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(SJ)Top End Discovery with Bunnik Tours -15 August 2022

 

Explore the Top End in depth on this small group tour with Bunnik Tours. Departing from tropical Darwin we will bear witness to World Heritage-listed Aboriginal Rock Art throughout Kakadu. Our journey will see us trekking the scenic bushlands teeming with natural wonders, from amazing lookouts and towering waterfalls, to billabongs perfect for swimming, and all while spotting the incredible wildlife that call Australia home.

 

 

 

10 Day Holiday 

 

Special Experiences

  • Together with an Aboriginal guide, we’ll cruise the East Alligator River, gaining a unique insight into the river’s cultural significance, abundant food chain, and bush survival skills. We’ll also disembark on the Arnhem Land side of the river for a hunting demonstration
  • Cruise the breathtaking three gorges of Nitmiluk (Katherine) Gorge, as we learn from expert guides the history and meaning behind the ancient Aboriginal Rock Art, dating back 8-10 thousand years. Take the opportunity to swim, an experience we will never forget!
  • Enjoy a short hike to the towering Tolmer Falls, before continuing to view the pristine waters of the iconic Karrimurra (Florence Falls).

 

Sightseeing

  • Small Group of maximum 20 people
  • City tour of Darwin, including the Museum & Art Gallery of NT, WWII Oil Storage Tunnels and the Royal Flying Doctor Service facility
  • Tour the Fogg Dam Conservation Reserve
  • Stay 3 nights in the heart of iconic Kakadu National Park
  • Tour Kakadu’s Burrungkuy (Nourlangie) region
  • Sail the East Alligator River on the Guluyambi Cultural Cruise
  • View the Ubirr Aboriginal Rock Art
  • Walk to Nadab Lookout to witness the spectacular view over Arnhem Land
  • Visit the Warradjan Cultural Centre
  • Cruise the Ngurrungurrudjba (Yellow Water) Billabong at sunset
  • Dip in the pools of Leliyn (Edith Falls) in Nitmiluk (Katherine) National Park
  • Drift through the three gorges of Nitmiluk (Katherine) Gorge
  • Visit Tom Curtain’s Katherine Outback Experience, for an insight into life on a sheep and cattle farm
  • Take a short walk at Litchfield’s well-known Wangi Falls
  • Tour the staggering Magnetic Termite Mounds
  • Enjoy the natural beauty of Karrimurra (Florence Falls) and Tolmer Falls
  • Walk through the monsoon forest of Berry Springs Nature Park and even enjoy a swim at the waterhole

Touring

  • All touring in air-conditioned vehicles
  • National Park Pass

Accommodation

  • 9 nights accommodation in 3-4 star hotels & motels

Properties include:

  • Adina Apartment Hotel Darwin Waterfront, Darwin
  • Cooinda Lodge, Kakadu National Park
  • Contour Hotel, Katherine
  • Litchfield Outback Resort, Batchelor

Hotels listed are an indication and are subject to change without notice.

Meals

  • 9 breakfasts, 4 lunches and 4 dinners, including group welcome and farewell dinners

Tour Guides

  • Escorted by a Bunnik Tours representative
  • English-speaking driver guide

Some things to note

Traveller safety is our highest priority. Bunnik Tours’ has therefore adopted the covid safe travel protocols released by the Council of Australian Tour Operators (CATO) and the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) to ensure a high level of hygiene and safety on our tours.  Bunnik Tours has always practiced social distancing through our policy of using full sized coaches for small groups.

 

Price: $5295.00 Twin Share
Please contact us for solo room availability and pricing

Day
1

Arrive Darwin

Darwin, the tropical capital of the top end will surprise you. Its modern metropolis is bustling with decadent eateries, recreational lagoons and captivating museums, while still maintaining its cultural connection with its traditional owners, the Larrakia people.

This evening at 6:30pm, we meet our fellow travellers at our hotel for a welcome dinner.

(Dinner)
2

Darwin

Get acquainted with this historic city on an orientation tour, beginning with a visit to the Museum & Art Gallery of Northern Territory. The museum exhibits an impressive collection of old and new art pieces, a maritime gallery and don’t miss their resident saltwater crocodile, Sweetheart, believed to have been over 50 years old when he passed.

