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Colours of Kakadu Tour – 2 Days, 1 Night

Join this 2-day tour to immerse yourself in the beauty of the Top End & Kakadu National Park, including 2 wetland cruises, a scenic flight & a night in Jabiru.
Darwin, Australia
Duration
Duration
2 Days, 1 Night
Max Group Size
Max Group Size
10
Pick-Up & Drop-Off
Pick-Up & Drop-Off
Included
Minimum Age
Minimum Age
8 years
Meals
Meals
Included
Start & End Location
Start & End Location
Darwin

What's Included

  • Get up to $90 cash back per person when you book with us
  • A 2-day small-group exploration of the Top End & Kakadu National Park
  • A 1 hr 30 min Guluyambi Culture Cruise touching down on Arnhem Land
  • Visit the Fogg Dam Conservation Reserve, a mecca for Northern Territory wildlife
  • Take in the sunset at Nawurlanja, an ancient Arnhem escarpment
  • A 2 hr sunrise Yellow Water Cruise in Cooinda
  • Visit Warradjan Aboriginal Cultural Centre, developed by the Aboriginal traditional owners of Kakadu
  • Guided art walk at Nourlangie Rock
  • 30 min scenic flight along Arnhem Land escarpment
  • All meals including breakfasts, lunches, dinner, & snacks
  • 1-night accommodation at Anbinik Resort in a twin-share suite, with ensuite
  • Services of a qualified & passionate local eco-friendly guide 
  • Transport onboard a spacious, air-conditioned Mercedes Sprinter for the ultimate driving comfort
  • Convenient return transfers from selected Darwin accommodation

What to Expect

This is the ultimate Top End two-day tour to Kakadu National Park, focusing on Indigenous culture, art and environmental interaction. Surrounded by the internationally significant wetlands, landforms, plants, animals and culture, you will delve into the intricacies of this most renowned living cultural landscape.

 

Day 1

 

Begin your adventure with an early morning start that gets you out to greet the sunrise on the dynamic Adelaide River floodplains.

 

Nearby is Fogg Dam Conservation Reserve, where the diverse habitats of monsoonal forest, wetland and floodplain combine to provide the perfect place to observe the Top End's unique wildlife. The area boasts over 230 species of birds, as well as one of the largest snake populations in Australia to keep them company. 

 

Fogg Dam is also the perfect place to enjoy breakfast with the birds, Top End style! Relax and admire the antics of the abundant wildlife that frolic, scamper and glide all around.

 

Moving on, the journey takes you to Kakadu National Park before moving directly to the East Alligator River and the edge of Arnhem Land for intimate interactions with some of the biggest crocodiles onboard the Guluyambi Cultural Cruise. Your guide and captain will be a countryman from across the river in Arnhem Land. Who better to learn the ways of the river from than someone whose family goes back to the beginning of time itself!

 

Afterwards, enjoy lunch overlooking the infamous Cahills Crossing, the perfect place for more safe but exciting estuarine (saltwater) crocodile spotting. 

 

Next, you'll venture to the accommodation in Jabiru and have time for a short break. The group will stay at Anbinik Kakadu Resort Suites, owned and operated by Djabulukgu Association Incorporated, representing the Traditional Owners of Northern Kakadu and parts of Western Arnhem Land.

 

Freshen up, go for a swim in the pool or take a power nap – it's your time to relax. Then, late in the afternoon, you'll meander down to Nawurlanja for a visual treat as the setting sun explodes off the ancient Arnhem escarpment in shades of ochre.

 

Return to Jabiru for dinner at the in-house restaurant.

 

Day 2

 

Up before the birds, you'll set off to Cooinda, where you'll join the world-renowned sunrise Yellow Waters cruise. This is the perfect cruise to witness the wakening of wildlife on the wetlands backed up by expert local commentary.

