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Australian Wildlife & Wilderness self-drive

14 days from $6,140pp

What is tailor made? 100% custom | Exceptional experiences | Hand-picked guides | Lodging with character | Designed to your schedule, budget & interests

    Places visited:

  • Darwin
  • Kakadu National Park
  • Adelaide
  • Kangaroo Island
  • Melbourne
  • Launceston
  • Cradle Mountain
  • Hobart
  • Browse the local arts and crafts of the Mindl Markets.

  • Cruise on Yellow Water to see prolific birdlife in Kakadu National Park.

  • Visit the rock art galleries of the Aboriginal lands of Arnhemland.

  • Tour Kangaroo Island with an expert guide to see the diverse wildlife.

  • Take an evening to meet a Tasmanian devil up close.

Audley Travel specialist Danielle

What our specialists say...

Both the beginner and enthusiast will be able to enjoy this wonderful exploration of Australia's diverse and intriguing wildlife. Accessing three of Australia's wilderness regions, this itinerary offers a wealth of opportunity for viewing the wildlife in its natural habitat. Watch as crocs bask in the sun on the mud banks and see the abundant birdlife of the wetlands in Kakadu National Park. Away from the predators of the mainland, the wildlife on Kangaroo Island has enjoyed an otherwise unknown freedom to roam, making this an absolute must for wildlife spotters and photographers. Tasmania boasts its own band of creatures with Cradle Mountain not only a stunning backdrop but a home and shelter for the furry wombats, quolls and famous Tasmanian devils.

We recommend this trip for:

  • Darwin
  • Kakadu National Park
  • Darwin
  • Adelaide
  • Kangaroo Island
  • Adelaide
  • Melbourne
  • Launceston
  • Cradle Mountain
  • Hobart

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Day 1 Darwin

Darwin

You will be met by a representative who will transport you from the airport to your city accommodation where you will stay for three nights. The rest of the day is at leisure. We recommend spending the day learning about the World War II history of this region.

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Day 2 Darwin

Darwin

Take a full day tour to the awe inspiring Litchfield National Park. Your local indigenous guide will take you to the park's most scenic attractions and viewpoints, such as Wangi Falls. You'll also learn of the vast human history of the area, and how local aboriginal tribes have lived symbiotically with the land for millenia. Lunch is included in the tour.

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Day 3 Darwin

Darwin

Today is at leisure. Take a stroll around the Mindl Markets, browsing the local arts, crafts and foods. The rest of the day is at leisure.

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Day 4 Kakadu National Park

Darwin , Kakadu National Park

After breakfast collect your hire car and drive to Jabiru in the Kakadu National Park. You may wish to stop off at the Adelaide River to see the crocodiles. Later perhaps drive north of Jabiru to visit the Aboriginal rock art site at Ubirr. Stay two nights in Jabiru.

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Day 5 Kakadu National Park

Kakadu National Park

You will be collected by your driver guide this morning for a full day cultural tour of the Arnhemland Aboriginal Land Trust. The day begins with a visit to the Injalak Arts Centre in a local Aboriginal township, where you'll see local Aboriginal artists creating traditional works of art. Afterward, one of the locals will join the group further up the road to Injalak Hill, a sacred area for the local people. Your guide will take your group up and around the hill, pointing out pieces of ancient rock art, and providing insight into their meaning. After a picnic lunch overlooking the floodplain's, you'll return to the AWD bus and head back to your lodge.

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Day 6 Kakadu National Park

Kakadu National Park

Drive down to the Gagudju Lodge Cooinda where you will stay for one night. Spend the rest of the day visiting rock art and rock pool sites around the escarpment. In the evening you will be picked up for your Yellow Water Cruise this evening.

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Day 7 Adelaide

Kakadu National Park , Darwin , Adelaide

Early this morning please return to Darwin to board your flight to Adelaide. On arrival in Adelaide make your own way to your central hotel. Stay two nights in Adelaide.

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Day 8 Adelaide

Kangaroo Island , Adelaide

This morning please make your own way to the airport where you will catch a short flight to Kangaroo Island. Upon arrival you will be met by your guide who will take you to explore the wildlife on the island. Keep your eyes out for kangaroos, koalas and wallabies, but your guide will point them out throughout the day and explain more about each animal in detail. At the end of the day, you will be dropped off at the airport in time for your flight back to Adelaide. Please make your own way back to your Adelaide accommodation.

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Day 9 Launceston

Adelaide , Melbourne , Launceston

Make your own way to the airport for your flight to Tasmania. Upon arrival please collect your vehicle at the airport depot and make your way to your city accommodation where you will stay for one night.

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Day 10 Cradle Mountain

Launceston , Cradle Mountain

Head to the beautiful Cradle Mountain today to explore the stunning wildlife that frequents this region. Stay two nights in Cradle Mountain National Park.

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Day 11 Cradle Mountain

Cradle Mountain

Explore the area with a walk around the beautiful Dove Lake with wonderful views of Cradle Mountain. This evening there is a great opportunity to meet a Tasmanian devil up close at a conservation centre.

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Day 12 Hobart

Cradle Mountain , Hobart

Continue your journey around Tasmania today and head to Hobart where you will stay for two nights. This evening head about twenty minutes out of the city to the Bonorong Sanctuary to see Australian wildlife up close and personal. Your guide will teach you out the animals and the importance of the sanctuary to the area.

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Day 13 Hobart

Hobart

Today head out for a full day tour to see amazing marine wildlife. You will head out to see towards the protected area of Bruny Island. You will get to learn about the local marine life and the protected island.

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Day 14 Return home

Hobart

Make your way to the airport in time for your onward flight.

Lake Wakatipu
Milford Sound cruise

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