Darwin Trip & Surrounds

Submitted: Wednesday, Jun 10, 2015 at 13:39
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G'day,

I'm looking for input from my fellow travellers! We are planning a trip to Darwin & region in September 2016 and really want to make sure that we visit the must see sights and locations on offer.

We'll be travelling in convoy with at least 1 other family, both have caravans and 4wd's. At this point clearly we are looking at visiting Kakadu, Katherine Gorge etc...but I also really want to spend some time in Arnhem Land and introduce the kids to some Aboriginal culture (how long do we need?), would love to do some 4wdriving, fishing etc...

We will be in the Darwin region for 4 - 4.5 weeks, any suggestions welcome from those that have been there and done that (I have plenty of brochures but would love to hear first hand what people think we should do), also open to unpowered camping sites etc... that have the potential to make the trip extra special.

Thanks heaps in advance,

Regards

Derm
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Reply By: Bigfish - Wednesday, Jun 10, 2015 at 17:04

Wednesday, Jun 10, 2015 at 17:04
Kakadu should be able to give the Aboriginal experience you want from a cultural viewpoint. Caravans not allowed into East Arnhemland, some areas of West as well.

Litchfield Park is a must. Day tour on Corroboree Billabong will provide you with buffalo, Jabiru, lilies, beautiful waterways and big lizards. The jumping crocs tour is in my opinion a croc!! Visit some of the smaller places and as you will be in Katherine why not take a left and spend a night at the Ord River or Kununurra. Ord River caravan park is one of the best in Oz. Gives you a taste of the Kimberleys.

Fishing will be slow as barra don't like the cold water. Old Daly Waters pub is worth a stop over, Mataranka. Adelaide River. There are some magic spots. Get onto google and do as much pre planning as you can. Be practical..no good planning down to the last hour.

Enjoy the trip.
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Follow Up By: Bob Y. - Qld - Wednesday, Jun 10, 2015 at 17:48

Wednesday, Jun 10, 2015 at 17:48
If you want the kids to absorb some "Aboriginal culture", then a trip to Cooinda and the Warradjan Cultural Centre would be just what you need. Plenty of info there about their past culture as well as their contribution to the NT cattle industry.

Think there's a number of indigenous rangers at the Rangers station near Jabiru who might be able to point you towards a bush tucker tour, or something similar.

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Follow Up By: Danny 1 - Wednesday, Jun 10, 2015 at 18:18

Wednesday, Jun 10, 2015 at 18:18
Alice & Katherine after Dark are always interesting
cheers danny
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Follow Up By: birdnerd - Wednesday, Jun 10, 2015 at 18:31

Wednesday, Jun 10, 2015 at 18:31
We loved he jumping croc tour, seeing Brutus thrashing around a dead pig he had caught the night before! Each to their own I guess....
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Follow Up By: birdnerd - Wednesday, Jun 10, 2015 at 18:34

Wednesday, Jun 10, 2015 at 18:34
Not sure what the tour was called exactly, could have been Adelaide River Cruises but it was good!
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Follow Up By: AnneC5 - Wednesday, Jun 10, 2015 at 19:02

Wednesday, Jun 10, 2015 at 19:02
birdnerd, Brutus is dead. He was shot after eating a fisherman near the bridge at the tour site.
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Follow Up By: pop2jocem - Wednesday, Jun 10, 2015 at 20:18

Wednesday, Jun 10, 2015 at 20:18
Could be wrong but I thought that was "Michael Jackson" the albino croc with the white head that was shot because some numb brain fisherman decided his $10 fishing lure was worth more than his life.
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Follow Up By: birdnerd - Thursday, Jun 11, 2015 at 17:30

Thursday, Jun 11, 2015 at 17:30
Oh no! Not Brutus. That's a bit unfortunate - that Brutus is dead because of human stupidity. For the albino croc too if it was that one....?.
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Follow Up By: birdnerd - Thursday, Jun 11, 2015 at 17:30

Thursday, Jun 11, 2015 at 17:30
Sorry, off topic!!
Amanda
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Reply By: BV - Thursday, Jun 11, 2015 at 19:35

Thursday, Jun 11, 2015 at 19:35
Fogg Dam at Humpty Doo is worth a visit for the bird life - turn off the Arnhem Highway.

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