Top End top luxury – a familiarisation trip

20th September 2018 By Touring Treasures

Not content with a brochure, the Touring Treasures team recently travelled, as guests of Tourism Northern Territory, to the Top End of Australia to discover its unique luxury style. The ‘Territory’, as it is known to the locals, is the last frontier of Australia.

Wild, undeveloped landscapes exist as they did millennia ago and now low impact, wildlife-based tourism and accommodation operators and opening this area of the world to the discerning traveller.

Using Darwin as the base, Touring Treasures ventured out to discover the Kakadu which is World Heritage listed for both cultural and natural reasons. Sitting on the north west corner is Bamurru Plains and the luxury lodge. Guests have exclusive access to 300square kilometres of open wetlands and savannah brimming with native bird life. The bird and animal life surround the resort and without the distractions of modern life – there is no phone coverage out there – it was a most serene experience.

Touring Treasures ready for a quad biking adventure at Bamurru Plains

Utilising helicopters, hover craft and private cars the Touring Treasures team traversed the expansive Kakadu National Park allowing them to fully appreciate the sheer magnitude, beauty and importance of this part of Australia. The team was lucky enough to undertake a scenic flight with Nautilus Aviation and the CEO, Aaron Finn, personally lead the flight. Whilst leading guide and tour operator, Lord Safaris, provided the best insights into the indigenous heritage, local ecology and artistry of the whole Arnhemland and Kakadu. Their personal experience and knowledge are unsurpassed and as endearing as their larrikin Australian guides.

Next stop was further south to stay at Wildman Wilderness Lodge. The accommodation huts are reminiscent of a previous era giving the sense of being in the environment not remote from it as a mere observer. At Wildman Wilderness Lodge, there was the opportunity to get up close – but not too close – the famous Northern Territory crocodiles and engage in a spot of fishing for native fish species. To balance active and invigorating days, the afternoons were taking up with swimming, champagne sunsets and splendid meals which celebrated local, fresh produce from this pristine environment.

Air-boating on to the floodplains

The team could not have asked for a better way to end an amazing trip with the discovery of the iconic Litchfield National Park. A magnificent park whereby the team could discover stunning waterfalls that cascade into crystal clear pools, iconic magnetic termite mounds and clusters of weathered sandstone pillars at the Lost City.

“The trip was certainly an eye-opening and has provided us with a great deal of inspiration to create some outstanding travel experiences for our clients. There is something very special about the natural environment in the Top End and the luxury lodges, expert local guides know and love the area. Their enthusiasm is infectious. We only partner with the best and don’t ever recommend a destination, accommodation or adventure which we have not already thoroughly investigated,” explained Olivier Mercien-Ferol, Co-Founder of Touring Treasures.

Touring Treasures touring with Lord Safaris

To arrange your next luxury escape to the Northern Territory and Kakadu National Park, contact one of our Travel Designers.