Adventure In Style

Adventure In Style

An 11 night journey of getting off the beaten track and exploring the Top End and Kimberley region. Discover Kakadu National Park, Arnhem Land, Cobourg Peninsula and have the chance to view amazing ancient Aboriginal Rock Art. Continue your journey to Western Australia’s Berkeley River Lodge. Finally go out back on a million acre property, staying in style at El Questro Homestead.

Itinerary

Day 1

An early start today as you depart from your Darwin Hotel for your private guided tour with Venture North for the World Heritage-listed Kakadu National Park. En route join a morning cruise on the picturesque Corroboree Billabong. On this scenic cruise you have the opportunity to view a large variety of birdlife as well as salt water crocodiles in their natural environment. Learn more about the wildlife on the billabong from your knowledgeable guide who will make the cruise both fascinating and informative.

Continue to the historical Bark Hut Inn for a refreshment stop before entering Kakadu. Travel along the old Jim Jim Road visiting White Lily Billabong before arriving at Maguk (Barramundi Gorge). Enjoy a scenic 1km walk along the edge of Barramundi Creek before arriving at the base of Barramundi Falls. Here you have the opportunity to swim or snorkel in the large plunge pool below the falls and discover an array of aquatic life.

Depart Maguk late afternoon for Nawalandja 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 the Lake View Bush Bungalows, which is your accommodation for tonight.

Meals: Lunch, Dinner
Hotel: Anbinik Kakadu Resort (Bush Bungalow)

Kadaku National Park

Day 2

After breakfast travel from Jabiru to the northern region of Kakadu National Park to Cahill’s Crossing on the East Alligator River and 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 bird life and water lilies running up alongside the Arnhem Land escarpment.

Upon arrival at Gunbalanya you will visit the Injalak Arts and Craft Centre. Here you have the opportunity to meet and watch traditional local artists in action before departing with an Aboriginal guide to be shown around the Injalak Hill art sites. Spend the morning experiencing some of the best Aboriginal rock art in Australia before returning to the Injalak Art Centre where we leave our hosts and journey on to the Cobourg Peninsula. The drive takes approximately 3-4 hours with stops and creek crossings along the way. Later arrive at Venture North’s camp you will be greeted by the resident camp hosts and served nibbles on the cliff top. Relax as the sun sets over Port Essington.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Hotel: Venture North’s Cobourg Coastal Camp

aboriginal venture north

Day 3

Awake to the sound of birds and enjoy a special ‘Cobourg-style’ cooked breakfast. Today will be spent exploring the Northern Territory’s only Marine Park by boat. Cobourg is abundant in some amazing marine life including six species of marine turtle, dolphins, sharks, crocodiles, stingrays, mud crabs and plenty of fish. As you cruise the Marine Park, 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 late afternoon where you can explore the nearby beaches and creek systems, try your luck at fishing or simply enjoy the solitude while reading a book from a hammock overlooking the ocean. Tonight enjoy a freshly caught seafood dinner.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Hotel: Venture North’s Cobourg Coastal Camp

venture north fishing

Day 4

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

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Hotel: Venture North’s Cobourg Coastal Camp

venture north seafood

Day 5

This morning depart Cobourg early. Sit back and enjoy the bush scenery of Arnhem Land as you make your way back to Kakadu National Park. After numerous stops along the way enjoy lunch next to the banks of the mighty East Alligator River. After lunch visit Ubirr Rock where you 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 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 in Darwin approximately 7:00pm for a well-earned rest at the SKYCITY Darwin. Nestled on 30 acres of tropical gardens alongside the Arafura Sea, SKYCITY’s bustling casino is teamed with accommodation and dining options. SKYCITY is home to Darwin’s only five-star beachfront resort, complete with a private white-sand beach and an eight room tropical spa. Relax in one of the stylishly appointed hotel or resort rooms, swim in the infinity-edged or lagoon style pools, enjoy the cuisine of our five distinctive restaurants, and indulge in spa treatments.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Hotel: SKYCITY Darwin

venture north darwin

Day 6

This morning after breakfast your private driver will collect you from your hotel and transfer you to the Darwin Airport for your scheduled charter flight direct to Berkeley River Lodge. In one of the world’s last true wilderness areas, between Timor Sea sunrises and Berkeley River sunsets, the ultimate Kimberley adventure and refined indulgence awaits. Only accessible by air or sea, getting to The Berkeley is half the adventure. From your ocean-view villa, floating atop the coastal dune, a whole world of little-known natural treasures unfolds before you. Stroll to secluded beaches. Cruise through majestic gorges. Heli-fish hidden gems.

Twenty luxury villas are perfectly positioned along a 65-metre-high dune to command 180-degree panoramas sweeping from Joseph Bonaparte Gulf to Reveley Island, or from the mouth of the Berkeley River to its rugged red gorges beyond. The Main Lodge is just a short stroll from your villa. Here, you can cool off in the 20m lap pool or lounge with a book from the lodge library as well as enjoy the sprawling views of the Kimberley coastline from their Dunes restaurant.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Hotel: Berkeley River Lodge

berkeley bedroom

Day 7

To ensure guests enjoy the best of Berkeley’s many extraordinary landscapes and experiences, a selection of activities, including boat cruises, bush and beach 4WD tours, guided walks and fishing tours are included in your stay.

