9 Day Cooktown Culture to Savannah Wetlands NWS9DCCSW

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From $6,995 Per Person
Departs Cairns
Returns Cairns
Difficulty Medium
Group Size 10

9 Day Cooktown Culture to Savannah Wetlands

This is a stunning, small group tours covers a lot of amazing landscapes wonderful rock art and aboriginal culture and history of famous town of Cooktown – James Cooks landing in 1770. There is a touch of luxury when you are based on a Private Cattle Station in the Gulf Savannah.  The cattle station covers an area spanning approximately 70,000 acres into the Savannah towards the gulf. Around 220 bird species in the area with the vast majority spotted directly out front of the campsite and direct form your glamping tents which are set up on edge of the water to the wetlands.

3 Tour Dates Only –  14/4/2022, 26/5/2022, 16/7/2022 – Maximum of 10 guest per tour.


  • Heritage Listed Mossman Gorge
  • Daintree River Wildlife Sunset Cruise
  • Bloomfield Falls
  • Banquet Feast at Jackey Jackey Restaurant – Cooktown
  • James Cook Museum (own expense)
  • Waterfall Swimming
  • Old Laura Homestead
  • Lakefield National Park
  • UNESCO Listed Aboriginal Rock Art
  • Exclusive Cultural Experience with Aboriginal Elder
  • Mt Hypipamee National Park
  • Historic Ravenshoe Pub
  • Wetlands Expeditions
  • Undara Lava Tubes Tour


  • Stay in the Heart of the Daintree Rainforest
  • Delicious dinner at a restaurant deep in the rainforest
  • Lions Den Hotel
  • 2 Nights at Sovereign Resort – Cooktown
  • Glamping tents with a touch luxury and nature
  • On site chef
  • Meals and alcohol as shown on the itinerary
  • All activities and kayak, at the cattle station
  • Wetlands Expeditions is an all-inclusive 3-night stay
  • Travel by air conditioned 4WD vehicle
  • Experienced Travel Director and Driver Guide
  • Small group experience with maximum 10 guests

Tour Pricing

All prices are per person in AUD. Valid from 1/4/2022-31/10/2022

Twin ShareSingle
2022 Season$ 6995$ 7115

Itineraries are subject to change. Travel insurance is highly recommended for all Far North Queensland – Gulf Savannah Tours as it is a remote location.

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    Today your adventure starts in Cairns where your Wet Tropics accredited guide will pick you up from your accommodation. We travel the scenic Captain Cook Highway to Mossman Gorge. Led by your private guide, enjoy a walk through the stunning and ancient rainforest of Mossman Gorge National Park. Cool off after your walk with a refreshing swim in the crystal-clear waters of Mossman Gorge.

    Following a delicious lunch in a local café we head to the famous Daintree River. Surrounded by the magnificent Daintree mangroves & rainforest we board our private Daintree River Wildlife Cruise for a sunset cruise. The boats are comfortable in all weather conditions as they have covers that protect from both sun and rain. The Daintree River ecosystem, is the habitat of an extensive array of wildlife, with many species endemic to this area. These include rainforest and water birds, snakes, frogs and of course estuarine or saltwater crocodiles – from the newly hatched to the largest dominant males. The naturalist guides are real locals and their passion for the local environment and wildlife is reflected in their presentations – you’ll be amazed at the animals they find for you! The photo opportunities are without peer on this exciting & informative, yet peaceful cruise on the river.

    Next, we cross Daintree River Ferry before entering the heart of the Daintree Rainforest. We take time to visit the local icon that is The Daintree Ice-cream Company. Here local & exotic tropical fruits and spices grown on the property are blended with vanilla ice cream and served in a tasting cup of the 4 flavours of the day. As well as traditional favourites Mango, Coconut and Banana, you might also get to taste Wattle seed, Black Sapote or Davidson’s Plum. After checking into your stunning rainforest accommodation in the Daintree, we enjoy dinner on a private property overlooking a crystal-clear rainforest creek.



    Early this morning your guide will lead a fantastic walk as the rainforest gives way to a unique mangrove system. The boardwalk access gives amazing views above the mangrove environment. Following breakfast, we walk along the famous Cape Tribulation Beach, better known as Kulki to the local Kuku Yalanji people.

