Venture North 4wd Safaris

Venture North is a multi-award winning, family owned tour company who specialises in taking guests ‘off the beaten track’ and into some of the more remote and pristine parts on the Northern Territory.

Guests travel in luxury top of the line Landcruiser vehicles, escorted by expert guides on journeys through the Top End that are educational, enlightening and most of all good fun!

The company offers a very high standard of service and truly unique experiences encouraging visitors to really experience the ‘country’ and go beyond just looking by smelling, listening, touching and even tasting things along the way. With a primary focus on nature and Indigenous culture a Venture North expedition can be designed specifically to your needs from camping out under the stars to staying in luxury lodges, it’s your choice.

Holding a number of special permits Venture North enjoys unparalleled access into many restricted regions of the NT including parts of Arnhem Land, the Cobourg Peninsula and even Kakadu National Park. It is on the picturesque Cobourg Peninsula in northern Arnhem Land where they operate their unique safari-style Cobourg Coastal Camp.
In 2012 Venture North was awarded the Bronze Award at the National Tourism Awards in the category of Heritage and Cultural Tourism, whilst at the 2011 NT Award ceremony their head guide won most Outstanding Interpretive Guide.

Location: Northern Territory

The Northern Territory is a unique destination and a world away from the European style cities of its southern counterparts. The NT offers a glimpse into an ancient Australia, a region of pristine national parks, abundant wildlife and a place where Indigenous culture is still strong.

Kakadu
Covering almost 20,000 square km of exceptional natural beauty and unique biodiversity, Kakadu is one of very few places World Heritage listed for both its cultural and its natural values. Venture North is one of only a select group of operators with access into both Moline Rockhole and the spectacular Koolpin Gorge.

Arnhem Land
Arnhem Land comprises of vast amounts of Aboriginal owned land (approximately 100,000 square km) where many local people still practice their traditional ways. The region is home to some of the most spectacular rock-art anywhere in the world. Access is strictly regulated through a permit system and Venture North is one of only a select group of operators permitted to access this region by 4wd.

The Cobourg Peninsula
Located on the most northern tip of the NT mainland the Cobourg Peninsula encompasses the Garig Gunak Barlu National Park as well as the NT’s largest Marine Park. In order to maintain the Parks pristine nature only 15 vehicles are allowed on the Peninsula at any one time. It is here overlooking the bay of Port Essington Venture North operates its Cobourg Coastal Camp.

Activities

Venture North offers both scheduled shared tours on set dates as well as tailor-made private charters created in conjunction with The Tailor.

Suitable/best for

Couples
Families
Small Groups
Solo Travellers

Sample Itinerary Description

5 Day Kakadu, Arnhem Land and Cobourg Peninsula Safari

Venture North’s feature 5 day tour takes in the highlights of Kakadu before leaving the crowds behind and entering Arnhem Land. After an Aboriginal guided rock art tour and a visit the community Art Centre (Injalak) the safari continues north to the pristine Cobourg Peninsula, staying 3 nights at Venture North’s remote Cobourg Coastal Camp. Take a journey through what makes the Top End so unique: Indigenous culture, spectacular scenery, abundant wildlife, European history, great fishing and more! More details on request

Private Charters

The Tailor will closely with you to design your perfect tour. From 1 day to 1 month we can tailor it to your specific interests.

Areas Venture North visit and have access to:

  • Arnhem Land (Gunbalanya, Injalak Hill, Maningrida, Ramingining and more)
  • Garig Gunak Barlu NP (Cobourg Peninsula)
  • Kakadu NP (inc. permit areas Moline Rockhole & Koolpin Gorge)
  • Litchfield NP (inc. nearby Cattle Stations)
  • Nitmiluk NP (Katherine Gorge)
  • The Kimberley (inc. The Bungle Bungles)

Tour options include:

  • Cultural Safaris
  • Wilderness Trips
  • Photographic Expeditions
  • Wildlife Adventures
  • Fishing Tours

Fishing Charters

Venture North also offers tailor-made fly in/fly out fishing charters from their Cobourg Coastal Camp.

‘If you’re looking for that dream “bucket list” trip to a genuinely wild and fish-filled stretch of Top End water with all the hard stuff taken care of for you, I would unhesitatingly recommend Venture North’s Cobourg Peninsula operation as being second to none.’ – fishing identity – Steve Starling

Cobourg Coastal Camp – (Venture North’s private camp)

Nestled amongst savannah bushland and overlooking the bay of Port Essington Venture North’s unique safari-style camp has most of the home comforts while still allowing guests to feel close to nature. A central open-plan dining area provides a relaxed place to enjoy meals, whilst quaint canvas safari-tents provide a comfortable nights’ accommodation.

Operating during the dry season (May through October) the camp caters for a maximum of 16 guests, although for the majority of the year just 6 guests will share the camp at any one time.

All facilities are shared. The camp also features an extensive library, telescope and a boat moored out the front of the camp for accessing the Marine Park.

Dinners of a high standard are prepared in the camp kitchen nightly and incorporate freshly caught seafood, fresh vegetables and a variety of local produce.

Getting there

Nearest major City/Town
Darwin, the capital of the Northern Territory.

Tours generally depart from Darwin however they can start from other destinations within the top end of the Northern Territory that best fit with your overall itinerary.

Seasonality

The top end of Australia has two distinct seasons: ‘The Wet’, from November to March is when the summer rains prevail and the humidity increases; ‘The Dry’ season, from May to October, has warm sunny days and cool nights and is the peak season for visitors and the period of most cattle related activity. Venture North offers reduced touring options during the wet season between November and end of February.

Scheduled tours operate on demand during the Top End dry season – from May to October.

Tailor made tours operate on demand generally during the Top End dry season – from April to October however can operate on demand at other times.

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