Ultimate Top End Adventure
This 10 night adventure will deliver you the ultimate Australian Top End experience. Commencing with a 3 day privately guided journey through Arnhemland and Kakadu, experiencing Aboriginal Culture and viewing amazing wildlife, followed by a 3 day canoeing safari along the picturesque Katherine River, camping under the stars, after that a 2 night stay at Bullo River Station, participating in authentic station life on this acre working cattle station, and finally spend 2 nights at The Bush Camp Faraway Bay, viewing the magnificent King George falls and ancient Aboriginal rock art.
Darwin – Kakadu
Your private guide will meet you at your Darwin accommodation to commence your journey.
Experiences during the day include a visit to the World Heritage Listed Kakadu National Park. The first stop is Fogg Dam Reserve, the dam has year round water coverage which assures its position as an important feeding and roosting site for a wide variety of waterbirds and other animals. Next travel to the Adelaide River for the opportunity to witness the fabulous jumping crocodiles and other wildlife.
A short detour is taken to the beautiful Leaning Tree Lagoon; a Billabong often covered in water lilies making it a popular quick stop for photographers.
Lunch is at the Bark Hut Inn; an Aussie Roadhouse built during the buffalo era and a reminder of earlier, wilder times.
Finally in the afternoon visit Cooinda – for one of Kakadu’s icons – a Yellow Water Cruise. This 10sq. km pristine environment supports a truly wonderful variety of plants, birds, crocodiles and Top End wildlife. The wildlife on this pristine billabong is too numerous to mention, you may see saltwater crocodiles, a Jacana bird walking on water, the magnificent sea eagle or any one of the many other 280 species that call this billabong home.
You will be camping during your 3 day/2 night Kakadu & Arnhemland Safari
Today visit Aboriginal Lands (Arnhem Land), access to this area is restricted to a select group of tour operators.
You are able to experience a fascinating mixture of traditional and living culture. Arnhem Land is perhaps the one area in Australia where indigenous culture is still dominant, despite a long history of interaction with other cultures, for example the Macassens who visited the shores of Arnhem Land for more than five hundred years to harvest sea slug. They came by sailing boats from Indonesian Island of Sulawesi and left their legacy with the Aboriginal people.
Then the Europeans, their impact on Aboriginal people has been more far reaching and profound. Arnhem Land today has weathered all the storms and it has managed to stay as a last frontier and homeland of around 20,000 people.
While in Arnhem Land a traditional Aboriginal guide will show you excellent examples of rock art on Injalak Hill (Long Tom Dreaming), this area has some of the best rock art examples in Western Arnhem Land and some say Australia. The view from the top of the hill is simply breathtaking, looking out across the floodplains and around the escarpment. When you farewell your Aboriginal guide back at the Injalak Art & Craft Centre there is an opportunity to browse or purchase goods from this non-profit Aboriginal organisation. At the award winning Injalak Arts and Crafts Centre there is time to watch the traditional Aboriginal people painting and to see the women weaving pandanus baskets.
Kakadu – Katherine
Today you shall head to the Southern end of Kakadu, here find a pristine water fall, Maguk (Barramundi Gorge). A one Kilometre walk through sub-monsoon rainforest leads to the base of a beautiful plunge pool: Maguk is a scenic and tranquil place to enjoy a refreshing swim. The water is crystal clear.
Then onto Gunlom (Waterfall Creek). This area was immortalised in the first ‘Crocodile Dundee’ movie, its white sandy beach and 120 metre cascading waterfall (runs up to the end of July) is a great photo opportunity. A more challenging walk to the top of the waterfall is rewarded with a swim and the best view for miles around. Enjoy it while overlooking the beautiful South Alligator Valley.
Tonight you will spend the night in a Nitmiluk Chalet within the Nitmiluk National Park
Commence Canoeing Journey
You will be met at your chalet early in the morning and after a safety brief and gear check you will transfer to the Katherine River to commence your 3 day journey.
The journey is taken at a relaxing rate, with stops along the river for a morning break, lunch, swim and time to view the diverse river environment, bird and wildlife.
At the end of the day you will step ashore for an overnight remote camping experience (no set campsites). There will be time to relax; fish or read all whilst your guide prepares the evening meal.
After a campfire meal, sleep in a bed-roll (swag) under a blanket of stars.
You will be camping during your 3 day/2 night Canoeing Safari
Continue Canoeing Journey
Wake to a dawn chorus in the brisk morning air. There is time for an early morning swim. After a hearty cooked breakfast, pack-up camp and continue paddling down-stream. As you get further from immediate civilisation the feel of remoteness sets in. The river continues to change from shady paperbark forests to lush pandanus channels, through open sections, surrounded by the river woods and over some small sparkling rapids which are fun and easy to negotiate. At the end of this satisfying day, you will find yourself in a bit of a routine and will have camp set-up quickly. Leaving yourself enough time to explore, relax, chat, check-out some animal tracks or just ‘find yourself’.
Conclude Canoeing Journey
After a sumptuous breakfast, pack up camp for the last time and return to the kayaks for one last relaxing day. You will be ‘tuned in’ to all the sights and sounds around you and will find yourself exhilarated by every experience, enjoy it while the moment lasts. In the mid afternoon you will be picked up from the river and transferred back to Gecko premises to collect your belongings and then transferred to your Katherine accommodation.
