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Outback Floatplane & Airboat Tour from Darwin

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Overview
Discover the highlights of the Top End on this 5-hour tour that goes deep into the Northern Territory by floatplane and boat. Your Australian outback experience begins with the floatplane journey to Sweets Lagoon in the Finniss River floodplains. After a water landing, enjoy a barbecue lunch and then take an airboat cruise into the rain forest to look for native wildlife like crocodiles before returning to Darwin by air.
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    Experience The Top End like never before when you journey into Australia’s forgotten land with Outback Floatplane Adventures. Inaccessible by land, the remote Finniss River floodplains, southwest of Darwin, is a beauty to behold teeming with wildlife and untouched landscapes. Outback Floatplane Adventures’ award winning ‘Ultimate Tour’ gets you there by floatplane where your once in a life adventure begins!   Admire the stunning views as you fly from Darwin over Bynoe Harbour towards Sweets Lagoon where you’ll experience a spectacular water landing.  Upon arrival, take a relaxing cruise on a pristine billabong and enjoy a BBQ breakfast or lunch. Board our custom-built airboat and explore deep into the monsoonal rainforest where you will encounter some of Territory’s most unique wildlife, including saltwater crocodiles, buffalo, wild boars and birdlife. Amidst all the adventure, take a dip in Australia’a only crocodile safe pool to come face to face with wild saltwater crocodiles. Return in our floatplane for your flight to Darwin. 
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Highlights
  • Explore the wildlife-rich Finniss River floodplains by air and boat
  • Take in sweeping aerial views of remote sections of the Northern Territory
  • Have the option to go fishing or swim in a crocodile-safe pool
  • Three daily departure times to accommodate your itinerary
What to Expect
Choose from three Top End tour departure times, all of which begin with pickup from centrally located hotels in Darwin.  After taking off in your floatplane, soak up the bird’s-eye views as you fly southwest over Bynoe Harbour to the remote Finniss River floodplains. After a gentle water landing on Sweets Lagoon—a memorable experience in and of itself—take a leisurely cruise by custom-built airboat into the monsoonal rain forest. Keep your eyes peeled for saltwater crocodiles, wild boar, buffalo, and a variety of birds. You can even go fishing for barramundi or take a dip in one of the only crocodile-safe pools in Australia. Throughout the tour, hear about the region's wildlife and history from your guide, even during your return by plane to Darwin. This action-packed tour offers a comprehensive experience of a Northern Territory wilderness that is inaccessible by road.
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Important Information
Departure Point
Darwin, Darwin, Top End, Northern Territory
Duration
5h
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
Inclusions
  • Central Darwin hotel pickup and drop-off by air-conditioned vehicle
  • Return floatplane transfers with water landing on outbound flight
  • Cruise on Sweets Lagoon
  • Exhilarating ride over the wetlands
  • Airboat ride through the rainforest
  • BBQ breakfast or lunch (depending on tour option selected)
  • Opportunity to fish for barramundi
  • Opportunity to swim in Australia's only croc-safe pool
  • Bottled water
  • Coffee and/or Tea
Exclusions
  • Gratuities
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Additional Info
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult and must be a minimum of 10kg
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
  • Minimum age is 4 years
  • The wetlands cruise may not be suitable for women over 26 weeks pregnant. Any women joining our tour whilst in any stage of pregnancy should seek their doctors approval prior to travel.
  • Aircraft weight restrictions prevent OFA from taking passengers over 120 kg
  • All guests must advise their exact weight at the time of booking. If guests exceed the advised weight, resulting in the total group weight exceeding aircraft limitations, guests may be refused departure from Darwin airport with no refund
  • Outback Floatplane Adventures reserves the right to alter the tour specifications and/or itinerary without compensation if operationally required
  • Whilst every care is taken for the safety and well-being of our passengers, it is essential all guests have their own travel insurance
  • Outback Floatplane Adventures offers a courtesy shuttle service from central Darwin. Pickups outside these areas are not guaranteed and subject to management approval
  • Stroller accessible
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers
Cancellation Policy
If you cancel at least 4 days in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee. If you cancel within 3 days of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.
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MarcelSydney wrote a review Nov 2019
Dili, East Timor62 contributions12 helpful votes
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The whole tour was excitement plus, from the safety explanations, then the seaplane flight and landing in the lagoon. The airboat ride and crocodile spotting, amazing! Talk about power packed, an incredible helicopter ride, looking for wild animals and checking out the area.
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Date of experience: May 2019
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Response from OFAmarketing, Front Office Manager at Outback Floatplane & Airboat Tour from Darwin
Responded 21 Nov 2019
Hi Marcel, thank you for your review, we are glad we were able to provide you with a memorable experience whilst in the NT. We look forward to seeing you again.
