Cairns Darwin Tour

Cairns Darwin Tours

Darwin to Cairns or Cairns to Darwin via Gulf Savannah Way Tours

Gulf Savannah Way Tours with Lost City, Lawn Hill, Riversleigh Dinosaurs, Undara Lava Tubes Tours

Lost City Spirit Safaris Savannah Way Tours

Lost City Tours Cairns Darwin

Cairns to Darwin Tour (or Darwin to Cairns Tour reverse) via Lost City, Lawn Hill, Riversleigh, Undara Lava Tubes, Savannah Way – 8 days/7 nights

Darwin to Cairns or Reverse Cairns to Darwin       Check Dates or Book Now 

Darwin to Cairns via Lost City & Gulf Savannah Tours – Eastbound – Darwin to Cairns via Top End & Savannah Way incl. Katherine Gorge (option), Mataranka Hot Springs and “We of the Never Never” homestead Daly Waters, Cape Crawford, Lost City, Borroloola, Riversleigh Dinosaur Fossil Fields, Lawn Hill National Park, (now Boodjamulla National Park) Adel’s Grove, Bourke & Wills Roadhouse, Normanton, Undara Lava Tubes. Then Cairns. Optional Katherine Gorge &/or Kakadu Extend for Laura Dance Festival 3 days and optionally Cape York Peninsula & Thursday Island 8 days/7 nights.

Departs 2nd and 4th Sundays from June to October  – Check Dates or Book Now

Cairns to Darwin via Lost City & Gulf Savannah Tours – Westbound – Walk in the stunning Undara Lava Tubes, swim & marvel in Cobbold Gorge (2 nights), Normanton, Karumba (Gulf Carpentaria river cruise), Hells Gate, Borroloola, Lost City, Cape Crawford, Daly Waters famous pub, Mataranka Hot Springs and “We of the Never Never” homestead, Katherine Gorge option of extra night for cruise or heli flight over Gorge, Alligator River, to Darwin. 8 days/7 nights.

Departs 1st and 3rd Sundays from June to October  – Check Dates or Book Now

July 27 – August 3,  Alice Springs to Cairns via Plenty Highway – Diamantina National Park, Min Min Encounter, Dinosaur Trail to Cairns Tour. Extend for Laura Dance Festival and optionally Cape York Peninsula – If travelling to Cairns with Spirit Safaris to meet Cape York tour, you can travel from Alice Springs, explore the Plenty Highway on the edge of the Simpson Desert, the Min Min experience in Boulia, the mighty Diamantina River and the Dinosaur Trail as we travel on to Cloncurry (Qantas birthplace) Lava Tubes & Cairns – Please Ask

Depart Sundays from June to October …  – Check Dates or Book Now

Undara Lava Tubes – Volcanic lava has created a remarkable tunnel system that lies beneath the rich grasslands of Undara.

Gulf Savannah Tours include Lost City, Lawn Hill, Riversleigh Dinosaurs, Undara Lava Tubes Tour

Cairns to Darwin (Westbound) itinerary shown below. Darwin to Cairns (Eastbound) is reverse itinerary except Westbound has 2 nights at Lawn Hill/Adel’s Grove instead of Cobbold Gorge, includes Riversleigh Dinosaurs tour but no Kurumba visit.

Days Prior – Cape York tour prior or Cairns / Kuranda options – Ask for details 

Day 1 – Gulf Savannah Way Tours Depart Cairns for the picturesque drive to the Atherton tablelands to tour through the Undara Lava Tubes. The Undara Lava Tubes were formed some 190,000 years ago when a major volcano erupted, its molten lava flowing down a dry river bed. As the top layer quickly cooled and crusted, the fiery magma below continued to flow through the tubes taking it further and further from the volcano. The Undara tubes are the world’s longest lava flow. The word Undara means ‘a long way’ in Aboriginal language. One of the lava flows from Undara extends over 160 kilometres (or 100 miles). This makes it one of the longest lava flows from a single volcano on our planet in modern geological time. The original tube formed by the flow extended for approximately 100 kilometres, and several sections are accessible. After our 2 hour tour and tasty lunch, we travel via historic gulf towns of Mt Surprise and Einasleigh to Cobbold Gorge on Robin Hood Cattle station, for overnight. LD

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Day 2 – Cobbold Gorge is unique, hidden away within the rugged sandstone formations of North Queensland. This gorge is extremely narrow, closing to only two metres in places, with spectacular 30 metre cliffs on either side. The overall length of the gorge is about six kilometres and includes a series of water-holes and rock falls, with the the last 500 meters is accessible by flat bottom boat. Great walks, swimming and relaxing or optional canoeing. Overnight Cobbold Gorge. BLD

Day 3 – Travel via Georgetown and the multi award winning, “Terrestrial” – the Ted Elliott Mineral Collection, the largest minerals collection in the world. We follow the Gulflander Railway line via the Gulf Development Road through Croydon which in goldrush days had 7000 people and 122 pubs. On to Normanton, and view the Burns Philp store, and the 1870 railway history from the goldrush days, plus the hot artesian bore. Arriving Karumba on the edge of the Gulf of Carpentaria, we enjoy a sunset river cruise. Karumba is the base of the gulf Barramundi and prawning industry and home to many salt water crocodiles. Overnight Karumba BLD – Dinner at own expense in local restaurant – great fresh fish and prawns here !

