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The Tailor - Australia

Jabiru, Australia To El Questro Wilderness Park, Australia

Valid for Departures Now Through: 01 Jun 2018

Itinerary

DAY LOCATION(S) HOTEL MEALS DESCRIPTION
Day 1
Jabiru, Australia
Lake View Bush Bungalows Lunch, Dinner

An early start today as you depart from your Darwin Hotel for your private guided tour with Venture North for the World Heritage-listed Kakadu National Park.  En route visit the Adelaide River Wetlands and Fogg Dam Conservation Reserve before joining a morning cruise on the picturesque Corroboree Billabong. On this scenic cruise you have the opportunity to view a large variety of birdlife as well as salt water crocodiles in their natural environment. Learn more about the wildlife on the billabong from your knowledgeable guide who will make the cruise both fascinating and informative.


Continue to the historical Bark Hut Inn for a refreshment stop before entering Kakadu. Travel along the old Jim Jim Road visiting White Lily Billabong before arriving at Maguk (Barramundi Gorge). Enjoy a scenic 1km walk along the edge of Barramundi Creek before arriving at the base of Barramundi Falls. Here you have the opportunity to swim or snorkel in the large plunge pool below the falls and discover an array of aquatic life.


Depart Maguk late afternoon for Nawalandja lookout. A short climb takes us up the sloping sandstone to provide views of the sun setting across Anbangbang Billabong, Nourlangie Rock and the Arnhem Land escarpment. Depart after sunset for Jabiru and the Lake View Bush Bungalows, which is your accommodation for tonight.

Day 2
Cobourg Peninsula, Australia
Venture North's Cobourg Coastal Camp Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After breakfast travel from Jabiru to the northern region of Kakadu National Park to Cahill’s Crossing on the East Alligator River and enter Arnhem Land. A 15 km scenic drive to Gunbalanya Aboriginal community provides some of the best driving views in the Top End with floodplains covered in bird life and water lilies running up alongside the Arnhem Land escarpment.


Upon arrival at Gunbalanya you will visit the Injalak Arts and Craft Centre. Here you have the opportunity to meet and watch traditional local artists in action before departing with our Aboriginal guide to be shown around the Injalak Hill art sites. Spend the morning experiencing some of the best Aboriginal rock art in Australia before returning to the Injalak Art Centre where we leave our hosts and journey on to the Cobourg Peninsula. The drive takes approximately 3-4 hours with stops and creek crossings along the way.  Later arrive at Venture North's camp you will be greeted by the resident camp hosts and served nibbles on the cliff top. Relax as the sun sets over Port Essington.

Day 3
Cobourg Peninsula, Australia
Venture North's Cobourg Coastal Camp Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Awake to the sound of birds and enjoy a special ‘Cobourg-style’ cooked breakfast. Today will be spent exploring the Northern Territory’s only Marine Park by boat. Cobourg is abundant in some amazing marine life including six of the seven species of marine turtle, manta rays, dolphins, sharks, crocodiles, mud crabs and plenty of fish. As you cruise the Marine Park, stop and visit the Victoria Settlement ruins. Established prior to Darwin as a military outpost by the British, this site represents the third failed attempt at settlement in Northern Australia. After surviving for 11 years between 1838 and 1849 it was abandoned. Stone ruins still stand on the shoreline of Port Essington and serve as a reminder of the hardships faced by the early colonists.


Depart the settlement and enjoy a slow journey back to camp stopping along the way to spot marine life and do some fishing. Return to camp late afternoon where you can explore the nearby beaches and creek systems, try your luck at fishing or simply enjoy the solitude while reading a book from a hammock overlooking the ocean. Tonight enjoy a freshly caught seafood dinner.

Day 4
Cobourg Peninsula, Australia
Venture North's Cobourg Coastal Camp Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today explore the eastern side of the Park this time by 4WD. Cobourg is home to the first RAMSAR wetland (wetlands of international importance) in the world with freshwater paperbark swamps and billabongs 100m from the coastline.  Continue on via the northern beaches, commonly used as turtle nesting areas and covered in a wide range of shells. Low tide provides opportunities to explore exposed coral reefs and rock pools which are home to a variety of marine life. After lunch you will have an opportunity to go hunting for mud crabs using traditional Aboriginal methods. Learn how to hunt and gather these local delicacies before having a go yourself.  This afternoon we will also visit the Park’s Cultural and Information Centre before making our way back towards camp.

Day 5
Darwin, Australia
Skycity Darwin Breakfast, Lunch

This morning depart Cobourg early. Sit back and enjoy the bush scenery of Arnhem Land as you make your way back to Kakadu National Park. After numerous stops along the way enjoy lunch next to the banks of the mighty East Alligator River. After lunch visit Ubirr Rock where you spend time viewing some of Kakadu’s best Aboriginal rock art. A short walk to the top of Ubirr offers spectacular views of the surrounding wetlands and stone country.


Depart Ubirr to Darwin via the Arnhem highway. En route to Darwin stop and visit the Mamukala wetlands, which at times is a haven for thousands of Magpie Geese as well as many other species of native birds and reptiles. Arrive in Darwin approximately 7:00pm for a well-earned rest at the Skycity Darwin which has leisure choices in abundance. Relax in the pool, laze on the beach and enjoy a game of tennis or golf. Then make the most of the 24 hour entertainment choices. Facilities include three restaurants, a speciality coffee shop, numerous bars, a business centre, conference facilities and a world class casino.

