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Top End Discovery tour

Top End Discovery

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Travel Style: You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level: Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level: Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
5 days
From: $ 949 $ 190 / day
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Overview

Highlights

  • Guluyambi Cruise on the East Alligator River (dry season)
  • Visit Litchfield National Park
  • Visit Aboriginal rock art sites in Kakadu
  • Canoe in the Katherine Gorge
  • Visit Aboriginal rock art sites in Kakadu National Park
  • Litchfield National Park

Short Description

On this trip? Well, it’s the closest you’ll get to time travel. Seriously. See ancient landmarks, discover some amazing Aboriginal artwork and stand atop dramatic cliffs. You’ve got five days to cram in a lifetime of incredible sights, sounds and experiences from a world gone by. There’s nowhere quite like the top of Australia to explore.

Groups are between 25-60 people, typically ~30-40. Usually there will be many opportunities to split off and enjoy meals and excursions in smaller groups. This is the most economical way to travel, saving up to 40% versus booking the same itinerary yourself.
Trip Type Group Tour
See all the highlights and popular spots on a classic tour.
Itinerary Focus Classic Highlights
Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Lodging Level Value - 3 star
Flights & Transport N/A
Start City N/A
End City N/A

Travel Theme

Cultural Singles Travel

Destinations

Australia

Cities & Attractions

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Activities

Culture

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Trip Includes

  • 4 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 2 dinners
  • 3 nights in hotels, 1 night in motel
  • Modern air‐conditioned vehicle with free Wi‐Fi
  • Awesome Topdeck Crew

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Itinerary

Day 1

Kakadu, here we come. Inside the 20,000 square kilometre park, we’ll head to the village of Jabiru and check out the Bowali Visitors Centre. For the next two nights you’ll be calling the UNESCO World Heritage listed Kakadu National Park home. Tonight, get to know your travel mates over dinner.

Wet season itineraries Nov – May will vary slightly and will be adjusted to suit the conditions of the day. All included available sights and walks that are open and can be accessed, will remain on the itinerary.

Included today:
-Visit Bowali Visitor Centre
-Entry to Kakadu National Park

Meals:
-Dinner

Day 2

Aboriginal Rock Art sites are high on the list for today, as our Kakadu National Park exploring continues. This morning we venture to Nourlangie Rock to spot some of the most famous Australian Indigenous art works. Then we’ll see some ancient Aboriginal rock art at Ubirr before climbing to the top of a rocky lookout for beautiful views over the Nardab floodplain. Enjoy the sunset before heading back to our lodge. We’ll also check out ta small piece of Arnhemland and spot crocs and birdlife on a Guluyambi Cruise (dry season only).

Wet season itineraries Nov – May: will vary on this day with access to some areas cut by high water levels. Your crew will ensure that you see and participate in as many areas / activities that are open and available within Kakadu, and include a sightseeing boat cruise on Yellow Waters Billabong.

Included today:

-Visit Aboriginal Rock Art Sites in Kakadu
-Guluyambi Cruise on the East Alligator River (dry season)
-Visit traditional Arnhemland (seasonal)
-Entry to Kakadu National Park

Meals:
-Breakfast

Optional activities:
-Scenic flight over Kakadu

Day 3

Check out the southern parts of Kakadu this morning. We’ll grab some picnic bits and head to one of the NT’s best al fresco lunch spots. Explore the magical Edith Falls and have a dip in one of the world’s most idyllic natural pools. Cooled off and refreshed we are on the road again and headed for Katherine. As the day draws to a close, we round it out with an evening game of lawn bowls and a BBQ with some locals at the nearby Country Club.

Included today:
-Visit Edith Falls
-Lawn bowls night

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Dinner

Day 4

On today’s line up we’ve got an optional cruise through the stunning Katherine Gorge on the cards. Get those cameras ready, it’s gonna be pretty awesome. After, we get back on the famous Stuart Highway as we head for Batchelor, the gateway to Litchfield National Park.

Included today:

Optional activities:
Boat cruise in Katherine Gorge

Meals:
-Breakfast

Day 5

ational Park, pools and a picnic are the order of the day. Then venture over to the Buley Rock Holes for another soaking. After lunch outdoors, we’ll take on the short drive and last leg of our discovery trip back into the heart of Darwin. If you’re feeling brave or having a #YOLO moment, take the opportunity to get up (very) close and personal with Australia’s iconic saltwater crocodiles at Crocosaurus Cove. Eek! Then, it's time to say our goodbyes. Facebook friends, anyone?

