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The Gulf Savannah is an adventure safari of epic proportions. You’ll, follow the tracks of Ludwig Leichhardt, cross the vast Barkly Tableland used by legendary drovers. You’ll visit fabulous cattle stations, Lawn Hill Gorge, and Riversleigh Fossil Fields and relive pioneering history in outback towns. Surely a “Great Australian Safari”.

Highlights of The Trip
  • Atherton Tablelands
  • Mount Garnet, Mount Surprise
  • Undara Lava Tubes
  • Roper River
  • Georgetown, Croydon, Normanton, Karumba
  • Leichardt River
  • Borroloola
  • Nitmiluk Gorge and National Park
  • Batchelor
  • Litchfield National Park
  • Palmerston
Itinerary

DAY 1 DARWIN - BERRY SPRINGS - LICTHFIELD NATIONAL PARK - BACHELOR (LD)
Tour departs Darwin, 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. Drive to the small township of Bachelor where we find our overnight accommodation.

DAY 2 ADELIADE RIVER - EIDTH FALLS - NITMILUK NATIONAL PARK - MATARANKA (BLD)
Begin traveling to Adelaide River; wander through the World War 2 Cemetery and Museum. Continuing south to Pine Creek, look over the old gold mine and troubled north-south railway. From here it’s on to Edith Falls and time for a swim. Nitmiluk National Park (East of Katherine) is our afternoon stop, with a cruise down the beautiful and rocky, Nitmiluk Gorge (Katherine Gorge). Spend the night in Mataranka - off the Stuart Highway - where you can rejuvenate yourself in the famous thermal rock pools.

DAY 3 ROPER RIVER - LIMMEN NATIONAL PARK - BORROLOOLA (BLD)
Leaving Mataranka,  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 cross the Towns, Cox, Limmen Bight and other numerous wet and dry Rivers enroute to Limmen National Park. Visit the phenomenal rock formations of the Southern Lost City. Them travelling some luxury, in the form of a bitumen road, before reaching Borroloola.

DAY 4 HELLS GATE - LAWNHILL STATION - ADELS GROVE (BLD)
Departing Borroloola, leaving the Northern Territory to cross the border into Queensland and on through Hells Gate to the eerie rock formations found here. Then travel to Lawn Hill Station. We’ll stay at Adels Grove (shared facilities), by the lily-covered Lawn Hill Creek, tonight and tomorrow night.

DAY 5 LAWN HILL NATIONAL PARK - INDARRI FALLS - ADELS - RIVERSLEIGH (BLD)
After a late breakfast, we take the short drive to Lawn Hill National Park and have the option of either hiring a canoe to paddle along the cliffs of Lawn Hill Gorge to Indarri Falls or bush-walking one of the many tracks around the National Park, or a mixture of both! Returning to Adels Grove for lunch, we have the afternoon to relax by the water. There is also a morning option of a guided tour to the World Heritage Riversleigh fossil fields (own expense).

DAY 6 GREGORY DOWNS - BURKETOWN - LEICHARDT RIVER - NORMANTON (BLD)
Departing Adels Grove and the Lawn Hill National Park area, we travel past the Century Zinc Mine and to Gregory Downs. We return to the main Savannah Way and on to Burketown, taking in the huge salt flats of the area. We cross the Leichardt River and continue through the huge cattle stations of the Gulf Savannah region to Normanton, on the Norman River.

DAY 7 KARUMBA - GEORGETOWN - UNDARA (BLD)
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 to Georgetown; here we have an optional stop to view the mineral museum. We travel past Mount Surprise and overnight at Undara.

DAY 8 UNDARA LAVA TUBES - CURTAIN FIG TREE- ATHERTON TABLELANDS - CAIRNS (BL)
Undara Lava Tubes before heading east to Mount Garnet through cattle country. Continue on to Ravenshoe (pronounced Ravens-hoe) township for lunch. Further on is the beautiful Millstream Falls then the Tablelands region. Heading off the highway and into a World Heritage Rainforest area, we visit the Clohesy Boardwalk. Continue toward Copperlode Dam (just inland from Cairns) and Lake Morris. An exclusive permit allows us to traverse this area and 4WD through its rainforest and river crossings.

Finally, we descend the Lamb Range above Cairns with amazing views over city and ocean, before being dropped-off at your hotel a fitting end to a memorable journey over some of Australia’s wildest and most remote countryside.

Please note: Single Travellers must purchase the optional extra "single supplement" if you prefer your own private room, otherwise you may be roomed with another single traveller.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. Tour is not suitable for infants.

Darwin Gulf Savannah Cairns Tours
Darwin Gulf Savannah Cairns Tours
Darwin Gulf Savannah Cairns Tours
Darwin Gulf Savannah Cairns Tours
Darwin Gulf Savannah Cairns Tours
Darwin Gulf Savannah Cairns Tours
Darwin Gulf Savannah Cairns Tours
Darwin Gulf Savannah Cairns Tours
Darwin Gulf Savannah Cairns Tours
Tour Details

8 Day Darwin Gulf Savannah Cairns Tour

Tour Price For 2019

  • Twin Share $4750
  • Single $4950
  • Concession $4650
  • Single Concession $4850
  • Child 4-14 $4350

Tour Includes

  • Meals as indicated
  • Guided tours & activities
  • Air-conditioned 4WD vehicle
  • 8 nights accommodation

Tour Code: DT8DC

2019 Departure Dates
  • 12 June
  • 10 July

Phone :

+6 7 4051 1120