9 Day 4WD Tour Cairns to Darwin Accommodated DT8CD

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From $4,550.00 Per Person
Departs Cairns
Returns Darwin
Difficulty Medium
Group Size 12

9 Day Gulf Savannah Tour Accommodated

An outback tour experiencing the many aspects of Queensland’s “Gulf Frontier” offering the feeling of discovery in this unique region, with the comfort and amenity of overnight accommodation. From the remnants of a volcanic eruption 190,000 years ago to World Heritage Listed Fossil Fields the fascinating landscape of this sparsely populated area with its interesting history leaves an unforgettable memory. Visit World Heritage Listed Fossil Fields, Chillagoe, Cobbold Gorge, Undara, Boodjamulla (Lawn Hill) National Park, Savannahlander Train Journey and more.

Highlights

  • World Heritage Rainforest
  • Undara Lava Tubes
  • Normanton
  • Karumba
  • Lawn Hill National Park
  • Adels Grove
  • Limmen National Park
  • Southern Lost City
  • Nitmiluk Gorge (Katherine Gorge)
  • Yellow Waters
  • Sunrise Cruise
  • Kakadu National Park
  • Litchfield National Park
  • Waterfalls Rivers
  • Outback Exploration

Inclusions

  • Small group
  • Transfers from and to your accommodation
  • Knowledgeable guides
  • 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

Tour Pricing

All prices are per person in AUD.

Twin ShareSingleChild (4-14)
2021 Season$ 5750 $ 6750$ 4550
Concession$ 5650$ 6650-

This tour departs Cairns on set dates. Maximum of 6 passengers, per vehicle. Please note that Single Travelers must purchase the optional extra “single supplement” as we don’t offer shared rooms with other single travelers.

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. Please read our terms and conditions carefully. Departure and Return times are approximate. We endeavor to room guests with ensuite facilities where available, once full we use shared facilities.

Please note this tour is not suitable for infants.

Itinerary

  • 1 9 Day Savannah Way Cairns to Darwin Tour Itinerary

    DAY 1. CAIRNS TO UNDARA VIA THE ATHERTON TABLELANDS

    Inclusions: Morning Tea, Lunch, Dinner & Overnight Accommodation at Undara. (ensuite)
    Departing your accommodation, we start our journey by ascending the Lamb Range above Cairns with amazing views over the city and beyond. We arrive at Copperlode Dam and Lake Morris, an extremely picturesque lake surrounded by rainforest-covered mountains; this is Cairns water supply catchment. Our exclusive permit allows us to continue beyond this point and 4WD through rainforest and river crossings. On our journey, we see spectacular plant life in this area including rare King Ferns, one of our earliest vascular plant forms dating back 325 million years. Away from the crowds and in a World Heritage Rainforest area, we visit the Clohesy Boardwalk to view amazing plant life including giant Strangler Fig Trees. Venturing on to the Tablelands, we wind through dairy country to visit Millstream Falls, we take a lunch stop and visit Ravenshoe (pronounced Ravens-hoe) township. West to Mount Garnet sees us traverse cattle and outback countryside on our way to the infamous Undara Lava Tubes for a guided tour of these spectacular tubes. We overnight at Undara.

    DAY 2. UNDARA TO KARUMBA

    Inclusions: Breakfast, Morning Tea, Lunch, Dinner & Overnight Accommodation at Karumba. (ensuite)
    Day two sees us travel across the outback, past Mount Surprise and into Georgetown for morning tea. 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.

    DAY 3. KARUMBA TO ADELS GROVE

    Inclusions: Breakfast, Morning Tea, Lunch, Dinner & Overnight Accommodation at Adels Grove. (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 173 in the 2006 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. We take a drive out to the vast salt flats before detouring off the main Savannah Way down into Gregory Downs for lunch by the river. After lunch, we turn past the Century Zinc Mine and to Adels Grove, adjacent to Lawn Hill National Park. Here, we relax by the lily-covered Lawn Hill Creek for the afternoon; the friendly oasis that is Adels Grove is our base for the next two nights.

    DAY 4. ADELS GROVE

    Inclusions: Breakfast, Morning Tea, Lunch, Dinner & Overnight Accommodation at Adels Grove. (ensuite)
    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 with a drink or book in hand. There is also a morning option of a guided tour to the World Heritage Riversleigh fossil fields (own expense).

    DAY 5. ADELS GROVE TO BORROLOOLA

    Inclusions: Breakfast, Morning Tea, Lunch, Dinner & Overnight Accommodation at Borroloola. (ensuite)
    Leaving Adels Grove, we travel north up through the gates and rivers of Lawn Hill Station. Back onto the main Savannah Way, we bypass Domadgee and cross through Hells Gate to 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 travellers past this point because of the fierceness of Aboriginals to the area. We leave Queensland and cross the border into the Northern Territory. 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. Here, we’ll spend the night.

