Your 13 Day Arnhem Land Wilderness Adventure commences with your flight from Cairns to Nhulunbuy. On arrival in Nhulunbuy you will be greeted by your friendly and professional Tour Director. This afternoon you’ll explore this frontier village, created in the 1960’s after the discovery of Bauxite on the Gove Peninsula. Visit the Roy(Malpi) Marika Lookout for incredible views towards the coast, Gayngaru Wetlands and Gove Harbour before settling in for a two-night stay at the Walkabout Lodge. (D)OVERNIGHT: 2 nights Walkabout Lodge*The walk to Nhulunbuy Hill look out is 64 steps(3 storeys).
The Gove Peninsula has been home to Yolngu people for over 60,000 years and is one of the most culturally significant regions in Australia. You will get a true sense of this with a special ‘Welcome to Country’ ceremony at Wirrwawuy Beach, where you will learn about Yolngu culture and kinship firsthand. We will also visit the BukuLarrnggay Mulka art centre, which boasts many renownedAboriginal artists whose work (particularly those painted on bark) can be found in galleries all over the world.Yirrkala is also where the Aboriginal Land Rights movements tarted, when the ‘bark petition’ was sent to FederalParliament in 1963.From the art centre it is a short stroll to Shady Beach, where we enjoy lunch followed by a special Bush Medicine and Women’s Healing demonstration. Experience traditional healing ways and hear stories of how Yolngu live and heal on their land.Return to Nhulunbuy late this afternoon for your second night at the Walkabout Lodge. (B,L,D)
Today your journey into the heart of Arnhem Land begins.Departing Nhulunbuy, we follow the Central Arnhem Road south west to the Goyder River, the main tributary flowing into the massive Arafura Swamp. Enjoy a picnic lunch before taking a track to the north, which follows an escarpment before descending on to the Arafura floodplains. This area, known as ‘Murwangi’, is the site ofyour exclusive safari camp where we will be staying for the next two nights. Check in to your deluxe safari suite before dinner in the lodge dining room. (B,L,D)OVERNIGHT: 2 nights Murwangi Safari Camp
ARAFURA SWAMP AND MURWANGI DISCOVERYTOUR
The Arafura Swamp is one of the largest wooded swamps in Australia and covers approximately 1,300 square kilometres. This incredibly diverse wetland can support upto 300,000 waterbirds at any one time, including MagpieGeese, Egrets, Black-necked Stork and Brolgas. The swamp is of great cultural significance to the Yolngu People and was also the location for the 2006 film ‘Ten Canoes’.Today enjoy a tranquil cruise on the main lagoon, followed by a 4WD adventure around the edge of the swamp. For both activities you will be accompanied by Indigenous guides who will explain why this spectacular area is so significant to them.Later this afternoon we return to camp for a little free time before dinner. (B,L,D)*Today the tour will split into two groups to undertake the day’s adventures. Group 1 will follow the itinerary shown above, while Group 2 will do the activities in reverse.
RAMINGINING TO BARRAMUNDI LODGE
This morning head into Ramingining for a visit to Bula’bulaArt Centre. Here you can chat to local artists and watch them paint right in front of you. There is also the opportunity to purchase artwork if so desired.After morning tea at the Centre, we head further west towards Maningrida. To get there you will cross the Blythand Cadell Rivers, arriving at the Barramundi Lodge early this afternoon. The lodge is one of the most recognised fishing destinations in Australia. With special permission from traditional owners, the lodge enjoys exclusive fishinglicenses for numerous remote waterways, including the Tomkinson and Liverpool Rivers. The features 12 beautiful afari suites and a restaurant overlooking the floodplainsbelow. After lunch on the front deck, you will enjoy af amiliarisation talk from the lodge managers. You are thenfree to settle into your safari suite, with the remainder ofthe afternoon yours to relax, catch up on some washing orsimply soak up the stunning view of the floodplains. Spend the next two nights here to explore the local area. (B,L,D)OVERNIGHT: 2 nights Arnhem Land Barramundi Lodge
FISHING ADVENTURE AND CULTURAL TOUR
This morning enjoy an exclusive fishing adventure on theLiverpool and Tomkinson Rivers - pristine waterways teeming with Barramundi. Your expert fishing guides will take you to where the fish are biting aboard our sturdyOcean Master vessels, the pinnacle for remote marine adventures featuring an onboard restroom and shade canopy.Today’s fishing adventure is also a wilderness tour, so even if fishing is not your thing, you will still enjoy the amazing scenery and informative commentary.This afternoon we visit the Maningrida Arts and CulturalCentre and the Djomi Museum for an immersion in the culture and spiritual richness of the area.Later this afternoon enjoy a sunset drink on the deck before dinner and tell everyone about the one that gotaway! (B,L,D)
