East Arnhem Land trip info???

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Hi, last year I was saw a thread regarding a trip/adventure to East Arnhem Land. I cant find anything in the archives here. I was also in contact via email, and they had a brochure which was in PDF format I think. From memory these people used to do Kimberley tours also.

Any help is appreciated.
Regards Craig

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Reply By: Member - John - Monday, Jan 06, 2014 at 13:07

Monday, Jan 06, 2014 at 13:07
G'day, Vic Widman does a tour thru Arnhem Land, details below.

Vic’s Amazing Arnhem Land Tour
14 August – 1 September, 2014
NOTE: A minimum of 5 bookings is required
This tour has been three years in the making and Vic has spared nothing to ensure that you participate in the most amazing Arnhem Land tag-along tour available. Vic will take you to places most people never get to visit. You will see pristine wilderness areas and explore the best of Arnhem Land. You will visit and have the opportunity to purchase some of the most outstanding aboriginal art ever seen and experience the real aboriginal culture that few ever get a chance to see. You will leave this tour with memories that will last forever.
Day 1 14/8 JabiruCobourg Peninsula 295k
We start our amazing Arnhem Land trip by meeting in Jabiru before crossing Cahills Crossing (provided the tides are right). You will pass through the spectacular stone and flood plain country that has made Kakadu and Arnhem Land so famous. Following this we start our trek north through Arnhem Land with numerous river crossings to the far top end of Cobourg peninsular and Garig Gunak Barlu National Park where we camp right on the water’s edge near Smith Point. Our campsite here is simply spectacular as we are merely metres from the water’s edge. You will watch turtles and numerous fish swim past and each day one of the best sunset viewing spots in Australia across the waters of Port Essington.
Day 2 15/8 Cobourg Peninsula
Today we have chartered the beautiful fishing boat from Venture North for a day of fishing. The Boat holds 6 at a time and you will have several hours of fishing some of the best fishing locations in Australia. (This is an optional tour, if you don’t wish to participate in the fishing charter we have a great sea shore drive through this spectacular location for you).
Day 3 16/8 Cobourg Peninsula
Today you have the option of visiting Victoria Settlement via the Venture North boat which we will charter for you. More details on this optional tour will be forwarded closer to the tour.
Day 4 17/8 Cobourg Peninsula
Based on feedback from last year’s trip we have now added an extra day to our stay in this paradise. Today you can try fishing off the coast, searching for mud crabs, finding succulent fresh oysters on the rocks or just relaxing in one of the most scenic locations in Australia. We have the camping area all to ourselves and the views across the water are simply spectacular. 1
Day 5 18/8 Cobourg Peninsula – Corroboree Park 460k
It will be very difficult to drag ourselves away from our idyllic camp site but so many more incredible locations await us. We now retrace back down through Arnhem Land to Cahills Crossing, more shopping in Jabiru if required and then we follow the Arnhem Hwy to Corroboree Park camp ground. Here we camp for the night and enjoy the characters and great meals of this top end hotel and caravan park.
Day 6 19/8 Corroboree Park – Edith Falls 280k
We are booked on the first morning cruise on the Adelaide River to attend the crocodile jumping tour. Following this amazing display we will visit a nearby lagoon usually full of bird life and then follow a 4WD track to the Stuart Hwy and drive down to Edith Falls to make camp. This gives us time for a swim in the huge plunge pool.
Day 7 20/8 Edith Falls – Baghetti Homelands 340k
Leaving Edith Falls we will stop in Katherine to restock then drive into Arnhem Land. It is a long drive through this wild pristine area and the full impact of what we have in store for you begins to unfold. We will be met by our Yolnu guide (Yolnu are the local aborigines) and led through rugged four wheel drive country to a beautiful location known as Baghetti on the Wilson River.
Day 8 21/8 Baghetti Homelands
Once again, based on feedback from our customers from last year we now have a full day at the Baghetti homelands. We are guests of the local Yolnu people and it is likely they will spend some time with us explaining their culture etc. There is also some great fishing in the Wilson River and the nearby billabong where Barramundi could be on the menu tonight, the local area is also alive with wild buffalo and apart from hearing them through the night it is likely we will have some great photo opportunities of these wild animals during the day.
Day 9 22/8 Baghetti Homelands - Nhulunbuy 490k
Leaving our new friends at Baghetti we continue through Arnhem Land and will see many wild buffalo, numerous scrub fires, cross deep rivers and raise lots of red dust on our way to our oasis by the sea, the Walkabout Lodge in Nhulunbuy. After making camp on the grassed camp area we can relax by the lodge’s swimming pool, take a walk along the beach and enjoy a superb restaurant meal if you wish.
