9 Day Darwin to Cairns 4WD Accommodated Tour DT8DC

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From $4,550 Per Person
Departs Darwin
Returns Cairns
Difficulty Medium
Group Size 12

9 Day Darwin Gulf Savannah Cairns Tours

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”. Visit 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 and Palmerston. Enjoy small group touring in vehicles that seat up to 6 passengers and are customised for the conditions. Stay in motels along the way and experience a unique part of Australia.

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.

Prices & Dates

Tour Options  

Itinerary

  • 1 9 Day Darwin Gulf Savannah Cairns Tours

    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.

  • 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

WHAT IS INCLUDED

  • Experienced and passionate guides with local knowledge and experience
  • Modern, comfortable, air conditioned 4WD vehicles
  • Cold water supplied
  • Food as coded on itineraries
  • Where our schedule permits – morning / afternoon tea
  • Overnight stops in motel suites
  • All National Park, site & ferry fees / accommodation costs

Small, luxury tours to exclusive breathtaking locations, carrying a maximum of six (6) people per trip. Guides are passionate and very experienced, utilizing their bush skills and wealth of local knowledge to ensure your trip runs smoothly. As well as being fun and informative, learn about the wonders of the Indigenous culture, flora and fauna, botany, geology and history of our totally amazing continent.

FOOD On our tours we provide you with all meals as coded in the itinerary. There is always plenty of food at mealtimes and we try to cater to individual tastes where we can, by asking you questions on our booking form about food. Continental breakfast daily consists of fruit juice, cereals, tea & coffee, toast and jams. Lunch and dinner will also be provided as indicated per itinerary. Storage for cold drinks and food is provided when travelling.

HOW YOU WILL TRAVEL Small, Late Model, 4WD vehicles with some special modifications; all vehicles have comfortable, forward facing seats and are fully Air Conditioned.

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

TRANSFER OF TOUR DATES Should you wish to transfer to another of tour date, a handling fee of $150 may be charged. No cancellation fee will apply unless the tour is changed inside the full payment period; inside this period, changing dates is the same as cancelling your tour and the cancellation fee will be imposed.

UNUSED TOUR SECTORS If a passenger fails to join a tour as booked or joins in after the tour has departed, or departs prior to the completion of the tour, no refund will be made for any portion of the tour including food, excursions, accommodation, etc., that are not used or undertaken.

INSURANCE Tour Operators and/or its agents are not responsible or liable for loss, damage or theft of luggage or personal belongings whatsoever, nor for personal injury, accidents, hospitalization, illness or medical expenses. In our experience, most claims arise from personal or close-family illness before holiday departure, resulting in cancellation charges. We strongly recommend all intending passengers consult their travel or insurance agent and take out adequate travel insurance to cover events that may effect your ability to travel (including, but not limited to, health, baggage, loss of monies through cancellation, additional expenses incurred through illness or personal liability prior to travel and early return, for example, following the death of a relative).

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 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. Please Note: Passengers accept that it is their responsibility to ensure that their health is in a state which will allow them to enjoy the tour and successfully complete the activities that the tour offers. If you are unsure, we highly recommend seeking advice from your GP

LIABILITY The operator and its employees accept no responsibility for any booking, contract, travel, accommodation or group tours which result in any loss, damage, accident, diversion, or theft in regard to luggage or personal belongings, and will be exempt from all liability in respect of direct or indirect consequential loss or damage, death, injury, sickness, irregularity, delay liability, and additional expenses, or inconvenience or any other event beyond its control including accident, failure of machinery or equipment, accommodation, transport, or other services.

AIRLINE INDEMNITY (where applicable) Airline involvement in these tours is as air carrier only. Airlines carry no responsibility for statements in tour itinerary relating to ground content of these tours and the operator indemnifies them against any claim, action, loss, or damage arising there from.

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.

LUGGAGE Each passenger is entitled to take one bag (soft sided), 80cm x 30cm x 30cm. (No more than 10kgs as space is very 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.

LUGGAGE CHECKLIST:

  • 1 x soft bag per person, as described above
  • Photo ID
  • Clothing 3 to 4 changes (t-shirts and shorts)
  • Light jacket & long pants
  • 1 x pair of sandals
  • 1 pair of light walking shoes
  • 1 x pair of bathers
  • 1 x beach towel
  • Toiletries
  • Hat, sunglasses
  • Torch
  • Insect repellent
  • Sunblock
  • Camera
  • Small personal water bottle
  • Small daypack

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:

  • Bookings cancelled more than 61 days prior to departure will incur a fee of 50% of deposit or $400 whichever is greater.
  • Bookings cancelled between 60 and 46 days prior to departure will incur a fee of 25% of tour total.
  • Bookings cancelled between 45 and 31 days prior to departure will incur a fee of 50% of tour total.
  • Bookings cancelled 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.

We strongly recommend all intending passengers take out adequate travel insurance to cover events that may effect your ability to travel (including, but not limited to, health, baggage, loss of monies through cancellation, additional expenses incurred through illness or personal liability prior to travel and early return, for example, following the death of a relative).

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

Trip Reviews

We have recently completed an 8 day tour which left from Cairns and included the Daintree, Cooktown, Karumba, Adele’s and Cobbold Gorge, Undara Volcanic National Park and returning to Cairns. We travelled in a very comfortable 4wd Landcruiser and had a great guide, Darryl with his knowledge and many stories. It took us through the tropical rain forest of the Daintree and across Queensland’s Savannah to Karumba, on the Gulf of Carpentaria and through picturesque gorges and volcanic lava tubes at Undara. Dirt roads and river crossings were regular as well as sightings of the local wildlife. We had a great time and many thanks for organising this for us. Jim