Brookes Australia- Day Tours
Kakadu National Park Tours – Wetlands & Aboriginal Rock Art
Our tours from Darwin take you to the World Heritage listed Kakadu National Park for a life changing Kakadu tour. It is three hours drive from Darwin but as with any adventure tour, it is important to allow plenty of time en-route to stop. Our Darwin to Kakadu tour takes in the many billabongs, wetlands, termite mounds as well as the amazing bird life unique to the Top End.
Kakadu is the largest national park in Australia covering almost 20,000 sq km, and contains one of the highest concentrated areas of Aboriginal Rock Art sites and wetlands in the world. Some of the art sites date back 50,000 years. The most famous sites are Burrunggui (Nourlangie Rock) and Ubirr, which most of our Kakadu National Park tours visit.
Kakadu also boasts a number of picturesque waterholes perfect for swimming in and cooling down on a warm day in the outback. Maguk, in the southern region of Kakadu, is a magical combination of a waterfall and serene plunge pool shaded by native gums and paperbark trees.
The landscape provides all the ingredients for an Aussie outback adventure holiday, from rugged gorges and escarpments to pristine wetlands. This habitat is home to a staggering 1600 plant species and over 200 species of birdlife.
Enjoy wetland cruises, such as the Yellow Waters Billabong Cruise, with beautiful paperbark forests and the odd resident crocodile, or for those wanting to get away from the crowds, we offer lunchtime cruises on the Corroboree Billabong just outside the boundary of Kakadu National Park.
So if you are after a tour from Darwin to Kakadu that takes in all of the nature, Aboriginal Culture and amazing views of the sandstone escarpment country you wish to discover you have come to the right place. Brookes Australia Tours guides will go out of their way to show you this ancient land away from the larger tour bus operators giving you a unique Kakadu tour.
Arnhem Land Tours is Real Adventure Territory
Arnhem Land – Ancient Rock Art & Untouched Landscapes
Brookes Australia Tours is one of the very few selected professional tour operators to be granted commercial permits to conduct Arnhem Land tours via 4WD vehicles. On all of our 4WD Arnhem Land tours we depart Kakadu driving beneath the towering escarpment to the East Alligator River, the natural border to Arnhem Land. We engage 4WD, for the crocodile infested river and with special permission from the traditional owners we visit a small Aboriginal community in West Arnhem Land known as Oenpelli.
At Oenpelli we have the chance to meet Aboriginal artists and weavers and watch them at work. This is rare opportunity to purchase genuine Aboriginal art and craft at wholesale prices (note – you are under no pressure to buy). Later we join an Aboriginal guided tour to a nearby ancient rock art site, dated in excess of 20,000 years.
Arnhem Land is located in the north-eastern corner of Australia’s Northern Territory and bounded by Kakadu National Park, the Arafura Sea and the Gulf of Carpentaria. This Aboriginal-owned expanse is made up of wild coastlines, rivers teeming with fish, lush rainforests, soaring escarpments and savannah woodland. Being such a large expanse of land we only concentrate on the Western side of Arnhem Land as other remote destinations must be reached by light aircraft, which we can also arrange for you.
This land is one of the very few remaining unspoiled areas of the world where you find an untouched landscape. Its small population is predominantly indigenous and traditional Aboriginal culture remains largely intact.
The didgeridoo originated in Arnhem Land, and the area is also world-renowned for its distinctive, authentic Aboriginal art. Arnhem Land is one of the best fishing destinations in the world, largely due to its seldom-fished waters. Cruise inland on a tidal estuary in search of the massive barramundi or if you want to extend the Arnhem Land experience, talk to us about combining it with the world famous Mt Borradaile Safari lodge. We can drop you off at the Lodge via 4WD or light aircraft and give you the opportunity to explore 50,000-year-old rock art interpreted by knowledgeable guides at Mt Borradaile. This is a true nature experience that won’t disappoint.
On our Arnhem Land tour you will enjoy fine meals and accommodation in permanent cabins with ensuite. You will experience untouched waterways, native woodlands, and amazing displays of birdlife and Aboriginal culture right outside your door. On completion of your Arnhem Land tour you will return to Darwin via light aircraft giving you a birds-eye view of the spectacular landscape.
Litchfield National Park Tours – Waterfalls & 4WD Tracks
Brookes Australia Tours strongly recommends Litchfield National Park tours to our clients that are travelling in family groups. Kids and adults alike will love the crocodile free waterfalls feeding the natural rock swimming holes. On our Litchfield National Park tour, parents can relax whilst the kids enjoy without doubt one of the highlights of their Top End holiday experience. The Park encloses much of the spectacular Tabletop Range, which is a wide sandstone plateau mostly surrounded by cliffs. During the monsoon season, from October to May, four major waterfalls thunder from the cliffs to tropical rock pools many metres below. Throughout the rest of the year the waterfalls flow more gently, making them a perfect spot for swimming.
Litchfield National Park is truly beautiful and located just south of Darwin. Litchfield features numerous monsoon rainforests, intriguing magnetic termite mounds, historical sites and billabongs or let us take you on the 4WD tracks into some of the more remote parts of Litchfield National Park. The Park’s traditional owners are the Wagait Aboriginal people, many of who live in the area today. The region has a colourful pioneering and pastoral history and we include visits to sites such as the old Blyth Homestead ruins, built in 1929 but abandoned in the 1960s. These remaining buildings are a reminder of the tough conditions faced by the early pioneers of the Northern Territory.
Katherine Tours – Nitmiluk (Katherine Gorge) National Park
Situated 320 kilometres south-east of Darwin, Katherine is set on the banks of the Katherine River. This unique outback town of around 8,000 people is the region’s major service centre.
When we visit the Katherine district, one of the main attractions is the famous Nitmiluk (Katherine Gorge) National Park covering an awesome 3,000 sq km of the magnificent sandstone escarpment. Nitmiluk, meaning ‘cicada place’ to the local Aboriginal people.
The Katherine River system flows through 13 separate gorges that carve their way through the Arnhem Plateau. If you choose to take the 2 hour gorge cruise you will travel between sheer cliffs to the sandy freshwater beaches of the main gorges, and view ancient Aboriginal rock paintings high on the rock faces above.
We can take you on short bush walk’s venturing to the top of the gorge for a fantastic view from above whilst also looking out over this amazing country in the distance pointing out areas where the river has peaked during times of floods.
On request we can also visit the land of the lightening brothers, 2 hours drive west of Katherine. Mr Bill Harney (Yidumduma) author of the book “Born under thepaperback trees” is a well respected Elder and the last Senior Male Aboriginal custodian of the Wardaman people. He is recognized throughout the world as an artist of high esteem on many different stages. He is a master storyteller, song man,didgeridoo player/maker, painter and writer. All his art forms have the deepest roots in the celebration of his Wardaman Aboriginal heritage and his unique ability to “walk in both worlds” and communicate the joy of his culture to a global audience.
Other attractions we can take you to within easy reach of Katherine include the Cutta Cutta Caves Nature Park, the Katherine Hot Springs and Leliyn (Edith Falls), a fantastic place that we can take you swimming in a natural rock pool or just a great place to sit and get some memorable pictures of this fantastic landscape.