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Jessica L wrote a review Sep 2019
Melbourne, Australia8 contributions1 helpful vote
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The Half-day Ultimate Tour was the absolute highlight of our first trip to Darwin. We were first greeted by a nice lady (sorry forgot name!) who took us through the safety briefing before we headed out to our float plane. We then met with Dave (our experienced Pilot) who then
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Response from OutbackFloatplanes, Manager at Outback Floatplane & Airboat Tour from Darwin
Responded 1 Oct 2019
Hi Jessicalam26, Thanks for taking the time to share your experience with us. Did you manage to catch any barramundi? The team will be thrilled to hear you enjoyed the morning. The photos you shared look great! We look forward to seeing you again in the future.
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MarknTam wrote a review Sep 2019
Noosa, Australia5 contributions
This is an absolute must do! My family & I loved every single minute. All of the staff we came in contact with Dallas, Dave, Carla, Jack & Jacko you guys rock! I wouldn’t normally remember everyone’s name but that just shows how amazing, knowledgeable & passionate these guys
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Date of experience: July 2019
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Response from OutbackFloatplanes, Owner at Outback Floatplane & Airboat Tour from Darwin
Responded 1 Oct 2019
Hi Markntam, Thanks for taking the time to leave a review. The team really are so passionate about the local wildlife in Sweets Lagoon and love being able to share knowledge with our guest. Wonderful to hear the kids enjoyed the morning. Thanks for joining us and we hope to see you all again in the future.
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TravelKate188 wrote a review Sep 2019
Hobart, Australia5 contributions
Best tour ever!! Amazing scenery and a half day tour which was absolutely worth the cost. All the staff were amazing. From Shazza who drove the bus, Dave the floatplane pilot, Dallas the riverboat captain (and cooked a mean breakfast!!), Jack who drove the airboat and Jock the
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Date of experience: September 2019
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Responded 1 Oct 2019
Hi TravelKate188, We really appreciate you taking the time to leave us a review. We will be sure to pass on your lovely feedback to the crew. Thanks for sharing some photos. We love seeing them!
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Christine V wrote a review Sep 2019
Champery, Switzerland4 contributions
We were a family of 4 (parents with 2 daughters aged 12 and 10) during a 4-week trip to HK/ Australia/ NZ. Having booked a day in Kakadu initially, we wanted to replace it by an amazing experience. We booked a 1/2 day tour (unfortunately all full day tours were sold out) and
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Response from OutbackFloatplanes, Manager at Outback Floatplane & Airboat Tour from Darwin
Responded 1 Oct 2019
Hi There, Thank you so much for taking the time to leave us a review. Wonderful to hear you enjoyed the morning at Sweets Lagoon and what a great experience for the kids. Thanks for coming on this adventure with us and we hope to see you again in the future.
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VickiKatherine
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A highlight for sure
Travelled with 2 friends from Tasmania for this. We are Territorians for 26 years but hadn't done this and wanted
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AndreaV187
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The overnight adventure with the lot!
Float plane, airboat, helicopter, wildlife - oh my! Even though the adrenalin is pumping the professional team alwa
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DeniseRosy
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The best NT action packed adventure
This tour has everything! Pick up from our accomodation was on time driver. The banter kicked off quickly and set
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chez-john
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The best tour!
This is an amazing tour & covers everything. Float plane leaves from Darwin airport & lands on Sweet river. We then
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Mike G
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Great value
An excellent and thrilling adventure trip with expert staff and very good facilities. Just the trip if you have a s
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SMWPDX
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Great seaplane and airboat adventure
This company runs a great tour out into the wetlands outside of Darwin. They picked us up and took us on a seaplan
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Adam K
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Adventure and beautiful nature
This tour was a day of first. Landing on the water in grotto was amazing as was the jet boat. It's such a beautiful
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OzTrippers
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“Must Do” trip
A great day, boys were really informative and friendly, lovely lunch, barramundi cooked to perfection, learnt much
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Babbos
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Awesome Day Trip
Would highly recommend this trip! We did it on recommendation from friends and loved it! Fantastic and friendly st
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Kylie B
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Amazeballs
We went on the full day Floatplane and Litchfield Tour. You must do this tour. Dallas picked us up from our hotel.
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claireellen79
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Full Adventure Day
What an awesome day out. Seeing the best of Litchfield including the best scones and cream from the cafe on the wa
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vince t
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Vince & Cathy
Absolutely fantastic day out . knowledgeable and friendly down earth staff. Could not ask for anything more on this
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Sharon N
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Fabulous day out
This is a great value for money tour with so many favourite things it’s hard to pick one! From the beautiful swim a
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198kathrineb
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Half day
This trip exceeded expectations on all counts...staff excellent and professional, experience exciting and safe. Wel
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Vicki S
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Value for money
Couldn't fault anything from our trip from accommodation pick up to accommodation return. Great bunch of hosts thr
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Key Details
  • Duration: 5h
  • Mobile Ticket Accepted
  • Free Cancellation up to 4 days in advance
  • Hotel Pickup
  • Languages Offered: English
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