Darwin

Northern Territory

Darwin

Day 1 (L,D) HOME, DARWIN
Our flight today brings us to the northern capital of Darwin where our Young at Heart coach awaits. Lunch served inflight. We take an introductory coach tour of Darwin before arriving at our home for six nights, the Oaks Elan Hotel. Time to unpack and relax or explore prior to gathering for our first dinner together.
Day 2 (B,L,D) DARWIN
After a leisurely breakfast, we enjoy a morning visit to the Botanic Gardens, which is home to a large collection of tropical palms, orchids, bromeliads and exotic foliage plants. We continue to the East Point Military Museum with its displays of military memorabilia and fascinating photo exhibitions of Australia’s only land conflict during WWII. After a light lunch we visit The Australian Aviation Heritage Centre, see up close one of only two B52 Bombers on display in the world.
Day 3 (B,L,D) BATCHELOR, LITCHFIELD N.P.
Today we journey to Batchelor and into Litchfield National Park. Here we see “magnetic” termite mounds standing two metres in height with a north-south orientation, designed to allow the least possible surface to be exposed to the heat of the sun. At the spectacular Florence Falls we take a short walk to view the double waterfall set amid monsoon rainforest. On to Wangi Falls, the most accessible falls in the park for lunch prior to returning to Darwin. Enjoy some free time to relax before dinner.
Day 4 (B,L,D) FOGG DAM, JUMPING CROCS CRUISE, WINDOWS ON THE WETLANDS
Our day begins at Humpty Doo and nearby Fogg Dam Conservation Reserve, a remnant of early attempts to produce rice on the Adelaide River flood plains. Today it provides an important refuge for wildlife. Morning tea here. The “Jumping Crocs” cruise on the Adelaide River provides us with the opportunity to see these fascinating creatures up close. During the afternoon we visit Windows on the Wetlands located on the crest of Beatrice Hill. An informative visual and interactive display with panoramic views across the wetlands.
Day 5 (B,L,D) TERRITORY WILDLIFE PARK, HOWARD SPRINGS NATURE PARK
A short drive takes us to the award winning Territory Wildlife Park. Display areas include aviaries, lagoons, the nocturnal house and many other interesting animals. Interact up close at the Birds of Prey exhibit. There is also the opportunity to ride the shuttle train around the park. During the afternoon we travel to Howard Springs Nature Park. See ibis and agile wallabies on the lawns near the main pool, also a variety of fish including barramundi, from the weir wall.
Day 6 (B,L,D) DARWIN, SUNSET DINNER CRUISE
A day in and around Darwin. At the Christ Church Cathedral we see the remains of the old cathedral ruined by Cyclone Tracy alongside the territory-style new building. The Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory presents a diverse exhibition of Aboriginal art and craft, Northern Territory history and natural history and is also home to The Cyclone Tracy Exhibition. Later in the afternoon we visit the new Royal Flying Doctor Experience at Stokes Wharf before completing our day with a spectacular Sunset Dinner Cruise on Darwin Harbour.
Day 7 (B,L) DARWIN, HOME
Our northern stayput draws to a close today as we transfer to Darwin Airport to join homebound flights. Lunch at the airport or in-flight completes a most enjoyable and relaxing Darwin holiday.