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Botanica

Botanical Top End, Rock Art & Kakadu

Darwin Return

Trip Code: BTTE8
8 Days
21 June 2024

Trip Highlights

Darwin’s Private Gardens

Visit some of Darwin’s best private gardens, including Anthill Gardens.

Kakadu and Litchfield National Park

Stay within Kakadu National Park and explore the waterfalls and rainforest of Litchfield National Park. Image: Tourism NT.

Katherine’s Breathtaking Panoramas

Admire the striking landscapes of Katherine, hear Dreamtime Stories and join the Nitnit Dreaming 2 Gorge tour.

  • Trip Inclusions
  • Map & Itinerary
  • Similar Trips

Trip Inclusions

  • Travel with a small group of 15-20 guests, escorted by an expert Botanical Guide
  • Includes seven nights’ accommodation in centrally located four-star hotels, return airport-to-hotel transfers, plus 17 meals and select beverages 
  • Relax aboard a spacious coach with an experienced and informative Coach Captain
  • All sightseeing and entrance fees as per the itinerary
  • Enjoy internationally renowned artistic and cultural collections at the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory
  • Visit the famous Mindil Beach Sunset Market and walk through one of the special private gardens in Darwin, home to a collection of tropical species
  • In Kakadu National Park, enjoy the Yellow Water Cruise on the world-famous Yellow Water Billabong to see native plants and birdlife
  • Learn about the plants, animals, Dreamtime Stories and culture from your cultural guides in Katherine

Map & Itinerary

Trip Notes

  • Itinerary and inclusions are subject to change
  • Medium Fitness Level - involves walking on uneven surfaces and stairs, and being able to stand for up to one hour, while keeping up with the pace of the group
  • Group size: 15 to 25 guests
  • The facilities we have chosen in regional/remote areas are the best available, however, accommodation, service and dining options are limited
Map
Darwin Return

You will be met in Darwin and transferred to your hotel. This evening, enjoy a Welcome Dinner and meet your fellow travellers and Botanical Guide.

Stay: Three Nights: Darwin, Double Tree by Hilton Esplanade or similar

Daily :
  • Dinner

This morning, enjoy a Darwin sightseeing tour, which includes a visit to the Jingili Water Gardens. We then browse the exhibits at the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, home to internationally renowned artistic and cultural collections. This afternoon, explore the George Brown Darwin Botanic Gardens, noted for their collections of northern Australian and other tropical plant species. We finish our day at Burnett House, where we take a guided tour to learn about this unique, historic property. 

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner

After breakfast today we enjoy a guided tour of Lakeside Drive Community Garden, an award-winning demonstration site for tropical food production and sustainable living education. Afterwards we are hosted by Jasmine Jan, a talented local artist who treats us to an exploration of her garden and studio. After lunch we spend some time at Berry Springs, enjoying a swim in its natural pools, or perhaps take a walk through the monsoon forest and wetlands, where a variety of bird species make their home. With more than 100,000 armed forces personnel having been based in the area during World War II, remnants of this history can also be found here. Tonight, we make our way to the famous Mindil Beach Sunset Market, where you will have time to browse the many stalls and purchase dinner at your leisure. 

Daily :
  • Breakfast

Depart Darwin for Kakadu National Park. On arrival in Kakadu, we see some of the world’s oldest and most spectacular rock art, along with incredible views across the Arnhem Land escarpment at Ubirr. Travelling on, we visit the Warradjan Aboriginal Cultural Centre to see artefacts illustrating stories of the land’s Traditional Owners. Late in the afternoon, we join a Yellow Water cruise along the world-famous Ngurrungurrudjba, or Yellow Water Billabong, where we see an abundance of native plants and birdlife. About one third of Australia’s total bird species are represented here in Kakadu National Park, including jabirus and brolgas. This evening sees us staying within Kakadu overnight. 

Stay: Kakadu, Cooinda Lodge or similar

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

This morning you have the opportunity to take a scenic flight over Kakadu (at your own expense), before we make our way to Katherine, where the Outback meets the tropics. Along the way, we enjoy lunch at Pine Creek and visit the local museum, which is the oldest prefabricated corrugated iron building in Australia. Check into Cicada Lodge, our home for the next two nights. 

Stay: Two Nights: Katherine, Cicada Lodge or similar

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Join the NitNit Dreaming 2 Gorge tour this morning and take in the region’s breathtaking landscapes while learning about the plants, animals, culture, and Dreamtime Stories from your Indigenous guides. See the hanging gardens, a section of the gorge with an almost rainforest-like atmosphere. After lunch, we continue our cultural journey with an inspiring presentation that offers us the chance to gain a deeper understanding of Jawoyn culture and traditions. 

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Depart Katherine for Litchfield National Park, an ancient landscape shaped by its waterfalls, creeks and rainforest. Enjoy a picnic lunch while exploring this incredible natural wonder. This afternoon, we travel back to Darwin, where we celebrate our journey over a Farewell Dinner. 

Stay: Darwin, Double Tree by Hilton Esplanade or similar

Daily :
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

Today, after breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport as our journey concludes.

Daily :
  • Breakfast

Everything was wonderful. There were great sightseeing trips and the guides were very knowledgeable.

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