 

Enjoy a full buffet breakfast at Cooinda resort after the cruise before spending some quality time in the comprehensive aboriginal culture centre, Warradjan. Featuring stories, images, crafts, art, and much more, Warradjan is a place to go quietly and slowly. Absorb the knowledge and then sit down with female elders and learn the craft of string making and weaving afterwards (not guaranteed).

 

Following this, you'll journey towards Anbangbang Billabong and Nourlangie. Both Anbangbang and Nourlangie are rich in natural values and are significant as past and present areas of environmental interaction for the local indigenous people. A wealth of rock art adorning the sandstone massifs of Nourlangie provide the perfect depiction of life through the ages for Australia's first peoples. Take your time and feel free to ask questions of your guide.

 

Following the walk, enjoy lunch by Anbangbang Billabong before returning to Jabiru for a thrilling 30-min scenic flight over the region. There's no better way to put it all in perspective than from 2000 feet up!

 

Departing Jabiru around 3:30 pm, you can expect to be back in Darwin around 7:00 pm.

 

Where we Visit: 

  • Adelaide River floodplains
  • Fogg Dam Conservation Reserve
  • Kakadu National Park
  • Cahills Crossing
  • Jabiru
  • Nawurlanja 
  • Cooinda 
  • Warradjan Aboriginal Cultural Centre
  • Anbangbang Billabong
  • Nourlangie

Frequently Asked Questions

The adventures invariably are conducted in, on and around sites of traditional Aboriginal land tenure in the presence of Indigenous Australians. Where possible we have sought and received approval for access from the relevant indigenous management authority, Traditional Owners or caretaker group for those sites.

When thinking about aboriginal culture tours it needs to be appreciated that the Australian Aboriginal Society is the longest continuous civilisation on earth (80,000 years+). We believe it is impossible to do complete ‘cultural tours’. For how can you cram 1000s of years of endeavour into a 1, 3 or 5-day itinerary!

Recognising this we do however attempt to provide you with enough knowledge of pre-history and the landscape as we can as a starting point for you to begin your journey of understanding and appreciation for the people and their culture. Where possible we also include indigenous guides where appropriate.

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We don’t run a boot camp but we do want people to be able to actively & safely participate in whatever we get up to on tour. With this in mind, we figure that if you are able to ‘Skip’ for 5 metres then you are in fine shape and will have no worries with most of our trips. As standard, there are walks/hikes of low to medium difficulty, mild to hot days (25-45 C), swimming spots, stairs, sand, gorges and gullies. 

If you are signing up for a charter or speciality trip involving things such as rafting, kayaking, diving or such then specific medical and physical fitness criteria will be required to be met. Details for these will be made available for you at the time of enquiry for the particular adventure.

Unfortunately, if your fitness and agility are a little less than that which is required we will not in the interest of safety and enjoyment take you on the associated adventure.

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It is always a good idea to bring the following on any trip in Australia particularly if going into the bush: Hat, water bottle (at least 500ml), sunglasses, camera, comfortable walking shoes, change of clothes, toiletries, any medicines you may need. However, you will not need to bring sunscreen or insect repellent as we provide you with environmentally friendly alternatives whilst you are with us. 

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Most people think that the Top End just has the two seasons … ‘The Wet’ and ‘The Dry’ and for most this is a good practical reflection of their understanding and interaction with the various aspects of the environment (but there are at least 6!).

The Wet tends to be very wet and sticky. Humidity in the 90′s and rainfall falling most days results in totals around 2000mm for the season. While The Dry is 5 months (May-September) of blue skies and sunshine as predictable as future tax increases but more importantly no humidity.

The Dry has a mild climate which allows you to get out and about markets, festivals, trips, marriages. Perfect for those with specific activities in mind or a dislike for humidity.

While the Wet features the awesome power of the low-pressure storms which characterise this time of year with lightning displays like nowhere else on earth! There’s a cacophony of sounds from the lush green woodlands and forests as the animals and plants revel in the abundance of water. Barra on the move, crabs on the march and waterfalls cascading of great heights. The Wet is a powerful world and definitely a bucket list experience!!!

