INTO THE NEVER NEVER

Adventure to Remote Northern Australia

Northern Australia, Queensland

Duration: 13 nights

Price: From £9,450 per person in low season based on two adults travelling together and including all flights in economy class, accommodation, most meals, private transfers, helicopter transportation and taxes

Profoundly sacred, Australia’s wild north offers the kind of ruggedness and isolation that is rarely experienced anywhere else in the world. With a culture over 50,000 years old and a landscape heavy with incredible wildlife, you’ll trace through the very heart of Australia, starting in the remote Northern Territory’s Kakadu National Park and Arnhem Land, home to the Yolngu people. From there, you’ll be catapulted to Queensland’s far-flung coast to explore the ancient rainforests in Port Douglas before settling on the national park-covered Orpheus Island, anchored to the famous Great Barrier Reef.
Perfect forExploring the epicentre of Australia’s indigenous heritage and wildlife.
In the knowThe most revered of all, consider adding Uluru to this holiday for an intense injection of Aboriginal culture and tear-jerking sunsets.

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  • Adventure
  • Landscapes & Scenery
  • Off the Beaten Track
  • Snorkelling & Diving

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3 nightsKAKADU NATIONAL PARK

You’ll feel just how wild Australia’s Top End is when you arrive into Darwin and take a light plane to Bamurru Plains, a luxury bush camp located on the Mary River floodplains. Spend your three nights exploring the paperback forests and the abundance of birds and wildlife in Kakadu National Park, including agile wallabies, dingos, wild pigs, crocodiles and buffalo. Raised 6 metres above the ground in the tree canopy, the lodge’s Hide is the ultimate eyrie to spot the native birdlife in their natural habitat, which can also be slept in for a romantic evening under the stars. Climb into a 4WD open safari vehicle to get a good sighting of the wild horses, board a river cruise to look out for well-camouflaged reptiles or go fishing to catch a barramundi. Follow your safari with a visit to Injalak Hill to see the outstanding ancient Aboriginal rock art.
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3 nightsARNHEM LAND

From Kakadu, you’ll board a light plane and fly over the rugged northern terrain to Davidson’s Arnhemland Safaris, an ideal base for venturing into the Aboriginal reserve of Arnhem Land. A mysterious wilderness of billabongs, wetlands, rainforests and ancient escarpments, the area is the size of the state of Victoria but with only a population of around 17,000 people, who mostly live on outstations and practice a mixture of traditional and Western cultures. Go on a tour with guide and lodge owner, Max Davidson, to the local rock art galleries and burial sites, witnessing a history that stretches back over 50,000 years. Walk through the incredible catacombs, which display ancient mortuary rites, join the fleet of 4WD safari vehicles in search of rare and unique species, including the fabulously coloured Leichhardt’s Grasshopper, and then go on a sunset billabong cruise to admire the scenery.
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3 nightsPORT DOUGLAS

Bid farewell to the Northern Territory and say hello to Queensland as you fly from Darwin to Cairns and then transfer to the beachside town of Port Douglas. Staying in Thala Beach Nature Reserve, you’ll be minutes away from Four Mile Beach, where you can have your fill of shopping in quaint boutiques, dining in fine restaurants and people watching from the marina. For a bit of sun and sea, join one of the boats leaving the harbour for a day trip to the Great Barrier Reef, snorkelling or scuba diving to your heart’s content. Your lodge is surrounded by World Heritage-listed rainforests, so head to the nearby Daintree and Cape Tribulation to walk along the nature trails flanked by waterfalls, giant fan palms and some of the oldest trees in the world.
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4 nightsORPHEUS ISLAND

Finishing in true style, you’ll take a helicopter to Orpheus Island to spend four nights surrounded by turquoise waters, coral reefs and a pristine national park. Grab the diving gear and swim along the world-class reef habitats to see the myriad of colourful fish or, if you are an avid angler, take a boat to Hinchinbrook Island for a thrilling battle with a black marlin, dogtooth tuna or Spanish mackerel. Get wrapped up in a full body exfoliation in the pampering spa – we recommend the ‘Island Exotics’ treatment, which is a body polish and mud wrap combined with a facial and hair and scalp massage, that uses honey, sugar and coconut oil to nourish the skin. Leave the spa in time to catch the island’s famous sunset, best enjoyed on a pre-dinner cruise along the sheltered bay supplied with delicious canapes and chilled Australian wines.
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