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Top End lodge adventure 5 day self-drive itinerary

Looking for luxury with a difference? Top End lodges are a great option to feel at one with nature whilst still experiencing all the comforts of luxury accommodation.

Day 1

Depart Darwin for your drive to Wildman Wilderness Lodge.

Wildman is located approximately half way between Darwin and Kakadu, 170km by road from Darwin City. The drive time from Darwin is less than two hours, along the sealed Arnhem Highway. For those who don’t wish to self-drive, Wildman Wilderness Lodge offers a door-to-door transfer from Darwin hotels and airport. Departing daily on request, the transfer departs Darwin at 2pm, arriving at Wildman Wilderness Lodge at 4pm.

Stop off at Adelaide River and hop aboard a jumping croc river cruise.

Amidst the lush wilderness of Australia’s breathtaking Top End, Wildman Wilderness Lodge offers an extraordinary wetlands safari experience, situated in the Mary River Wetlands area half way between Darwin and Kakadu National Park. Wildman is a small-scale, high quality safari lodge featuring a variety of boutique and environmentally sensitive accommodation and touring options.

Day 2

Get an early start, and depart the lodge at 8am to travel along the Arnhem Highway to the world-famous Kakadu National Park. Visit the major highlights before returning to Wildman at around 5pm.

Day 3

Enjoy a one hour cruise on Home Billabong as the sun warms up and nature comes to life. You’re likely to glide past prehistoric crocodiles, an amazing array of birdlife and an abundance of wildflowers. It’s an ever-changing living ecosystem which is both beautiful and fascinating. Every cruise is different and offers a unique experience.

Depart Wildman for a drive through Kakadu to Cicada Lodge in Katherine (around 4 hours).

Cicada Lodge is your sanctuary from which to embrace the ancient landscapes and Aboriginal culture in the iconic Nitmiluk National Park. The lodge is a joint venture between the Jawoyn people and Indigenous Business Australia (IBA), and the perfect base to explore Nitmiluk Gorge and the National Park.

Day 4

Take advantage of the morning light for a 1½ hour adventure swim helicopter tour. Fly over the 13 gorges of the Nitmiluk system and land at a remote waterhole. You and your guests can enjoy the serenity of your own pristine swimming hole – crystal clear waters and not a soul to disturb the peace.

Relax poolside before heading off for the Nabilil Dreaming Sunset dinner cruise. Sit back and relax as the tranquil surroundings transport you into a spiritual world of the Jawoyn culture and history. Discover the stories and ways of the Jawoyn people against the magnificent backdrop of the Nitmiluk Gorge, changing colour with the setting sun. Experience the spectacular beauty of the gorge by candle and starlight whilst enjoying delicious Australian cuisine.

Day 5

Depart Cicada Lodge for 3 hour return drive to Darwin along Stuart Highway. Stop and explore the waterfalls at Litchfield National Park on the way back.

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