OVERVIEW

Solos Only

Northern Territory (Top End) Solo Travel Tours

 A visit that showcases the very best of Australia's Tropical Top End. 

Top End Tours

The vibrant Indigenous culture, friendly local characters and magnificent landscapes you’ll encounter on this Top End journey will leave you spellbound. Cruise waterways teeming with wildlife, and immerse yourself in the culture of the traditional Aboriginal owners of the lands you’re exploring. A myriad of deep gorges, plunging waterfalls and tranquil rock-pools add to the drama of your Top End experience.

This is a small group experience, exclusively for solo travellers.

  • The waterfalls of Litchfield provide the perfect retreat
  • Stories of Indigenous culture in Katherine will inspire
  • Waterhole swims to refresh
  • An optional Kakadu scenic flight will take your breath away
PACKAGE DETAILS
  • Ages:
    45+
  • Duration:
    8 Days
  • Status:
    Early preview
  • Region:
    Australia, NZ & Pacific
  • Destinations:
    Australia
  • Travel Style:
    Discovery
  • Accommodation:
    Quality hotels
  • Prices from:
    AUD$T.B.A own room
  • Transport:
    Minivan, 4WD vehicle
  • Pace:
    3
  • Max Group Size:
    16
REVIEWS

'I would highly recommend a holiday with Encounter Travel. My trip was well organised and the co-ordinator was fun and helpful and full of energy. I met some great people of all walks of life. There is a good mix of organised activities and free time. I had a blast.'

Linda, Victoria

'Thank you for your organisation of a great holiday. As a first time traveller with Encounter, I didn't know what to expect. The Red Centre is indescribably beautiful and should be on every Australians' bucket list. We saw every sensational attraction in just the right order - each new experience was more incredible than the last. Thank you for recruiting such a great group of people for my travelling companions. The hotels were clean and very comfortable and it was a pleasure to be transported across such an amazing landscape so comfortably. I learnt so much about our wonderful country and wished I had done such a trip years earlier.'

Sarah, 52 years, Sydney, Australia
REQUEST A QUOTE > NEED MORE HELP?
EMAIL US >

INCLUSIONS

ACCOMMODATION & MEALS

  • 6 nights superior accommodation
  • Daily breakfast
  • 5 dinners including Stockman’s Bush Dinner under the stars

SIGHTSEEING & GUIDES

  • Group driver-guide
  • Sightseeing as specified by the itinerary
  • English-speaking locally based guides as specified by the itinerary

TRAVEL

  • Private group air conditioned coach travel
  • Katherine Gorge cruise
  • Yellow Water Billabong cruise
  • ‘Jumping Crocodile’ boat cruise

Travel insurance is a mandatory requirement for joining this tour and is in addition to the package price.

Not included:  

  • Airfares to/from Darwin (unless requested)
  • Airport transfers unless specified
  • Travel insurance
  • Excess baggage
  • Visa fees if applicable
  • Any tips or porterage at airports, hotels, drivers & local staff
  • Meals and beverages not specified on itinerary
  • Items of a personal nature such as laundry & medical expenses
  • Incidental expenses such as taxi fares, telecommunications

 

Departure Dates for this tour

Departure
Status
Price from
Get a quote
2 - 9 MAY 2023
Early preview
REQUEST QUOTE

Trip Code: topend23-5

Itinerary

THE TOP END HIGHLIGHTS

  • Enjoy free time to explore the town of Katherine and the Top End capital of Darwin.

  • Experience the wetlands of Kakadu, marvel at dramatic Katherine Gorge and swim in the cool waters of Litchfield National Park.

  • The Stockman’s Dinner Bush dinner while in Katherine

  • Relax and unwind enjoying the serenity of Kakadu National Park.

  • Experience the NT's renowned, Jumping Crocodile Cruise
  • Through contributions to National Parks and Wildlife, you will be protecting Australia’s wilderness.

 

 T.B.A

View Full Itinerary

ACCOMMODATION

NORTHERN TERRITORY HOTELS

Destination

Hotel Name

Nights of Stay

Darwin

Travelodge Darwin (MAY 2022)
Adina Apartments (AUG 2022)

1

Katherine

Contour Hotel

2

Kakadu

Mercure Kakadu Crocodile Hotel

2

Darwin

Travelodge Resort Darwin 

1


Hotels may be subject to change, due to circumstances outside of our control. Should this occur, a hotel of a similar standard will be provided.