Day 10 23/8 Nhulunbuy
An easy start to the day to allow you to catch up on washing and shopping. There is a laundry in our camp ground and the well stocked shopping centre is a short walk across the road. After lunch I’ll take you on a tour of the local beaches and finish the day with a BBQ on the beach looking over the Arafura Sea, sheer bliss!
Day 11 24/8 Nhulunbuy
Today we do a town tour plus visit the fine aboriginal art centre at Yirrkala and the beautiful local beaches. 2
Day 12 25/8 Nhulunbuy to Bawaka
A very special day awaits us as we are invited into another traditional Yolnu Homelands and undertake the arduous 4WD journey to Bawaka where we will camp beside the beach for two nights. During our stay there will be a traditional welcome and dancing by the local Yolnu family, food gathering and the unforgettable visit by Nike the pet 4 metre crocodile.
Day 13 26/8 Bawaka
Bawaka is such a special location that we have a full day here to enjoy the superb views, fishing and more local experiences.
Day 14 27/8 Bawaka to Nhulunbuy via Cape Arnhem
In the morning we will return over that great 4WD track and then take you on a full day tour of Cape Arnhem that will simply blow you away with its scenery and sand driving. A BBQ lunch on the beach and some of the most stunning scenery you will ever see (yes, it is that good!) are some of the highlights of this outstanding day. Returning to Nhulunbuy and our camp at the Walkabout Lodge we will enjoy dinner in the excellent Walkabout restaurant.
Day 15 28/8 Nhulunbuy
Today we plan to visit more of the amazing beaches and bush locations around the Gove Peninsular.
Day16 29/8 Nhulunbuy- Baniyala 150k
We have saved the best to last, be amongst the first to experience the beautiful Baniyala as Great Divide Tours is invited into the homelands of the Yolnu people. We will camp overlooking the Grindall Bay near Groote Eylandt and be hosted by the local community with guided tours and traditional experiences.
Day17 30/8 Baniyala
Our campsite is in such a beautiful location overlooking the blue waters of Grindall Bay that we have allowed an extra day here to fully soak up this true wilderness location.
Day18 31/8 Baniyala – Bush camp Central Arnhem road 430k
Leaving our new friends at Baniyala we hit the Central Arnhem Road back towards the south. After a big day of river crossings and more red dust with wild buffalo we will make a bush camp for our final camp in the amazing Arnhem Land .
Day 19 1/9 Bush Camp to Stuart Highway 200k
It is about a half day’s drive back to the Stuart Highway where you might wish to head south to start your trek home or continue north to Katherine and Darwin. The trip concludes at the Stuart Highway.
Tour cost $7490 per vehicle including one – two people,
extra persons $600 children under 12years $400.
Includes Arnhem Land permits, entry to Garig Gunak Barlu National Park, the Crocodile Jumping tour, camping at Walkabout Lodge in Nhulunbuy, access and camping at Bawaka with traditional welcome and cultural experience and
exclusive access to Baniyala camp ground and Homelands with cultural experience with the local community.
This tour is off road camper trailer friendly. There is a limit of 3 camper trailers and 5 other vehicles with tent accommodation on each tour. (Note you must leave your trailer at Walkabout Lodge when we visit Bawaka and you need to have basic camping gear for the overnight stay at this remote aboriginal community).
The fuel requirements are 120 litres petrol and 100 litres diesel
It is recommended that you carry at least 40 litres of water.
To reserve your spot on this amazing trip just forward the application form below together with a $2000 deposit to Great Divide Tours Pty Ltd, PO Box 5020, Elanora Hts, 2101 or call 02 9913 1395 to pay on credit card (2.5% service fee applies) or contact Vic at info@greatdividetours.com.au for EFT details.
Refund Policy – Deposits are non refundable. If your booking can be reallocated to another participant then the deposit can be transferred to another tour of your choice which must be taken within 18 months of the original booked tour. The full tour fee is payable 6 weeks prior to the tour and is not refundable after this time. You should consider taking out Travel Insurance to cover any unforeseen circumstances including illness, vehicle problems or family matters.
To book this tour log onto www.4wd.net.au or complete the following booking form and forward it with your deposit to Great Divide Tours, PO Box 5020, Elanora Hts 2101.
Arnhem Land Tour
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Reply By: craigandej - Monday, Jan 06, 2014 at 13:23

Monday, Jan 06, 2014 at 13:23
Wasn't really a tag along as such. I think the guides met you at Roper Bar then travelled north east to the coast for fishing etc. You had to be self sufficient with food/vehicle etc.

Maybe a forum reader did the trip last year??

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Follow Up By: Member - John - Monday, Jan 06, 2014 at 13:56

Monday, Jan 06, 2014 at 13:56
No problems at all
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