    DAY 6. BORROLOOLA TO MATARANKA

    Inclusions: Breakfast, Morning Tea, Lunch, Dinner & Overnight Accommodation at 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 Bite, Cox and Towns Rivers and other numerous wet and dry riverbeds before arriving on 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 Homestead where you can rejuvenate yourself in the thermal rock pools; we overnight here.

    DAY 7. MATARANKA TO KAKADU

    Inclusions: Breakfast, Morning Tea, Lunch, Dinner & Overnight Accommodation at Cooinda. (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 before lunch. The afternoon’s drive takes us through Pine Creek where we look over the gold mine and troubled north-south railway. Venturing further to Adelaide River, we take time to wander through the World War 2 Cemetery and Museum. Adelaide River was home to around 30,000 soldiers during the Second World War and many of those lost during the Japanese bombing of Darwin are buried here. Leaving Katherine, we head to Cooinda in The Kakadu National Park our overnight stay.

    DAY 8. KAKADU TO BATCHELOR

    Inclusions: Breakfast, Morning Tea, Lunch, Dinner & Overnight Accommodation at Bachelor. (ensuite)
    Today you enjoy a sunrise cruise on the famous Yellow Waters, abundant with many species of birds and the mighty saltwater crocodile. Following this memorable cruise, we enjoy breakfast before heading to experience true Arnhemland 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 and regarded as some of the oldest and finest to be found anywhere in the world recorded on rock walls and inside caves which were once occupation sites and give a fascinating insight into one of the world’s oldest and most unique cultures in this remote region.

    This area is filled with spectacular scenery, pristine wetlands, billabongs, birdlife and wildlife. We continue through the Nadab floodplain to the Alligator River to Ubirr where groups of Aboriginal people camped in rock shelters around to take advantage of the enormous variety of foods available from the area. We then 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 viewing Lake Bennett. We then make our way to Batchelor in the Litchfield National Park for our overnight stay.

    DAY 9. BATCHELOR TO DARWIN

    Inclusions: Breakfast, Morning Tea & Lunch
    Our final day on tour and we journey through Litchfield National Park with the first stops being Wangi and Florence Falls for morning tea. Travelling further into the park, we head to Tolmer 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 4,000 kilometres.

  • 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.
  • Please read our terms and conditions carefully.
  • Departure from Cairns or Darwin is at 7am. Arrival is late afternoon. Times are approximate.
  • Please note this tour is not suitable for infants.
  • Luggage is restricted to ONE Soft Bag per passenger (no suitcases), weighing no more than 10kgs + ONE Small Backpack/Day Pack.

Additional Information

Vehicle Seating Layout The vehicle is a 7-seater 4WD and a maximum of 6 people can book onto the tour. Passenger seating is 1 in the front, 3 in the middle and 2 single seats in the back. Seating is rotated on a daily basis.

Extras Daintree Ice cream Taste Test, other items not listed in itinerary.

Luggage During Tour Each passenger is entitled to take one bag (preferable soft sided), 80cm x 30cm x 30cm. (no more than 10kgs as space is limited) and no suitcases You may also have a small day bag or pack weighing no more than 4kg, however most guests tend to carry a bottle of water and their cameras only. Baggage over the prescribed limit cannot be carried without prior arrangement. NOTE: If you are flying one way, you may only be allowed to take 10kg of luggage per person, as is often the small airline carrier’s policy. Small Backpack/Day Pack.

Clothing and What to Bring Clothing and footwear should be casual, comfortable and suited to tropical conditions.

  • Clothing – shorts, trousers, shirts, swimwear, hat, sunglasses, a jacket and a change of warm clothes in case of inclement weather are advisable.
  • Footwear – some form of fast-drying wet-shoe would prove useful.
  • Personal – sun protection, insect repellent, medications, toiletries, (overseas travellers should bring a suitable adapter). Don’t forget to bring your video or camera along with plenty of film & spare batteries (recharge facilities are available).
  • Money and/or credit card for personal expenses such as drinks, souvenirs and optional extras.

Smoking As per Government Regulations, smoking is not permitted in vehicles. Ample stops provide time for “smoking breaks” en route.

Climate Winter in the tropical north is the dry season and temperatures will be mild with low humidity. Through the months of September and October, the temperatures become increasingly warmer.

Fitness to Travel Tours have been designed to suit a reasonable level of fitness; the ability to be able to do some walking along nature trails and cope with remoteness is essential. People suffering from lack of tolerance or not of general good health should consult their GP before taking part on these tours. Note: Clients over 70 years of age are required to have a clearance certificate from a General Practitioner. If you need special medication, it is advisable to bring your own adequate supply for the duration of the tour.

Single Travelers Please note that Single Travelers must purchase the optional extra “single supplement” if you prefer your own private room, otherwise you may be roomed with another single traveller.

Alcohol The government has imposed very strict alcohol regulations throughout Cape York Peninsula and our company has a permit to carry certain quantities of alcohol and complies with all regulations and laws. Please do not bring any alcohol on tour.

Note This tour departs Cairns on set dates. Maximum of 6 passengers, vehicle per tour.

