Discover world class sports fishing, Indigenous culture, abundant rainforests, secret swimming holes and tropical landscapes on a scattering of islands off the Northern Territories coastline in the Gulf of Carpentaria. This fully customizable itinerary can be tweaked and tailored to meet your personal style, pace and budget.
This morning you will depart from Darwin airport on your chartered flight to Groote Eylandt (approx 1.30hrs), the largest island in the Gulf of Carpentaria and the fourth largest island in Australia. It is the homeland of, and is owned by, the Warnindhilyagwa People, who speak the Anindilyakwa language. On arrival, you will be welcomed and transferred to your accommodation.
3 nights Groote Eylandt Lodge or similar
The Anindilyakwan People are the Traditional Owners of the Groote Archipelago, and invite you to explore their pristine environment and share their ancient culture.
Today you will explore by 4×4, learning of the past and present day culture of Groote Eylandt. Visit the historic Mission church, take a guided market garden tour, be welcomed into an indigenous kitchen, admire ancient cave paintings, enjoy a delicious lunch at a river crossing, try locally made Bush Medijina – handmade soap, lip balms etc, and visit the Naked Pools and Milner Bay Port before heading back to your accommodation for a well deserved rest!
This morning you will board your private boat and learn about this untouched paradise with your local guide as you weave between the islets of the archipelago. Groote Eylandt is the largest of some 40 smaller islands scattered throughout the archipelago, where seldom-visited beaches, rainforests, swimming holes and tropical landscapes are ripe for exploration. Sit back and soak in the beautiful scenery!
This morning, you will farewell Groote Eylandt and fly back to Darwin. On arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel. After checking in to your hotel, take an exclusive luxury helicopter flight over Darwin’s picturesque coastline. Touch down on your own private tropical island beach. Bath in the glow of the setting sun, all the while sipping ice-cold champagne and enjoying a five-star dinner platter. Your helicopter will return to fly you into the peaceful magic of twilight. A truly memorable, romantic experience! Includes your choice of beer/wine/sparkling + tapas platter.
Overnight Villa La Vue, Darwin or similar
Arrive at Tiwi Islands via a 40 minute scenic flight from Darwin. Flying over the Beagle Gulf and Bathurst Island, take in the beautiful aerial views of the Territory waters and landscapes. Escape the crowds and experience the pristine natural beauty and unique adventures at one of the world’s most remote islands at Tiwi Island Retreat, in the southwest of Bathurst Island.
2 nights at Tiwi Island Retreat or similar
Start your day with the incredible thrill of helicopter transfers across the picturesque and remote Bathurst Island. Landing at Wurrimyanga, you will be transferred to Tiwi Design where you get to experience one of the oldest and most artistically diverse art centres in Australia. Be welcomed by a traditional Welcome to Country Smoking Ceremony, before taking a guided tour of the art centre. Enjoy morning tea and try your hand at making your own screen-printed Indigenous art shirt. A truly unforgettable experience where you get to meet, connect and have a truly personal experience with the Tiwi locals and learn about one of the world’s oldest cultures and their unique style of art.
This afternoon, it’s time to try your luck at mud crabbing! Your expert guide will take you in search of the iconic, and delicious, Top End Mud Crab, and your catch will be skillfully prepared for you to enjoy as dinner, reward for all your hard work and new found hunting skills!
This morning, we take you for an unforgettable journey combining a bird’s eye view of the spectacular landscapes of the Tiwi Islands with a picturesque natural swimming hole. Immerse yourself in the landscape with views from a helicopter and explore one of Australia’s most idyllic remote waterholes with a gourmet picnic hamper. A truly unforgettable Tiwi experience. Return to Darwin and helicopter (2.5 hrs) to Bullo River Station.
Bullo River Station is a working cattle station covering 500,000 acres. Operating in harmony with the land, and carefully balancing sustainable farming methods with best-practice land management. Here, you will discover pristine landscapes, carved with gorges, decorated with waterfalls and bordered by the Victoria and Bullo rivers – this is one of the most breathtakingly beautiful cattle stations in Australia!
3 nights Bullo River Station or similar
The next two days will have you experiencing all that Bullo River Station has to offer. Get to work and learn how to check bores and test your riding skills as you mount an experienced horse and join the cattle muster (subject to conditions). Hike to beautiful waterfalls and natural pools. *lick runs,*? Milk runs? Visit sacred indigenous rock art sites. Slow down and relax with some bird watching or throw in a line and see who gets the biggest catch! You may also have the opportunity to work with visiting ecologists from the Australian Wildlife Conservancy.
This morning, you will fly back to Darwin, where your tour ends on arrival.