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A Wildlife Walkabout
Shelby Donley of Camelback Odyssey has created an itinerary that starts in Brisbane followed by a chance to explore Australia’s Northern Territory. For many, Brisbane is the gateway to Queensland, but after you explore the state capital, you’ll continue to the Northern Territory. You’ll start in Darwin, the territory’s capital, which has a laidback tropical feel and stunning beaches, and then head to Kakadu National Park. Guides will introduce you to the area’s natural wonders and its Aboriginal cultures. You’ll conclude your adventure at a 500,000-acre cattle station with 12 guest rooms, though you won’t be put to work. Instead you’ll take advantage of activities from guided drives to helicopter tours as you explore the Northern Territory.
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    Day 1
    Long overshadowed by Sydney and Melbourne, Brisbane, Queensland’s capital, has emerged over the last two decades as one of Australia’s most important cultural centers. You’ll stay at Spicers Balfour, a boutique hotel in the suburb of New Farm, minutes from the city center. The neighborhood is also home to Powerhouse, one of the city’s leading museums. Continue your cultural tour at the Gallery of Modern Art, the largest contemporary art museum in the country, which opened in 2006. As cocktail hour approaches, head to Fortitude Valley (near New Farm) with our list of recommendations of bars and restaurants that have made this one of Brisbane’s most interesting neighborhoods.
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    Day 2
    Moreton Island
    Queensland’s Whitsunday Islands may have to wait for another trip, but for a taste of island life, we’ll arrange for a daytrip to nearby Moreton Island in the Coral Sea. From migrating whales off the coast (June to November) to an abundance of birds along the shores of its lakes, Moreton is a naturalist’s dream and most of the island is protected national park land. At the end of the day, you’ll return to Brisbane for dinner either in South Bank or the funkier West End. Either way, you are guaranteed a meal to remember.
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    Day 3
    After a transfer to the Brisbane airport, you’ll fly to Darwin where, upon arrival, you will be transferred to the Oaks Élan Darwin, an apartment style hotel with resort amenities. You will then have a day to explore the capital of the Northern Territory and a tropical enclave that maintains its sense of being on the frontier. From the Oaks Élan, it is a short walk to the Darwin Waterfront Precinct and the Smithtown Mall and you’ll want to visit some of the city’s beaches, along with the amazing Mindil Beach markets. Darwin’s dining scene is famous for its Asian influences, but whatever your culinary interests, we will provide lunch and dinner suggestions.
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    Day 4
    Cruise and Kakadu
    You’ll get an early start today for a tour of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Kakadu National Park.  First, you’ll join a morning cruise on the Corroboree Billabong with opportunities to view birdlife as well as salt water crocodiles. Continue to the historic Bark Hut Inn for a refreshment stop before entering Kakadu. You’ll travel along the old Jim Jim Road visiting White Lily Billabong before arriving at Maguk (Barramundi Gorge). A scenic 1 km walk along Barramundi Creek brings you to Barramundi Falls where you can swim or snorkel. Later in the afternoon, the Nawalandja lookout provides views of the sun setting across Anbangbang Billabong, Nourlangie Rock, and the Arnhem Land escarpment.
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    Day 5
    Injalak and Cobourg Peninsula
    After breakfast, your Venture North guide will take you to Cahill’s Crossing on the East Alligator River where you’ll enter Arnhem Land. A 9-mile scenic drive will bring you to the Gunbalanya Aboriginal community where you will visit the Injalak Arts and Craft Centre and meet local artists before departing with an Aboriginal guide who will lead you through the Injalak Hill rock art sites. Next, you’ll continue to the Cobourg Peninsula, an approximately 3- to 4-hour drive with stops and creek crossings along the way.  When you arrive at Venture North's camp, you will be greeted by the camp hosts and served nibbles on the cliff top. Relax as the sun sets over Port Essington.
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    Day 6
    Cobourg Peninsula
    Today will be spent exploring the Northern Territory’s only marine park by boat. Cobourg is abundant in amazing marine life including six of the seven species of marine turtle, manta rays, dolphins, sharks, and crocodiles. As you cruise the Marine Park, stop and visit the Victoria Settlement ruins. Established prior to Darwin, this site represents the third failed attempt at settlement in Northern Australia. After surviving for 11 years, from 1838 to 1849, it was abandoned. Depart the settlement and return to camp late afternoon where you can explore the nearby beaches and creeks, try your luck at fishing, or simply enjoy the solitude from a hammock overlooking the ocean.
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    Day 7
    Cobourg Wetlands and Northern Beaches
    Today you’ll explore the eastern side of the park by 4-wheel drive. Start with Cobourg’s wetlands, with their freshwater paperbark swamps and billabongs 100 meters offshore.  Continue on via the shell-covered northern beaches, commonly used as turtle nesting areas. Low tide provides opportunities to explore exposed coral reefs and rock pools that are home to a variety of marine life. After lunch you can go hunting for mud crabs using traditional Aboriginal methods. Learn how to hunt and gather these local delicacies before having a go yourself.  You will also have an opportunity to visit the park’s Cultural and Information Centre before making your way back to camp.
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    Day 8
    Arnhem Land and Ubirr Rock
    This morning depart Cobourg early. Sit back and enjoy the bush scenery of Arnhem Land as you make your way back to Kakadu National Park. After numerous stops along the way, enjoy lunch next to the banks of the mighty East Alligator River. After lunch, visit Ubirr Rock where you spend time viewing some of Kakadu’s best Aboriginal rock art. A short walk to the top of Ubirr offers spectacular views of the surrounding wetlands and stone country. Depart Ubirr to Darwin and en route, visit the Mamukala wetlands, a haven for thousands of magpie geese as well as many other species of native birds and reptiles.
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    Day 9
    Fly to Bullo River Station
    This morning after breakfast your private driver will transfer you to the Darwin terminal for your private charter flight to Bullo River Station. The station, which has 12 rooms for overnight guests, includes 500,000 acres of privately owned countryside and is situated in the northwestern corner of the Northern Territory near the Western Australia border.  Encircled by the coffee colored waters of the Victoria River and rugged hills inscribed with Aboriginal rock art, this vast property is not only home to around 9,000 cattle, but also a stunning variety of local fauna including wallabies, dingoes, wild buffalo, a myriad of native and migratory birds, and the omnipresent crocodile.
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    Days 10 to 12
    Bullo River Station
    You’ll have three days to take advantage of the activities offered to guests of Bullo River Station that are tailor made each day to suit the individual guest. Options include guided drives, cruising the Bullo River Gorge, exploring Aboriginal rock art sites, fishing for barramundi, cattle mustering and station related activities, horseback riding, Quad bike tours, and bird and wildlife watching. Helicopter tours and heli-fishing are at an additional cost.
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    Day 13
    A Final Morning at the Station
    Today is your last morning to relax and enjoy Bullo River Station, before boarding your private charter flight from Bullo River Station to Darwin Airport to connect with your onward flight.