MANINGRIDA TO MOUNT BORRADAILE
Departing Maningrida after breakfast, our travels take us through the stone country of west Arnhem Land. Cross the Goomadeer and Liverpool Rivers before arriving at the turn off to Davidson’s Arnhem Land Safaris, Mount Borradaile. From here we travel along a 40 kilometre bush track into the safari lodge, arriving in time for lunch. You will then check-in to your cabin, your home for the next two nights.This afternoon the team at Mount Borradaile will take you through 40,000 years of Aboriginal culture in a truly awe inspiring landscape. The area contains some of the most stunning rock art galleries in the world, and in terms of artistic quality, quantity, colourfulness, and state of preservation, it is virtually unrivalled. The walls of the many rock shelters are decorated with innumerable pictures documenting traditional Aboriginal life over many thousands of years. Subjects range from now extinct animals to twentieth century sailing ships and the iconicRainbow Serpent.This afternoon return to the lodge for dinner. (B,L,D)OVERNIGHT: 2 nights Mount Borradaile*The walk to Mount Borradaile Rainbow Serpent is a 1kilometre, 2 hour walk, over rocks, roots, caves and sand.
Today we jump into the open-back Toyotas and continue exploring the wonderland that is Mount Borradaile. Visit the ancient ‘catacombs’, where the sandstone has been eroded by wind and water over 600 million years resulting in a massive cave system that is full of incredible Aboriginal art. Learn about the variety of techniques used in rock paintings as the styles changed over thousands of years of occupation and storytelling. You will also wander through various occupation sites and view a range of artefacts from when these sites were still in use.After lunch, it is time to explore the incredible wetlands of the Cooper Creek. Admire the prolific birdlife and massive crocodiles sunning themselves on the banks as you discover lagoons that seem more from a story book than from real life. As the sun seeks the horizon and sets over the floodplain, enjoy a glass of wine and nibbles before returning to the lodge for our final night with Davidson’sArnhem Land Safaris. (B,L,D)*The walk at Mount Borradaile is 3.5 kilometres with some rocks to climb
COBOURG PENINSULA TO SEVEN SPIRIT BAY
Departing Mount Borradaile early, head north and venture into the Garig Gunak Barlu National Park on the Cobourg Peninsula. Travel up the eastern side of Port Essington toBlack Point where you will meet the marine crew fromSeven Spirit Bay and board the lodge’s custom-made adventure craft for the short transfer across Port Essington. Upon arriving at the lodge, you will be allocated your roomfor the next three nights, a unique and luxurious ‘habitat’o verlooking Coral Bay. We meet again later this evening fordinner in the lodge restaurant. (B,L,D)
OVERNIGHT: 3 nights Seven Spirit Bay Wilderness Lodge
PORT ESSINGTON AND THE HISTORIC VICTORIA SETTLEMENT
Today enjoy a marine adventure down Port Essington aboard the lodge's specially designed vessel 'MV Arafura'.Departing Seven Spirit Bay, we retrace the course of the early mariner’s square riggers, passing landmarks likeGunners Quoin, Low Point, Turtle Rock, Observation Cliff,and Record Point on our way to the historic VictoriaSettlement. Surveyed in 1838, Victoria Settlement was the third attempt by the British at a northern settlement, afterFort Dundas on Melville Island and Fort Wellington atRaffles Bay. Conceived to facilitate trade with Asia, the settlement consisted of 24 houses and a hospital. Disease was rampant and living conditions poor, leading to its abandonment in 1849.Upon your arrival at Victoria Settlement, you will take an informative and fascinating tour of the old buildings andr uins and learn about life in the early British occupation. An optional extension walk will also lead to lonely grave stones in the forest, almost forgotten by history.After a picnic lunch on the beach, you will get back on the water again to enjoy a leisurely cruise back to Seven SpiritBay. The waters of the Cobourg Marine Park are alive, so keep your eyes out for dolphins, dugong, manta rays and crocodiles.Return to Seven Spirit Bay where the remainder of the afternoon can be spent at your leisure. Perhaps take a dip in the palm fringed swimming pool, or just relax in your luxurious habitat before enjoying sunset drinks on the veranda and dinner in the restaurant. (B,L,D)*The walk at Victoria Settlement is a flat 3.7 kilometres in the sun along a downhill slope.