We’ll continue to Darwin’s scenic waterfront area, where we visit the WWII Oil Storage Tunnels. Construction of the tunnel network commenced in 1942 following Japanese air-raids, however upon completion, they were never used for their original purpose of protecting oil. Eventually the tunnels were later utilised to store jet fuel for a short period in the 1950s during conflict with Indonesia. Our last stop is the Royal Flying Doctor Service facility located on Darwin’s Stokes Hill Wharf, which houses interactive displays bringing the RFDS’s history of aero medical operations to life.

Our afternoon is at leisure to further explore Darwin’s sights at our own pace, or head back to the hotel for a relax by the pool.

(Breakfast)
3

Darwin – Kakadu

The expansive and rugged Kakadu National Park is our destination today. Home to the oldest civilisation and breathtaking natural beauty, we’ll immerse ourselves in the cultural history overflowing in this region.

On our way, we’ll stop at the Fogg Dam Conservation Reserve, a wetland haven for an incredibly rich diversity of birdlife. Originally constructed during the 1950’s to provide irrigation for the Humpty Doo Rice Project, the Fogg Dam was converted to a protected area soon after completion, to provide refuge for local wildlife during the dry season.

As we arrive in the national park, we’ll gain an understanding of Aboriginal life through the years, as we explore the Burrungkuy (Nourlangie) region. Take the trails and uncover the World Heritage-listed Rock Art of the Anbangbang gallery and shelter, portraying various painting styles and imagery from European sailing ships to Namarrkon, the famous ‘lightning man’. As we continue our walk through the Nanguluwurr art site, keep your eyes out for the elusive ‘barrk’, or black wallaroo. Reaching the Nawurlandja Lookout, we’ll be presented with panoramic views over the Arnhem Land escarpment, Burrungkuy (Nourlangie) rock and the Anbangbang Billabong.

(Breakfast, Lunch)
4

Kakadu

Today we’ll venture to the north-eastern reaches of Kakadu National Park, where we’ll embark on a Guluyambi Cultural Cruise.

SPECIAL EXPERIENCE

Together with an Aboriginal guide, we’ll cruise the East Alligator River, gaining a unique insight into the river’s cultural significance, abundant food chain, and bush survival skills. We’ll also disembark on the Arnhem Land side of the river for a hunting demonstration.

Later, we’ll marvel at the ancient Aboriginal Rock Art in Ubirr, one of Kakadu’s most significant sites, depicting fascinating stories and illustrating vital food animals. We’ll hike to nearby Nadab Lookout, taking in the incredible vistas over Arnhem Land.

(Breakfast, Lunch)
5

Kakadu

We’ll enjoy a relaxing morning at leisure.

In the afternoon, we’ll visit the nearby Warradjan Cultural Centre. This facility provides a fascinating insight into Bininj culture and history, through its impressive exhibition of Aboriginal artwork and interpretive displays.

A special evening awaits, as we cruise Ngurrungurrudjba (Yellow Water) Billabong. As the sun slowly sets, we can sit back and take in the abundance of birdlife that frequent the wetlands. Be on the look out for the saltwater crocodile and possibly a buffalo or two, who call this region home.

OPTIONAL EXCURSION

Enjoy extraordinary aerial views of Kakadu National Park on an incredible scenic flight. To avoid disappointment, it is strongly recommended to pre-book this optional prior to travel. Passenger’s weight must be advised at time of booking. (60 minutes – $250pp)

(Breakfast)
6

Kakadu – Leliyn (Edith Falls) – Katherine

We bid farewell to Kakadu today as we head south to the stunning region of Katherine – home to the majestic Nitmiluk (Katherine) Gorge. A steep and rocky bushwalk will be worth the effort once we arrive at the mesmerising Leliyn (Edith Falls). Step amongst the smooth boulders, dotted between the water pools; the perfect spot for a rejuvenating swim.

Later, we’ll check in to our hotel for a well-earned, relaxing evening at leisure.

