• Mary River
  • Darwin
  • Mossman
  • Haggerstone Island

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  • Personalised journeys from start to finish

  • Save an acre of rainforest each time you travel

  • Every detail taken care of

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Itinerary highlights

  • Venture into the Bamurru Plains in a 4X4 game vehicle
  • Soar over the landscape of Kakadu National Park and the East Alligator River
  • Explore the tropical Daintree Rainforest and Cape Tribulation
  • Zipline through the rainforest canopy and learn traditional hunting methods
  • Experience snorkelling, diving and fishing around the Great Barrier Reef

What's included

  • Luxury accommodation throughout
  • Privately guided tours and experiences
  • Private transfers
  • Full support from your travel designer and concierge before, during and after your trip
  • Our help with restaurant recommendations and reservations
  • Expert guides in each destination
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At a glance

From the wilderness of Bamurru Plains and Daintree Rainforest to the idyllic waters of the Great Barrier Reef, this trip highlights Northern Australia’s most magnificent natural splendours.

Ideally experienced in Australia’s winter months of April to October, this tour sets off from the city of Darwin, the capital of the Northern Territory. The first stop, Bamurru Plains in the Mary River region, will be reached by a chartered plane – allowing you to take in the vast wetlands scenes before you even arrive.

Your time here will be spent seeking out the wildlife of the floodplains in open-topped vehicles, keeping an eye out for crocodiles lurking in the waters and wild horses galloping across the landscape. Kakadu National Park, which is in close distance to your camp, will also be explored, and here, you’ll see the reserve from above in a plane, before being led by an Aboriginal guide into the bush.

A return flight back to Darwin means that you have a night to explore this coastal metropolis, with its delightful beaches and varied collection of museum and galleries. Leaving this city behind, the trip then heads to Cairns, regarded as the gateway to Australia’s Great Barrier Reef and home to Daintree Rainforest. This stretch of ecological park is part of the largest continuous area of tropical rainforest on the Australian continent.

You’ll get the chance to delve deep into the heart of this rainforest, meandering along boardwalks and passing by beaches, and a colourful assortment of bird species, on the way to Cape Tribulation, a remote headland and coastal area. To better experience the beauty of the rainforest, you’ll experience a fully-guided zip-lining tour and a wildlife cruise.

The final highlight of the tour is Haggerstone Island, positioned in the Great Barrier Reef Park, off Northern Queensland. The complete remoteness of this island, paired with the spectacular surrounding reefs and incredible opportunities for snorkelling and diving, as well as deep-sea fishing, ensures that you’re in for a memorable time. After soaking up the sun, dabbling in the array of water sports and feasting on the freshest seafood, you’ll return to Cairns.

Example trip itinerary

Days 1-3

Mary River

Flights & transfers

Transfer

Charter flight from Darwin airport to Bamurru Plains

Transfer

Private transfer to Bamurru Plains Camp

Accommodation in Mary River

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Mary River 4X4 safari Mary River 4X4 safari

One of the best ways to see the wildlife that inhabits the wetlands is on an open-top game drive, more akin to an African safari. With the recession of the waters from much of the floodplain in the dry season, the plains become accessible to 4X4 vehicles and a journey with a guide will provide a unique insight into this fragile yet very important environment.

The open-sided safari vehicles feature shaded canopies, with comfortable and raised seating to provide the best possible vantage point to view agile wallabies, estuarine crocodiles, wild horses, buffalos and some of the 236 bird species on the property. Your guide will describe the Aboriginal uses for some of the local flora and fauna while you enjoy a refreshing drink and bite to eat.

Ultimate Kakadu experience from Bamurru Plains Ultimate Kakadu experience from Bamurru Plains

This full-day adventure begins with a scenic flight to Jabiru in the heart of Kakadu where your field guide and a new custom-built vehicle will be waiting to explore the park’s escarpment landscapes and ancient rock art at Ubirr. You'll then join a cruise on the East Alligator River with an Aboriginal guide by your side revealing local mythology, the river’s abundant food chain, traditional uses for many plants and animals and bush survival skills before returning overland, with a stop at the Bowali Visitor Centre, and arrive back at the camp in time for sundowner drinks as the sun sets over Bamurru Plains.

