Depart Darwin, head south along the Stuart Highway before turning left onto the Arnhem Highway. Stop at Fogg Dam, observe the haven of reptiles and bird life. A stop at Bark Hut for morning tea (own expense) before entering Kakadu National Park.
Kakadu – a cultural landscape, was shaped by the spiritual ancestors of Aboriginal people during the Creation time. The name ‘Kakadu’ comes from an Aboriginal floodplain language called Gagudju.
Visit the National Park Headquarters, Bowali Visitors Centre. Named after the Bowali Creek which flows nearby, the centre’s long linear design was inspired by an Aboriginal Rock shelter. The Bowali Visitor Centre contains a wealth of information about Kakadu. Information staff, videos, displays and a library are all available.
Check into your accommodation, and have some lunch. A little time for relaxing and perhaps a swim.
A 1km circular track takes you past several fascinatiing Aboriginal rock art sites. An additional 250m moderately steep climb takes you to the top of a rocky lookout that gives superb views over the Nardab floodplain. The perfect spot at sunset.
Return to your accommodation for a BBQ dinner to delight.
Accommodation: Holiday Inn Gagadju Crocodile Hotel. (LD)
An early start this morning. Join the Yellow Waters Billabong Cruise. You will be joining the Sunrise Cruise to view a variety of plants, birds and animals including a Crocodile or two. After your cruise a full breakfast will be served at Mimi's Restaurant at Gagudju Cooinda Lodge.
After breakfast depart Cooinda and travel to the Warradjan Cultural Centre which features large displays providing detailed information about Aboriginal culture in Kakadu. The circular design of the cultural centre represents a warradjan (pig-nosed turtle). The Centre’s large display, developed by Bininj/Mungguy, provides detailed information about Aboriginal culture in Kakadu.
Depart and continue to Nourlangie Rock, an ancient Aboriginal living shelter. The area surrounding Nourlangie has great diversity - creeks, billabongs, sandy alluvial plains, forest and sandstone escarpment. Rich in food sources - fish, waterfowl, wallabies, flying foxes and yams groups of Aboriginals made this area one where they would make camp and utilise the natural resources. Whilst living in the area paintings of animals, insects and people that were done years ago, now help us to record human occupation in the region. Signs and displays will give detailed explanations of the art and area. Return to the Crocodile Hotel for lunch, before returning to Darwin. (BL)
The above itinerary includes:
- Meals as stated
- Touring as stated
- Air conditioned luxury vehicles
- Kakadu National Park Entry Permit
- Experienced driver/guides
- Sole use – Yellow Waters Cruise