TREPAND BAY MARINE AND 4WD ADVENTURE
The Cobourg Marine Park is teeming with Barramundi, Spanish Mackerel, Golden Trevally, and Coral Trout, to name just a few. After breakfast, we board the lodge'sstate-of-the-art fishing vessels for an exclusive half-dayfishing adventure in Port Essington. Featuring an onboard restroom, shade canopy and comfortable seating, each boat takes only six people so everyone will have the chance to reel something in!Seven Spirit Bay's fishing guides are true professionals with intimate knowledge of the marine park. They will take you to the best fishing spots and share their marine sanctuary expertise while enjoying some of the most spectacular coastline to be found in northern Australia. Our expert guides fish these waters regularly and will have up-to-date knowledge of the many potential sites that are producing fish and will give you the best chance of success.Barramundi are just one of many species we target, or you may have the chance to wrestle with an arm-stretching Trevally or Black Jewfish. A mix of small meandering creeks, mangrove-lined bays, rocky outcrops, and deeper water “bommies” mean that there will nearly always be something to be found somewhere. Once you have tested your luck, we will make our way to a sheltered beach landing at Low Point where we disembark and rendezvous with the lodge's chef for a delicious BBQ bush lunch under a shady tree.After lunch enjoy a 4WD safari to appreciate the wonders of Garig Gunak Barlu National Park. First up is a visit to the stunning Nypa Palm gallery (Nypa Fruticans), one of only three locations in Australia where they can be found (the others are Melville Island and the Wenlock River). A short drive further brings us to the upper reaches of TrepangCreek, one of many creek systems that are a mix of spring fed and tidally influenced systems that help provide nourishment to the rich marine life of the park.
Next, you will explore the savannah woodlands of the park, potentially spotting Banteng and Buffalo and gaining some insight into the interesting and varied coastal habitats, before a visit to Gunners Quoin lookout. Return to the lodge late afternoon for your third and final evening atSeven Spirit Bay. (B,L,D)*Today the tour will split into two groups to undertake the day’s adventures. Group 1 will follow the itinerary shown above, while Group 2 will do the activities in reverse. The timings for the Port Essington fishing adventure are dependent upon tidal movements. As such, lunch arrangements are subject to change to suit the itinerary set by the Seven Spirit Bay marine managers.\
FAREWELL TO SEVEN SPIRIT BAY
This morning we will depart for the airstrip and board ourCessna Grand Caravan for the 45-minute scenic flight across Van Diemen Gulf (a weight limit of 130kg per guest applies). Upon arriving in Darwin this afternoon, we headto the city to check in to Hilton Garden Inn Darwin located on the picturesque esplanade.Enjoy the rest of the afternoon at your leisure before boarding the Charles Darwin for a delicious Territory-style sunset dinner cruise to celebrate a truly amazing trip! With beautiful views of the Top End city, there is no better way to experience Darwin's renowned sunsets than from onboard the Charles Darwin. (B,L,D)OVERNIGHT: 1 night Hilton Garden Inn Darwin
BOARD THE GHAN EXPEDITION IN DARWIN
our 13 Day Arnhem Land Wilderness Adventure comes to an end this morning.Enjoy an early breakfast at your hotel before checking out and making your way to the lobby ready to check in for your journey aboard The Ghan Expedition.Settle into the comforts of The Ghan Expedition, relax iny our cabin, or mingle with fellow travellers in the OutbackExplorer Lounge. Enjoy lunch ahead of your Off TrainExperience in Katherine. In a region renowned for jawdropping natural assets, Katherine boasts one of the TopEnd’s best – the incredible Nitmiluk Gorge. (B,L,D)OVERNIGHT: 1 night The Ghan Expedition
THE GHAN EXPEDITION