Day 4

Darwin

Flights & transfers

Transfer

Charter flight from Bamurru Plains to Darwin airport

Transfer

Private transfer to your hotel in Darwin

Accommodation in Darwin

Days 5-7

Mossman

Flights & transfers

Transfer

Private transfer to Darwin airport

Transfer

Flight from Darwin to Cairns airport

Transfer

Private transfer to your hotel in Cairns

Accommodation in Mossman

Daintree and cultural adventure day Daintree and cultural adventure day

Travel into the Daintree Rainforest and Cape Tribulation, one of the most diverse and ecologically unique areas on the planet. The endangered cassowary, a large flightless bird, is often seen in this area. Take a walk along Cape Tribulation Beach or on one of the scenic boardwalks and learn about the diversity of the rainforest.

Enjoy a lunch of local produce and later, visit the Daintree Ice Cream Company where tropical fruits are made into delicious ice creams. Jackfruit, back sapote, passion-fruit and wattleseed are just some of the flavours to savour. Continue on a wildlife-spotting cruise on the Daintree River and keep an eye out for the elusive saltwater crocodile, snakes, rainforest frogs, eagles, birdlife and flying fruit bats while learning more about about this amazing part of Australia.

Then it's on to Cooya Beach where you'll meet your Kuku Yalanji Cultural Habitat guide, either Linc or Brandon Walker. These brothers delight in showing visitors their traditional hunting areas within the mudflats, mangroves and beach habitats. They’ll teach you their hunting and gathering methods, including spearfishing and mud crabbing techniques.

Days 8-12

Haggerstone Island

Flights & transfers

Transfer

Private transfer to Cairns airport

Transfer

Charter flight from Cairns airport to Haggerstone Island Resort

Accommodation in Haggerstone Island

Snorkelling and spearfishing off Haggerstone Island Snorkelling and spearfishing off Haggerstone Island

The reef in this area is utterly untouched and demonstrates what coral and fish life used to be like before human interference. You'll float over florescent gardens, or plunge into the cavernous formations created by centuries of uninterrupted growth. You can expect to see green turtles, manta rays and prolific fish life during your stay.

Every day out on the boat, you’ll visit a different destination, and some of the favourite snorkelling locations include:

The Garden – A shallow and brilliantly coloured corner or reef known for its variation in coral types. You can expect to see vivid coloured staghorn, plate, boulder and fan corals.

Ashmore Banks – A beautiful sand cay with an incredibly clear fringing reef and deep drop-off. You can expect to see large Maori wrasse, huge brain coral formations, brilliantly clear water and the possibilities of manta rays, crayfish and even dolphins.

The Outer Barrier Wishbone Reef – On calm days, you might be taken to the incredible outer reef formation located east of the island. Wishbone Reef is a large marine park where the reef curves away from the coast in the shape of a wishbone, creating many points and channels where marine life gathers to escape the current. You can expect to see every imaginable form of marine life in its most impressive condition. During your snorkel, you can also discover a 1840s shipwreck in a shallow reef garden. Its giant anchors, winching blocks and bronze keel bolts are all visible during surface snorkelling.

Snorkelling is possible both off the day boat and straight off the Haggerstone shore.

Deep sea fishing off Haggerstone Island Deep sea fishing off Haggerstone Island

With extensive knowledge of the area and thirty years of experience, the team at Haggerstone Island can offer their unparalleled fishing experience. Despite relying on freshly caught seafood for meals at the resort, the team still maintains a high catch and release ration for the fish that are not needed.

Some examples of common species caught include red emperor, coral trout, fingermark Spanish mackerel, bluefin tuna, queenfish, dogtooth tuna and giant trevally.

Flights & transfers

Transfer

Charter flight from Haggerstone Island to Cairns airport

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