Optional Private Excursions available for purchase
Avoid the crowds and hustle and bustle associated with a group activity. For a memorable trip ashore, we invite you to consider a private shore excursion. Enjoy the undivided attention of your own driver/guide and the flexibility of experiencing the aspects of the local culture that most interest you. Below are just some samples of the private shore excursions we can arrange for you. Give us a call or email us. Let us personalize your experience!
Travel through the city past Parliament House to a viewing platform overlooking the harbour, where you will learn about the destruction of Darwin by the Japanese air attack on the city in 1942. See the Stokes Hill Wharf area before continuing to the World War II storage tunnels. The tunnels were built during WWII by the Civil Construction Corps. This unique tourist attraction located in the Darwin Wharf Precinct was reopened in 1992 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the bombing of Darwin. Located beneath the cliffs of the city, your private guide provides historical information relating to the concept of the tunnels. The WWII tunnels these days feature a photographic display of Darwin during WWII including photographs of the brave men and women who served in the protection of Australia.
Continue on to East Point Military Museum and Reserve. Visit the bunker where the army planned Top End defence strategy during World War II. The East Point Military Museum was Darwin's first museum. The museum includes artillery, videos, armoured vehicles and photographs. This military museum displays war memorabilia, gun aiming equipment, firearms and aviation, navy and army exhibits. There is also a video showing dramatic live footage of the Japanese bombing of Darwin. The surroundings are part of the East Point Reserve.
Upon conclusion of your touring, you will be transferred to the cruise terminal.
Tour duration: approximately 4 hours
Cost includes: touring in luxury vehicle, professional local guide, pick-up and return to the cruise ship, entry fees
Cost excludes: lunch
Your day begins with a visit to Darwin’s attractive waterfront region and historic Stokes Hill Wharf. Your guide will explain the history of Darwin, including the air raid bombings during World War II and Cyclone Tracy, which devastated the city in 1974.
Heading out of town, your first stop is Fogg Dam; a vast, open wetland area that is home to large numbers of colourful birds at various times of the year.
Visit the Corroboree Road House for a brief stop and join a small group scenic cruise around the picturesque Corroboree Billabong, viewing a large variety of wetland birds and crocodiles in their natural environment. This area is part of the Mary River Wetlands system.
The return trip to Darwin takes you along the Marrakai Track, travelling past cattle stations and viewing the mighty cathedral and magnetic termite mounds, which tower over six metres in height.
On conclusion of the tour, you will be transferred to the cruise terminal.
Tour duration: approximately 8 hours
Cost includes: touring in luxury vehicle, professional local guide, pick-up and return to the cruise ship, light lunch, entry fees
Cost excludes: beverages at lunch
This morning you will be met at your cruise vessel by your private guide and vehicle for your day tour to the Litchfield National Park.
Please note; please bring shoes suitable for walking short distances on uneven terrain, hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, a swimming costume and towel.
Travel approximately two hours south from Darwin past abandoned WWII airstrips and the town of Batchelor for the approximately one hour journey through the Litchfield National Park. Ascend the rocky Tabletop Range where dry woodlands and forests dominate the huge sandstone plateau. Arrive at Litchfield National Park. This fascinating, uniquely beautiful area was originally the home of the Aboriginal Wagait people.
Travel through the park to the famous Termite Mounds. One of Litchfield's unique sights, this collection of hundreds of termite mounds standing over six feet high in a wide swathe of empty ground has the appearance of a graveyard. The mounds are like enormous magnetic compasses with their thin edges pointing north-south and broad backs east-west, minimizing their exposure to the sun. This ingenious design keeps the mounds cool for the termites inside.
Drive to Wangi Falls. The falls flow into a large, easily accessible swimming hole surrounded by lush monsoonal rainforest making them Litchfield National Park's most popular attraction.
On conclusion of the tour, you will be transferred to the cruise terminal to reboard your vessel.
Tour duration: approximately 8 hours
Cost includes: touring in luxury vehicle, professional local guide, pick-up and return to the cruise ship, lunch