A range of activities offered as part of the tariff. These may include:

River cruises
Fishing tours
Guided Bush Hikes
Wilderness Picnics
Bird-watching tours
Sea Turtle viewing (seasonal)
Bush and Beach 4WD Tours

Tours and experiences available for an extra cost:
Heli-Fishing
Scenic Helicopter Flights
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Hotel: Berkeley River Lodge

berkeley bathroom

Day 8

Continue to enjoy the selected activities on offer while staying at Berkeley River Lodge or perhaps choose from one of the optional touring such as a helicopter flight.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Hotel: Berkeley River Lodge

Berkeley River

Day 9

After breakfast, you will be transferred to the Berkeley River Lodge airstrip for your private charter flight to El Questro. Totalling one million acres in size, El Questro is located in Western Australia’s untamed Kimberley region and extends for approximately 80 kilometres into its heart, most of which has never been explored. It is one of Australia’s last true frontiers.

El Questro Homestead, sits amid a cool oasis shaded by palm trees and tropical greenery, perched atop an escarpment that plummets into the Chamberlain River. There are just eight guest rooms and one luxurious suite in the sprawling homestead, the interior design taking its cues from the environment, embracing rustic Australian furnishings. El Questro Homestead has become a by-word for absolute luxury within the Australian wilds. Located in the heart of the beautiful, forbidding Kimberley, The Homestead is an exclusive retreat open to just 18 guests.

El Questro tours and activities form an integral part of every visit to the property. The homestead offers a wide range of complimentary excursions that provide opportunities to fully immerse yourself in the natural attractions of the Wilderness Park. The majority are exclusive to Homestead guests, facilitating engagement between the small group and their guide. El Questro’s enthusiastic rangers are adept at personalising your experience to your individual tastes.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Hotel: El Questro Homestead

El Questro Homestead bathroom

Day 10

A range of activities offered as part of your stay. These may include:

Boating through the Chamberlain Gorge
Self-drive boats
Bush culture, history and nature tour
Bird-watching tour
Exclusive use of Zebedee Springs (offered to Homestead guests every afternoon)
Tours and experiences available for extra cost may include:

Miri Miri Waterfall by Helicopter
The Lost City Cave Tour by Helicopter
Champagne Springs Walk by Helicopter
Amaroo Falls by Helicopter
4WD Fishing Tour to the Pentecost River
Heli-fishing tours
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Hotel: El Questro Homestead

El Questro Homestead

Day 11

Continue to enjoy the selected activities on offer while staying at El Questro Homestead or perhaps choose from one of the optional touring such as a helicopter flight.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Hotel: El Questro Homestead

el questro homestead private dining

Day 12

Enjoy your last morning at El Questro homestead before transferring by road to Kununurra to connect with your onward arrangements.

Meals: Breakfast
Hotel: None

el questro homestead fireplace

Notes

This tour is designed for – Solo travellers/couples/small groups and families with children 16 years and over. El Questro Homestead is not suited to children under this age, should the itinerary be of interest and you are travelling with a young family please contact one of our Travel Designers as we can substitute El Questro Homestead with another property to suit accordingly.

This Itinerary is available from May to end of October when the weather is favourable in the Northern region of Australia.Please note El Questro Homestead is closed for the wet-season from November to March, Berkeley River Lodge also closes from 1st December – 1st March and Venture North operates from May to end of October (Monday to Thursday for scheduled share tours).

While we endeavour to make the itinerary as accurate as possible, it should be considered as an approximate schedule of activities and guide only rather than a rigid schedule of events. Trip itineraries are subject to revision due to weather, conditions, government restrictions and other reasons beyond our control.

Prices

As with all The Tailor itineraries, this itinerary can be customised or combined with other destinations to suit your individual interests and requirements.

Please contact one of our specialist Travel Designers to make an enquiry and check on pricing for your preferred dates of travel – call on + 61 8 8354 4405 or email.

Inclusions

Based on 2 Adults

  • 4 Night share tour with Venture North including a professional guide/driver, purpose built 4WD trailer & equipment, Corroboree Billabong cruise, all Kakadu, Arnhem Land & Cobourg Peninsula permits and entry fees, accommodation & camp fees (twin share), snorkelling equipment, Injalak Aboriginal guide fee, Cobourg Peninsula boat tour, Victoria Settlement permit fee, meals as stated
  • 1 Night SKYCITY Darwin in 1 x Superior Lagoon Room and Darwin Airport vehicle transfer
  • 3 Nights Berkeley River Lodge in 1 x Ocean view villa, all gourmet meals and selected beverages, selected activities including river and coastal cruises, beach and bush 4wd excursions, fishing charters, guided walks and scheduled charter flight from Darwin to Berkeley River Lodge
  • 3 Nights El Questro Homestead in 1 x Cliff Side Retreat, all dining and selected beverages are included along with selected tours within El Questro Wilderness Park and El Questro Wilderness Park Permit. Additional charges apply for Cellar Master List. Private charter flight from Berkeley River Lodge to El Questro, vehicle transfer from El Questro to Kununurra.
  • 24 hour access to The Tailor support staff while in travelling in Australia

Exclusions

  • International Flights to and from Australia
  • Domestic Flights within Australia unless stated above
  • Some Meals & Beverages
  • Some Activities
  • Telephone calls
  • All items of a personal nature
  • Travel insurance
  • Gratuities

For a full detailed Itinerary please contact our Travel Designers.

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