Day 6
Berkeley River Lodge, Australia
Berkeley River Lodge Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

This morning after breakfast your private driver will collect you from your hotel and transfer you to the Airport to fly direct from Darwin to Berkeley River Lodge. In one of the world’s last true wilderness areas, between Timor Sea sunrises and Berkeley River sunsets, the ultimate Kimberley adventure and refined indulgence awaits. Only accessible by air or sea, getting to The Berkeley is half the adventure. From your ocean-view villa, floating atop the coastal dune, a whole world of little-known natural treasures unfolds before you. Stroll to secluded beaches. Cruise through majestic gorges. Heli-fish hidden gems.


Twenty luxury villas are perfectly positioned along a 65-metre-high dune to command 180-degree panoramas sweeping from Joseph Bonaparte Gulf to Reveley Island, or from the mouth of the Berkeley River to its rugged red gorges beyond. The Main Lodge is just a short stroll from your villa. Here, you can cool off in the 20m lap pool or lounge with a book from the lodge library as well as enjoy the sprawling views of the Kimberley coastline from their Dunes restaurant.

Day 7
Berkeley River Lodge, Australia
Berkeley River Lodge Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

To ensure guests enjoy the best of the Berkeley’s many extraordinary landscapes and experiences, all land and water-based activities, including scenic river and coastal cruises, bush and beach 4WD tours, guided walks and fishing tours are included in your stay.


A range of activities are offered as part of the tariff. These include:

Full or half day river cruises

Fishing tours

Guided Bush Hikes

Wilderness Picnics

Bird-watching tours

Sea Turtle Viewing

Bush & Beach 4WD Tours

Star Gazing

Tours and experiences available for extra cost:

Heli-Fishing

Scenic Helicopter Flights

Day 8
Berkeley River Lodge, Australia
Berkeley River Lodge Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Continue to enjoy the selected activities on offer while staying at Berkeley River Lodge or perhaps choose from one of the optional touring such as a helicopter flight.

Day 9
El Questro Wilderness Park, Australia
El Questro Homestead Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After breakfast you will be transferred to the Berkeley River Lodge airstrip for your private charter flight to El Questro. Over 1 million acres in size, El Questro is located in Western Australia’s untamed Kimberley region and extends for approximately 80 kilometres into its heart, most of which has never been explore. It is one of Australia’s last true frontiers.


El Questro Homestead, sits amid a cool oasis shaded by palm trees and tropical greenery, perched atop an escarpment that plummets into the Chamberlain River. There are just eight guest rooms and one luxurious suite in the sprawling homestead, the interior design taking its cues from the environment, embracing rustic Australian furnishings. El Questro Homestead has become a by-word for absolute luxury within the Australian wilds. Located in the heart of the beautiful, forbidding Kimberley, The Homestead is an exclusive retreat open to just 18 guests.


El Questro tours and activities form an integral part of every visit to the property. The homestead offers a wide range of complimentary excursions that provide opportunities to fully immerse yourself in the natural attractions of the Wilderness Park. The majority are exclusive to Homestead guests, facilitating engagement between the small group and their guide. El Questro’s enthusiastic rangers are adept at personalising your experience to your individual tastes.

Day 10
El Questro Wilderness Park, Australia
El Questro Homestead Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

A range of activities are offered as part of your stay. These include:

Boating through the Chamberlain Gorge

Self-drive boats

Bush culture, history and nature tour

Bird-watching tour

Exclusive use of Zebedee Springs (offered to Homestead guests every afternoon)

Spectacular guided gorge walks

Horse riding (16 years and older)


Tours and experiences available for extra cost:

El Questro’s Big Day Out (circumnavigating the Cockburn Range while taking in the highlights of El Questro’s northern boundaries)

Miri Miri Waterfall by Helicopter

The Lost City Cave Tour by Helicopter

Champagne Springs Walk by Helicopter

Amaroo Falls by Helicopter

4WD Fishing Tour to the Pentecost River

Heli-fishing tours

Day 11
El Questro Wilderness Park, Australia
El Questro Homestead Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Continue to enjoy the selected activities on offer while staying at El Questro Homestead or perhaps choose from one of the optional touring such as a helicopter flight.

Day 12
El Questro Wilderness Park, Australia
None Breakfast

Enjoy your last morning at El Questro homestead before boarding your charter flight back to Kununurra to connect with your onward flight.

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Description

An 11 night journey of getting off the beaten track and exploring the Top End and Kimberley region in style. Discover Kakadu National Park, Arnhem Land, Cobourg Peninsula and have the chance to view amazing ancient Aboriginal Rock Art. Continue your journey to Western Australia’s Berkely River Lodge .  Finally get out back on a million acre property, staying in style at El Questro Homestead.


This tour is designed for - Solo travellers/couples/small groups and families with children over the age of 13yrs. El Questro is not suited to children under this age, should the itinerary be of interest and you are travelling with a young family please contact one of our Travel Designers as we can substitute El Questro with another property to suit a young family.


This Itinerary is available from May to November when the weather is favourable in the Northern region of Australia. Please note El Questro Homestead is closed for the wet-season from November to March, Berkeley River Lodge also closes from 1st December – 1st March and Venture North operates from May to end of October (Monday to Thursday for scheduled share tours).

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Reviewed on: 20 Mar 2017

Blair Allsopp was a tremendous guide through Brisbane... went the extra mile in finding school husband's father spent 2 years in during WWIII Qualia resort on Hamilton Is was fab resort Only complaint-- had my departure wrong in their written agenda. Compared it to travel agent's booking and caught the discrepancy. Would have missed plane back to the states !
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