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Kakadu and Gulf Savannah tour - Cairns to Darwin


This tour takes you on an incredible journey through the tropical rainforest of Queensland, the Gulf country and Kakadu, allowing you to experience the nature, wildlife and endless adventure, as you travel along the Savannah Way.

It’s all about seeing the outback the way it should be seen. We bush camp throughout the tour, prepare all our own meals and sleep under the stars in a swag.  Our vibe is relaxed and friendly; we want you to feel like you’re traveling with a group of mates, and having the time of your life in one of the most beautiful parts of Australia.

We depart Cairns at 7.30am and head west into the mountains fora swim the picturesque Josephine Falls, before continuing to Kalkani crater and the unique Undara lava tubes.

We then make our way into the Gulf Country visiting Frys crocodile, the historic mining town of Croydon, Leichhardt Falls, Burke and Wills most northern campsite 119, Lawn Hill gorge, Echo Gorge, Hells Gate and Lorrella Springs.  After plenty of exploring and swimming we enter into Limmen National Park, stopping in at the Southern Lost City and Butterfly gorge. 

We follow the Roper River up to Mataranka thermal pools or Bitter Springs before spending a few days exploring the world heritage listed Kakadu National Park.  We'll take a look at the detailed Aboriginal rock art of the Ubirr region and visit the natural infinity pool at Gunlom Falls, as well as visit a bird watcher’s paradise - Yellow Waters Billabong.

Our final stop is a wildlife cruise as we approach our final stop, Darwin.


Day 1 : Waterfalls and Kalkani Crater
The tour will pick you up from the Reef Hotel Casino in Cairns at 7:30am. Our first stop is a swim in the cool waters of Josephine Falls, before making our way up the mountains and into the tropical rainforest to Millaa Millaa Falls. We’ll then make our way west to Kalkani Crater where you’ll have great views of the surrounding volcanic regions. Tonight, we’ll Camp at Undara.
Meals :Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 2 : Undara Lava Tubes, minerals and Lake Belmore
This morning we’ll explore the Undara Lava Tubes on a 2-hour tour with a local guide. We’ll then make our way to Georgetown and visit one of Australia’s best mineral collections, the Ted Elliott Collection. Our next stop is the Cumberland chimney, a remnant from the gold rush days, where there’s a large waterhole with plenty of birdlife. Our last stop for the day will be at Lake Belmore for a swim before settling at our camp in Croydon.
Meals :Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3 : Krys Crocodile, Camp 119, Leichhardt Falls and Adels Grove
Today we continue west and make a stop in Normanton to visit Krys Crocodile, a replica of the largest (8.63 metres) crocodile ever captured. Afterwards, we’ll stop at Camp 119, the last camp on the ill-fated Burke and Wills expedition. We’ll continue our journey on to Leichhardt Falls, a wide-open set of falls on the Leichhardt River, before arriving at our campsite at Adels Grove. You’ll enjoy peaceful clear swimming holes next to our camp and we’ll spend two nights here.
Meals :Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4 : Boodjamulla (Lawn Hill) National Park including Lawn Hill Gorge, Upper gorge, Indarri Falls and Island Stack walk
Today we’ll spend the day in Boodjamulla (Lawn Hill) National Park, which is one of Queensland's most significant geological parks, with interesting rocks and landscapes spanning hundreds of millions of years. In the park we’ll visit Lawn Hill Gorge, which is surrounded by red sandstone and a beautiful rainforest. You’ll be able to take a refreshing swim in the spring-fed clear, cool water. We will also visit Upper Gorge and Indarri Falls, as well as complete the Island Stack walk. There will be plenty of opportunities to swim throughout the day.
Meals :Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5 : Hells Gate, Echo Gorge and the NT / QLD border
Today we visit the world heritage listed Riversleigh Fossil Fields where you will find the remains of the largest known Freshwater crocodile, as well as gizzard stones from ancient flightless birds. Afterwards, our journey continues as we cross the Nicholas River and observe the giant causeway beneath us. We take station trails to Hells Gate to explore the sandstone formations before making a stop at the lesser-known Echo Gorge to explore the area. Tonight, we’ll camp near the Northern Territory / Queensland border.
Meals :Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6 : Lorella Springs Wilderness Park and rock art paintings
This morning we’ll pass over many pristine rivers and creeks as we continue our journey west. It’s a great opportunity to observe the savannah bushland and see the giant ancient cycads growing around the region. We’ll make a stop in Borroloola, a remote Aboriginal town, to restock before making our way to a true water-lover’s paradise known as Lorella Springs. This remote paradise is a massive cattle station of almost a million acres full of hot springs, waterfalls, billabongs, wild rock formations and Aboriginal paintings. It’s a true hidden gem where we’ll spend the next two nights camping.
Meals :Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7 : Lorella Springs Wilderness Park and rock art paintings
Today is all about adventure and exploring. With almost a thousand kilometres of tracks on the property, we spend the daylight hours exploring Lorella Springs; visiting swimming holes, admiring Aboriginal sites and taking in the stunning views from all around the station.
Meals :Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8 : Southern Lost City, Butterfly Gorge, Nathan River Ranger Station and Information Centre, Lomarieum lagoon and Limmen National Park
Today, we travel along the Savannah Way crossing many pristine creeks and rivers eventually arriving at the bizarre and fascinating Southern Lost City, where we will take a walk among the giant ancient pillars and their unique rock formations. We’ll then make our way to Butterfly Gorge, a waterfall where you can swim and relax after the morning’s walk. We will make a stop at the Nathan River Ranger Station and Information Centre in Limmen National Park before continuing on to the picturesque Lomarieum Lagoon to spot local birdlife. We’ll spend the night camping in Limmen National Park.
Meals :Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9 : Roper river, historic Police station and Elsey National Park and Mataranka Hot Springs or Bitter Springs
On day 9 we will visit Roper Bar, a river crossing which allows access to southern Arnhem Land. Here, we’ll wander through the ruins of a historic police station from the early pioneering days. Afterwards, we’ll continue our adventure along the Roper River to Mataranka, where we’ll take a dip in the crystal-clear thermal springs (either Mataranka Hot Springs or Bitter Springs). Tonight’s camp will be in Elsey National Park.
Meals :Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10 : Gunlom Falls, Yellow Water Billabong, Ubirr rock and Kakadu National Park
This morning we enter the Aboriginal lands of Kakadu and head to Gunlom Falls, a natural infinity pool with both upper and lower pools offering breathtaking views whilst we swim. After our dip, we will make a stop at the Yellow Water Billabong to spot some of the local wildlife before our visit to Ubirr rock to explore the Aboriginal paintings and capture the view across the floodplains. Tonight’s camp will be in Kakadu National Park.
Meals :Lunch, Dinner

Day 11 : East Alligator River and wildlife cruise
Today we’ll have the opportunity to learn more about Kakadu’s Aboriginal history as we explore sites around the East Alligator River. We may also spot Saltwater crocodiles and bird-life. When we are ready, we’ll continue towards Darwin making a final stop for a worthwhile wildlife cruise en route. We’ll arrive in Cairns at approximately 5pm and you will be dropped off at your chosen accommodation.
Meals :Lunch

Pickups / Departures

We pick all passengers up from the Reef Hotel Casino in Cairns


- Helicopter ride at Lorella Springs

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Kakadu And Gulf Savannah Tour - Cairns To Darwin