Travel along the iconic Savannah Way on a 12 Day Small Group 4WD Tour and explore Australia’s adventure drive from Cairns to Darwin. Along the way, watch sunset over the Gulf of Carpentaria and take to the skies for scenic flights over Boodjamulla Lawn Hill National Park and the Lost City.
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Savannah Explorer | Cobbold Gorge, Queensland
Savannah Explorer | Adels Grove Escarpment, Queensland
Day 1: Arrive Cairns
Today, be met on arrival and transfer to your hotel. Tonight, get to know your fellow guests during a welcome dinner.
Travel from Cairns to Woodleigh Station and enjoy lunch amid the surrounds of the Australian bush. Later this afternoon, journey to the beautiful tiered waterfall of Millstream Falls, the widest single-drop waterfall in Australia. A unique experience awaits tonight at Undara, where you’ll stay in restored turn-of-the-century train carriages.
Stay: Undara Experience
Day 3: Undara – Cobbold Gorge
After a bush breakfast this morning, discover the site of the 190,000-year-old Undara Lava Tubes, a series of underground tunnels formed during a volcanic eruption in the region. Join a savannah guide for a tour of the mysterious caves before enjoying lunch. Later, arrive at Cobbold Gorge.
Day 4: Cobbold Gorge
An exploration of Cobbold Gorge awaits today, hidden within a rugged sandstone formation. A jewel in the Gulf Savannah, learn about its ancient geological formations. This afternoon, join your guide for a boat cruise and tour. As your boat meanders through the narrow waterways of the gorge, be sure to keep an eye out for freshwater crocodiles.
Day 5: Croydon – Karumba
Journey to the historic goldrush town of Croydon and visit the True Blue Interactive Information Centre, home to an array of heritage items and sculptures. Continue to Karumba and end your day with a special Signature Experience. Enjoy a relaxing sunset cruise in Karumba and indulge in a selection of local king prawns as you take in the sunset over the Gulf of Carpentaria.
Day 6: Karumba – Normanton – Boodjamulla (Lawn Hill) National Park
Travel along the iconic Savannah Way towards Boodjamulla (Lawn Hill) National Park. Journey to Normanton, where you’ll see the famous Purple Pub and Victorian-era railway station. Stop at Leichhardt Falls and Camp 119, before heading off-road into Boodjamulla (Lawn Hill) National Park. Once covered in tropical rainforest and dotted with freshwater pools, the landscape of Boodjamulla has eroded over millions of years, leaving behind deep gorges and rugged escarpments.
Day 7: Boodjamulla (Lawn Hill) National Park
After a guided tour around the desert oasis of Boodjamulla (Lawn Hill) National Park, set out on a cruise through Lawn Hill Gorge, awash with emerald waters, lush vegetation and native wildlife. Home to over 80 species of birds, the gorge has been named as one of the top 10 bird watching spots in Australia. Continue cruising along tranquil Lawn Hill Creek before enjoying the rest of the day at leisure.
Day 8: Lorella Springs Wilderness Park
Board a scenic flight from Adels Grove and take in the spectacular landscapes over Leichhardt Country and Boodjamulla (Lawn Hill) National Park. Continue to Lorella Springs Wilderness Park, a sprawling one-million-acre working cattle station. The landscape here is incredibly diverse, ranging from open savannah and dense forest to coastal floodplains, salt flats and mangroves.
Day 9: Lorella Springs Wilderness Park – Lost City
This morning has been set aside for you to explore the natural surrounds of Lorella Springs Wilderness Park. Join your guide for a scenic walk through a number of the park’s trails and perhaps go for a dip in one of the waterholes or thermal springs. Afterwards, to the skies on a helicopter flight over the Lost City, made up of incredible sandstone formations. Said to be more than 500 million years old, the unique formations of the Lost City resemble the ruins of an ancient city, with a maze of narrow alleys. This evening, watch the sunset over the property before enjoying dinner.
Day 10: Roper River – Mataranka
Today, learn about the mystery that surrounds the death of explorer Ludwig Leichhardt, who disappeared with his exploration party in 1848. In the remote town of Roper Bar, see the monument commemorating the centenary of Leichhardt’s crossing of the Roper River before enjoying a cruise along the water. Continue to the natural Mataranka Thermal Pool, where you might like to take a dip in the warm, crystal-clear waters, said to have healing properties. Afterwards, head to Mataranka for dinner.
Day 11: Adelaide River – Litchfield National Park – Darwin
After breakfast this morning, visit the poignant war cemetery at Adelaide River, then continue to the falls at Litchfield National Park, set amongst a monsoon forest. Enjoy a swim after lunch before returning to Darwin. This evening, toast the end of your journey during a farewell dinner at your hotel.
Day 12: Depart Darwin
Your adventure draws to a close after a final breakfast this morning. Be transferred to the airport for your onward flight.
|2021 Dates & Prices||Twin Share||Solo Traveller
|May: 12, 25||$8,895.00||$9,795.00
|July: 09 ||$8,895.00||$9,795.00
|August: 21 ||$8,895.00||$9,795.00
|September: 04, 18||$8,595.00||$9,495.00
|Bold dates indicate itinerary operates in reverse||
|Meals: ||11 Breakfasts, 10 lunches, 11 dinners
|Transport: ||Airport Transfers & Travel in a custom-designed 4WD vehicle
|Flight: ||Scenic Flight: Adels Grove - Boodjamulla
|Accommodation:||11 nights accommodation
|Guide:||Experienced Travel Director & Driver Guide
|Entrance Fees & Touring:||Entrance fees & activities as per itinerary
* Tour departure dates are subject to availability at time of booking.
* Prices and itinerary are correct at time of publication and are subject to change without notice.