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.
Welcome to Darwin! Upon arrival you will be transferred to Kakadu National Park by Cessna Aircraft or similar.
Bamurru Plains is an extraordinary bush experience on the edge of Kakadu National Park in Australia’s Northern Territory. This luxury camp exudes ‘Wild Bush Luxury’ ensuring that guests are exposed to the sights and sounds of this spectacular environment in style and exclusivity. Activities from the camp focus on exploring the surrounding country, with airboat trips on the wetlands, river cruises in search of crocodiles, bush drives and guided walks. Kakadu’s rich indigenous culture is a day trip of its own. Relaxing in camp, the wet edge pool and deck is a great spot to sit back with a cool drink and let the wildlife come to you. It is the soft touches that surprise in this remote bush location, and the understated luxury is very much in tune with the surrounding environment.
Depart the Wildman Wilderness Lodge at 8AM and travel to Kakadu National Park, via the Old Jim Jim Road. You will make a brief stop for morning tea before traveling across floodplains and billabongs. Immerse yourself in the Aboriginal history at Waradjin Cultural Centre. Journey on to Burrunggui to experience the oldest living culture on earth through ancient rock art and see amazing views of the Arnhem Land escarpment from Gun-warddehwardde lookout. Stop for a sumptuous picnic lunch at Anbangbang billabong with views of Nourlangie Rock. Lunch is worked off with a small hike to Nawurlandja lookout. After this short walk travel down the Kakadu highway to Mamukala for a view over the wetlands. Please wear comfortable walking shoes when participating in this tour. The itinerary of this tour is subject to change dependant on weather conditions and accessibility within the National Park.
Enjoy a transfer to Darwin by Cessna Aircraft or similar.
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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