14 Days Kakadu & Gulf Tour (Cairns to Darwin)

14 Days Kakadu & Gulf Tour (Cairns to Darwin)

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

  • Ubirr
  • Jim Jim Falls
  • Kakadu National Park
  • Elsey Cemetery
  • Normanton
  • Georgetown
  • Undara Lava Tubes
  • Atherton Tableland
  • Burketown

Tour Info

Code WC-KGC14
Style
  • Explorer Tour
Duration 14 Days
Price From $3695
Departures

Selected Days

Jun - 02

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

Visit the Atherton Tableland's unique Curtain Fig Tree and "The Crater" National Park on the way to our first camp at Undara. Here you can explore the Lava Tubes (optional), acclaimed as the largest and longest lava tube system in the world.

Meal - Lunch, Dinner

Pass through the historic gulf towns of Mt Surprise, Georgetown and Croydon. Visit Normanton, home of the historic "Gulflander" train on the way to our camp at Karumba on the Gulf of Carpentaria. Dinner is at your own expense this evening.

Meal - Breakfast, Lunch

Travel to Burke & Wills camp #119, the most northerly camp of the ill-fated 1860 expedition. On to Leichhardt Falls and beyond across the "Plains of Promise" to Burketown where we camp.

Meal - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Mitchell Grass plains, spinifex clad ranges and the inviting Gregory River on the way to our two-night camp at Adel's Grove, gateway to Lawn Hill National Park.

Meal - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

A leisurely day in Lawn Hill 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

Across the vast expanse of Lawn Hill cattle station to the Queensland Road, now the "The Savannah Way", once used by the legendary "Overlanders". On past Hell's Gate we cross into the Northern Territory to a bush camp at the Robinson River, a favourite spot of "The Bush Tucker Man".

Meal - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Continue west to Borroloola, infamous frontier town, for supplies then on to Butterfly Springs for two nights.

Meal - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today we venture into 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

Travel on the "Great North Road" to remote Roper Bar, where explorer Ludwig Leichhardt crossed in 1845. Now the Roper Highway on our way to Mataranka Hot Springs to swim and relax in the crystal clear thermal pool. We camp at Mataranka tonight. Dinner is at your own expense this evening.

Meal - Breakfast, Lunch

Supplies in Katherine before Nitmiluk (Katherine Gorge) National Park where you can relax, bushwalk or enjoy a cruise on the famous gorge (optional). We camp in the National Park tonight.

Meal - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Kakadu National Park today. First we visit Pine Creek, an historic goldmining town, then explore and swim at Maguk (Barramundi Gorge). On to our three night base camp at Cooinda with time to visit the Warradjan Aboriginal Cultural Centre.

Meal - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Spectacular Aboriginal rock art at Nourlangie Rock and the world class Bowali Visitor Centre for lunch (own expense). 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, Dinner

A leisurely start to travel to the Arnhem Land escarpment to walk and swim at magnificent Jim Jim Falls. Return to camp after a wonderful day of discovery, swimming and 4WD adventure. Dinner is at your own expense this evening.

Meal - Breakfast, Lunch

This morning we visit Ubirr, famous for its rock art and views of the East Alligator River floodplain. Now we cross the South Alligator River and the Marrakai Plains en-route to Darwin 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

  • Darwin to Cairns tour is also available (Jul 30, Aug  19)
  • Flight times to be confirmed. Guests are to make their own way to the airport
  • 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