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Top End - September 2019

Cambridge
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Top End - September 2019

Our third, and probably final, trip to Australia will mainly be spent in the Top End during September 2019. We'll arrive in Darwin from Adelaide, travelling up on the Ghan - 4 reasonably fit adults in their 60's (eek!) two from UK, two from Adelaide - we have 9 days in which to plan an itinerary before husband and I go on 'experience the wild' 8 day bird tour where we will be going to: Pine Creek; Victoria River Roadhouse;Timber Creek; Katherine; Kakadu; Jibiru: Mary River. Can any of the Top End Specialists suggest places that we might visit that would give us another view of the area that isn't already covered in the bird itinerary? Suggestions on accommodation would also be good - we are flip flopping as to whether we hire a 4wd truck with roof tent or rent ordinary car and just find cabins/hotels. Obviously we are early bookers here - but it would be good to pin some places down now. Would appreciate any advice please. We have already been to Uluru and Alice by the way.

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1. Re: Top End - September 2019

Not being a twitter so I cannot help you much but by your self the Botanical Gardens have many species and the Darwin City Council does have some information out about what birds to see. Another spot are the Sewerage Treatment Ponds but they are unfortunately closed due to other residents there being unsociable and liable to take a leg or two.. See https:/…birdwatching_ilparpa_swamp

You can do a trip to Fogg Dam there are two main areas, the swamps where there is a hide and the Monsoon Walkway. It was in bad condition a few years ago so hopefully it is now repaired. see https:/…fogg-dam-conservation-reserve

On the way back stop at the Humpty Doo Hotel where there is generally a lot of wild life. particularly in the evening.

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2. Re: Top End - September 2019

Most certainly visit Litchfield for some nice hikes, swimming and waterfalls. Its only 2 hrs from Darwin.

I think though you woluld be a bit hard pressed tp spend an additional 9 days in the top end after the other itn you have as its going to most of the hot spots.

You could maybe consider a trip to Nhulunbuy t see that area, but it could bea bit to extreme for you :)

Maybe you could have a few days at Berkely River or a fishing lodge on the Tiwi.

Maybe consider flying to Kunurrura and spend 5 -6 days at Lake Argyle to EL questro.

Cambridge
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3. Re: Top End - September 2019

Thank you both for your suggestions, I get the feeling that I am thinking of spending too long in the top end and will have to consider alternatives, a friend suggested springboarding to Bali for a week, is this a good idea? Another question is - how bad are the flies/mosquitoes in September? I've been eaten alive in the UK this Summer and it's just got me thinking!!

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4. Re: Top End - September 2019

Instead of Bali, i would really suggest the Kunurrura / maybe Elquestro or Emma Gorge experience. There are hit springs, gorges, etc.

Bali is very accesssible from Darwin of course and many of us in Darwin hang out there for long weekends.

But if I had the choice any day its camping in the outback:]

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5. Re: Top End - September 2019

My first post here so i hope it goes OK!

I will second the recommendations already offered for Litchfield National Park (ideal for a day trip, and swimming) and Fogg dam conservation reserve.

Additionally, and despite sounding somewhat cheesy, everyone I've had visit loves the jumping crocodile cruises on the Adelaide river which is also near Fogg dam. There's more than one, nothing much to choose between them, just make sure you turn up to the one you booked!

As I'm starting to get on a bit myself I would find the proposed itinerary fairly tiring and to keep in mind that September is hot in the Top End. Suggest building in a slow day or two to visit Berry springs (swimming available) and the adjacent Territory Wildlife Park , and there's always a few things to see and do in Darwin as well.

Cambridge
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6. Re: Top End - September 2019

Thank you everyone, luckily have plenty of time to plan this but will be keeping an eye on the forum.

Cambridge
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7. Re: Top End - September 2019

Can anyone suggest accommodation actually in Lichfield NP?

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8. Re: Top End - September 2019

It is NP and you wont find accom in the park, except for camping options. There are some but some caravan and cabin parks very close . They are very leafy. Look at LItchfield Tourist Park . Look at Rum Jungle Bungalos website as well.

Dont expect top notch accom out there, if we stay we camp. But both above offer good clean options.

Edited: 22 September 2018, 11:57
Cambridge
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9. Re: Top End - September 2019

Thank you...we think we'll opt for Lichfield Tourist Park. Can I ask about Kakadu NP, husband is liking the look for Cooinda Lodge but I wonder whether there is somewhere less remote and as interesting - Jabiru??

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10. Re: Top End - September 2019

Kakadu is remote - there is little in the way if infrastructure anywhere in the area.

You wont find Cooinda lodge a lonely spot as it does get busy.

Mercure hotel in Jabiru is in the tiny township of Jabiru - supermarket and a few other campgrounds there, some medical services and the area council area. Mercure feels like a big hotel and you dont feel remote.

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