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Outback Floatplane & Airboat Tour from Darwin

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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.
  • 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

Traveler pickup is offered
Departure Time
Suppliers and travelers coordinate start times within the given time periods.
PM - Ultimate Tour
4/1/2019 - 3/31/2020Monday:11:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Friday:11:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Saturday:11:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Sunday:11:00 AM - 11:30 AM

AM - Ultimate Tour
4/1/2019 - 3/31/2020Monday - Sunday:06:00 AM - 06:30 AM
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
  • 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
  • Gratuities
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • 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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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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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 30 Sep. 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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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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Response from OutbackFloatplanes, Owner at Outback Floatplane & Airboat Tour from Darwin
Responded 30 Sep. 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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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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Response from OutbackFloatplanes, Manager at Outback Floatplane & Airboat Tour from Darwin
Responded 30 Sep. 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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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 30 Sep. 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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Key Details
  • Duration: 5h
  • Mobile Ticket Accepted
  • Hotel Pickup
  • Languages Offered: English
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