Cobourg Peninsula & Tiwi Islands

 21 to 29 June 2018

Tour Highlights

  • Tiwi Island day tour
  • Barramundi Gorge
  • Aboriginal Cultural Experience
  • Kakadu
  • Corroboree Billabong
  • White Lily Billabong
  • Nawurlandja Lookout
  • East Alligator River
  • Anbangbang Billabong Sunset
  • Injalak Art Centre
  • Gunbalanya Aboriginal Community
  • Cobourg Cruise
  • Cobourg Coastal Camp
  • RAMSAR wetland
  • Victoria Settlement Ruin
  • Ubirr Rock
  • Mamukala wetlands
  • Darwin Sunset Dinner cruise

The Tiwi Islands − Bathurst Island and Melville Island − lie about 80km north of Darwin, and are home to the Tiwi Aboriginal people. A visit here is one of the cultural highlights of the Top End. The Tiwis (We People) have a distinct culture and today are well known for producing vibrant art and the odd champion Aussie Rules football player. Tourism is restricted on the islands and for most travellers the only way to visit is on one of the daily organised tours from Darwin. The main settlement on the islands is Wurrumiyanga in the southeast of Bathurst Island, which was founded in 1911 as a Catholic mission.

Garig Gunak Barlu National Park, pronounced Gah-rig Goon-uk Bar-loo (Cobourg Peninsula) was the first National Park in Australia to be jointly managed by the Aboriginal traditional owners in conjunction with Parks and Wildlife. Located 570 km (by road) northeast of Darwin, the park lies within the clan estates of the Iwaidja speaking people. The region is home to the world’s first Ramsar Wetland, the world’s largest herd of wild banteng as well as the historic remnants of the Victoria Settlement and Macassan traders. Also known for its diverse environments the park boasts the NT’s largest Marine Park alive with over 250 species of fish and 6 of the 7 species of marine turtle.

Garig Gunak Barlu National Park and Marine Park covers an area of approximately 5000square kilometres all of which is virtually uninhabited. With the aim of protecting and minimising the environmental impact on this pristine area, Traditional owners have agreed to allow 15 vehicles into the park at any one time meaning you’ll hardly see another person the whole time you are there!
Australia’s first recognised RAMSAR Wetlands Area (wetlands of international importance) is located on the far North point of Cobourg and is a major destination for migratory birds to Australia.
Heralded as a world class fishing destination the marine park also provides habitat to a large variety of other amazing aquatic creatures. Six of the seven species of marine turtles inhabit the waters along with dugong, dolphins, sharks, crocodiles, stingray’s, mud crabs and plenty of fish. Low tides provide great opportunities to explore exposed coral reefs and rock pools which are home to a variety of interesting and unusual sea anemones. Many of the beaches are also commonly used as turtle nesting areas and covered in a wide range of shells.

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Tuesday 19 June 2018

Sydney

Today we make our way to Sydney at your leisure staying close to Sydney Central Station in preparation for our morning flight to Darwin and our Cobourg Peninsula & Tiwi Island experience

Wednesday 20 June 2018

Darwin

(B)

We make your way to Sydney Domestic Airport for your morning flight to Darwin. The rest of your day & evening is free to explore Darwin.

Thursday 21 June 2018

Tiwi Island

(B,L,D)

Begin your journey to Tiwi Island with a scenic ferry ride to Bathurst Island departing the Cullen bay Ferry Terminal. After your ferry ride, a local guide will take you on a journey through the fascinating lifestyles of the Tiwi Island’s people. Visit a museum with displays of traditional indigenous art and depictions of the Tiwi ‘Dreamtime’ stories, a unique Tiwi style Catholic Church, arts and crafts centres and enjoy some billy tea and damper with some Tiwi ladies for morning tea.

Friday 22 June 2018

Kakadu

(B,L,D)

Depart Darwin for the World Heritage-listed Kakadu National Park. En route joining a morning cruise on the picturesque Corroboree Billabong. Where you have the opportunity to view a large variety of birdlife as well as salt water crocodiles. Visit White Lily Billabong before arriving at Maguk (Barramundi Gorge). Enjoy a scenic walk to the base of Barramundi Falls. Here you can swim in the large plunge pool below the falls and discover an array of aquatic life. Depart Maguk late afternoon for Nawurlandja 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. Overnight Anbinik Kakadu Resort (Bush Bungalow).

Saturday 23 June 2018

Arnhem Land

(B,L,D)

Travel 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 visit the Injalak Arts and Craft Centre. Here you have the opportunity to meet and watch traditional local artists in action before departing with your 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 and continuing to the Cobourg Peninsula.
Upon arrival at Cobourg Coastal Camp (your home for the next 3 nights) you will be greeted by the resident camp caretakers and served nibbles on the cliff top, relaxing as the sun sets over Port Essington.

Sunday 24 June 2018

Cobourg Peninsula

(B,L,D)

Spent the morning exploring the Northern Territory’s largest Marine Park by boat, Cobourg is abundant in some amazing marine life including six species of marine turtle, dolphins, sharks, crocodiles, stingrays, mud crabs and plenty of fish. The cruise will stop and visit the Victoria Settlement ruin, which was established prior to Darwin as a military outpost by the British. Return to camp this afternoon where you can explore the nearby beaches and creek systems, try your luck at fishing or simply enjoy the solitude from a hammock overlooking the ocean.

Monday 25 June 2018

Cobourg Peninsula

(B,L,D)

Today we explore the eastern side of the Park by 4WD. Cobourg is home to the first RAMSAR wetland (wetlands of international importance) in 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. At low tide explore exposed coral reefs and rock pools which are home to a variety of marine life. After lunch go hunting for mud crabs using traditional Aboriginal methods. Later in the afternoon visit the Park’s Cultural and Information Centre before returning to camp.

Tuesday 26 June 2018

Cobourg Peninsula – Darwin

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Depart Cobourg early enjoy the bush scenery of Arnhem Land as you make our way back to Kakadu National Park. With many stops along the way we will enjoy lunch near the banks of the mighty East Alligator River. After lunch visit Ubirr Rock 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. Your last stop is a visit to 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, before returning to Darwin for the next 2 nights

Wednesday 27 June 2017

Darwin Free Day & Sunset Dinner Cruise

(B,D)

A final free day to explore Darwin before joining a harbor cruise to relax and enjoy a magnificent Darwin sunset. Complimented beautifully with a delicious Chef prepared steak and wild caught seafood banquet. Savoring a selection of the local daily catch with Banana prawns, fresh smoked Spanish mackerel (a specialty), Coffin Bay oysters and prime scotch fillet cooked to order.

Darwin Sunset

Thursday 28 June 2018

Darwin to Sydney

(B,L,D)

Your morning is free for that last-minute look around before heading to Darwin Airport for your flight to Sydney, arriving early evening. We make your way to our hotel close to Central Station.

Tuesday 27 March 2018

Heading Home

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This morning we are up early to head across to Central Station to catch the Central West XPT sitting back reminiscing the highlights of your past week, chatting with new friends or simply gazing at the passing scenery.

Join us on this once in a life experience

From Ex Bathurst $5,550

From Ex Sydney $5,300

Please note – Travel on The Ghan option available. POA

Single cabins limited

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