Travelodge Darwin

Standard guest room, Travelodge Resort Darwin

Mercure Kakadu Crocodile, Standard Queen room

Standard Queen room, Mercure Kakadu Crocodile

HOTEL DESCRIPTIONS

TRAVELODGE DARWIN, DARWIN

Travelodge Resort Darwin is a small slice of paradise in the heart of Darwin’s CBD, centrally located to all of Darwin’s key attractions. Travelodge Resort Darwin has recently had a facelift and is now looking fresher than ever. The resort’s 192 hotel rooms now feature new beds and bedding, smart TVs, and a modern new design scheme. Enjoy the hotel’s leisure facilities including a well-equipped gym, soothing spas, and an oasis resort style outdoor pool. Dine at Treetops Restaurant, open seven days for breakfast, lunch and dinner, or opt for a cruisy room service meal after a long day of exploring. Reception is open 24-hours to assist with any questions you may have.

Wi-Fi:  Free WiFi at 1 Mbps for four devices per room

ADINA APARTMENTS, DARWIN
Adina Apartment Hotel Darwin Waterfront is located just metres from Stokes Hill Wharf, Darwin’s Wave Lagoon, and a great selection of restaurants and bars. The serviced apartment style hotel is also close to the Deckchair Cinema, Bicentennial Park, Mindil Beach Sunset Markets, and the CBD, allowing you to easily explore all Darwin has to offer. You’ll also have the benefit of hotel facilities and services, including an outdoor pool, fitness centre, on-site parking and 24 hour reception. Serviced apartment style living, combined with the hotel’s inner-city, waterfront location.

Wi-Fi:  Free WiFi

CONTOUR HOTEL, KATHERINE
Contour Hotel is only a short drive from all the Katherine region has to offer. Set amongst 4 acres of tropical gardens it is the ideal base to explore, or to come home to after a long working day. Here it is easy to relax and unwind... play tennis, go swimming, dine out, have a barbecue or enjoy a cool drink at the bar!

Wi-Fi:  Free

MERCURE KAKADU CROCODILE HOTEL
The indigenous owned luxury accommodation is uniquely shaped to represent Kakadu's most famous inhabitant, the saltwater crocodile. Relax in the recently refurbished rooms, unwind in your private courtyard, by the shaded outdoor pool or take in the landscaped interior garden view from the balcony.

Features: Bathtub and shower, Satellite/cable colour TV, Broadband Internet access, Hair Dryer, Air Conditioning, Iron / Ironing Board, Refrigerator, Ensuite 

Hotel descriptions are taken from the hotel website and edited to suit our page.


More About Accommodation

GETTING THERE

Starts In:
Ends In:

Starts In: Darwin, Northern Territory
Ends In:  Darwin, Northern Territory 

Start and end destinations are the travel points to arrive to and depart from to join your holiday.

First Day Information
Commences in the afternoon with a city sights tour.  As a guide book flights that arrive to Darwin prior to 12:30PM to join afternoon touring that commences 2:15PM.

Final Day Information
Day 7 concludes after breakfast at hotel check out.

We suggest arriving to Darwin the night prior to day 1 of the tour (commencement); enjoy a leisurely morning prior to the tour commencing later that day with the city sights tour.

Consider the hotel check in time on arrival and the hotel check out time on departure. If you arrive prior to the check in time, the hotel will store your luggage until the check in time and can also store your luggage until you are ready to depart for your onward journey.  

AIRPORT TRANSFERS
Arrival to group hotel and departure from the hotel, Darwin is by your own arrangement. See MORE INFO section below for Darwin Airport information

CONNECTING WITH RED CENTRE DISCOVERY
We’ve made arrangements so that on completion of this Top End tour in Darwin, there is the option to connect with Red Centre Discovery Tour that commences from Alice Springs.

If doing back to back tours this is the information you need to know:

  • There is a 1 day buffer between last day of The Top End tour and the start of Red Centre Discovery tour.

    Option 1: Therefore, either stay an extra night in Darwin and fly the next day Darwin to Alice Springs
    OR
    Option 2: Depart Darwin on the final day (day 7) of the Top End tour and book a pre tour night of stay in Alice Springs (prior to Red Centre Discovery tour day 1).

    Costs for additional nights of stay apply.
  • There is a daily QANTAS flight early morning Darwin to Alice Springs that needs to be booked and not included in tour packages.  

FLIGHT INFORMATION

FLIGHT ASSISTANCE
We are able to provide flight advice and booking services. A small service fee applies, due in advance. 

COVID-19 ENTRY

Travellers must check these requirements prior to their departure from home. As a general guide, we recommend doing this at least 7 days prior to travel and again at 3 days prior to travel. It is also prudent to check on the day of travel. Regulations can change without notice. 

VISA/ENTRY INFORMATION
Travellers arriving from outside Australia must check Australian government regulations for entering Australia. It is the responsibility of travellers to make sure they have the correct travel documentation to visit Australia. 

PASSPORTS
If travelling/joining from outside your home country, most countries require visitors to hold a valid passport with a minimum of 6 months validity from your return date to your home country. Ensure you have at least two blank pages in your passport.

