Summary

Kakadu, Arnhem Land and Cobourg Peninsula Tour

Kakadu, Arnhem Land and Cobourg Peninsula Tour

Kakadu. NT

This 5 day tour offers a range of Indigenous-guided experiences throughout Arnhem Land and the Cobourg Peninsula. Departing from Darwin, this tour will guide a small group through Kakadu National Park to Coubourg. Highlights of the tour include a wetland cruise, Corroboree billabong cruise, Indigenous guided rock-art tour, Mamukala Wetlands and more.

This is the perfect tour for Aussies looking to gain a better understanding of the land around them.

Inclusions

  • 4 nights and 5 days tour
  • 4 nights camping 
  • All meals and activities 
  • Local tour guide and transport
  • Cobourg Peninsula boat tour.

Travel Validity

Valid for Departures

  • 02 Jun 2022
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Itinerary & Map

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Day 1: Depart Darwin - Kakadu National Park - Nawurlandja Lookout

Depart Darwin for the World Heritage-listed Kakadu National Park. En route you will experience a morning cruise on the picturesque Corroboree Billabong. You’ll have the opportunity to view a large variety of birdlife and saltwater crocodiles in their natural environment. Learn more about the wildlife on the billabong from your guide who will make the cruise both fascinating and informative.

Continue to Kakadu via the old Jim Jim Road visiting White Lily Billabong before arriving at Maguk (Barramundi Gorge). Enjoy a scenic walk along the edge of Barramundi Creek before arriving at the base of Barramundi Falls. Here you can swim or snorkel in the large plunge pool below the falls and discover an array of aquatic life.

Depart Maguk late afternoon for Nawurlandja Lookout. A short climb takes us up the sloping sandstone to provide views of the sun setting across Anbangbang Billabong, Nourlangie Rock and the Arnhem Land escarpment.

Depart after sunset for Jabiru and Anbinik Kakadu Resort, our accommodation for the night.

Inclusions

  • Meals: lunch and dinner
  • Overnight: Anbinik Kakadu Resort (bush bungalow).
Day 2: Arnhem Land - Gunbalanya - Cobourg

After breakfast, we travel from Jabiru to the northern region of Kakadu National Park to Cahill’s Crossing on the East Alligator River where we enter Arnhem Land. A 15 km scenic drive to Gunbalanya Aboriginal community provides some of the best driving views in the Top End with floodplains covered in birdlife and water lilies.

Upon arrival at Gunbalanya, we will visit the renowned Injalak Arts and Craft Centre. Here you can meet and watch traditional local artists in action before departing with our Aboriginal guide to be shown around the Injalak Hill rock art sites. Spend the morning experiencing some of the best Aboriginal rock art in Australia. The area is home to a unique style of ‘x-ray art’, dating back many thousands of years. Listen to ancient dreamtime stories and learn more about Indigenous culture in the heart of Arnhem Land.

Next, we will continue to the most northern tip of Arnhem Land; the Cobourg Peninsula, part of the Garig Gunak Barlu National Park. The drive takes approximately 3-4 hrs with stops and creek crossings along the way.

Upon arriving at Cobourg, we’ll head straight to Venture North's private camp where you’ll be greeted by the resident camp host and served nibbles on the cliff top. Relax as the sun sets over Port Essington.

Inclusions

  • Meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Overnight: Cobourg Coastal Camp (permanent safari tent).
Day 3: Cobourg - Port Essington

Awake to the sound of birds and enjoy a special ‘Cobourg-style’ cooked breakfast.

This morning will be spent exploring the Northern Territory’s largest Marine Park by boat. Cobourg is abundant in some amazing marine life including six of the seven species of marine turtle, manta rays, dolphins, sharks, crocodiles, mud crabs and plenty of fish.

As we cruise the Marine Park we will stop and visit the Victoria Settlement ruins. Established prior to Darwin as a military outpost by the British, this site represents the third failed attempt at settlement in Northern Australia. After surviving for 11 years between 1838 and 1849 it was abandoned. Stone ruins still stand on the shoreline of Port Essington and serve as a reminder of the hardships faced by the early colonists.

Depart the settlement and enjoy a slow journey back to camp stopping along the way to spot marine life and do some fishing.

Return to camp this afternoon where you can explore the nearby beaches and creek systems. Try your luck at fishing or enjoy the solitude while reading a book from a hammock overlooking the ocean.

Tonight enjoy a freshly caught seafood dinner.

Inclusions

  • Meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Overnight: Cobourg Coastal Camp (permanent safari tent).
Day 4: 4WD Tour - Mud Crabbing

Today we explore the eastern side of the Park, this time by 4WD.

Cobourg is home to the first RAMSAR wetland (wetlands of international importance) in the world with freshwater paperbark swamps and billabongs 100m from the coastline.

Continue via the northern beaches, commonly used as turtle nesting areas and covered in a wide range of shells. Low tide provides opportunities to explore exposed coral reefs and rock pools which are home to a variety of marine life.

After lunch you will have an opportunity to go hunting for mud crabs using traditional Aboriginal methods. Learn how to hunt and gather these local delicacies before having a go yourself.

Later in the afternoon we will also visit the Park’s Cultural and Information Centre before making our way back towards camp.

Inclusions

  • Meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Overnight: Cobourg Coastal Camp (permanent safari tent).
Day 5: Ubirr Rock - Mamukala - Darwin

This morning we depart Cobourg early. Sit back and enjoy the bush scenery of Arnhem Land as we make our way back to Kakadu National Park. After stops along the way we will enjoy lunch next to the banks of the mighty East Alligator River.

After lunch visit Ubirr Rock where we spend time viewing some of Kakadu’s best Aboriginal rock art. A short walk to the top of Ubirr offers spectacular views of the surrounding wetlands and stone country.

Depart Ubirr to Darwin via the Arnhem Highway. En route to Darwin we will stop and visit the Mamukala wetlands, which at times is a haven for thousands of Magpie Geese as well as many other species of native birds and reptiles.

Arrive at Darwin at approximately 7:00pm.

Inclusions

  • Meals: lunch and dinner.
Exclusions
  • Alcohol - BYO
  • Personal expenses and tips
  • Comprehensive travel insurance.
Terms and Conditions
  • Accommodation is on a twin share basis, and single travellers are paired with the same gender. Single supplement room upgrades can be requested at the time of booking. Surcharge ($220)
  • The accommodation featured are the usual properties. At certain locations, may use alternative accommodation (of equal standard) when needed
  • Blackout dates apply and shown in calendar
  • Booking changes are allowed free of charge before final balance due date, additional rates may apply on new dates
  • Final balance is due 2 months before departure.