Included today:
-Entry to Litchfield National Park

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Lunch

Day 1

Kakadu, here we come. Inside the 20,000 square kilometre park, we'll head to the village of Jabiru and check out the Bowali Visitors Centre. Fancy getting high and mighty? You could take an optional scenicflight over the Escarpment that borders Kakadu and Arnhemland. For the next two nights you'll be calling the UNESCO World Heritage Listed Kakadu National Park home. Expect phenomenal wildlife, like- worthy scenery and of course local Indigenous culture. Tonight, get to know your coach mates over a BBQ.

Wet season itineraries Nov - May: will vary slightly and will be adjusted to suit the conditions of the day and all included available sights and walks that are open and can be accessed, will be.

Included today:
-Bowali Visitor Centre
-National Park entry

Meals:
-Dinner

Optional activities:
-Kakadu scenic flight

Day 2

Aboriginal Rock Art sites are high on the list for today, as our Kakadu National Park exploring continues. This morning we venture to Nourlangie Rock to spot some of the most famous Australian Indigenous art works, and then hit the water on an East Alligator River cruise in Arnhemland. Naturally. Stepping into Arnhemland and getting a look into the Aboriginal lifestyles is a real privilege (we've been given special permission to enter this part of Arnhemland). Try your hand at spear throwing while you're there. Then we'll see some ancient Aboriginal rock art at Ubirr before climbing to the top of a rocky lookout for beautiful views over the Nardab floodplain. Enjoy the sunset before heading back to our lodge.

**Wet season itineraries Nov - May: will vary on this day with access to some areas cut by high water levels. Your crew will ensure that you see and participate in as many areas / activities that are open and available within Kakadu, and include a sightseeing boat cruise (substituted when access to East Alligator River is unable).

Included today:
-Aboriginal Rock Art sites
-Kakadu river cruise
-Arnhemland (seasonal)
-National Park entry

Meals:
-Breakfast

Day 3

Check out the southern parts of Kakadu this morning. We'll grab some picnic bits and head to one of the NT's best al fresco lunch spots. Explore the magical Edith Falls and have a dip in one of the world's most idyllic natural pools. Cooled off and refreshed we are on the road again and headed for Katherine. As the day draws to a close, we round it out with an evening game of lawn bowls and a BBQ with some locals at the nearby Country Club.

Included today:
-Edith Falls
-Evening Lawn Bowls

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Dinner

Day 4

Katherine Gorge is well known as a superb canoeing spot, so that's exactly what we have lined up. Surprise! With its dramatic cliffs plunging down to the pandanus-lined Katherine River, the gorge is all yours to explore. Paddling not your game? Then you may wish to upgrade to an optional 3 gorge cruise (seasonal) to venture even further. We get back on the famous Stuart Highway heading for Batchelor the gateway to the stunning Litchfield National Park.

**Wet season itineraries Nov - May: Canoeing in the Katherine Gorge will be replaced with a Katherine Gorge Scenic Boat Cruise included in trip price.

Included today:
-Katherine Gorge canoeing (Boat cruise in wet season).

Meals:
-Breakfast

Optional Activities:
-Upgrade to Katherine Gorge boat cruise (Dry season)

Day 5

National Park, pools and a picnic are the order of the day. In Litchfield National Park you'll see waterfalls, pockets of rainforest and beautiful pools. Check out giant termite mounds, Wangi Falls and slip into the natural pool of Florence Falls. Then venture over to the Buley Rock Holes for another soaking. After lunch outdoors, we'll take on the short drive and last leg of our discovery back into the heart of Darwin.

Included today:
-Litchfield National Park entry

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Lunch

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Amazing staff who are very friendly and also extremely knowledgeable. My trip was amazing and I enjoyed every minute of it. I did the Spirit of Europe last year and couldn’t recommend Topdeck enough.
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Fast-Paced Tour of Western Europe that highlighted most Bucket List Sights. Awesome Company. Great Food and Tour Leader

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I jumped on this tour with very little notice and planning, and I was thoroughly impressed. Our Topdeck trip leader was very knowledgeable, fun, and adjusted the trip to the group (34 people). The meals provided were delicious, and they worked hard to cater to dietary needs. Accommodations were good, typically with 2-6 people in a hostel room. Keep in mind they are hostels, not hotels (bring your own towel).