 

Booking Terms and Conditions

Be aware that some confirmed bookings are not refundable if cancelled, and also may not be transferable to another date or otherwise changed. Alternatively, a change may only be permissible subject to payment of an additional fee or charge. Your entitlement to a refund for cancelled bookings is subject to the relevant Supplier’s terms and conditions. Please note that if we are entitled to a service fee for placing a booking, we will remain entitled to this fee if you cancel the booking or the Supplier fails to provide you with the Product for any reason (other than our default), including in an event of Force Majeure. We will be entitled to deduct our service fee from any refund we receive on your behalf before remitting the balance to you. Suppliers’ fees are outlined in their relevant terms and conditions.

Please review the full Terms and Conditions and Schedule of Fees prior to making a booking.

Supplier Terms and Conditions Cancellation Summary:

  • More than 61 days prior to departure will incur a fee of 50% of deposit or $300 whichever is greater.
  • Between 60 and 46 days prior to departure will incur a fee of 25% of tour total.
  • Between 45 and 31 days prior to departure will incur a fee of 50% of tour total.
  • 30 days prior to departure will incur a fee of 100% of tour total.

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. Please read our terms and conditions carefully. Departure and Return times are approximate. We endeavour to room guests with ensuite facilities where available. Once full we use shared facilities. Please note this tour is not suitable for infants or children under 4.

Caravan Park Accommodation
There are three Caravan Parks to choose from with limited storage options available at one of these properties. The Caravan Parks usually request a minimum stay of at least 4 nights pre/post tour to store your caravan / car / campervan / motorhome. Storage prices are anywhere from $15-$18 per night. These Caravan Parks are located all around the Cairns region and if applicable to your chosen tour itinerary your 4WD safari vehicle will either pick up or drop off at your chosen Caravan Park. We will provide you with these Caravan Park options once your selected tour booking has been confirmed. Should passengers choose to stay elsewhere, we can advise to you which pick up point is the closest to your chosen accommodation.

Motel Accommodation
We work with a local motel located in the Cairns CBD who offers quality, clean and a range of good value room styles (see below). The room styles and rates listed below include free Wi-Fi, guest laundry, swimming pool & luggage storage whilst you are on tour. Your tour bus will pick up and drop off at the front door of the motel. Were happy to make the booking for you or we will give you the motels details after you have booked your Cape York Tour. Complimentary vehicle storage (not caravan) is available whilst you are on tour.

STANDARD ROOM (20-25 sqm)
Low season 01/10/2020 – 31/03/2020, 01/04/2021 – 30/06/2021, 01/10/2021 –  23/12/2021, 05/01/2022 – 31/03/2022
1 Night $149 per room (Full Buffet Breakfast additional $22 per person)

High season 01/07/2021-30/09/2021,  24/12/2021-04/01/2022
1 Night $159 per room (Full Buffet Breakfast additional $22 per person)
Rooms have 1 queen bed or 2 single beds

ROOM FACILITIES Air Conditioning, 42″ LCD Television, Tea/Coffee Making Facilities, Small Fridge, Safe, Iron & Ironing Board, WiFi.

ONE BEDROOM SUITE (50SQM)
Low season 01/10/2020 – 31/03/2020, 01/04/2021 – 30/06/2021, 01/10/2021 –  23/12/2021, 05/01/2022 – 31/03/2022
1 Night $179 per room (Full Buffet Breakfast additional $22 per person)

High season 01/07/2021-30/09/2021,  24/12/2021-04/01/2022
1 Night $189 per room (Full Buffet Breakfast additional $22 per person)

ROOM FACILITIES Air Conditioning, 42″ LCD Television, Tea/Coffee Making Facilities, Small Fridge, Safe, Iron & Ironing Board, WiFi, Private Balcony.

Extra Person Sharing Room

  • Extra adult in shared room: $36.00 per person per night
  • Extra child (4-13 years) in shared room: $18.00 per person per night

Travel Insurance
As a valued customer we are pleased to offer you the opportunity to purchase discounted travel insurance. It is HIGHLY recommended that passengers take out travel insurance. As a valued customer we are pleased to offer you the opportunity get a quote from Cover-More Travel Insurance.

Credit Card Payments
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If paying via the Customer Payment Link, please ensure you complete all fields and ensure you enter the correct Trip Reference Number, so we can identify your payment.

Credit card surcharges will apply when paying by credit card. We accept all credit cards and relevant credit card fee is applied when processing: Mastercard – 1.30%, Visa – 1.50%, American Express – 2.20%, Diners Card – 2.75%, International Credit Cards – 3.25%

Direct Deposit
Direct Deposit payments take up to 3 business days to process. Please notify your consultant of your payment once it has been processed.

Commonwealth Bank: Australian Tours and Cruises
Reference: Trip Number
BSB: 062-504 Account: 1066 1268
Branch Address: 171 Howick Street Bathurst NSW 2795
International Direct Deposit: Add $25 for bank fees
SWIFT or BIC CODE: CTBAAU2S