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Day 4 – Travelling westward and parallel to the coastline of the Gulf of Carpentaria in this spectacular savannah country, we cross numerous rivers including the Leichardt River, named after Ludwig Leichardt who walked this country in 1845. We check out the Leichardt Falls before travelling across the “Plains of Promise” named when H M Brig Beagle (the famous ship which had carried Charles Darwin on his voyage) visited here in 1841. Enjoy a break in the frontier town of Burketown, named after Burke of of the Burke and Wills Expedition of 1860 who reached the gulf near here in February 1861. Burketown was established in 1865 to service new pastoral holdings established in the region. We travel by the large Aboriginal community of Doomadgee, before turning off the Savannah Way to arrive at Kingfisher camp, beside the Nicholson River for a swim and yarn by the campfire and overnight. BLD

Day 5 – There’s time for a morning dip and cooling off before Corinda, where police were stationed to provide escorts for settlers to the escarpments of Hell’s Gate, beyond which the Aboriginals were considered fierce. Hells Gate is the routes most western settlement in Queensland and now is a popular stopover with a grassy oasis and refreshments, nearby Aboriginal rock art and caves. We travel via Westmoreland (uranium deposits) and enter the Northern Territory, passing the Redbank (copper) Mine and arrive a the river port town of Borroloola with time permitting to view the museum and history of this once wild frontier town, now a popular fishing destination. Population is around 800 (about 200 whites and 600 Aboriginal), with Aborigines living in camps around the town. Borroloola has some very different Aboriginal cultures ie the Yanyuwa and Mara are ‘saltwater people’ from the nearby islands while the Kurdanji and Karawa people are ‘mainland people’. We visit Caranbirini Nature Reserve to walk amongst the Lost City through sandstone towers overlooking a billabong and across the escarpment country of the Gulf Region. Its now less than an hour to Cape Crawford for overnight. BLD

Day 6 – The Lost City can this morning be explored by helicopter from base at the Heartbreak Hotel at Cape Crawford, with an amazing 15 or optional 30 minute flight over these ancient sandstone pillars, formed when all this area was underwater. After morning tea we head off on the Carpentaria Highway for historic Daly Waters, and here enjoy lunch amongst the amusing Daly Waters Pub and township adornments, including an old helicopter and the thong tree. We take a short tour of the WWII airbase and aircraft hanger here – with a fascinating historic display of WWII equipment, aircraft images and life here at that time. Onwards for a swim at Mataranka Hot Springs and connect with the famous classic outback Australian story of “We of the Never Never” and Elsey’s homestead from the film. Overnight Mataranka. BLD

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Day 7 – After a relaxing walk and swim, we head north to the NTs 3rd largest town, Katherine and nearby Nitmiluk National Park, at Katherine Gorge. Here relax on an Aboriginal guided gorge and river cruise – a fabulous introduction to this spectacular and historic
area. Optionally take a helicopter flight to the top gorges – that’s a thrill ! Consider the optional Jawoyn Rock Art Tour – turn back the clock as you depart Nitmiluk helipad for a unique travel and outback experience. Destination: 40,000 years ago. Fly deep into the heart of the Dreamtime to an amazing Jawoyn rock art site. Fly over the rugged stone country and all 13 gorges on your return. Alternatively simply relax or take a swim by this beautiful peaceful river. In the afternoon we take the 3 hour drive to Darwin, passing through Pine Creek (old gold town) and Alligator River, home of the famous & retired water buffalo downed by Crocodile Dundee (test your hypnotic skills). Overnight Darwin BLD.

Optionally tour by Kakadu National Park for 1 or 2 nights from Katherine, or do Kakadu in a day or more from Darwin. Ask for details.

Day 8 – A free day to celebrate your journey. Enjoy a leisurely breakfast and the many sights or activities Darwin has to offer. Options include a trip to Kakadu or Litchfield National Parks, or simply shop or relax in Darwin’s balmy climate. Tour ends after breakfast. Home Flights depart from Darwin or consider travelling with us to Alice Springswith options including Kakadu, Katherine Gorge (optional), Lost City & Devils Marbles. B

Kakadu Tour Options available

Visit the incredible Nourlangie rock art gallery and enjoy a Yellow Waters wetlands boat cruise, visit to the cultural centre, Jabiru and wetlands viewing area. Ask for details

Cairns to Darwin via Lost City, Undara Lava Tubes, Cobbold Gorge, Adels Grove, Lawn Hill, Savannah Way Tour

Darwin to Cairns Tours or Reverse Cairns to Darwin Tours

8 days / 7 nights

A$ 4,995 comfy camping. Add $995 per room (twin or double) for 7 nights motel style accommodation

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