Tuesday, 27 June 2017

Dry Season in the Top End of Australia

The sheer size of Australia means there are many different climates that converge at different times of the year. In the Top End, which refers to the area including Darwin, Katherine, Kakadu, and Arnhem Land, there is a topical climate that promises two distinct seasons every year: the wet season and the dry season.

The dry season runs for around six months between April and October and boasts warm sunny days and cooler nights – the ideal temperatures for exploring this spectacular part of the country. Temperatures at this time of year hover between 21 degrees Celsius and 32 degrees Celsius, whilst the humidity levels remain much lower than in the wet season.

Visiting the Top End in Dry Season

Though the dry season is technically winter in Australia, it is also the best time to visit many of the places in the Top End. In fact, it is the most popular time to visit Kakadu National park, where the majority of visitor sites are open in the cooler temperatures, and Darwin. During this time, the skies are clear blue, while the nights are balmy.

If you’re planning on taking any Kakadu tours at this time, be sure to book in advance, as the popularity of this time of year means many places get booked up quickly.

Which is the Best Month in the Dry Season?

The dry season spans half the year, which means it’s difficult to pinpoint when exactly during those six months is the best time to go.

If you’re planning on seeing lots of wildlife, your best bet is going towards the end of the dry season in September or October. The sprawling floodplains that are prominent in the wet season have dried up into smaller billabongs by this point, which means that incredible amounts of birdlife and animal species congregate in a smaller space.

The shoulder seasons (early and late dry season) are less busy than the central months in the dry season. There are less tourists around and the region feels a little more peaceful. Towards the end of the dry season (in October and pushing into November), the temperatures begin to rise. If you’re used to hot weather, this is great, but for those used to cooler climes, the heat can feel a little oppressive at times.

Regardless of your plans, the dry season is a great time to visit the Top End of Australia. There is plenty to see and do, and the weather is incredible.

Tour of the Week: 5-Day Kakadu Tour With Koolpin Gorge

This 5-Day Kakadu tour with Koolpin Gorge exposes you to five incredible landmarks in the national park. Throughout the adventure, you’ll have the chance to discover some of the region’s most breath-taking waterfalls and soak up the rich Aboriginal history that imbues the area.

On the first day, we take you straight to Kakadu, only stopping on the way at the picturesque White Lily Billabong for a cup of morning tea. Afterwards, we make our way to Gunlom Falls, one of the best-loved waterfalls in the park, and hike to the top to enjoy stunning views in every direction. If you’re feeling a bit sweaty, you can cool off in the rock pools or lie out on the sandy beach at the base of the falls.

The next day is the day for exploring Koolpin Gorge. Because the area is only accessible with a special permit, it remains uncrowded and relatively untouched by tourists. You can take a walk through the wilderness surrounding the gorge, stopping off at pretty rock pools along the way.

On the third day, you’ll get to experience the third major landmark – Maguk. We’ll spend the day here hiking, swimming, and exploring, before we take you on to Jim Jim Falls.

The fourth day means yet another natural wonder. We’ll hop in a 4WD and head to Twin Falls right after breakfast, where you can take an exciting walk along the top of the falls and cool off in the refreshing pools as you go. After the adventures at Twin Falls, we’ll move on to Jim Jim Creek to enjoy spectacular views from Budjimi Lookout and wander through lush vine forests.

On the final day, you’ll get to experience the rich and fascinating Aboriginal history of the area at Nourlangie Rock. Here, you’ll soak up myths and legends that have imbued the land for centuries, and discover some of the incredible rock art that is etched on the cave walls. We’ll stop off at the Bowali Information Centre, too. On the way back to Darwin, we’ll make a quick pitstop at Mamakala wetlands so you can enjoy the colourful birdlife in the area, and we’ll take a wildlife cruise on the Correborree Billabong.

This tour is the perfect introduction to Kakadu and Koolpin Gorge and, not only will you discover some of the major landmarks, you’ll also get to camp out under the stars and tuck into traditional Aussie BBQs each night.

Monday, 12 June 2017

Tour of the Week: 1-Day Moreton Island Tour with Dolphin Viewing

Moreton Island is a hotbed of wildlife, boasting sprawling sand-covered scenery that seems to stretch on for miles in every direction. On our one-day MoretonIsland Tour with Dolphins, you’ll get full access to the luxurious resort facilities of Tangalooma and get up close and personal with the resident wild dolphins.

 We set off from Brisbane in the morning and make our way to Moreton Island on a luxury catamaran – talk about travelling in style! You can simply sit back with a complimentary tea or coffee and enjoy the stunning views that unfold around you. Once we get to the island, you’ll be able to use the expansive facilities on the Tangalooma Resort to make sure your day is the best it possibly can be. You can choose to lounge by the pool, grab a drink at the bar, or get stuck into some of the sports facilities that are on offer.

During the day, you have one of three options to help you further explore everything the island has to offer. You can choose to take a Marine Discovery Tour, that takes you around the stunning coastline and exposes you to some of the island’s mesmerising marine life; you can take a Desert Safari Tour into the Tangalooma Desert and get an adrenalin rush on a 4WD adventure before trying out sand tobogganing; or you can go on a Whale Watching Cruise in search of whales in the winter months. 

Afterwards, you’ll get to learn all about the local wild dolphins that call the waters around the island home at a presentation at the Marine Education Centre. When the sun begins to set, we’ll take you out to the jetty, where you can watch the friendly dolphins come ashore to get their nightly feed. This really is an incredible experience that you can enjoy up close.

The groups that take part in this activity are small, so you’ll be able to experience it in an intimate setting, and you’ll even get to help feed the dolphins, too.

As the day comes to a close, we’ll take you back to Brisbane along with your memories of Moreton Island, its incredible scenery, and its beautiful wildlife. This amazing wildlife tour provides you with the perfect introduction to Moreton Island and gives you the chance to create your own adventure and discover everything on offer in your own way.

For more information about our tours, please visit: https://sightseeingtoursaustralia.com.au/australian-tours/brisbane/