Savannah Way Small Group Tour – Experience 10 Days / 9 Nights exploring Cairns to Darwin (Fully Accommodated)

$7,720.00

DTACD

Personalised Savannah Way Tour with no more than 6 people per vehicle! Departing Cairns on the 16th July 2023.  BOOK NOW!

This Top End Explorer is a fantastic way to experience a memorable journey along the “Savannah Way” between Cairns and Darwin. This great personalised tour is fully accommodated and you will travel in a group of no more than 6 people. Enjoy the vibrant colours and scenery of the true outback of Queensland and the Northern Territory along the way.  Highlights include Undara Lava Tubes, Leichardt River, Kakadu National Park and Litchfield National Park.

Why not grab some friends, leave the driving to us and enjoy this wonderful expedition?

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Adult $7,720.00
Child $5,510.00
Concession $7,610.00
Adult Single $8,660.00
Concession Single $8,560.00
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Rates are valid for travel in 2024.  Children: 4-14 years.  Family: 2 adults and 2 children.  Concession: Must hold an Australian Senior or Pensioner Card

Please note:

Seasonal weather conditions and operational requirements may cause a variation in the tour itinerary. The operator reserves the right to substitute or modify if required. Departure and Return times are approximate.

We endeavor to room guests with ensuite facilities where available.

Please note this tour is not suitable for infants.

Please note that Single Travelers must purchase the optional extra “single supplement” as we don’t offer shared rooms with other single travelers.

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Personalised Savannah Way Tour with no more than 6 people per vehicle! Departing Cairns on the 12th August 2024.  BOOK NOW!

This Top End Explorer is a fantastic way to experience a memorable journey along the “Savannah Way” between Cairns and Darwin. This great personalised tour is fully accommodated and you will travel in a group of no more than 6 people. Enjoy the vibrant colours and scenery of the true outback of Queensland and the Northern Territory along the way.  Highlights include Undara Lava Tubes, Leichardt River, Kakadu National Park and Litchfield National Park.

Why not grab some friends, leave the driving to us and enjoy this wonderful expedition?

Start DateEnd Date
12/08/202421/08/2024
  • Small group- offering unrivalled, friendly and personalised service
  • Transfers – from and to your accommodation.
  • Interpretation – friendly, knowledgeable guides explain our unique flora and fauna.
  • Modern 4WD vehicle.
  • All meals as stated in the itinerary.
  • Accommodation as stated in the itinerary.
  • National Park and Site Fees.
  • Attractions as stated in the itinerary.
  • Atherton Tablelands
  • Mount Garnet
  • Undara Lava Tubes
  • Mount Surprise
  • Georgetown
  • Croydon
  • Karumba
  • Normanton
  • Leichardt River
  • Burketown
  • Gregory Downs
  • Hells Gate
  • Borroloola
  • Limmen National Park
  • Southern Lost City
  • Roper River
  • Mataranka Springs
  • Kakauda National Park
  • Yellow Waters Wildlife Cruise
  • Nitmiluk (Katherine) Gorge & National Park
  • Batchelor
  • Litchfield National Park

Day 1: Cairns to Undara/Bedrock via the Atherton Tablelands
Inclusions: Lunch, Dinner. Accommodation: Bedrock. (ensuite)

Departing your Cairns accommodation, we start our journey by heading south and ascending the Gillies Range. Venturing on to the Atherton Tablelands, we wind through dairy country to visit Lake Barrine & Millstream Falls, stopping in Ravenshoe township for lunch. Continuing West to Mount Garnet sees us traverse cattle and outback countryside on our way to the infamous Undara Lava Tubes for an afternoon guided tour of these spectacular tubes. Then heading onto Mount Surprise where we overnight at Bedrock.

Day 2: Undara to Karumba
Inclusions: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner. Accommodation: Karumba. (ensuite)

After breakfast we travel across the outback and onto Georgetown. After an optional stop to view the mineral museum, we continue west to Croydon and enjoy lunch at Lake Belmore, Croydon’s water supply. Our next destination is Normanton on the Norman River. Normanton is home to crocodile statue Krys – Krys was the largest crocodile ever shot in Australia at 8.63m. We take an afternoon drive out to Karumba on the Gulf of Carpentaria, famous for its fishing and industry ports for cattle and zinc mining. We finish the day at Karumba and watch the beautiful sunset.