    We continue our journey through untouched rainforest onto the 4WD only Bloomfield track. Northwest Australian Safaris has access to a unique beachfront location where you will enjoy a delicious morning tea while you soak up the scenery. A photo opportunity at the beautiful Bloomfield falls in Wujal Wujal marks the end of the iconic Bloomfield track.

    Enjoy the significant artwork at the Bana Yirriji Art and Culture Centre. Watch for crocodiles and wildlife while enjoying a delicious fresh lunch on the banks of the Bloomfield river. Following lunch, we visit the historic Lion’s Den hotel, first opened in 1876. Throughout this incredible day you will learn all about the European settlement history of this iconic area before arriving at your Queenslander Guesthouse accommodation in Cooktown.

    After enjoying the sunset over the Endeavour River, dinner tonight is a delicious banquet at the locally famous Jackey Jackey Thai Restaurant.




    After enjoying a fresh breakfast at your accommodation, you will have a fantastic opportunity to explore Cooktown. Captain James Cook spent substantial time here by accident in 1770 after the HMS Endeavour ran into a reef and the ship sailed into the Endeavour River for repair, where he met the local Guugu Yimidhirr people. Cooktown was founded in 1873 as a port for the Palmer River Goldfields and has a colourful history of settlement and Aboriginal culture. Enjoy wonderful stories of history and aboriginal culture of this region as your guide takes a step back in time and helps you to understand the regions colourful past. A visit to the James Cook Museum is a must to learn about the rich and diverse history of Cooktown.

    After lunch your guide will then drive you to a secluded waterfall for a refreshing swim. On your way back to Cooktown we will walk around Keatings Lagoon, a wetland rich with birdlife. Before dinner we will take in the sunset over the Endeavour River at the Grassy Hill Lookout. Enjoy free time this evening as dinner will be at your own leisure, your guide will recommend a variety of restaurants for you to choose from. LUNCH AND DINNER AT OWN EXPENSE



    Today we farewell Cooktown, enjoy morning tea at the beautiful Isabella Falls, before traversing the Battle Camp Range and enter Lakefield National Park. Rich with settlement history, wetlands and wildlife, Lakefield National Park offers beautifully restored cattle stations and amazing bird and wildlife spotting opportunities. Learn the fascinating history of the beautifully restored Old Laura Homestead and Breeza Station.

    Our journey continues to an amazing Quinkan Rock Art site in Laura. The Quinkan Rock Art sites are now listed by UNESCO as being amongst the top 10 Rock Art sites in the world. Here you will spend time with our private Aboriginal elder on his traditional lands. Speaking 9 different languages and healing people from around the world, he will give you an unparalleled insight into indigenous culture and history, by telling the stories of the rock art.

    Next we join the Mulligan Highway, we travel through the Palmer River Goldfields before we enjoy lunch at the famous Palmer River Roadhouse.

    This afternoon we pass stunning Savannah Wetlands on our way to the lush Atherton Tableland area. After checking into your accommodation, we enjoy dinner at an iconic local pub in the heart of Mareeba.



    We continue towards Ravenshoe for a delicious pub lunch at “Queensland’s Highest Pub”. Continuing on, we traverse through the stunning Outback for our stop for the evening at Bedrock Village, located in the historic township of Mount Surprise. This is where you will enjoy your exclusive Outback Savannah en-suite cabin, with air conditioning.

    Enjoy dinner, alfresco-style with a delicious homemade a la carte menu. After dinner grab yourself a drink and sit around a campfire! After a restful night’s sleep and sumptuous breakfast, we head off to our next destination, the Undara Lava Tubes. LUNCH AT OWN EXPENSE



    Start your day with a trip to the fascinating Undara Lave Tubes, the world’s longest network of lave tubes. This geological tunnel of global significance extends under a ribbon of remnant dry rainforest. You will be taken on a private tour throughout the lava tubes to learn (Lava Tube Tour Additional Cost). LUNCH AT OWN EXPENSE

    After your tour we continue onto the Savannah Wetlands. On arrival at Savannah’s old cattle yards you will be greeted by Callum, the owner and your friendly host for the next three days and nights. Enjoy afternoon tea, with the swing of a billy, before arriving at your own permanent glamping tent, with timber floors and wetland views.

