Arnhem Land & Kakadu Adventure

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Mataranka to Katherine

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24 Days/Nights

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From $9,950 per vehicle

Tour Description

This unique journey has been organised in consultation with communities in Arnhem Land, and our experienced guides are able to gain access to several areas off limits to the average 4WD enthusiast.

The tour officially begins in Mataranka and we travel on the Central Arnhem Road (CAR) to our first camp on beautiful Blue Mud Bay. There will be ample time to fish, relax and participate in some meaningful cultural experiences. We spend two nights at the scenic Macassan Beach camp where we can view the amazing Yolngu stone pictures. We then travel to Nhulunbuy Township for supplies and there will be two full days to explore this remote community as well as a day trip to Bawaka Homeland. Highlights include beautiful beaches, opportunities for a Fishing Charter and great art galleries. A two night stay in Dhalinybuy homeland in the Cato River area provides a unique cultural experience for our group. Elders in central Arnhem Landwill provide us with an opportunity to explore some specacular scenery off the usual tourist trail. Back on the Stuart Highway, we will travel to Pine Creek, with its intriguing history and Heritage Walk. There will also be time to experience Kakadu National Park and Jabiru before tackling the famous crocodile infested Cahill’s Crossing.  Wiligi Outstation provides our intrepid travellers with opportunities to explore more scenic coastline and self-drive boat hire is available upon request. Upon our return we will explore more of Kakadu, camp at Jabiru and the tour will finish at Nitmiluk Gorge (Katherine) after 23 days of spectacular scenery and adventure.

HIghlights

  1. Participate in unique cultural experiences
  2. Visit Aboriginal communities & gain local knowledge
  3. Pristine coastal campsites & brilliant night skies
  4. Explore amazing Kakadu National Park
  5. Magnificent scenery & wildlife sightings
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Costs

  • $9,950 per vehicle per couple
  • $1,700 per extra person
  • Guide’s passenger (catered) $8,800 (limited availability)
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Tour Dates

  • 28 May to 19 June 2022
  • 24 June to 17 July 2022
  • 12 September to 5 October 2022
  • 28 May to 20 June 2023
  • 24 June to 17 July 2023
  • 20 September to 13 October 2023

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24 Days/Nights

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Testimonials

A Fantastic Trip

In 2018, I joined Ken & Ross in a convoy of 7 vehicles to explore the Simpson Desert. It was a fantastic trip, and the landscape was spectacular. We travelled from Birdsville across the Simpson Desert and returned via the lesser-known Madigan Line. I felt totally included in the group and the atmosphere of fun and banter around the campfire each night was memorable. This was a trip I’d been wanting to do for years however I just didn’t have the confidence or the CAN DO attitude to tackle it on my own. Travelling tagalong style, I knew that my safety was never in doubt and that certainly changed my attitude and increased my confidence. The trip was well-organised and informative, and the communication was excellent. When we arrived back in Birdsville to find our original route flooded, the team were quick to plan an alternative so that our adventure could continue. Good onya Ross & Kenny!

Cheers, Paul

Would I do another tag-along, yes in a heartbeat

We joined the tag-along tour for a Simpson Desert crossing. At first I thought it was just another added expense, as we usually did our own thing. After a very short time we were bogged in a very difficult situation, which with the combined experience, sharing of equipment, and the company and help of the others in the group, disaster was averted. Puncture repairs and tyre changes are certainly made easier with assistance from your fellow travellers, as they normally happen in the most difficult circumstances. Entry to normally closed areas was accessed with preplanned permits and permission to enjoy sites not normally seen. Advice on carrying petrol and alcohol were advised to avoid hefty fines of up to $30,000, and or jail in some areas. Permits are long drawn out affairs, that are expensive, especially for single tourers, and can be explicit on times of arrival and transitioning some lands that have many hidden treasures not accessible to most. The comfort of having experienced guides and support in times of 4WD'ing difficult terrain is fantastic, along with the fellowship in the evening, and discussing the day gone, and the challenges ahead. Providing your own food and meal requirements was important to me, as I have some special medical and dietary requirements. Safety and backup is important when exploring out of the way places, which was well covered by the tour leaders. Would I do another tag-along, yes in a heartbeat, and we have booked two more trip for this year.

Rodger

Very organised and a great leader

To whom it may concern I have known Ross for several years and have accompanied him on a couple of his trips. He was very organised and a great leader, taking me to very interesting places. He has a huge interest in our country and I think him sharing that with everyone would be a fantastic thing for him to do. He is a great person, has a wonderful sense of humour and is heaps of fun to be around. I wish him all the best in his business venture.

Debbie Gridley

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