Best holiday yet!
Did a 10 day Kimberley Camping Tour with Charter North August/September 2015. Stunning area to visit made even more special by Greig and Alina from Charter North. Greig and Alina are extremely knowledgeable in everything to do with the Kimberley region. To make the experience even more special they provide comfortable bush camps and provide great food. Would have to say that it was our best holiday yet. Looking forward to travelling with them again. Visited September 2015
Kakadu – Start of the DryTotally enjoyed our experiences in Kakadu and Katherine Gorge. The countryside was magnificent. It is easy to understand why the indigenous nations feel so tied to their land. Greig added just the right blend of history, stunning vistas and indigenous viewpoints. Camping experience was great and the food plentiful and tasty. Dry season weather was hot, but not unpleasant. Visited May 2015
Family of 5 - Charter North
With 3 kids aged 12 - 15, we were looking for an adventure they would remember, some real camping, hiking and naturally to be guided to see some of the Top Ends jewels in a safe and educational way. GT was fantastic on our 5 day tour. Never letting up on his service and hospitality for the entire trip. Sun up to sun down - (and beyond when we got caught in the rain once during the night), GT was always ensuring our expectations were exceeded. If your looking to see the Top End, with a professional, experienced, knowledgeable and really decent guy - go Charter North Tours.
Outstanding Tour - 6 Day Kakadu and Beyond
This tour was everything that we wanted in a Top End Tour. We did the 6 Day Kakadu and Beyond Tour as a private family tour with 3 girls aged 9 to 16 and parents in the Dry Season. GT was a perfect host for us. He is friendly, very knowledgable and hugely passionate about the Top End. He was also very organised and his equipment and setup show that he has been doing this well for a very long time. We had not camped as a family before and it was no problem at all. The swags were very comfortable. The tents were very easy to erect. The camp grounds were generally quiet and for the most part we were not disturbed by any other campers. The food that GT prepared was great. So much choice for breakfast, good sandwiches or warps for lunch and excellent dinners cooked on the campfire each night. We had one passionate coffee drinker who loved the coffee that GT produced on the campfire each morning. The itinerary was great for us. GT was happy to be flexible depending on what we wanted to do and what was the right thing to do on each particular day. Highlights of the itinerary were: Walking to the top of Maguk and swimming in the pools before anyone got there in the morning; Swimming and snorkelling in all the other pools at all the other waterfalls along the way; Art at Ubirr and Nourlangie; Canoeing on Katherine Gorge, seeing a dingo with kill and seeing two emus and everything else that we did along the way. And I should mention that before the tour, Alina did a great job of quickly answering all our questions and making sure that the tour was exactly what we wanted. Her fast responses gave us confidence that we had picked the right tour operator in Charter North. If you are thinking about do this tour, then think no longer, just book it and make it happen for you and your family.
We all had a fabulous trip with Greig (GT) on our Charter North tour of Kakadu and Litchfield, the only problem being that we were wishing it was for longer period of time, we were sorry we had not included Katherine Gorge as well. GT is a fantastic guide, his attention to detail and knowledge is amazing. He catered well for all the physical abilities of our group and enabled us to all enjoy some of Kakadu's highlights. Sleeping out under the stars after a fabulous meal cooked on the camp fire by GT was the perfect end to every day, we did not want our trip to come to an end. Our trip got off to an unfortunate beginning with one member of our group becoming very unwell, Greig's professionalism and duty of care in making sure our friend received the best medical attention and accommodation for his Wife was just outstanding. Thank you GT for a wonderful experience. Hopefully we will return for Kimberley experience in the near future.
Kakadu we love youWe had an amazing time on Charter Norths 6 day 4WD Safari to Kakadu with Greig and Alina. The itinerary was well paced and varied with croc spotting, walking, swimming and kayaking. The highlights were sleeping out underneath the stars after toasting the mandatory marshmallows over the camp fire and sitting in a circle with Lizzie, Alina and the boys weaving our Pandanus grass bracelets out the back of one of the visitors centres. On our last night we free camped on a WW2 airstrip and let off our '3 Fingered Fred' sky rockets to celebrate Territory day. The meals prepared by Alina and Greig were tasty with lots of fruit and vege (big tick from mum) with fish and 'roo on the menu. We plan to be back for Charter Norths Kimberley tour in the next year or 2.Travelled in June 2016 on 6 Day Kakadu & Beyond Private Family Tour.
