Kakadu, Ubirr art sites and Guluyambi cruise
Departing Darwin, travel across the Marrakai Plains and journey into World Heritage-listed Kakadu National Park, home to a profusion of birds and other native fauna. Covering some 20,000 square kilometres, Kakadu is Australia’s largest national park. Continue by 4WD to Ubirr to see superbly preserved Aboriginal rock art. Located on the Arnhem Land escarpment, Ubirr has been added in its own right to the World Heritage List because of its anthropological and archaeological value. After enjoying lunch, you’ll join the fascinating Guluyambi Cultural Cruise along the East Alligator River with an Aboriginal guide. This is a wonderfully scenic cruise and serves as a superb introduction to the Aboriginal cultural context of the Northern Territory. As you cruise, keep a look out for the wide variety of wildlife that inhabits the area, including crocodiles. Your guide will provide interesting commentary along the way. Learn about the ancient culture and legends of the region. With special permission, you’ll disembark the cruise for a short walk into Arnhem Land, (conditions permitting). An Aboriginal-owned region that’s mostly occupied by local Indigenous people, Arnhem Land is a place in which traditional Indigenous culture remains largely intact. After the walk, rejoin the cruise and return to the point of departure. Then continue your journey back to the city of Darwin, where your day’s touring draws to its conclusion.