. Located in the heart of Darwin, the Mantra offers 336 stylish rooms, supremely appointed with modern contemporary décor and luxury amenities. Selected rooms include a private balcony offering panoramic views across Darwin Harbour and Darwin city skyline, and serves as the perfect vantage point to enjoy the setting sun.
Depart Darwin by shared coach along with other travellers and travel to the Adelaide River to join the Jumping Crocodile Cruise. Watch for wildlife and see the agility of the infamous saltwater crocodile as it leaps from the water. You then enter Kakadu National Park and visit the Bowali Visitor Centre, learning about the wonders of the park. The tour leads to the ancient Aboriginal rock art sites at Ubirr. Learn of the significance and meaning connected to these X-ray style paintings. There is time this afternoon to take a flight over the stunning Arnhem Land Escarpment (own expense) before you are brought to your hotel at day's end.
Gagudju Crocodile Holiday Inn (4*) is a cool retreat in the midst of Kakadu National Park's wilderness. This unique hotel was designed and built in the shape of a Crocodile and is just 2 ½ hours’ drive from Darwin. All rooms were stylishly refurbished in 2007. Gagudju Crocodile Holiday Inn is the ideal base to explore Ubirr and Nourlangie rock art galleries and view the towering sandstone escarpment of Arnhem Land. The hotel offers 110 guest rooms overlooking a central shaded courtyard and swimming pool, a range of dining options, an art gallery and gift shop, plus excellent conference facilities. Guests have access to a 9-hole golf course, Olympic-size pool, and tennis courts at neighbouring Jabiru township.
Today, you visit the ancient art sites of Nourlangie Rock. Continue to the Warradjan Aboriginal Cultural Centre before joining a guided wildlife cruise on Yellow Water.
All Seasons Katherine is located near the town centre of Katherine. The hotel features a restaurant, bar, swimming pool, tennis court and BBQ area. Major nearby attractions include Nitmiluk Katherine Gorge, Cutta Cutta Caves, Mataranka Springs, Umbrawarra Gorge, Edith Falls and historical Springvale Homestead. There are also many guided day tours available including canoeing, crocodile spotting, bush walking and scenic flights.
Visit Nitmiluk National Park and join a guided cruise on Katherine Gorge. Look out for wildlife and view rock art, enjoying our guide's informative commentary. Visit beautiful Edith Falls for a swim in the crystal clear waters. Later, travel to Adelaide River before returning to Darwin.
VISA/PASSPORTAmerican and Canadian citizens are required to have a valid passport to enter Australia. Americans and Canadians must enter with an Australian visa or, if eligible, through Electronic Travel Authority (ETA). The ETA replaces a visa and allows a stay of up to three months. It may be obtained for a small service fee. Airlines and many travel agents in the United States are also able to apply for ETAs on behalf of travelers. Please note that American citizens who overstay their ETA or visa, even for short periods, may be subject to exclusion, detention, and removal.
Please note obtaining a visa is your responsibility. These requirements change often and therefore it is best that you check information about the ETA, other visas, and entry requirements with the Embassy of Australia HEALTHHealth insurance is recommended. Medical facilities are good quality. We recommend that you see a health-care provider who specializes in Travel Medicine. The doctor or health-care provider will determine what vaccinations and medication you will need, depending on factors such as your health and immunization history, areas of the country you will be visiting, and planned activities. For more information on travel requirements, visit the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) website: http://wwwn.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/australia.aspx COUNTRY INFOCapital: Canberra. Government: Constitutional Monarchy. Gained independence from the UK in 1901. Language: The official language is English. Many other languages are retained by minorities, including Italian, German, Greek, Vietnamese, Chinese dialects and Aboriginal languages. Religion: 27% Roman Catholic, 21% Protestant and smaller minorities of all other major religions. Time: Australia spans three time zones: GMT + 10 (GMT + 11 from October to March, except Queensland; starts a month earlier in Tasmania). GMT + 9.5 (GMT + 10.5 from October to March, except Northern Territory). GMT + 8 (GMT + 9 from October to March, three-year trial in Western Australia until 2009 followed by referendum). Some states operate daylight saving time during the Australian summer. Electricity: 220/240 volts AC, 50Hz. Three-pin plugs are in use, however sockets are different from those found in most countries and an adaptor socket may be needed. Outlets for 110 volts for small appliances are found in most hotels. Telephone: Country code: 61. Mobile Telephone: Roaming agreements exist with most international mobile phone companies. Coverage is good in and around populated areas; access in some of the more isolated, outback and rural areas is limited. US handsets are not compatible. Internet: Available throughout Australia. Internet cafes are prevalent in all capital cities and tourist towns, and individual hotels may also provide facilities. Wi-Fi access is increasing in cities and is mainly found in hotels, bars and cafes.
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