Day 3: Karumba to Burketown

Inclusions: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner. Accommodation: Savannah Lodge. (ensuite)
After a morning look around the old train station, we keep heading west through the huge cattle stations of the Gulf Savannah region and cross the Leichardt River into Burketown. A tiny battler’s town, Burketown had a population of 238 in the 2016 census! The town is situated 30km inland from the Gulf of Carpentaria and named after explorer Robert O’Hara Burke of ‘Burke and Wills’ fame.
Enjoy the Gambumanda Sunset Cruise, you can experience the magic of the vivid crimson shades of an outback sunset as you cruise the calm and pristine waters of the Gambumanda (Albert River) aboard our custom vessel. Along with the Dreamtime stories of the Gangalidda people, your guide will share their traditional knowledge and unique insights into the local river system and its diverse range of animals and birdlife.
Optional stargazing and/or Indigenous Hot Air Balloon ride (own cost – organised by guide on tour).

Day 4: Burketown to Hells Gate

Inclusions: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner. Accommodation: Hells Gate Roadhouse. (ensuite)
Enjoy a relaxed late start as we continue following the Savannah Highway, heading through cattle stations, two of the biggest in the Gulf Country. A day of fun exploring with river crossings, ample wildlife and amazing scenery as we make our way into Hells Gate for the night.
Optional scenic helicopter flight (own cost – organised by guide on tour).

Day 5: Hells Gate to Borroloola

Inclusions: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner. Accommodation: Borroloola. (ensuite)
We leave Queensland and cross the border into the Northern Territory. Visiting parts of the Western Gulf including King Ash Bay which is the mining port. You’ll appreciate the vastness of the area as we stop ‘somewhere in the unknown’ for lunch before journeying to Borroloola. A small mining and fishing township on the McArthur River, 50km from the Gulf of Carpentaria is our stay for the night.

Day 6: Borroloola to Mataranka

Inclusions: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner. Accommodation: Mataranka. (ensuite)
It’s luxury this morning with ten minutes of sealed road before leaving the bitumen to enter Limmen National Park where we visit the phenomenal rock formations of the Southern Lost City. The erosion of the sandstone escarpment has led to the formation of numerous, large sandstone spires and rounded domes giving it the name ‘lost city’. We cross the Limmen Bight, Cox and Towns Rivers and other numerous wet and dry riverbeds before arriving to the Roper River. We continue through to the old Roper Bar Police Station and Lock Up; this was once where the only crossing was found ‘the Bar’. We head west from this point toward the Stuart Highway and to Mataranka where we overnight. You can rejuvenate yourself in the thermal rock pools found here.

Day 7: Mataranka to Kakadu

Inclusions: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner. Accommodation: Kakadu. (ensuite)
After an early start, we continue north with our first stop being Nitmiluk National Park where we take a cruise down the beautiful and rocky, Nitmiluk Gorge (Katherine Gorge). Nitmiluk is an Aboriginal word meaning ‘cicada dreaming’. From here it’s onto Edith Falls and time for a swim after lunch. The afternoon’s drive takes us through Pine Creek before we head to Kakadu National Park via the Kakadu Highway for our next two nights. This area is filled with spectacular scenery, pristine wetlands, billabongs, birdlife and wildlife. Our two nights stay in Kakadu allows us to visit a variety of significant areas of the National Park.

Day 8: Kakadu
Inclusions: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner. Accommodation: Kakadu. (ensuite)

Today you enjoy an early morning cruise on the famous Yellow Waters, abundant with many species of birds and the mighty saltwater crocodile, followed by a well-deserved breakfast. View the iconic Waterfalls of Kakadu National Park and visit Jim Jim Falls. There is a bushwalk to access the falls is rewarded with a close up viewing of the Spectacular Cascading Waterfalls. Northern Section of the National Park – Ubirr Rock & Cahills Crossing. The Rock is on the edge of Arnhem Land. A climb to the top is rewarded with staggering 360º views over the Nardab floodplains and into Arnhem land.
Optional 60 Minute Sunset Scenic Flight (own cost – organised by guide on tour).

Day 9: Kakadu to Batchelor
Inclusions: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner. Accommodation: Batchelor. (ensuite)

Today we travel across the floodplains of the South Alligator River and further through Kakadu National Park to Bark Hut at Annaburroo, where we take a short break. From here we head off to the small village of Corroboree before heading off the main road and travel through the Marrakai region crossing the Alligator River and on our way to Batchelor.

Day 10: Batchelor to Darwin

Inclusions: Breakfast, Lunch
Visit Tolmer and Florence Falls for morning tea. Travelling further into the park, we head to Wangi Falls where we have lunch. The afternoon sees us tour through Tumbling Waters (named after the rapids where gold was discovered) and on to Berry Springs (crystal clear warm springs) before re-joining the highway. We pass through the towns of Noonamah and Palmerston before arriving into Darwin city late afternoon – this concludes our memorable tour across two states and over 4000 kilometres.