So, when is the best time to come? Anytime is the best time to come!

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Hopefully No! However here are some rough stats for Australia …

  1. In Australia between 1 & 4 deaths occur each year from between 500-3000 snake bites. In the NT between 1989 & 2003, there were 348 suspected snakebites of which 79 people were envenomed and required treatment.
  2. Between 1991-2000 the average croc attacks were around 2 a year. For 2001-2004 this number went to approximately 4. Apparently in response to increasing crocodile numbers and a decrease in croc habitat through human encroachment. 1971-2013 there were 62 attacks in the NT with 18 being fatal. 81% of attacks were whilst people were swimming with 95% of those attacked being locals or people visit the NT regularly … 75% were male!
  3. Stingers stinger season in the Top End runs from September to June… don’t swim in the ocean. July/Aug wear protective clothing when going into the water. Historically there have been 14 deaths in Australia from marine stingers in the 20th & 21st Centuries. Hundreds, however, have been stung.
  4. Drop bears … zero fatalities have been recorded throughout Australia, however, unconfirmed reports of attack are numerous.
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The tour vehicle is spacious however there are limits to everything. Try to pack light and keep your luggage in a soft carry-on size bag. 

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Service will depend on the tour you are undertaking. If you must have service please contact the operator prior to booking and we can let you know the situation.

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Although your children are angels, it is sometimes difficult to convince others that this is the case! Especially when they are being naughty in a confined space such as a plane or a tour vehicle. In the interest of fairness to others, we do not take children under 8 years old on our open tours. We do however offer family tours (as a private charter) which allow for all members of any age to hang out together and have fun.

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Policies

Terms & Conditions:

  • The minimum group number is 4 passengers
  • All travellers under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult who is responsible for the child's behaviour whilst on tour. Children under 8 years of age are not be accepted for any set tours 
  • There is no upper limit for the adventures however due to the nature of the terrain and weather conditions The Operator reserves the right to refuse on the day any passenger deemed unable to fully and safely participate in that tours activities. As a rule of thumb, you should be able to skip for 5 metres continuously without undue stress
  • Due to the nature of the environment and location of these adventures The Operator may be required to alter the itinerary as previously represented with little or no prior notice being given to you. They will however attempt to inform you prior to departure as soon as is reasonably possible and offer to reschedule you on another trip or refund your payment if the changes are not to your liking
  • You acknowledge that the nature of the trip is adventurous and participation involves a degree of personal risk. You will be visiting places where the fauna, flora and geographical attributes present dangers and physical challenges greater than those present in our daily lives. However, it is also your own responsibility to acquaint yourself with all possible relevant travel information and safety-related information which will help you on your adventure with us. You acknowledge that your decision to travel is made in light of consideration of this information and you accept that you assume the personal risks attendant upon such travel

Cancellation Policy:

If your circumstances change and you cannot undertake the tour:

  • All items provided by The Operator and NOT third party providers will be subject to no penalty if cancellations occur outside of 14 days from departure.
  • All items provided by The Operator and NOT third party providers will be subject to a 20% penalty of full payment if cancelled within 14 days to 48 hours prior to departure.
  • All items provided by The Operator and NOT third party providers will be subject to 100% loss of payment if cancelled within 48 hours of departure.
  • For options provided by THIRD party providers such as accommodation, cruises, shows, flights etc any refund will be according to the terms of those providers policy. The Operator will pay to those providers the amounts owed where they require payment and refund the remaining amount to the guest.

Cancellations due to COVID related issues and impacts.

  • All items provided by The Operator and NOT third party providers will be refunded 100% up until 48 hours before departure
  • All items provided by The Operator and NOT third party providers will be subject to a 10% fee when cancelled within 48 hours of departure

Refunds from THIRD PARTY options such as accommodation, activities etc will be subject to the policy of those providers


Pickup Locations

  • 27 Thornton St Moil
  • Adina Vibe
  • Argus Appartments
  • Argus Hotel
  • City Gardens Apartments
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