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Published on : Wednesday, January 6, 2016
An exciting 18-day bespoke discovery tour of the spectacular Kakadu National Park and Kimberley region in Western Australia has been put together by Battered Suitcase. Created for the independent traveller with a deep sense of adventure, this private tour is a unique experience taking in remarkable and diverse landscapes and amazing wildlife in remote areas often described as a ‘wilderness’ or the ‘out back’.
The itinerary for this self-drive journey is a suggestion only; Battered Suitcase will tailor it to suit the individual so every experience is different.Located in a protected area of the Northern Territory, Kakadu covers an area nearly half the size of Switzerland. Renowned for the richness of its Aboriginal cultural sites, the entire National Park was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1992. It borders the Kimberley, one of the nine regions of Western Australia. Due to its isolation, the Kimberley’s awe inspiring landscape with its old rock formations, magnificent rivers and vast savannahs, is one of the most undisturbed and natural areas remaining on our planet. Both regions are home to a remarkable variety of wildlife as well as fresh and salt water crocodiles.
The Kakadu and Kimberley discovery tour begins in Darwin and finishes at Broome. It takes in a fantastic variety of experiences including guided safaris; a crocodile cruise; visit to the City of Ruins, a spectacular natural sandstone formation resembling an ancient city, and Gregory’s Tree. This large boab stands on the campsite occupied by explorer Augustus Charles Gregory in the 1850s and is considered a sacred site by the local indigenous people.
The diverse accommodation is with smaller, privately owned providers unique to the region ensuring a totally immersive and personal experience. These include a safari bungalow at Bamurru Plains on the edge of Kakadu overlooking the floodplains frequented by a mass of bird animal life; contemporary, architect designed Cicada Lodge, which opened in 2013 in Nitmiluk National Park, and Bullo River Station, a 500,000 acre cattle ranch. Nights are also spent at the exclusive El Questro Homestead with panoramic views over the Kimberley’s stunning Chamberlain Gorge; Drysdale River and Mount Elizabeth cattle stations; the Mornington Wilderness Camp nature reserve and Spinifex Hotel in Derby.
Available May to October, this once-in-a-lifetime discovery tour is priced from £5,547 per person to include hire of a large four wheel-drive, air-conditioned vehicle with maps and full documentation; 17 nights’ accommodation with most meals and some drinks and selected guided tours of choice. International and local internal flights can be arranged but are not included.
Battered Suitcase is a fully bonded tour operator with all flights and flight-inclusive holidays financially protected by the ATOL scheme through their membership of the Travel Trust Association.