Day 1 to 4 - Singapore
Arrive into Singapore and spend your first four days exploring the city, with its contrast of old and new, from churches and colonial architecture to sparkling skyscrapers. Experience the culture and cuisine of China town and Little India, then head down to Clarke Quay for shopping and entertainment, and perhaps a Singapore Sling on the banks of the river as the sun goes down.
And make sure to visit the Gardens By The Bay, the 101 hectare nature park, with its 18 iconic colourful Supertrees, the largest of which stands at 50 metres. The park truly comes alive at night with an impressive sound and light show.
Day 5 to 6 - Darwin
Fly from Singapore to Darwin where you’ll enjoy time in Australia’s northern most city. Splash around at Darwin’s Wave Lagoon on the popular Waterfront before catching the latest blockbuster at the outdoor Deckchair Cinema. You can pick up locally made souvenirs at the Mindil Beach Sunset Markets or watch the sunset aboard a cruise through the harbour.
Day 7 - Darwin to Kakadu National Park
After collecting your vehicle and driving east out of Darwin on to the Arnhem Highway, head for Kakadu National Park. Suggest a stop at Window on the Wetlands Visitor Centre, and then perhaps Adelaide River for an optional Jumping Crocodile cruise. The scenery on the way is dramatic and colourful with bird life, wet lands and high escarpments. A visit to the Bowali Visitor Centre is a must to learn more about this unique environment.
Towering over the park’s wetlands is the huge 500km long Arnhem Land escarpment which was created about 2 billion years ago. This ancient landscape will leave you with a feeling of majesty and awe. Its natural geological features, including rock formations, powerful waterways, towering cliffs, spectacular waterfalls and quiet, peaceful streams and lagoons, as well as its diverse wildlife, and unique plant life, together with some of the country’s best Aboriginal art galleries, add up to a truly magnificent area. The value of Kakadu’s treasures is also reflected in the park’s World Heritage listing, awarded for both cultural and natural significance.
Day 8 - Kakadu National Park
You have a full day at leisure to explore Kakadu. This morning take the included 1.5 hour Yellow Waters Cruises from Cooinda. After your cruise call into the Warradjan Aboriginal Cultural Centre. Other sights to see today include a visit to Nourlangie Rock and Ubirr Rock, or an optional scenic flight. Aboriginal rock art in this area is very well preserved and accessible. It’s worth taking a guided tour to have the history of the rock art explained to you.
Ubirr Rock is situated 40km from Jabiru and is where the main road crosses the East Alligator River into Arnhem Land (which is accessible only with a permit). Ubirr, reached by sealed road on this side of the river, is one of the main accessible art sites in the park. A 1km easy walking circuit trail leads from the car park. There are various art styles here, including the stick-like Mimi figures, some estimated to be up to 20,000 years old, but the more recent, dramatic, x-ray style is the most striking. Whilst at Ubirr, climb to the top of the rocky escarpment for splendid views out over the Kakadu countryside. You will also get a panoramic vista over the nearby billabongs of the Arnhem wetlands and the huge Arnhem Land escarpment, which lies across the East Alligator River.
Day 9 - Katherine
Leave Kakadu and head south towards Pine Creek. At Pine Creek you rejoin the Stuart Highway and travel on south to Katherine, making a leisurely stop at the beautiful Edith Falls. The Katherine Gorge is located 30 km from the town centre, here the river flows between towering walls of colour.
Pine Creek was the scene of extensive mining in the 1880s and is now experiencing a renewal of interest with the reopening of mining activities. There are numerous historic buildings still standing, including the Old Playford Club Hotel, the Repeater Station, the Bakery and the Railway Siding Complex.
Katherine is the heart of the real outback. Attractions in the area include places of historic interest, birds and wildlife in their natural surroundings, caves, gorges, Aboriginal lore and art, and for the adventurers, magnificent waterfalls, canyons and billabongs that are still unspoiled.
Day 10 – Katherine
This morning take the included 2 hour gorge cruise. Katherine Gorge is a system of 13 gorges all joining by rapids. The best way to see the Gorge is from the water, there are also scenic flights and plenty of marked walking tracks. This afternoon suggest a visit to Mataranka, which is 110km from Katherine. Mataranka is situated in Elsey National Park and here the Mataranka Thermal Pool is found. This is a very popular swimming spot – the thermal pool is around a constant temperature of 34 degrees Celsius.
The highlight here is undoubtedly Katherine Gorge, located in the Nitmiluk National Park. The main entrance to the National Park is 32 kilometres from Katherine. Over millions of years, torrential summer rains in Arnhem Land during the wet season have caused the waters of the Katherine River to cut thirteen spectacular serpentine gorges. Cut into ancient rock, the canyon walls climb steeply above cool blue water, and there is abundant bird, fish and animal life, including the fresh water crocodile.
Day 11 - Litchfield National Park and Lake Bennett
Litchfield National Park is the Top End’s most accessible natural attraction and offers safe swimming and spectacular waterfalls all year round. The main attractions in Litchfield National Park including Buley Rockhole, Wangi, Tolmer and Florence Falls are all linked by quality sealed roads. There is swimming in specified areas, photography, wildlife observation and bushwalks ranging from a 20 minute stroll to extended walks. Your overnight stay is outside Litchfield at the beautifully scenic Lake Bennett. (Approximate distance for today includes touring through Litchfield National Park).
Day 12 - Darwin
Enjoy more time this morning in Litchfield National Park or relax at Lake Bennett before returning to Darwin via the Stuart Highway for your flight to Cairns.
Day 13 to 14 - Cairns
Cairns is the activity hub of North Queensland activities and the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef. Book a cruise out to the reef to enjoy a range of activities such as snorkelling, diving, fish-feeding or a glass bottom boat tour.
In land, discover the lakes and waterfalls of the Atherton Tablelands or the ancient rainforest of the Mossman Gorge. From the Kuranda village you can ride on the Skyrail rainforest cableway and at Tjapukai learn about Aboriginal culture.
For a truly unique experience, take a hot air balloon or helicopter flight over this incredible region to see the rainforest meet the reef from the air.
Day 15 To 16 - Port Douglas
Spend a day at the relaxed sea-side village of Port Douglas. If you can tear yourself away from the beach, there’s a great choice of bars and restaurants and fantastic boutique shopping. Port Douglas has an average year-round temperature of 26 degrees centigrade.
Day 17 - Sentosa, Singapore
Fly from Cairns to Singapore for the final night of your holiday on Sentosa Island. This island which is connected to Singapore’s mainland is a playground for locals and tourist alike. Spend the day visiting one of the many theme parks, journey on the island’s cable car or simply relax on the beach.
Day 18 - Farewell
Catch your flight from Singapore back to the UK. Then start planning your next adventure!
18 day Holiday Idea - from £1399
With flights from £2199