Amazing Kakadu camping adventure
Had an amazing 4 day Kakadu private camping tour with Dan the Man- great scenery , lots of good fun , exercise and fabulous waterholes for well deserved swims at the end of hot, dusty walks and climbs. Thanks Dan for a great memorable trip that our teenagers will remember always and that we as parents will treasure for all time.Visited June 2016 on 4 Day Kakadu Tour
A TRIP TO REMEMBER
We are a family of 5 with children ages 10,12 and 14. We had an amazing trip into Kakadu visiting numerous falls, gorges and immersed ourselves in the culture and nature of this beautiful region. Greig was very organised, planned our trip to the minute details, and always thinks ahead. He is very easy to get along with and was flexible and adjust/ add activities to suit our family dynamics. He is very knowledgeable of the area and knew how to avoid crowds even though we went during peak season. Because of this, my family was still able to swim in rock holes , gorges and hot springs with the place all to themselves ! We all had an amazing time!! Thank you Greig and Alina!!
Incredible Journey in Stone CountryGrieg and Alina at Charter North guided our family through a wonderful week of camping, hiking, and swimming in Kakadu National Park. The charter option we chose enabled Grieg to customize the trip to suit the desires of our family. He led us us on fantastic hikes away from the crowds where we could enjoy stone country in all of its tranquil bliss. Each day we visited a new place, immersing ourselves in the rich cultural and natural history of the area, experiencing ancient stone painting of aboriginal tribes in the back country of the park and enjoying the local fauna and flora. The weather was hot and we had at least two opportunities each day to cool off in swimming holes of Kakadu's fabulous rivers. In the evening, Grieg cooked wonderful meals on an open fire and we were entertained by beautiful sunsets and starry nights. We are an active family from Oregon and Charter North treated us to a great introduction to the outback in Top End Australia. Thanks Grieg and Alina.
Excellent tour of Kakadu
Our family of four, with two boys ages 8 and 11, went on a 4 day guided trip of Kakadu with Dan. He was an excellent fit for our family, and tailored the trip to suit our preferences. For example, our 8 year old is an amazing hiker so we were able to do more difficult hikes. Dan recognized this immediately and chose appropriate hikes that were challenging. So we were able to visit a few sites that were off the beaten track. He also tailored meal times, and snacks so that our boys were happy as they are continuously hungry. In addition, Dan is a great cook! We all really enjoyed his food. Overall, an amazing and memorable experience. Thanks Dan!!
Kakadu, Easter Bunnies and Hot Cross Buns
There were 4 of us looking to explore as much of Kakadu and Litchfield in 3 days, over the Easter break and we wanted to avoid a 16 seater bus tour. We knew little to nothing of the area so Greig and Alina made a number of recommendations for the time of year we would be going (end of the wet and beginning of the dry). We were then able to pick and chose from that and while on tour we picked and chose some more - it felt completely tailored to us.From the first enquiry to meeting Greig on the first day, Greig and Alina were very speedy to respond to my many a query and they made what proved to be an excellent hotel recommendation for the night before and the night after the trip. Greig was exactly the guide we'd been hoping for - a great guy to hang out with, learn about the area and culture from and a guy we could trust to put on the best trip he could. 20 years of experience stood him in very good stead for every question we threw his way, in fact google couldn't even get the better of him! He had seemingly thought of everything, even the very important things, like bringing chips down to our first dunk in the plunge pools following a stunning walk in tropical heat. The four of us friends learned a lot about the area, indigenous culture and wildlife, while also having plenty of laughs along the way. Highlights included the vivid colours of the Kakadu wilderness; learning about the thousands of years of history and culture hiding in Nourlangi rock; cooling off in secluded pools and under majestic water falls; chilled beers, even on day 3; fire-toasted hot cross buns and unmelted Easter bunnies on Easter Sunday; watching the crocs from our boat; tucking into kangaroo curry by the fire; being mesmerised by the stars and the shooting ones at that; and crashing out on very comfortable swags. Would we do it again?! Absolutely, but the Kimberley's may have to be next up! Visited March 2016
Greig is king!
We are 4 very experienced and possibly spoiled travelers, having had the fortune to spend 4 days with Greig in Kakadu. It was truly a wonderful trip. Greig is a very trustworthy, open guy, very talkative and interested in his fellow travelers. Creating a good atmosphere, filled with humor and great spirit, makes the entire trip a impressive experience. Greig showed us all the splendor of Kakadu, took us to his secret spots off the beaten tracks, preparing tasty lunches in secluded spots with breathtaking views. Thanks, Greig, for showing us your little paradise. All the best, and we would love to come again for more adventures.
