Visitors climbing rocks towards aboriginal rock art.

Darwin, Kakadu and Arnhem Land

A spectacular area rich in Aboriginal culture.

A visit to The Northern Territories of Australia offers a vast area of dramatic landscapes, rich in Aboriginal history, a coastline of tidal inlets and islands, a huge variety of wildlife and birdlife and thousands of square kilometres of national parks crisscrossed by waterways, spectacular gorges and valleys.

Jim Jim Falls, Kakadu National Park, Northern Territory, Australia
Jim Jim Falls, Kakadu National Park
Bee Easter, Kakadu National Park, Australia
Bee eater
Koolpin Gorge, Kakadu National Park, Australia
Koolpin gorge, Kakadu National Park
Sunset from Ubirr rock, Nadab floodplains, Kakadu National Park, Northern Territory, Australia
Sunset from Ubirr rock, Kakadu National Park

Kakadu National Park

Kakadu National Park is a World Heritage area, recognised for both its natural and cultural importance. Covering almost 20,000 square kilometres it is Australia’s largest National Park, housing a magnificent collection of floodplains, billabongs, woodlands, rock escarpments and dramatic waterfalls. Recorded to date are 275 species of birds, 75 species of reptiles, 25 species of frogs and over 10,000 species of insects including 1,500 of butterflies and moths. This land is over 2,000 million years old and has been inhabited by Aboriginal Australians for more than 50,000 years.

Aboriginal man in hat sitting on sand round campfire at dusk.
Aboriginal man
Guide and visitors examining a huge termite mound.
Termite nest
Crocodile lying in grass with mouth open facing the camera.
Saltwater crocodile

Arnhem Land

Arnhem Land’s harsh environment and remoteness has resulted in a better preservation of the region’s Aboriginal culture. It is important to visit this area with a guide who understands the rich heritage and respects the wishes of the traditional landowners. The labyrinth of caves and rock overhangs reveal paintings that detail the spiritual and daily life of the Aboriginal people, some dating as far back as 50,000 years. As well as its rich culture, the escarpment, floodplains and woodlands are full of wildlife – it is not unusual to see huge crocodiles sunning themselves, magpie geese gathered on shore and white-bellied sea eagles soaring above.

The Hide, Bamurru Plains, Mary River, Kakadu, Northern Territories, Australia
The Hide at Bamurru Plains
Air Boating on the Floodplains, Bamurru Plains, Mary River, Kakadu, Northern Territories, Australia
Air boating on the floodplains at Bamurru Plains

Bamurru Plains

Bamurru Plains is made up of nine spacious and cool safari suites plus the generous Kingfisher suite, all built amongst the savannah bush on the edge of the Mary River floodplains.

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Experiences

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The Kimberley aerial shot, Western Australia, Australia

Helicopter Adventure

Take to the skies over the Northern Territories by light aircraft or helicopter for an aerial view of the spectacular floodplains and coastline.

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Barramundi jumps into the air when it is hooked by a fisherman fishing

Barramundi Fishing

Fish for Australia’s most prized sports fish between the months of February and April.

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Kakadu National Park, Australia

Kakadu National Park

Search for crocodile and bird life amidst the floodplains, gorges, billabongs and waterfalls of Kakadu National Park.

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Ubirr rock art Kakadu- Northern Territories Australia

Signature Aboriginal Experiences

From wildlife walkabout tours, rock-art or foraging, to city tours giving insight into music, painting and storytelling, a signature Aboriginal Experience offers a deeper understanding of the world’s oldest living culture.

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Australian Saltwater Crocodile, The Kimberley, Western Australia

Wildlife of the Northern Territories

View amazing wildlife including wallabies, dingos, crocodiles, wild pigs and buffalo.

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Indian Pacific Train heading Eastbound through Clare Valley, Australia

Australia by Train

Cross the country by train onboard the Ghan or the Indian Pacific.

Arkaba Station, Flinders Ranges, Arkaba Walk, Swagging Out, South Australia

‘Swag’ Out

‘Swag’ out under the stars for the night, a truly Australian experience.

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