(Breakfast)
7

Katherine – Nitmiluk (Katherine) Gorge – Katherine

Make sure your camera batteries are charged up for today, as we give our legs a rest for this tranquil, special experience!

SPECIAL EXPERIENCE

Cruise the breathtaking three gorges of Nitmiluk (Katherine) Gorge, as we learn from expert guides the history and meaning behind the ancient Aboriginal Rock Art, dating back 8-10 thousand years. Take the opportunity to swim, an experience we will never forget!

We have an exciting and interactive afternoon ahead as we witness Tom Curtain’s fantastic Katherine Outback Experience. Watch in awe as Tom and his team attempt to train and ride young, sometimes wild horses, along with providing an insight into how they condition their working dogs to muster sheep and cattle. Life on the farm should always end with some live Australian country music and who better to perform it than two-time Golden Guitar winner and our new favourite horseman, Tom Curtain.

(Breakfast, Dinner)
8

Katherine – Litchfield National Park – Batchelor

This morning we make our way to Litchfield National Park, where our touring over the next two days includes visits to a number of scenically stunning waters, surrounded by monsoonal rainforest.

After lunch we’ll venture inside the park, beginning with a short walk to the pristine Wangi Falls. We’ll also discover the truly unique Magnetic Termite Mounds that have to be seen to be believed, some of which reach up to a staggering 4-metres-tall!

We will arrive at our accommodation in the evening, in time for dinner.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
9

Batchelor – Litchfield National Park – Darwin

More natural wonders await us today in Litchfield National Park, as we combine an interpretive guided walk, some of the best photo spots on earth and a refreshing dip in one of the natural plunge pools.

SPECIAL EXPERIENCE

Enjoy a short hike to the towering Tolmer Falls, before continuing to view the pristine waters of the iconic Karrimurra (Florence Falls).

As we farewell Litchfield, we make our way back to Darwin, stopping enroute to visit the Berry Springs Nature Park. We’ll have some free time to explore this little-known gem, which once formed part of a rest and recreation camp for armed forces during WWII. Enjoy one last swimming opportunity in the park’s pristine waterhole, or take one of the walking trails through the surrounding monsoon rainforest and woodlands.

Tonight, we’ll meet for a delicious farewell dinner.

(Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
10

Depart Darwin

Our tour concludes after breakfast this morning. We bid farewell to our new friends and to the diverse and wonderful top end of Australia.

(Breakfast)

Please note: This itinerary may be subject to change.

 

Payment conditions

  • A non-refundable deposit(s) per person is required within 7 days
  • Balance of payment for your tour is to be paid 60 days prior to departure or at time of booking if departure is within 60 days (different payment requirements apply to third party tours, rail and cruise, to be advised at time of booking)
  • You may cancel your booking by giving written notice to us. Cancellation fees and charges will be levied as follows irrespective of when notice of cancellation is received:
    • any amounts we have paid or have contractually committed to pay to third parties to deliver your travel arrangements that we cannot reasonably recover (for example payments made or due to airlines and ground operators);
    • any increase in the costs to operate the tour which we incur resulting from your cancellation;
    • a fee not greater than 15% of the booking value to compensate us for work performed up until the time of cancellation; and
    • a fee not greater than 5% of the booking value to compensate us for processing the cancellation and any associated refund.

    Please note that the earlier you cancel your booking the lower the cancellation charges are likely to be. You agree that these cancellation fees and charges are reasonable and required to protect our legitimate business interests.

    If you have paid any amount to us at the time of cancellation, we may use it to pay the above fees and charges. If after the application of these fees and charges there is a surplus of payments you have made to us, we will refund this to you within a reasonable time. If there is a deficiency, then you must pay us the difference.

    Any payments we have made to third parties will only be refunded to you once we have deducted the above cancellation fees and charges and once we have actually recovered the amounts from the third parties. We will use reasonable endeavours to recover third party payments, but we make no guarantee that we will be able to recover amounts from third parties.

    For group departures, a transfer of a confirmed booking to another departure date is deemed to be cancellation of the original booking.