Central Australia, Kakadu and the Top End, and north Queensland Wet Tropics

Northern Australia
September 14 to October 1, 2023

Cost: $14,400
Leader: Tonia Cochran
Group Size: 12
Days: 18

Safari Overview

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Explore the highlights of the Northern Territory and northern Queensland, including the Great Barrier Reef! In the Northern Territory, you’ll watch the sunset and sunrise transform Ayers Rock and Kata Tjuta. Explore Kings Canyon, Watarrka National Park, the richest botanical region in arid Australia, with an optional helicopter flight over the canyon (not included). Spend two days in Kakadu National Park with short walks, night spotting, aboriginal rock art, and a boat cruise on Yellow Waters Billabong. In northern Queensland, you’ll spend two days at Atherton Tablelands to explore the tapestry of farmland, woodland, and rainforest, including another evening searching for mammals. Cruise the Daintree River early morning and then spend a day snorkeling the Great Barrier Reef. During this trip, you’ll look for fabulous birds, several kangaroo species, various reptiles, and possibly platypus! We’re excited to offer this trip in partnership with Inala Nature Tours owner, Australian biologist, and guide, Tonia Cochran. Join Tonia as she leads the group throughout these rich wildlife areas of Australia, assisted by some of the best resident naturalists in the region.


  • Watch the landscape’s colors transform during sunset at Ayers Rock and sunrise at Kata Tjuta.
  • Explore Australia’s famed national parks: Uluru, Watarrka, Kakadu, Crater Lakes, Hypipamee, and Curtain Fig.
  • See a range of special mammals, birds, and plants from each area.
  • Spend several nights looking for nocturnal mammals and other critters.
  • Boat cruise the Yellow Waters Billabong and Daintree River.
  • Snorkel the Great Barrier Reef.


  • Continue your journey on our Southern Australia trip from September 28 to October 14, 2023 and SAVE 10%. Explore the best of southeastern Australia, including six days in Tasmania, two days on Kangaroo Island and two days in Lamington National Park.

Private Trip AvailableItinerary updated: March 2022

Our Trip Leaders

Tonia Cochran

Tonia is a wonderful guide, naturalist, and conservationist with a wide range of experience in Australian fauna and flora. Armed with a PhD in Zoology, she has had a varied professional career in science, conservation, and tourism. Tonia is a superb leader as proven by the many accolades she receives during our tours to Australia. Tonia is committed to promoting educational and ecologically sustainable tourism and is founding chair of Wildlife Tourism Australia.

Northern Australia

Explore the highlights of the Northern Territory and northern Queensland, including the Great Barrier Reef! 

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Cost & Payments

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