1 - 8 Sep 2021
  • Medical & Professional Tours

About the tour

Explore the dramatically beautiful landscapes of the Northern Territory and the Tiwi Islands as you learn about the history and practice of midwifery in the region.

From Darwin, travel to the remote Tiwi Islands and back. Continue to Katherine and into stunning Kakadu before returning to Darwin at the end of the tour. Cruise beautiful gorges and the Adelaide River, mingle in Mindil Markets, explore spectacular waterfalls and swim in hot springs and learn about local culture and history ranging from ancient times to the modern day.


You can book on this tour secure in the knowledge that if you have to cancel due to Covid-related border closures, you will receive a 100% refund. This refund applies up until the day of departure.

This tour is eligible for CPD. Partners are very welcome.

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Your tour leader

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Ruth King

Ruth King is currently working as a Senior Project Officer for the Nursing and Midwifery Office in ACT Health Directorate. Prior to this role Ruth was a Midwifery Advisor and manager of the Education Unit for the Australian College of Midwives (ACM), the peak professional body for Midwives in Australia, a role she held for over 7 years. In her spare time she works clinically as a midwife through Your Nursing Agency at a variety of maternity services around South Australia. Prior to working for the ACM Ruth worked in a midwifery continuity of care caseload model at the Women’s and Children’s Hospital, Adelaide. In this time she completed her Honours looking at practices and perspectives of healthcare providers when women wish to east during labour.

Ruth has travelled widely around Australia, the United Kingdom and Europe and in 2019 led a Jon Baines midwifery tour through Sri Lanka.

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Itinerary at a glance

  • Day 1: Darwin (Wed, 1 Sept) Arrive Darwin and check into H on Smith Street Hotel. Dinner at a Hanuman restaurant.
  • Day 2: Darwin (Thurs, 2 Sept) Visit the Royal Darwin Hospital where you will meet local midwives and hear a background to women’s, maternal and infant health in the Northern Territory. Visit the Museum of Darwin and learn of the culture of the Northern Territory. On a bus tour learn about the city’s history through the World War II bombings and Cyclone Tracy, to the current day. See many of the remaining buildings such as the old Court House and Police Station and the Old Palmerston Town Hall ruins. See hidden treasures including public artwork, architecture, historic buildings and memorials. Visit the Museum of Darwin and see am private screening of the documentary DJÄKAMIRR, a powerful documentary about the importance of birthing on country that examines Yolngu women’s culture, their midwifery traditions and their aspirations for maternity services. Following the screening there will be a discussion group with some of those involved in the making of the documentary. Continue to Parliament House, an elegant example of tropical architecture, and take part in a tour. Visit Mindil Markets for welcome dinner and drinks in a private area.
  • Day 3: Darwin (Fri, 3 Sept) Transfer to the port to take the ferry to Wurrumiyanga in the Tiwi Islands. On a tour with a Tiwi guide learn of their community and culture and visit the Patakijiyali Museum and the Mission Precinct. Meet with the local midwife and learn about community midwifery. Continue to Tiwi Design to see their wonderful gallery and shop. Take the ferry back to Darwin and arrive early evening. At leisure to enjoy the restaurants and bars of the city.
  • Day 4: Darwin / Katherine (Sat, 4 Sept) Drive to Katherine via Litchfield National Park, past the magnetic termite mounds and see beautiful Wangi Falls (a traditional site for women’s business). Visit Florence Falls with the option to have a dip in the crystal-clear waters surrounded by lush vegetation. Check into the Ibis Styles Hotel in Katherine and take a late afternoon dinner cruise along the dramatic Nitmiluk Gorge. Learn of the ancient Indigenous rock paintings and gain insight into the culture of the traditional owners of Nitmiluk, the Jawoyn people.
  • Day 5: Katherine / Kakadu (Sun, 5 Sept) Visit Sunrise Health Service at Mataranka. Sunrise is the second largest Aboriginal Medical Service in the Northern Territory, with nine remote clinics east of Katherine with a large range of services. Meet with their community midwife. Visit the stunning Mataranka Springs for a dip before driving to Kakadu to check into Cooinda Lodge. Dinner at Mimi Restaurant.
  • Day 6: Kakadu (Mon, 6 Sept) Optional Yellow Water sunrise cruise. Visit the visit Warradjan Cultural Centre. Drive to Jabiru and meet with the community midwife at the local clinic. Return to Cooinda Lodge and at leisure.
  • Day 7: Kakadu / Darwin (Tues, 7 Sept) Visit the World Heritage Ubirr Rock Sites.
    Drive to Adelaide River and board a cruise. Learn about the floodplain ecosystem, the history, wildlife and some 40,000 years of human interaction with this stunning environment. Witness the power of the Australian Estuarine (Saltwater) Crocodile as they jump out of the water to feed. Drive back to Darwin and enjoy drinks with local midwives followed by a farewell dinner on the waterfront.
  • Day 8: Darwin (Wed, 8 Sept) Depart Darwin.

Tour cost

Ground only cost is $3,480 pp sharing

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