Darwin – The Real Australia
Kirsty Short was on the look out for crocodiles while exploring Darwin …
Our first night was spent at the Novotel Darwin Atrium, which is in a great location with only a short stroll into Mitchell Streets; dining and entertainment precinct. The hotel is a little dated, but the rooms are huge. We were luckily enough to stay in a two bedroom, which would have plenty of room for a family or two couples.
Dinner was hosted at Sky City.. This is now my favorite hotel in Darwin.. Only a 5 minute taxi ride out of the city! The property is located right on the beach front (shame you can’t swim due to crocodiles) and the lagoon style pool is to die for!! Restaurants galore, means you don’t have to step foot into the actual casino if you don’t want to. Sky City has two sides. One side is the hotel and the other side is the resort. There is just a short walk between the two or if you are tired of walking, you can jump onto a golf buggy.
The next day was spent at the Kakadu & East Alligator River. It was an early morning start, but definitely worth it. AAT Kings are great at giving different walking options for customers to do and still being able to see everything! We had our first glimpse at aboriginal rock art, which was a pretty awesome experience!
Then we headed off to the Yellow water Billabong cruise. Unfortunately we didn’t see too many crocs, but was a bird lovers paradise, I have never seen so many birds in my life! After lunch we were given the option to go on a one hour scenic flight which I would highly recommend, you see some spectacular scenery!
That night we stayed at Mercure Kakadu Crocodile hotel. The rooms are very nice with heaps of room! We started our day with a beautiful breakfast at Mercure then went to explore more of Kakadu. We climbed up though ancient Aboriginal rock art galleries, believed to be 20,000 years old, to the lookout for the view over the surrounding wetlands. That night we had dinner at the hotel and the food was delicious, very tasty!
The next day we jumped on cruise along the East Alligator River, with an Aboriginal guide. The river was infested with crocs!! Everywhere you looked they were there! On the cruise we got to visit Arnhem Land, which was a really amazing experience!! We then headed to the Mercure hotel for lunch before jumping on the bus and heading back to Darwin.
The next two nights were spent at Mantra Esplanade. Fabulous location, would highly recommend paying the extra to have an ocean view. You can sit on your balcony and enjoy the sunset.
The next day was one of favourites! We woke up early and headed to Litchfield National Park. Most of the day we swam in different watering holes and there in one of the spots we actually shared the water with Freshwater Crocodiles, which was a little scary!!! The tour was really relaxing and Litchfield is located quite close to Darwin so the driving distance is not too bad.
We enjoyed a well-deserved sleep in, had a beautiful buffet breakfast at the hotel and then headed off to Crocosaurus Cove, which is a must for anyone visiting Darwin. It was amazing to see the crocs under the water. Four of the us went into the cage of death, which I highly recommend! The shows throughout the day were very interesting and we could come and go as we pleased (we just needed to make sure we got a wristband so we could get back in).
As we headed back to the airport the next day, I had time to reflect on this amazing trip.
Written by Kirsty Short, Infinity Holidays Consultant