14 Days Kakadu & Gulf Tour (Darwin to Cairns)

14 Days Kakadu & Gulf Tour (Darwin to Cairns)

The Kakadu & Gulf "Overlander" is a 14 day all overland camping safari through northern Australia from Darwin to Cairns or Cairns to Darwin. Experience the epic Gulf Savannah region, North Queensland's Gulf Country, the majestic outback vistas of the Northern Territory, and the unique wetlands of Kakadu National Park.

Tour Highlights

  • Nourlangie Rock
  • Nitmiluk (Katherine Gorge) National Park
  • Mataranka Hot Springs
  • Limmen, Cox & Towns Rivers
  • The "Lost City"
  • Limmen National Park
  • Borroloola
  • Leichhardt Falls
  • Burke & Wills Camp #119
  • Karumba

Tour Info

Code WC-KGD14
Style
  • Explorer Tour
Duration 14 Days
Price From $3695
Departures

Selected Days

Jul - 30

Aug - 19

Vehicle Coach
Suitability 7+ Years
Start Darwin @ Morning
Finish Cairns @ Evening

After leaving Darwin we cross the Adelaide and South Alligator Rivers and travel into Kakadu National Park. We visit Ubirr, famous for its rock art and views of the East Alligator River floodplain. On to our three night base camp in the heart of Kakadu with time to visit the Warradjan Aboriginal Cultural Centre.

Meal - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Spectacular Aboriginal rock art at Nourlangie Rock then browse and lunch (own expense) at the world class Bowali Visitor Centre. A sunset cruise (optional) on Kakadu's world famous Yellow Waters Billabong to see a myriad of birds and wildlife, including saltwater crocodiles.

Meal - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Travel to the Arnhem Land escarpment to walk and swim at magnificent Jim Jim Falls. A relaxing dinner (own expense) with new friends before retiring for the evening.

Meal - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

South through Kakadu to explore and swim at Maguk (Barramundi Gorge). Continue on to the historic gold town of Pine Creek then Katherine for supplies. On to Nitmiluk (Katherine Gorge) National Park, our overnight camp.

Meal - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

An opportunity this morning to enjoy a cruise (optional) up the famous Katherine Gorge, bushwalk or simply relax. On to Mataranka for a therapeutic swim and relax in its crystal clear thermal pools. We camp nearby tonight.

Meal - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Leaving civilisation we travel to remote Roper Bar, where explorer Ludwig Leichhardt crossed the Roper River in 1845. South now we cross the Towns, Cox and Limmen Bight Rivers on the way to Butterfly Springs, our two night camp.

Meal - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today we visit Jandanku (Limmen) National Park to see spectacular carved sandstone pillars known as "Lost City" formations. Millions of years of water and wind erosion have sculptured an ancient seabed into these incredible shapes.

Meal - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

We visit Borroloola, infamous frontier town, for supplies before crossing into Queensland on the Queensland Road, now The Savannah Way, once used by the legendary "Overlanders". Tonight our camp is at a remote Gulf river.

Meal - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

's Grove

On to Hell's Gate, Doomadgee and across the Nicholson River. Here we detour to travel across Lawn Hill Station, one of Queensland's most remote cattle properties. Adel's Grove, gateway to Lawn Hill National Park, is our two-night camp.

Meal - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

A leisurely day in the National Park to relax, swim, canoe (optional) and explore the many walking tracks at this unbelievable oasis. In the afternoon a chance to take a tour to the World Heritage listed Riversleigh Fossil Fields (optional).

Meal - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Leaving Lawn Hill National Park we travel through spinifex clad ranges and across Mitchell Grass plains to the inviting Gregory River. On to the frontier town of Burketown where we camp tonight.

Meal - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

This morning across the "Plains Of Promise" to Leichhardt Falls before visiting Burke & Wills camp #119, the most northerly camp of the ill-fated 1860 expedition. We pass through Normanton before heading for Karumba on the Gulf Of Carpentaria, tonight's camp. Dinner is at your own expense this evening.

Meal - Breakfast, Lunch

Return to Normanton en-route to the historic gulf towns of Croydon, Georgetown and Mt Surprise. Now a short way to our overnight camp at the famous Undara Lava Tubes.

Meal - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

This morning you can join a tour of the Lava Tubes (optional), acclaimed as the largest and longest lava tube system in the world. Leaving the Tropical Savannahs behind we visit "The Crater" National Park and unique Curtain Fig Tree on the Atherton Tableland. This afternoon we arrive in Cairns bringing to an end your safari of adventure and discovery in Australia's Tropical Savannahs.

Meal - Breakfast, Lunch

Included

  • Meals as coded
  • Accommodated Safaris - Twin-share accommodation (sole travellers must pay the Single Supplement)
  • Camping Safaris - twin-share safari tent, self-inflating 100mm thick mattress and fitted bottom sheet.
  • Guided tours and entry fees as specified
  • National Parks and Aboriginal Site fees.

Excluded

  • Alcohol or soft drinks, tours and activities specified as "optional" in the itinerary
  • Sleeping bags for camping safari (available for hire $25).
  • On Accommodated Safaris in remote areas most of the comforts and facilities of home are not available ... please do not expect them - this is the outback.

What To Bring

  • Comfortable and Casual Clothing.  It is possible to wash clothes periodically.
  • Footwear with ankle support and good grip soles 
  • Swimwear and insect repellent. 
  • Personal toiletries 
  • Medication. 
  • Wide-brimmed hat
  • Sunglasses and plenty of sunscreen. 
  • Towel 
  • Pillow
  • Binoculars & camera

Note

  • Cairns to  Darwin  tour is also available (Jun - 02)
  • Safaris are not suitable for children under 7 years. But We have carried many children who have had exciting and enriching experiences with their parents. 
  • Early season (May/June) tends to be the most adventurous time. late season (September/October) the weather is more settled. The most popular time is June, July and August
  • A maximum weight limit of 10kg per person