Arrive Alice Springs after breakfast you’ll arrive into Alice Springs, where a dayof fascinating Off Train Experiences awaits. Once your experience is complete, you will be transferred to yourhotel to enjoy the evening. (B,L)
OVERNIGHT: 1 night DoubleTree by Hilton Alice Springs
Today your 5-night Red Centre adventure with OutbackSpirit Tours starts. Early afternoon, you will be met by yourprofessional crew and enjoy a brief afternoon tour of AliceSprings, including Anzac Hill. You’ll learn what makes thisunique outback town tick before dinner at the hotel. (B,D)
OVERNIGHT: 1 night DoubleTree by Hilton Alice Springs
ALICE SPRINGS TO KINGS CANYON
Today, depart Alice Springs and travel the Mereenie Loop through the Western MacDonnell Ranges. Visit StandleyChasm and Ormiston Gorge before arriving at KingsCanyon. (B,L,D)OVERNIGHT: 2 nights Kings Canyon Resort
KINGS CANYON – WATARRKA NATIONAL PARK
Experience the wonders of majestic Kings Canyon with your choice of walk, including the 6-kilometre rim walk, featuring breathtaking views of the Watarrka NationalPark, or a less arduous 2.6 kilometre walk along the canyon floor. After returning to the resort in the afternoon, there is the opportunity to take a 15-minute helicopter flight over Kings Canyon and the Watarrka National Park. (B,L,D)PLEASE NOTE: Additional costs are applicable and weight imits apply to all scenic flights.
KINGS CANYON TO ULURU
Pass through Kings Creek Station and enjoy an informative paper talk and lunch at Curtin Springs, before arriving at Uluru. This evening’s unique ‘Sounds of Silence’ dining experience under the stars is a highlight. Beginning with canapes and chilled sparkling wine, listen to the atmospheric sound of the didgeridoo. The resident star talker will decode the southern night sky while you enjoy a premium bush tucker-inspired meal. (B,L,D)
OVERNIGHT: 2 nights Sails in the Desert Hotel
ULURU KATA TJUTA NATIONAL PARK
Early risers will experience the sun rising over Uluru and the colours of dawn spreading across the landscape. After breakfast, visit Kata Tjuta (the Olgas) and admire the stunning rock formations on a guided walk into Walpa Gorge. Learn about traditional Anangu culture on a guided tour around the base of Uluru. This evening, head to an exclusive dune-top location with majestic views of Uluru.Enjoy drinks and canapes as artist Bruce Munro’s global phenomenon ‘Field of Light’ comes to life, before exploring the stunning display via dedicated pathways. (B,L,D) PLEASE NOTE: Dinner this evening will be at approximately 9pm.
ULURU TO ALICE SPRINGS
After a leisurely breakfast, set your sights on Alice Springs.Pause at Mount Conner, known as the third desert giant,before arriving at your hotel in Alice Springs in the afternoon. (B,L)
OVERNIGHT: 1 night DoubleTree by Hilton Alice Springs
THE GHAN EXPEDITION, ALICE SPRINGSChecking out after breakfast, the day is yours to exploreAlice Springs. Return to your hotel to join a scheduledtransfer to the Alice Springs Rail Station to re-join the GhanExpedition. This evening, enjoy a unique dining experience.Tuck into a mouth-watering meal as you sip on a cold beeror a glass of fine wine under a chandelier of stars at theAlice Springs Telegraph Station. (B,D)OVERNIGHT: 2 nights The Ghan Expedition
THE GHAN EXPEDITION, COOBER PEDY
From your morning stop at Manguri, you’ll venture into the weird and wonderful opal mining township of Coober Pedy, where more than half of the residents live underground.Here, you’ll enjoy a day of discovery and lunch in the most unique of locations: underground. Dinner is served back on the train, where you can enjoy a nightcap as your journey continues. (B,L,D)
THE GHAN EXPEDITION, ADELAIDEThis morning, you’ll see a dramatic change in landscape as the rich ochre tones of the outback make way for the green fields of South Australia. Enjoy a leisurely brunch as you pass through the majestic Flinders Ranges before your arrival into Adelaide, completing one of the world’s grea trail journeys. (B)