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

$7,720.00

DTADC

Personalised Savannah Way Tour with no more than 6 people, departing Cairns on the 24th August 2024 – BOOK NOW!

This Top End Explorer is a fantastic way to experience a memorable journey along the “Savannah Way” between Darwin and Cairns. 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, Karumba, 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, departing Cairns on the 24th August 2024 – BOOK NOW!

This Top End Explorer is a fantastic way to experience a memorable journey along the “Savannah Way” between Darwin and Cairns. 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, Karumba, 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
24/08/202402/09/2024
  • 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, including Nourlangie Rock
  • Yellow Waters Wildlife Cruise
  • Nitmiluk (Katherine) Gorge & National Park
  • Batchelor
  • Litchfield National Park

Day 1: Darwin to Batchelor
Inclusions: Lunch, Dinner. Accommodation: Batchelor (Ensuite).

We begin our tour departing Darwin from your Hotel, passing through the towns of Palmerston and Noonamah. We stop at Berry Springs (crystal clear warm springs) and Tumbling Waters (named after the rapids where gold was discovered) before venturing into Litchfield National Park. Covering approximately 1500 square kilometres, Litchfield became a National Park in 1986 and whilst traversing the park, we’ll visit the delightful Tolmer, Florence and Wangi Falls. As our first busy day comes to a close, we’ll finish up with a short drive to the small township of Batchelor where we find our overnight accommodation.

Day 2: Batchelor to Kakadu
Inclusions: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner. Accommodation: Kakadu (Ensuite)

Leaving Batchelor, we continue along the Stuart Highway, turning off at Humpty Doo and venturing along the Arnhem Highway. Stopping at Fog Dam – This area is filled with spectacular scenery, pristine wetlands, billabongs, birdlife and wildlife. Lunch at the Bark Hut and then on through to Ubirr Rock Art and Cahills Crossing, which is on the edge of Arnhem Land. Then making our way into Jabiru for the next two nights.

Day 3: Kakadu
Inclusions: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner. Accommodation: Kakadu. (ensuite)

Our two nights stay in Kakadu allows us to visit a variety of significant areas of the National Park.
We include visits to:

The iconic Waterfalls of Kakadu National Park visiting Jim Jim Falls with a moderate bushwalk to access the falls is rewarded with a close up viewing of the Spectacular Cascading Waterfalls.

Burrungkuy (Nourlangie Rock Art Site) experience true Arnhem Land with amazing sites including Nourlangie Rock and occupation sites dated in excess of 20,000 years. We explore and view unique aboriginal art & culture, where the art is inspiring, colorful and sacred, from a culture dating back more than 45,000 years. Regarded as some of the oldest and finest to be found anywhere in the world recorded on rock walls and inside caves, these occupation sites give a fascinating insight into one of the world’s oldest and most unique cultures in this remote region.

Optional 60 Minute Sunset Scenic Flight (own cost – organised by guide on tour).

Day 4: Kakadu to Mataranka
Inclusions: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner. Accommodation: Mataranka (Ensuite)

We rise early and head to Yellow Waters where we take the spectacular morning cruise on the Yellow Waters Billabong. This is a particularly special time of the day and provides us with the best opportunity to see and experience the wonders of Yellow Waters. Following the Cruise, we have breakfast. After breakfast make our way out of the park, we turn on to the Kakadu Highway heading towards Stuart Highway into Katherine Gorge and Nitmuluk. A special cruise today as we head into the Gorge itself, Nit Nit Dreaming Two Gorge Tour takes around two hours and explores two sections of this special place. Continuing our journey towards Mataranka, where we arrive late in the afternoon. We make our way over to the thermal Mataranka Spring for a swim – a refreshing way to relax after today’s drive before arrival at our accommodation.

Day 5: Mataranka to Borroloola
Inclusions: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner. Accommodation: Borroloola (Ensuite)

Leaving the tranquility of Mataranka, we head east and away from the Stuart Highway to the old Roper Bar Police Station and Lock Up; this was once where the only crossing was found ‘the Bar’. After departing the Roper River, we pass through the towns of Cox, Limmen Bight and other numerous wet and dry Rivers enroute to Limmen National Park. Within the National Park we visit the phenomenal rock formations of the Southern Lost City. The erosion of the sandstone escarpment here has led to the formation of numerous, large sandstone spires and rounded domes giving it the name ‘Lost City’. Continuing on, we are eventually treated to some luxury in the form of a bitumen road before reaching Borroloola. This small town, located on the McArthur River 50km from the Gulf of Carpentaria, is supported by the mining and fishing industries.

Day 6: Borroloola to Hells Gate
Inclusions: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner. Accommodation: Hells Gate Roadhouse. (Ensuite)

Departing Borroloola, you’ll appreciate the size of Australia as we traverse the outback leaving the Northern Territory to cross the border into Queensland and onto Hells Gate and the eerie rock formations found here. In the late 1800s, police stationed at nearby Corinda provided regular escorts for settlers as far as the rocky escarpments of Hell’s Gate, refusing to accompany the travelers past this point because of the fierceness of Aboriginals in the area.
Optional scenic helicopter flight (own cost – organised by guide on tour).

Day 7: Hells Gate to Burketown
Inclusions: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner. Accommodation: Savannah Lodge. (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 Burketown for the night. 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 8: Burketown to Karumba
Inclusions: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner. Accommodation: Karumba. (Ensuite)

Departing Burketown, we cross the Leichardt River and continue through the huge cattle stations of the Gulf Savannah region to Normanton, on the Norman River. Normanton is home to crocodile statue Krys – Krys was the largest crocodile ever shot in Australia at 8.63metres. Whilst in Normanton we also take a look around the old train station and the ‘Purple Pub’ which is in fact, purple! 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 9: Karumba to Undara/Bedrock
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner. Accommodation: Bedrock Village (Ensuite)

This morning we depart Normanton and head to the coastal township of Karumba, on the Gulf of Carpentaria, famous for its fishing and industry ports for cattle and zinc mining. We continue through the outback on the Gulf Developmental Road to Croydon and Lake Belmore (Croydon’s water supply). Further on we arrive in Georgetown; here we have an optional stop to view the mineral museum. We travel past Mount Surprise and overnight at Undara.

Day 10: Undara/Bedrock to Cairns
Breakfast & Lunch.

We start today with a guided tour of the infamous Undara Lava Tubes before heading east to Mount Garnet through cattle country and outback scenery. We continue on to Millstream Falls and Ravenshoe township for lunch. Further on is the beautiful then the Tablelands region with its dairy farms, crops, rainforest and greenery – a stark change from the outback regions travelled over the last few days. Heading through World Heritage Rainforest area, before returning to your hotel.