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8 Day Darwin Highlights & Surrounds

Darwin

  • Leisurely walking tour on with local guide
  • Traditional Tiwi Welcome and smoking ceremony
  • Damper and cuppa morning tea with local artists
  • Guided walking tour through the Patakijiyali museum 
  • Art workshop with local artist
  • Create your own take-home screen print souvenir

From $1,599 Typically $1,999 pp twin share

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Description


Head to the Top End, staying in the NT’s capital and explore to your heart’s content. Immerse yourself in the best of this unique part of Australia. This holiday offers you the opportunity to experience Darwin and its surrounding sights all at your own pace and with the luxury and freedom of your own SUV.

To enhance your trip we’ve also included some incredible, must - do NT experiences in your holiday; including a visit to the beautiful Litchfield National Park, remote Tiwi Islands, Mary River Wetlands and Darwin Harbour Cruising!

Itinerary


Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Day 4 Day 5 Day 6 Day 7 Day 8

Day 1

Arrive Darwin

Arrive in the NT Capital, Darwin. Pick up your ready and waiting rental SUV at the airport and make your way to your waterfront apartment. Check-in at the Darwin Waterfront Apartments. Just relax and take in the harbour views or perhaps take a stroll into the CBD for a bite to eat and something cold to drink!

Accommodation: Argus Apartments in an Executive 1 Bedroom

Meals included: None

Day 2

Litchfield National Park

A visit to the Top End isn’t complete without a visit to Litchfield National Park. Just 90 minutes from Darwin, Litchfield National Park is a true wonder of the Top End, replete with idyllic waterfalls, pristine swimming spots, beautiful walking trails and hidden natural wonders. Visitors to the region will remember it for a lifetime. Litchfield National Park’s proximity to Darwin means it's an excellent day trip location.

Accommodation: Argus Apartments in an Executive 1 Bedroom

Meals included: None

Day 3

Darwin

Begin your day with breakfast at the Darwin Waterfront. From high end restaurants to more casual cafés and bars, there's something for everyone. Make sure you pack your bathers so you can go for a swim at the Wave or Recreation Lagoons. Paddle, swim or play in these manmade lagoons with waves up to 1.7 metres generated at regular intervals. After lunch, make your way to Crocosaurus Cove located in the heart of Darwin on Mitchell Street. Here you'll have the opportunity to get up close and personal with the largest reptile on the planet, the saltwater crocodile, and learn about a variety of fish and reptile species at the aquarium.  Darwin’s popular Mindil Beach Sunset Market are held every Thursday and Sunday evening between May and October. The region’s incredible multicultural mix is well represented at the market’s arts, crafts and food stalls. Enjoy free entertainment by magicians and buskers, then take your pick from the food stalls and enjoy your dinner barefoot on the beach watching an iconic Darwin sunset.

Accommodation: Argus Apartments in an Executive 1 Bedroom

Meals included: None

Day 4

Experience the Wetlands & Fog Dam Conservation Reserve

Cruising Top End wetlands teeming with wildlife should be on everyone’s bucket list.

Today, immerse yourself in the wildlife on a one-hour airboat tour is a truly unique experience which takes you into privately owned areas that no one else can access. Glide across seemingly endless floodplains of the Mary River wetlands system where you will discover a vast array of native wildlife and amazing flora. Your experienced tour guide is available to answer your questions about the wildlife and ecosystem throughout the tour. On your way back to Darwin, stop in at Fogg Dam Conservation Reserve. It’s one of the few wetland systems that are generally accessible year-round. Here, boardwalks take you through different landscapes and observation platforms to view the large numbers of resident wading birds.

Accommodation: Argus Apartments in an Executive 1 Bedroom

Meals included: None

Day 5

Tiwi Islands - Day Tour (Thursdays and Fridays)

Immerse yourself in this premium Tiwi Islands art & culture day tour.

