Join us on this exclusive Top End adventure across the World Heritage-listed Kakadu National Park and Arnhem Land winds across stunning floodplains and escarpments in search of the formidable saltwater crocodile, many of the region’s 280 bird species, adorable marsupials and mammals and incredible flora. See spectacular landscapes and experience the world’s oldest living culture as we take you on an incredible journey into the Northern Territory’s Top End.
Stay at two award-winning properties – Bamurru Plains, a safari lodge with exclusive access to 300km of floodplains and savannah woodland on the Mary River, on the edge of Kakadu National Park, and Davidson’s Arnhemland Safaris at Mt Borradaile, a registered Aboriginal sacred site in an exclusively leased 700sq.km area nestled against the Arnhem Land escarpment. On this adventure you’ll experience some of the most picturesque scenery in Australia as we travel through Kakadu and off the beaten track into Arnhem Land and be encouraged to really experience the ‘country’ for a true, once in a lifetime Northern Territory experience.
Darwin to Davidson’s Arnhemland Safaris
This morning your guide will collect you early this morning from your accommodation in Darwin before we begin making our way south for a short time on the Stuart Highway until we turn onto the Arnhem Highway, which leads to World Heritage-listed Kakadu National Park. We venture towards Aboriginal Lands (Arnhem Land) where access to this area is restricted to a select group of tour operators. Departing the Northern region of Kakadu National Park we cross Cahill’s Crossing on the East Alligator River and enter Arnhem Land. A 15km scenic drive to Gunbalanya Aboriginal community provides some of the best driving views in the Top End with floodplains, billabongs and 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. Established in 1989, Injalak Arts is an Aboriginal organisation supporting the production of quality Aboriginal art. Today, Injalak artists produce authentic art inspired by ancient Dreamtime stories, images from the nearby rock art galleries and an unbroken link between the present generation of Kunwinjku people and their ancestors. This offers an intimate setting to get to know the artist and see firsthand how artworks are created. The area includes the floodplains of the East Alligator River that are covered by water from December to April and a rocky sandstone plateau rising up to 200m above the plains. Visitors to Injalak will experience the breathtaking rock art galleries and the traditional culture of the Kunwinjku people. The main gallery is an extensive shelter featuring layered paintings created over thousands of years. The rock art on Injalak Hill reveals facets of Pre-Estuarine, Estuarine and Contact periods identifying them as up to 8000 years old. The view from the top of the hill is simply breathtaking, looking out across the floodplains and around the Arnhem Land escarpment while having lunch in the shade of one of the many overhanging ledges. Injalak Arts wholesale a range of affordable art in different mediums and styles reflective of the ingenuity of the Kunwinjku people. Artworks available include paintings on paper and bark, carvings, artefacts – clap sticks, didgeridoos, mimi poles and lorrkons – and fibre works including baskets and grass pandanus floor mats and special edition prints. After leaving Injalak Arts we head onto Davidson’s Arnhemland Safaris. Davidson’s Arnhemland Safaris is situated in the northwest corner of Arnhem Land and adjacent to Kakadu National Park and Coburg Peninsula. Here lies a vast subtropical savannah that has been described as a national treasure trove depicting ancient human occupation, and a pristine wilderness area hosting myriad ecosystems and wildlife inhabitants. Access to the safari lodge is by 4WD or air. The camp is fully licensed and has a wide selection of wines, spirits and beer. The facilities are situated in a natural bush setting, the centre of the infrastructure of the lodge is a new and tastefully furnished communal area encompassing a dining, lounge, bar, library, internet area and a large outdoor deck area for alfresco dining, all with a view of the sandstone-paved pool. * Access to Arnhem Land is by invitation by the local Aboriginal people, and the traditional owners may deny access at any time.
Davidson’s Arnhemland Safaris at Mount Borradaile
Davidson’s Arnhemland Safaris to Bamurru Plains
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