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Gunlom waterfall, Kakadu National Park, Northern territories, Australia

Arnhem Land and Kakadu

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Duration

9 Days

Prices Start from

£5,350 ex. flights

Australia is a vast country with some truly spectacular scenery, untouched by man for millennia. The Northern Territories and in particular Arnhem Land is one of these areas and this trip offers the chance to access a land and culture that few are privileged to experience, exploring by luxury 4WD and boat and staying at some wonderful safari style camps.

Key Highlights of this Itinerary

4WD vehicle parked next to a towering termite nest. 1

Remote and Exclusive Landscapes

Travel in top model land cruisers with knowledgeable guides gaining access to areas normally off limits and far from any other tourists.

Kakadu National Park, Northern Territory, Australia 2

Kakadu National Park

Explore the ever changing and far reaching landscapes of Kakadu, from gorges to waterfalls and billabongs, wetlands, swamps and white sandy beaches.

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Aboriginal Experiences

Share stories round the camp fire and learn about fine examples of rock art from an Aboriginal elder.

Bamurru Plains Pool, Mary River, Kakadu, Northern Territories, Australia 4

Stay at Bamurru Plains

Stay at Bamurru Plains an exclusive safari camp on the edge of the Mary River floodplains.

Why we like it

This part of Australia, probably more than any other, offers true adventure and the chance to set foot where few others have. Outstanding guides ensure a magical insight into this spectacular region which is rich in wildlife, culture and epic landscapes. End your trip at Bamurru Plains, one of our favourite lodges, where it is possible to relax by the pool as buffalo meander past on the edge of the floodplains. This holiday can be easily adapted to work perfectly for an incredible honeymoon or the family trip of a lifetime.

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Keys:
Internal Flight
  • Day 1
    Darwin
  • Day 2
    Darwin - Kakadu
  • Day 3
    Kakadu - Arnhem Land
  • Day 4 - 5
    Arnhem Land
  • Day 6
    Arnhem Land - Mary River
  • Day 7 - 8
    Mary River
  • Day 9
    Mary River - Darwin
Airboat Cruise, Bamurru Plains, Mary River, Australia
Air boating, Bamurru Plains, Mary River floodplains, Australia

Safari Style Camping

A perfect end to any Northern Territories adventure, Bamurru Plains sits in a beautiful location that changes with the seasons – flooded plains teem with water buffalo, magpie geese and crocodile following the wet season, from April to July. Safari tent style accommodation ensures you are close to nature and making the most of the stunning surroundings. Whilst there you will be fed like a king and have the chance to do as much or a little as you wish. Laze around the pool overlooking the floodplains or board an air boat to explore them instead – all with amazing service on hand.

Kakadu National Park, Northern Territories, Australia
Kakadu National Park, Australia

Waterfalls, Rock Art and Panoramas

Encompassing around 20,000 square kilometres Kakadu National Park is a protected area which is co-managed by its native Aboriginal owners. Far reaching spectacular scenery ranges from floodplains to rivers, rugged escarpments, cascading waterfalls, mangroves and lily covered billabongs. Prehistoric rock art dates back over 20,000 years and Kakadu is also home to over 10,000 crocodiles, 280 different bird species and a host of other flora and fauna. It really is a magical place to visit.

Far reaching view stood under overhanging rock covered in aboriginal rock art.
Aboriginal rock art, Arnhem Land, Australia

Wilderness and Aboriginal Culture

In the furthest north-eastern corner of Australia lies the vast and unspoilt wilderness of Arnhem Land. The Yolngu people have occupied and owned this land for at least 60,000 years so as well as stunning and diverse landscapes ranging from lush rainforests, paperbark swamps, ancient caves and a rugged coastline this land is also incredibly rich in Aboriginal culture. Did you know that Arnhem Land is also where the didgeridoo originated from?

Cockatoo Birds, Bamurru Plains, Mary River, Kakadu, Norther Territories, Australia
Cockatoo, Australia

Bird and Marine Life of the Northern Territories

The floodplains, mangroves, swamps and coast of the Northern Territories are incredibly rich in wildlife, with bird species ranging from raptors to parrots, passerines and waterbirds, often congregating in huge numbers. During your four day adventure of Arnhem Land you will explore the regions largest marine park by boat and 4WD, during which there will be the chance to spot marine turtles, dolphin, shark and of course the ever present crocodile.

Some of the northern beaches are commonly used as turtle nesting sites as well as some wonderful rock pools when the tides recede, which are fabulous for the spotting smaller but no less exciting marine life.

 

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Accommodation

Below you can see some of the wonderful places we recommend you stay on your journey.

Bamurru Plains £££££

  • Australia
  • Safari and Wildlife Lodge
  • Tented Camps
  • Wilderness

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. Each tent is ensuite and care has been taken to combine a sense of the heritage and culture of the region through local materials and Aboriginal artwork, but without losing comfort levels. The king size beds are made up with organic cotton and the charming bathrooms with corrugated iron walls have high-pressure showers. Each bungalow is raised on a timber platform with ample space to relax while watching the resident wildlife. Alternatively, head to the infinity pool where the views over the floodplains continue.

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A note on price

Prices will vary depending on the time of year you are travelling. Prices do not include international flights. Please ask one of our Travel Experts for an accurate quote. Flights purchased through Steppes Travel departing from the UK are ATOL protected.

This Itinerary
Price
From £5,350 Per person

When to travel

The top end of Australia has a tropical climate and has two distinct seasons, the ‘wet’ and the ‘dry’ with the wet season spanning November until April. The best time to visit is between June and September when weather conditions for this area are at their best with lovely warm days and pleasant evenings. If you wish to travel outside of this time read on…

January to March: Kakadu and Arnhemland will receive heavy rains during this period and most access roads and accommodation is closed. Bamurru Plains generally opens from early February and although it is hot and humid, keen fishermen and bird watchers would have a great time and the summer storms can be spectacular.

April and May: The weather will still be hot but the rains will be easing.

October to December: Not a great time to visit as the weather will be very hot in the pre-monsoon build up.

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