I loved the itinerary, as it highlighted the must-see places and had variety (ex. Paris, Rome vs. Switzerland). The optionals in each city were all wonderful. However, many were not presented in the Topdeck literature online and were not introduced on the trip more than a day in advance. All are paid for in cash (Euros). Because of how the optionals were presented, it was a bit harder to budget. I would recommend inquiring more about the optionals when booking and at the beginning of your tour via your trip leader. Don't feel pressured to do all of them and remember to keep your own interests in mind.

The solo travelers easily found others with similar interests to explore with. For many on this trip, drinking and going out to bars/clubs was a major component (as alcohol is often cheaper than water). Because of the shortness of this tour along with all the destinations, prepare for lots of driving and to make the most of the time you have in each city.

This trip provided am amazing sampling of Western Europe and opened my eyes to cultures and history I was unfamiliar with. Overall, I would highly recommend this itinerary and touring company, as it provided a good balance between budget and experiences.

P.S. Stay flexible with plans, but some of the popular sights need more pre-planning than expected, like the Eiffel Tower and the Anne Frank House (Amsterdam).
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Overall amazing value. Food, particularly by Topdeck staff, excellent. Spontaneous/flexible; be prepared to pay for lots of extra excursions, on and off your itinerary, in cash.

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Food was excellent. Accomodations were better than expected: hostels, but usually with in-suite bathrooms and always only with other members of your tour of the same gender. Don't try to overplan; trip is quite spontaneous and flexible and you won't know much about the schedule/optionals for each city more than a day or so in advance. Optionals will be plentiful and paid in cash. Only do those that are right for you, even if your trip leader really encourages them and most other people are going. These trips are great for solo travelers, but make sure you find people interested in the same things as you...it will probably be easy to find groups to go to bars and clubs with in the evenings, but harder to find people who prefer other evening plans. Driver was excellent and bus was very comfortable and clean, but be prepared to spend a lot of time on it as there is no driving at night. Trip leader extremely knowledgeable, experienced, and helpful. Overall, excellent value and a trip with plenty of time to see the bucket list highlights in each city.
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I did the 24 day Winter Spirit around Europe! I would definitely recommend booking a Topdeck tour! It was the best experience ever. Doing my second Topdeck in July around New Zealand!
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Most amazing experience ever!

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Did Uluru discovery in Australia and Grand Kiwi in NZ back in November and it was the most amazing experience ever! Awesome guide and driver. Well organized and took great care of us!
Only one bad hostel accommodation wise, but other than that it was amazing.
It was so nice not having to worry about accommodations, transportation, and most meals when we got there! On the days it wasn’t included, the guide/driver would tell us what’s in the area!
For sure will be doing another topdeck tour in the future!
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Extremely knowledgeable

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My partner and I just completed the 20 day Discover Winter tour and it was absolutely outstanding! What really made the trip though was the Trip Leader, Alex, and the driver, Deyan. They were both extremely knowledgeable people and explained everything we needed to know to enjoy every place we went to. I highly recommend this tour and hope that everybody else has the opportunity to meet Alex and Deyan.
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Accomodations

You will use a variety of multi-share accommodation, which may include hotels, hostels, motels, cabins, an overnight boat and even a traditional Maori marae! The number of people in a room varies depending on the type of accommodation. To keep costs down accommodation is based on a four-share, same sex basis.

The 'More Inclusions' section of this document details what type of accommodation is used for our overnight stops.

If you are travelling with a friend and require twin or double accommodation, this is available at a small extra charge and can be requested at the time of booking.

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Meals Included:

Your included meals are detailed in the 'More Inclusions' sectio n of this document.

Breakfasts are included each day (except on the first morning). A typical breakfast consists of cereals with milk or yoghurt, bread, a range of spreads, and fruit juice, tea or coffee. It is rare to get a hot breakfast, though on some occasions it may be available.

Included evening meals will be combination of those prepared by the Topdeck Road Crew, local restaurants and places in which we stay.

If you have any dietary requirements we will make every effort to cater to your specific needs as long as you advise your travel agent or Topdeck Trip Consultant when you book. But please be aware that although we will do everything in our power to arrange it, we cannot guarantee that every restaurant we use will be able to cater to all dietary needs. We also cannot cater for tastes or dislikes, as most of our included evening meals feature a set menu.

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