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Setting sail from Darwin
More of a large town than a city, Darwin is less about what's contained within the city limits and more about the huge expanse of wild landscape that's outside it. Closer to Jakarta than Sydney, the city really does feel remote in its tropical perch. There are a number of waterfront restaurants and pretty parks, making it a pleasant place to relax after a long flight. For those with the energy we highly recommend a visit to Litchfield and Kakadu National Parks.
With rugged escarpments, sites of Aboriginal art, dramatic waterfalls and huge wetlands, Kakadu National Park is truly beautiful. The iconic scenery is some of Australia’s best, and served as the backdrop to the film 'Crocodile Dundee'.
Indonesia: Saumlaki (Yamada Island), Matakus Island, Leti Island, Pulau Maopara, Pulau Tellang, Anano Island, Bau Bau
Indonesia: Palopo (Sulawesi)
Palopo is the gateway to the highland region of Tana Toraja, famed for its stunning scenery and fascinating tribal culture. Toraja houses are instantly recognisable by their curved, boat-like roofs, and are often adorned with the skulls of water buffalo that have been slaughtered during the Toraja’s elaborate funeral ceremonies.
Indonesia: Pare Pare
Kumai is situated on the south coast of Indonesian Borneo, and serves as a jumping off point for Tanjung Puting National Park, home to the Camp Leakey research station and conservation centre. Established in 1971, this facility allows scientists and students to study primates including orangutans and proboscis monkeys.
Indonesia: Tanjung Wangi
Arriving in Bali
It's no surprise to us that Bali remains Indonesia's most popular tourist destination; though the island is not the undiscovered gem it once was, it's still a wonderful place to travel. The beaches, spectacular volcanic scenery and lush green rice terraces lend Bali a natural beauty that seems to dovetail perfectly with the island's distinct Hindu culture, which adorns the landscape with stunning temples. We advise steering clear of the backpacker beaches around Kuta, and heading instead for the quieter south coast resorts or the charming inland town of Ubud, the spiritual centre of the island.
Bali is seriously busy – it’s a long way for us, but just on the doorstep for Australians. The central mountains, or north and west coasts, are quieter.
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Where to stay near Darwin
Don’t hang around in Darwin itself; if you want to see more of the Top End, we recommend Bamurru Plains.
If you have time, make the slightly complicated journey via Labuan Bajo on to Rinca to see the Komodo Dragons.