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Top End Explorer

  • Available from: April 01 2019 - October 31 2019

From: $11,430 USD

Duration: 15 days/ 14 nights

Type: Groups, Private Charter, Shared.

Interests: Birds, Fish & Marine Invertebrates, Land Mammals & Marsupials, Reptiles & Amphibians.

Experience Australia's iconic outback and rainforest landscapes with this epic adventure that combines World Heritage-listed Kakadu National Park and Daintree National Park; the oldest continually surviving rainforest in the world, before concluding in one of the world's most beautiful cities, Sydney.

  • The richness and diversity of wildlife in Kakadu is simply extraordinary with wallabies, wallaroos, quolls, dingos, bats, goannas, frogs, pythons, waterbirds, cathedral termite mounds and the legendary Saltwater Crocodile, a small sample of viewing opportunities across these diverse habitats.

  • Experience a Daintree National Park Nocturnal Walk and River Cruise including Crocodile spotting and birdwatching!

  • Go on a Nocturnal spotlighting tour in the Southern Highlands outside of Sydney for iconic marsupials including wombats, possums and gliders.

*Prices are quoted in USD and are ‘from’, per person, based on double occupancy. Price excludes all airfares. Add domestic flights DRW-CNS-SYD from US$560pp. Travel may be limited to certain days of the week. Hotels and tours remain subject to availability and only available on certain days of the week. Please note blackout dates may apply to Christmas, New Year and local special event periods. CST #2012413-20 See our full Terms and Conditions.

Itinerary

Tour day-by-day

  • Darwin & Kakadu

    Day 1: Fly into Darwin, transfer to accommodation for your two night stay.

    Day 2: Enjoy a day at leisure in Darwin, a modern gateway to Australia's 'Top End'. The city boasts a relaxed, tropical lifestyle. Soak up the local culture at one of the markets such as Mindil Beach Markets held every Thursday and Sunday night from March until October. 

    Day 3: Today you will embark on your  epic 6 day/5 night Ultimate Kakadu Experience with Lords Kakadu & Arnhemland Safaris. You will be met at your Darwin accommodation and taken to the World Heritage-listed Kakadu National Park. The first stop is Fogg Dam Reserve. Fogg Dam has a year-round water coverage, making it an important feeding and roosting site for a wide variety of water birds, as well as other animals. A short detour off the highway is the beautiful Leaning Tree Lagoon. This billabong is often covered in water lilies, making it a popular quick stop for photographers. The last stop for today is a pristine waterfall, in Maguk (Barramundi) Gorge. A half mile walk through sub-monsoon rain forest leads to the base of a beautiful plunge pool, the ideal place to enjoy a refreshing swim in paradise. Overnight is at an exclusive permanent bush camp.

  • Arnhem Land

    Day 4: Today you have the privilege to enter Arnhemland – Aboriginal lands where access is restricted to only a select group of operators, and only at the invitation of the traditional owners. Visitors to Arnhem Land are able to experience a fascinating mixture of historical and living cultures. Your accommodation will be at the Davidson’s safari lodge at Mt Borradaile, a fully licensed camp in a natural bush setting.

    Day 5: Today is spent exploring and enjoying the incredible unique environment around Davidson’s Arnhemland Safaris. This location at Mt Borradaile is a registered aboriginal sacred site in an exclusively-leased area nestled against the Arnhem Land escarpment. Its rugged ranges, fringed by idyllic billabongs, floodplains, paper bark swamps and monsoonal rain forests, form an amazingly beautiful wilderness. While at Davidson’s, enjoy a range of activities and attractions, such as fishing, viewing Aboriginal art, and a billabong cruise.

    Day 6: Depart Davidson’s and head back through Kakadu National Park to Bamurru Plains, an exclusive lodge and wildlife experience on the magnificent Mary River floodplains. This safari-style camp is surrounded by savannah woodland teeming with an amazing assortment of wildlife, reptiles and birds. The accommodation is comfortable freestanding bungalows that are spacious and screened to let in the sounds of the floodplains. The focus of your stay at Bamurru is the environment around you and the wildlife and bird life for which it is home.

    Day 7: A morning airboat adventure on the floodplains is an exhilarating and perfect start to the day, and the only way to truly experience the amazing environment around Bamurru Plains. While at the camp, enjoy a variety of activities. Dominated by the climatic extremes of the tropical monsoon, the wetlands and savannah woodlands that fringe the coastal regions between Darwin and Kakadu National Park harbor an extraordinary diversity of flora and fauna. This place is home to thousands of Magpie geese, Plumed whistling ducks, egrets, ibis and a host of other birds, not to mention wild buffalo and wallabies.

    Day 8: Continue to enjoy the sights and experiences of Bamurru Plains this morning, and after lunch return to Darwin for an overnight stay.

  • Cairns, Daintree & Great Barrier Reef

    Day 9: Fly to Cairns and transfer to your city accommodation for the next three nights.

    Day 10: Today enjoy a full day excursion to the Great Barrier Reef, with exclusive access to a stunning coral reef location selected for its superior water clarity, coral quality and overall diversity of marine life. With five hours at the reef, there is time to do it all. If simply relaxing and soaking up the tropical warmth is more your style, then take time out on the spacious sundeck. Your day includes unlimited snorkel with all equipment (including wet-suits if required) and instruction, semi-submersible tours, glass-bottom boat tours, underwater observatory, marine biologist presentation, hot and cold buffet lunch, morning and afternoon tea and complimentary tea/coffee/water all day.

    Day 11: This afternoon, experience the Daintree Twilight tour with FNQ Nature Tours. Experience the magical views of the Great Barrier Reef Drive and observe the changes in habitat diversity as the tour ventures into the Daintree Tropical Rainforest. Cruise the Daintree River spotting wildlife on a quiet, clean solar electric boat with zero environmental impact. Dining in the evening Rainforest is an experience not to miss! Then enjoy a nocturnal wildlife tour - much of the local wildlife has adopted a nocturnal lifestyle to avoid the heat of the day in the tropical climate. Perhaps the most unique part of this experience is to observe nocturnal wildlife in the Wet Tropics. Return to Cairns later in the evening.

  • Sydney & Southern Highlands

    Day 12: Transfer to the airport for you flight to Sydney, your base for the next three nights.

    Day 13: You don't have to go far from Sydney to experience Australia's fabulous wildlife - you just have to know where to look. Travel with Boutique Wildlife Tours for the ideal afternoon/evening experience to encounter iconic Australian wildlife. Travel with a small group (maximum of 14) in a luxury 4WD vehicle to the South Coast and Southern Highland areas in search of kangaroos, wallabies, platypuses, possums, wombats and koalas in their natural settings. Great bird-life viewing is possible, including parrots, lyrebirds, bowerbirds and kookaburras. There is stunning scenery and short bush walks.

    Day 14: At your leisure to explore the city of Sydney. Experience one of the most beautiful harbours in the world, and view Sydney's iconic landmarks such as the Sydney Opera House, Sydney Harbour Bridge, Royal Botanic Gardens, Garden Island Naval base, Government House, palatial waterfront homes, Fort Denison and much more. Be seen on trendy Oxford Street from Darlinghurst to Paddington or try the Woolloomooloo Finger Wharf, Surry Hills, the quay or the Rocks.

    Day 15: Today you will transfer to Sydney airport for your departing flight.

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