* 8 Day Quality 4WD Tour from Cairns to Darwin or Darwin to Cairns - Exclusive to six passengers (476)

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Cairns Highlands & Outback » * 8 Day Quality 4WD Tour from Cairns to Darwin or Darwin to Cairns - Exclusive to six passengers (476)

Type: Packages - 5 or More Day Packages

Departing Cairns we head up the Gillies Range into the rich Atherton Tablelands where you will see the famous Milla Milla Falls. Head out west to the spectacular Undarra Lava Tubes. We then travel into the outback and across to the Gulf of Carpentaria.

Continue heading west into the huge cattle stations and across into Burketown and up into the Northern Territory where you will be inspired by the vastness of this beautiful state and the many wonders it has as well as the amazing wildlife and awe inspiring landscape.

Departure Dates for 2018: This small group tour is scheduled to depart on the following dates with a minimum of three and a maximum of six passengers. You can book for less than 3 passengers and you will be matched up with other passengers. If you have a group of four people you can book this tour (with enough notice) on any Monday between May to November

2018 Departures:

Cairns to Darwin:7th May, 13th August

Darwin to Cairns: 16th May, 22nd August

How to Book: A Deposit of $400 per adult is required to confirm your place with the balance due 60 days before departure. Bookings made within two months of the travel date must be paid in full within 72 hours. The minimum number of people per trip required for the trip to run is 3. The maximum number is 6. You can book online via the rates table's "Add to Itinerary" button. Just click on it and follow the prompts. Or, call to book this tour on 1800 681 685 from within Australia.

Tour Itinerary:

Itinerary is subject to change if road or weather conditions require it. Your accommodation is single or twin share with private bathroom facilities where available. Meals are provided as stated below. BLD (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner). MT (MT= Morning Tea).

Day 1

Morning Tea, Lunch & Dinner Provided.
Overnight: Undara.

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

Breakfast, Morning Tea, Lunch & Dinner Provided.
Overnight: Karumba

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
Breakfast, Morning Tea, Lunch & Dinner Provided.
Overnight: Adels Grove (shared facilities)

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 (shared facilities). 

Day 4
Breakfast, Morning Tea, Lunch & Dinner Provided.
Overnight: Adels Grove (shared facilities)

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

Breakfast, Morning Tea, Lunch & Dinner Provided.
Overnight: Borroloola (private facilities)

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 (private facilities).

Day 6

Breakfast, Morning Tea, Lunch & Dinner Provided.
Overnight: Mataranka

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 (private facilities).

Day 7
Breakfast, Morning Tea, Lunch & Dinner Provided.
Overnight: Batchelor

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. A short drive to Bachelor finds our overnight accommodation.

Day 8
Breakfast, Morning Tea & Lunch Provided.

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 after a memorable tour across two states and over 4000 kilometres.

Features & Inclusions

  • Transfers from and to your accommodation.
  • Interpretation friendly, knowledgeable guides explain our unique flora and fauna.
  • Personalised small group tour.
  • Modern 4WD luxury 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.
  • Atherton Tablelands
  • Mount Garnet
  • Undara Lava Tubes
  • Mount Surprise
  • Georgetown
  • Croydon
  • Karumba
  • Normanton
  • Leichardt River
  • Burketown
  • Gregory Downs
  • Lawn Hill National Park
  • Hells Gate
  • Borroloola
  • Limmen National Park
  • Southern Lost City
  • Roper River
  • Mataranka Springs
  • Nitmiluk (Katherine) Gorge & National Park
  • Batchelor
  • Litchfield National Park
  • Palmerston
  • Darwin

Rates and Tariffs

2018 Season
1st May 2018 to 31st Oct 2018
Twin Share Accommodation Option $4550.00 adult
Single Share Accommodation $4950.00 per person
* Booking terms and conditions may apply, please details below.

* All prices are inclusive of GST and in Australian Dollars ($AUD)

Booking Information

Child age: 7 - 14 years - this tour is not suitable for children under the age of 7 and you should consider whether this tour is suitbale for your child, before booking with children. Please note seasonal weather conditions and operational requirements may cause a variation in the tour itinerary. You will be sent our full terms and conditions prior to committing to a booking. Departure and Return times are approximate

This small group tour is scheduled to depart on the following dates with a minimum of three and a maximum of six passengers. You can book for less than 3 passengers and you will be matched up with other passengers. If you have a group of four people you can book this tour (with enough notice) on any Monday between May to November.


How to Book: A Deposit of $400 per adult is required to confirm your place with the balance due 60 days before departure. Bookings made within two months of the travel date must be paid in full within 72 hours. The minimum number of people per trip required for the trip to run is 3. The maximum number is 6. You can book online via the rates table's "Add to Itinerary" button. Just click on it and follow the prompts. Or, call to book this tour on 1800 681 685 from within Australia.

Booking Policy

Please note, if you are the first one or two people to book, your tour is not guaranteed until three people are booked on the same tour date. Minimum passenger numbers is 3.

CANCELLATIONS / REFUNDS: If cancellation occurs more than two months prior to departure a cancellation fee of $400 per person will be deducted from your refund. Cancellations occurring less than one month prior to departure will incur the following charges: 15-60 days prior 80% of Total, 14 Days or less 100% of Total Price.

INSURANCE: Travel insurance is strongly recommended to cover against the possibility of a substantial financial loss. An emergency medical evacuation might cost you as much as $3000. Last minute cancellations can mean loss of the cost of the tour. This makes it extremely important to obtain travel insurance as soon as you book - or even before. There are several good insurance policies which are designed for travel within Australia. See the Travel insurance link on the left hand side navigation bar of this web page. (scroll up, look to the left)

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