Always check your destination country for their Customs policies for prohibited or restricted items. Products or legal medications in your country may not always be permitted in other countries.

 

DETAILS

Read on for other key trip information that you should know before you decide on joining the group.

TRIP AVAILABILITY
If this trip seems right for you then we encourage you to book early and secure your place with a deposit.  Tour space is limited. Also, many services on this tour must be booked well in advance. To ensure your place, please check trip availability at your earliest convenience.

FELLOW TRAVELLERS  ‘SOLOS ONLY’
You will enjoy this small  group experience with a maximum group size of 22 travellers. This tour is exclusively for single-solo travellers.

THE PACE  [2 out of 5]
A leisurely to moderately paced tour. You will see a lot on this tour and cover a lot of ground. There are some walks on this tour that are easy paced. Travellers of 75 years or over will be required to return a Fit to Travel form that is completed by their doctor. 

Touring is always most enjoyed when you have a good level of fitness. A minimum average level of fitness is recommended for this tour.  If you are joining the tour we recommend that on the months leading up to the tour, that you exercise regularly, at least a few times a week, such as taking brisk walks for at least 40 minutes at a time.

See MORE INFO > General Information for more about fitness.

ABOUT THE MEALS   
A daily full breakfast is included at each hotel of stay.

Lunches and Dinners
It is regular for most of our trips that we include welcome and farewell dinners for our groups. In addition, we include other group dining experiences to ensure that everyone can enjoy the benefit of travelling and dining as a group.  There’s nothing better than to share a meal with new friends and discuss the day’s adventures.  The dinners included will be set courses or buffets. The lunches included are Ploughman lunches (or the equivalent).

COACH CAPTAIN/DRIVER-GUIDE
This is a private group tour with one driver-guide, leading the group. The trip suits an independent style traveller, content with travelling without the additional services of a tour escort.
Your driver-guide will give direction on daily meeting times.

TRANSPORT
Private, air-conditioned transport for our group on a coach. The coach size will be determined by the final group number.  Groups of 10 or under will be in a small coaster/coach vehicle; 21 seater.

LUGGAGE INFORMATION AND RESTRICTIONS 
Vehicle Luggage Allowance

This is restricted to one medium size suitcase per person not exceeding 23kg (50lbs) in weight and 76x46x25 cm (28 .5x19.5x10”) in dimension. 

Please note: these allowances are for coach travel only and may differ from your airline luggage allowances. Please check with the airlines for weight and size restrictions on your luggage.

Hand Luggage Allowance
Hand luggage should be one piece per person and small and light enough to fit under your coach seat or in the small overhead compartment. If luggage does not fit comfortably in the overhead luggage racks, it will be stored in the coach luggage compartment whilst in transit. Please note that luggage with adjustable handle and wheels will not fit in the overhead compartments and cannot be accepted as hand luggage. 

MORE INFORMATION

TRAVELLER REVIEWS

'I would highly recommend a holiday with Encounter Travel. My trip was well organised and the co-ordinator was fun and helpful and full of energy. I met some great people of all walks of life. There is a good mix of organised activities and free time. I had a blast.'

Linda, Victoria

'Thank you for your organisation of a great holiday. As a first time traveller with Encounter, I didn't know what to expect. The Red Centre is indescribably beautiful and should be on every Australians' bucket list. We saw every sensational attraction in just the right order - each new experience was more incredible than the last. Thank you for recruiting such a great group of people for my travelling companions. The hotels were clean and very comfortable and it was a pleasure to be transported across such an amazing landscape so comfortably. I learnt so much about our wonderful country and wished I had done such a trip years earlier.'

Sarah, 52 years, Sydney, Australia

'Did a Red Centre solo 7 day tour absolutely fantastic, Uluru and Kata Tjuta (the Olgas), Kings Canyon, Palm Valley you have to see it and experience it. The coach drivers were professional, excellent knowledge and with a great sense of humor.'

David, Eschol Park, Sydne, New South Wales
Since 2006
Since 2006 leading the way for solo travellers. As a boutique tour operator, we delight in detail, delivering personal service and finding your next best memory.©
Australian Owned
100% Australian, created by Australians for Australians; we 'get' the Australian travel style. And, better still, our arms are open to welcome our friends from other countries around the world, who'd like to travel with friendly Aussies.©
Small Group Tours
Travel solo, not alone when you join one of our small group tours. Share your journey, without the drawbacks of big coach tours or the solitude of being alone.©
Age-Matched Tours
From our traveller feedback we know that our age-matched holidays are one of the main reasons that solo travellers choose to join us. All our 'Solos Only ' tours are age-matched, making for a better chance that you'll be travelling other like minded single travellers. ©