Traditions of the Top End - An Air Safari

Be spellbound by the ancient wonders of Australia’s Top End on this immersive 8-day luxury Air Safari.

Journey Overview

Be spellbound by the ancient wonders of Australia’s Top End on this 8-day immersion. From the tropical capital of Darwin to the storied plains of Arnhem Land, led by local guides you’ll take a deep dive into Aboriginal lore and traditional stories of living on the land. Be captivated by the majesty of Kakadu on land and by river cruise, and be immersed in this biodiverse region with a glamping safari in Mary River at the breath taking Bamurru Plains. An all-encompassing adventure, this journey will see you humbled by history, enthralled by picturesque landscapes and enchanted by a kaleidoscope of wildlife.

Journey Highlights

  • Be led by locals on a guided exploration of Litchfield’s landscapes and storied rock art
  • Stay at Bamurru Plains on an immersive glamping adventure
  • Explore the ancient landscapes of Arnhem Land with privileged access to this indigenous homeland
  • Discover the thriving ecosystems of Mary River on an airboat safari
  • Admire Arnhem Land from the air, soaring the over the ancient escarpments
  • Cruise on the East Alligator River with an Aboriginal guide, learning history and captivating local lore

Journey Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive Darwin

Arrive into tropical Darwin to a warm A&K welcome and transfer by private vehicle to your accommodation.

This afternoon enjoy a 2 hour guided city tour of Darwin before dinner and a welcome drink. Afterwards, meet your group of fellow travellers ahead of tomorrow’s adventures.
Mindil Beach Casino Resort

Day 2: Darwin: | Indigenous Discovery

This morning, meet your expert indigenous guide for a captivating immersion into indigenous culture on a private full day Litchfield experience.

Get hands on education of bush tucker and medicinal traditions, learning of the bush resources in season. Take a refreshing walk to a picturesque waterfall, your scene for a  flame-grilled lunch of ocean-caught barramundi, marinated kangaroo and crocodile eye fillet, before returning to your hotel.
Mindil Beach Casino Resort | BL

Day 3: Darwin-Mary River National Park | Regional Discovery Begins

Transfer privately to the airport and your onward charter flight to the wildlife haven of Bamurru Plains. Arrive to a warm welcome and private transfer to your safari-style bungalow, immersing you in the sights and sounds of the surrounding bush.

Bamurru Plains | BLD

Day 4: Mary River National Park | A Thriving Wildlife Haven

Today is at leisure to explore the surrounding country away from the lodge, taking your pick of the extensive touring available. Set out on airboat trips across the wetlands, river cruises in search of crocodiles or bird watching, bush drives, quad bike safaris and guided wilderness walks.

Enjoy pre-dinner drinks in the treetops sipping a sundowner in Bamurru’s secluded hide. Arriving by your choice of safari drive or airboat, see the spectacular wilderness from this unique vantage point, eye’s peeled for the kaleidoscope of wildlife as you indulge in a drink or two.
Bamurru Plains | BLD

Day 5: Mary River National Park | Top End Safari

Today beckons with a private tour of Kakadu National Park. Soar over the top end scenes on an exhilarating private flight to Jabiru. Explore the landscapes and ancient Aboriginal rock art at Ubirr in your custom-built safari vehicle led by a knowledgeable local guide, before embarking on a cruise on the East Alligator River. Led by an Aboriginal guide uncover the secrets and history of the region.

Returning home, stop at the Bowali Visitor Centre for an engaging look at the history and traditions of the land, arriving to your lodge in time for drinks and canapes as the sun sets.
Bamurru Plains | BLD

Day 6: Mary River National Park – Arnhem Land | Welcomed to the Homeland

This morning, transfer by charter aircraft from Bamurru Plains to your accommodation at Mt Borradaile in the indigenous homeland of Arnhem Land.

On arrival to your wilderness safari lodge, end the day enjoying dinner with your group.
Davidson's Safaris Arnhemland Lodge | BLD

Day 7:Arnhem Land | Adventure Among the Ancient Landscapes

Today set off on a private tour to Awunbarna (Mount Borradaile) rock art sites with a local indigenous expert, who will share traditional insight behind the meaning and stories depicted in the ancient art.

Enjoy lunch back at camp before embarking on a billabong cruise, eyes peeled for the kaleidoscope of plants and wildlife, enjoying sundowners on the water as you drift along.

Tonight, farewell your adventure, enjoying dinner at the lodge with your group.
Davidson's Safaris Arnhemland Lodge | BLD

Day 8: Depart Arnhem Land

Depart this morning after breakfast, flying by private charter to Darwin airport, where you will transfer to your onward flight.

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Preferred Accommodation

Preferred Accommodation

This journey features the following Preferred Accommodations:

Bamurru Plains, Mary River National Park

Traditions of the Top End - An Air Safari

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Journey Dates & Prices

2022 departure dates for this journey are still being finalised. Depending on your preferred dates and arrangements, final pricing will vary from low season to peak season travel.

Please call A&K on 1300 851 800 or send us a booking enquiry to find out more about this journey.


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