Our full day sightseeing tour into Arnhem Land offers guests an opportunity to visit Aboriginal lands, see magnificent ancient rock art, visit a stunning billabong, see the local bird and wildlife and meet local Aboriginal artists at Injalak Arts and Craft Centre, Oenpelli (Gunbalanya).
Tour operates June 30 to Tuesday, August 14, 2018 – departs Monday to Saturday
We begin the tour with pick-ups in Darwin and Jabiru, then travel 30 minutes through World heritage listed Kakadu National Park.
We bid Kakadu farewell at Cahills Crossing when we drive across the causeway of the East Alligator River and enter Arnhem Land. Cahills Crossing is a great place to spot crocodiles sunning themselves on the banks or in the water waiting to catch a barramundi.
With special permission from the local Aboriginal people, we visit several sites in western Arnhem Land with its towering escarpment to view unusual rock art, stop at Red Lily Billabong and spend time at Injalak Arts and Craft Centre. Here we meet local Aboriginal artists, the men painting with fine brushes and the women weaving colourful and intricate baskets.
At Red Lily Billabong we stop to see a field of lotus lily in bloom, we may also catch a glimpse of dancing brolga, an occasional crocodile and other local wildlife. This is an amazing day tour into Arnhem Land and an experience only available to a select few.
We take small groups of up to 10 guests in an air-conditioned vehicle on this full-day adventure in Arnhem Land. Visitors experience a fascinating mixture of traditional and living culture.
DepartureDarwin or Jabiru, NT
- Arnhem Land entry permits and royalties to enter Aboriginal lands
- Full day tour from Darwin
- Darwin city hotel pick up and drop off
- Visit to Injalak Arts and Craft Centre
- Visit Red Lily Billabong and other west Arnhem art sites
- Lunch (vegetarians and Coeliacs catered for with at least 24 hours notice)
- Tea and coffee and afternoon tea
- Sturdy walking shoes (runners or reef-type walking sandals) – flip flops/thongs are not suitable
- At least 1 litre of bottled water (iced water is available in the vehicle)
- Sunscreen and a hat is essential
- Light, comfortable clothing
- Medications and other personal requirementsBinoculars
- Money or credit card if you wish to purchase any artwork or items at the Injalak Arts and Crafts Centre
- A sense of adventure!
- Departs Darwin at 5.15 am
- Stop at Corroboree Park Tavern on
- Any pickups at Aurora Kakadu, South Alligator at 7.50 am
- Pick up from Jabiru Accommodation approx 8.30-8.45 am
Top End Day ToursTop End Day Tours offers explorations of Australia’s Aboriginal lands, also known as Arnhem Land.
Our day tours are significant cultural experiences that allow visitors to see key sites throughout the Arnhem Land with their own eyes. We are one of the few touring companies offering this type of experience in Australia, and our combination of non-indigenous guides and native Aboriginal guides ensures that you learn as much about the Arnhem Land as possible.
Experience an Ancient Culture Some experts say that the Aboriginal culture of Australia is the world’s single oldest surviving culture. Indeed, the Aboriginal culture dates back a jaw-dropping 60,000 years. A day tour of the Arnhem Land, then, is a trip through time—not just a millennium or two, but thousands of millennia.
Our tours of Arnhem Land include visits to numerous significant cultural sites, including showcases of ancient Aboriginal rock art. The tour will also offer remarkable photo opportunities, featuring any one of the Arnhem Land’s expansive and beautiful landscapes.
Above all, the tour will take you away from the bustle of modern life and give you a chance to get back to nature in a fun and rejuvenating way.
Seeing the rock art of the Aborigines is certainly the primary draw of the Arnhem Land day tours that we offer at Top End Day Tours.
The Aboriginal culture has never had a formal written language, but the people have for thousands of years recorded their history and customs on the sides of rocks and the walls of rock shelters. Much of this rock art survives to this day, depicting everything from deities and religious ceremonies to animals that no longer exist.
In fact, some of the creatures featured in Aboriginal rock art paintings are estimated to have become extinct between 20,000 and 40,000 years ago now.
To experience a tour of Arnhem Land, then, is to experience a world that many of us can hardly even imagine anymore.