    After you settle in to your accommodation you will be joined by Callum for sunset drinks before a home cooked meal. The privately owned Cattle Station is located on the northern tip of Gugu Badhun traditional lands. The traditional owners see education as the gateway to self-determination, this expeditions’ offer guests conversations and perspectives with elders and Gugu Badhun academics who eloquently share story and insight about their family’s past and future.



    The next two days belong to you. The Savannah Wetlands offers many opportunities for you to explore and enjoy. You can swim in the beautiful warm thermal pools. Take a guided kayak tour exploring the stunning wetlands, while you spot birds and wildlife and even take a dip in the crystal-clear waters.

    You may take the opportunity for a guided hike on the property, or even take yourself for a self-guided walk to fully immerse in the stunning scenery. This is a bird watchers paradise, with over 170 species recorded so far! Enjoy a birdwatching tour with your guide, we will provide binoculars and a bird chart for you to record your discoveries. We even run a friendly competition and prize for the most species spotted! Learn how to make chutney from local produce or the perfect Anzac biscuit.

    Back at camp, an endlessly hot open fire donkey boiler shower washes away the day, before nibbles, dinner, drinks and conversation ensue around the dining table and camp fire. A few steps out from camp and the Milky Way reaches for you from the clear fresh night air. Many hours can be spent just staring out into the universe. You may also like to pick up a spot light and join a guided night time wildlife spotting tour. Most importantly, you can take the opportunity to relax and unwind in a truly stunning setting. Broadly each day is broken into 4 parts, you are welcome to any or all of the activities.



    Investigate and explore the areas that you have not yet seen in this beautiful location.



    Following breakfast, we depart the Savannah Wetlands to visit Australia’s widest single drop waterfall, Millstream Falls for morning tea. Often described as Queensland’s most beautiful waterfall, our lunch today is at Millaa Millaa Falls. Take a swim in the refreshing water or marvel at the beauty of this rainforest paradise. To truly experience the World Heritage Listed Rainforest we take the time to enjoy the fantastic perspective of the Mamu Skywalk. Enjoy stunning elevated platform views while you learn about the amazing biodiversity of the Wet Tropics region.

    We finish your adventure by crossing through The Great Escarpment, back to the coastal flats for our drive back to your accommodation in Cairns.

  • Itinerary is subject to change
  • Flights need to arrive the day before the tour begins and depart the day after the tour concludes, in case there are delays
  • Pre and post tour accommodation required for tour
  • Please note – Children over 9 years of age accompanied with an adult may participate in this tour.

Additional Information

Fitness While we make every effort to make everyone comfortable and cater to different requirements, the tours that North West Safaris operate travel through remote areas that unfortunately do not provide wheelchair- friendly trails or facilities. A reasonable level of fitness is required on our tours; to be able to walk easily and comfortably on rough and uneven ground, and to be able to sleep on camp stretchers in comfortable head height safari tents. Please contact us if you would like to discuss this further.

• Complimentary hotel pick up and drop off
• Glamping tents with a touch luxury and nature
• On site chef
• All meals as listed
• Activities and kayak as listed

What’s Not Included
• Any costs incurred before departure
• Any personal items such as drinks, newspapers, telephone/credit, laundry, souvenirs & personal travel Insurance (which is HIGHLY recommended)
*Prices subject to change without notice

Weather Tours operate during the ‘dry’ season. Occasionally we strike some wet weather and generally, a light spray jacket is sufficient which may also be used as a sweater on rare, cooler evenings.