A highly personalised experience; this leisurely walking tour visits all the places of interest with your friendly Tiwi guide. After disembarking in the Aboriginal community of Wurrumiyanga on Bathurst Island, you'll be escorted to Tiwi Design where local artists and dancers will perform a formal Welcome to Country with a smoking ceremony and totem dances.

Enjoy a typical Tiwi morning tea of damper and a cuppa whilst getting to know some of the Tiwi Island community members. Explore the Patakijiyali Museum and the Mission Precinct with your knowledgeable guide telling stories of life and culture in the Tiwi Islands.  After lunch re-visit Tiwi Design and participate in an exclusive ‘behind-the-scenes’ screen printing workshop. Choose from contemporary or traditional Tiwi design to print onto a take-home t-shirt, tea towel or fabric – a wonderful souvenir of your Tiwi visit.

Accommodation: Argus Apartments in an Executive 1 Bedroom

 

Meals included: None

Day 6

Darwin

The Defence of Darwin Experience is a great place to get your wartime history fix. Learn about the bombing of Darwin and the city’s role in WWII through the gallery and multimedia presentations. The VR movie and life-sized holograms help bring the dramatic events to life.

Head towards the Esplanade where you'll find Bicentennial Park perched on the cliffs of Darwin Harbour. Visit the Cenotaph, which is Darwin’s first war memorial commemorating Australians who lost their lives in WWI, and the Aboriginal men and women whose bush skills assisted the Army during WWII to protect the remote northern coastline.

Unwind tonight with a flick at the Deckchair Cinema, which can be found at the Waterfront. The open-air cinema screens Australian, popular, family, foreign and classic films during the Dry season (April–November). Make the most of the experience and relax under the stars while enjoying their onsite bar and food stalls.

Day 7

Adelaide River

A trip to the Adelaide River not only gives you the chance to explore the incredible scenery of Darwin and its surrounds, but it provides you with the chance to get up close and personal with some of Australia’s best-loved animals.

The most prominent creature of the Adelaide River, though, is the saltwater croc. There is a high concentration of these majestic, ancient creatures in these parts, and they are the main reason visitors hotfoot it to this part of Australia. On arrival, take the infamous jumping crocodile tour.

Accommodation: Argus Apartments in an Executive 1 Bedroom

Meals included: None

Day 8

Depart Darwin

Take one last look at your stunning Darwin harbour view and say goodbye to the friendly team at the Darwin Argus Apartments.

Meals included: None

Inclusions & Exclusions


Inclusions

  • 7 nights at the Argus Apartments in an Executive 1 Bedroom Harbour View fully self-contained apartment
  • Private balcony with harbour views
  • Free WiFi
  • Undercover carparking
  • Full Day Tour and Cruise to the Tiwi Islands'
  • Wetlands Safari Tour by Airboat
  • 7 Day SUV Car Rental so you can enjoy the freedom of exploring the best of Darwin and its world class sights and surrounds
  • Collision Damage Waiver (CDW) - with excess
  • Pick-up full and return full fuel policy
  • 24 Hour Roadside Assistance.
  • Administration Fee.
  • Vehicle Registration, Fees and Taxes

 

Accommodation

Argus Apartments Darwin

Exclusions

  • Airfares
  • Travel Insurance
  • Meals and drinks not listed in the inclusions
  • Items of a personal nature, e.g. phone, gifts, souvenirs etc.

 

Car Rental Terms & Conditions

  • Basic coverage which limits potential vehicle damage liability to an excess of approximately AUD 5,500.00 for each instance of collision. This was previously referred to as the Damage Liability Fee (DLF).
  • In the event of collision, 3rd party damage or theft of the vehicle, the client will need to present a completed police report. Failure to do so will void insurances and the client will be liable for the full value of the damage or loss.
  • Vehicle Registration Recovery Fee.
  • Credit Card Block: AUD 200.00 plus and remaining balance and/or local fees.
  • Includes 100 Km per Day, any additional will be charged at 0.25 AUD/ Km plus VAT, paid locally.

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