Tonight you will spend the night in a Nitmiluk Chalet within the Nitmiluk National Park
Katherine – Bullo River Station
In the morning you will be transferred to the local airstrip to board your charter flight to Bullo River Station.
Bullo River Station is a five-star wilderness experience. Located in the top western corner of the Northern Territory of Australia, it has been in the Henderson family since the late 1950s when Charles Henderson – a pioneering American – purchased the 500,000-acre cattle property.
Today Bullo River Station is operated by Marlee (nee Henderson) and Franz Ranacher as a commercial cattle station running 9,000 head of Brahman-cross cattle for the export cattle trade. Horses and helicopters are used to muster and handle the stock on a seasonal basis.
For the next 2 nights you will be staying at Bullo River Station
Bullo River Station
Let your guide at Bullo River Station bring the wonders of this timeless land to life. Adventurers are invited to go heli-fishing, boat cruising among the myriad rivers or take advantage of the magnificent photographic opportunities in some of the best scenery in the Northern Territory.
Station tours are a great experience – whether by horse, quad bike or 4WD – giving a perspective on the enormity of property and the isolation of the Top End. Wildlife spotting includes the opportunity to go searching for the huge saltwater crocodiles, water buffalo, wallabies, bird life and more.
Cattle mustering is seasonal, between the winter months of May to October and guests are welcome to watch or participate with the handling of stock. Wild Bull catching, with the use of customised Landrovers and helicopters is a sure way to get the adrenalin pumping!
Whether you’re a novice or enthusiast, the chance to try some of the best fishing in North Australia shouldn’t be missed. The Bullo River flows for 80km exclusively on the property providing the opportunity for fresh and tidal salt-water fishing.
A helicopter is based on Bullo River Station for scenic flights, fishing, awesome photographic opportunities and other activities. Helicopter is by far the best way to take in the beauty and scope of this vast country. Local rock art sites offer insights into the significance and complexities of Aboriginal culture, and its significance for generations of people past and present. (Helicopter costs apply.)
Bullo River to Faraway Bay
After breakfast and morning at the station you will depart Bullo River for your final leg of the journey to Faraway Bay.
The Bush Camp at Faraway Bay is a 12-guest escape where clocks are superfluous: castaway at the very edge of the Kimberley, your days move only to the rhythms of tides and sunsets.
Authentic and very Australian, the Bush Camp sits on a rocky hilltop overlooking a protected bay near Cape Londonderry, a refuge of astonishing natural beauty that you can only access by sea or air.
At Faraway Bay you are able to take the pace you prefer; explore the beaches, take a swim in the pool or in a nearby billabong. Experienced guides are available to help you explore this pristine slice of wilderness. Regular bush walking trips take you to meet the wildlife – 140 species of birds, rare plants, flowers and animals. Take a picnic lunch to a secluded beach where you can marvel at the shells and coral, or just lay back and soak up the solitude.
The Faraway Bay area is home to spectacular Ice Age rock art, offering some of the most diverse examples of the mysterious Bradshaw rock art in Australia.
For the next 2 nights you will be staying at The Bush Camp Faraway Bay
Today embark on one of the highlight of your stay at Faraway Bay; a cruise on the 13-metre Diamond Lass, which takes you along the coast to King George River with its towering sandstone cliffs and majestic twin waterfalls. If the falls are flowing, it’s time for one of nature’s invigorating freshwater Jacuzzis…
The cruise takes you past awe-inspiring coves and red rock gorges; dugongs, dolphins, turtles and manta rays play in the jade blue waters whilst small fish dart in and out of the waves.
In the evening, when the campfire is stoked, it’s time to relax and savour the proper meanings of remoteness, wilderness and friendship. Enjoy a fine Australian wine as you sit back, tantalised by the delicious aromas of freshly-caught fish cooked with herbs. You may like to treat yourself to the ultimate seafood dining experience of oysters freshly collected from the rocks combined with a true northern delicacy – mudcrabs.
Depart Faraway Bay
After a final breakfast at Faraway Bay you will board your charter flight to Kununurra, where you can then connect with a scheduled flight to Darwin, Broome or Perth.
As with all The Tailor itineraries, this programme can be customised or combined with other destinations to suit your individual interests and requirements.
Please contact one of our specialised travel designers to make an enquiry and check on pricing for your preferred dates of travel – call on + 61 8 8354 4405 or email.
Lord’s Kakadu & Arnhemland Safaris
3 day/2 night safari including meals (lunch and dinner on day 1, breakfast, lunch and dinner on day 2, breakfast and lunch on day 3) and entrance fees throughout.
2 night’s accommodation (1 bedroom chalet for 2 guests & 2 bedroom chalet for 4 guests) room only.
3 day/2 night safari including meals and entrance fees as described in the itinerary
Bullo River Station
2 nights stay (based on double/twin share accommodation) including, all meals & limited alcohol with meals (beer & wine), scheduled activities including fishing, station activities – cattle related activity, gorge cruises, tours of Aboriginal art sites, daily guiding.
Private charter flight Katherine to Bullo River Station in a Cessna 210
Private charter flight Bullo River Station to Faraway Bay in a Cessna 210
The Bush Camp Faraway Bay
3 day/2 night safari including all meals, wine, beer & soft drinks, use of all facilities, guide, fishing trips & 13m cruise boat & transfers to/from Faraway Bay airstrip.
Private charter flight Faraway Bay to Kununurra in a Cessna 210