What to Bring Please bring 4 to 5 changes of casual clothing including:
• Tee shirts, Shorts &/or Cargos &/or ¾ Pants &/or Skirts
• Track suit pants &/or jeans
• A spray jacket/warm evening jacket
• One smart outfit for your special dinner in Cooktown. (Smart casual)
• Toiletries and personal first aid supplies such as band aids, headache tablets, and any medication you may take regularly; make sure you have enough for the entire tour
• Swimmers
• Shady Hat & Sunglasses
• 1 pair rubber soled shoes/joggers
• 1 pair wet shoes; thongs etc. (you may wish to walk through creeks &/or shower in them)
• Torch/Flashlight Water bottle
• Laundry powder
• Remember your camera & all necessary memory cards and plenty of spare batteries
• Spare power pack – please be mindful that we can be without power for a couple of days in between our remote bush camping locations, so please feel free to bring along a small external battery or similar to charge your camera/phone
• Please note – A small travel pillow is already supplied. Due to limited space allowances larger pillows will not be allowed on board.

Luggage Please note that luggage/baggage space is extremely limited.
• A soft sided sausage style bag measuring approximately 600mm x 500mm x 300mm (24″ x 20″ x 12″) with a maximum weight of no more than 10kgs (17 lbs) per person; which is usually stowed on the roof rack.
• A small, soft airline type piece of cabin baggage (day pack etc.) that will fit under the seat.
• Excess luggage may be stored at your hotel or secured at our depot free of charge.
• Due to space allowances large pillows will not be allowed on board.

Children Children over 9 years of age may accompany an adult on this tour.

Meals Guides work extremely hard to provide passengers with excellent, wholesome meals. Cooking is often done over a campfire. Breakfast consists of a choice of at least 3 cereals, toast and spreads, and occasionally a fully cooked breakfast is made. Lunch has a variety of cold meats and a selection of salad vegetables. With more time available in the evenings, our staff can concentrate on their culinary talents and present a complete 2 course meal. We begin with nibbles and ‘happy hour’; main course could be a grill, roast, or casserole. An appropriate selection of vegetables is generally served with the main course, followed by a tasty dessert. If a passenger is on a medically prescribed diet, we will do our absolute utmost to cater suitable meals for that person. Before booking your tour, it is suggested that you contact our office to discuss such diets to assess suitability.

Participation All tours are conducted on partial participation basis; it generates friendship and conversation. Assistance with vegetable peeling, firewood collection and filling water buckets is greatly appreciated. Passengers assist with washing and wiping dishes and erecting their own tents after a demonstration; those less agile will of course be given assistance by the tour guides

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. There is an Honesty Tin for drinks (beer & wine only). Any surplus money above the cost to purchase is donated to the Royal Flying Doctor Service.

Cash On Hand It is usually recommended for each person to take some CASH spending money. Obviously, this depends on the amount of souvenirs you intend to purchase (a tee shirt will cost on average $25- $40, artefacts up to $500). Also keep in mind that alcohol can be double the usual price in some places. Whilst modern ‘conveniences’ are on the increase in remote areas, including EFTPOS, do not rely heavily on there being cash out, however Credit Card facilities are generally available at most stops.

Electrical Telephones, cameras and other electrical devises can be charged in the vehicle with our inverter. Mains power is available.

Phones Telstra Next G network currently offers the best coverage in regional areas but do not work in remote areas. All vehicles are equipped with Satellite phones, but these phones are for emergency use only

Smoking As per government regulations, smoking is not permitted in vehicles. Ample stops provide time for “smoking breaks”. Smokers are asked to dispose of their cigarette butts in a responsible manner and not on the ground.

Vehicle Seating Vehicle seats are individual: Which are all facing frontwards NOT side seating. Vehicle suspensions are modified to ride as comfortable as possible but the roads to Cape York can be extremely corrugated and rough in places. All seats are facing frontwards for good viewing for each passenger. Clients are moved around each day in the vehicle so everyone can experience all the different views.

Toilets and Showers Toilets and showers are available each night and morning of the tour. Toilets are either flushing or composting type.

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 Summary:

  • Bookings require deposit payment and completion of a passenger booking form.
  • Final payment due 70 days prior to departure.
  • Cancellations 61 days or more before the tour date are refunded less non-refundable deposit paid.
  • Cancellations 60 – 51 days prior to tour departure, cancellation fee of 50% of full tour cost costs.
  • Cancellations 50 days or less before departure date, cancellation fee of 100% of full tour cost.

As this tour is accessing remote areas, the tour itinerary may change due to weather and road conditions and this is the decision of the operator.