Amazing Trip to Kakadu
The four of us had an amazing and beautiful trip together with Greig. He had so much knowledge of the area, the stories he told were very interesting, also about the aboriginals. The food was very tasty and we loved the lunch with the wraps, delicious. We had so much fun together, the next time we go for the Kimberly. Thanks Greig.
Kakadu Rocks!Visited March 2016
Fun Day Trip
Visited Darwin for a day on a cruise ship in April. Arranged in advance for Greig to take 4 of us into the Litchfield National Park & to see the Jumping Crocs. Great communication with Alina by email to sort out details as our schedule was pretty tight.What a fun day we had! Greig was a font of knowledge on the flora, fauna, history of the area & full of interesting antidotes. Thank you Greig for a memorable day.
The three days our family (two kids aged 6 & 8) spent in Kakado and Litchfield with Greig was truly a great experience. Greig is a skilled and very pleasant guide with heaps of local knowledge, a great sense of humor - and excellent with kids. Our kids quickly started calling him 'uncle Greig' and was truly missing him when we our trip was over. Living an urban life, it was such a rewarding experience to get out in the bush, collecting fire wood, cooking on the fire and sleeping under the stars. We will definitely remember this trip as a very special experience and can only recommend Charter North Tours and having Greig as guide.
We are still full of the joys of our time awayThe trip around Kakadu and Litchfield was an absolute highlight of our holiday and we thank you very much for guiding us so well. The sights we saw, the things we experienced and the knowledge we gained all combine to make it a very, very special time. Our children (and both of us) really benefited from the time in Kakadu – to get a sense of the spiritual and cultural significance of a stunning land. Highly recommended. Thanks again and best wishes for your business. Travelled on Kakadu & Beyond Green Season Tour, February 2016.
We had a fantastic (if too short!) time in Kakadu and LitchfieldWe had a fantastic (if too short!) time in Kakadu and Litchfield as part of a special holiday for our family – two kids, 12 and 13, and parents. Greig knows all of this country so well. He was keen to give us an insight into the spiritual and cultural aspects of the Top End and Kakadu in particular, which really opened our eyes and souls. We were lucky to catch an incredibly passionate ranger at one of the Kakadu sites and Greig's preliminary discussions were the perfect introduction to his talks. We undertook some walks, despite the heat and humidity, and were challenged with interesting treks and reached fabulous swimming holes as a reward for our efforts. Our two simple accommodation spots were just what we wanted, considering it was the tail end of the wet season and camping was not on offer. Greig is a really knowledgeable, friendly, flexible and skilful guide. We are very happy to recommend Charter North to anyone wanting a more personal, instructive and fun time in the north of Australia. Travelled on Kakadu & Beyond Green Season Tour, March 2016.
Charter North’s 15 day Kimberley Charter
My wife & I travelled the Kimberley region of Western Australia with Charter North Fantastic destinations, our guide Greig worked tirelessly to maximise our experience and understanding of the region. Nothing was to much trouble His sound understanding of the Kimberley, its history in general and of specific sites enhanced our experience. He also pre-sourced drinks and ensured they were cold and available irrespective of the logistics involved, which was beyond the scope,of normal tour operators and very much appreciated. Greig’s good relationships with local groups allowed us to understand more of the culture than we might otherwise have. Although included in our tour, we visited much more than the usual iconic tourist destinations like Bungle Bungle ranges, El Questro’s Emma Gorge; Winjana, Gekie, Manning gorges, Lake Argyle exhilarating as they were. Our experience extended to lesser visited but magnificent sites, including. Australian Wildlife Conservation’s Mornington Station Canoeing, almost in isolation, in Diamon Gorge Exploring Mimbi Caves with the local indigenous group Camping at Prince Edward River & of course most impressive Mitchell Falls. These awesome destinations added immeasurably to our overall enjoyment. Bush camping was a real treat, contributing towards the “Real Kimberley” experience (to the extent that a tourist might) This is a camping tour, not “glamping” but that also is part of the experience. It was for us the trip of a lifetime. Visited May 2015
Fantastic!Greig is a truly wonderful guide – knowledgeable, flexible, and a pleasure to be around! He tailored a 4-day Kakadu trip for my family, and was able to cater to a variety of dietary restrictions, physical abilities, interests, and preferred accommodation. I highly recommend Greig to anybody looking to explore Australia’s national parks!