Host: Mike Keighley|
When: between April and October
Length: A 7-day itinerary is proposed but we have several itineraries of different lengths and can be very flexible customizing your experience
Number of guests: 2 to 8
Fee: AU$1800 per person. Includes all meals, accommodation and touring. This tour will be in wilderness areas but you will have comfortable accommodation whilst outbush and meals will be bush gourmet style; healthy food and plenty of it. We even do cappucino's and plunger coffee for the urban cowboys!
This is a journey for the stressed out executive, the urban prisoner, the office junkie, or anybody else who has a need to 'get lost' from the twenty first century. Your guide has specifically designed this tour to get you back to reality to find yourself, and in areas where you are no longer the top of the food chain!
We pick you up from Darwin in our four wheel drive and lead you south to begin your journey. Your Guide (Outdoor Therapist) will help you to slow down and enjoy the subtle nuances of creation as you travel into the spiritual home of past cultures. At Edith Falls we'll take a walk into the escarpment and relax by a waterfall, listen to the birds and lay about in the clear waters surrounded by sandstone cliffs. Closer to Katherine we'll see some significant Aboriginal dreaming sites from a time long ago. Overnight you'll stay at the Far Out Hide Out (Jan's B & B) - a relaxing place to wind down, lay about in the outdoor spa and retire for the night in comfortable accommodation.
It's up early for the start of a magnificent day on Katherine Gorge (Nitmiluk). By starting early we get ahead of any tourist crowds and seldom see others all day. We'll use canoes to get right up into the Gorge system and allow you plenty of time to lay back, swim, and enjoy a gourmet picnic lunch washed down with a cheeky chardonnay. . Don't worry if you haven't paddled before - we provide all the assistance you'll need. End of day watch the sun go down and retire at accommodation (Jan's B & B).
This day we to take you right off the tourist route and away from civilisation. We will travel further south of Katherine and enter Never Never country - the land of the Mangarrayi people - we'll camp out in this country of waterfalls, jungles, rock pools and clear night skies. This area featured on National TV 'Aussie Top Spots'. We are the only tour operators permitted into this country.
More relaxing in Never Never land - swim, bushwalk, photograph, try some fishing, do some painting or interact with the tribal people when they visit our camp - the unstructured nature of this tour means you can do as much or as little as you like. This afternoon we head back to Katherine accommodation.
Day five, six:
The same laid back feel continues as you meet up with Snowy from Gecko Canoeing and head out for three days of wilderness canoeing on the Katherine River. The Katherine River system winds through 600 klms of the most amazing subtropical savannah country. You've already paddled Katherine Gorge (about 13klms of the entire river system) and know what a great experience river canoeing is - now it's time to really get amongst it and head south-west down the river for another 50 klms or so. The food and camping facilities are second to none and Snowy has years of experience moulding clients into his environment. As you quietly paddle along on your canoe journey you will get to know the flora and fauna that saturate the environment - you'll follow the river through shaded corridors, pandanus jungles, gentle rapids - and at days end you'll enjoy the finest gourmet cooking washed down with fine wine around the campfire.
Late in the afternoon a four wheel drive vehicle will rendezvous with your group, canoes are loaded up and you are returned to Katherine. You are guaranteed to have memories to last a lifetime and your whole outlook on life will be immeasurably enhanced! We know this to be true because of comments and repeat bookings from past clients.