If you need to cancel your tour for any circumstances relating to COVID-19 the non-refundable deposit may be transferred to an available Cape York departure when available.

Caravan Park Accommodation – Cairns
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 $20-$30 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 – Cairns
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 Gulf Savannah Tour. If your tour goes through to Darwin, we can also book accommodation in a similar price range that will be convenient for your trip.

Please note: Breakfast is not currently offered due to COVID restrictions, however there are many places to eat near by.

STANDARD ROOM (20-25 sqm) 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.

LOW Season 01/04/2022 TO 30/06/2022, 01/10/2022 TO 23/12/2022, 05/01/2023 TO 31/03/2023
1 Night $155 per room

HIGH Season 01/07/2022-30/09/2022, 24/12/2022-04/01/2023
1 Night $185 per room

ONE BEDROOM SUITE (50SQM) 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, Private Balcony.

LOW Season 01/04/2022 TO 30/06/2022, 01/10/2022 TO 23/12/2022, 05/01/2023 TO 31/03/2023
1 Night $165 per room

HIGH Season 01/07/2022-30/09/2022, 24/12/2022-04/01/2023
1 Night $195 per room

Extra Person Sharing Room

  • Extra adult in shared room: $45.00 per person per night
  • Extra child (4-11 years) in shared room: $30.00 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
Credit Card Customer Payment Link enter this link into your browser: pay.travelpay.com.au/AUSTC

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: Your Trip Number
BSB: 062-504 Account: 1066 1268
Branch Address: 171 Howick Street Bathurst NSW 2795
International Direct Deposit: Add $25 for bank fees


  • Are there concession discounts?
    Pensioners (Australia or New Zealand) and Seniors Card holders (Australia) may save with our concession discounts on selected tours. Ask our friendly team which tours you can get a discount on.
  • Are your tours suitable for pensioners aged 76 and 84 ?
    Yes, Gulf Savannah tour passengers range from children to adult who are 90 years of age. You are travelling to remote areas where there is very limited medical services so you need to ensure you are health, have all your medications and you have taken out travel insurance in case you need assistance.,
  • Do you have any tours on offer during June, July or August ?
    June, July and August are the peak season for Far North Queensland. This is the dry season and most people like to travel north during this time. September is also a great time to visits as there are less tourists and the weather is lovely. There is a lot of wildlife around in September – great for bird watching
  • Is accommodation the night after the tour ends included in the price ?
    No, this accommodation will cost extra.
  • Is accommodation the night previous to the tour departure included in the price ?
    No, accommodation will be an extra cost.
  • Where is the meeting point for the start of tours ?
    The pick up is at the “before tour accommodation” hotel listed in the TRIP NOTES tabs of the specific tour you are looking at. If there is nothing listed please ask one of our helpful team or you will be notified when your tour is confirmed.
  • Do I need to arrive before Day 1 of my tour ?

    Please refer to your specific tour and look in the “Trip Notes” information where it may state this: You need to arrive any time the day prior to Day 1. If this is the case we can organise airport pick up and pre tour accommodation on your behalf, this will be an extra cost.

    Other tours start late in the day on Day 1 so you can arrive that morning which will avoid the extra nights accommodation cost.

    Please refer to the “Trip Notes” information for your specific tour which will explain this further.

  • How do you calculate the number of days for a tour ?
    If you are doing a 4 day tour commencing on April 8th, the first day of the tour is and includes the 8th, plus 9th, plus 10th plus 11th and the tour ends on April 11.
  • Do your tours operate over Christmas and New Year?
    No – most tours in Far North Queensland do not operate during the wet season.
  • Are airfares from my home town included in the cost of the tours ?
    Airfares to and from Cairns at the start and finish of your tours are extra.
  • Payment Options

    Credit Card Customer Payment Link enter this link into your browser: pay.travelpay.com.au/AUSTC

    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. Remember that ‘TravelPay’ will appear on your credit card statement.

    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 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
    International Direct Deposit: Add $25 for bank fees

  • Should I buy travel insurance?

    Travel Insurance
    As a valued customer of Gulf Savannah Tours, we are pleased to offer you the opportunity to purchase discounted travel insurance. Options include single trip or annual frequent travellers plan on domestic or international travel.